Goodbye 2016, hello 2017. Herewith: a look back and forward, at the good, the bad and the ugly, at this moment in time, in the games people play:
- The Browns’ uniforms: enough already. Nine different combinations is at least seven too many. If you want to be taken seriously as an organization, dress like it. Lose the clown suits and go back to the classic brown jerseys/white pants or white jerseys/white pants that the team wore in the 1960s. That’s it. Two options. Both classy.
Also, please go back to the actual color orange, instead of that cheap imposter currently being used. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. Orange is orange, and that’s not orange. We know this because when the painters at FirstEnergy Field try to duplicate it, the end zones keep coming out looking red.
- Memo to network college basketball sideline “reporters”: it is not necessary to conclude the halftime coach’s interview by saying, “Good luck in the second half!”
- I’ve never seen a player as basketball smart as Draymond Green do so many dumb things.
- In 2017, for the first time since 1995, when they went 100-44 and won their division by 30 games, the Indians will go into the season as the best team in the American League. They know it. The fans know it. And the other teams know it.
- For those who think adding Chris Sale pushes the Red Sox past the Indians as the best team in the AL in 2017, consider the following: the Red Sox have added Sale and Mitch Moreland, and subtracted David Ortiz from the team that was swept in the Division Series by the Indians.
The Indians have added Edwin Encarnacion, Michael Brantley, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar to the team that swept the Red Sox in the Division Series.
- Granted, the Cavs historically don’t play very well when LeBron James doesn’t play. But the Cavs did not get pounded by the Pistons on Monday because LeBron didn’t play. The Cavs got blown out because the day before they played one of the all-time most intense, exhausting, frenzied regular season games in NBA history.
- I have nothing to base this on other than what my eyeballs tell me, but I hear from them that I would take Ohio State’s defensive secondary over the Browns’ secondary seven days a week.
- Will somebody please tell FoxSports Ohio that during Cavs games viewers do not need to see 12 different replays of a meaningless foul call in the second quarter? Especially when the game has resumed?
- How great was the incomparable Vin Scully, who retired this year after broadcasting Dodgers games for 67 years? At the end of his last game they played a recording of him singing “Wind Beneath My Wings” to his wife and fans, and he made it sound majestic. And I don’t even like “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Boy, do I not like that song.
- Joe Thomas has played every snap in every game in every year since 2007, his entire NFL career, a Pro Bowl selection every year, for a team with a cumulative record over that span of 48-111. And he still has a sense of humor.
- That — all of that — is humanly impossible.
- I can’t decide which of these two drafts was a bigger whiff by the Browns:
In 2013, the Browns and Raiders were both 4-12. With their first two picks in the 2014 draft the Raiders took Khalil Mack and Derek Carr. The Browns were in position to take both those players, but traded down and instead took with their first two picks Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel. The Raiders this year are 12-3 and the Browns 1-14.
In 2015 the Browns were 3-13 and the Cowboys were 4-12. With their first pick in the 2016 draft the Cowboys took Ezequiel Elliott. In the fourth round they took Dak Prescott. The Browns were in position to take both those players, but traded down and instead took with their first two picks Corey Coleman and Emmanuel Ogbah. The Cowboys this year are 13-2 and the Browns are 1-14.
Mack, Carr, Elliott, and Prescott were all selected for the Pro Bowl this year.
The Browns are 1-14.
- The five most electrifying moments in Cleveland sports in 2016:
- LeBron’s blocked shot on Andrew Iguodala in Game 7 of the Finals. Nobody else in the history of the world makes that play.
- Kyrie Irving’s game-winning three-point field goal with 53 seconds left in Game 7 of the Finals. The shot of the half-century.
- Rajai Davis’ two-out, two-strike, two-run, game-tying home run off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 7 of the World Series. The night the ballpark literally shook.
- The Cavs’ championship parade. Still seems like a dream.
- Tyler Naquin’s walkoff inside-the-park home run. Choreography by Tyler Naquin.
- Indians up the ante on offense, officially announce Edwin Encarnacion signing
- Commentary: With Edwin Encarnacion signing, the little club that could is suddenly setting the pace
- Commentary: Indians betting Edwin Encarnacion signing will help on the field ... and in the stands
- LeBron had a year to remember in 2016
- Browns brass believes team headed in right direction despite record, and coach Hue Jackson guarantees 1-15 won't be repeated
- Indians: Tribe set to announce signing of slugger Edwin Encarnacion