Red Right 88

Cleveland sports fan and sports writer

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

quit my job decided to drive west

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye and Good Riddance to 2008

The best anyone can say about Cleveland sports in 2008 is that there is some semblance of hope for a better 2009.

The Indians fell on their faces in 08 but have had a solid off-season leading into the new year. Picking up Mark DeRosa for minor leaguers is an impressive move. He is a younger and cheaper Casey Blake. It is always good to hear the other team's fans upset when you pick up a guy so I expect DeRosa to quickly become a fan favorite here. He provides insurance as he can play 2nd or 3rd in case Peralta or Cabrera aren't ready for a switch or an injury moves things around. The Indians seem to play better in odd number years and the front office has improved the team.

The Cavs fell short last season but you could argue the team made itself better by taking that step back. Things have been great so far this season but the Cavs ended 2009 with a loss and have been a bit off the last few games. But Boston has also struggled during the same time period. It is that time of year in the NBA. We will find out a lot about the Cavs on January 9th against Boston but the truth is these two teams will butt heads in the playoffs and that is all that matters.

That football team of ours still has me pissed off. Lets worry about them next year.

Be safe out there. See you next year.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Let the bodies hit the floor

So the reports are in that Phil Savage isn't making the trip back to Cleveland. And that Romeo will have his chance to make his case to Randy Lerner to save his job. Word has it Romeo is well-liked and that Lerner appreciates the class act way Crennell handled being thrown under the bus by Savage. Is there anyway Romeo can save his job?

I can think of one. Here is a report from ESPN.

Now if Lerner was really ready to thrown $8 million to Cowher, he certainly would through that much at Bill Parcells to be the GM. If you looked at the rest of teams on the list, Lerner would be a preferred owner. You know Randy will jet back to England and let Bill do as he pleases will a blank checkbook. Parcells would then need an apostle to coach the team. Maybe Romeo is that guy. Maybe he isn't. But that would the only scenario that could save Romeo.

Parcells has never been my favorite coach. But you can't deny he brings leadership. It would be his voice throughout the organization. I don't see this as likely. But it is a hope and that is all we have left. And Parcells plus ??? is more appealing to me than Marty or Cowher or the flavor of the month. This team needs a voice more than it needs a coach. Savage proved he was not a leader of men. We need a leader.