Thursday, April 3, 2014

20 Places to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Cleveland on Opening Day

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The phrase "unfinished business" seems to be the mantra for our 2014 Tribe. Not a bad team battle cry and, quite frankly, an appropriate motto for the many bars and restaurants hosting fans on Opening Day.

Here's a list of 20 establishments to celebrate this unofficial Cleveland holiday and to finish what we started last summer.

Go Tribe.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Browns Fans Won't Burn Effigy of Costner in Draft Day

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM


The NFL has a line, it turns out. And Draft Day, the upcoming film starring Kevin Costner as a Browns' general manager, crossed it with a scene in which fans burn an effigy of the GM. The league stepped in and demanded that the scene be cut.

"I think the NFL’s really cracking down on fan behavior both inside the stadium and outside,” Costner told the Los Angeles Times. “The idea of hanging somebody, for as funny as I thought it was, and as realistic as I thought it was, it was just an image that I didn’t want in the movie. That was a small price for us to pay, but it shows that they were watching very closely.”

The NFL has a history of watching closely. It's no accident that almost every football movie you've seen features fake professional teams and logos — The Replacements, anyone? The NFL is notoriously protective of its brand. However, the league's willingness to let filmmakers use real teams and logos increased Costner's enthusiasm for the project.

Burning effigies, though? Too real. (NBC Sports speculated that the NFL didn't want to give fans any ideas).

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Cleveland Metroparks Brings Footgolf to Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

  • Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Hey there Clevelandites looking for a thrifty and active new spring hobby, the Cleveland Metroparks has just announced its plans to bring two footgolf courses to nearby golf facilities next month.

Footgolf, for those unfamiliar, is a combination sport of soccer and golf, played with a soccer ball on a golf course and shorted holes with 21-inch diameter cups (we had to look it up, too).

Two nearby facilities, Mastick Woods Golf Course and Shawnee Hills Golf Course, are launching 18-hole American Footgolf League certified courses, usable to the public for a mere $10 a session or less.

Equipment costs are minimal, too. All you need is coursetime and a ball, explains footgolfer Lexi Korczynski, who recently wrote up a blog post detailing the 7 reasons everyone should be pumped about footgolf (go ahead- read it for yourself).

So, if you're hankering to beat the winter bloat and want to try something new, look for the April 12 opening or head to the Cleveland Metroparks website for more information.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Indians Opening Day Brings New Food and Drink Options to Progressive Field

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM

The Cleveland Indians 2014 opening game will serve up something a little different than just peanuts and crackerjacks. This season, Progressive Field has a few new partnerships to offer a greater variety of food and drink options at ball games.

Perhaps most notable are the three new brewing companies: Great Lakes Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co. and Sam Adams Brewing Co. These beer carts will gather in a vendor area behind iconic home plate.

As for food, Bob Evans sausage bars and Pierre's Ice Cream stands will bring a little more flavor to game day snacks. Additionally, new price cuts will bring down classic options; this means cheaper hot dogs, sodas and brew.

When beers and dogs don't cut it, baseball fans can also reserve seats at the fancy-schmancy Terrace Club, which will be open to the public this season

Dollar hot dog night, or dress-up dinner? Take your pick, Indians fans— just don't forget about the game.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Could Akron Host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM


Could Akron, OH play host to the 2022 Winter Olympics? Akron Beacon Journal writer Bob Dyer certainly thinks so.

Yesterday, Dyer penned a sprightly column detailing how and why Akron is a prime pick for the 2022 bid.

His case? The excess of wintry weather, plethora of existing infrastructure, and established geographic reputation ("Tell the truth: Before the approach of these games, had you ever in your entire life uttered the word 'Sochi?'") could put us leagues above the competition.

Read the rest of his argument here.

What do you think? Would you like to see Akron emerge as a contender? We could see the old Rolling Acres Mall revitalized as the Olympic Village.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova's Jersey to Be Retired at St. Mary's

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM


While Kyrie Irving travels to New Orleans for NBA All-Star Weekend, Cavs' reserve guard Matthew Dellavedova will travel to Moraga, California, where the #4 he wore at St. Mary's College will be retired in a ceremony Saturday.

Dellavedova, an undrafted rookie for the Cavs who has become a source of instant energy and nuisance-style defense off the bench, is St. Mary's all-time leader in career points, three-pointers, assists, free throw percentage, games played and games started. He is, in the the world of northern California college hoops, a bit of a legend.

Delly becomes only the second player in St. Mary's history to have his number retired, joining Tom Meschery (some guy no one's ever heard of who played in the NBA in the 60s).

Here is perhaps Delly's most heroic NCAA moment, a running three-point buzzer beater to defeat BYU. (Video also includes rare footage of Delly's Australian accent, as well as live comments from his affable, Aussie parents).

The Cavs take on the Pistons tonight with a chance to go into the All-Star break on a four-game winning streak.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

FedCup: Italy Dominates in First Day of Play, But Cleveland Still Raucous Crowd

Posted By on Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Italys Karin Knapp, after her teams second win.
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  • Italy's Karin Knapp, after her team's second win.

Italy struck first blood at the FedCup tennis tournament this afternoon with two decisive wins beneath the gilded mezzanines of Cleveland’s Public Auditorium downtown. In order to come away victorious, team USA will have to win all three matches tomorrow afternoon.

The United States’ Christina McHale fought valiantly in the first match vs. Italy’s big-hitting Karin Knapp. Knapp prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. After surrendering the first set, McHale clawed back in the second, pitting her precision and agility against Knapp’s ferocious ground strokes.

A nagging blister may have hampered her stroke some in the third, but McHale said afterward that it was simply a momentum shift.

“There were some chances I didn’t capitalize on” said McHale, who also acknowledged that she could have served with more consistency.

Madison Keys, the U.S. first-ranked player in this competition and 37th in the world, lost to Italy’s Camila Giorgi in the second match. Giorgi, who continues to wear sky blue velour leggings while her teammates wear bright blue track pants, played like a woman possessed. Poor Keys never found an opening, despite a powerful first-serve and a generally wicked baseline game.

Giorgi was, in the vernacular of tennis players, “going for her shots.” She couldn’t miss. She was catching Keys’ first serve on the rise and sending them back to her at 120+ MPH . Keys was never in arm’s reach, ultimately losing 6-2, 6-1.

“All credit to her” Keys said afterwards, remaining surprisingly upbeat. “I played as best I could, but there’s just nothing you can do when she’s playing like that.”

Keys also expressed gratitude at the size and energy of the Public Auditorium crowd.

“They were with me until the very last ball,” said Keys. “It is definitely appreciated.”

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