Monday, June 30, 2008

2nd Best in Ohio?

Let me start by saying that I hate the Cincinnati Reds. It all started back in college for me. I went to Bowling Green State University from 1994-1998, during basically the glory years for my Cleveland Indians. Two World Series appearances while I was in college and a guaranteed playoff appearance every year. Well, BGSU was home to a lot of people from the Cleveland area and a lot of people from the Cincinnati/Dayton area. I never really cared either way about any National League team until my college years. The Reds fans that I encountered were some of the most obnoxious fans I've ever been around. Many of them took a rooting interest against the Indians back then for reasons I never really understood. And since they hated the Tribe, I in turn hated the Reds, and still do. And them acquiring a productive Brandon Phillips from us for nothing only fuels the fire for me now.

So anyway, with losing two of three this weekend to that team from down South, the Tribe ended this year just 1-5 against the lowly Reds. I guess that pretty much sums things up for the Indians this season. At least I picked the good game to go to on Friday night. Saturday and Sunday were just more examples of our pathetic offense and disastrous bullpen. At least it should now be crystal clear to Shapiro - the fire sale needs to start soon and hopefully we can re-tool for next year. I'm happy I got to see Sabathia pitch well for perhaps the final time for me in a Tribe uniform.

Watching the Tribe this year feels a lot like getting run over by Adam Dunn

Cavs Update: The weekend brought some semi-shocking news out of New Jersey. Let me just say that if VC were a Cavalier, he might be the only Cavalier I've ever hated. I can't stand the guy and I've joked in the past that I'd be screwed if he ever was on my favorite team. Let's just hope it never really happens and forget we ever heard such nonsense...

Gladiators Update: Tonight at 7:00 the Gladiators take on the Orlando Predators in their opening round playoff game at the Q. It will also be my Arena Football League debut as a fan and I'm interested to see how it goes. Here's a great story on the franchise's rapid turnaround in Cleveland from Sunday's PD.


sportsgirl132 said...

Seems lightyears from those beginning years in Toronto with Vince Carter. I really thought he'd be special in the league. Between rumors of dogging it and always being hurt, the guy has an unreclaimable image. We've already had a "Mr. Glass " in Larry Hughes--who needs another one?

Bowling Green is a great school. My nephew had it narrowed down between BGSU and Hiram last year. He chose Hiram only because it was closer. Lucky kid. I had to settle for Kent State because my folks were "hillbilly nouveau riche" and thought education was overrated. Amazingly, my brother is NOT named Jethro.

I had no idea Cincy fans were obnoxius. Marge Schott anyone ? Need I say more?

chiefwahoo56 said...

Hey, don't knock KSU! It's a fellow MAC school and I have some close friends that are Kent alums. When were you there?

And yes, VC was a bright star when he entered the league. Then he became a self-absorbed a-hole that forced Toronto to deal him away for pennies on the dollar. I've hated him ever since then and the thought of him in a Cavs uni makes me physicall ill.

sportsgirl132 said...

Don't laugh but I have a Vince Carter/ Toronto basketball jersey. He was so awesome in the dunk contest a way back. I regretted the $$ I spent on that almost as much as I regrtted buying a Manny Ramirez jersey.

Grant Hill was another one who couldn't quite live up to the hype.
And Kobe--well, Kobe is too busy raping people and bitching and moaning etc to do anything really good for anyone other than himself.

I know I'm a homer but James is the only player so far in AGES to live up to the hype and not crumble under the pressure.

I was at KSU on and off in the late 80's early 90's. I was working my way through and had to take an occasional semester off so I would avoid a nervous breakdown. It was rough...and as such I rarely did anything on campus other than find my way to class ( and check out an occasional musical production, etc.)

sportsgirl132 said...

check this out when you have time:

chiefwahoo56 said...

I promise not to laugh at your VC jersey if you promise not to laugh at my Jeff Garcia Browns jersey from 2005. And I did see that link from WFNY yesterday and actually referenced it today in my post. Well written.