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Giving Thanks For 3 Teams That Haven’t Given Much To Fans In 2012

By DARYL RUITER, 92.3 The Fan
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The Indians, Browns and Cavaliers are on pace to lose 125 games in 2012 / (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Indians, Browns and Cavaliers are on pace to lose 125 games in 2012 / (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Let’s face it – the Indians, Browns and Cavaliers all flat out stink.

As the losses for the 3 pile up here in 2012, they are the very essence of the word and that is putting it kindly.

But there is hope and there are things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving with all 3 Cleveland teams.

The Indians have been mired in a decade of bad personnel decisions made by an overrated front office as well as hamstrung by economically challenged ownership unable to meet the demands required to successfully run a competitive MLB franchise.

Their only hope to contend every year is based on luck which is absurd considering they play in the unluckiest city in all of professional sports.

The only thing they seem willing to change are utility players and their managers.

Be thankful that the Indians at least replaced Manny Acta with a manager who actually has a resume consisting of 2 World Series rings in Terry Francona.

What good Francona will be able to do with the same type of deficient rosters that Chris Antonetti gave Acta remains to be seen.

Progressive Field, which prepares to enter it’s 20th season of hosting baseball in 2013, remains one of baseballs crown jewels despite it’s age. What used to be the envy of teams around baseball became the blueprint for their new ballparks.

Cleveland should ask Santa this holiday season for a third billionaire to come to town and buy the Tribe.

The Cavaliers are headed for the top of the NBA draft lottery for the third straight year.

The franchise hasn’t recovered from LeBron James taking his talents elsewhere and winning a ring but they are getting closer as each draft goes by.

Although Kyrie Irving is hurt (again), he is the NBA’s reigning rookie of the year and a perennial All Star in the making.

Dion Waiters is showing tremendous potential and ability to be Robin to Kyrie’s Batman.

Dan Gilbert has invested not just in the Cavs but Cleveland.

Aside from buying the Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Gladiators and Canton Charge, Gilbert continues to expand his Quicken Loans office and worked to get the casino built downtown.

Sure, Gilbert stands to make a tremendous amount of money from his investment but it’s been a long time since one person came to town and put so much faith in the region like he has.

The Browns are careening towards their usual 10-loss season and are about to fire yet another head coach.

Jimmy Haslam has spent a billion bucks to pry the team away from Randy Lerner and the Lerner family trust. He’s all in to turn the franchise from a bye week for the rest of the NFL into a Super Bowl contender.

At least on Sunday, fans will receive white flags. Some could argue that the franchise has been waving them since 1999.

While general manager Tom Heckert is also on the hot seat, the roster has gotten infinitely better since his arrival in 2010 and the future is bright with Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, a stable offensive line and a deep defensive line.

So there you go. It isn’t much but it’s at least something.

Besides, what we all should really be thankful for are our family and friends whom we have to share all the good and even the bad memories with.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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