Cleveland’s Airing of Grievances

I’m sitting here in the Orchard Team Store at Parkview Field and SportsCenter is on TV. Buster Olney was talking about the possibility of Roy Halladay being traded during the Winter Meetings. While Buster (we’re on a first-name basis) was talking, they showed footage of Halladay mowing down hitters. Hitters from the Cleveland Indians. At a game in Cleveland. Am I the only one who notices that an inordinate number of “this player is awesome” highlight reels are showcases of Athlete X dominating a Cleveland team? Before he came to Cleveland, the entire “Jamal Lewis is awesome” reel was the game (against the Browns) when he ran for 297 yards, Tecmo-bowl style. Defenders ran up to him, then flew 10 feet up in the air and laid there for 3 seconds, shook their heads and started running again. Michael Jordan apparently made 95 percent of his highlight plays against the Cavaliers (the other five percent is the up-and-under layup against the Knicks).

Meanwhile, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland. They celebrated their 25th anniversary with a star-studded concert. At Madison Square Garden. In New York. What?

Also, it’s snowing outside. I don’t know how, but Fort Wayne roads instantly turn into ice rinks at the slightest sign of rain/snow/cold. There was not a single road in town where traffic was moving faster than 15 mph this morning.

With that in mind, enjoy musical guest… the Red Hot Chili Peppers!

My next post should be from the Winter Meetings.

Have a good Monday!

DW

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