Oh, The Pain

By Greg Brinda

Funny how Cavs head coach Byron Scott has called out the team a number of times all year. He often sites his men for a lack of effort. If you saw Thursday night’s game versus Portland, it was another prime example. With all this being said, the Cavs still want you to buy tickets and support the team for the rest of the year. Makes sense to me.

Jim Tressel needs to forfeit 5/12 of his salary plus his 250 thousand dollar fine if he is officially suspended five games next season.

Is the NFL lockout settled yet?

When is Indians third baseman Jason Donald going to swing the bat again? Opening day is in two weeks.

Why do employers give employees the day off for St. Patrick’s day?

By the way, my corn beef from the Unicorn in Grafton was fabulous!

 

The Truth and Only the Truth (As I See It)

By Greg Brinda

The NFLPA decertifies thus ending its union status. Can someone tell me when the last time the Teamsters, UAW, United Mine Workers or the AFL-CIO decertified?

The Browns WILL take a defensive lineman or Von Miller with their first pick in the draft. The Browns will not take Cam Newton or any wide receiver with the sixth pick.

OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith had a bad week. First there was the Jim Tressel dog and pony show. Then his explanation of how the NCAA selection committee picked some of the bubble teams went nowhere and at times sounded like gibberish and babble.

The NCAA and it dealings reminds me of an out of control dictator. (Fill in the blank for your favorite dictator). Stupid rules and it now wants to clear out an arena in 30 minutes for its basketball tournament. Time for some major conferences to band together and say enough is enough and say we are going in another direction.

So let me get this straight. The Indians are being extra cautious with Lonnie Chisenhall and are sending him to the minors even though he’s batting .935 and playing a decent third base. The Indians think that journeymen utility infielders are a better fit for now. Let me see. Chisenhall is the only guy that’s drawing any excitement and interest out of the Indians spring training. Great way to sell tickets!

Can someone tell me why Byron Scott is still talking about stuff that he started talking about four months ago? It’s now very clear that either his message to the players is garbled or some of his players have a very low basketball IQ. Whatever the case it’s not very good for the Cavs.

And finally The Ohio State University will win the National Championship come early April. It’s not known yet if Terrelle Pryor will be asked to cut down the net.

 

MEA CULPA?

Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel

By: Greg Brinda

Jim Tressel screwed up. Period!

He is paying the price and when the NCAA gets done with him and the school, the price will be higher.

So be it!

He’s an adult. He’s a coach. He should know the rules. No excuses. Trying to protect the kids is noble but very short sighted. Somebody other than him should have been told of the situation. Tressel knows better and for whatever reason he made up in his own mind, and it was the wrong one.

His image is forever tarnished. I think he knows that. The school knows that.

But Tressel is still an honorable man and a very good coach and THE OHIO STATE is in a better place with him than without him.

Tressel has learned a valuable lesson. It’s a lesson that will stay with him forever.

So let’s move on.

And by the way if OSU needs someone to coach the first two games next season, I’m available.

Oh What a Night!

By Greg Brinda

40 years ago on March 8, 1971 Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier

I was a freshman in High School

What I do remember was all the hype. Frazier was the heavyweight champ. Ali had the title stripped from him when he refused to go to Viet Nam for religious reasons.

Ali wanted the title back. He was still the “people’s champ” to some. Others hated him for a lot of reasons that were quite ignorant at the time. Seats at Madison Square Garden went for as much as 150 bucks, an unheard of price for a sporting event in 1971.

All the celebrities were there, at least those who could get a ticket. Tickets were in such demand Frank Sinatra got a media pass as a photographer.

There was no TV, no ESPN, and no radio. The only thing you got were reports on the national news and of course in the sports section of the following day’s newspaper.

It might have been the biggest sports event ever presented where you had to be there to see it live.

It was an event the whole country paid attention to. I wasn’t even that big of a boxing fan, but I knew this was something special.

It’s something I’ll never forget even though the access to information that night was limited.  Imagine if cable tv and especially ESPN exited that night. It might have been bigger than whether Brett Favre was coming back.

I Would/I Wouldn’t

By Greg Brinda

I would pay to see a Charlie Sheen-Lindsey Lohan reality show

I wouldn’t pay to see Pete Sampras play Andre Agassi in tennis….two old guys..come on now!

I would pay to see draft nicks try to fix a stop watch

I wouldn’t pay for a PSL if you threatened to kill me

I would pay to see Kirstie Alley wrestle Chris Jerico on Dancing With The Stars

I wouldn’t pay to watch any soccer game….EVER!!!

I would pay to eat most hot dogs

I would never pay to eat rare meat

I would pay to watch anything Sharon Stone is in

I would never pay to watch or even watch for free Lady Gaga

I would pay to watch Blake Griffin play every night

I would demand my money back if I ever paid to watch the Detroit Pistons and those low life scum bags who boycotted practice the other day.

I would pay for Dick Clark’s autograph

I wouldn’t pay for anyone elses

 

Good Week

By Greg Brinda

So the Browns franchise Phil Dawson…. excellent move

And the Cavs trade for Baron Davis and get another lottery pick.

Can it be any better that that?

Yes. The Indians get CC or Cliff Lee back.

We know that won’t happen so we’ll just be happy with the first two.

The Browns realized that Dawson is a VERY VALUABLE commodity and finally rewarded him.

The Cavs, meantime, traded two guys who really had no future with the club for a good player and a lottery pick which hopefully down the road will help the team get back to respectability.

Now the hard part for the Cavs. Chris Grant will have to take those two lottery picks and turn them into gold. If he does, he gets a medal. If the draft picks are a bust then he sends the franchise into oblivion.

But for now let’s be happy because there really hasn’t been much to be happy about in Cleveland sports these days.

 

GRAY GETS HIS

By Greg Brinda

How sweet it is!!!!

Golf Channel sent our buddy Jim Gray home this week because his ego went haywire.

Gray tried to interview Dustin Johnson during his round because he almost missed his tee time and was assessed a two stroke penalty for being late. The key here is “during the round”

Johnson’s caddy Bobby Brown, no not the singer, got into a shouting match with Gray after the round.

Apparently all those concerned thought it would be best that Gray leave.

I agree.

But how about no more Gray ever?

I now like the Golf Channel again

As for Gray, we all know he is a d_ _ _ _ _ bag!

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