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Fantastic piece from TD- “My father, who raised me on all things Cleveland Sports (The Tribe in particular), tragically passed away of complications from cancer in November of 2004 at the age of 62. After the age of six, he never saw his beloved Tribe win a World Series. He never saw the Browns win a Super Bowl, let alone reach one. He never saw the Cavs win an NBA title. This was a man who lived and died with his teams. I don’t want my entire life to be that way. The one major thing his death taught me was perspective: Sports aren’t life or death, they are a merely a wonderful distraction from the real world around us.” [TD/Still WFNY]
Jamison out, will the Cavs defense improve?- “I get kinda peeved when I see national pundits bemoaning the fact that Jamison is on this team with that record losing streak. You know what plays a part in losing 26 games in a row? Defense. I mean, I don’t want anyone to go through 26 straight losses, but let’s not act like Jamison didn’t play a role in all of this.” [Ben Cox/The Ben Blog]
Thomas is the only Brown in Walker’s top 10 for the AFC North- “Analysis: Thomas dropped four spots in this year’s “Walker’s Fab 40″ but still comes in a No. 8. He was not the dominant, impenetrable left tackle he’s been in the past, but was still good enough to make the Pro Bowl. Thomas spent the early part of the season dealing with an elbow injury that was never made public because he never complained about it. But it did impact his performance. Thomas was great once again in the running game and helped Cleveland tailback Peyton Hillis (No. 13) have a breakout year. But Thomas got beat a few times in pass protection and, in fact, Cleveland’s entire offensive line took a step back as all three quarterbacks were injured this season.” [Walker/AFC North Blog]
Don’t worry Joe, someone sure thinks you are the best- “A rare bright spot on a generally bad Browns team, Joe Thomas deserves a higher profile. We’re doing our part by recognizing a guy who seems to be destined to spend the rest of the decade playing the game not far from his ultimate football destination. Canton, Ohio.” [Florio/Pro Football Talk]
A brief scare in Arizona- “Santana singled with two outs off Dodgers righty Chad Billingsley and then was off and running on an opposite-field single by Travis Hafner. In left field, L.A.’s Tony Gwynn Jr. booted the ball, opening the door for Santana to go to third. Santana took things up a noth and bolted around third and headed toward the plate. The throw from left beat him and catcher Rod Barajas was planted as Santana came barreling in. Indians manager Manny Acta held his breath. “That’s the first reaction,” Acta said.” [Bastian/Major League Bastian]