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.

The Cavs’ first two playoff games have shown just how difficult defending their NBA title is going to be. Cleveland is up 2-0 over the Indiana Pacers, but both games have come down to the final minutes. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Cavs’ regular season struggles are evident early in these playoffs, but  the Cavs have some time to settle in: 

The slogan for the Cavs’ postseason is “Defend the Land.” And Pluto says players need to start taking that literally. “They better start defending somebody.”

Cleveland Indians sell out
Kevin Niedermier / WKSU

The Indians returned to Progressive Field yesterday for the first time since losing Game 7 of the World Series last November. They beat the White Sox 2-1 in 10 innings in front of a packed stadium. 

Filling the seats on opening day isn’t new --- this was the Indians’ 24th consecutive sellout.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says whether the team is expected to be good or bad, tickets for that first home game always are gone within minutes. So what makes opening day in baseball so special? 

Indians World Series bound
Cleveland Indians

There are high expectations for the Cleveland Indians this season, following their World Series run last year. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto reflects on the team and what makes the length of a baseball season special...and important.

It was just a little more than fives month ago the Indians lost the World Series in a dramatic Game 7 against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field.

"[Baseball season] starts in the cold weather in April and it ends in the cold weather in November -- if you play long enough," Pluto says. 

Keith Dambrot
The University of Akron

Northeast Ohio’s college basketball landscape is changing. After 13 seasons and more than 300 wins, University of Akron coach Keith Dambrot announced he’s leaving for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Dambrot led his teams to the NCAA tournament four times. Despite being the favorites, the Zips lost to Kent State in the MAC tournament finals earlier this month.

Indians Spring Training
Terry Pluto

The defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians have a lot of unanswered questions heading into opening day.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says with less than two weeks until opening day, Manager Terry Francona is thinking, “Where’s my team?” Many of Francona's starting players are either struggling with injuries or playing in the World Baseball Classic.

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