A good year, starting in Goodyear.

Cleveland has long experienced the pains of defeat. The Browns have yet to out grow those pains. The Cavaliers are still riding high after making the Warriors lose a 3-1 lead in the finals and aren’t looking back anytime soon. The Indians share the same finals feelings with the Warriors though. Luckily, this off-season spirits are high as the pitchers and catchers begin to report to Goodyear, Ariz. Perhaps, higher than they were in ’96 and ’98 as the Tribe looks to forget those pains.

Never a stupid question

Many fans were questioning some front office moves this season, but remain optimistic. These are some of the more common questions. If you ask me these are good questions to have. Ask these questions to any fellow Indians fan to get the ball rolling.

True savages

Any fan wants to stay up to date as possible. When you’re on the go and if you’re one of the 675 thousand people that follow the Indians on Twitter then you’re in luck. If you don’t follow them I highly suggest you change that. It’s the quickest and easiest way to get info while on the go. The social media team for Cleveland keeps you up to date with all things Indians and they’re also complete savages.

 

Lets go!

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Social media is great for giving you quick updates. It gives you small pieces of info that are a summary of a bigger story. Sometimes however, social media doesn’t give you enough. If you’re feeling like you need more info than 140 characters then check out Let’s Go Tribe.

Pitchers and catchers, please report to Goodyear

Meanwhile, in Goodyear…

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Perhaps you’re a visual leaner and want to see how the Indians are preparing to get back to the World Series. Well then you can join the over 323 thousand followers they have collected on Instagram. on the ‘gram you still get news and info, but it’s way more fun here. you can interact with the social media team (who is still savage on there too) and could even partake in events that end in prizes like free tickets.

Frankie says relax and read up

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If you have plenty of time to set aside and really want to get into something, or you just want a larger variety of stories with spring training starting up. checkout Cleveland.com. Coverage is also picking up  especially for the Tribe who are sitting at 14-1 odds to win it all (any Clevelander says the odds are much better than that, however).  This is not as flashy as Lets go Tribe, but the content is just as good.

 

A Good year is a weekly newsletter, with daily updates, that keeps you updated on all platforms for the Indians. Whether it’s social media, news websites or blogs and other newsletters, you will have all the info to get what you want to know. Make sure you subscribe to stay updated from spring training all the way to October.

7 Reasons to stop freaking out about the Cavaliers recent struggles

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The Cleveland Cavaliers went a dismal 7-8 and in January. Players and fans are frustrated and trying to figure out where things aren’t working, but there isn’t too much cause for concern. Things will work themselves out and you will probably see the Cavs in the Finals for a third straight year.

1) Eastern Conference Strength

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Think about LeBron’s first year back in Cleveland. The Atlanta Hawks were the No. 1 seed with homecourt advantage and the Cavaliers swept them. The same result happened last year in the playoffs. Not much need to worry about the East.

2) January was cold to all

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The Cavs went 7-8 in January, doubling their loss total on the season. But let’s look around the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder went 7-7, the Toronto Raptors went 7-9. Looking at the NCAA, the 1,2, and 4 ranked teams all lost on the same night. January is over now. Look for teams to warm back up in the upcoming months.

3) LeBron’s subtweets/public criticisms led to title

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Last season, James went to twitter to vent a little of his frustration with the team and critics. Even over the offseason, he subtweeted to Dan Gilbert about getting contracts negotiated for key players J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson. Eventually, those tweets meant nothing, then the Cavs won a championship. Expect these recent comments and tweets to fire up the team and expect a return trip to the Finals.

4) There are 82 Games in a season

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The Cavaliers are 32-16 and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The season is almost half over and even if they continue their mediocre play, they will be back in the playoffs and most likely their 3rd straight Finals. Don’t think that the Cavs will stay this way. They have a lot of time to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

5) Key players are injured

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Kevin Love is continuing to struggle with back issues that are causing him to miss time and not perform at his highest levels. J.R. Smith has been out with a thumb injury. He is a catalyst to offensive runs. Without the two, the Cavs lose two great three-point shooters. Don’t worry, they’ll be back and itching to help the team. Blowouts have happened before

6) Blowouts have happened before

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Last season on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Golden State Warriors put an epic beatdown on the Cavaliers, winning the game. This season, the Warriors bashed the Cavaliers in Cleveland 132-98. Are the Cavs nervous? N, because they realize they don’t care about beating the Warriors during the season. They care about beating them in June. The Warriors Blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals

7) The Warriors Blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals

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Okay, okay, enough memes and jokes. In all seriousness, both teams are itching to get back to the Finals. It will be the decisive rubber match. Who will win? Will the Warriors avenge the blown opportunity from last season or will the Cavaliers prove they are top dog? Book your calendars you will see them go at it in June.

 

Does your team have what it takes to make a run in the NBA playoffs? Listen to these NBA fanboys tell you why or why not.

With more than a quarter of the NBA season in the books, it’s about time for  sportswriters and basketball junkies alike to get together and start arguing about the impending NBA playoffs.

The amount of time my friends and I have spent discussing the landscape of the NBA is mind-boggling. While we may not be professionals, we certainly do know an awful lot about the teams and players that can shape the future of the league.

Not only do we love the NBA, but college football is wrapping up and that can only mean one thing: OSU vs. Michigan. With both teams seasons on the line, we wrap up the podcast with a short discussion on who we think has the edge in the biggest game of the season.

Find out below who we think will make some noise this season and reach the playoffs and who will win this years edition of “The GAME.”

Listening Guide:

2:15 – Picks for Eastern Conference Playoffs

12:50 – Can anybody stop the Cavaliers?

18:57 – Picks for Western Conference Playoffs

41:12 – Are the Jazz real contenders?

43:42 – Lakers or Timberwolves for first out of the playoffs?

48:52 – NBA MVP picks

54:28 – Picks for OSU vs. Michigan game

This Is CLE: Rowing

In the city of Cleveland, Ohio, people’s lives often revolve around the sporting scene. Whether it is the Cavaliers, the Browns, or the Indians, many Clevelanders are die-hard fans. But underneath the main sporting layer lies a quiet competitor: rowing.

The Cuyahoga River courses around the city with it’s five different S-curves, proving to be a force in and of itself. Normal people would look at it, remember how it caught fire not long ago, and avoid it completely. But a brave few will go to the Burning River and use it to their advantage. These are the rowers that make up the different crews. This is CLE: Rowing.

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