Category Archives: Basketball

Joe Tait: The End of an Era in Cavs Basketball

As the final buzzer sounded on last night’s Cavs game, it meant more to Cleveland than just the end of the 2010-2011 NBA season.  It meant the end of an era as most Clevelanders know it.  When basketball season in Northeast Ohio begins next year, there will be a new voice booming from the radio – and, man, is he going to have a huge microphone to fill.
After 39 years and 3,382 games, the Voice of the Cavs, Joe Tait, turned off his mic for the last time last night- and the Cavaliers sent him to his retirement in style – with a 100-93 win over the Washington Wizards.

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The Indians Hot Streak and Goodbye Joe Tait

The Game: The Indians parlay a 10 run fourth inning into a 12-3 victory in Seattle’s home opener to dampen the mood for the home team fans.  Asdrubal Cabrera got things started with a solo home  run in the first, but Mariner starter Jason Vargas settled down and stayed in control through three.  The wheels quickly came off in the fourth for Vargas, as he only made one out in the inning after giving up five runs.  Vargas was relieved by Tom Wilhelmson, but the Tribe scoring machine wasn’t going to be stopped.  After a Michael Brantley single, a Shin Soo Choo walk, and a two run scoring single by Carlos Santana (Jack Hannahan was on base when Wilhelmson entered the game), Travis Hafner stepped up to the plate with that old Pronk look in his eyes.  Hafner crushed a 411 foot, 3 run home run that nearly reached the third deck of seats.  The Indians added a run in the fifth after a dropped third strike and throwing error by Mariners catcher Miguel Olivio.

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The Snark: Don't Mess with Cleveland

Last night, I went to the CAVS – Heat game for the second time since the self proclaimed King abdicated his throne and I have one thing to say about the entire night:  I have never had more love for the City of Cleveland than I did before, during and after that game. In the grand scheme of things in the NBA world, that win was meaningless. In Cleveland, that win was closure for this city in a way that nobody outside of Northeast Ohio could ever understand.

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