As a diehard Cleveland Browns fan, I must say that it’s nice to finally see the image of Peyton Hillis on the cover of Madden ’12. Hillis, who beat out Eagle’s QB Michael Vick in a nation wide vote, is seen with Cleveland Browns Stadium and the Cleveland skyline behind him on the cover. It’s a small step to receiving some much needed national exposure and really is a testament to the loyalty and enthusiasm of the Browns fan base. Now they just need to win some games. -DM
Every Cleveland Cavalier fans worst nightmare is becoming more of a reality with each passing series the Miami Heat, and in particular Lebron James, win. Things looked promising for fans of the Cavs, like myself, when midway through the season it seemed as though the Heat were nothing more than three superstars struggling to find an identity. Both Lebron and Dwayne Wade were playing the same type of game and neither seemed to have any desire in changing what made them two of the top players in the NBA. You could see why so many NBA “experts” said the two of them would struggle to coexist. On top of that, Chris Bosh was regularly a non factor in games and looked as though the constant media attention and pressure was getting the best of him.
You can imagine how it pains me to say that those days are a definite thing of the past. Lebron and Wade seemed to have found a common thread in their games and opposing defenses are paying the price. Ask any player on the Boston Celtics how you go about trying to stop arguably the two top penetrating players in the NBA when both happen to be on the same team. In addition, Bosh has settled into a role that fits his game and no longer looks like he’s trying to live up to the hype of being a “superstar.” However, the fact that every other player has similarly bought into playing their own type of role could be the biggest reason why the Heat are only 4 wins away from playing for an NBA title.
Yes, it hurts just thinking about it. GO CHICAGO! -DM
It’s May 4th and the Cleveland Indians have the best record in ALL OF BASEBALL at 20-8 and are on a 7 game winning streak. Considering they were NEVER even in first place in their own division last year, it’s obvious why fans like myself are still very skeptical of this incredible start. It also might have something to do with the fact Cleveland fans have had to endure an almost unending bombardment of disappointment from their sports teams.
But could this team be different?
The Indians have one of the most surprising pitching staffs in the entire league, a lineup that seems to continually hit when it matters most, a solid and respected manager and their best player showing no signs of an injury that kept him out for almost all of 2010. Yes, they have all of the signs of a team that could, and should, contend in the American League. So why aren’t the seats filled at Progressive Field and fans talking about Grady Sizemore instead of a 330 lb defensive tackle from Baylor taken in the first round by the Cleveland Browns? It’s pretty simple. We don’t fully believe just yet. A hot start is just that- a start. Cleveland fans need more. They need a solid May and June and then you’ll see Progressive Field looking like it did back in the day when it was known as the Jake and was the hottest ticket in town.
Of course those teams still lost twice in the World Series and ripped our hearts out, but that’s for another day. -DM