Here we are on May 6th, smack dab in the middle of one of the more interesting times for the three professional sports teams that inhabit Cleveland. The Indians just took two out of three against arguably the best team in baseball and they sit at 15-11 and in first place. The Browns just drafted what hopefully will be their starting running back and quarterback in Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. Whether or not you agree with the picks, they are moving towards an identity. The Cavs mercifully finished another season of bottom dwelling, but unlike last year, flashes from possible franchise players in Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson have me looking forward to another high draft pick assimilating with these two.
First off, the Tribe, you know, the first place team that we have that is currently playing AND winning? Ubaldo Jimenez turned in what was possibly his best start for the Wahoos and Vinne Pestano and Christ Perez saved me from driving to The Prog and slapping Tony Sipp. Jason Kipnis is quickly posturing himself as a fan favorite in Cleveland, a position that he will adorn beautifully. Chicks dig the long ball and he has shown the propensity to knock pitches to souvenir city ever since he has been in the major leagues. If the pitching can keep it up, then the Tribe has a real shot at making this a special summer.
The Browns draft has gotten criticism but before you jump off the 4-80 bridge (or try to blow it up, you damn anarchists) remember that this organization and front office is consistent. They will not reach or panic or draft a player just because they need someone at the position. They will hold true to their board. They will take who they feel is necessary at the right spot. If Weeden was the 13th player on their board, then getting him at 22 is perfect. If Tampa Bay was going to trade to 3 if we didn't, we made the correct move. We have freaking Trent Richardson. Do you remember him on the National Championship team? Straight beast. Hughes is a defensive tackle. We have two good ones, but how does three good ones sound on a team that can't stop the run? Good to me. Linebacker depth also was addressed (Come on Goodell, why didn't you do me a favor and REALLY drop the hammer on Fujita? Jk, maybe) and between James Michael Johnson and Emanuel Acho I think we have a starting weak side linebacker. Miavia will probably get the first shot though. Point is, the Browns are establishing an identity and they will stick to it. We will run the football and stop the run. If Trent gets going Weeden will flick it on play action, that simple. YouTube Travis Benjamin while you're at it.
The Cavaliers have 4 draft picks coming up. Let's say they leave Radio City with three players. One is going to be a top six pick and let me speculate how that could go worst case scenario. Anthony Davis goes #1, MKG goes 2, Beal goes 3, and some collection of Barnes/PJ3/Drummond/Robinson go thereafter. Are you not happy with one of those guys? Maybe you have worries about Perry Jones III, but I personally think his lack of a distributing point guard and defined role on the team made things tough on the talented perimeter player. This team is one good draft away from being in the playoffs again. Let's speculate again, shall we? Kyrie, Beal, Gee, Varejao, Asik with TT and our other first round pick, Boobie, Samardo, Sloan and a MLE wing player coming off of the bench. That sure sounds better.
Call me an optimist, that's fine, but I am confident that 2012 will be better than 2011. It probably couldn't get a whole lot worst. We have our franchise QB. We have our franchise PG. We are first in the AL Central. Let's cross our fingers, crack a beer, and watch the three teams that we love. May name is Luke and this is my first post for Cleveland's Rocks. I love feedback and conversation. You can find me @LakeEffectBro but I warn you, I'm rather pg-13. Hit me up or just say hi. You'll be seeing more of me.