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01/16 Morning Minute: 51 > 101

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In yesterday’s Basketball Jones podcast, it was mentioned that a Kobe Bryant 50-point game should be on the horizon now that their center Andrew Bynum is out for the next eight weeks with a knee injury. Not that he’s overlooked, but the fact that LeBron James does not have an Andrew Bynum makes last night’s game of little surprise.

James dropped 51 points in a 132-124 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. The fact that this output tied Allen Iverson for the top night year-to-date in the NBA is one thing. The fact that James put up 50+ and the Cavaliers still won the game is another. Don’t forget that the Cavs have twice dropped games where #23 has put up at least 50 points, so it is not far-fetched by any means.

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January 16, 2008 at 12:27 pm

01/15 Morning Minute: Birds of a Feather

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Well, I have to admit that I’m pretty shocked to read today’s news that All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis will be returning to Ohio State for his senior season.  While Vernon Gholston has locked himself in to a top-10 selection this spring, Laurinaitis was one that was more of a question mark – despite his gaudy tackle totals.  Top 15 most likely, but the way he would produce at the next level was not for certain.

Laurinaitis admits that the decisions made by his teammates several days earlier impacted his decision, and while it was a tough move to pass up the NFL, the All-American thinks that the experience will do him well.

“Money can’t give you this experience, especially your senior season with the way this season could go,” Laurinaitis said. “I’m excited about my choice to come back.”

Another guide for Laurinaitis’ decision?  Former Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk.

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January 15, 2008 at 12:22 pm

01/04 Afternoon Minute: Party Over Here…

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No word on if LeBron James was rocking a scarf when he was pulled over doing triple-digits, but with these pictures that have been dug up from his 23rd birthday party, he definitely was in New York City.  Note that these were taken on December 18th, a few days before the speeding incident.

Some names that were on the guest list included hip-hop artists Jadakiss, DJ Clue, and Fabolous.  Teammates Drew Gooden and Donyell Marshall were also in attendance.  

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January 14, 2008 at 8:59 pm

01/14 Afternoon Minute: What Can Brown Do For You?

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It looks like we’ll have some time to find the answer.

Amidst rumors of Mike Brown being on the “hot seat” in terms of NBA coaches, owner Dan Gilbert quenched all rumors today as the Plain Dealer is reporting that he has extended the contract of his head coach – with terms not available as of this post.

Yes, he is the winningest coach (in terms of percentage) in team history, but even Brown has to be surprised by this news.

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January 14, 2008 at 5:49 pm

01/14 Morning Minute: Slow Down, Birthday Boy

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In a day where a lot of the news will focus on the two upsets that occurred in the NFL yesterday, as well as the Terrell Owens breakdown, I’m awaiting the LeBron James news to make big time headlines.  James was caught doing 101 mph in a 65 zone, about 15 miles south of Cleveland on December 30th – which happened to be his 23rd birthday. 

 The only thing that I’m a bit confused about is the fact that if this happened two weeks ago, how are we just finding out about it now?  The night that James’ mother was arrested for driving under the influence, it was front page news immediately following the arrest.

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01/13 Minute: Should We Be Colts Fans?

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As tough as it may be, after watching last night’s game between New England and Jacksonville, I think we as Clevelanders should all be Colts fans today. Even with a defense as good as Jacksonville’s, New England was still able to produce a bunch of scores. Assuming that games will then get into a shootout, I’d choose to root for the team with the more prolific offense – especially in crunch time – and that is the offense of the Colts.

Yes, they may have indirectly hurt the Browns’ chances of being in the playoffs, but let’s face it. Unless you’re rooting for history to happen with the Pats hunt for 19-0, which I am definitely not, you’re pulling for the Colts in today’s game. If there’s any consolation, there may not be a more exciting player to watch on defense than Bob Sanders.

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January 13, 2008 at 6:34 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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