finally, the Lebron hangover is finished. I feel fresh, rejuvenated and alive. The Indians are showing signs of a real "team", the Browns are moving in the right direction and the Buckeyes are a national contender. It's fine to be an Ohio fan again. I write to you from Columbus as I sit upon a corner of the city overlooking the Olentangy. The humidity has spared us tonight and it feels like a September evening in this great town. I can envision the roar of a Saturday evening crowd pulsating from "The Shoe" as 100,000 cheer the beat down of a lesser opponent. Those visions get me aroused. Yes, I said aroused. All true sports fans know exactly what I mean.
I had the pleasure of watching our Indians finish off the Twins tonight in the bottom of the ninth off of a LaPorta walk-off. The future flashed in front of my eyes. I will attend the game tomorrow and cheer on one of my childhood heroes in Kenny Loften as I watch him inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame. I think forward to the bright future that Chris Perez, Carlos Santana, Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley, Asdrubel Cabrera, Jason Donald, and Mitch Talbot have before them. A team with only two players 30 or older on their entire major league roster. A team that is supported by the first place Columbus Clippers and very talented Akron Aeros. A team that will do nothing but improve over the next five years. Oh how I can't wait!
The Brownies, ladened with a mix of veteran leadership and rookie talent makes me feel invigorated. No one expects anything and that is when there is something. This team stomps the teams of the past (1999 to 2010) in depth, talent and intelligence. I'm excited about several positions this year. I think our CBs will be extraordinary, our RBs will be a surprise (even with the high expectations), and our WRs will blossom.
LeBron you left a scar on my heart, but I will put you in that special place with the likes of Art Model, Ozzie Newsome, and Dan Gilbert. Good riddance to bad rubbish!