• Cleveland played host to the National Sports Collectors Convention this weekend, and Iron Mike Tyson helped close the weekend out with an appearance at the I-X Center Sunday afternoon.
Fans paid $150 for Tyson to sign an 8×10 photo, while an Iron Mike signature cost $180 on a boxing glove.
Tyson is no stranger to northeast Ohio. The former Heavyweight Champion lived in Southington, Ohio, in the late 1980s, during the hey day of his boxing career. The small community is an hour east of Cleveland, and less than 30 miles from Youngstown.
• At this point, it would be a little surprising if Andrew Wiggins isn’t traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft has been rumored to be on the move ever since LeBron James returned to the Cavaliers early in July.
His Cavs jersey has been discontinued and is not being sold NBA.com. He also did an awkward interview with ESPN where his body language looked like someone just told him his dog died.
Yes, pro sports is a business, but a part of even the most hardened fan shouldn’t help but feel a little sorry for the former Kansas Jayhawk. He gets drafted No. 1, finds out LeBron James will be his teammate, and then will probably to be traded to one of the most stale franchises of the last decade.
Only 20, or 21 more days of rumors and speculation until we find out for sure. Stay tuned…
• Jim Thome, Carlos Baerga, Mike Hargrove, Charlie Manuel, Kenny Lofton–A lot of big names from the 1990s were back at Progressive Field this weekend to honor Thome with the dedication of a statue in center field.
The three-game series had a magical feel to it, as the Indians swept the Texas Rangers.
Hopefully, some of the mystique of those 1990s team can rub off on the current club, because at some point, this team needs to get hot to have a legitimate shot at the postseason.
• The Browns held their family-day scrimmage at the University of Akron, and both quarterbacks were unimpressive. Johnny Manziel did show glimpses of the “Wow Factor” that comes with his scrambling ability.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 2, 2014
• Speaking of Manziel, after signing autographs for fans following Family Day, the former Heisman winner was spotted at the Panini VIP Part Saturday night, as part of the National Sports Collectors’ Convention.
— Brian Peds (@brianpeds) August 3, 2014
•Music publishers are banning the Ohio State Marching Band from playing their songs in response to reports of a lewd culture in the band.
A story from the Columbus Dispatch reported some publishers “don’t want to be linked with lewd behavior, while others said they don’t want to be linked to a school that they say might have rushed to judgment about its band.”