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The Cavaliers just won the NBA draft lottery for the overall number one pick.

The Indians won a game this week after a pitcher dropped an underhanded toss to first base in the bottom of the ninth.

Earlier this month, the Tribe beat the Oakland A’s when the umpires ruled a game-tying home run was instead a ground rule double, even though they viewed an instant replay.


Are the fortunes of Cleveland pro sports fans changing for the good?

I may be jinxing it with this column, but we Cleveland fans always believe that when the going gets good and we begin to enjoy something, it quickly changes to the bad and eventually ugly.

And it can be very ugly.

I have lived that motto for most of my soon to be 55 years of life.

Remember, no Cleveland pro sports championships, with teams that matter since 1964 and I was six years young then.

And yes, I do remember sitting in front of my dad’s big black radio and listening to the Browns win the NFL title in shutting out the Baltimore Colts.

We have had close calls since with our teams yes, but no more championships, and let’s face it — more bad seasons than good ones.

“Wait till next year,” has been a Cleveland pro sports fan’s battle cry for as long as I can remember.

I am not writing this because I suddenly think the Indians are going to win the World Series this fall, or that the Cavaliers will suddenly make the NBA playoffs next season.

I am writing this because I am loving this Indians season to date, really enjoying the ride.

I love the Cavaliers getting the top overall draft pick.

As for the Indians, don’t tell me that they got off to great starts the last two seasons too, and will fade come August, again.

This is a better team on the field than they have had in some time.

They have a better manager than they have had in some time.

They play hard and play hard for each other.

They are fun to watch.

I can’t control injuries, but I do believe this could be the start of something good.

Wait a minute — remember who you root for again?

Enjoy the moment and don’t look ahead.


* Even before the Cavs won the lottery, many were questioning if you even would want the overall number one pick. ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst says, of course you do. “Once you get the pick, you can decide what to do with it, whether you make a selection or trade it. As of now, the Cavaliers have two first round picks, (also No. 19) and four of the first 33 overall.

* Did you read that the reason why Reds closer Aroldis Chapman blew the save in Philadelphia last Sunday was because he ate 18 Cuban pastries?

Well, at least according to the Phillies Spanish language broadcaster Rickie Ricardo, who said he saw Chapman that morning and said “he couldn’t breathe” after eating 18 of them.

Reds manager Dusty Baker didn’t believe that eating the pastries caused Chapman to blow the save. “That has nothing to do with what he did," Baker said, according to MLB.com. "Look at him — does he look fat? I don't pay any attention to that. ... Sometimes that locker room is too open for everybody, which makes it too open for alibis and excuses if something happens."

Eighteen pastries? That would do in anybody.

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