News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Sports


Pluto: Can Cleveland sports fans handle winning?
Terry Pluto hears plenty of negativity and pessimism despite the Browns and Indians winning big
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Download (WKSU Only)

Winning is a feeling Cleveland sports fans don’t get to experience often. So, fans were stunned this past weekend when both the Browns and the Indians did the improbable -- The Browns beat the Vikings days after trading their star running back for a draft pick and the Indians moved into the top spot for a wild card berth. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Cleveland fans don't know what do when things don’t fall apart as expected.

Pluto: Can Cleveland fans handle winning?

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:18)


Pluto: Browns should give something back to disgruntled season ticket holders

Other options:
MP3 Download (6:15)


Terry Pluto says here in Cleveland, fans expect their teams to lose. “When we expect doom and gloom and don’t get it, we don’t know what to do because usually when we expect doom and gloom we get Armageddon.”

Browns stun, Indians roll
Pluto acknowledges he was among those who expected Minnesota to clobber the Browns because it was the week of the Trent Richardson trade quarterback Brendon Weeden wasn’t playing and it was left to a third-string quarterback from Cleveland St. Ignatius to carry the team. Pluto was pleasantly surprised. Hoyer became the first quarterback  to throw three touchdown passes in a game for the Browns since 2009.

“I think Browns fans were just so depressed they needed not just a win but a game that was exciting to watch with fake punts and field goals and the local guy had a very good drive.

And that local guy, Hoyer “at the end of the game on the road in the dome where it’s really hard to hear, put them on a 55-yard drive, took the team on his back and connected to Jordan Cameron for a winning touchdown. You just don’t see that here.”

Can we just enjoy it?
Pluto says Browns fans don’t trust the good stuff to continue, and probably have a reason. But “can you enjoy one week when the Browns win?”

As significantly, “Can you enjoy a whole summer with the Indians?”

“The Indians have had lots of heroics this summer. I think they’ve had 10 walk-off wins, in other words wins in the 9th inning where the winning run scores, the game stops. They’ve had 10 of those at home this year, you only play 81 home games.” The Indians got their 11th walk off win Tuesday night against the White Sox. 

Yet “all year the fans have been waiting for some collapse …Their pitching has been sensational …The wildcard, they’re very close to getting it. They’re close to winning close to 90 games…But I’m still getting emails that say, ‘I know they’re going to blow it.’”

“The fan base just can’t handle it.”

So what happens if Cleveland teams have winning records even two year sin a row? Pluto suggests a look at history.

“The Cavs did it during the LeBron era, of course they sold out every game, the Indians did it in the 90's, sold out every game. (But) the Indians  have not had back-to-back winning seasons since 2000 and 2001.”

And “the Browns have not had back-to-back winning seasons since the late 80's. So the question is, ‘How will the fans handle it if the Browns beat the Bengals this week and have back to back winning games?’”

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook





Stories with Recent Comments

Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
Thanks heavens that none of them have been condemned to death. This alons should convince the USA to join the civilized world by abolishing the death penalty. E...

Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
Stevia is not an artificial sweetener. It is a plant. I have one growing in my sunroom. The leaves are dried and added to teas. It's harvested commercially and...

Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
I do think Ballet in Cleveland is doing good things, but the fact that director says "When we have flourishing companies like the New York City Ballet and the A...

Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
was in nam 1969 exposed va stated lost medical records was in lawsuit from 197? till settled 0 $ 2010 ? said all nam vets will get back disability till 198? jus...

Mentorship grant program redefines "faith-based" provision
Can't anyone have values, beliefs, and morals anymore? How is it anymore unconstitutional for a school partner with a "faith-based" organization than any other ...

Exploradio: The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
Thank you, Jeff, for another well done Exploradio. I always learn something interesting about what is happening in NE Ohio.

Northeast Ohio's transgender community rallies around restroom issue
A good first step would be for Cleveland to require restaurants to have a public restroom. Cleveland is the only city I've ever been in where restaurants somet...

Vapor shops say tobacco tax hikes could hit them hard
Maybe you should be DOING a study, since every time you've tried to villianize them all that's happened was the opposite. I'm not a fan of alcohol that's flavor...

New law gives access to birth records to Ohio adoptees
Can siblings also look for their missing brother or sister? And how do we go about it?

Ida McKinley's tiara comes home, with the help of "Pawn Stars"
I donated to the fund to keep the tiara at the museum where I believe it belongs. I took my 16 year old granddaughter to the showing I dont think it will be som...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University