Crew and Indians: Something From Nothing

In this surreal sports summer, which, among other things, has featured Columbus Blue Jackets playoff games in August, there has been an uncanny convergence with my two traditional summer sports teams. Both the Columbus Crew and Cleveland Indians sit in first place with the best defenses in their respective leagues. For the Crew and the … Continue reading Crew and Indians: Something From Nothing

Loathe-apalooza: Ohio’s Perfect Storm of Rivalry Football

This weekend is a perfect storm of Ohio football rivalries. On Saturday, the Ohio State Buckeyes head north to face the Michigan Wolverines. On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns head east to battle the the Pittsburgh Steelers. Also on Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals will futilely engage their longstanding nemesis-- the game of football. Setting aside the … Continue reading Loathe-apalooza: Ohio’s Perfect Storm of Rivalry Football

Hell is Real Preview: Facts About Our New Rival

Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium marks the first Hell is Real match in MLS play between the Columbus Crew and FC Cincinnati. The rivalry derives its sobriquet from the ominous billboard on I-71 asserting the veracity of unspeakable eternal punishment. It’s worth noting that the sign is situated such that it faces the people driving away … Continue reading Hell is Real Preview: Facts About Our New Rival

25 Years Ago Tonight, the Cleveland Crunch Delivered My First Fan Championship

It's hard to believe it has been 25 years since the Cleveland Crunch delivered my very first taste of a pro sports championship. The Crunch are a defunct indoor soccer team that played in the National Professional Soccer League. In between the demise of the North American Soccer League in the early 1980s and the … Continue reading 25 Years Ago Tonight, the Cleveland Crunch Delivered My First Fan Championship