* Most Yankee fans like the LA Lakers in basketball, they root for the Dallas Cowboys in football, the Detroit Red Wings in hockey, and will tell you that Rocky Marciano was the greatest boxer of all time. What all of these “favorites” have in common is that they are winners. These are the Cleveland area fans who just can’t accept losing, so they manipulate the system at a young age and root for traditional winners. Let’s face it, the Cleveland Sports Faithful have not had much to scream about for the past 50 or so years. However, the loyalty of a Cleveland sports fan is so much more praiseworthy to me than the local bandwagon jumping fans of teams that win.
* The argument that Cleveland teams refuse to spend money to keep athletes gets old. Just because the Yankees have so much more to spend does not mean that the Browns, Cavs, and Indians, do not pay well. Let me put it to you this way: When you play monopoly with your friends, give the Yankee fan half of the deeds and three quarters of all of the money that comes with the game. We will call the other players Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Cleveland. They have what is left to divide amongst themselves. This is why baseball sadly needs a salary cap.
Seriously, do you know anyone who roots for the Yanks, Lakers, Cowboys and Red Wings? I mean jeez, I know there’s some bandwagoners amongst us, but come on now. Oh, and the salary cap issue is so 2004, it’s time to get over it. Do you know what this is? It’s the world’s smallest violin.
Anywho, here’s you open thread for the night. Korea is taking on Venezuela in the first game of the WBC semifinals at 9pm. The Knicks are in Orlando, the Isles are in Ottawa, and the Rangers host the Sabres in a game crucial to their playoff fate. There’s also a pair of college basketball games starting at 8:15. I went 25-for-32 in first round, good enough to be tied for third place in RAB’s Bracket Busters coming into today’s games. Anything goes here, just be nice.