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The energy filled Quicken Loans Arena Monday night, every seat was accounted for and you could cut the tension with a knife. The crowd stood in silence as the moment they had all be waiting for dawned upon them… Atlantic Records recording artist and Cleveland native, Marc Cohn took the court to sing the National Anthem… just kidding. Marc Cohn did an amazing job but the excitement was reserved for a rematch many have been waiting for since the 2010 playoffs: Cavs vs Bulls. Some might consider Marc Cohn a one hit wonder but “Walking in Memphis” was a DAMN good one hit. I was praying his first words spoken into the microphone would be “Put on my Blue Suede shoes and I boarded the plane…” but I guess the National Anthem was the next best thing… and yes, there were several sightings reported of the ghost of Elvis within the arena. One sighting was of him in the nosebleads with Nacho Cheese stains on his infamous white suit cause fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches weren’t on the menu. Contrary to popular belief – security DID in-fact see him and they escorted him out with his head down and his arms behind his back. I would have been glad to have seen Reverend Green there cause Cleveland didnt have a prayer during the 1st quarter.


Almost exactly 26 years ago today, Micheal Jordan nailed a field goal over Cleveland’s Craig Ehlo to win game 5 against the Cavs and eliminate them from playoff contention. If you like self inflicted pain, and being a Cleveland sports fan, I know you do, you can relive that moment here. A lot has happened in those 26 years with the closest MJ successor ironically now playing against the Bulls. The Cavs were fresh off a 4 game shutout against the Boston Celtics but, were polarized by the recent loss of Kevin Love and 2 game suspension of JR Smith. Love who suffered a season ending shoulder injury and JR Smith’s 2 game suspension after striking Jae Crowder in the head during the 1st round of NBA Playoffs, weakened the Cavs starting lineup. Many questioned the decision to start Mike Miller but with the Cavs missing two starters, had no choice but to play some reserves. LeBron James was present at the game but it was hard to tell as Chicago’s defense held him to only 19 points. Joakim Noah offered no smack talk before the game unlike his prior 2010 playoff visit keeping his comments confident, stating “We have a lot of talent now offensively. Teams can’t key in on one guy.”

The Bulls simply out shot the Cavs all night – especially when it came to draining 3 pointers. The Bulls were relentless from the tip – off. Derrick Rose lead the force putting up 25 points.The Cavs defense was admirable but they were no match for Chicago’s 3 point driven offense. Just as soon as you felt the Cavs gaining moment and the crowd began to roar, it was silenced by a Jimmy Butler 3 pointer. Kyrie Irving nailed multiple reverse layups against the Bulls, scoring 30 points but it wasn’t enough against Chicago’s 3 headed offense. Irvin was Cleveland’s biggest offensive weapon last night with the King going only 9 for 22 with 19 points. Butler would go on to dominate through out the game with 20 points, scoring 9 of Chicago’s last 15 points, giving Chicago a 99-92 win over the Cavs to start off the series. Many expected this outcome after Cleveland breezed by Boston and losing 2 of it’s starters. The Bulls lead for the majority of the game so it wasn’t as close of a game as the final score indicated. Chicago is simply a different team and the Cavs do not have the strength of their 1st round lineup. Overall, The Cavs organizations puts on a top notch production it was just unfortunate the efforts weren’t enough to bring a home a W for the Cavs.

Well, I paid $60 for a Loss and an over-sized “All-In” t-shirt that doesn’t even fit me. Which brings me to something I’ve always wanted to address about Playoff Games: Why do they insist on the free promo shirts being XXL? I get it, their logic is “this way it can fit everyone” but let’s be honest – Cleveland maybe an overweight city but, we’re not all size XXL. You might as well give all these shirts to some mutants cause they are the only ones that these shirts would fit. But they just look at it as advertising so they don’t care. I even saw some 7 year old kid trip on the shirt, wearing it on his way out. If the most common size is Medium – shouldn’t that be the size given out if there can only be one? Why are the over-sized freaks rewarded? I took statistics in college, we called them “outliers” and they are not representative of the entire group. I was terrible at math, still am, and even I remember Mean, Median, Mode.

Another thing: the seating. Call me a weirdo but, I’m big on personal space and that’s one thing I’ve always hated about sports venues – you’re packed like sardines. I could smell the jalapeno’s on the breath of the monster next to me. If you’re paying top dollar to attend a sporting event in person – shouldn’t you have a nice comfortable seat? Wouldn’t that be an incentive to want to buy tickets as opposed to watching at home? I propose they put in recliners for the first 15 rows. As my Father would say “They just don’t want to spend the dough”. My dad still refers to money as “dough” and I laugh every time he says it cause he is unaware that it’s an out of date way of referring to money. He doesn’t know why I’m laughing at him but, he doesn’t like it and gives me a squinty eyed look in return.

Here’s to game 2 of the series. Let’s go, Cavs…

“Put on my blue suede shoes and I entered the Q…
Touch down in the town of Rock N’ Roll…
in the middle of the pouring rain…

JR Smith:
won’t you look down over me?
Yeah I got nose blead tickets…
and I’m as blue as a boy as I can be.

Then I’m Walking in Cleveland…
Walking with my feet as fast i can through the night…
Walking in Cleveland…
Cause I don’t feel like getting robbed twice tonight

Boy, you got to pray in Cleveland…”