The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Disappointment Zone power rankings

Posted by disappointmentzone on 13 January 2007

I’ve taken a hiatus from posting because the shadow of Black Monday is long and dark. I have nothing else to say about this. Let’s move on.

1) Cleveland Cavaliers

The possibility of a perfect January went out the window on Thursday when the Cavs dropped a game against the Suns, but a perfect January was never a tenable possibility to begin with. Not only is winning 16 games in 31 days really tough, but when 10 of those games are on the road, seven of those games are on one road trip, and two of those games are the second halves of back-t0-backs…That’s a tall order. January is probably the toughest month for the Cavs this season, but suddenly the Cavs look like the sort of team that might able to deal with such a stretch with relative ease (unlike last year’s team, which played poorly on the west coast road trip). I’m not saying the Cavs will win all the road games the rest of the month, but 4-3 is a realistic expectation for this road trip and 7-3 is completely within the team’s grasp for road games in January. Plus, the Cavs are in first place in the Eastern Conference.

2) Cleveland Indians

True, the Indians lost out on the Mark Mulder sweepstakes, but nothing can damped the Indians’ offseason so far. The folks at Let’s Go Tribe have a nice break down of the current (and final?) 40-man roster and scanning through it one cannot help being filled with the sort of high hopes and soaring spirits that usually lead to the catastrophic let-downs common to Indians fans. The ground always hurts more the higher one falls, but for the moment let’s enjoy the view. We have a new second baseman who will be under our control for a long time — a second baseman who has the potential to be a stud — and the crappy bullpen from last season is almost beyond recognition. Plus, we still have Sizemore, and Hafner, and Martinez, and Sabathia, and, and, and. There is no reason not to be hopeful right now, which I understand might cause a bit of anxiety. Just try to suppress it for as long as you can.

3) Cleveland Browns

Everything went according to plan and now the Browns are but a coin flip away for the third pick in the 2007 NFL draft. You have to be excited about this. I am. The Browns would rank higher except that they finished the season 4-12 and Charlie Frye is still the quarterback.

4) Ohio State Basketball Buckeyes

Can’t beat Florida. Can’t beat Wisconsin. Can barely beat Tennessee. Whatever. We have Greg Oden. His line from the Tenn. game: 24 points (9-13 fg, 6-6 ft) and 15 rebounds. If only the team can stop turning the ball over.

5) Aston Villa

Aston Villa just lost to Man U. Aston Villa is not very good. Soccer Spot, tell us why!

6) Ohio State Football Buckeyes

I have nothing to say.


5 Responses to “Disappointment Zone power rankings”

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  2. Jon said

    I’m writing a book… I’m trying to write a book. I dont know how serious this idea is but its serious enough that Im asking if you’re interested in contributing. I have all but 5 pages…maybe.

    email me and we’ll talk about it.

  3. Ryan A said

    I just ran across these stats and wanted to share them with you. Maybe this can help raise the basketball team a bit in your next rankings?

    Freshman stats:

    Ewing: 28.8mpg, 12.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.2bpg, 63.1 fg%, 62.5 ft%

    O’Neal: 28mpg, 13.9ppg, 12.0rpg, 3.6bpg, 57.3 fg%, 55.6 ft%

    Oden: 29.1mpg 14.9ppg 9.8rpg 3.9bpg 61%fgp 59%ftp

    P.S. When are you going to start covering Cleveland State and OHS? By the way, OHS is now 6-5, 3-3 with Kurt Russell as their head coach. The five losses came at the hands of D1 Admiral King and Southview and on the road to Wellington, Lutheran West, and Clearview (who were a combined 24-4 going into last night’s games). The conference race could get interesting when those teams make the return trip.

  4. Josh said

    how can the browns keep romeo crennel as the coach when you have a candidate like Mike Shula out there?

  5. Ryan: he OSUBB are playing fairly well, but they need a nice victory (or a string of victories) before they’ll see me bump them up. Too many turnovers. Too many turnovers. That said, they should probably be ahead of the Browns.

    I didn’t know Kurt Russell was the coach. That made my day. It’s almost reason enough to make a journey back just to see the man in action.

    I don’t know enough about CSU, frankly. Perhaps I’ll start following them closer.

    Josh: Good question.

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