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01/12 Minute: Pro Field, Tucker’s Turn and Malcom’s Return

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Hello, all.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer made the Jacobs Field/Progressive Field the front page piece today, which is not very surprising. Also not surprising was the mixed reactions, with most being negative. A lot of Cleveland fans are more of the traditional variety, and similar to a church-and-state discussion, they feel that corporations and sports teams shouldn’t mix.

While it will always be “The Jake” to me, being in the business world, I can understand both sides. The Indians can always use more money, and if it’s not coming in a 20 percent boost in ticket prices, I’m alright with that. Progressive is a Cleveland-based company that employs thousands. If they can flourish through advertising, it’s better for the city whether it is realized or not. It is especially better than the company packing its bags and heading to a more lucrative city.

Cleveland desperately needs funding, and where better to produce this funding than the companies based within? The banking industry has been turmoiled as of late with several of the regional banks dropping considerably in market value as well as the number of employees. So, as long as this is a sign of things to come in terms of corporate funding into the city, I’m alright with it.
The double-OT win against Charlotte may prove to be a bigger game than it looks right now. At home, against a weaker opponent, it would have been devastating to drop this one. Anderson Varejao was huge (16 points, 18 rebounds) in a game that many thought he would miss. And it isn’t surprising at all that Damon Jones came up big again. Yes, he’s a liability if he’s on the floor for 40 minutes, but if he’s sprinkled into offensive sets, it isn’t far-fetched for this guy to win us a few more games down the road.

Malcom Jenkins deciding to stay for his senior season could prove to be huge for the Buckeyes next year. He’s turning down first round money for a chance to be an All-America (again), go out on top as well as increase his draft status into the top-15 – thus earning more cash down the road. With Vernon Gholston taking off, many await the decision of James Laurinaitis, who is pretty much guaranteed top-15 money. Personally, I’ll be shocked if he comes back.

And Mel Tucker it is. After Todd Grantham was shown the door, the former secondary coach will be the defensive coordinator of the Browns. I’m a bit skeptical given the way that we gave up a ton of receptions. Blame this on the lack of pass-rush if you will. Tucker will have a lot to prove to get me on board.

Have a good Saturday, all.


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  1. You definitely make some great points about ‘Pro Field,’ but it’s a shame to see Jacob’s Field go. I will agree that keeping a strong company like Progressive around is definitely something the city needs. Here’s to hoping Cleveland Browns Stadium keeps its name.


    January 13, 2008 at 12:35 am

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