Tim’s Turn

Columns: The evolution of Yeezus

In my experience, music is like politics; everybody’s got an opinion on it. In fact, the only exception I’ve ever encountered to this rule was a small nine-year-old boy. He insisted that he not only didn’t have a favorite type of music, but also didn’t listen to music at all. But I took his response…

Tim's Turn: NBA? No Thanks.

I’m still bitter LeBron James left Cleveland, but after watching the NCAA Tournament the past few weeks, I care less and less about his departure. Quite frankly, I had to be reminded early last week that James and the Miami Heat were coming to Cleveland. I went to the Cavs/Heat game at Quicken Loans Arena…

Tim's Turn: The coolest thing

While taking in the NCAA Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena this past weekend, the guy behind me said the event was “the coolest thing he had ever seen in sports.” I got to thinking what the coolest thing was that I’ve ever witnessed, and I realized I’ve been fortunate enough to see some pretty cool…

Tim's Turn: I’m psyched … and in the minority.

When you live in a town where the most recent NFL season ended shortly after it started, and the NBA team gives you next to nothing to celebrate – except for finally ending the longest losing streak in the history of the league – you have to look around for positives. For me, that means…

Tim's Turn: It surely happened

Shortly after Auburn University defeated the University of Oregon to win the BCS National Championship, ESPN’s Bill Simmons tweeted, “Congrats to Auburn for winning the 2011 title. And congrats in advance to Oregon for winning it retroactively in 2013.” Auburn was led by Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton, the do-it-all quarterback who was ruled ineligible…

Tim's Turn: Starting salaries need to slow down

Like most seniors, I have one eye on making sure I do everything I need to graduate and one eye toward what’s next, whether it be graduate school or going out and finding a job. If I decide to go look for employment, I often wonder what kind of money I have the potential to…

Tim's Turn: Race has nothing to do with it whatsoever

I was just getting over LeBron James leaving Cleveland and taking his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat.  Tomorrow will be the three-month anniversary (but who’s counting?) of that fateful day when he made his decision on national television to join the Heat.  But just when I was starting to move…

Tim's Turn: NCAA has it all backwards

Just a few weeks ago, University of Florida football player Chris Rainey became the 27th football player in the past six seasons to get arrested.  Rainey was charged with aggravated stalking after he sent a girlfriend a text message that, when cleaned up for print, read “Time to die.” When police arrived, he told his…

Tim's Turn: I’ve reached the breaking point

I love the Cleveland Browns. I can’t say that enough or with enough enthusiasm. It’s sickening how much I love them.  I love them. I love them. I love them. You get the point. But it’s getting to be quite clear that they don’t love me back and it’s getting old. Every Sunday it’s the…

Tim's Turn: Make no mistake: This is a football town.

Three days from now, nearly everyone in Cleveland will gather around their television sets to watch the Browns battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – a battle of two teams that combined to win eight games last year. On paper the Browns should win. That’s on paper though, and as I know quite well as a…

Tim's Turn: It would mean everything.

My family is in the process of moving, so I went home Sunday afternoon to help out with some projects around the house before we put our house up for sale.  As I was painting, I had the television on in the background and they interrupted regularly scheduled programming to broadcast LeBron James receiving his…

Tim's Turn: The pros and cons of being famous

I love the Cleveland Browns as much as anybody. Because of this, and I know “hate” is a strong word, I hate Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger more than anybody. He’s a heck of a football player and yeah, I wish he played for the Browns. He’s probably a tiny bit better than Jake Delhomme, fresh…

Tim's Turn: Guys with the best seats in the house

How would you like to be Jim Nantz right now? The 50-year-old Nantz is going to be extremely busy these next couple of weeks. He just finished broadcasting the Big Ten tournament on Sunday, and he will have little time to rest over the next couple of weeks. Before you start to feel too bad…

Tim's Turn: Farewell, for now, Z

Let’s take a quick jog down memory lane, back to June of 1996.  My hometown Cleveland Cavaliers have two picks in the first round of the NBA Draft this year, having acquired the Washington Bullets’ first round selection in exchange for Mark Price. The Cavs are in rebuilding mode, but they own both the 12th…

Tim's Turn: The Best Rivalry?

Last night, Duke and North Carolina met for the 228th time to compete in a friendly game of men’s basketball in a rivalry that dates all the way back to 1920. The two teams meet twice a year, and if fans are lucky enough, they’ll face off a third time in the Atlantic Coast Conference…

Tim's Turn: It’s been a long road back

We often joke, especially those of us from Cleveland and Buffalo, that we have endured more than anyone should ever have to. We are referring to what we consider to be catastrophes. They even have names: The Drive. The Fumble. Game Seven. Wide Right. Hull in the crease.  We call them catastrophes, but really they’re…

Tim's Turn: Coming up with my sports wish list

‘Tis the season for wish lists, so I composed my own sports wish list – things that would make my life as a fan so much better. First and foremost, I wish we had a playoff system in place for college football. The BCS dodged a major bullet on Saturday when Texas knocked off Nebraska…

Tim's Turn: One last go-around with ‘The Kid’

Of all the things that passed along the bottom ticker on ESPN last week, one thing in particular caught my eye: Ken Griffey Jr., who will celebrate his 40th birthday on Saturday, is returning to the Seattle Mariners for his 22nd season. It’s tough to believe that ‘The Kid’ is going to be 40, and…

Tim's Turn: Enjoy this one

As we approach the start of another NBA season, people start to toss around the question “Which team has what it takes this year?” However, with this being the last year LeBron James is under contract in Cleveland, the question that seems to be asked most is “Will he stay or will he go?” I…

Tim's Turn: How shallow will we go?

Famed Ohio State University head football coach Woody Hayes used to operate under the adage that “you win with people,” suggesting that character and work ethic would eventually overtake pure talent.

Tim's Turn: Being a kid has a different meaning

Remember when you were just a kid, about 13-years-old? Those were the days! Not a care in the world. Now, kids that age that happen to be gifted in the game of basketball have something to worry about, something a bit more important than pimples: Where are they going to go to college?

Tim's Turn: I’m sorry, LeBron

This isn’t easy, but I’m going on the record and admitting that I had one of the most idiotic ideas of all time: I really thought that the Cavaliers, who held the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, should have drafted Carmelo Anthony over LeBron James.