Cavs lose an easy one

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their trend of playing a bad second half of basketball. Last night, the Cavs went almost 5 minutes without scoring and finally lost 95-89 to the New Orleans Hornets.

Cleveland’s defense has been a problem all season and last night was no exception. The Hornets shot close to 55% from the field and Chris Paul put in 30 points against the Cavs. LeBron James was held to 15 points as New Orleans focused on stopping him and forcing others to score.

The Cavaliers, at times, looked very confused and uninspired playing on the road. This team needs to find an identity and play with pride if they want to go deep in the playoffs.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Coach Mike Brown needs to wake up and take control of this team if he wants to stay in Cleveland a long time.

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Cavs bury the shorthhanded Pacers

The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to show that they’re a team with two faces. Tonight, the Cavalier “playoff contender” showed up and cruised to a 32 point victory over the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers were without superstar Jermaine O’Neal for the second straight game with a pulled left hamstring. LeBron James led all scorers with 32 points and Donyell Marshall pulled down 17 rebounds.

This game was over early, as Cleveland held a 15 point lead by the end of the first quarter. The only question tonight was if Cleveland was going to stay focused and put the Pacers away. They finally played four quarters of inspired basketball and walked away with much needed win.

Buckeyes have another Heisman

Troy Smith, quarterback for The Ohio State University, won the 2006 Heisman Trophy. The show on ESPN was very emotional and showed just what a tough life Smith went through as a child.

Smith had the second most first place votes ever for a Heisman winner. He was only beaten by O.J. Simpson. He did set a record for the highest percentage of first place votes. Troy was calm and show appreciation for everyone that was part of his success.

The last accomplishment for Smith and the rest of the Buckeyes is to win the National Championship in January.

Winslow matures, Porter still a big mouth

The Cleveland Browns may not be progressing this year, but Kellen Winslow is making huge strides. Winslow will one day be a star in this league because of his talent and maturity. He’s made numerous “questionable” decisions and comments growing up, but seems to learn from each situation.

This Thursday, he attempted to interact with the biggest jerk in the NFL, Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter. Porter and Winslow have been exchanging jabs over the past year and Winslow wanted Porter to know it was just talk. He forgot he was dealing with a “big mouth” baby. Porter showed how classless he is by continuing to run his trap.

These are the situations that should inspire Winslow and the Browns to improve and payback a player like Porter. These are opportunities for Romeo Crennel to challenge his teams pride and desire to win. I can only hope that next year we are winning by 10 and Winslow hits Porter so hard he bites his tongue, because that is the only way to shut him up.

Smith is a success in the game of life

The Heisman Trophy will be awarded to the most talented college football player this evening in New York. Troy Smith, the Ohio State quarterback, is favored to win by a landslide.

Smith has fought many battles on and off the field while growing up in inner-city Cleveland. As you watch Troy accept his award tonight, I think it’s important to appreciate the fact that he overcame obstacles on and off the field.

Pat Forde of ESPN share some of the moments in Smith’s life that has lead up to this event. I believe Troy Smith will be drafted in the first round because of his talent and character.