Saturday, September 22, 2007

Reason #179 - Indians Pitchers

The Indians have two 18-game winning pitchers this year. They are our ticket to the playoffs and maybe the World Series. The weather could determine if they can keep it going throughout October. But Mother Nature should not be allowed to have that much control over our success. We never seem to be on her good side.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Reason #178 - Idle Stadium

The Browns play their first road game in Oakland this Sunday, a day that will be a lot like the other 350 days of the year when nothing is going on at Browns Stadium. Why? Because our weather is either bad or unpredictable, and our city planners and community leaders didn't have the foresight to insist on a roof for the stadium.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Reason #177 - Naming Rights

Jacobs Field might be getting a new name soon, if the Indians can find a sponsor willing to spend a couple million dollars a year. If they had a roof, they could get more in sponsorship money, and put the name and logo on the outside of the roof for all to see from the air. But, again, we're not thinking big in this town.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Reason #176 - Sellouts

Last night's Indians game was a sellout due to a combination of a first-place team, $1 Hot Dog Night, and great weather. Don't underestimate the importance of great weather in this equation. With a roof, you can control the weather. You can't count on the other two factors.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Reason #175 - Money to Burn

The Indians are spending $75 million to build a new spring training facility in the middle of the Arizona desert. Wouldn't a $100 million retractable roof on Jacobs Field in downtown Cleveland be a better investment?

Monday, September 17, 2007

Reason #174 - Home-Field Advantage

The Indians have a chance to win home-field advantage for the first round of the baseball playoffs if they can finish with a better record than the LA Angels. A covered, loud ballpark would be more of an advantage than an outdoor, frigid one.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Reason #173 - Miracles

If you watched the Browns score 51 points to beat the Bengals, you gotta' believe in miracles. A dome could be the next miracle - we could call it the Miracle Dome, with naming rights to infomercial superstar Miracle Shine all-purpose polish.