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The View from the Sharp Tank: A look at the current Cleveland sports landscape

Hi Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio! It’s been a while since we’ve talked, but I am back, so let’s pull up a chair and chat, shall we?

Regarding the Cavaliers, I see so many are disappointed that the Cavs didn’t make a big splash in free agency, however they really didn’t need to. They filled some gaps that they needed to fill, and the signings of Caris LeVert, Max Strus, Geoges Niang, Ty Jerome, and Damian Jones does exactly that.

In my opinion, these somewhat small signings can help the team in not only the regular season, but these players can and will help come playoff time. Barring injury, this team can make some waves in the Eastern Conference!

About our boys of summer, aka the Guardians, aka the Guardos, I have been thinking not that there is ever a good time for injuries, but ready or not, here they come! The injuries to Triston McKenzie and now Josh Naylor, are unwelcome to say the least. McKenzie, who ended last season with an 11-11 record, was going to be once again relied upon and solidify his role as a top tier starter, however the 2023 season will be known more for his injuries than anything having to do with on the field activity.

As for Bo’s big brother Josh Naylor, he is day to day with tendinitis in his right wrist. Here’s to hoping only the best for a speedy recovery and hoping that the team can make a run in the weeks coming up!

Not really Guards related, but then again maybe it is, why is it that our baseball team was persuaded (forced?) to change their name, but their current opponent the Atlanta Braves can not only keep their name, but continue to sell toy tomahawks, which are used at games while their fans do the “Tomahawk Chop” to Native American music? Don’t get me wrong, I am over having my favorite team’s name changed, but to me, if the name “Indians” was offensive, then all of the above that happened in the ATL seems even more offensive, but MLB just overlooks it.

Last but not least, let’s talk a little about our football team, shall we? Right now, it is so quiet on the Browns front, and I would rather it be quiet then hear about one of our players getting into some kind of trouble. Believe me, with our QB and every kind of trouble he was/is associated with, we don’t need any more trouble.

Hard to believe, but Browns rookies are going to be reporting to training camp in a mere couple of weeks and the first preseason game is just under a month away as the Browns play the Jets in the Hall of Fame game in Canton on August 3rd. This could be the start of a magical season if things go as well as a lot of people think it will. I hope they are right, but I definitely have my doubts.

Until next time, stay sharp Northeast Ohio!

Jerry is a proud husband and father. He is a lifelong fan of anything related to Cleveland sports, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the WWE. On Friday nights in the fall you can find him covering Brunswick high school football.

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