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

2 comments Read the full article →

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 […]

14 comments Read the full article →

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 […]

27 comments Read the full article →

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 […]

29 comments Read the full article →

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 […]

20 comments Read the full article →

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 […]

24 comments Read the full article →

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 […]

23 comments Read the full article →

God Help Johnny Football

May 9, 2014

Last night the Cleveland Browns used the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to select quarterback Johnny Manziel, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M University who’s famously known as “Johnny Football.” This morning on ESPN’s SportsCenter a whole lot was said about Cleveland’s new “celebrity quarterback.” Hardly any […]

51 comments Read the full article →

The 2014 NFL Draft is the most important draft in Cleveland Browns history

May 7, 2014

Matt Borcas is a Mentor native and lifelong Browns fan who writes about football and other things for ESPN’s Grantland. His writing about the NFL has appeared here regularly in the past and here it is again to preview the latest most important draft in Cleveland Browns history. ————— Ray Farmer, like most NFL execs, […]

49 comments Read the full article →

44% of Cuyahoga County voters reject sin tax subsidy for Cleveland’s pro sports owners

May 7, 2014

Below is the text of a press release issued by the Coalition Against the Sin Tax (C.A.S.T.) in response to yesterday’s election results, with links added for reference. ————- Yesterday, by a margin of approximately 56 to 44 percent (101,717 votes to 78,741), Cuyahoga County voters approved Issue 7, also known as the Sin Tax […]

22 comments Read the full article →