From the Anchor Desk…

By Dave DeNatale

  • How many of you saw Jared Sullinger’s monster performance on Thursday night in Ohio State’s win over IUPUI?  Sullinger scored an OSU freshman record 40 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds to help a flat and rusty Buckeye squad get past the Jaguars.  The guy is incredibly polished for a freshman and is constantly in the right place at the right time.  Enjoy him while he’s in Columbus because odds are he’ll be at the next level next year.
  • For many fans here in Cleveland, college basketball is a one-month-only fad.  I often hear people say, “I don’t care about college hoops until March Madness.”  Well, maybe this is a year to care with the Buckeyes ranked second in the nation, Cleveland State off to an undefeated start, and Akron and Kent State both expected to contend for a MAC Championship.  Plus, let’s be honest, there just isn’t much excitement coming from the Cavaliers now that December 2nd has come and gone.
  • The Major League Baseball winter meetings have come and gone, and surprise….no activity by the Indians.  Well, unless of course you count signing catcher Paul Phillips to a minor league deal as noteworthy.  It hurts me to see how irrelevant the Tribe has become.  Hot-Stove time used to be so much fun around here back in the days when the Indians were willing and able to be players on the free-agent market.  Look, I get that the Dolans can’t afford to shell out $142 million dollars for Carl Crawford.  But please, give the fans of Cleveland something besides snow tubing and ice skating to get excited about.
  • I have long been an admirer of soon-to-be ex-Florida head coach Urban Meyer.  In fact, for one year I hosted his weekly radio coach’s show during his first season at Bowling Green State University.  That was back in 2001.  Since then, all Meyer has done is revitalize BGSU’s program, turn Utah into a perennial BCS contender, and win two national championships at Florida.  I’ve never met someone with as much charisma and motivational power as Meyer and I hope that he enjoys the opportunity to spend some quality time with his family.  Because you know when the right opportunity presents itself, Urban will be back.
  • And on one more semi-personal note, congratulations and best wishes to Drew Saylor, Arden McWilliams, and Wayne Bond.  Those three were key members of the Lake Erie Crushers 2009 Frontier League Championship team, and this week all three announced their retirements from professional baseball.  The greatest summer of my life was spent behind the microphone calling play-by-play for the ’09 Crushers and I’ve always treasured the friendships I made with those players.  Don’t be surprised if Saylor stays active in baseball and becomes a successful coach.

Until next week, when I hopefully won’t be stuck in another two-hour, blizzard-forced gridlock when trying to get out of Downtown Cleveland……………….

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