Pop Culture: Sports Bites

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From the July 17, 2014 edition

LeBACK

Golak: So, LeBron's coming back (30 miles north of his) home! As a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, are you jumping on the full-on forgiveness bandwagon?

Sumukh: I am. This decision showed what Cleveland is all about: loyalty, hard work and forgiveness. Let’s also not forget two other important qualities to the city that were emphasized: sadness and desperation.

DAS BOOT

Sumukh: Germany won the World Cup. This year’s World Cup may have been the most entertaining in our lifetime. Has it made you at all more interested in watching soccer outside of every four years?

Golak: Don't assume that I'm interested in watching soccer every four years.

KNICKED UP

Golak: In other NBA news, the Knicks re-signed Carmelo Anthony. Are the Knicks on the upswing, downswing or neutralswing as an organization?

Sumukh: As far as I’m concerned, the Knicks are on an upswing as long as sexual harassment lawsuits aren’t being filed against them.

DOG SWAGS

Sumukh: The Cleveland Browns announced they will have a live bullmastiff mascot named Swagger this season. Does this idea really bring swagger to a Dawg Pound that hasn’t had much to cheer about for the past 15 years?

Golak: No. John “Big Dawg” Thompson will always be the premier Browns' mascot. Donning a dog mask and a XXXL jersey on the outside and a pickled liver and fatty heart on the inside, Big Dawg represented all that is Cleveland football fandom.