Lue: too few; Hue: overdue

When we last sat down and discussed the status of Cleveland sports, I expounded on how the Browns had won back the hearts of Cleveland sports fans and how exciting the Browns were. I also suggested that it would be quite some time before the Cavs were relevant again and to get ready for a prolonged stretch of losing.

Well, at least I was right about the Cavs. Hey, nobody's perfect. Besides, 50 percent accuracy ain't bad. Heck, it's almost half.

My initial reaction to the sudden dismissal of Cavs coach Ty Lue was quite a shock. I mean, Lue spent the last three years as LeBron's assistant only to get canned a scant number of games into the season? Jeez, this was the one opportunity to see how Tyrone Lue could coach "his own" team without looking over his shoulder for his primary boss: LeBron James. Apparently he did forget about his secondary (elevated to primary once LeBron took a non-stop to L.A.) coach, owner Dan Gilbert.

See, Mr. Gilbert is an impatient man and doesn't tolerate losing. Nope, he won't stand for it. Which is kinda funny, considering that the Cavaliers, sans LeBron, while under Gilbert's ownership have been a perennial lottery team. My guess is that he might not see that stat in the same comedic light that I do, but, as intellectual scribes (such as myself) like to say, "It is what it is." (Contemplate that for a moment if you will).

While we're on the subject of idiotic owners, take Browns owner Jimmy ("I-told-you-I-wouldn't-blow-it-up") Haslam. Haslam, who burns through coaches at about the same rate I burn through blood pressure and cholesterol meds, tried so hard to show the world that he wasn't an impulsive dope by hanging on to an inept 3-36-1 coach way too long, instead showed that he's simply a stubborn dope by remaining active in the front office dealing with the Browns.

When is the guy going to do the math and realize that his meddling is why the Browns – in spite of a huge talent upgrade by (an actually competent) GM John Dorsey – are still like that frustrated little hamster on the running wheel, wondering when that infernal spinning is ever going to stop!

In the press conference announcing the firing of Hue Jackson, Jimmy said all the same old stuff that's been said at most of his other regime changes. But the biggest cause for alarm is when he maintains he will continue to have equal input within the brain trust that is comprised of himself, the head coach and the GM. You know that old saying about a chain being only as strong as its weakest link, right? Well, right now the "Jimmy link" has transformed that supposed Browns "triad of wisdom" into something that is commonly associated with something completely different yet very appropriate ...

The Bermuda Triangle.

Jeff Bing

Lifelong Westlake resident who dabbles in writing whenever the real world permits. My forte is humor and horror...What a combo!

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.06.2018