Red Right 88

Cleveland sports fan and sports writer

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

quit my job decided to drive west

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Great day

Perfect weather outside. Best day of the year so far and I spent it inside watching television. And oh what perfect day it was inside as well.

The Cavs got off to a hot start and beat the Pistons. LeBron was LeBron but interestingly enough I was distracted during much of the game. Who would have ever thought a Cavs-Pistons playoff game would not be as compelling as what else was on.

I had two tvs on of course and most the first quarter I was focused on another NBA game. Young Mr. Rose was awesome as he led the Bulls to an overtime win over the Celtics. This whole Garnett being declared out for the playoffs has rubbed me the wrong way. It is as if they have given themselves an excuse not to win. Maybe Garnett is really out and maybe he will be back portrayed as the hero in the Eastern Conference finals but this hey we will try to make the conference finals as our new goal is bullshit. I wish Garnett was healthy because I want the Cavs to beat them at full strength. I don't want to hear any of this well if he had been healthy crap. So it was very enjoyable to watch Paul Pierce miss a free throw that would have won the game in regulation. And frosting on the cake to see the Celtics fall in overtime.

Soon after the Indians game started. And it looked like more of the same early. Carmona gave up a two-run dinger in the first and I was like here we go. When the Indians started the second, the Cavs were near the end of the second quarter. When the Indians finished batting in the second, the Cavs were well into the third quarter. And what a beautiful half-inning it was. The Tribe scored 14 runs on the hated Yankees. It was almost enough to get over the called third strike on DeRosa on Friday. Almost.

There is nothing quite as satisfying as destroying the Yankees. The 22-0 whupping a few years ago will always remain special in my heart. But 22-4 with six home runs is cool in its own right.

Two wins over the Yankees and Pistons with the Celtics losing as well makes for a great day and worth missing out on the awesome weather.