It was announced today that Cleveland will have an Arena League team starting in ’08. The team, currently the Las Vegas Gladiators, will move to the Q and be renamed. (Thanks to Deadspin for the tip.) Cleveland’s favorite QB Bernie Kosar will be the team president and part owner. Here is the official release from the AFL website.
“I have always believed that Cleveland would be a perfect market for Arena Football. I am honored to be a part of bringing a great product here and look forward to bringing an ArenaBowl championship to my hometown,” said Kosar.
Uh, Bernie. Cleveland had an AFL team. They were called the Thunderbolts. They played here from 1992-1994. They had an 8-26 record, with one playoff appearance (a loss). They moved on due to lack of support. I understand that the Arena League is in much better shape now than it was back in the early 90’s. But you have to question the timing here. Continue reading
Well, I’m not sure where to start tonight. Let’s try the Indians. A one out hit by Victor in the bottom of the ninth earned him a seat on the bench as Barfield came in to run. (I had to remind myself that Wedge had been ejected already, because I was ready to jump on him for that one.) Garko gets drilled in the elbow, pushing Barfield to second. Peralta flies out, leaving the runners where they were. Gutierrez works a walk with some rare plate discipline, loading the bases and setting the stage for Lofton. Two outs, bottom of the ninth in a tie game. The count goes full. Lofton fouls off a high outside pitch that could have ended it. Next pitch…did I mention it was a tie game? Do you know why?
Back-up to the top of the ninth. We have a 5-4 lead. The only reason we had a lead was very timely hitting by, well most of the line-up. See, all of our runs scored with two outs. In fact we had 8 hits with two outs. So Laffey pitched well enough to win, Perez allowed runners to score for the first time since like 1999, and we came back to take the lead. Done deal right? Not really. Enter Joe Bo. He walked the lead off batter. Gave up a single, then a sacrifice bunt. The tying run scored on a ball that just got past Borowski, but was handled by Cabrera for an out. Joe got his 6th blown save, and nearly his 6th loss.
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I write this while watching the Browns getting handled by the Lions, and the Indians beat up the Rays. (Thank you picture in picture, and thanks to John for running the ship the last two days.) The Indians look a lot more like a playoff team today. The Browns just scored their first offensive touchdown of the preseason. Jason Wright ran one in with 11:00 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. To say the Browns have looked sloppy is an insult to sloppy. They are getting false start penalties, fumbling, throwing balls high to be intercepted, missing tackles…you know just like the Browns have since they returned to the league.
For the Tribe, Westbrook has looked good again, Cabrera hit his first home run, and the Tribe has 12 hits through seven innings for 6 runs. Lofton, Sizemore, Peralta, and Garko all have two hits so far.
The real story for the Browns right now is Brady Quinn, who is making his first appearance as I type this….screen pass for 29 yards. Second play a dump pass to Barclay for a few yards. Third play complete to Dinkins. Fourth play complete for a first down. 52 yards passing already. Fifth play complete to Steptoe, though it was on a deflection. Sixth play he tried to force one in, and a nice play to break up an interception. Next pass…Touchdown to E. Hill. Continue reading
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The Browns get a win in the first pre-season game of the year. What is good news for Browns fans is not really that we won the game, but that the defense and offensive line dominated the Kansas City Chiefs. No, Larry Johnson didn’t play. Brody Croyle, Tony Gonzalez and the rest of the offense did, and the Browns completely dominated that battle. This was good news for the Browns, and should give them a confidence boost. It would have been nice to see them get in the end zone, but overall a solid job. Sorry Quinn fans, Brady saw no action this game. He looked great carrying the clipboard though. I would give the edge in the quarterback battle to Frye. Don’t talk to me about Ken Dorsey. He had a nice drive in the 4th, but he was locked onto one receiver the whole drive, plus he was playing against absolute scrubs. Dorsey is auditioning for another team this pre-season.
I have to tell you about the thing that jumped out at me about this game. I didn’t start watching it from the beginning, and so I missed the introductions of the announcing team. Obviously the play by play guy was Jim Donovan, but I was struggling to figure out who the color guy was. What I realized quickly was that he was awful. Just completely terrible. Then I find out it was Bernie Kosar. Wow! He sounded like a drunk fan. No objectivity at all, and to be honest with you I found him annoying and constantly talking over top of Donovan to say absolutely nothing of importance.
I had always wondered why Michael Irvin and a bunch of crappy guys could get jobs in broadcasting but never heard of Bernie being in line for a job. I always thought he didn’t want to do it, but now I know that he just really sucks at it. Please, for the love of God, don’t let him back in a booth. I’m begging.