1. Cleveland Browns: 6 Things to Do While the Team Rebuilds

    The 2011 season was supposed to be the the year the Browns took great strides towards respectability. It turned out to be another year of humble pie...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about almost 3 years ago 874 reads 7 comments

  2. 2011 Cleveland Browns: Odds of Winning Each Regular Season Game

    As the preseason unfolds, we armchair hacks decide to whip out our knowledge and wisdom to tell us how our teams will do in the next four months...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about 3 years ago 813 reads 4 comments

  3. 2011 NBA Draft: Why It's Taken 25 Years for Me to Not Care About It

    With the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft , the Cleveland Cavaliers will likely pick Kyrie Irving from Duke, while the fourth pick will also be used to pick one of three ...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about 3 years ago 444 reads 4 comments

  4. NFL Labor Talks: 6 Reasons to Keep the 18-Game Regular Season off the Table

    When it was first mentioned, my reaction to the NFL management’s proposal to expand the regular season to 18 games was similar to the joke ad for “Doggy Dentures.” You’re kidding...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about 3 years ago 347 reads 0 comments

  5. 12 Real-Life "Heel Turns" in Sports History

    In pro wrestling, the in-ring performers are usually assigned one of two characteristics: “Face,” or the good guy who represents the noble and honorable virtues of sport, ...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 1,356 reads 7 comments

  6. Cleveland Indians: Back to Which Future Are They Headed?

    Growing up in the 1980s, there was an unwritten rule about the Cleveland Indians: They only won when school was in session. Normally, we’d get all jazzed up, waiting for summer break...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 832 reads 5 comments

  7. 2011 NBA Finals Makes "Heatles" Fans into "Witnesses"

    TO: Fans of the Miami Heat FROM: A fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers I know how you feel. It seemed so perfect. You got LeBron James . You thought you had the right supporting cast around him...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 3,142 reads 52 comments

  8. Are We as Fans Ready to Support a Gay Major Leaguer?

    In the last few weeks, the topic of homosexuality in sports has come up with unusual frequency. Last week, Sean Avery of the New York Rangers participated in an advertisement advocating same-sex marriage equality...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 72 reads 4 comments

  9. How LeBron James' "Apology" Raises Questions About His "Decision"

    So, LeBron James finally got to experience a playoff series win against the Boston Celtics. Good for him...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 1,555 reads 23 comments

  10. Peyton Hillis Wins Madden '12 Cover Tourney: 1 Browns Fan's Perspective

    So, Browns running back Peyton Hillis won the voting for the Madden 12 cover. A few things come to mind. First, the "Madden curse." It seems every player who winds up on the cover of Madden winds up with a bad year...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 1,697 reads 8 comments

  11. WWE: A Few Thoughts on the Creative Elements of the Shows

    To whoever's hiring the new writers at the WWE: It's recently come to my attention that the WWE is looking for new writers. Thank God...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 1,507 reads 19 comments

  12. Dear Joe Tait: Thank You for Making Me a Better Cleveland Cavaliers Fan

    Dear Joe: Sixteen seconds to the playoffs! It was April 9, 1985. That's what you were supposedly calling between plays as the Cavaliers counted down the seconds until the ...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 218 reads 2 comments

  13. New GM Chris Antonetti: Is It Okay to Care About the Indians Again?

    Dear Mr. Antonetti: Congratulations on your promotion to be the next General Manager of the Cleveland Indians. I grew up watching the Indians of the 1980s, as John Addams' drumbeats echoed through the cavernous and usually empty Municipal Stadium...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 665 reads 5 comments

  14. Pat Shurmur: An Open Letter from a Lone Cleveland Browns Fan

    Dear Coach Shurmur: First off, let me offer my congratulations on you being hired as the next coach of the Cleveland Browns . I cannot imagine the work you put in to achieve such a position, but I'm assuming you did it in order to deserve it...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 1,935 reads 31 comments

  15. Cleveland Fans: What's It Going to Take to Get Them Out of the Sports Doghouse?

    As a native Clevelander who enjoys sports, I root for my city's sports teams: the Browns, Cavs and Indians . Growing up wasn't easy...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about over 3 years ago 691 reads 9 comments

  16. Week 14 Performance Rankings: Who's Shaping Up Well for the Playoffs?

    Every couple of years, a team sneaks into the playoffs that doesn't seem to belong there. A weak schedule, combined with a couple lucky bounces and other intangibles put a team into the postseason...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about almost 4 years ago 389 reads 6 comments

  17. NFL Rankings Week 13: Tight at the Top

    After taking a week off from an extended work schedule, I return with the results of this week's statistical computation of how well all 32 NFL teams have done so far. Remember, this is all mathematical—nothing subjective...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about almost 4 years ago 38 reads 0 comments

  18. NFL Week 11 Performance Rankings

    After nine games, the NFL sure has been a great joy for it's fans. Of 32 teams, 18 of them have winning records. Four teams have 4 four wins - which means a 6-1 finish can still bring that magical 10-game win stat that usually brings the playoffs...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about almost 4 years ago 714 reads 4 comments

  19. NFL Week 10: Projections, Anaylsis and Predictions

    Last week, I took some comprehensive data from the first eight weeks of the NFL to compile some power rankings...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about almost 4 years ago 1,688 reads 7 comments

  20. NFL Power Rankings Week 9: A Statistical Perspective

    Eight teams have six wins, making it hard to tell who's the best in the league. A lot of the debate—like the rankings themselves—are mostly subjective opinion backed up with some selected facts...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about almost 4 years ago 368 reads 7 comments

  21. "Raw" Needs to Stop Wade Barrett From Bullying John Cena

    In the "Attitude Era," the now-WWE faced controversy for the sexual and violent natures of their shows. Many thought they had taken care of that with the so-called "PG Era...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about almost 4 years ago 2,981 reads 51 comments

  22. 20 Years Later Much Has Changed, But The Drum Remains The Same

    The first time that I met John Addams I was 16. It was the last game of the 1990 season. I had all the makings of a great day: A brand new drivers’ license, about $50 in ...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about 4 years ago 215 reads 4 comments

  23. How Baseball Might be Different if George Steinbrenner Had the Indians

    It’s one of the best debates in Cleveland sports history: What if Vernon Stouffer accepted George Steinbrenner's bid to buy the Cleveland Indians instead of rejecting it for the ...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about 4 years ago 1,422 reads 7 comments

  24. LeBron James: Why All Our Anger Over 'The Decision' is Justified

    Amidst all the bickering by fans over "The Decision" of LeBron James to "take his talents to South Beach," the comments began to pack themselves into various camps: those who think it was great and those who thought it was disastrous...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about 4 years ago 1,428 reads 6 comments

  25. It's the End of LeBron as We Knew Him...and I Feel Fine

    After a few days, I woke up and realized that LeBron leaving was the best thing to happen to true Cleveland fans. Yes, he was born and raised in Akron, close enough to know what being a Cleveland fan was all about...

    John Stebbins Written by John Stebbins about 4 years ago 271 reads 3 comments