Andy Baskin writes about Sports for the Cleveland Jewish News. Follow Andy on Twitter @andy_baskin.
The NBA Draft Lottery is in the rear-view mirror. The Cleveland Guardians are swimming around .500, while the Cincinnati Reds are going to be swimming upstream all summer. The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals can play the schedule game now that the order of games with the dates and times have been released.
The old saying is that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. I wonder if that is the same for beer cans? A super ugly incident occurred last weekend at Yankee Stadium when fans started throwing beer and other debris at Cleveland Guardians players following a walk-off afternoon win for New York April 23.
Sometimes we lower the bar because we already know the outcome is something we know we are not going to like. Case in point the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The cold air is slowly starting to leave Northeast Ohio. Now spring will start with a sports clash in downtown Cleveland on April 15 – the first night of Passover. The Cleveland Cavs will host a winner-take-all-one-game play in-game to see who has the right to meet Miami in the first round of the NBA playoffs. And the Guardians will host the San Francisco Giants in the home opener at Progressive Field. The poor Monsters scheduled to play the Laval Rocket had to be moved to April 14 because of the Cavs. It’s a good time for Cleveland sports.
Baseball returns this week after a 99-day lockout. Finding anybody who expects anything but mediocrity with the Cleveland Guardians and the Cincinnati Reds is few and far between. Both fan bases should be settled into enjoying the game on a warm summer’s night and are dreaming about being competitive for a wild-card spot in the playoffs.
It’s been more than a week since the Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Deshaun Watson. It is the most polarizing conversation since LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010.
The new NFL year is here and once again the league did not disappoint. Plenty of headlines to get things moving. Tom Brady has unretired, while Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay stay together, Carson Wentz is off to Washington and the Steelers will be rooting for Mentor High School graduate Mitchell Trubisky. Quarterbacks stole the show to start the year.
Here we go into the stretch run of the NBA regular season. In case you forgot, hopefully, we remember what it is like to make a run for the playoffs. It’s been a while since LeBron James was here and this was old hat. The playoffs might feel like a pre-pandemic thing for us, but the rest of the league has been fighting through this since the famous “bubble” championship the Cavs were not invited to.
The Major League Baseball season will not start on time after Commissioner Rob Manfred announced March 1 the cancellation of the first two scheduled series of the regular season.