I’ve been on hiatus for a while, but have realized that, for Cleveland sports fans, not much has changed. I looked over some posts from last year and could easily just print them again. The Indians, for example, were just not quite good enough to get into the playoffs. The Cavs made a valiant run for the championship, but fell just short of the dream for the fans.
Triple Crown - Once again we are tantalized by the prospect of a Triple Crown winner in Saturday’s running of the Belmont Stakes. This year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, American Pharoah, will be put to the test, on the third and longest track, to accomplish something that was last done in 1978. In recent years, there have been several horses on
Counting down the days to the Indians Home Opener? Get a jumpstart on the season.
There are a lot of key dates coming up in the world of sports – here are a few notable ones:
Some random thoughts as I watch the snow falling on a cold Cleveland day.
Since winter decided to arrive early this year, it’s not too soon to take a look at skiing, snowboarding and tubing resorts and facilities in Ohio and nearby states. I had planned to do an overview of each, but the Plain Dealer published a comprehensive list in the paper several weeks.
What a summer for Cleveland sports fans. It continues to be a roller coaster ride of highs and lows for all of our pro teams. The sportswriters and local sports talk radio personalities have to be beyond ecstatic with the never-ending supply of news, rumors, and predictions to discuss.
Lots going on with the Cleveland sports scene right now. First up, this week, (June 5-8) is The Cleveland Open, an event on the web.com golf tour schedule. The tournament will be played at Lakewood Country Club, right here in Westlake. For all the details about the event, go to the official site, The Cleveland Open. Parking for all spectators will be restricted to Crocker Park, with shuttle vans running every 10-15 minutes. You can also catch the action on the Golf Channel Thursday and Friday from 6:30-9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 pm. Nice to be in the spotlight.
Coming July 3-6 is the Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival, featuring over 3000 young athletes from all over the world participating in soccer, baseball, and basketball competitions. Last year 218 teams played more than 500 games on 28 fields/courts. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has all the info on schedules and venues.
The next major golf championship is the U. S. Open, being played at Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, NC from June 9-15. The defending champion of this tournament, that always concludes on Father's Day, is England's Justin Rose.
One of the premiere sporting events this summer is the FIFA International Men's Football Tournament, better known as the World Cup. Brazil is the host nation of this once-every-four-years tournament, running from June 12-July 13. 32 teams will compete in 64 matches held at 12 venues, all of which will be televised live on ESPN and its affiliates. The U.S. team plays its first match against Ghana on June 16 at 6 pm on ESPN. The early favorite to win it all - Brazil!
Finishing up this week - the French Open tennis tournment played at Roland-Garros. The Women's Singles Champion of 2013, Serena Williams, is out, but the defending Men's Singles Champion, Rafael Nadal, continues on towards the finals on Sunday.
This Saturday, June 7, the final leg of racing's Triple Crown will be contested in the Belmont Stakes in New York - the longest of the 3 races. California Chrome is currently favored to win and become a Triple Crown champion, the first horse to do so since Affirmed in 1978.
And, as always, there's plenty of exciting interest in the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers right now. Lots to talk about on all fronts. Are these the wait-'til-next year seasons all the teams and fans have been waiting for?
Featured books this month - you'll find them in our new book room.
Duel for the Crown: Affirmed, Alydar and Racing's Greatest Rivalry (by Linda Carroll - 798.4 C319D - 2014).
No, this topic is not about professional athletes and their legal problems. This is about some of the rule changes affecting MLB and the NFL this year that have stirred up a bit of controversy.
With the 2014 baseball season just underway, teams, announcers, umpires, and fans are trying to figure out the two major rules changes.