Cleveland Sports- Connections 10.1
The 2020-21 football season was an unforgettable season for the Cleveland Browns which kept the fans on their toes! The Browns ended the season with a record of 11-5, which was a massive improvement from the 2019-20 season, and made their first playoff appearance since 2002. They were able to capture their first playoff win since 1994 when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (48-37) in the Wild Card Round. Unfortunately, they were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round (22-17). Despite losing the game, it was an impeccable season for the team led by first season Andrew Berry, General Manager and Head Coach, Kevin Stefanski. Through the team's success, Coach Stefanski was named NFL coach of the year, making him the first Brown's coach to receive this award since 1975.
The Cleveland Indians will begin the 2021 season April 1st on the road when they travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers. Following that, their home opener is scheduled for April 5th, when they will play the Kansas City Royals. Shane Bieber has now been stamped as one of baseball's top pitchers due to his success last season, in which he took home the American League Cy Young Award and the MLB Triple Crown. From the looks of it, the 2021 season is looking good for the Indians. It will be the ninth season for Terry Francona as manager and the sixth season for Mike Chernoff as General Manager. However, after being known as the Indians for 106 years, 2021 will be the last season the team will compete under the name.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are still rebuilding this season. However, there is still notable improvement from the previous season despite several injuries to several players including Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova throughout the season. On January 13th, the Cavaliers were part of a blockbuster four-team trade. As part of the deal, James Harden headlined by going to the Brooklyn Nets, the Cavs receiving Jarret Allen and forward Taurean Price from Brooklyn while sending guard Dante Exum and a 2022 first-round draft pick to the Houston Rockets. In addition to the new play additions, we are starting to see promise in some of our younger players such as Collin Sexton. Sexton is performing really well this season shooting about 24 points a game. Recently, he scored 36 points in a game and coveted a win for the Cavaliers against Toronto! While there are still several weeks in the season, we are hopeful that the Cavaliers will do better this season than last.