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A Warm Look Back at the Cavaliers of the Cleveland Arena and Richfield Coliseum Years

A Game from 1988: The Cavaliers vs. Michael Jordan and the Bulls

The Bulls were so young, future stars Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant were coming off the bench. And the Cavs? They had John Williams, Craig Ehlo and Dell Curry coming off their bench. These were two good teams who indeed would be battling it out in the playoffs for several years. This was not Michael Jordan’s “Shot” in Game 5 of the 1989 playoffs. It wasn’t a playoff game at all. It was just a March night in the NBA from decades ago at my favorite place to watch a game. The Richfield Coliseum.

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The Browns Blues: Two Decades of Utter Frustration: Why Everything Kept Going Wrong for the Cleveland Browns, a book by Terry Pluto from Gray & Company, Publishers – front cover

Ten Years Was Enough for Randy Lerner

I can’t confirm this, but I often heard Randy Lerner promised his mother he’d keep the Browns for 10 years. Randy took over as owner when Al Lerner (his father) died on October 23, 2002. The sale of the Browns to Jimmy Haslam was announced on August 2, 2012. Pretty close to 10 years. The sale closed with what former Browns CEO Joe Banner called “unprecedented speed . . .”

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Series of photos showing Gene Ditsler shooting free throws

Gene Ditsler’s Obsession

It began as a harmless hobby which ultimately controlled Gene Ditsler’s life and the lives of his wife and three children. Even now, a good 70 years later, he remembers the moment when his heart was broken and his obsessive compulsive nature surfaced …

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Two Plain Dealer front covers showing LeBron James: July 9, 2010 headlined "Gone" and July 12, 2014 headlined "Home"

The Comeback – About This book

The moment I read the essay, I knew I had to write a book about the return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers. The essay was written with Lee Jenkins in Sports Illustrated. Some people told me they thought Jenkins really wrote it, and that he basically put the words in LeBron’s mouth. But most people told me, “I read it and I cried.” …

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The Comeback: LeBron, the Cavs & Cleveland: How LeBron James Came Home and Brought a Championship to Cleveland, a book by Terry Pluto from Gray & Company, Publishers – front cover

Waiting for LeBron

Dan Gilbert was worried. The man who started a mortgage company called Quicken Loans hates to wait. And he hates to feel that everything is not in control. But it can be argued that Gilbert had been waiting for four years for a chance to bring LeBron James back to Cleveland, four years to “make this right” …

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