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LOTL Sports Take: NFL Season Preview

It’s what some would say is the best time of the year, unless you’re a youngster dealing with the start of school. September is all about the ushering in of changel; it’s the end of vacations, and the start of getting back into a routine.  The days might still be hot, but the evenings are unmistakably cooler, and the constant summer humidity has become much more manageable. And the best part of all — for…

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LOTL Sports Take: Indian’s Mid-Season Report

The 2019 Cleveland Indians season has reached its midpoint, and with the city just having hosted a very successful and exciting All Star Game, now is a great time to look at where the team stands.   The season started rather grimly, with the Indians either trading or letting a number of key players leave in the offseason.  Bullpen pitchers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen departed, while crucial offensive players like Michael Brantley were also not…

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LOTL Sports Take: Ohio Conference Championship Preview

It’s March, and that can only mean one thing! (well, aside from the supposed start of spring that usually leaves us disappointed by late spring snows and bitter cold wind whipping off Lake Erie’s chilly waters). That’s right…it’s time for March Madness! But before the NCAA tournament tips off next week, its conference championship week, a week of teams across the nation battling for automatic spots in the Big Dance. In this week, the focus…

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LOTL Sports Take – The Indians Season Predictions

Hello again.  In my last article, we looked at both the history and the current state of Cleveland’s big 3 sports teams.  It is clear that the Cavaliers have fallen hard following Lebron James’s departure to Los Angeles and are in a state of total rebuild.  And while the Cavaliers are at their lowest point in years, the Browns are in the ascendancy. Their fortunes are now higher than they’ve been in years due to…

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LOTL Sports Take: A Run Through Cleveland Sports History

As we head into 2019, we have a Cleveland sporting landscape that has quite literally flipped on its head from just a year ago. Just how different is it? Well, 12 months ago, the Cavaliers led by LeBron James were leading the championship charge for a fourth consecutive year, the Indians were coming off of a 102-win season albeit with an unfortunate postseason defeat, and the Browns were winless and fresh off a winless season…

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LOTL Sports Take — Browns Season Review

For the past decade, the Cleveland Browns have been the black sheep of the Cleveland sporting trilogy. In comparison to the Indians and Cavaliers, they have been downright awful. From 2008 to 2017 they had a losing record every season. And of recent things were historically appalling, with the team starting 0-14 in 2016 before winning on the penultimate week of the season, and then not winning a game at all in 2017. A year…

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LOTL Sports Take: High School Football Championship Games Roundup

The Ohio High School Football Season concluded with a bang this past weekend. Per tradition, the championship games for all seven divisions were played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. This year, the iconic venue saw the continuation of a dynasty, a traditional powerhouse playing the role of Cinderella, and pure dominance by teams from Northeast Ohio. We start with what I said 4 weeks ago would be the game of the…

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LOTL Sports Take: The Baker-Hue Dispute

This has been in so many ways a coming of age season for the Cleveland Browns. A year removed from 0-16, 2 years removed from 1-15, the speculation coming into this year was all about how long it would be before the Browns won a game, how long coach Hue Jackson would last, and about whether or not the woebegone franchise would ever find themselves a franchise quarterback. Within a matter of a few months,…

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LOTL Sports Take — Athletes Who Became Politicians

One thing that is undeniable about sports is that they are competitive. There are winners and losers, and though fantasy football point totals and Madden player ratings might lead you to think otherwise, sports are a pass or fail exercise. Whether you win by 1 or 50, or lose by 1 or 50, the result is the same. In many respects, politics and elections are the same way. It doesn’t matter whether you win or…

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LOTL Sports Take: 2018 High School Football Playoff Preview

If it’s Fall in the state of Ohio, that means trees ablaze with color, pumpkins, turkeys, and cool crisp Autumn air. And in terms of sports —aside from the occasional postseason run by the Indians — fall means football. Football is as much a part of Ohio culture as complaining about the weather, too many orange barrels on the highway, and knowing that it’s pop, not soda. For so many of us our fall Saturdays…

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