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In Cleveland, hope dies last

Quick hits coming off holiday

Back in Ohio after a week of beach, BBQ and sweet tea in the Carolinas.

Not the way we would have liked to see the Tribe open the second half of the season, splitting a series with a Baltimore team that is 16 games under .500.

And while we were happy to hear the news that Mitch Talbot had a “back injury” that would require time on the disabled list, we’re not sunfried enough to think that Jeanmar Gomez, David Huff and Zach McAllister are going to come in and save the day.

Having said that, we don’t think it’s too much to ask that Gomez not blow a three-run lead to a last-place team.

The Tribe just completed an eight-game stretch against Toronto and Baltimore – the two worst teams in the AL East – with a 3-5 record. That’s not going to cut it if the Indians want to stay in the pennant race.

The good news is the Indians are still in first place and they play 47 of their remaining 69 games within the division. And while it does get tiring having to watch a steady diet of Detroit, Minnesota, Chicago and Kansas City, the Tribe has their fate in their own hands – take care of business in the division and they don’t have to worry about anything else.

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So Pittsburgh’s James Harrison ran his mouth this week, criticizing teammates Ben Rothlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall.

And Hines Ward was arrested and charged with DWI in Georgia.

Good thing the Steelers have such upstanding owners who never put winning above doing the right thing.

Just look at how they handled Rothlisberger’s situation last summer. Oh that’s right, they didn’t do anything but welcome Rothlisberger back with open arms.

We expect nothing less from the hypocritical black and gold.

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Even though they came up just short in their bid for the World Cup, congratulations are in order for the U.S. Women’s soccer team.

The team’s run to the cup came to an end Sunday against Japan on penalty kicks, but the late goals and never-give-up attitude of the team made them fun to watch.

Despite twice taking a one-goal lead, it just wasn’t meant to be for the team. And it’s not like Japan didn’t deserve to win.

It was just one of those days.

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While on holiday we read Namath, Mark Kriegel’s 2004 biography of Joe Namath.

Excellent book.

Namath’s career was pretty much over by the time we were old enough to follow sports, so he’s one of those players that was always more myth to us. So reading about how he grew up in Beaver Falls, his exploits at Alabama and his time with the Jets gave us a new perspective on him.

Highly recommend it.

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Ran into some current and former Clevelanders on vacation, both in Raleigh and Myrtle Beach, and had the chance to talk some Indians baseball.

The view outside of NE Ohio seems to be one of cautious optimism for the Wahoos.

So they have that going for them.

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