Scott Raab

Lockout

by Scott Raab November 11, 2011

I’m a union man. Always have been, always will be. Turns out I love money as much as the next guy; capital is one of my favorite isms. All the same, I don’t like living in a culture driven to a sickening degree by a corporate oligarchy. And I know enough about American history to [...]

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Hypocrisy

by Scott Raab November 8, 2011

It’s starting again: I’m supposedly a hypocrite for heaping scorn on LeBron James — because I too left Cleveland. You needn’t be a deep thinker to grasp the innate stupidity here. For the comparison to hold, it must be the case that: 1. I was known and loved by millions of Ohioans. 2. My departure [...]

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Hiatus

by Scott Raab November 2, 2011

It’s been too long since I posted here, and I’m sorry about that. I was writing The Whore of Akron and also reporting and writing a long feature for Esquire (http://tinyurl.com/6ydpw5l )  about  the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The book is officially out on 11/15 — I urge you to pre-order many, many copies today [...]

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Gut Yom Tov

by Scott Raab July 8, 2011

Happy LeBronnukah. Hard to believe it’s been a year since The Decision. If I had a dollar for each sneering jagoff I’ve heard advise me to get over it, I’d still be unable to let go of my anger and disgust, hoping for every NBA game LeBron James plays to be his last. Frankly, I [...]

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Alea Iacta Est

by Scott Raab May 31, 2011

It’s a glorious day, the beginning of the end of the longest season in NBA history. It began way back on July 8, 2010, when ESPN gave away an hour of prime time and any vestige of its own journalistic credibility to the Whore of Akron, LeBron James, so that James could inflict as much [...]

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Memorial Day

by Scott Raab May 30, 2011

Born in 1952, I missed getting drafted by lottery luck at a time when getting drafted likely would’ve meant going to Vietnam. Then I staggered into an Army recruiting office in Cleveland in 1973 — I had long since dropped out of college by then, and spent nearly all my time drunk — and passed [...]

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Walk-off

by Scott Raab April 29, 2011

My son got beat on a 3-run walk-off homer the other night. It was the bottom of the 10th, his fourth inning of relief,  he left a pitch up, middle of the plate, and the other team’s thumper crushed it high and far and deep into the night. It cleared the fence and it cleared [...]

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Ooma?

by Scott Raab April 22, 2011

The Verizon guy stayed last night until 8:30 p.m., because the house painters cut three wires last week. It took three fucking days to get the service appointment. A little ladder work and the Verizon guy is flushed and gasping. He isn’t young, isn’t fit, isn’t happy. The Verizon guy has to borrow my fucking [...]

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Tanking; Radio/Writing; Boozer vs. The Whore

by Scott Raab April 16, 2011

All my life as a Cleveland fan, I’ve heard other Cleveland fans argue on behalf of the proposition that losing games is sometimes a good thing — so good a thing, in fact, that sometimes not trying to win is a good thing. I spoke with many Browns fans this past season who viewed the [...]

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Manny

by Scott Raab April 10, 2011

Every Indians fan should visit Cooperstown at least once. It’s tonic for the soul to realize the breadth and glory of the Tribe’s history. I go every two or three years, just to freshen my pride and remind my son — 11 years old, kinehora, and born in North Jersey — that for a century [...]

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