A LeBron James-led opening day at the Corner of Carnegie and Huron

1The summer went by in a blink, didn’t it?

It’s hard to believe that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be taking the court at Quicken Loans Arena tomorrow night, and it’s even more hard to believe who will be stepping foot on that court donning Cleveland Cavaliers’ jerseys.

Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters are back, as are Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson.

Oh, and so is LeBron James.

Remember him?

In tow with James comes Kevin Love and Mike Miller and James Jones and Shawn Marion.

Running the team from the bench is the best EuroCoach, David Blatt, and the highest paid assistant coach is right next to him in Tyronn Lue.

Boy what a difference a year makes, right?

It’s days like this that bring out the kid in me. The beginning of any season in any sport is special, but the beginning of this season with these Cleveland Cavaliers is particularly indulgent for any fan.

LeBron is home, and there really isn’t a story any more unique than that. While many will talk about the whens and the whys, and while others will bring up burnt jerseys and comic sans, I’ll be reveling in watching #23 dominate a basketball game with the wine and gold on. I’ll be enjoying Kevin Love threes and Dion Waiters finishes and Kyrie Irving finally becoming the point guard he was meant to be.

I’ll watch Shawn Marion and his bent fingers, and Mike Miller and his weird hair and think, “How did this happen?”

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Orbiting Cleveland: Expectations for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2014-15 season

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Something feels different this week as the Cleveland Cavaliers are about to start the 45th season in franchise history.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know what’s different — LeBron James, the best basketball player on the planet, returned home this offseason. There’s no reason to rehash the details or events that led to that happening.

As you would guess, expectations have now reached a new pinnacle. Some say it’s championship or bust. Others’ have expectations that are less definitive.

The problem here is that expectations are always extreme for a fanbase that has not seen a championship in 50 years. Patience is supposed to be a virtue, but in Cleveland, it’s an involuntary obligation.

I’m not yet ready to say I expect a championship. I am, however, ready to say I’ve never anticipated a season than I anticipate this NBA season.

For Cavaliers fans, these past four seasons have been especially difficult. In a matter of seconds, the Cavs went from a perennial contender to a perennial lottery team in July 2010 when James announced he was taking his talents to South Beach.

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Cleveland Browns Start Slow, Finish Strong

0Well, that was dull…until it wasn’t.

The Cleveland Browns, looking lifeless for most of their game against the Oakland Raiders, woke up late and surged ahead to keep the Raiders winless on the season. It seems that Donte Whitner was the one to ring the bell when he forced Darren McFadden to fumble a ball into the arms of Joe Haden near the end of the third quarter. At that time, the score was 9-6, Browns.

After that, the Browns did something they hadn’t done since the Steelers game: They scored a touchdown. As a matter of fact, they did it twice in the final quarter, both off of turnovers. Continue reading

The Sunday Drive with LeBron James and YOUR Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers-Media DayHi there, my name is Jim, and I’m a Cleveland Cavaliers fan.

I was born in 1971 in Berea, OH, the year after the Cavaliers first season, and have been a fan ever since. It’s been a long journey. This Thursday, that journey will continue, and LeBron James, the King, will be home.

It’s been a long…long journey. Have I mentioned that?

I grew up with the Miracle in Richfield, powered by Campy and Bingo and the Jims (Cleamons, Chones and Brewer). I remember wondering if Kenny and Austin Carr were brothers, and if Mike Mitchell was sad that he played for such a bad team. I loved Bagley and Hinson and World B. Free, and got yelled at by my first basketball coaches for my weird, Free-modeled jump shot. I thought Roy Hinson, Keith Lee and Mel Turpin were going to form the triple towers, but cried a little bit when Hinson was traded, even for a first round pick.

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10 Orbservations: Reflecting on the Browns’ loss to Jacksonville, possible extensions for Brian Hoyer and Tristan Thompson

10 Orbservations is a regular Saturday piece at Everybody Hates Cleveland where EHC Managing Editor Steve Orbanek offers 10 quick sports takes, both on Cleveland topics and national ones.

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1. Last week, the Cleveland Browns were defeated 24-6 by the Jacksonville Jaguars. I still cannot get the sour taste out of my mouth following that loss. You can talk about all of the negatives from that contest, and there are plenty. Quarterback Brian Hoyer did not look like his usual self, the offensive line could not compensate for the loss of center Alex Mack and the defense, despite getting three interceptions, allowed Denard Robinson run like he was still quarterbacking the Michigan Wolverines. Obviously, it’s important not to overreact as this was just one game, but here’s my fear. Even if the Browns do make it to 5-3 by winning their next two contests against the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I think this could be a game they will have needed later in order to secure a playoff berth. The schedule has been a gift so far in the first half, but that’s not the case in the second half of the season as matchups with Indianapolis, Baltimore and two divisional matchups with Cincinnati loom. If the Browns do not make the playoffs this season, it will be tough to not look back at this game as a primary reason.

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Chasing Headley at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario

1The 2014 season is in the books here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, and while the like-minded and often-compared-to-Cleveland-Kansas City Royals are currently preparing to play in Game 2 of the 2014 World Series, our Indians are already three weeks into their offseason. While it’s easy to look back on the 2014 season and wonder what went wrong, it’s time to gaze into the 2015 crystal ball as the Indians prepare for an offseason in which Chris Antonetti will look to regain some of the momentum of the 2013 season.

There are many that contend that the 2014 season continued that momentum, as the Indians followed their 92-win playoff season with another 85 wins. No, the win total didn’t improve, but you could make a case that there were several factors working against the Tribe, including some well-payed players that had many wondering why they were well-payed.

With that said, you could equally make a case that the finer points of this team improved greatly. Continue reading

The Universe – Entry Thirteen: Smelling Salts

Well, how about it folks? The WWE giving us two quality weeks of programming in a row this fall? I’m stunned, truly stunned. More than that, they have managed to turn me around on this whole “Purgatory in a Cell” thing. Just what exactly are they doing right? You’re going to have to click on, my little padawans.

I’m Brian Andrews; welcome to The Universe. Let’s get started.

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Rearview Mirror: The Wait-and-See Browns

Jacksonville-at-Cleveland“Same old Browns.”

That’s what I heard from many fans after Sunday’s shellacking by the then-winless Jacksonville Jaguars. I’m not sure I agree, but I completely get it. After the Week 3 23-21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, I was feeling the same way.

Over the past seven seasons, the Browns have had moments where maybe you could believe they had turned a corner. Remember 2010 in the Eric Mangini era when they had back-to-back wins against New England and New Orleans? Only to see the team fall apart after that and watch another head coach sent out the door? Continue reading

Slava Voynov’s suspension and the NHL’s moral predicament

voynovOn Monday morning, the NHL suspended a player for a crime he has yet to be charged with.

Yes, Slava Voynov was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, and the initial bits of news trickling out of Redondo Beach are ugly – an incident between Voynov and the alleged victim, a woman who was “screaming and heard crying,” left the woman with injuries bad enough to require hospital care. Voynov was arrested at the hospital.

While the case will likely progress to an arraignment for Voynov, he has yet to be officially charged. Had the Kings’ defenceman been arrested on suspicion of, say, DUI or cocaine possession, Voynov may still be preparing to face the Buffalo Sabres this coming Thursday, the way Ryan Malone was preparing to make his season debut with the Rangers Tuesday night four months after his own arrest. Continue reading

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