Apr 28

April 28, 2015


Smooge’s 2015 NFL Mock Draft

The Cleveland Browns “Super Bowl” has arrived once again in the 2015 NFL Draft

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Mar 15

March 15, 2015


Surging Cleveland Cavaliers Still Leave More Questions Than Answers

The last two months have been incredible for the Cavs, but where do they stand now in their pursuit of Cleveland’s first championship in 50 years?

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Feb 26

February 26, 2015


A Designer’s Perspective – The Cleveland Browns Logo

The internet community loves to champion the Cleveland Browns failures, and yesterday they received another reason to laugh. Or did they? Yes, the Browns did hype a logo change and rebranding which created expectations of a major transformation, when really they were just pushing a minor update. That is undoubtedly the organizations’ fault from a PR standpoint. The “transformation” could have been communicated much more effectively. Ultimately, the communication team is at fault here–not the designers. The Browns should have managed…

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Jan 30

January 30, 2015


Reliving The Cavs’ Zoo Crew

A look back at the “Dark Ages” of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball.

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Dec 7

December 7, 2014


VIDEO: Return Of Cleveland Browns Postgame 12-7-14

Matt Friedman and Chris Smugala recap the Browns’ heartbreaking 25-24 loss to the Colts.

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Dec 3

December 3, 2014


Cavs’ Flaws Not Going Away Anytime Soon

The four-game winning streak is nice, but the serious flaws that could prevent the Cavs from winning a title haven’t disappeared.

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Dec 1

December 1, 2014


Manziel Mania Blinding Cleveland Browns Fans From Reality

Johnny had one good drive Sunday, but that doesn’t make him the savior of the 2014 Cleveland Browns

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Nov 5

November 5, 2014


WANTED: 6-Foot-8 Small Forward, Four-Time NBA MVP

The Cavs are still waiting for the real LeBron to arrive

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Oct 31

October 31, 2014


Opening Night Loss Might Be A Good Thing For Cleveland Cavaliers

Loss to Knicks shows the Cavs have a long way to go to match their title-favorite status

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Oct 2

October 2, 2014


You Can Pick One Cleveland Team To Win A Title In Your Lifetime. Who Is It?

Cleveland has waited 50 years and 139 sports seasons for a title. Which team do you most want to see win it all?

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Aug 24

August 24, 2014


The Clevelander’s Guide To Winning A Championship

Things are going to get crazy when the Cavs finally bring a title to Cleveland. Prepare for the madness with this guide for all Cleveland fans.

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Jul 14

July 14, 2014


LeBron’s Top 23 Cavs Moments

LeBron’s best moments with the Cavs were erased from our minds for the last four years. Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

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Jul 11

July 11, 2014


LeBron Finds His Inner Cleveland Kid

LeBron James finally embraced Cleveland as his home in announcing his return to the Cavaliers Friday

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Jul 7

July 7, 2014


Quiz: How Badly Do You Want LeBron To Return To The Cavs?

You either want LeBron back in Cleveland or you don’t. Dig deeper into your feelings about LeBron to find out just how much you want to see him return home (or don’t).

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Jun 25

June 25, 2014


Cavs Draft Preview: Parker vs. Wiggins

The NBA Draft is less than 24 hours away, and it’s time to make the closing arguments on who the Cavs should select at No. 1 overall.

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May 23

May 23, 2014


Just What The Doctor Ordered: Michael Brantley’s Breakout Season

How the Tribe’s Michael Brantley has become one of the best hitters in baseball

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May 23

May 23, 2014


Cleveland Browns 2014 Draft Review

Will this draft live as the one that turned around the fate of the franchise? Chris Smugala gives his final overview of the 2014 Browns draft.

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May 18

May 18, 2014

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

Corey Kluber Is Even Better Than You Think

By: Matt Friedman (@friedmanmatt) Monday night, Tribe right-hander Corey Kluber will take the mound at Progressive Field against the first-place Tigers and try to help the Tribe snap a four-game losing streak. He has been one of the few bright spots in Cleveland’s 19-25 start to the season, and he might only get better from here. Here’s a sabermetric breakdown of his performance so far this season — or as we call it here at Return of Cleveland, Tribermetrics: After…

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May 7

May 7, 2014


Final 2014 Mock Draft

Chris Smugala says Teddy Bridgewater will fall to the Browns at No. 26

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May 7

May 7, 2014

Chicago White Sox  v Cleveland Indians

Don’t Be Mad At John Axford For Being John Axford

Chris Antonetti and Indians’ front office deserve the blame for Axford’s struggles

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Apr 24

April 24, 2014


2014 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0

Will Johnny Football be counting his money in Cleveland?

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Apr 16

April 16, 2014


Only In Cleveland: 5 Alternate Endings To Draft Day

This is what really would have happened at the end of Draft Day if it was true to the tortured history of the Browns franchise

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Apr 14

April 14, 2014

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins

Tribermetrics: Aggressive Asdrubal Is Hacking Away

Asdrubal Cabrera is swinging at a ton of first pitches, and the results have not been pretty

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Mar 26

March 26, 2014


Ranking The Cleveland Browns Drafts Since 1999

The NFL Draft is just six weeks from today. It is the Super Bowl for every Cleveland Browns fan. It seems like we say this every year, but this is a year that a great draft can totally alter the course of what has been a miserable franchise for the last 15 seasons.

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Mar 7

March 7, 2014


Z Day

By: Matt Friedman (@friedmanmatt) Zydrunas Ilgauskas is my favorite player to ever don a Cavaliers uniform. From the Orange and Blue to the Wine and Gold, “Big Z” represented his team and the city of Cleveland better than any Cleveland athlete I have seen in my lifetime. It might be easy to forget, but his class, dedication and love for the fans of the city of Cleveland was exceptional and rare, especially in our town. Some people may look at…

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Mar 3

March 3, 2014

Kyrie Irving, Thabo Sefolosha

Are the Cleveland Cavaliers Playing Faster?

Photo: Sue Ogrocki/AP By: Matt Friedman (@friedmanmatt) On Sunday, Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer wrote an article that was all about the Cavs’ offensive pace over the last 12 games, during which they have posted an 8-4 mark. Her article was prompted by Mike Brown commenting on the team’s great “pace” during the surprising win over Oklahoma City last week. She also has quotes from Kyrie Irving and Tyler Zeller about the team’s ability to get up and…

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Feb 12

February 12, 2014


Jimmy Haslam’s Ownership Timeline

By: Matt Friedman (@friedmanmatt) Tuesday, February 11 may be remembered as a momentous day in Browns’ history, as owner Jimmy Haslam ousted his CEO Joe Banner and General Manager Mike Lombardi and named Ray Farmer the new General Manager. While Browns fans no doubt celebrated the move, let’s not forget that it has been a whirlwind 16 months since Haslam took over the franchise, and he no doubt deserves a large portion of the blame for the turmoil within the…

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Feb 4

February 4, 2014

sad browns fan

Quiz: What Kind Of Cleveland Sports Fan Are You?

Cleveland sports fans have come to know misery and heartbreak better than any other population of sports fans on Earth. What breed of Cleveland sports fan are you?

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Jan 30

January 30, 2014


Translating Chris Grant’s Press Conference

What was Chris Grant REALLY thinking when he gave his “State of the Cavs” press conference Wednesday? Lucky for you, we translate GM-speak.

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Jan 22

January 22, 2014

Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner

Cleveland Browns New Leadership Wearing Same Old Blame

It’s more of the “typical Browns” in Cleveland. Except it’s not.

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Jan 19

January 19, 2014


Cavs Analytics: Five Games With Luol Deng

An advanced look at how Luol Deng has impacted the Cleveland Cavaliers in his first five games.

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Jan 17

January 17, 2014


Who Is Blake Bortles?

Mel Kiper Jr. says the Browns will select UCF quarterback Blake Bortles No. 4 overall. Who is this guy, and would he be the right pick for the Browns?

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Jan 17

January 17, 2014

missed dunk

Anthony Bennett Is The Old Guy At The YMCA

By: Matt Friedman (@friedmanmatt) By now, everyone in Cleveland and the national media has had their say about Cavs rookie forward Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the Draft this past summer. “He’s a bust.” “He’s out of shape.” “It was one of the worst draft picks of all-time and Chris Grant should be fired.” Those are just some of the many narratives that have come with Bennett, who was 0-for-15 from the field in his first five NBA…

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Jan 15

January 15, 2014

(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

GIF Recap: Cavs Stumble Late In Portland

The Cavs played in Portland Wednesday night in the second game of a back-to-back after Tuesday night’s 120-118 victory over the Lakers. In an entertaining game, the Cavs were unable to hit shots down the stretch as Portland pulled away with a 12-0 run in the final 2:30 to win 108-96. Here are a few GIFs and more from the game.

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Jan 15

January 15, 2014


GIF Recap: Deng Puts On Showtime In LA

While you were sleeping Tuesday night, the Cavs woke up from their embarrassing 124-80 loss in Sacramento on Sunday and put together a great team effort – led by 27 points from Luol Deng – in a 120-118 win over the Lakers. Let’s relive it with a GIF recap: One of the storylines entering the night was the fact that the Deng and the Cavs were facing Pau Gasol, the guy that the Cavs were considering trading for before they…

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Jan 14

January 14, 2014


Ranking The 20 Cleveland Browns Starting Quarterbacks Since 1999

A depressing look at the 20 signal-callers who have preceded Johnny Manziel as quarterback of the Cleveland Browns

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Jan 13

January 13, 2014


GIF Recap: Cavs Royally Destroyed By Kings

If you were too caught up in tonight’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game between San Diego and Denver to watch the Cavs in Sacramento tonight, consider yourself lucky. The Luol Deng honeymoon phase ended after just one game, as the Cavs came crashing back to earth. What started out as an entertaining game turned into a slop-fest in which the Cavs shot 38.8 percent from the field and a mind-numbing 11-for-23 (47.8 percent) from the foul line in a 124-80 blowout…

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Jan 10

January 10, 2014


Should Johnny Football Be The Next Cleveland Browns QB?

By Chris Smugala (@CSmugala) As we turn the calendar and begin 2014, the NFL is currently in its prime season.  Playoffs have begun which give the eight teams currently left standing a chance to win a coveted Lombardi Trophy. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns and 23 other teams have already started looking ahead to next season by handling coaching changes, free agency and of course preparing for every Browns fan’s favorite day of the year: the NFL Draft. As the Browns…

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Jan 9

January 9, 2014


The History Of Chief Wahoo

On the day the Baseball Hall Of Fame selections were announced, another controversial item in baseball made a little news, too: Indians changing primary logo to the block-C. No change to uniforms, Wahoo still on home cap, sleeves. pic.twitter.com/0EEopJ3ph2 — Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) January 8, 2014   Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports followed up with this blog post about the move. T.J. Zuppe from 92.3 The Fan responded to the news after talking to Indians’ PR: Was informed by #Indians rep…

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Dec 24

December 24, 2013

Draft Day

Draft Day Trailer Review

The trailer for Draft Day, the movie about a fictional Cleveland Browns general manager trying to turn the team around in the draft – well, it has to be at least partially based on a true story – was released Monday. Typically you wait for the movie to come out to write a review, right? Well, I had so many thoughts on the trailer that I am writing a review of the trailer alone. Why am I doing this? I’m…

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Dec 17

December 17, 2013

Dion Waiters 2

So Long, Dion

Today from Bleacher Report comes a report that Dion Waiters “wants out” of Cleveland and prefers to be traded to his hometown of Philly. According to Bleacher Report‘s Jared Zwerling, the Sixers and Bulls are the top two teams in the market for Waiters. As much as I hate prima donna players that demand trades, the Cavs should oblige Waiters. Get him out of here, as soon as possible. Why would you want a guy on your team who doesn’t…

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Dec 17

December 17, 2013

ALCS: Boston Red Sox v Cleveland Indians - Game 4

The Stop Sign

It looks like Major League Baseball has given us an early Christmas present, Indians fans! Just added to the official MLB YouTube page – six years late, I might add – is a comprehensive video of Joel Skinner holding Kenny Lofton at third base in the seventh inning of game seven of the 2007 ALCS. The Tribe trailed 3-2 at the time, and Lofton would have scored the tying run if not for the stop sign. Now you can watch…

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Dec 8

December 8, 2013

browns invent

Browns Invent Yet Another Way To Lose

I am absolutely sick right now. I know that any true Browns fan feels the same. It is that pit in your stomach, heart beating out of your chest, and speechlessness that comes with yet another heart-breaking, unbelievable-but-oh-so-believable Browns loss. The Cleveland Browns, who have been inventing new ways to lose since the ’80’s, unveiled their latest creation today – with a little help from the officials. The thing is, Browns fans can smell the collapse coming. I was texting…

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Oct 25

October 25, 2013


The List

As Jason Campbell gets set to become the 20th Browns starting quarterback since 1999 Sunday, here is the depressing list of the 19 who have come before him and the number of wins for each.

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Oct 13

October 13, 2013

the throw

The Throw

There are plenty of reasons that the Browns blew a 17-7 halftime lead to lose Sunday’s game 31-17 to the Lions to fall to 3-3 on the season. Surprisingly, there are many reasons for the loss that are not related to Brandon Weeden. Off the top of my head: The Browns defense–a top-10 unit in the league in points allowed and fourth in yards allowed entering the game–gave up 24 points and 257 yards in the second half. Jim Schwartz…

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Oct 3

October 3, 2013

one and done

The One and Done

I hate writing this. I really do. But it’s the ninth inning in the Wild Card game and Yunel Escobar just made it a 4-0 Rays lead. And writing is the best way to let all the frustration out. There are a couple of different ways that people may choose to remember this Indians season. Some will remember it as “a typical Cleveland choke job in a big game.” Others will think of a magical season that was cut short…

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Oct 2

October 2, 2013


There is a Reason We Say “It’s Tribe Time Now”

By: Aaron Fazulak Everyone grew up playing sports. More particularly, everyone grew up playing baseball. Those were the years, before we had our innocence and the ability to fully appreciate the present, which have since been dulled by the woes of getting older. Let’s face it: it’s extremely difficult these days to ever get that feeling back. Oh, how easily we enjoyed the simple things and with so much passion. I personally lived to wake up at 8 a.m., run…

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Sep 27

September 27, 2013

The Closer

The Closer

Indians fans already know more about Chris Perez the person and the closer than we ever wanted to. That said, it is easy to just say “he sucks!” when giving a reason why he shouldn’t pitch again this season and post-season (hopefully), especially in a save situation. Anybody can point to his blown save against the White Sox Tuesday in the biggest game of the year (which every game is at this point) and his complete meltdown Thursday night in…

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Sep 19

September 19, 2013

The Trade

The Trade

Imagine it is June 2020. The Cavs, led by Kyrie Irving (and maybe LeBron?), are playing Game 6 of the NBA Finals against Kevin Durant and the Thunder leading three games to two. As the fourth quarter begins with the Cavs leading by 10 and Cleveland on the verge of exploding if they can clinch city’s first championship since 1964, the familiar highlight reel pops up on the screen to remind Cleveland fans of all of the past failures. It…

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Sep 16

September 16, 2013

The Cleveland Pose

The Cleveland Pose

The above screen grab was posted by DJ Gallo (@DJGalloESPN) on twitter Sunday afternoon. This picture is worth far more than 1,000 words – it might as well be the description of the Cleveland Browns found on Wikipedia, the team’s official website, twitter and Facebook accounts. Plaster it on the side of the stadium and on billboards. It is a masterpiece. A wide-open Chris Ogbonnaya on his stomach after he was unable to haul in a poor throw by Brandon…

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