In 1947, Cleveland Indians' brass decided they needed a new logo/mascot to "convey a spirit of pure joy and unbridled enthusiasm". Out of that decision, "Chief Wahoo" was born. The "Chief" has been a part of Indians' marketing and uniforms ever since. From 1962 through 1994, a 28-foot-tall, neon-lit sign of "Chief Wahoo" at bat stood above Gate D of the Indians' former home, Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
I am a baseball fan. I am a sports fan. I understand the ties to a team's history and tradition. But do I think the Indians should get rid of "Chief Wahoo"? Yes, I do. Just look at the caricature; a smiling, toothy red-skinned cartoon. Of course that is offensive. If a team today were to adopt a similar logo/mascot of another race for marketing purposes, the outrage would be rightfully huge. So yes, the Cleveland Indians should retire the character for good. What say you?
Back Back....gimme 50 yards?? The NFL Competition Committee is discussing changing the position of the ball from the 2-yard line as far back as the 25-yard line. Why you ask? Answer this in your heads folks, whenever a team scores and decide to go for the extra point, do you "A", yawn? "B", get something to drink? or "C", you're too distracted by figuring what you're going to eat during the commercial that you don't care? My personal answer was "C" as were about 25 people I've asked in the last hour. Commissioner Roger Goddell suggested getting rid of the extra point altogether because "the assumption is that the point is made before attempted." Moving the kick back to the 25 yard line would make every extra point attempt a HUGE 43 yards. Needing 24 of 32 votes from owners to change the rules, some NFL kickers spoke out about the rule change.:
"...it will make a more dangerous play...guys will defend harder." Jay Feely of the Arizona Cardinals said Tuesday to Fox Sports News. While other players like Mike Nugent of the Cincinnati Bengals seem to be embracing the change, " However you can spice it up a little bit and make certain things more relevane, I think it's great!"
In up and coming months, this rule will be voted on and the league will speak. Making the extra point extra tough might be exactly what the league needs to keep things competitive.
I have lived in Columbus since birth and for all of my 48 years (yes Sabie, I am THAT old) of life, I had never had the privilege of attending an Arnold Classic, Arnold Challenge, Arnold Fitness Event or whatever the hell they call it these days. Thanks to a facebook friend, that changed. I will admit some trepidation about heading down to the "Arnold". I am horribly out of shape and feared I would stand out like Roseanne Barr at the Playboy Mansion. Those fears were unfounded. Never at one time did I feel out of place. It was a very 'cool hang'; all attendees, athletes and exhibitors seemed genuinely happy to be there. First of all, the event is so packed with people you have no chance of sticking out. Vendors of all types of bodybuilding and fitness products fill every square inch of the Columbus Convention Center. It is a trade show on steroids….oops, wrong choice of words. It all isn't centered around bodybuilding either. Sports and fitness activities of all sorts are on display. From painting (yes, art work) to fencing to rope jumping to even table tennis.
Of course, there are 'celebrity appearances' throughout the weekend to get fans excited. And of course, I couldn't resist.
Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle & World Famous Bodybuilder Andy Haman were on hand. I did a 'before & after' photo with Andy….
The emphasis though is on fitness….and there are lots of attractive, physically fit people on hand. I did some 'research' with these two very physically fit specimens….(ok, I creepily asked for a picture and then got nervous being around such attractive women….)
I also was asked to 'compete' at the Arnold Fitness Classic….as you can see, my 'posing and form' won much applause and many medals….
sorry ladies, if I took my shirt off, you couldn't handle it. Arnold was so impressed, I was asked to 'pose' with him….
So, as you can see, even a morbidly obese man can have fun at the Arnold Fitness Classic. I celebrated my day of fun with some 'furry friends'. The "Arnold" brings out all types…and looking at these final pictures, I really need to 'get a life'.
Major League Baseball Spring Training has begun and the Reds have returned to Goodyear, Arizona to get ready for it. The Queen City Redlegs began 2013 with a lot of optimism. They added Shin Soo Choo to play CF and looked forward to full, healthy seasons from perennial MVP Candidate Joey Votto and pitching staff ace Johnny Cueto. Quite frankly, 2013 was a "World Series or Bust" year for them. Unfortunately, it was a bust. Votto played a full season at 1B, but seemed to change his approach at the plate and on the field after dealing with a injured left knee in 2012. Joey hit .305, but dipped to 24 HRs and 73 RBIs, numbers that don't warrant $25 million a year. Another blow was suffered as LF and five hole hitter Ryan Ludwick tore the labrum lining in his right shoulder on a slide Opening Day. Cueto continued to struggle as well with muscle issues. Still, the Reds remained in contention and finished with a 90-72 record even with a dismal end to the regular season that saw them totally flame out against the Mets and division rival Pittsburgh. A third place finish in the NL Central gave them a Wild Card playoff berth vs. the Pirates at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. That game was an epic fail as the hungry Pirates and a rowdy Bucs crowd put an end to the Reds' season.
Owner Bob Castellini decided change needed to be made at the top. Manager Dusty Baker was great at getting the Reds to the playoffs but just was unable to rally the team any further. Pitching Coach Bryan Price was chosen to take the helm and bring accountability to the clubhouse. Shin Soo Choo parlayed his .285, 21 HR, 54 RBI season into a huge payday with the Texas Rangers, C Ryan Hanigan became a Tampa Bay Ray and rock solid P Bronson Arroyo was not offered a new contract and moved on to the Diamondbacks. GM Walt Jocketty took a lot of criticism over the winter as he made no moves of significance to counter those losses. P Homer Bailey was resigned to a 6 year, $105 million contract; a move that caused some head shaking but needed to be made in today's MLB salary world. To risk losing Bailey would severely impact the pitching staff in the future.
For the Reds to reach the playoffs again in 2014 and move past the first round, a lot needs to come from the current roster and a newcomer. Speedster Billy Hamilton has been tabbed to take over duties in CF and the leadoff spot. There is no doubt Billy can run. He stole 13 bases in 13 games during a late call-up to Cincy and provided energy every time he entered a game. But you can't steal first base. Billy hit .256 at AAA Louisville last season. Joey Votto needs to quit trying to be John Olerud (google the name, kids) and return to his 2010 MVP numbers (.324, 37 HRs, 113 RBIs). RF Jay Bruce also needs to finally take the next step to stardom. Jay is a solid player, but like the team, seems unable to take the 'next step'. And what type of season should Reds fans expect of "Dat Dude" Brandon Phillips? BP once again played stellar defense at 2B and had a decent season at the plate (.261, 18 HRs, 103 RBIs), but seems to have become a disruptive force in the clubhouse. He has questioned ownership's truthfulness regarding finances, had a well publicized blow up on Cincinnati Enquirer sportswriter C. Trent Rosecrans and became even more disgruntled after news surfaced the Reds shopped him to the Yankees for a trade. Plus, a disturbing profile came out this winter about closer Aroldis Chapman. Will that be a distraction?
The starting pitching staff of Johnny Cueto (barring further injury), Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Tony Cingrani and Mike Leake should be more than solid and the Reds bullpen is also a plus. But with the lack of moves during the offseason, Joey Votto's new approach at the plate, the almost certain drop off in production for CF/leadoff spot and change in leadership, I see an 84-78 finish which will lead to 3rd place and no playoffs for the 2014 Reds. The 'window of opportunity' has closed for this team.
In case you haven't heard, the Super Bowl is this Sunday. Talking heads from across the country have flocked to New York and set up camp on what is know as "radio row". Turn on just about any nationally syndicated sports radio show this week and you will hear some version of the following...
Host recaps guests from earlier in the week
Host says the exact time that the next "big" guest will be on the air
Host will recite every impressive statistic that the guest ever compiled and verify what a good guy the guest is
The guest will not be there on time, allowing the host to fill a few minutes before repeating every statistic and accolade that was mentioned 2 minutes before
The guest is introduced, which includes the customary exchange of pleasantries ("Bro" and "My Man" are always popular choices)
3 basic topics - Discuss guest's playing career, how guest would fare in today's NFL and, finally, the guest will pitch their new, revolutionary product
That's pretty much it. We have one more day. Tomorrow will be more of the same along everyone's prediction for the big game. It may sound like I am making fun of the process. Maybe I am? However, Monday will mark the beginning of the absolute worst time of the year - the dark period between the end of the football season and Spring Training. Ugh...
by Harry Yeprem Jr./The Sports Busposted Jan 25 2014 9:49PM
With the recent run of success the Columbus Blue Jackets have had; a lot of finger pointing has been done at so-called ‘bandwagon jumpers’. Is Columbus a ‘Hockey Town’ or is it just full of people wanting to ‘get in’ on the new, shiny, fun toy? I am sure there are a lot of people who don’t know a cross check from a bad check. But yes, I do believe Columbus is truly a ‘hockey town’. There are many youth leagues in the city of Columbus now….and we even boast 5 Chiller facilities that host public skating and hockey for youth & adults. Plus, Ohio State Men’s & Women’s Hockey has good support. But more than anything that proved that Columbus is a Hockey Town was the great success of the Columbus Chill. If not for the Chill, the Columbus Blue Jackets would not exist.
From 1991-1999, the Columbus Chill packed them into the Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds. Thanks to hilarious marketing by GM David Paitson and the Chill front office they were unparalleled when it came to minor league promotions. They won over Columbus sports fans with wild fun, cheap beer and yes, some bare knuckled brawling.
This video captures in great detail the essence of the Chill and rebirth of Pro Hockey in Columbus—
Yes, the Blue Jackets have captured Columbus’ minds and hearts with their fantastic streak (which unfortunately ended on Saturday Night)….but none of this would be possible without a tip of the cap to the Columbus Chill.
by Harry Yeprem Jr./The Sports Busposted Jan 21 2014 3:50PM
Full disclosure…I am not a Browns fan…never have been, never will be…I am a Cincinnati guy when it comes to Professional Sports; but the Browns search for a Head Coach has become such an embarrassment that even I can’t help to comment. The news broke that Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, a 35 year old who never has been anything but a position coach had turned down the Browns inquiries for their top job. This means not one, not two, but THREE assistant coaches in the NFL have said “NO” to the Browns- Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles and Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was at one time considered the front runner for the job.
First of all, the Browns made a huge mistake in firing Rob Chudzinski. Yes, the Browns finished 4-12, but they were hampered by countless injuries, especially at QB. Plus they were distracted by such nonsense as their owner’s trucker ripoff scandal and the trading of former #1 Pick Trent Richardson. But that ship has sailed and only one man has expressed interest in the Browns’ Head Coaching position, a man who Ohioians and Ohio State fans know all well is a success, one Jim Tressel.
Tressel has stated in the past that the job is his ‘Dream Job’ but the Browns Front Office seems very cool to the idea. As far as anyone knows, the Browns have not extended any invitation to Tress. This is disturbing…the Browns are at one of the lowest points in their franchise’s history. They could really build up some goodwill from their disgruntled fan base, many of which were still behind “Chud” even after the past season. So what if the Browns were to ‘flame out’ under Tressel’s leadership? WHAT HAVE THEY LOST? HOW MUCH FURTHER DOWN CAN THEY GO? Think of the flip side…what if the Browns were to flourish under Tressel? What if they actually finished above .500? What if they actually won some playoff games? What if they actually had some sustained success under Tressel? What if, God Forbid, they won a Super Bowl under Tressel’s guidance? Ok, I went a little far with the last question…it is the Browns after all.
But just think about it…what if Jim Tressel were to write the final chapter of his coaching career as THE MAN who brought the Browns back to glory? Why, even a Bengals (and Ohio State) fan like myself couldn’t help by have his heart warmed by such a thing.
by Harry Yeprem Jr./The Sports Busposted Jan 16 2014 12:59PM
Yes, its the middle of January….yes, its colder than a well digger’s ass (How do we really know that?)….yes, its grey and gloomy…but what better time to think about….Baseball! Yes, baseball, and more specifically as far as I am concerned, Reds Baseball. Don’t get me wrong….I love the AFC & NFC Championship Games, I love Blue Jackets Hockey, I love Buckeyes Basketball….but I am a baseball guy through and through. That’s why I am excited and thrilled that the Reds Winter Caravan is about to begin!!!!
Many get excited about the Reds Winter Caravan because it gives them an opportunity to get an autograph or picture with their favorite player, coach or broadcaster. I am excited about it because it give me an opportunity to just talk baseball again with my baseball friends. It also gives me hope….hope that the cold is about to break, the grass is about to grow again and the sun is about to break through the clouds and warm us up on a beautiful day at the ballpark.
I look forward to the opportunity to join fellow baseball friends and say ‘Hey’ to Jeff Brantley, Billy Hamilton, Tom Browning and yes, even Jim Kelch….why don’t you join us as well as 95.5 The Game welcomes the Cincinnati Reds Winter Caravan to Central Ohio!
by Harry Yeprem Jr./The Sports Busposted Jan 14 2014 10:44AM
Well, well, well….look who is back in the NHL Playoff Hunt and back in the hearts and minds of Columbus sports fans. The Columbus Blue Jackets or more socially media known as the #CBJ. After a tremendous push to end the 2012-13 season left them just short of the playoffs, this season started out very slow and very troubling. The team looked sluggish, the locker room seemed splintered; Todd Richards, the Blue Jackets’ man in charge, seemed puzzled. Add to that an injury to star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and a delayed beginning to Nathan Horton’s Blue Jacket career and many casual Blue Jackets fans responded with a “here we go again”.
But lo and behold, Horton finally made his debut and Sergei was able to get healthy and rested thanks to good fill-in work from backups Curtis McElhinney & Mike McKenna. All of a sudden, the team didn’t look so sluggish, the locker room seemed to come together and Todd Richards didn’t seem so puzzled. With the current four game winning streak, casual Blue Jacket fans and Columbus residents in general are interested and excited by Blue Jacket hockey again.
Let’s be honest, there are a core group of CBJ fans that live and die with the team…attend most games (many from the upper tank), and wear their Blue Jacket sweaters win or lose. But for this team to thrive and survive, they must capture the hearts and minds of the casual fan. Buckeye football and basketball rules the Capital City, no one can argue that…but if the Blue Jackets can build on this current run of four wins in a row and continue to play winning hockey, they can capture Columbus. Let’s be honest, everybody loves a winner. Can the CBJ go all…..the……way? Ok, let’s not get crazy…but if they could at least make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and win a first round series, it would go a LONG WAY.
The sadness/bitterness/anger that has swept across the Bengals fanbase this week is not showing any signs of letting up. On the team's official Facebook page, a question was posted asking fans to list their favorite memory of the 2013 season.
Here are a few...
When Gruden accepted the Redskins job
When they fired Marvin Lewis! Oh wait...
That one time Andy Dalton didn't throw 3 interceptions a game
When the Chargers embarrassed us at home, nullified the entire season
Getting let down yet once again in the playoffs, I love it!!
When Marvin Lewis was fired. Oh, that's right that was only a pleasant dream.
When we were teased with a contender.
Still waiting on it...the firing of Marvin Lewis.
Watching us choke in the playoffs again
When Dalton triumphed over pressure and adversity. Oh wait, that didn't happen.
by Harry Yeprem Jr/The Sports Busposted Jan 7 2014 3:51PM
So, the Bengals lost in the first round of the NFL Playoffs AGAIN. Are you really surprised? Did the outcome Sunday really shock you? It was obvious “Who Dey Nation” was skeptical about the game…you did hear about how hard it was to sell the game out, didn’t you? Another ‘Big’ Game under a national spotlight and once again, the Bengals laid a big egg….or turd, depending on how angry you may be.
I have made the comparison lately that Marvin Lewis has become the ‘new’ Dusty Baker. Some have dismissed it, others have at least considered it. Hear me out…obviously Marvin is a good coach…of course, he knows the game and has been successful enough to reach a level many strive for; head coach of a NFL team. But it has become glaringly apparent he has no ‘effect’ on the Bengals players anymore…no passion, no enthusiasm, no accountability and yes, no ‘sense of urgency’ is being conveyed upon the squad. Just like the Reds, the Bengals are a VERY talented team and yes, that does include Andy Dalton. But when it comes time to ‘step up’, time to take that ‘next step’, they fail…..miserably. And just like the Reds, rumor has it that Bengals brass is trying to hang onto a ‘second in charge’, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, to eventually supplant Lewis as the ‘man in charge’.
Some in the Queen City have called it being “Bungalized”, being assimilated into the acceptance of mediocrity that the Bengals and even to an extent, Reds have acquired. Hopefully, for Cincy fans like myself, Bryan Price can get the Reds over that ‘hump’…and yes, I also believe it is time for the Bengals to take similar action and make a change at Head Coach.
by Harry Yeprem Jr/The Sports Busposted Jan 2 2014 8:54PM
Ok, if you are looking for a blog about what the Buckeyes need to do to defend Tajh Boyd or one about how they will make up for the loss of Bradley Roby and Noah Spence…keep on surfing. No, this blog is about what we all as Buckeye fans know damn good and well, this Orange Bowl appearance is a freaking disappointment. Come on, be honest…are you really all ‘geared up’ for this game? Did you plunk down a grand for a trip to Miami? Did you put the finishing touches today on your ‘Orange Bowl Party’? I think the answer for most of us is no.
This season was National Championship or Bust. No arguing that fact. The game against that “Team Up North” put a scare into Buckeye Nation…but still expectations were high—take care of Sparty and its time to PARTY! Time to make those travel plans to Pasadena…time to put together plans for that sweeeeet National Championship soiree. That all came crashing to a halt on that sad Saturday night in Indy as Michigan State showed THEY were the dominant Big Ten team…which they backed up in the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford….man, that was a hard hitting game. So, yes, we will watch the Orange Bowl game….yes, we will get together with friends….yes, we will hit our neighborhood Roosters…but still, this Orange Bowl will taste more like a lemon for most Buckeye fans.
P. S. But still, if you want to talk about the Orange Bowl and the Buckeyes IMMEDIATELY after the game….guess what, “The Sports Bus” has you covered. Now, shhhhhh, don’t say it too loud to our 95.5 The Game friends (Don’t know if it’s ‘kosher’ to promote another radio show, lol)…but we will be your place to sound off! Details here– Sports Bus Buckeyes PostGame/Bengals PreGame
It took me about an hour for that word to hit my brain and me start writing.
In all honesty, that’s how I describe the Cavaliers at this point. I haven’t gotten a chance to blog about the Cavs as much as I should, but now that I have moved to Columbus, hopefully I will have more time.
Even though I have been gone a while, I haven’t stopped paying attention to our Cavs.
At this point in the season, we are thirty one games in and face an Orlando squad with the same record as us tonight, January 2nd. In case you didn’t know, the Cavs are 10-21 at this moment in the NBA season. The crazy thing? They are still only three games out of the 8th seed in the playoffs.
A few things i’ve picked up over the past few weeks:
1. Kyrie Irving - My man is doing all that he can. Could it be that Cleveland is relying on him too much? Irving provides the scoring, assisting, and runs the offense each game. SOMEONE on that team has to help him. If we continue to be a “one trick pony”, we run the risk of missing the playoffs and losing Kyrie to free agency eventually.
2. Mike Brown - My Mother gave me the best advice I ever had. It went like this, “Adam, if it doesn’t work while you’re dating, it won’t work when you’re married.” In other words, she was accurately pinpointing a reason why I should not get back with my ex-girlfriend. Well, long story short, I got back with my ex and it did’t work out. CAVS TAKE NOTICE. Mike Brown isn’t working. You can’t break up with someone, then get back together with them, and magically think things will be better the second time around. What was the front office thinking? That’s all I have to say about that.
3. Andrew Bynum -HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!! Headcase. Ship em out. Oh, and if the rumors are true about what he did to one of the assistant coaches, then he can’t leave soon enough. I mean, did we think Bynum would get better? After all, when you search him on Google Images one of his first pictures is this. Although we had clearly made a mistake, I think all of us were hoping Bynum could reemerge as the second best center in the league again.
The playoffs are still a viable route if the Cavs can solve some issues. Until then, frustration is the only term I can use to describe what was once high hopes for the 2013-14 Cavaliers.
As Cincinnati returns to the playoffs this weekend, I decided to take a trip down memory lane. The last time the Bengals won a playoff game was January 6, 1991 against the Houston Oilers. It was also the first Bengals game I ever attended.
My family had been to Riverfront Stadium many times to see the Cincinnati Reds. It was really weird to see the field transformed into a football field. The lower level of seats, or "blue seats", had been shifted around to make the playing area more suitable for football. At the time, I had no idea those sections of seats could even move. The white paint on the Astroturf had changed from baselines to yard lines. Dad and I made our way to the upper deck or "red seats". We were right under the scoreboard, just a few rows from the very top.
I learned very quickly that the atmosphere for a football game was quite different than baseball. The intensity and excitement was incredible! I can remember a guy sitting near us screaming, "Holman! Holman!" as Tight End Rodney Holman raced down the sideline. Quarterback Boomer Esiason complied with the fan's wishes and connected with his tight end for a big gain and the rout was on. The Bengals jumped out to a 34-0 lead in the third quarter en route to a 41-14 victory. Esiason, running backs Ickey Woods and Eric Ball each rushed for a touchdown. Kicker Jim Breech kicked two field goals. Running Back Harold Green and Tight End/Wide Receiver Eric Kattus each caught a touchdown pass from Esiason.
The Bengals ended up losing the following week against the Raiders, but the experience I had caused me to frequent Riverfront Stadium a lot more after the baseball season ended.
I have no idea how many Bengals games I have attended. I've even made road trips to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit. My family and I are able to make it to Paul Brown Stadium at least once a year. However, I will never forget the excitement of my first Bengals game. Hopefully, the fans lucky enough to be in the seats on Sunday will be able to experience a playoff victory too. It's been long enough.
Once the final out was recorded in Pittsburgh against the Reds in their Wild Card Playoff Game, speculation swirled—would Dusty Baker be shown the door? Would Brandon Phillips be traded? Would the Reds be able to retain Shin Soo Choo? Could there be a chance Bronson Arroyo would stick around? Is Homer Bailey or Aroldis Chapman about to be dealt for a big bat? Would Chuck D remain the Reds #1 Fan? Ok, scratch that last question….but other than Dusty being fired, no real moves have been made. Yes, Arroyo probably won’t be retained, Ryan Hanigan was dealt to the Rays to make room for Devin Mesoraco to become the Reds’ #1 catcher and no real offer was made for Choo….but those moves were expected. As far as Brandon Phillips being dealt….yes, a lot of smoke occurred regarding a trade to the Yankees, but that’s all it was, smoke and no fire. Anyway, would the Reds be better off without “Dat Dude BP”? The answer is a resounding “NO”! Yes, Brandon had an off second half of 2013, but he still-hands down-is one of the best second basemen in all of Major League Baseball.
“Uncle Walt” (GM Walt Jocketty) said he tried to make some moves during the recent Winter Meetings, but was stymied. That is not very encouraging when you consider the losses the Reds have made personnel wise…there is no way logically you can expect the Redlegs to overtake the Pirates or Cardinals by standing pat. Yes, speedster Billy Hamilton is the ‘heir apparent’ in CF, but as they say—you can’t steal first base, and Billy’s AAA performance in 2013 wasn’t that encouraging. Word is that Billy will work on bunting in Spring Training. Hopefully that ‘on the job training’ will take.
Also, I still have nagging doubts about the change made at the managerial position. Yes, Bryan Price came off very well during his initial press conference and subsequent media interviews…but I still have doubts about making someone who was part of Dusty’s staff the ‘man in charge’. Hopefully I am wrong.
I sure hope Walt is able to make some impactful moves or else Simon & Garfunkel will be singing on Reds’ Opening Day 2014.
Ladies and gentlemen, why I hate the Baltimore Ravens...
Joe Flacco. His name reminds me of Shane Falco, the quarterback of the Washington Sentinels in The Replacements. The Sentinels' head coach was played by Gene Hackman, who played Norman Dale in Hoosiers. He would have never won that state championship without Jimmy Chitwood.
History. I will admit that I didn't exactly lose any sleep when the Browns packed up and moved to Baltimore. However, Art Modell flipping the bird (pun intended) at one of the league's most loyal fan bases was an absolute tragedy. I was at the last game in Cleveland Stadium and it was really sad.
Team Name. Ravens? I can't help but think of Raven-Seymone, who played Olivia on The Cosby Show 20 years ago. The problem is I remember her being on the show, which shows how old I am getting.
Logo and Colors. I always think something is wrong with my television when I see the red blocks on their logo at midfield. Purple and black were the same colors as my college baseball team and I always thought they were stupid. Besides, watching a man dressed in Barney colors flapping his arms like a bird after making a tackle is just disturbing.
It's Christmas, so im not going to dance around what I want to say. Arrieta signed a new contract with the club and I would like to see more out of him this next season. He was out a lot on international duty, i know, but with him being our number one man up top he should be putting more in the net. He sure had the opportunities. That being said; id say my crewmas wish of the year is to see Oduro in a more direct attacking role. He beats defenders with ease and i think he would offer some relief to Arrieta. Not to mention the fact that you still have good ole Pipa at attacking mid to round out the trifecta. I do not, however, want to get caught up in all of my "wants". Lets change our focus to someone new to the squad, Daniel Paladini. Paladini just joined on from Chicago in exchange for that 2014 Fourth Round SuperDraft pick. He isnt a massive goalscorer, which is perfectly fine. He has great vision on the pitch and he has superb passing skills, making him a good candidate for a leadership role. Things are still slowly changing in crewville, you just have to give it some time
Columbus till i die
by Harry Yeprem Jr/The Sports Busposted Dec 24 2013 8:16PM
Hello and welcome to the first annual (wait, can it be an annual if it is the first?) 95..5 The Game/Sports Bus Holiday Spectacular!
Some of the biggest names in sports will be stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
First NFL Superstar Randy Moss would like to show you his Christmas Sweater!
Just lovely, Randy!
Now for your entertainment….the Cincinnati Reds Broadcasting Team (Marty, Thom, The Cowboy and Jim Kelch) have a wonderful Christmas Dance for you!
Of course, 95.5 The Game is the “Home of the Browns”, so here is A Very Angry Browns Fan singing Cleveland Browns Christmas Carols!!!! Enjoy!
And now….meet the Mets who will sing you a beautiful rendition of “Sleigh Ride”!
Last, but not least….here is NFL Legend Joe Namath to put ‘something down your stocking’!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from 95.5 The Game and The Sports Bus (www.twitter.com/TheSportsBus)!!!
The Bengals continued their home field domination today with a 42-14 destruction of the Minnesota Vikings. Couple that with the Patriots beating the Ravens and the Bengals are AFC North Champions!
Andy Dalton had a big day, completing 27 of 38 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns. He now has 31 touchdown passes for the season, one shy of Carson Palmer's single-season club record. Dalton is also just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to take his team to the playoffs in his first three seasons.
It has been a fun season in Cincinnati, but there is unfinished business. A division title means nothing with another one-and-done in the playoffs. The Bengals have surpassed the "happy to be here" phase and the players know it. This team is capable of more, a lot more.
With a win against the Ravens next Sunday, the Bengals will lock themselves in as the #2 seed and, hopefully, begin a run to the Super Bowl!
The Reds have announced report dates for Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers will report to Goodyear, Arizona on February 14 and will be followed by position players on February 19. There is also schedule, ticket and travel information on reds.com.
The group that heads to Goodyear in February will look a lot different than the one that finished last year in Cincinnati. Most notably, Billy Hamilton will enter camp as the centerfielder. He will replace Shin-Soo Choo, who agreed to a 7-year deal with the Texas Rangers.
Regardless of what changes may take place in the next month or so, Spring Training is always an exciting time. So, if you want to get me a Christmas present, how about speeding up the calendar?
by Harry Yeprem Jr./The Sports Busposted Dec 19 2013 11:28PM
Christmas is only a few days away…so what better time to review what NOT to get that sports fan on your Christmas list? First of all, keychains—really, a keychain??? Unless it contains a key to a suite in my favorite team’s arena or stadium…stuff it, Grandpa.
Second, magnets and/or magnetic schedules…nothing says ‘classy’ like throwing magnets of your favorite sports team on your car or garage door. The only acceptable sports team magnets are those which you use to pin up grocery lists or your child’s horrible art work on your refrigerator.
Third and last for now….slippers. Nothing says “Hey, I couldn’t think of anything to buy you” or “I waited till the last minute and fished these out of the bin at WalMart” like a pair of team slippers. You may as well just gave the gift recipient a bag of wadded up programs from their favorite team.
If you are thinking of buying a nice gift for the sports fan on your list, try some tickets or even a parking pass. Ok? Thanks.
The Cincinnati Reds made a move, albeit a small one, signing Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league deal. Wang will be invited to Spring Training. If Wang can show he still has what it takes and makes the club, he will be surely be embraced by Reds fans as one of their own. A strong spring would make this Wang move seem rather large.
A team can never have enough pitching depth, so I hope Reds fans get their Wang and hold on to him. There may be a period of acclimation for people to familiarize themselves with this Wang, not to confused with Vera Wang, Alexander Wang or Wang Chung. You can always check Google for Wang information, pictures or even video. Please remember to protect yourselves and examine your Wang results before clicking. One should avoid messing around with an unknown or strange Wang.
The Reds’ Wang last performed at the highest level in July of 2013. He will need to show that he is able to return to that level without any performance enhancing drugs, which he has never used to my knowledge. Exercises will be encouraged. I would assume that many pitchers swim to strengthen their bodies. However, I am not sure which strokes the Reds’ Wang is familiar with.
He won’t get to work with Dusty Baker, but I think that is a positive thing. A Dusty-Wang combination wouldn’t have benefitted anyone. Wang will get time to work with bullpen coach, Mack Jenkins, who loves working with his pitchers. I am sure Mack will be all over his Wang early in the spring.
What do you think? Will we get to see the Reds’ Wang with a ball in 2014?
Wake up, Crew fans! As much as we want to forget the last few seasons as quickly as possible, there are a lot of changes going on in Crewville. If you haven’t been paying attention then you have missed quite a bit. Since the end of the season we have lost Chad Marshall and GK Andy Gruenebaum and picked up American GK Steve Clark who has spent the last three seasons with Norwegian side Honefoss BK. To go along with Steve Clark, the Black & Gold also received a 2015 Third Round SuperDraft pick, a 2014 Fourth Round SuperDraft pick, a 2016 Second Round SuperDraft pick, as well as allocation money. All in all, I would say new club manager, Gregg Berhalter, has my faith for now. The club really needed to shake things up a little bit and I would say we are off to a good start. We may be in a state of repair but we still have a shot at great things next year. So, quickly forget this past season and look forward to the future.
Columbus till I Die.
by Harry Yeprem Jr./The Sports Busposted Dec 18 2013 7:55AM
A lot of whining and crying has been happening on social media the past few days after the Steelers clobbered the Bengals Sunday in Pittsburgh- http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/gametracker/recap/NFL_20131215_CIN@PIT. Of course, we all know about the horrific injury suffered by Bengals P Kevin Huber...but the Steelers pretty much turned the Bengals into a M*A*S*H unit--former Steeler LB James Harrison was sent off with a concussion, Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham left the game with a hip injury and the Bengals looked shaken after taking a full force fist in the mouth.
Yes, it appeared heading into this 2013 NFL Season that the Bengals were the cream of a quite honestly weak AFC North Division; they were the young upstarts and the Steelers were the old team on the decline. But, for one night, it appeared that the Steelers decided, "The Hell with it, we may not be going to the playoffs, but tonight is our Super Bowl." and administered "Season's Beatings" for the Holidays to the Tiger Stripes. Couple that with a Ravens win Monday Night over Detroit and all of a sudden, a runaway division race has tightened up. Marvin Lewis and the Cincy coaching staff has to make sure that the beatdown in Pittsburgh does not linger in the Bengals' helmets and that they are ready to play an outclassed Vikings team this Sunday and not lay an egg. (i.e. Miami and the first matchup vs. Cleveland.) If the Bengals were to stumble the next two weeks, Marvin Lewis may finally be shown the door by Mike Brown.
Every year during the off season, the Cleveland Indians put together their annual press tour, whether it’s at a mall or a banquet hall. You could look forward to a nice 3 hour wait in line to meet your favorite player and maybe hear about how this year will be the year.
I’m not complaining, I have some fond memories of making that drive up north just to get that autographed baseball and to shake the hand of some baseball players.
Thankfully, those days are behind us now, and with the return of Tribe Fest fans have something almost as good as Opening Day to look forward to.
Fans cannot only participate in autograph sessions with past, present and future Indians, they can hang out in the visitors clubhouse, get some batting advice from current Indians players, and even take some swings in the players batting cage.
Last year at the inaugural Tribe Fest, I saw Indians catcher Carlos Santana playing a videogame version of baseball with a young fan and I met John Adams with his drum. Finally, not only did I get a Jason Kipnis autographed baseball, I shook his hand as well.
After the Browns loss to the Jags last weekend, the seasonal life of Cleveland's football franchise has hit a new low for the year. Due to Brandon Weeden suffering a concussion in last weeks game, we have a couple new starting QB's to choose from.
The Cavs.... They aren't starting off too hot are they?
Let's take a breather before we dive into this because this could be a common theme to come for the blog this year.
Don't get down on what happened to Cleveland in San Antonio. Yeah, the Cavs have been blown out a few games we all thought they would be competitive in. Yeah, the Cavs may have whiffed on the first pick in the draft. Yeah, the Cavs can't win on the road. Yeah, Kyrie is all we have.
HOWEVER! (I have no time to be negative)
The NBA knows the Cavs secret. Mike Brown during every game this year, "Kyrie, here is the ball. Go make a play." No, I am sure he really doesn't say that. But Kyrie really is all we have if Mike Brown can't figure out how to balance the offense out. Bynum is a proven threat in the post. The Cavs need to give him the ball more in order to spread out the wings for Kyrie and the shooters. Granted, the shooters actually have to make a shot.
There are many things the Cavs need to work on in order to get moving in the right direction. The offense needs to be more fluid with our low post scorers and outside slashers/shooters. The defense needs to play "Mike Brown defense" (whatever that is)....
--- Side Note --- When was the last time Brown had a really good defense? If my memory serves me correctly, the last time Brown had a stingy defense was back when he was winning titles with the Spurs. Was it all a fluke? Did he just have better players on those Spurs teams? I am not sure, but if he is this great defensive coach, we are going to need proof of that fairly soon.
..... and the coaching/locker room presence needs to be better! Is Brown even building relationships with the players on this team? The cohesiveness is lacking and so is the urgency.
The Cavs face the Miami Heat tonight and former Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James. With the Cavs and their fans holding out hope to bring LeBron back in the future, they are going to have to turn this ship around quite a bit in order to appease the King.
Have faith Believelanders! We have no time to be negative...
Well it wasn't too pretty for the Cleveland Browns last week.
Especially when Brandon Weeden makes an appearance.
Ben Roethlisberger is now 16-1 against the Browns all time in his career. "Big Ben" went 22/34 for 217 yards and two touchdowns against a pretty good Cleveland Browns defense at First Energy Stadium. The Brownies allowed 302 yards overall, registered zero sacks, and only hit Roethlisberger twice. Let's be honest, the Steelers defense isn't the best in the world, but if you're the Browns If Cleveland want's to become relevant, they need more pressure on the quarterback.
As far as the offense for Cleveland, Jason Campbell threw for 124 yards until he was sacked out of the game in the third quarter. Brandon Weeden replaced Campbell tallying 209 yards on 30 attempts. Josh Gordon had another big day receiving 14 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown.
It's quite obvious that Cleveland and head coach Rob Chudzinski have much to work on in their first season. Overall, I have been excited for this teams future despite the losses. The defense is solid with Haden, Mingo, and Kruger (even though they had a bad last two games) and the offense could potentially be explosive with Gordon, Cameron, and hopefully a new, serviceable QB.
The Browns have a winable game this Sunday facing the Jacksonville Jaguars in Cleveland at First Energy Stadium. Pregame starts at 11 on 95.5 The Game.
It started off so good!Dalton had thrown two interceptions, the defense was playing great, and Jason Campbell wasn't throwing interceptions!And then BOOM.The
Bengals offense that had been in dismay over the past two weeks found
itself early in the second quarter going on a 31-0 run. Dalton went
from throwing two interceptions, to throwing two touchdowns while
Cincinnati's defense and special teams recorded a touchdown each.Jason
Campbell threw the ball 56 times for a total of 248 yards, one
touchdown, and three interceptions. We all hope that Campbell can right
the ship next week facing the rival Steelers. Without solid
performances from the quarterback position, the Browns have no chance
from the start of the game.With an overall record of 4-6, the
Cleveland Browns will most likely have to win out to make it to the post
season. The Brownies take on Pittsburgh this Sunday at 1:00 PM EDT.
Remember you can catch the broadcast starting at 11 AM on 95.5 The Game! --Sabie
Cleveland has lost five of their last six games. Three of the losses were by double digits and the sole win was in double overtime at home against the 76ers.
I don't know where to start with this team. Maybe we put too much pressure on them? As a Cavs fan, maybe we got ahead of ourselves. We got excited seeing how Kyrie was progressing and the way Waiters and the rest of the team connected. Thus resulting in raising expectations for this season.
I won't lie. I was a big correspondent for the Cavs being good this year. Especially when they landed Andrew Bynum. I thought, "If he could come back healthy enough to develop back into his dominant "Laker" form, the Cavs could make the playoffs."
It is still extremely early in the season, but at some point we need to see something we can look forward to. We have seen flashes of a team that has potential, but we lack consistency.
Last night after leading in the third quarter the Bobcats stormed back to win in it on our home court in the fourth. First off, we can't be losing to teams such as the CHARLOTTE BOBCATS. Secondly, if we do, we can't be losing to them at HOME.
This Cavs team is going to have to find an identity, and fast.
The Cavs are on the road to face John Wall and the 2-6 Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. This will be a great opportunity for Kyrie to step up and help the Cavs get their first win on the road. The Wizards aren't a very good team, Cleveland could potentially get two wins tonight and Wednesday against the Wiz before they hit a tough three game stretch featuring at the Pelicans (it's very weird writing that), at the Spurs, and then home against LeBron and the Heat.
If the Cavs can gain some momentum heading into the Pelicans game, maybe they can win a few games on this stretch.
Remain positive Believelanders! We "Ain't Got Time" to be negative!
The term "Rivalry" is often used in sports to describe two teams that traditionally are competitive towards one another in some shape or fashion. Whether those teams have history with each other, or continually beat one another, or are in the same conference/division. Rivalries come in all shapes and sizes.
This Sunday, November 16th, the Cleveland Browns visit the Bengals in Cincinnati. A rivalry that was born out of a tradition stemming from Cleveland.
Regardless of the history these teams hold with one another, the fact is, this year, the Bengals and Browns sit atop the AFC North. Cincinnati holds the lead with a record of six and four while Cleveland is two games back at four and five. The game, this weekend could potentially swing the Browns right back into the race if they can sweep the Bengals for the first time in, well, a long ass time.
If Jason Campbell can stay consistent and the defense can pressure Bengals QB Andy Dalton, Cleveland has a chance to cut Cincinnati's division lead to one game.
With that said, Clevelands receivers have to show up. Devon Bess and Greg Little are too inconsistent to carry the Browns on a regular basis. With NO running game, what so ever, I am mainly talking about JORDAN CAMERON and JOSH GORDON. Not sure what happened to them last week, but think about the offense the Browns would have if the whole receiving core performed consistently! Jason Campbell may be an MVP candidate...
Okay maybe I am getting ahead of myself, but to be perfectly honest, Clevelands best weapons are their receivers. If they can live up to their potential, the Browns would be a legit threat every single week.
My prediction? The defense plays solid enough to keep Cleveland in the game. If Campbell can connect on a few big plays and the Browns have very few penalties, Cleveland wins a close game.
Remember you can catch all the action on 95.5 The Game. Kickoff is at 1 PM EDT in Cincinnati, pregame starts at 11.
Until the next time,
PS - I DONT HATE THE BENGALS AND I AM NOT A BROWNS HOMER. I just don't trust Marvin Lewis OR Andy Dalton when the pressure is on. It's getting to be late in the season where the Bengals have to perform, I don't see it happening with current leadership. Until that is changed, look for Cincinnati to continually choke.
You read that right! This is the NEW Cleveland Cavaliers blog starting up on 95.5 The Game. If you know me at all, I am more of a hoops guy seeing as how I am from Kentucky where basketball is KING!
So since this is the first of many Cavaliers blogs to come, lets start of with some expectations for this season.
I know that may be coming off strong right out of the gates, but I really do think that the playoffs are a reasonable goal for this young Cavaliers team.
With Kyrie Irving and a healthy Andrew Bynum, you could potentially have one of the best PG/big man combo's in the league. Not only that, but if Dion Waiters can pack a scoring punch and if Jarret Jack can provide offense coming off the bench, the Cavaliers may even be able to attain a seed higher than 8!
I know the season hasn't started out the way we intended. The win against Brooklyn was awesome in game one, but if the Cavs want to be considered contenders, they can't lose to Charlotte the night after. They have to win games against potential sub 500 teams on the road. They have to beat teams such as the Bobcats, Timberwolves, and MILWAUKEE.
The Bucks handed the Cavs their third loss of the season last night, November 6th pushing the record to 2-3. Irving performed well recording 29 points, eight assists, and five rebounds. Dion Waiters dropped 21 while CJ Miles provided the spark off the bench with 14 points and the go ahead three pointer in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Cavs couldn't hang on suffering their third loss of the season. Final score? 109-104.
Let's get one thing clear. When was the last time we saw a Mike Brown defense allow over 100 points? Besides the times he coached the old, busted Lakers.
The Cavs can't afford to let that be a regularity if they have any hopes of taking a step forward this season.
Cleveland faces upstart rookie Michael Carter-Williams and the 3-2 76ers tomorrow night at 7 in Philly. You can catch coverage of the game on 95.5 starting at 6:30!
For now, the mishaps on defense and the slow moving offense is okay. But if we make it to game 25 and are still not showing up on the road or are displaying a lack of urgency, there might be some problems...
Until the next time, stay positive and remain faithful Believelanders!
Have you ever had an obstacle in your life that you just couldn't get over? Like that level in Super Mario Bros where you couldn't kill Bowser and help Mario and Luigi save Princess Peach?
Remember the feeling when you finally got over the hump? When you finally dodged that ONE fireball that always seemed to get you?
This past Sunday, November 3rd, the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens for the first time in eleven tries. That feeling of utter elation and victory when you (in this case, the Browns) finally attain some positive momentum is one of the best feelings a person could ever feel.
At last! Jason Campbell and the Brownies provided that kind of feeling to all of Browns nation.
Campbell won the AFC player of the week award by going 23 for 35 for 262 yards and three touchdowns. No, you didn't read that wrong. Campbell is the only Browns QB since Brady Quinn in 2009 to throw for three touchdowns and NO interceptions. Not only did the veteran perform well, but so did Devon Bess. Bess broke out of his slump with 2 touchdown receptions and a filthy move on a Ravens defender who must not be named.
I think his shoes are still stuck in the mud...
The defense performed well by doing its job against a struggling Ravens offense. Defensive back Joe Haden recorded six tackles and one interception while the team as a whole tallied five sacks.
It seems that the Browns have something going right for them on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball for the first time in years. If Cleveland can heal up over the bye week then take care of business next week in Cincinnati, the year may turn out better than we all thought after the TRICH trade.
It remains to be seen, but this fan can't help but feel good about the Cleveland Browns upswing at the moment.
It's week 9! I understand that I took off week 8, but I figured it would be okay since Brandon Weeden took off week 8 at Green Bay as well.
Maybe it wasn't the best idea to take that week off becuse Weeden was replaced in week 9..
ALAS! I am still here and about to break down both week 8 and 9 for you! From my point of view..
The way I see it, we (Browns fans) threw Weeden in the fire (Green Bay) and watched him burn. It seemed like a natural way of sending Weeden and his career as a Brown off into obscurity. Our defense held up as well as it could at Lambeau Field against the lethal Aaron Rodgers and his Packers, but our offense couldn't keep us in it.
I think at this point in the season we have realized the potential of this team for the year. The defense is good enough to keep us in games, but the offense lacks what it takes to win games. The Browns possess a few pieces to the puzzle in Gordon and Cameron, but that's it. Besides those two, and Joe Thomas, in the following draft Cleveland needs to draft a quarterback, but it's going to be hard to decipher which one.
You're probably thinking, "Duh, Sabie. Of course we need to get a quarterback."
I know that I am "Captain Obvious", but seeing as how the Browns have dropped the ball on draft picks in the past, it is essential that Cleveland does their homework and gets the right leader for this team. Whether that be Bridgewater, Mariota, McCarron or Manziel. Cleveland and head coach Rob Chudzinski must find the right quarterback for this system.
Week 9 didn't turn out as bad as everyone thought it would.
Jason Campbell did a servicable job throwing for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was received by Josh Gordon who also added 132 yards on the day. Clevelands rushing attack was non existant, but the performance of Campbell kept us in it.
Maybe we stumbled upon something here...
Looking at Jason Campbell's career, he had a few decent years in Washington as a REDSKIN with the carousel of offensive coordinators every year. He then performed in Oakland decently before he got hurt. Once the Raiders passed on him, Campbell went to Chicago to back up Jay Cutler. It was obvious that Campbell wouldn't get to start in Chicago so he moved on to Cleveland. Campbell was ready to be the veteran QB to mentor rookies coming into the league, he was ready to be the old man in the room with all the advice, he was ready to be of service in dire need. Well, the time is now Mr. Campbell.
Cleveland shouldn't expect Campbell to go out and win games. Rather, the Browns just need the combination of Campbell and the defense to keep Cleveland close in crunch time. At least that would give them a chance to win. Maybe Campbell finally found his opportunity to show what he can do with a whole (or most of) a season in a system he is comfortable in.
Overall, I was happy with Clevelands performance last week and am looking for another solid performance from Campbell this Sunday against Baltimore. If the Browns can win field position and consistantly gain yards on each offensive possession, Cleveland has a chance to get back on track. Remember you can listen to the Browns on 95.5 The Game every Sunday. Tune in at 2 EDT for the start of Browns coverage.
The Cleveland Browns this past weekend, 10/13 started off their game against the Detroit Lions in solid fashion. The start by quarterback Brandon Weeden kicked off well when the QB led the team to a 17-7 lead in the first half. Weeden had thrown a touchdown pass to both Christian Ogbonnaya and Greg Little to make it 14 and then Billy Cundiff capped off the half by hitting a 40 yard field goal as time expired. After punts on the first two possesions and scores on three of the next four possesions, it looked as if Weeden and the Browns offense was finally coming around.
Clevelands defense held the high powered Detroit Lions offense to only one touchdown in the first half. A Matthew Stafford one yard TD pass to Joseph Fauria stood to be the lone score for the Lions. The Browns D then stifled the Lions O forcing Detroit to punt on the rest of their drives going in to half time.
Then the second half started...
After the Browns punted on their first possesion, Matthew Stafford hit Reggie Bush for an 18 yard touchdown to cut the lead to 14-17. Three plays after the Lions TD, the Browns punted again.
An unsettled feeling swept across First Energy Stadium.
On the Lions second possession out of the half, Stafford was picked off by Tashaun Gipson. That unsettled feeling was lifted for mere moments until the Browns went three and out AGAIN. Stafford and the Lions rebounded by taking the lead with another TD pass to Joseph Fauria at the 10:35 mark in the fourth quarter. After a 51 yard field goal by David Akers, the game was still very much in hand with the Lions leading 24-17.
Brandon Weeden then reverted back to being being Brandon Weeden again when the QB threw the worst interception in NFL history. In an attempt to escape pressure in the pocket, #3 made a mistake that not even a high schooler would make. This play ultimately deflated the fans at First Energy Stadium as defeat was in sight and near.
The Lions defeated the Browns 31-17. The Browns didn't score in the second half. Weeden finished with 292 passing yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and ONE BAD TASTE in Cleveland Browns fans mouths.
In the end, if the Browns can sure up mistakes that don't need to happen and if the defense can keep playing tough games, this loss wont seem too bad. Next week, the Brownies take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin. You never like to go into a game thinking that it is an automatic loss, but it's hard to put out of ones mind when instances like the interception against the Lions seem to happen every week. Yeah Weeden had a tough game, yeah the defense let the Lions score too much, but to me it seems that head coach Rob Chudzinsky has this team going in the right direction. The league doesn't sleep on the Browns like they did last year, but they don't necessarily take them seriously either. Outside of the QB position, the Browns look solid. If Weeden can play to win the game instead of not lose it, Cleveland could possibly be taken to the next level.
It all remains to be seen as the road trip to Green Bay and then Kansas City is upon us. Don't forget to catch the broadcast of the Browns on 95.5 The Game when they kick it off at 4:25 PM on Sunday, October 20th against the Green Bay Packers.
The Cleveland Browns added yet another impressive victory this past Thursday, October 3rd at FirstEnergy Stadium. The win came against an emerging Buffalo Bills team with a excelling young quarterback. After starting the season 0-2, the Cleveland Browns are now on a three game win streak and sit tied for fist atop the AFC North with the Bengals and Ravens.
The Browns victory didn't come without a loss. Quarterback Brian Hoyer, who has propelled Cleveland on this streak, was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season after suffering the injury sliding at the end of a play. Not to worry though, former starting quarterback Brandon Weeden entered Thursdays game when Hoyer went down and didn't miss a beat providing 197 passing yards and one touchdown to Josh Gordon. Gordon added four catches for 86 yards along with tight end Jordan Cameron and wide out Greg Little who each recorded three catches a piece. Newly acquired running back Willis McGahee was much improved this week having 27 carries for 72 yards and one touchdown as well.
As for the D, Mingo's sack streak has ended, but the defense recorded four sacks overall and one interception provided by T.J. Ward. D'Qwell Jackson led the team with 11 tackles and the pass defense was stellar only allowing 4.7 yards per attempt. The Browns defense continues to be a strong point within the team as they look to stifle a high octane Detroit Lions team next Sunday, October 13th at 1 P.M EDT in Cleveland, OH.
The Detroit Lions are 6th in the NFL in passing at 291.6 yards per game. The combination of Matthew Stafford and Calvin "Megatron" Johnson will arguably be the toughest test for the defense yet this season. If the Browns can contain Detroit running back Reggie Bush by committee and if cornerback Joe Haden can lock down Megatron, Cleveland could be staring 4-2 right in the eye.
With the emergence of Brian Hoyer and the Browns stout defense, Cleveland pulled out an impressive 17-6 victory at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday. The Bengals, who were averaging 327 yards per game, only registered 269 yards of total offense and had zero touchdowns on the day. Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton had 206 passing yards with one interception and standout rookie Giovanni Bernard only had 37 yards rushing.
For the Browns, Brian Hoyer recorded 269 yards in the air with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Jordan Cameron caught another touchdown and Chris Ogbonnaya received one as well. Ogbonnaya also had five carries for 27 yards along with newly acquired veteran Willis McGahee who rushed 15 times for 46 yards.
The Browns look to keep things rolling against the Buffalo Bills and rookie QB E.J. Manuel next Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Be sure to visit 955thegameonline.com or tune in to 95.5 FM to hear your Browns in Columbus. Only on 95.5 The Game! Your Columbus home for the Cleveland Browns!
Coming off a late win against the struggling Minnesota Vikings, the Cleveland Browns and starting quarterback Brian Hoyer will have their hands full. The Cincinnati Bengals bring to town a 2-1 record that could easily be a 3-0 record if they could have held on late in Chicago week 1, With a prolific offense including all-star wide receiver A.J. Green, big time tight end Jermaine Gresham, and newly aquired rookie Giovanni Bernard, the Browns defense will have the opportunity to show the league how good they are.
It won't be easy though as third year quarterback for the Bengals Andy Dalton is starting to get his groove. Dalton is averaging a 67% completion percentage and has a 92 passer efficiency rating overall. Along with the weapons Dalton has in the skill positions, Cincinnati and it's offense could explode at any time.
Brian Hoyer will have the chance to really shine as the hometown kid if he can pull out this victory. Last week, Hoyer threw for 321 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Although Hoyer led the team to victory, he can't turn the ball over if the Browns want to win this week. It's not out of the question for Cleveland to succeed but in order to do so they will have to play nearly mistake free football and ignite on offense.
With the combination of wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron, the Browns have the chance to sniff the end zone quite a bit. Gordon exploded in his first game last week catching ten receptions for 146 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Cameron didn't have a bad game either receiving six passes for 66 yards and three touchdowns. If Hoyer can find these two early and often, the Browns have a chance to win "The Battle of Ohio."
The battle between AFC North division foes kicks off at 1 P.M. EDT on CBS at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Don't forget, you can catch coverage of the Browns in Columbus on 95.5 The Game or on 955thegameonline.com. Go Browns!
It seems so as the Browns take a 31-27 victory over the struggling Minnesota Vikings this past Sunday, September 22nd. Starting QB Brian Hoyer went 30/54 for 321 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. The Browns also welcomed back stud wide receiver Josh Gordon who had ten receptions for 146 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Jordan Cameron showed out again posting six catches for 66 yards and three touchdowns.
The offense was rolling and the defense held a push from the Viking late as D'Qwell Jackson led the team with ten tackles. Rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo recorded another sack, his second in as many games as a Cleveland Brown. This defense will have a tough test next week as the Browns host a high powered offense from the in state rival Cincinatti Bengals.
The "Battle for Ohio" will kick off at 1:00 P.M. EDT at FirstEnergy stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. We will see if head coach Rob Chudzinsky can keep his team rolling. Remember The Game Columbus is your home for the Cleveland Browns. Tune into 95.5 on the radio, 955thegameonline.com, or download 955 The Game Columbus app to listen!
What seemed to start off as a good day for the Browns’ offense, panned out to be mediocre. The first offensive play from scrimmage for Brandon Weeden and the Browns was a 53 yard bomb to emerging tight end Jordan Cameron. At this moment in time, Browns fans are thinking, “Maybe Norv Turner knows what he’s doing.” Or, “Maybe Brandon Weeden can play and we have an offense now!” However, that was not the case. Unfortunately for the Browns and the most loyal fans in the country, that 53 yard play turned out to be the biggest offensive play of the game. After driving to the Baltimore seven yard line, former Raven Billy Cundiff capped off the drive with a 21 yard field goal.
Good start, right? At this moment. Yes.
The Browns defense was stout in the first half holding the defending super bowl champs to zero points and two missed field goals. After another Cundiff score, Cleveland led 6-0 heading into the half. That would be the last time the Browns score. After a promising first drive, Brandon Weeden finished the game going 21 for 33 for 277 yards and zero touchdowns. Trent Richardson was more involved with the offense this week, but didn’t sniff the end zone having 18 carries for only 58 yards.
Barkevious Mingo had an impressive start sacking super bowl MVP Joe Flacco on his first snap for a nine yard loss. Mingo on his first play in the National Football League, “My dream scenario is getting one every play, but that one, it was a good feeling to start the game out. It gave me the confidence I needed to play and continue to make plays.” While the Browns defense did not bend in the first half, it eventually broke losing the game 14-6.
“We just have to keep grinding.” Head coach Rob Chudzinski commented after the game, “We have to keep working at it. The plays are there. The things are there. We’re just off a little bit here. We’re there on some things. The guys are working at it. I feel like there’s improvement being made, but it’s not good enough. It needs to be better, and that’s what we’ll do.”
Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner have much to tweak heading into the Metrodome against the Minnesota Vikings next week. It will be a “Battle of the Beatens” as both teams bring to the game an 0-2 record. While one team may have something to build off of, the other may be sent back to the drawing board.
The Cleveland Browns visit the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, September 15th. Both the Browns and last years Super Bowl champs are facing going 0-2 to start the season. Last week, the Browns fell to the Miami Dolphins 23-10 in a game where quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for 289 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. This week, Weeden will be facing a defense that allowed not one, not two, not three... (thanks LeBron) but SEVEN touchdown passes in the NFL's premier opening matchup of the season against Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos.
Let's look at the numbers...
Baltimores defense allowed 462 yards through the air, 65 on the ground, and 49 points total. The Ravens D sacked Manning three times, but besides that, the Super Bowl Champs were a non factor. This bodes will for Cleveland if they can get the offense moving in the right direction. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner knows his offense needs to be more efficient this week against the Ravens, “To me, the biggest thing in that football game was third down. You can’t be one of 14 on third down. We’ve got to convert third downs. We’re working hard on third downs. If we convert third downs, you keep the game in more of a normal circumstance. We’re able to run the ball more and we’ll play better.”
The Browns hope to get Weeden, Trent Richardson and company rolling facing a new Ravens defense on Sunday at 1 P.M. EDT. Be sure to tune in to 95.5 The Game on the radio or 955thegameonline.com for complete Browns coverage.
The Cleveland Browns open up this Sunday September 8th against the Miami Dolphins. Starting quarterback for the Browns will be Brandon Weeden. Last year, Weeden went 297-517 for 3,385 yards and fourteen touchdowns. Starting running back for the Browns will be Trent Richardson who had 267 carries for 950 yards and eleven touchdowns last season. The receiving core will be mainly represented by Josh Gordon who last year posted fifty receptions for 805 yards and five touchdowns.
The Browns will be facing the Miami Dolphins who posted a 7-9 record last season. They will be represented by Ryan Tannehill who went 282-484 for 3,294 yards and twelve touchdowns. Starting running back for the Dolphins was Reggie Bush, who is now playing for the Detroit Lions. Lastly, Brian Hartline will be the main receiver for the Fins who had 74 receptions for 1,083 yards and one touchdown last season.
The Browns look to get their season started off on the right foot with new head coach Rob Chudzinski. Last season, the Browns posted a 5-11 record. Chudzinski and company hope to improve from last season to this season. The Browns had a decent preseason and look to build off of its success. Gametime starts at 1:00 P.M. Be sure to tune in to 95.5 The Game for complete Browns covereage.
With the season only a few weeks away, we're all waist-deep in predictions about 2013. This week's Top 10 list: the teams with the best shot to run the table in the regular season.
1. Louisville: Charlie Strong's team is coming off a great performance in the Sugar Bowl win over Florida and has star QB Teddy Bridgewater back with a gifted receiving corps, and almost the entire starting D returning from 2012. The schedule, as has been pointed out about 1,000 times already, is cushy. Louisville will be a double-digit favorite in its first 11 games before visiting Tommy Tuberville's Cincinnati team in its finale on Dec. 5. If anyone will trip up Louisville before the bowl game, it's probably up to Tub, who does have a rep for upsetting top teams.
2. Alabama: The two-time defending champs play in what's been considered the toughest division in football, but the Tide may only have to get past two top 20 programs in the regular season, LSU at home and Texas A&M, which wouldn't seem anywhere near as tough if the NCAA investigation into Johnny Manziel keeps the Aggies star out of action. Beyond those two, the next toughest tests appear to be the opener against Va. Tech or road trips to Mississippi State and arch-rival Auburn. Given the talent Nick Saban has on defense, his proven winner at QB (AJ McCarron) and a great WR-RB combo in Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon, things are looking very promising in Tuscaloosa.
3. Ohio State: No one has beaten Urban Meyer since he got to Columbus and there's a decent chance it won't happen this fall. Braxton Miller is the most dynamic QB in the Big Ten, and he plays behind a seasoned O-line. OSU's front seven is young, but talented. The Buckeyes also have gotten faster since Meyer arrived (Hello,Dontre Wilson!) The nonconference slate is light, although a road trip to Cal shouldn't be overlooked. The Bears almost knocked off OSU last season and they should be better this fall. The two biggest tests will be road games at Northwestern and in Ann Arbor against a Michigan team should have star LB Jake Ryan back from injury by then.
4. Fresno State: Even though Boise State's the Mountain West program most folks know, keep an eye on Tim DeRuyter's club. They have a standout QB in Derek Carr, who merely won league player of the year honors despite playing the ENTIRE season with a torn abdominal muscle. He's terrific, as is NT Tyeler Davison, the league's best lineman. The Bulldogs open with a visit from Rutgers and visit Colorado before Boise comes to Fresno. Get through that and it's downhill till the season-finale at San Jose State. Two other potential hurdles: home against Nevada and at San Diego State.
5. Northern Illinois:Jordan Lynch is back and that's a great place to start. The old coaching staff felt like this team is more talented than the one that just went to the Orange Bowl. There are 16 starters back. The opener, at Iowa, may be the toughest test. At the end of September, they're on the road in the Big Ten again with a visit to Purdue. The preseason favorite from the East division, Ohio, isn't on the schedule. The toughest MAC test figures to be at a good Toledo team Nov. 20.
6. Stanford: The good news: David Shaw's team returns the best D on the West Coast. Maybe the best O-line too, and a good young QB in Kevin Hogan. Better still, the Cardinal get Oregon at Stanford Stadium this year. UCLA, Notre Dame and Washington have to visit too. The downside: road trips to USC and Oregon State.
7. Oregon: Mark Helfrich's debut season should really heat up in mid-October with a visit to Washington. Then in late October, UCLA comes to Eugene before the Ducks travel to Stanford for a Thursday night game. The regular season ends with Oregon State coming over to Autzen.
8. Boise State: The Broncos open at the revamped Husky Stadium against Washington. Three weeks later BSU visits Fresno State. There are also road trips to BYU and Utah State in October.
9. Western Kentucky: Bobby Petrino's back and don't be shocked if he knocks off two SEC teams to start the season. Kentucky's in major rebuilding mode as is Tennessee, which has good size but not much in terms of skill talent. WKU has the Sun Belt's best RB in Antonio Andrews and a defense led by linebacker Andrew Jackson, the league's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Florida transfer Jonathan Dowling. In conference, WKU will get stiff tests from Louisiana Monroe and Louisiana Lafayette.
10. Texas A&M: IF Johnny Manziel is on the field, the Aggies have a shot. He's that good and the talent around him on offense is too. The defense, though, is just average by SEC standards. Home against Alabama and at LSU in late November may be the only two games against ranked opponents.
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