Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Don't boo Kyrie Irving, at least not tonight

Kyrie Irving--perhaps the best pound-for-pound finisher in the NBA, the #1 pick that lived up to it, the signer-of-long-term-Cleveland-deals-before-it-was-cool, the name on the back of my kid's jersey, and most of all, the man who hit the biggest shot in Cavaliers NBA history--returns to Cleveland tonight.

Yes, he has his quirks. He may not believe in a spherical planet underneath his feet, he may not be interested in playing on a team certain to contend for the NBA Title again, he wants to be more famous than the best player on the planet. This summer his apparent dislike for LeBron James led to him asking for, and receiving, a trade, to the number one Eastern Conference threat, the Boston Celtics. And whoo, boy, Cavs fans don't know how to react when they tip off the season tonight.

Does he get the full Albert Belle/LeBron James White Sox/Heat treatment? I should hope not. I would hope that forever, Kyrie Irving is loved--or at least remembered fondly--by Cavs fans. Shoot, I'd buy him a drink if I saw him, from now until eternity because of 2016. But of course, there are fans who want to curse his name.

Please don't.

Please remember this. And say "Thanks, Kyrie."



And this.


And this.



And this.



And this.


Cheer appreciatively, then root your ass off against the Celtics. The trade they had to make to land Kyrie may have hurt their team as much as it helped them, and to be honest, may have done the same for the Cavs. Kyrie may be trying to drop little burns about a "real sports city", which makes no sense, but LeBron is also twisting the knife with his constant reference to Kyrie as "the kid."

If not for anything else, this should be an entertaining game. If LeBron is in, it will be fire. If LeBron misses the game because of his ankle, hey, the Cavs with DWade and DRose need to see what they can do.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

What CST Thinks about Bengals-Browns today

                                              Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

October 1, 2017


Bengals 29, Browns 17

I thought the Browns defense would lead the team to a few victories this year. I thought Myles Garrett and Jamie Collins would help that happen.


No pick today.
Browns 21, Bengals 17

This is the time of the Browns season when I start thinking about what else I could be doing on Sundays. After last week's "Fool me once" pick, though,  I play the fool once more in believing the Browns can scratch out a victory against the winless Bengals. An 0-4 start against this portion of the schedule would truly crank up the draft talk, "Fire Hue!" calls, and other Browns-related tedium that returns every year to Berea like the swallows to Capistrano. Meanwhile, I'll turn my eyes to the two actual, factual championship-level teams we have in this town.

Bengals 38, Browns 6

The Juice is loose as of 12:01 this morning, Vegas time. Can he catch? Could he be any worse than our current WRs?


Bengals 31, Browns 24

The Browns shall not ruin my giddiness of getting D. Wade this week. He's not the addition he would've been five years ago, but a move that's being undersold by the pundits and local fans. Very ironic that C-Town is now home to two out of three most evil Big 3.

 
Browns 34, Bengals 7

I'm giving Brian a run for CST's Biggest Homer.


Bengals 31, Browns 24

Don't think the Browns have the talent to get it done today.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

What CST Thinks About Browns-Colts today

                                              Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts

September 24, 2017


Colts 21, Browns 17

The Browns are favored on the road! Which means a letdown. The focus of this weeks' games, of course will be on how the players respond to the President's social media assault on them all weekend (and morning) long.
Colts 24, Browns 10

Offense has trouble all day. Not that the Colts defense is that good, it's just the Browns offense is that bad. It's going to be a long season. 
Browns 17, Colts 13

While our Glorious Grand Poobah word vomits about NFL TV ratings and conveniently ignores the right of peaceful protest, the Browns follow Vegas's lead and take the duke in their battle against the Luck-less Colts. This may be a heart-over-head pick, as this is just the type of letdown game the New Browns are known for. But I'm feeling frisky today, dammit.

Browns 12, Colts 11

Woke up in a world where Clevelanders are supporting Steph Curry, longtime conservative stalwart Jimmy Haslam denounced Trump's rhetoric, and the Browns are road favorites. 


Browns 7, Colts 0

Browns score first and Deshone Kizer holds onto the ball a record 54:30 to secure Cleveland's first victory.

 
Browns 20 Colts 10

This is a must-win for the fanbase to not jump ship. Lose today and one -or two-win season seems inevitable. Win today and look to continue the "get better every week" narrative.


No pick this week

I'm protesting this shit too.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

What CST Thinks about Browns-Ravens today

                                              Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens

September 17, 2017


Ravens 20, Browns 17

An ugly-but-not-embarrassing second game of the season. This is starting to look promising but the W's aren't there yet.
Ravens 24, Browns 13

Kizer took a lot of extra hits last week. Lets see if he learned anything over the course of the week. It's a long Sunday for the Browns. I will be enjoying the day and sunshine watching the Central Division champs at Progressive field this afternoon, a much more enjoyable experience. 
Ravens 23, Browns 16

The Browns put up a surprisingly gritty and hard-nosed effort against the Steelers, but all that hard work still resulted in a loss. While there's cause for optimism in the early going, I don't expect a breakthrough against the Ravens this afternoon.

Ravens 24, Browns 23

I missed the game last week. The rumor around town is the Browns have rejoined the NFL. I'm not above spreading rumors.

Browns +10, 2 Dimes.


Browns 20, Ravens 17

The Browns have once again suckered me into believing they are a competent football team. The defense looked tough last week against Pittsburgh, and may keep us in some games this year, if healthy. Of course, my opinion could change after today, as it tends to do after week two with this organization.






 
Not picking this week.

Still celebrating 22 straight for the Windians.


Not picking this week.

Feels like too easy a pick.











Sunday, September 10, 2017

What CST Thinks about Browns-Steelers today

                                              Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

September 10, 2017

Actual result: Steelers 21, Browns 18


Steelers 17, Browns 13

An ugly-but-not-embarrassing start to the season.
Steelers 28, Browns 10

The Browns lose season openers every year and this one is no different. Kizer gets a rude awakending to the NFL. Hopefully he can stay upright and learn on the job. It's a long day on the lakefront though.
Steelers 27, Browns 14

It's season's beatings once more as a Super Bowl-level Pittsburgh team comes into Cleveland for the opener. Expect Kizer to show enough flashes to get fans excited for the future.



Steelers 17, Browns 9

Joe Haden's INT seals it for Pittspuke, underscoring the haunting and hellacious incompetence coming out of Berea.

Look, I understand the Browns' rebuild is colossal and Haden wouldn't be a contributor on our potentially competitive 2022 team. But if you even have the faintest notion that the Stillers are interested, you hold on to Haden. Or else your MoneyBall becomes FunnyBall. And all of our front office regimes since '99 have been funny. Now you funny too.




Steelers 47, Browns 3

Browns start by going the wrong way and getting their punt blocked for a TD.