Kluber Impressive. Santana Sparks Indians Ninth Inning Comeback. Win 5-3

Since the Cleveland Cavaliers (yes I found a reason to bring up the Cavs in an Indians story) won the NBA Finals on June 19th, the Cleveland Indians haven’t lost a single game. Not only are they undefeated at home in the month of June, but with a win yesterday over the Atlanta Braves 5-3, they’re riding a league best 11 game win streak which is the Indians’ longest winning streak in 34 years. Without a doubt, they’re the hottest team in the majors right now.

Carlos Santana hit a single in the ninth inning that broke a tie while Corey Kluber allowed only three hits in eight innings. Kluber stated”No one is really talking about the winning streak,” after the game. “Ultimately, an 11-game game winning streak doesn’t mean much if you don’t continue to build the momentum that you have.”

The Indians haven’t  won 12 straight games since the 1922 season and the longest streaks in franchise history is 13 games set in both 1942 and 1951. Kluber, now 8-7 on the season, didn’t allow a hit through five innings. He only allowed two runs on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. Cleveland improved its AL Central lead to six games 

Tyler Naquin got walked to open the ninth and then walked Juan Uribe on four pitches. With pinch-runner Rajai Davis at first base, Santana’s single to right field drove in Naquin. Braves shortstop Erick Aybar couldn’t hold on to a Francisco Lindor grounder for an error, allowing Davis to score. Jose Ramirez added a run-scoring single up the middle. Atlanta’s Jace Peterson hit a homer off Cody Allen in the ninth. Freddie Freeman added a triple off the center-field wall before Allen ended the game on Nick Markakis’ fly ball for his 15th save of the season. 


The Land Sports Talk Monday 6-27-16



Rob from AllSportsCleveland.com’s The Main Event joins Tom and Jeff to discuss the Indians winning streak and trade possibilities, Johnny Football and his own father wishing he ends up in jail, awesomely bad movies and more. And of course we make fun of Jeff as always.

Gladiators Come Back In The Fourth Quarter. Win 48-47

The Cleveland Gladiators defeated the Jacksonville Sharks 48-47 on Saturday in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL. The Gladiators swept the Sharks in the season series, have won six of their past eight games, are now 7-6 on the year and remain alone in second place in the National Conference.
QB Arvell Nelson and WR Collin Taylor opened the game by connecting on a seven-yard touchdown early in the first quarter before Jacksonville QB Tommy Grady threw a 42-yard bomb TD pass into the hands of Sharks WR Joe Hills on the next possession to tie the game. A one-yard Nelson rush made it 13-7 Gladiators, the Sharks tied the game on a four-yard TD pass from Grady to Hills at the start of the second quarter.

Cleveland DB Joe Phinisee returned a fumble by Grady for the Gladiators ninth defensive score of the season on a second quarter Jacksonville possession which is first in the AFL and led 20-13 before a 33-yard Nelson-to-Taylor score with 41 seconds remaining in the half making the score 27-13. The catch was Taylor’s 400th career AFL grab and 100th career AFL TD catch.

The Sharks came out on fire and scored 27 straight points to take a 40-27 lead before Nelson and Devin Wilson hooked up for a 12-yard score early in the fourth quarter to make it 40-34 until Jacksonville WR London Crawford found the end zone on a one-yard TD run that made it 47-34. With time winding down in the fourth quarter, Nelson and Wilson struck again, this time for a 25-yard bomb with less than six minutes left to draw within one score at 47-41.

With just 47 seconds left in the game, Nelson and Wilson combined for Wilson’s third TD grab of the game to put the Gladiators on top 48-47, but left Grady and Jacksonville with plenty of time to end this game on their terms. After the Sharks marched all the way to the Cleveland two-yard line on the ensuing possession, Phinisee sealed the win with his second fumble recovery of the game with just ten seconds left to play to deliver the Gladiators a one-point victory.

Next up for the Gladiators is the Philadelphia Soul at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Saturday, July 9th at 6:00 pm.

The New Era In Cleveland.  

As we know all too well, in 1964, the Browns, led by all time NFL great Jim Brown, were the last major sports franchise in the city of Cleveland to win a league championship. A majority of people, including myself, weren’t around to witness the victory and thus had to hear stories from our parents and our parents parents and telling us “You should have seen it. You would’ve loved it.” Fast forward through all of the one word sports tragedies that the city has gone through because we’re tired of hearing about them and we stop at July 11th, 2014. LeBron James writes a heartfelt letter to SI.com with the title “I’m Coming Home” where he explained that he is leaving the Miami Heat via free agency to return to his beloved Northeast Ohio to do what the city has craved for over 50 years.. Bring a championship back to Cleveland.

June 19th, 2016. The King delivered.

Down 3-1 in the series didn’t phase James in the slightest. There was an unusual calm to him and coach Tyronn Lou. You didn’t see anyone hanging their heads or obvious signs of stress and it had an impact on the rest of the team. They had a confidence from it. They knew the series wasn’t over yet. Cleveland ended up winning the next two games and tied the series 3-3. This was more than just winning a title now. The Cavs were looking to rewrite history. No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit and won the Finals. There was one major difference in the teams of old that tried and failed to win after being down in the series like Cleveland was and its that they didn’t have LeBron James.

In game 7, the game was tied at 89 with 4:39 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and history was at stake for both teams. James came up with a huge block on a Andre Iguodala layup attempt which gave the Cavs the possession. After a foul from Golden State, Kyrie hits a dagger three point shot with Steph Curry in his face with 53 seconds left in the game. Kevin Love, who struggled mightily through the series, played the best defense of his career and forced Curry to take a bad shot and Cavs came up with the ball again. A dunk attempt by James sent him crashing to the floor and appeared to be injured but walked it off and took his free throws. He only made one but that’s all that was needed for Cleveland to win its first title on over 50 years as the Cavaliers won their first NBA championship in franchise history. 

The city of Cleveland was electric after the victory. Over 350,000 were downtown watching in the Q, outside of the Q and surrounding establishments and celebrated until early morning then next day. They players and coaches themselves were overwhelmed with emotion. Tears were shed, hugs were given and the weight that had been on the shoulders of the orginization, the city and James was finally lifted. Cleveland was once again a city of champions. 

Monday morning, the Cavs arrived at Cleveland Hopkins international airport and were greeted by 20,000 of the Cleveland faithful. Each player came out of the plane one by one and were greeted with cheers but none bigger than the reaction when James came out holding the Larry O’Brien trophy. He against the fence separating the crowd from the team to show everyone the trophy and that it wasn’t a dream and that they truly were champions. Wednesday, over 1.3 million people arrived as early as late Tuesday night to join in the celebration as the Cavs championship parade took place downtown. The support was astounding as fans from around the country showed just to see their favorite players and team show what they’ve accomplished. The scene downtown was something that none in this entire state has ever seen in their lifetime. 

I cannot express enough how amazing it is to see everything that conspired this week. I watch the game with my parents who molded me into the sports fan that I am today and watching a team we’ve cheered for my entire life finally win a title for the city was a memory that I will not soon forget. For my parents to see a team they love win a championship for their city is huge for me because I was worried they wouldn’t see a title in their lifetime and to know that they witnessed it and to be there with them when it happened bring a tear to my eye. The support I see from the fans from northeastern Ohio and across the country for the parade is another emotional moment because this town and these teams are ridiculed and joked about non stop by others but we stay loyal through everything. We were here when the Browns moved. We were here when the Indians came so close but could close out the World Series. We were here when LeBron left and when he came back. We were here for everything and to know that the waiting finally has paid off has brought we life into Cleveland.

This is a new era of Cleveland sports now. This is a new era for Cleveland everything now. The other teams have seen the success and want the same prade for themselves. They want to bring this city together to celebrate multiple titles. The city itself has new life. People will be happier. Businesses will be booming. The RNC will bring great profit here and can help expand the culture here. Cleveland is on the uprise and nothing can stand in our way. The power of sports is underrated and more powerful than people think. This championship that the cavaliers brought home to us brings in new life. Thank you, Cavs. Thank you LeBron. Welcome to New Cleveland.

“Cleveland! This is for you.”

Thank You, Cavaliers.

Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

This isn’t a story. This isn’t a game preview. This is just my thoughts on what can happen at 8:25 Pm

I’ve heard the players on the team and the coach say that they know what it would mean to the city if they brought the Larry O’Brien trophy to Cleveland and to end the 50 plus year drought but I don’t think they know the gravity of the situation put in front of them. In just under five hours, Cleveland has the chance to change the history books.

Besides bringing the first major championship to the city of Cleveland since 1964, LeBron James could be the first player EVER in Finals history to average 30+ PPG, 8+ APG and 10+ RPG. The team itself would be the only team in history to be down 3 games to 1 and come back to win the entire series. It’s an enormous amount of pressure for 15 players. The entire weight of a city is on James’ and the Cavs’ shoulders. As exciting and stressful as this may be, there is something I don’t think the players heard often throughout this late run to a championship.

Thank you, Cavs.

Thank you for not giving up when you were knocked down. Thank you for giving us a season we can be proud of even if the final outcome doesn’t go our way. Thank you for everything. This night could be the best night of sports in every fan in this city’s life. Tears of joy would be shed, hugs will be given, cheers will be louder than ever and people will now be proud to say “Yes, I am a Cleveland fan.” This will be the story we tell our children, our children’s children and so on. People have lived and died not seeing a championship here so I can speak for others when I say that I am ecstatic to be a part of this and to be a part of history.

Now I’m going to my parents to watch the game because lets face it, without them, I wouldn’t be the sports fan that I am today but I know downtown Cleveland will be electric. The watch party in Quicken Loans Arena better be blowing the roof off the place. Cavs fans, enjoy this day. Win or lose, your team was the closest any major sports team in the city has been in over fifty years. Enjoy this moment.



Gladiators melt Steel comeback. Win 58-49


A west coast game ended late Saturday night with the Cleveland Gladiators defeating the Portland Steel 58-49 at the Moda Center in Portland. With the win, the Gladiators improved to 6-6 on the season and are still in second place in the AFL’s National Conference.

Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson started off hot when he connected with wide receiver Quentin Sims for a 35-yard touchdown early in the first quarter to make it 7-0. Portland came back with a 3-yard TD toss from former Gladiator Shane Austin to WR Rashaad Carter to tie the game at seven. WR Larry Beavers caught a 23-yard pass to help the Gladiators gain the 14-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Nelson found Devin Wilson for a 23-yard scoring strike to make it 21-7 before a one-yard James Shaw touchdown run put Portland within seven at 21-14. Cleveland’s Collin Taylor hauled in a nine-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to make it 28-14 and Nelson quickly found Quentin Simms for a two-yard strike and gave Cleveland its largest lead of the game at 35-14. Austin put together a buzzer-beating drive in the second quarter and capped it off with a three-yard TD reception to Carter with no time left on the clock that put the Steel within two scores at the half.

In the third quarter, Portland struck quickly with an Asuitn 23- TD pass and the Steel were only down seven with the score 35-28, but Nelson found Taylor again for a 15-yard TD to put the Gladiators back up by 14 points. Portland’s Austin found Carter and connected for the third time in the game to make it 42-35. The Gladiators closed out the third quarter with a 14-yard score from Nelson to Wilson that made it 48-35 heading into the fourth.

In the first minute of the fourth quarter, Gladiators DB Marvin Ross returned an Austin interception 42 yards for the touchdown to gain a 55-35 lead. Back-to-back touchdown passes from Austin, to Shaw and Jared Perry put the Steel within six points at 55-49 before yet another Austin pick set up the 22-yard Adrian Trevino field goal which was the kicker’s first field goal conversion of the season, that put an end to the Steel comeback and the Gladiators win 58-49.

STATS: QB ARVELL NELSON 21-35 for 249 yards and 7 TD. WR COLLIN TAYLOR 8 catches for 90 yards and 2 TD.

QB SHANE AUSTIN 23-37 for 291 yards and 6 TD. WR JAMES SHAW 8 catches for 109 yards and 2 TD

Why minor league sports are the way to go in Cleveland

We all know the story about Cleveland sports. 52 years without a major sports championship and with the Cavs getting routed in two games in the finals so far, it looks like the streak will soon be 53 years. The Indians are having their best start to a season in a long time and we are hopeful they’ll still be playing in October, but there’s something happening now that will sadly get overlooked. 

It’s been a very successful year for the Lake Erie Monsters. Not only did they officially become the affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets but they are in the AHL Calder Cup finals for the first time in the teams history. 

They’ve been dominant this postseason losing only TWO out of 16 games and are one away from winning the Calder Cup at home in front of the Monster faithful. History has show that Cleveland has supported hockey as much as any sport in the city even when they had the Barons in the late 70’s and the Lumberjacks in the early 90’s. 

Another team that plays at Quicken Loans arena is the Cleveland Gladiators and they’ve had their share of success as well the past few years. The team itself started off as the Thunderbolts back in 1991 but the Gladiators came to Cleveland in 2007. They’ve had eight total playoff apperences, three divisional championships and one conference championship. In 2014, the Gladiators had their best season in the teams history and one of the best in AFL history. 

With a 17-1 regular season record, they went on to have home field advantage all throughout the playoffs and even in the ArenaBowl that they went on to lose. They made the playoffs again in 2015 but lost in the first round to Philadelphia. This year, due to teams leaving and folding, every team in the AFL makes the playoffs so the Gladiators are in by default but still playing decent football.

Theses teams may not get the glory they deserve because they’re not in the majors but there’s no denying that they’re fun to watch and have had success in their respective leagues. They’re also great for families on a budget. They have extremely cheap tickets so there’s no excuse not to see these teams live. Although it’s hard not to get caught up in the Cavs, Browns and Indians madness, try and take a look at these teams. They’re doing amazing things down at the Q.