For once, Eric Wedge's team hasn't responded during meaningless baseball to end the season. In the past when Eric Wedge failed to get his teams to play when the games meant something, he would always respond down the stretch with good baseball and subsequently saving his job. Apparently not this year.
That is actually good news for Tribe fans this time. The Indians got close two years ago, but other than that the Wedge era has been seven years of mostly disappointment and rebuilding. In Cleveland we can take having the low lows as we rebuild, but they need to be offset with higher highs than a single season in contention.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers (85/100) Last Week 95 - Nobody is panicking yet because the Cavs have gotten a lot better this off-season, but this is the most important year in the history of the Cavaliers franchise. We brush off constant talk about where LeBron James is going to end up because it is pre-mature and silly to speculate on the brain farts of a 20-something superstar basketball player. The truth is LeBron doesn't know where he is going to go. If I had to guess, I assume he will go wherever he has the best chance to win. I am just hoping that Cleveland ends up being his best chance to win.
But Cleveland's status as a great team took a blow this week when Delonte West was pulled over on his three-wheel motorcycle with three (THREE!) loaded guns. It is scary and sad. This town loves Delonte West. We were endeared to him a season ago with his hilarious personality and his tough-nosed abilities on the court. He came out and talked about his bipolar disorder prior to the start of last season and our support of him grew even bigger. Apparently our love for him wasn't enough to inspire him to keep his nose clean this off-season.
So, there is no telling what the arrest means for Delonte and the Cavs. How long will the suspension be? How many wins will it cost the Cavs to not have Delonte's defense and surprising scoring abilities? The Cavs drop ten points this week as a result.