(Photo from the New York Times)
The Indians can seemingly do no wrong right now. The Tribe capped off a four-game sweep of the Mariners in style with Yan Gomes' walk-off, three-run homer in the 10th inning for a 10-8 win on Monday afternoon. That's now five victories in a row for Terry Francona's team as they open up a two-and-a-half game lead over the Tigers in the A.L. Central with Detroit coming to town on Tuesday. Reghi and Roda got a national perspective on the Indians surge to first place from FoxSports.com's Jon Morosi on Monday's Cleveland SportsNight. How does Jon view the Tribe? What player may hold the key to the Indians making the postseason? And what pitchers may be available for potential mid-season trades? Find out these answers and more here»
While the Tribe continues to win, the heat on closer Chris Perez never seems to stop. Perez surrendered a solo homer in the 9th inning and has given up three in his last two appearances. Fan backlash has apparently caused "Pure Rage" to take down his twitter site. Kenny and Michael talk about the ongoing Perez public relations circus with FoxSportsOhio.com's Pat Mcmanamon, who wrote about this topic in a blog on Monday night. What does Pat think about the verbal abuse Perez continues to endure? Listen to our conversation here»
And finally, we did talk a little football on Cleveland SportsNight. Our Tony Grossi had a one-on-one interview with Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner (Read part 1 here) as OTAs continue in Berea. Tony called into the show to give his impressions of Norv, plus the crowded Browns QB carousel and more! Catch Anthony with Reghi and Roda here»
Tuesday night, we'll be bringing you a special NBA Draft Lottery show, presented by Aable Rents, on KNR as we find out where the Cavaliers will be drafting next month. Kenny will anchor our coverage starting at 8:30. Then at 10, Michael will be in as we'll transition over to the 10th Inning following the Tribe-Tigers game.
Why is this man smiling? Because Mark Shapiro is the President of the Cleveland Indians, who are off to a terrific start as we reach the quarter-pole of the season. Shapiro called into Cleveland SportsNight on Thursday to talk about the Tribe's early season success, what some of the key factors are to sustain the winning, and....what about those rumors about his name being on a list to succeed Bud Selig as the next Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Hear Reghi and Roda's interview with Mark Shapiro here»
Staying with the Indians, Kenny and Michael also checked in with MLB.com's Richard Justice to get a national perspective on the Tribe. Listen here»
Meanwhile, the Browns were VERY busy on Thursday! Team owner Jimmy Haslam III started the day by addressing the ongoing investigation into his Pilot Flying J at a trucking convention in Indianapolis. Then, after the team wrapped up OTA workouts for the week, reports surfaced that the Browns signed free agent QB (and former St. Ignatius star) Brian Hoyer. There's no one better to recap a crazy day in Berea than our own Browns analyst Tony Grossi. Catch Tony here»
And we are less than a week away from the NBA's Draft Lottery. The Cavaliers will be the center of attention once again as they're guaranteed to draw no worse than the sixth overall pick. ProBaskeballDraft.com's Joe Kotoch called into SportsNight from Chicago, site of the NBA's Draft Combine for the latest news and information on whose stock is rising and falling. Listen to Joe here» Also, Michael and Kenny caught up with Sam Amico from FoxSports.com and FoxSportsOhio.com for his take on this all-important offseason for the Cavaliers. Listen here»
The one and only Dick Vitale joined Kenny Roda for a great conversation earlier this week on Cleveland SportsNight. The Roadman and Dickie V. talked about everything from the Cavaliers draft needs, to the re-hiring of Mike Brown as Head Coach, and more. Check out Dino's recap and the full interview here»
Then on Thursday, Roda, Reghi, and Dino were all together for a three-hour edition of Cleveland SportsNight. The guys checked in with our Browns analyst Tony Grossi on the eve of the team's rookie minicamp. What does Tony expect from the three-day session? And what did he make of Chuck Klosterman's inside look at the Browns War Room in his article on Grantland.com? Listen to Tony here»
And finally, we had another exciting edition of Bump-and-Run! The topic for Thursday night: What is your favorite Reghi word??? The Trickbag Punks always come up with very interesting responses but this was unreal! Be entertained by the Punks here»
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Thursday's edition of Cleveland SportsNight brought Roda, Reghi, and Dino together for a three-hour extravaganza! With the NFL Draft behind us, we thought it would be a great idea to go around the AFC North and check out how the other teams in the division assess how both they and their rivals fared last weekend.
The trip began in Pittsburgh, where ESPN 970 host Stan Savran checked in with a report on how Steelers Country is feeling after the drafting of Jarvis Jones and company. How is the offseason coming together in PIttsburgh? Is there any vibe left in the Browns-Steelers rivalry? Find out from Stan here»
Next, we went down I-71 to Cincinnati for a report on the Bengals with Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. All seems well for Marvin Lewis and company with a draft that many experts rated as one of the best in the league. Joe talked about that plus his feelings on the Browns new kicker (and former Bengal) Shayne Graham, and more here»
And finally, Kenny and Michael caught up with former Raven WR, now radio/TV analyst Qadry Ismail for a report on the defending world champion Ravens. Qadry gives us the lowdown on the Ravens draft, the retooling after the losses of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, and even has time for a parting shot on the Browns. Catch the Missile here»
The Roadman thought it would be fun to let the Trickbag Punks decide the topic for Thursday's edition of Bump-and-Run. The winner: If the Indians ever had to change their nickname, what should it be? Of course, when you let the Punks decide the topic, you better be prepared for anything! Listen to Bump and Run here»
One last thing....in case you missed Kenny's conversation with the hilarious Frank Caliendo, you can listen to it here»
On the eve of the NFL Draft, Reghi, Roda and Dino were together for a full three-hour edition of Cleveland SportsNight. Although Wednesday's top story (and indeed the first hour of our show) revolved around the Cavaliers hiring Mike Brown back as head coach, we devoted a TON of time to the draft with some outstanding interviews!
Former Browns General Manager Phil Savage called into Cleveland SportsNight to give us some outstanding insights into the draft. Savage now holds the dual roles of Executive Director of the Senior Bowl as well as color analyst on the Alabama Radio Network, so he's in a very good position to know a lot about many of the players the Browns will be considering with the sixth overall pick. What makes Dee Milliner so special? What kinds of players will Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi (pictured above) be looking for? All that and much more in a fascinating interview you won't want to miss. Listen here for Phil»
Kenny and Michael also were joined by ESPN Cleveland Browns analyst Tony Grossi on Wednesday. The Browns are rumored to be potentially trading up, trading down, drafting a quarterback and so on! Tony helps us break down the rumors and get Browns fans ready for what should be a fun weekend. Catch Tony here»
And Dan Shonka from Ourlads Scouting Service checked in with Reghi and Roda as well. Dan laid out many of the scenarios for the Browns as they prepare for a busy weekend of drafting. Catch Dan here»
The men of Cleveland SportsNight will be a big part of ESPN Cleveland's draft coverage on Thursday night. Reghi will be live from Panini's in West Park from 7-10 along with Rizz, Hammer, and Je'rod. At 10, Kenny will step in and join Michael and Je'rod to continue our coverage thru midnight. Dino will be working the NFL Draft update desk. Make sure you join us for all of the excitement on ESPN 850 WKNR and espncleveland.com