The Cleveland Sports Guyz talk Hoyer, Manziel, Waiters, Bron and Kluber

In today’s edition of The Cleveland Sports Guyz, Jim and Steve kick things off with the Cleveland Browns, as they look closely at how good (or bad) Brian Hoyer has been this year, and whether or not he will make it through next week, let alone this year. Hoyer has been everything that you want in a consistent quarterback, but there have been some instance of stagnancy that are troubling. The big question with regards to Hoyer is in today’s era of the NFL, is a player that can lead the Browns on a consistent basis, or is he a quarterback that will always somewhat fall short ever so often? Continue reading

Payroll Disparity and the MLB Playoffs: The League Championship Series

mlb-playoffsEach round of the playoffs, I have broken down the teams that participated and where they ranked in terms of spending. The original concept of this was to show the effect that payroll has on Major League Baseball. The reason I look at it here and not in other sports is for the unique fact that MLB has no salary cap. Each team can generate their own revenue and spend as they see fit.

For a fan of a team in a smaller market – The Cleveland Indians – it is frustrating to watch the team struggle every year because they can’t compete with an equal level of talent. Continue reading

Orbiting Cleveland: Appreciating Corey Kluber’s 2014 Campaign


hi-res-77db53bec8cc04f3e1aac8d47ac9a18d_crop_northHindsight is 20/20. Is that how the saying goes?

The Cleveland Browns are emerging as one of the NFL’s trendiest teams. The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James are about to embark on a “Championship or Bust” season. Yet, here I sit, content to reflect on the Cleveland Indians’ 2014 season.

Something must be wrong with me.

Or maybe not.

Perhaps a little bit of reflection could serve us all well. When looking back at the Indians, it’s easy to get caught up in the negatives.

The Tribe finished with a record of 85-77, a far cry from a year earlier when they finished 92-70 and captured the American League’s top Wild Card spot.

At times, this team was painful — incredibly painful, in fact. Continue reading

Browns Offense Misses Trip To Jacksonville

Jacksonville-at-ClevelandThis game was played terribly by the Cleveland Browns. Okay, that’s an obvious statement, but I’m irritated and feel a need to make it anyway. This loss sits squarely on the offense and a little on head coach Mike Pettine.

I found it amazing as I watched Twitter that fans couldn’t seem to understand that a good 85% of this was that offensive line. That’s what happens when you lose one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. Sorry, but no matter how well other guys are, you just don’t replace a guy like Alex Mack. Not many teams could. Continue reading

Browns offensive stride a long time in the making

New Orleans Saints v Cleveland BrownsWhen Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells famously quipped “You are what your record says you are,” he could very well have been describing the 2014 version of Browns offense when contrasted with its immediate predecessors.

That there comes a time when it is blatantly obvious that production trumps the promises that potential and past successes have to offer was a realization far from the minds of the guys running things in Berea at the beginning of the decade.

To this point this season, the Browns’ offense has impressed with several historic performances and carries the promise of continued growth. It’s a scenario that would’ve seemed nearly unfathomable for an attack that, in previous years, relied on high draft picks and veterans to carry out a proven, albeit somewhat antiquated systems.

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Trend Spotting: An Indians Primer on what to avoid

As the Cavaliers and Browns enter what is perhaps the apex of interest over the past decade in Cleveland sports, I cannot help but think about what could happen with the Tribe in 2015. With youth comes a certain optimism, in the modern MLB marketplace, controlled proven youth comes unmatched hubris. For the Indians, this is where we sit.

I enjoy the multitude of articles which highlight who the Indians add, at least as a consumer, but my tact is far different with the thought being, who should the Indians avoid? This question comes with both specific players whom they should be wary of as well as inefficient asset allocation, which should be avoided.

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The Universe – Entry Twelve: Purgatory in a Cell

Ten days removed from, historically speaking, one of the most tepid, run of the mill, completely average annual Pay-Per-View offerings in all of WWE’s history, and it seems as if the tradition is set to continue. I myself am completely and one hundred percent impartial to the proceedings that are set to commence on this Halloween’s Eve-Eve-Eve-Eve-Eve. Please, gaze upon this slice of what would be called “hype” for this, the sixth annual WWE Hell in a Cell event:

What has brought on this amazing amount of indifference? Well, let me break it down to you in what is sure to be an article of some kind. I’m Brian Andrews; welcome to The Universe. Let’s get started.

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What I’d like to see in 2015 at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario

(photo courtesy of Lianna Holub and Lianna Holub Photography)

(photo courtesy of Lianna Holub and Lianna Holub Photography)

And the beat goes on here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.

It’s almost hard to believe that it’s been two years since I was talking about the pending Indians’ Culture Shock after Tribe GM Chris Antonetti and President Mark Shapiro pulled off the coup of the offseason when they hired manager Terry Francona. The fortunes of the Lake Erie Warriors changed on a dime, as their win total improved from 68-to-92.

With Cleveland seemingly perched in the cat-bird’s seat for 2014, they once again failed to improve their team with any key signings or movement during the last hot stove season. Sure, they brought in David Murphy (sarcasm), and actually DID improve their bullpen a bit, but their lack of roster movement and outside the box thinking, an inconsistent offense and an overused bullpen cost the team a return trip to the playoffs.

So I have to ask, did the Indians really make a culture change?

Yes, Francona managed to win 85 games this year, which most sensible fans will tell you that is probably more than they should have won. Yes, the Indians spent big money on players such as Big-Bust-So-Far Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. Yes, the Indians wrapped up players such as Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis to long-term deals. Yes, the future looks bright in Cleveland…

…but will the Indians make a move, even if it means going over their internal cap, if they really believe they can take the next step?

Last year, they signed David Murphy.

(long…long…LONG pause, while I let that settle for a bit)

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Rearview Mirror: The Browns Big Win Against The Steelers

hi-res-d7d1c948a8fb0b7a53afe5c871656d57_crop_northOn Sunday, the fans of the Cleveland Browns got a much-wanted/much-needed result from the team: A blowout win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This was an important win for the team as it was a divisional game, where, coming in, they were 0-2 on the season; as it finished the season series at 1-1; and as it got the Browns over the .500 mark. All of those things are very important.

But for the fans, there was something personal about the win. Continue reading

#MCM: Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine

mike-pettine-nfl-combine3I don’t want this to come across the wrong way, but I am starting to have a  man-crush on Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine. And with this being what the kiddos like to call “Man Crush Monday,” I thought I would talk about mine.

When Pettine became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, I had no reaction to it. I didn’t know him, and we’ve seen so many coaches come and go that who even bothers to care anymore? I have mentioned in the past that I have developed a Show Me attitude about the Browns organization, and the same went for the new head coach. Continue reading