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I remember when Jim Thome first left Cleveland.
The man was vilified by the fans and press and heavily booed the next couple of trips back to Cleveland.
Fast forward to late last summer.
When the Cleveland Indians brought him back at the end of the season, fans threw a party.
The team sold out games it hadn’t sold out for weeks beforehand and when Thome left again shortly after the season for Philadelphia, no one seemed to mind much.
There is no doubt that LeBron’s comments upset many Cavaliers fans still raging about “The Decision,” but if Cleveland fans can accept Thome’s return, why not LeBron.
Although James hasn’t won a title yet, he represents Cleveland’s best chance at a championship in basketball.
I don’t understand why Thome was welcomed back with welcome arms, while LeBron continues to be hated.
Can someone explain this to me?
GO TO THE BENCH – Ohio State mens basketball could be in serious trouble if they can’t score points.
What is more troubling is that coach Thad Matta doesn’t go to his bench more often.
He did play nine guys in last night’s loss to Michigan, but needs to do that a lot more to be successful.
I’m annoyed that the team is bad this year and that Nash is openly being shopped.
But the team has 40 points this year with Nash AND Carter.
It’s unfair to blame the mess on Nash alone, but something needs to be done.
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Buckeye fans who want to support their team in a unique way can now buy Buckeyeheads, a polyurethane foam hat which has developed by Buckeye Head Inc., a North Canton company founded by William Buell and Daniel Craven.
The product is available for purchase through The Ohio Shopping Network, a web site designed for Ohio retailers, small businesses and the shopping community.
“We couldn’t believe no one had thought of a foam hat in the shape of a buckeye,” Buell said. “Who wouldn’t love a giant buckeye on their head to show their Ohio pride? This hat is the perfect gift for that super-enthusiastic fan in your life.”
You can buy Buckeyeheads here.
Each and every week, Chris Spielman will join 97.1 The Fan to talk football, The Buckeyes, Big 10 and the NFL. Catch Chris at these times:
The Big Show : Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2:15pm.
Common Man & The Torg : Monday and Thursday at 3:46pm and Tuesdays at 4:46pm.
The Buckeye Show: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:15pm.
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It could be a long fall and winter for Ohio football fans.
The looming NFL lockout could mean no professional football on Sundays to watch.
And what do we have to look forward to?
Jim Tressel’s resignation and Terrelle Pryor’s departure from Ohio State will probably lead to a season of rebuilding for the Buckeye football team.
And to be kind, the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are long shots to make the NFL playoffs.
So what are we going to do in the meantime, especially if professional sports are locked out?
I plan on continuing to enjoy sports, even if there is no NFL on Sundays.
Here’s a couple of things a locked out NFL fan can do this fall on Sundays.
— Watch taped college football games from Saturday
Catch up on games you are unable to see on Saturday during the day Sunday. With all of the college football on TV Saturday, you’ll need an extra day to catch up.
— Catch up on old NFL games you have taped
Why watch the current Browns struggle when you can watch classic games with Bernie Kosar and the great teams from the late 80s early 90s?
Why bother watching Andy Dalton and A.J. Green when you can catch the “Ickey Shuffle?”
— Play Madden 12
Even if there is no season, the popular EA Sports video game will still be released in August. Why worry about watching the game when you can play it yourself?
By the way, Electronic Arts, I’m willing to trade the marketing phrase for an advance copy of the game (wink, wink :))
And if you’re not fortunate enough to be able to play Madden 12, find another football game. Even Tecmo Bowl or Atari football would work.
— Play backyard football with your family and friends
Again, why worry about watching the game when you can play it yourself?
If you’re really ambitious, play a whole season and crown a champion.
— Find a new hobby on Sundays
If the NFL doesn’t need us, gulp, maybe we don’t need them.Follow @chrispugh3
Terrelle Pryor has decided to leave the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. In case you missed it, here are a couple of stories about the matter.
Columbus Dispatch: Pryor to skip senior season, his attorney says
Columbus Lantern: Pryor’s OSU career is finished
ESPN: Pryor paid $40,000 to sign autographs
Legendary Ohio State Buckeye broadcaster Paul Keels was named the 2010 Ohio Sportscaster of the Year by the The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Keels was honored during the organization’s awards event last weekend.