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.