While we were certainly happy – and surprised – the Cavs beat the visiting Heat on Tuesday night, we’re just as happy we’ve made it to the point where now Miami should just be another game on the schedule.
Tuesday’s win doesn’t really change anything – the Heat are still a playoff team and the Cavs are headed for the lottery – but with only a handful of games left in this season its time to turn the page and put all the nonsense behind us.
We don’t want to hear anymore about parking garage issues, about Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeting, about who came out for player introductions, about karma or which players laughed and which ones were serious.
We’re ready and willing for the Heat to be just another game – at least until the Cavs rebuild and can consistently compete with Miami.
The circus has left town. It’s time we turn the page.
While the Cavs are winding down, the Indians are ready – weather permitting – to open another season.
For some reason we really can’t put our finger on, we’re much more optimistic about the team than we were at this time last year. Maybe it’s because the Indians have the youngest 40-man roster in the league, or it could be that, after the season we’ve just been through with the Cavs, we’re looking for something to believe in.
It could be something as simple as, with baseball season starting that means summer in Cleveland isn’t that far behind.
In any event, despite what White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says, we think Cleveland’s as good a place as any to get the season rolling.
Liverpool’s shirt sponsor, Standard Charter, wants the team to start signing more Asian players because it will be good for the bank’s business.
“The real power for what Liverpool could do for us, and I think for the English Premier League, is if there was a way they could nurture foreign players from Asia … a great Asian player — you see what Park Ji-sung does for Manchester United,” Gavin Laws, the bank’s head of corporate affairs, said at the SoccerEx conference.
“The markets in Asia and the Middle East are so nationalistic, they are very proud about their countries. [Matches] become huge events. One appearance from a player, say from Dubai in the Premier League, and you’d have the whole of Dubai watching it.”
Well, as long as it would be good for the bank’s business, why not? Let’s not focus on signing the best players so you can compete for championships and gain exposure that way, let’s just let a corporate suit decide what market is best for business.
Hopefully the Dolans don’t get wind of this, we all know they need every penny they can get.