The Worst Play in Football

September 22, 2014

If there was ever a day for the Browns to have beaten the Ravens, a franchise that’s been running on reputation and fumes since Ray Lewis retired, and one that came to town yesterday with the Ray Rice domestic violence cover-up having just been exposed as an historically spectacular microcosm of everything that’s wrong with everything on planet earth (or […]

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Save us, Johnny Football (2014 Browns Season Preview)

September 4, 2014

When he arrived in Cleveland in 2012, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam wasted no time making clear that the NFL franchise he wants to emulate is the Dallas Cowboys, a team with only one playoff win in 17 years, but one that’s established itself as the best in the league at squeezing every last dime out of its brand. […]

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LeBron James, Dan Gilbert and “Owning” Professional Sports

August 26, 2014

The following was written by Cleveland sports fan, paralegal, and playwright Andrew Scheid, a Northeast Ohio native currently living in Chicago. ————— During the final minutes of last month’s World Cup match between the US and Belgium, I joined an army of bodies crammed into a tiny gelato shop near my office in downtown Chicago […]

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Now is the time to enter the Sixth Annual Cheddar Bay Reality Football contest

August 22, 2014

“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.” — Francis Bacon “If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.” — William Blake ————— As much as only a damn fool would

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Brown Is the New Orange: Josh Gordon, Pot, Prison and the NFL

July 31, 2014

Folks in Cleveland and everywhere are fairly up in arms over the disparity between the NFL’s recent 2-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for having (allegedly) violently battered his wife, and the whopping 16-game suspension that star Browns receiver Josh Gordon is expected to receive pursuant to league policy for having tested […]

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Bigger than Basketball: The Transformative Power of LeBron James

July 16, 2014

If we’ve learned anything in the days since LeBron James announced that he’ll return to his native Northeast Ohio to play again for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s that the reports of locals burning his jersey had been greatly exaggerated. Not only did the majority of Cavs fans never burn their gear, they didn’t throw it […]

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The talents are coming home

July 11, 2014

More here shortly on “a relationship with Northeast Ohio that’s bigger than basketball.” For now though even LeBron would have to excuse a few days, or a few months, or whatever the case may be before getting back to the real world, so to speak, and anyone would have to agree that things are looking at […]

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The Patent Office’s cancellation of the Redskins trademark is relatively meaningless

July 7, 2014

At some level it’s of course good news that a government office with jurisdiction over the issue took an official step in recognition of the Washington Redskins name for what it is: A racist slur adopted by a racist in celebration and furtherance of white supremacy. Yet despite all the excitement about bootleg Redskins merchandise […]

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LeBron’s Next Move

June 24, 2014

LeBron James just notified the Miami Heat that he’ll exercise an early-termination option in his contract that will allow him to become a free agent this summer. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll leave Miami, and theoretically it improves the Heat’s ability to re-add LeBron to a retooled roster. At this point no one knows what […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers to finance $40 million in stadium improvements without a dime of public money

May 30, 2014

It’s no secret that NFL football works a lot differently in Pittsburgh than it does in Cleveland. But as hard as it might have been to think that the contrast between the two cities could be any more stark on this front, here’s a story from last week’s Tribune-Review about how Pittsburgh city leaders have come to an agreement with the owners […]

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