Posted on: January 29, 2010 12:28 pm

Business as usual is moving backwards

Going into this season, I had really high hopes that UD would take a strong step in the positive direction.  Coming off of a great season last year and bringing back almost all of the team, I felt UD could move past occasional NCAA bid to a team that makes the Tourney 8 out of 10 season.  Teams like Xavier, Bulter, and Gonzaga where once in the same position that the Flyers were going into the season.  Coming off of a strong year, having a talented team, and ready to take the next step forward.

I think that's why this season has been such a disappointment to me.  At the beginning of the season, everything had seemed to fall into place:  Pre-season ranking, a strong field at the PR Tip Off, an OOC schedule that had a few tough teams and a few cupcakes (like it should be), and UD being picked to win the A-10.  This should have been the year that program moved solidly into the top 50 NCAA programs year in and year out.  Yeah Dayton will never be North Carolina, Kansas, or Kentucky, but they could be like the "mid-major" teams that are always in contention.  Teams that always get solid national recruits, not just the best local talent.

But instead of jumping ahead, it was business as usual for the Flyers: playing poorly on the road, losing to Xavier in Cincy (again...), playing down to teams that aren't as talented, not winning the A-10.  I don't think anyone who comes to this site would agrue that this is the most talented Dayton team in years (as far back as I can remember anyway).  And yet the results are the same as they have been for a while.

Reading the title of this post you probably thought I was going to rant and rav about how horrible BG is and how he needs to go.  I'm not going to get into that.  I don't know enough about coaching basketball or recruiting.  But what I do know is when an opportunity arises you have to take it.  You usually don't get a second change.  That is the change in direction I hoped UD would take this year.  I'm sorry that they weren't able to capitalize on their chance.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: July 30, 2009 8:09 am

Indians are only a AAAA farm team

That's right, I put an extra A on that.  With yesterday's trade of Cliff Lee, the Indians have officially given up on this season AND next season.  Lee, the clear ace of this staff, was under contract through next year.  Basically the Mark Shapiro and the Dolans are saying, we're not winning this year and we won't be next year, so why pay Lee the 9 million in his contract.

In this morning's Plain Dealer Bud Shaw put it this way, "The Indains just traded Cliff Lee for 4 prospects.  With any luck some of those prospects may be good enough to trade for prospects in the future."  That's exactly what is going on here.  If you remember, Cliff Lee, a pitching prospect at the time, was acquired in the Bartolo Colon trade to the Angels a number of years ago.  Now that he's developed into a good pitcher, its time to trade him and get more prospects. 

Its a never ending cycle.  Basically the Indians have turned into a farm team for the better funded teams in the league.  Lets develop some good young players and when its time to sign them, we won't be able to afford them, so we'll trade them to another club.  Look at the examples in just recent years Cliff Lee, C.C. Sabathia, Casey Blake, Franklin Gutierez.  My guess is that Victor Martinez is the next one to go.  If its not by tomrrow, then it will be next season.  It feels like the 1980s all over again.

If this keeps up, I think I may have to change my MLB affliation.  I mean who really cheers for a "farm" team anyway?
Category: MLB
Posted on: July 22, 2009 8:01 am

See you next year Tribe

Okay.  Its official.  I'm done with the Cleveland Indians for the year.  No more TV.  No more going to the games (actually I never did get to a game this year, but that's probably a good thing.  Last year I bought a 6-pack of tickets.  I was going to do the same this year.  I'm glad I didn't.  That would have been a big waste of money.). 

I'm sure I'll hear the scores on the radio or glancing in the paper, but as far as putting any effort into finding out who did what are what the record is or which players get called up in Sept.  I'm D-O-N-E.

This season has been a huge disappointment from the begining.  I mean they started the season 0-7.  Its been a complete joke.  The picthing is awful (outside of Cliff Lee).  The hitting is awful (outside of Victor Martinez and Shin Soo Choo).  The managing has been horrible as well.

So this is it.  Si-o-nara Tribe.  See you again in March....Oh and do me a favor for next season, don't pretend like the team will be soooo much better because you signed a couple over-the-hill free agents, please.
Category: MLB
Posted on: July 10, 2009 5:23 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2009 8:43 am

A shift from sports for a minute

Again, I know no one reads this, but I really needed to vent.  I realized this week that sports are really not that important.  My daughter was born on Tuesday morning 4 weeks earlier.  Its been a very stressful week.  So stressful in fact that I couldn't even focus on sports for a little while.  I normally watch a game or two a week, sports center every morning, and listen to sports radio.

With the complication associated with my daughters birth, i don't even want to turn on the TV.  Between worrying and crying I could care less if the Indians won a game or something I heard in passing about LeBron being dunked on.  Sports are really a nice diversion, but this week I haven't even been able to be diverted, even though I watned to.

Anyway, if you do actually read this, please say a prayer for my little baby girl.

Category: World Sports
Posted on: June 18, 2009 12:34 pm

Indians and Browns Predictions

Okay, its not like anyone reads this anyway, so its more like for myself to prove to anyone that I did call these records for the end of 2009.

Indians - 75-85

They'll start to play a little bit better in the second half, but their pitching will still weigh them down.  3rd place in the division ahead of KC and Chi.  Minnesota wins...again...

Browns - 4 -12

This will be another painful season to watch.  2 more losses to the Steelers, 2 more to the Ravens, probably a split with Cincy and a mess of other beatdowns.  Last place in the AFC North.  Steelers win the division...again...
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 5, 2009 8:21 am

Re: More Heartbreak in Cleveland

To make a couple of additional comments:

The whole reason you play sports is to win.  Okay, professionals play sports to make money, but even they'd rather win then lose.  The city of Cleveland has had some pretty good teams in the past 25 years (part of my life I can remember).  From the Browns of the 80's, the Cavs of the early 90's, the Indians in the late 90's, and in recent years the Cavs with LeBron.  But it always comes down to they don't win championships.  Whether its The Fumble, the Drive, Jose Mesa in the 9th, Jordan over Elow, or whatever else - teams from Cleveland always lose when it counts.

I know its just sports, but after this years sports (Browns 4-12, Indians off to an awful start, Cavs disappointment) I asked myself, "Is it even worth watching?"  I really got into the Cavs team this year.  They were great.  Only 2 losses at home all season, tough on the road, players other than LeBron scoring.  All the talk about "ONE GOAL" and  "BRING A CHAMPIONSHIP TO CLEVELAND."  So I got into it.  I watched a lot of games this year - more than normal.  Every playoff game. (that doesn't sound like much, but I travel a lot for work.  so I'd scout out a local bar and beg them to put the game on or listen to it on the internet or ask my buddy for text message score updates.) 

Did I think they were a shoe-in for the championship?  No.  But I  thought they would get to the finals.  Then if they lost to the Lakers (who are by far the best team in the West) I could handle it.  Instead they got white-washed by the Magic.  A team that probably will get swept by the Lakers.  They looked horrible in the series and if LeBron missed that 3 pt shot with 1 second left, they would have gotten SWEPT.

Now in general, I'm a football first guy.  I've always been a Browns fan...sadly probably always will be.  Its probably because the Indians were so horrible when I was young and I wasn't much into basketball as a kid either.  I was really bummed when they left Cleveland and was really excited when they came back.  But what a disappointment that has been.  1 playoff apperance in 10 years.  2-18 against the Steelers - that not even a rivalry anymore.  2 winning season.  I starting to hate my Sundays.  Its not going to be any better next year.  Its constant rebuilding in cleveland.  and its going to happen again.  3-4 years with Mangini and he'll be out for the next moron to come in and start "rebuilding" all over again.  What a joke.

Don't worry, I'm not going to jump out a window or anything, but for the next few weeks I won't be watching any sports.
Category: NBA
Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:47 pm

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

After the Cavs loss this weekend, I can't help but think about what I also think about after every sports season since I can never.  Is Cleveland Cursed?  As a life-long Cleveland Sports fan, I'm beginning to think that God hates Cleveland.  I can't believe that in almost 50 years not one of the major sports franchises has won a championship.  While the defeat against Orlando wasn't heartbreaking, it just took the wind out of my sails.  Its like every time a team from Cleveland makes a run, I start to get excited about it.  "Maybe this will be the team, maybe this will be the year."  But it always ends the same.  Cleveland never wins the last game of the season.

I'm not going to cheer for any other teams, but each year with more disappointment, I start to pay less and less attention to Cleveland sports.  Give it 10 more years and I probably won't even watch anymore.    Life would probably be less depressing (and less expensive) if I didn't.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 24, 2009 12:53 pm

Great season Dayton!

Dayton ended the season with a tough loss to Kansas in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament.  They were simply out-matched in that game.  But despite that loss, things are looking good for the Flyers. 

If someone would have told you the Flyers would have one 27 games, go undefeated at home, beat Xavier once, and win one NCAA game (upset over West Virgina), I think everyone would have said, "No Way.  Not after losing Brian Roberts and with only 1 senior."

The only player not returning next year is Charles Little.  (He had a great career at UD, was a stronger leader, and is really the kind of class-guy that UD needs).  A lot of guys on this team have post-season experience with the NIT last year and the NCAA this year.  They've also proved that Dayton doesn't need to win the A-10 to make the tournament.

A few items for next year (as I'm sure BG reads these posts all the time)

1. Continue the defensive focus.  Great college basketball teams play great defense.  Teams that run up and down the floor don't win championships (most of the time).  If you can hold your opponent under 70 points, you're team always has a chance to win.

2. Work on FT shooting....64.5% on the season...nuf said

3. Develop a long range threat.  With the great dribble penetration this team will always draw the defense to the lane.  If we had one or two shooters that made 40-45% of their 3's this team would impossible to stop.

4. Let your best players log 30 minutes a night.  Look at the UWV game, stats don't lie

5. Finally and most importantly. DON'T WEAR THOSE HIDEOUS BLACK JERSEYS.  take them out back, throw them on a coach in the Ghetto, and set them on fire.


Category: NCAAB
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