Monday, December 31, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Turnovers (once again) doom Browns, lose to Big Ben & Steelers

Browns QB Thaddeus Lewis #9 lofts a TD pass to the back of the endzone
in the 3rd quarter of yesterday's loss to the Steelers.
Recap: Shurmur era ends with lose to Steelers
Box Score: Steelers 24, Browns 10 Final

Well, despite having to start a third-string QB making his first career NFL start, the Browns didn't completely fall apart in the team's 2012 finale vs. a Steelers team, that looked very disinterested for most of the afternoon. Despite moving the ball at times against the #1 defense in the NFL, the Browns were once again doomed by turnovers (-4 on the day) and costly penalties (9/79 yards). Once again, the Browns finish another frustrating season at 5-11, the third time in four seasons finishing at that mark. #Shurmurfired

Friday, December 28, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Week 3 of the 2012-13 Bowl Season

Clemson & LSU should give us an entertaining game,
down in the Georgia Dome on the eve of New Year's.
 I hope everyone got what they wanted for Christmas. Well, we are in the thick of the bowl season, as starting with today's contests a total of 20 bowl games will be played over the next week. If you got nothing better to do, why don't you just plop down in front of the television and enjoy some entertaining college football games.

Boomer Report: Browns end the season with a game in Pittsburgh

The Shurmur Era in Cleveland comes to an end on Sunday
over in Pittsburgh vs. the Steelers.
 The Cleveland Browns (5-10) finish out the 2012 season on Sunday, in what most likely will be Head Coach Pat Shurmur's final game at the helm. The Browns opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) will provide a stiff challenge for the Browns, who try to finish the season on a high, and win their 6th game of the season, the most since 2007 (10 wins that year).

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: MLB Free Agents & Week 17 in the NFL

The Cleveland Indians received an early Xmas present,
with the signing of 1B/OF Nick Swisher.
A big name out in the MLB free agent market this off-season, Nick Swisher is trading Yankee pinstripes for Chief Wahoo. In a surprise turn of events this past week, Swisher tweeted his announcement out to his fans.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns no match for Peyton, Broncos fall 34-12

Browns WR Greg Little stretches the football, over the endline for the Browns lone
touchdown on the day vs. the Broncos.
Recap: Peyton Manning tosses 3 TD's for 72nd time in his career
Box Score: Broncos 34, Browns 12 Final

Pretty much what I had expected. One of those games you don't even get upset or angry, not even disappointed. What I saw were two teams, one that has plans of heading to the Big EZ in Feburary, and the other...well, the Browns. Yesterday's games was one of those, that was over the minute Peyton Manning took the field. For the majority of the afternoon, Peyton played pitch and catch with his skilled players, as the Browns D was unable to come up with any answers to stop one of the best QB's of this generation. The Broncos continue to dominant the all-time series over the Browns, running their record to 22-5 vs. the Browns. By the way, I'd like to thank whomever from CBS, who thought it would be grand to show flashbacks of the 1986 & 1987 AFC Championship Games. Just what I wanted to get reminded of, as I watched the current Browns squad get blown out, I appreciate that CBS.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Week 2 of the 2012-13 Bowl Season

Look for a shootout between Baylor & UCLA, when the two teams
cap the second week of bowls next Thursday.
Got all your Christmas shopping done? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? If you do, then settle in this weekend, as the college football bowl season starts to heat up over the holiday's.

Boomer Report: Browns head out west to face their (old) rivals the Denver Broncos

Ernest Byner's fumble was one reason
the Browns never got past Denver,
during the playoff's in the late 1980's.
As a Clevelander/Browns fan, whenever the current Browns take on the Denver Broncos, I'm sure a number of unforgettable (or maybe forgettable) past memories, creep back into their heads.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

How'd We Do This Year?

On 12/31/11, we made bold claims about all sports...
On 1/1/12, I was hoping to have these 5 resolutions come true...

In regards to my top 5, here's what I gathered:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: Hamilton goes Hollywood & Two weeks left in the NFL

Josh Hamilton chose the bright lights of LA, to
become "bash brothers" with Albert (Pujols).
Similar to last off-season, when the Angels landed slugger Albert Pujols, they lucked out once again, landing yet another big-time slugger for their already stout line-up. Josh Hamilton joins the Angels, a team who made a number of big slashes all off-season a year ago, ended up finishing 3rd in the AL West, with a record of 89-73. Will the signing of Josh Hamilton be the missing piece in getting them into the MLB playoffs for the first time since 2009. We shall have to wait and see.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns humbled in loss to Redskins, 38-21

Trent Richardson into the end zone for his 2nd of two
rushing TD's in the game vs. Washington.
Recap: Rookie QB Cousins, fills RG3's shoes, 2 TD's in 1st career start, leads Redskins
Box Score: Redskins 38, Browns 21 Final

Pssshhh. Talk about your free fall back to reality. Following, a three-game winning streak, there was a nice buzz around the city of Cleveland with the direction the Browns were headed in with the recent success. Then they welcomed to town, a 4th round draft pick, Redskins rookie QB Kirk Cousins, in a substitute role for RG3, and the Browns were handed a 38-21 defeat, in the teams home finale for the 2012 season. The Browns finished the home slate of games at 4-4. Bootleg, after bootleg, after bootleg, Cousins shook off a shaky start to the game, to absolutely dominant the Browns throwing for a team-high 329 passing yards on the season, throwing 2 touchdowns. The Browns led 14-10 at the half, but a Brandon Weeden interception on the Browns opening possession of the 2nd half, set the mood for the rest of the game. The Browns despite the recent success the last few weeks, showed that as they are improving, they are still a ways away from being a week in & week out winner in the NFL. Been a couple weeks since I mentioned this, but #fireshurmur.

Cavs Corner: Quarter Season Mark, What Now?

Something, something Darth Irving, something dark side...
Okay, so I lied about posting this review after the Indiana game last Wednesday.  Sue me.  I waited an extra two games before telling you the ongoing depressing saga that is the Cleveland Cavaliers.  How are we doing you ask?  Well in the six games since my last visit, the Cavs are a thundering 1-5 which brings their season record to an impressive 5-20.  That's good for the second worst winning percentage in the NBA!  Only the Washington Wizards are worse with only 3 wins but have played 4 less games (how does that even happen in a schedule 20+ games in??).  The Cavs are an even better 0-7 against the Central Division and are currently 9.5 games back of leading it.  Furthermore, they are 8 games back of tying the Celtics for the 8th seed.  What's there to look forward to then?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Week 1 of the 2012-13 Bowl Season

Nevada & Arizona open up the Bowl Season in CFB,
with the New Mexico Bowl Saturday afternoon.
Not quite like March Madness in college hoops, but the college football bowl season always provides some entertainment over the holiday season. Things to watch for: bunches of unique stadiums/uniforms,  college finale's for a number of high-profile players, and coaches filling in for ones that have ran off to bigger and better ones.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Boomer Report: Browns welcome to town RG3, & the Reds/Indians make a trade

With RG3's status uncertain for Sunday's game,
the Redskins might have to go with back-up
Kirk Cousins vs. the Browns.
As much as I would love to see RG3 play (live) come Sunday afternoon, I like the Browns chances a little bit more going up against back-up QB Kirk Cousins (At least I would hope so, haha).

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: Dodgers rule the West & Three weeks left in the NFL

Magic Johnson & Co. continue to make the LA Dodgers,
the "Yankees of the West".
Like stealing a blueprint to a well-architect structure, the LA Dodgers are doing their best, to build an empire out West, like the NY Yankees have for so many years back here on the East coast.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns streak past the Chiefs, 30-7

Travis Benjamin's 93-yard PR (franchise record) sparked,
the Browns to a 23-point win over the Chiefs.
Recap: Trent Richardson ties Jim Brown's rookie TD mark
Box Score: Browns 30, Chiefs 7 Final

Three-in-a-row! Hey not bad for, oh lets say, "a bunch of pathetic losers". Albeit, coming against a 2-win Kansas City Chiefs team, who were coming off an emotional home win last week over the Carolina Panthers (27-21), following the teams tragic events of teammate Jovon Belcher. The Browns did what they were suppose to do, and they won and won impressively. Since the teams 0-5 start, the Browns find themselves with a chance to finish the season at .500 or close to it, with three weeks to go in the season. As a Browns fan, what more could you ask for, with this youthful squad, who seem to be getting better each and every week out.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Gainer's Hockey Withdrawal

I've officially gone from mellow to upset to whatever about the ongoing NHL lockout that is consuming my favorite sport.  I desperately wish I could bring you fascinating news about how many games the Columbus Blue Jackets are losing.  Unfortunately Gary Bettman, Donald Fehr, the owners, and the players all suck huge donkey balls.  So without going on a rant about that, I'm going to bring you other Ohio hockey news in teams you probably didn't know existed.

Let's kick it off with...

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Hardware awarded in Week 15

The Commander-in-Chief trophy will be
awarded to the winner on Saturday.
Remembering Pearl Harbor on this date (December 7th), we have one more collegiate football game to tune into and watch, before bowl season arrives over the Holidays. The Army-Navy Game, tomorrow afternoon at 3PM on CBS.

Cavs Corner: Weeks 4 and 5

Am I bad luck??
Man o man, what a depressing past couple of weeks for the Cavaliers of Cleveland.  It's not like the team is getting blown out, but with injuries to Kyrie Irving AND Dion Waiters, the team has truly lacked any scoring punch.  Since my last visit, the Cavs have gone an impressive 1-7 with their lone victory coming on the road in Atlanta on a last second buzzer beater by Alonzo Gee.

Overall, Cleveland is 4-15 and are only ranked ahead of the Washington Wizards (who they beat opening night!) in the Eastern Conference and tied with the Toronto Raptors.  They are also last in the Central Division but luckily for them, it's BY FAR the weakest division in the entire NBA.  If they were in any other division, they be at least 10 games behind, if not more.  So thank your lucky stars that Chicago and Indiana pace this division hovering one game above .500.

Want some good news?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Boomer Report: Browns host the KC Chiefs, along with a number of familiar faces

Browns specialist, Joshua Cribbs (#16, white), looks to
repeat his '09 performance vs. the Chiefs this weekend.
(Cribbs had two 100+ yard KR's in a 41-34
Browns victory in KC, December 2009.)
The Browns (4-8) look to continue to turn the corner, as well as have a successful end to the 2012 season, when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs up in Cleveland this weekend. The Browns look for their third-straight win, the longest winning streak, since December 2009 (when the Browns finished the season winning 4 in-a-row).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: MLB Winter Meetings & NFL Playoff Picture

Which MLB team(s) will make the most
notable track in the Music City?
Lets take a minute and see what's happening around the diamond and on the gridiron this week.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns snap another ugly losing streak in 20-17 win over Raiders

Brandon Weeden threw for a career-high 364 yards and
a TD in the Browns 20-17 road win vs. the Raiders.
Another streak ending victory! The Browns snapped their 12-game (franchise record) road skid, beating the Raiders 20-17 out in Oakland in front of the ridiculous "Black Hole" crazies.