The View from Pluto

Sports are a huge part of life in Northeast Ohio:  the good, the bad and the ugly.  There's the Browns, Cavs and Indians, not to mention a wealth of college action.  Every Wednesday morning, sports writer Terry Pluto from the Cleveland Plain Dealer stops by talk about it all with Amanda Rabinowitz.

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The Cavs play a crucial game tonight in their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.  They’re in an unfamiliar spot this early in the playoffs, down 0-1 after being blown out on Sunday. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it's a must-win game. 

Ashland University

Ashland University has built a women's basketball dynasty. The Division II team has won two national titles in the past seven years. They won 73 games in a row until losing in the national title game last month. Now, the team's head coach is moving on. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about what's next for the small school with a big program. 

The Indians did something unusual this year – they sold out this Friday’s home opener even before single game tickets went on sale. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says opening day in baseball always seems to arrive with much more fanfare than any other pro sport.

Pluto says there would have to be an extraordinary event for a Cavs or Browns home opening game to draw such an interest.

"Maybe the day that LeBron James came back, or perhaps when the Browns came back in '99."

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The Cleveland Indians are a two-owner franchise. Even casual fans know the majority owner is Paul Dolan, but what about the minority owner John Sherman? WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto thinks it’s no coincidence that the Indians really started winning after Sherman bought a minority stake in the team in 2016.

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News this week that Cavs’ coach Tyronn Lue is stepping away from the team to deal with health issues hit close to home for the Indians. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto, who is in Goodyear, Ariz., this week for Spring Training, says Tribe manager Terry Francona talked about how the job takes its toll, physically and mentally. 

Pluto says it appears Lue had been struggling with his health for a while.

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