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June 11, 2013

A Don McCormack column: Business pretty much as normal

(Continued)

June swoon

The Perez fiasco just mirrors what’s happened to the Tribe in recent weeks, the team suffering a rash of injuries and plagued by poor pitching and a sudden collective lack of punch with the lumber.

An Indian summer does not appear to be on the horizon... again.

Brown and out

Then, there’s the Browns.

First, the new multi-billionaire owner, Jimmy Haslam, and his company Pilot-Flying J, is implicated in a scheme to rip off companies in a rebate mess.

Second, Trent Richardson, the team’s top draft choice from 2012 and the third pick in the draft overall, is on the sidelines — again — this time, because of a pulled muscle in his shin area.

Finally, the team’s best deep threat and most talented wide receiver, Josh Gordon, is suspended for the opener against Miami on Sept. 8 and the Week 2 clash at Super Bowl champion Baltimore on Sept. 15 for testing positive for codeine.

The second-year player blamed the violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy on cough syrup that was supposedly prescribed by a yet-unnamed doctor to combat a bout with strep throat in February.

Striking it rich?

Yes, the Cavaliers hit the lottery for the second time in three years, beating the odds and being awarded the first selection in the NBA Draft.

However, unlike two years ago with Duke’s Kyrie Irving, there is not a consensus No. 1 pick, as was the case last season with Kentucky’s Anthony Davis.

Which makes the first selection even more of a crap shoot than normal, and that selection belongs to the Cavaliers.

And finally...

All of which means college football can’t start soon enough, specifically, the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Urban Meyer (who will be in town next month, along with Eastern Kentucky coach Dean Hood for their second youth football camp at Spire Institute), a beleaguered fan base turns its lonely heart to you.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at donmac@suite224.net.

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