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01/30 Morning Minute: Movin’ On Up!

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Today’s morning minute is up and ready for your reading pleasure.  But to see what I have going on, you’ll have to head over to WaitingForNextYear– a collaborative effort from three of the finer Cleveland-based bloggers around.

I have teamed up with Rick from HalftimeAdjustments and RockKing from the Cleveland Sports Authority to bring you (what we hope is) the finest blog of all things Cleveland Sports.  Original content, game previews/reviews, and gambling tips – if they were legal – are just a click away

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January 30, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Ch-ch-ch changes

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While this blog is still in its baby stage, I come to you with the news that something new will be unfolding in the near future.

I cannot get into details, but stay tuned as a new URL will be coming your way.

Until then…

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January 28, 2008 at 6:00 pm

01/19 Minute: Jakeless, But We Have A Damon/Romeo

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You know it is a slow sports night in Cleveland when the biggest news is the physical removal of the “Jacobs Field” sign.  While this may mean a lot to those within the organization or even those that are employed by Progressive Insurance, I refuse to exude emotion towards something when it will make the slightest of difference.  Those that have recently lost their jobs are obviously going to feel bitter towards this whole situation.  I feel for them more than anything as being a Clevelander always comes along with the fact that whatever business you work for may not be there a year from now – let alone your position.  So I get that.  But those that either hate corporate involvement or just feel like they need to voice their opinion simply need to stop.

Isn’t it crazy how Damon Jones went from not even being in the rotation to being a main part of this latest slew of wins?  Maybe his whining to the media had a point.  Either way, he’s supporting his arguments on the floor, and that is what is most important.  Let’s just hope this isn’t a showcase for him to go somewhere else, only to nail a buzzer-beater against us.

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January 19, 2008 at 4:33 pm

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.
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01/11 Morning Minute: Dust Off The Suits…

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…The Cleveland Indians have gone corporate. 

In an era where almost every major sports facility is backed by a corporate sponsor, it is not surprising to see the Cleveland Indians do more of the same.  What was known to many as Jacobs Field (or “The Jake”) will now be called Progressive Field – named after the publicly traded insurance company, headquartered just outside of Cleveland. 

While I tend to be more of a traditionalist in this regard, I would be naive to think that this was not going to happen.  I was hoping for something to maintain the Jacobs Field name within, who am I kidding?  Progressive Field, it is. 

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Friday 01/04 Minute: Chud, Henton, and Some Defense

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Top sports-related story in all of Cleveland today has to be the news that current Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski will interview for the vacant head coaching position with the Baltimore Ravens.  The turnaround that Chud gave the Browns offense is well documented, so this is not surprising by any means.  Browns fans will have to come to terms with the fact that Rob will be gone within two years, but we’ll all have to hope that he doesn’t go to the division rival Ravens.  Some already hold a grudge against Ozzie Newsome, so I can only imagine.  Hey Baltimore, what about Mike Martz?  He’s available.

 By now, you’ve likely heard of the “collusion” claims that have followed a Kerry Collins interview on WFAN (NY).  The PD reports that the team can file a grievance to the NFL, as collusion is obviously against the rules.  But honestly, what’s the point? 

Bill Belechick was voted coach of the year.  While I can go the route of pointing and yelling “cheater,” I’m more surprised that Romeo Crennel didn’t receive a single vote.

What’s this?  Todd Boeckman may not play the whole game?  Taking a page out of Florida’s book, the Buckeyes may toss Antonio Henton into the mix.  How often is it that a quarterback goes from suspended and only getting a handful of snaps to becoming a change-of-pace in a National Championship?

It only took until January, but the Cavaliers have decided to step up on defense.  The team that represented the East (regardless of path) last year is two games below .500, so it seems like a good time to change things up.  And don’t count on the trade mentioned by Brian Windhorst here to happen.  While that would easily shore up the inside defense, it isn’t likely to come to fruition.

And finally, if it is some Tribe which you long for, check out the DiaTribe’s projector series for 2008 here and here.

And if you’re reading this, thank you!  Have a good weekend.

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January 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm