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As A Cleveland Sports Fan, Would You Trade LeBron James For Cam Newton?

Alright alright alright. So I was sitting around with my buddy a day or two ago and we were playing the hypothetical game. Bouncing dumb questions off of each other- “If you could have one animal’s ‘powers’ what animal would it be?” That sort of shit. (speed of a cheetah, obviously)

We got to sports and LeBron came up and my friend asks me “Would you trade LeBron right now for Cam Newton?” LeBron goes to the Hornets, Cam Newton comes to the Browns. Had to think about it a few seconds and I don’t think it’s as black and white as some people think.

So before I catch this Internet fade and all the dorks respond to this post with “OMYGOD WHY WOULD YOU EVEN SAY THAT,” my suggestion is to lighten up a little and actually think about the question.

Yesterday I even made my first Twitter poll and asked the esteemed and scholarly Bottlegate Twitter followers if they would make the trade. About 1/3 said yes and 2/3 said no. Really thought it’d be more of a blowout in favor of LeBron and it even hovered around 45/55 for like the first 300 votes.

So here we go:

 

The case for LeBron:

  • He’s the best basketball player on the planet and the player of our generation
  • The biggest physical freak in his sport
  • The Cavs were 2 wins away from hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy when he put the team on his back in last year’s Finals
  • He’s LeBron
  • He may be past his “prime” but he’s still putting up a nonchalant 25 ppg, 6.4 apg, and 7.2 rpg
  • Pencil in the Cavs to represent the Eastern Conference in this year’s NBA Finals
  • He’s the driving force of the team that has the best chance to end Cleveland’s championship drought
  • The face of the league
  • Is only 1 of 5 players on the court that can affect the game
  • He’s LeBron

 

The case for Cam

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  • Cam Newton is the most “must watch” football player on the planet. (He also may be the best)
  • He’ll be named the MVP on Saturday
  • He’s not in his prime yet
  • He’s only 26.
  • He plays the most important position in sports
  • A physical freak where other players at his position aren’t physical freaks
  • Hue Jackson + Cam Newton = Boner Jams ’03
  • You’ll have a legit 10 more years of him as your team’s starting quarterback
  • Cleveland is a Browns town
  • Will be the face of the league (if he’s not already)
  • A good starting quarterback is something Browns fans haven’t experience since the 90s
  • Cam + Josh Gordon?
  • I’ll be able to make “dab” shirts in Brown & Orange and become a billionaire

 

Cons of LeBron

  • He’s 31 and his body has logged about a billion miles and taken an absolute BEATING
  • He’s past his prime. At least that’s what the “experts” tell me (the experts usually tend to be full of shit)
  • There’s a team out west that seems to be a dynasty in the making which may prevent the Cavs from winning a title or two
  • There are still people in Cleveland that have a disdain for him

 

Cons of Cam

  • He dances (lol jk)
  • He’s only 1 of 11 players on the field at once
  • His defense is the 2nd best in the NFL
  • A season like he had this year is not promised in the future
  • Football injuries/concussions cutting short someone’s career are always a concern

 

I don’t think I’d do the deal but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t tempting as hell. The Browns finally get their quarterback and it just happens to be arguably the best quarterback in the league. The Browns instantly become must watch television with Cam under center, Josh Gordon split out wide, and Hue Jackson calling plays.

Obviously this is a “grass is greener” thing since the Cavs were 2 wins away from a championship last summer. I’m sure the people of Charlotte would decline this offer also and keep Cam in a Panthers uniform. If you’re a Browns football guy or you like to watch the world burn, you probably do the deal. If you’re a Cavs basketball guy, you probably don’t do the deal.

 

PS- Ain’t nobody fucking with me in Microsoft Paint

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People Are Trading In Their Cleveland Browns Tickets For Akron Symphony Orchestra Tickets

From Cleveland 19

After the Browns’ devastating loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday,Cleveland native Drew Carey remarked that fans were better off taking their families to see the orchestra than go to a game. 

The Akron Symphony followed up on Carey’s comments. 

“When Drew Carey made those comments, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” said Heather Roszczyk, director of marketing and public relations for the Akron Symphony Orchestra. 

The symphony gave away free tickets to Friday’s concert at E.J. Thomas Hall in exchange for a Browns ticket stub.


 

I know everyone likes to ask the question “is this rock bottom?” during a Browns season. Getting embarrassed by Pittsburgh- “is this rock bottom?” Losing on a last second kick-six to Baltimore- “is this rock bottom?” Getting blown the fuck out 37-3 at home to the Bengals- “is this rock bottom?”

The answer to all of the above is NO.

People trading in the Browns tickets to see an orchestra pluck some strings, blow some horns, and bang on some drums is rock bottom. Trading in the chance to see a football game to see an orchestra is rock bottom. No offense to all of our readers that may be musically inclined, but the fact that people are willingly trading in NFL football tickets to see a couple of Christmas carols performed by instruments is insane. That’s where we are. That’s how bad it’s gotten.

Hope Jimmy and Alec see this news story.

Indians trade Brandon Moss to St. Louis for LHP prospect Rob Kaminsky

For the second year in a row, the Indians send a major leaguer to St. Louis for a minor league prospect. Last year we got outfielder James Ramsey in exchange for Justin Masterson, and apparently it’s Brandon Moss for left hander Rob Kaminsky this year.

Moss fits multiple needs for the Cardinals, with first baseman Matt Adams on the DL and outfielder Matt Holliday re-aggravating his quad injury last night.

Kaminsky was the 28th overall pick out of St. Joseph Regional High School in New Jersey by the Cardinals in 2013. That year he was 0-3 in five starts in their rookie league, notching 28 strikeouts and allowing 9 walks in 22 innings. In 2014 he was 8-2 with a 1.88 ERA in A ball, but saw his strikeout rate drop with only 79 whiffs in 100.2 innings pitched. He did put up  a solid 1.01 WHIP. So far this season, he’s sat down 79 in 94.2 innings and has a 2.09 ERA at High A Palm Beach.

Baseball America had Kaminsky ranked as the Cardinals #5 prospect after the 2014 season. Fangraphs had him at #4 this spring. Plus, Cardinals fans seem pretty pissed on Twitter about losing him, so he must be okay. He’s just 20 years old and will join Brady Aiken and Justus Sheffield as some seriously exciting southpaws in the Indians minor league system.

Looks like Lonnie will be coming back up to the big club to replace him. Guessing we’ll start seeing Tyler Holt in the lineup almost every day, but Chiz was seeing some time in the OF down in Columbus.