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LOTL Sports Take – 7/30/18

Welcome to the LOTL Sports Take!  Along with our weekly recorded episodes, this will be a chance for me to write down some views, thoughts and opinions on CLE’s three major professional sports teams.  Let’s begin!

Cleveland Browns: Training Camp is now in full swing, and we are seeing some interesting developments from camp, including RV’s, adopted dogs, Brownie the Elf back as a visible logo, and cameras everywhere as HBO films the latest season of Hard Knocks. Oh, yeah! We have a football team that is actually practicing. Word around camp is that Tyrod Taylor has been everything and more than advertised. But, not to be left out, the NFL game doesn’t look too big for Baker Mayfield, as he had a particularly good day of practice on Sunday. Receivers are flashing with Jarvis Landry catching everything in sight, Rashard Higgins forming an early bond and chemistry with Baker Mayfield, and Corey Coleman having a really nice bounce back day of practice Sunday after a sub par Saturday. Myles Garrett, in a subtle way, echoes the bravado of his teammates regarding the team’s improved roster and playoff capability. It should be an interesting next week at Browns Training Camp leading up to debut of Hard Knocks on HBO and the first preseason game against the Giants on August 9th. Stay tuned…

Cleveland Indians: We’re about to enter August, which means there are two month left in the regular season. The Indians are poised to three-peat as division champions and head into the post-season once again looking to snap a 70 year championship drought. After coming so, so close two years ago, Tribe fans can still taste it, and it seems as though management can taste victory, too. Even with a substantial lead in the division and almost a guaranteed playoff spot in the weakest division in baseball, the Indians traded away their highest rated prospect to strengthen a very shaky bullpen to try and position themselves to compete with MLB’s elite. The AL playoffs are going to be a gauntlet to try and get through, but with Terry Francona, along with the players that have all been together through this run, I believe that Indians have what it takes to finally get over the hump and bring Cleveland it’s first baseball World Championship since 1948. It’s going to be a fun ride these last two months and into October!

Cleveland Cavaliers: To tank or not to tank? That is the question, and the Cavaliers gave a definitive no answer to that question this past week when they signed their remaining All-Star from the last four years to a contract extension. This extension could potentially see Kevin Love with the Cavaliers for the rest of his career, or at least certainly the rest of his prime as an NBA player. The 5-time All-Star signed his extension at the Q during renovations with the entire organization behind him cheering as he signed it. It was a feel-good moment for a franchise that had just lost the greatest player in this generation for a second time to free agency. Yes, LeBron is gone, but the Cavs want to do anything to avoid the four years that followed his first exodus. With Love signed and a young core that includes this year’s #8 pick Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman, Larry Nance Jr. and potentially Rodney Hood, the Cavs are better positioned to be at least watchable post-LeBron. Add to that the potential salary cap freedom they will have in the next few years, the Cavs could be in position to contend again in the East sooner rather than later.

While this is more of an informative entry just to begin, check back weekly for more opinionated entries regarding our sports teams!

Excited to see what this can become!

-Dan

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