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Jared Cortes

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Generously compared to some of the greatest writers in the history of human life, he hopes. Jared is an avid lover of all things sports, particularly (and often times unfortunately) Cleveland related. Always open to debate and discuss basketball, football, baseball, or anything you may be interested in.

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The Cleveland Browns will be heading into the hardest part of their schedule after fending off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday, and they’ll be doing it under a national spotlight. On just three days rest, the 5-3 Browns will be heading to the other side of the state to face their division leading rivals, the 5-2-1 Cincinnati Bengals. After struggling against three of the league’s worst teams, it will be interesting to see if the Browns can come out firing against better competition. If they’re going to win this game, there are three things this team must do, starting with the faltering run game. The Browns rushing...

With the start of the Cavaliers season just a day away and the Browns flying high after a win this past Sunday, Cleveland’s national spotlight is growing by the second. Success or no success, LeBron and the Cavaliers will garner plenty of attention for the next nine months, but what about the Browns? Can the beloved Brownies put themselves two games above .500 for the first time since President Bush was still in office? After falling ill to a trap game in Jacksonville, Cleveland managed to get themselves back on track against another winless team in the Oakland Raiders. The bounce back win showed the mental toughness that Cleveland...

"The Philadelphia 76ers are most definitely a team to watch," will be a phrase widely expected from NBA analysts not this year, but two to four years from now. This is a team with loads of young prospects and high draft picks that have yet to develop. In fact, their top-2 picks this year, Joel Embiid (3rd overall) and Dario Saric (12th overall), will not be suiting up for a single game this year. Nerlens Noel will be taking the court for the first time in his NBA career, and that will likely be the only highlight of the season for a team likely to finish dead last. KEY ADDITIONS: Joel Embiid (C), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (SF),...

Is adding No.2 pick Jabari Parker enough to make the Milwaukee Bucks a playoff team? Milwaukee was just as bad as Philadelphia last year, and they didn’t even suffer a historic losing streak. Whether or not new head coach Jason Kidd can bring this team together and form a playoff squad remains to be seen, but seeing as the Eastern Conference is a relatively weak group, it’s definitely not impossible. KEY ADDITIONS: Jabari Parker (SF), Kendall Marshall (PG), Jared Dudley (SF), Jerryd Bayless (PG) KEY LOSSES: Ekpe Udoh (C), Ramon Sessions (PG) My Starting Five Giannis Antetokounmpo (PG), O.J. Mayo (SG), Jabari Parker (SF),...

Things aren't looking too bright for the most storied franchise in NBA history, as Rajon Rondo has already broken his hand and the season hasn’t even started. The Boston Celtics finished in the bottom five of the league last year, and will likely finish in the bottom five again, as not much was done to turn this squad into a playoff team. Rookie guard Marcus Smart will be a pleasure to watch alongside Rondo, but the NBA lottery will likely be calling Boston’s name come draft time next year. KEY ADDITIONS: Evan Turner (SG), Tyler Zeller (C), Marcus Smart (PG), Marcus Thornton (SG) KEY LOSSES: Jordan Crawford (SG), Kris...

The newly renamed Charlotte Hornets (formerly known as the Bobcats) head into the season looking to make their first consecutive playoff appearance since 2002; and it’s quite likely they'll do just that. With the same core (minus Josh McRoberts) returning this year, and the newly acquired Lance Stephenson, the Hornets will be a very interesting team to watch. They’ll be sure to grab a playoff spot, but just how high of a seed can they get? KEY ADDITIONS: Lance Stephenson (SG), Noah Vonleh (PF), Marvin Williams (SF) KEY LOSSES: Josh McRoberts (PF), Ben Gordon (SG) My Starting Five Kemba Walker (PG), Lance Stephenson (SG),...

The biggest questions surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers center around aging star Kobe Bryant and his comeback from last year’s injury. Are the Lakers good enough to be a playoff team just a year after having a top-10 pick? Can Steve Nash play at his former MVP level or will he be suiting up in an actual suit and tie as the result of another injury? The acquisitions of Ed Davis, Jeremy Lin, and Julius Randle will help to answer all these questions, along with the arrival of veteran head coach Byron Scott. KEY ADDITIONS: Jeremy Lin (PG), Ed Davis (PF), Julius Randle (PF), Carlos Boozer (PF) KEY LOSSES: Pau Gasol (PF), Kendall...

The Houston Rockets are the prime example of how not to win in an offseason. After heavily pursuing Chris Bosh by trading away Jeremy Lin and letting the very underrated Chandler Parsons walk, the Rockets ended up with practically no one but Trevor Ariza. Ariza is a good player in his own right, but to think this team will be better than last year’s 54-28 one, is borderline foolish. KEY ADDITIONS: Trevor Ariza (SF), Jason Terry (SG) KEY LOSSES: Omer Asik (C), Chandler Parsons (SF), Jeremy Lin (PG) My Starting Five Patrick Beverley (PG),  James Harden (SG), Trevor Ariza (SF),  Terrence Jones (PF), Dwight Howard...

There aren’t many teams that finish a season 34-48 and are instantly expected to be a playoff team the next year, but the New Orleans Pelicans may very well be one of them. Injuries and inexperience were the story of the Pelicans season last year, and with added inside help and healthy players, the end of the tunnel is extremely bright for the fans of New Orleans. It will be tough to battle their way into the top-8 in what is once again an extremely tough Western Conference. If they’re to do it, the Pelicans must remain healthy and play to the potential their roster holds. KEY ADDITIONS: Omer Asik (C), Jimmer Fredette (PG), John...

With the countdown to NBA basketball creeping closer by the second, the talk of the town in the city by the lake has stayed focused on an unlikely candidate, the Cleveland Browns. After thrashing arguably the most hated rival in Cleveland sports, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Browns are 3-2 with both losses coming by a combined five points. This team looks as real as any in the NFL to this point under the leadership of hometown hero Brian Hoyer, otherwise known as “Hoyer the Destroyer” or “American Hoyer Story”. As well as Hoyer has played, there are several more key reasons why this team is experiencing so much success. And...
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