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The View From Pluto: How Fans Should Watch A Browns Preseason Game

The Cleveland Browns are off to a promising start to the season. The team that went 0-16 last year kicked off the preseason last week with a win over the New York Giants. They’re also in the national spotlight, featured on the HBO documentary series, Hard Knocks . But WKSU commentator Terry Pluto cautioned fans not to get too excited about the preseason.


The View From Pluto: Why Kevin Love Wanted To Stay With The Cavs

The Cavs in the post- LeBron James era are beginning to take shape. The team has spent the summer developing its young prospects and is keeping a key piece of the 2016 championship team; Kevin Love is now under contract for the next five years. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Love has always been the talk of trade rumors, and now he’s the face of the Cavs. Love Wants To Stay When the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Love in 2015, the team secured its ‘big three’ with James and Kyrie Irving ....


The View From Pluto: Tiger Woods’ Return to Akron is a Fitting Goodbye to the Beloved Bridgestone

The most famous golfer in the world will help Akron say goodbye to its Bridgestone Invitational tournament beginning Thursday. This is the last year for the event that Tiger Woods has won eight times. He’s been trying to rebuild a career that was sidelined by a series of scandals and injuries. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Woods returns to Firestone Country Club for the first time in four years, and he’s always said this is one of his favorite courses. Tiger's tournament "He literally...


The View From Pluto: Indians Great Jim Thome's Humble Hall of Fame Journey

Former Indians great Jim Thome will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. Thome played 13 seasons in Cleveland and amassed 612 career home runs. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said the Peoria, Ill., native was never considered a top prospect. Scouted by accident "Only one scout even thought Thome had pro potential," Pluto said. "It was Tom Couston , the Indians scout out of the Chicago area." Thome was playing for Illinois Central College . Pluto said Couston was actually...


The View From Pluto: The Indians Prove Their Star Power

The American League beat the National League in last night’s All-Star game, 8-6 in 10 innings. The Indians sent six players to Washington , their most since 1999. Catcher Yan Gomes was named an All-Star for the first time in his career, to replace injured Tampa Bay catcher Wilson Ramos. Gomes joined Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Michael Brantley, Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber. Kluber didn’t play after receiving an injection in his knee. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said there are a...


The View From Pluto: LeBron's L.A. Story Lacks A Supporting Cast

LeBron James’ next chapter officially begins this week. The former Cavs star signed his 4-year, nearly $154 million contract with the L.A. Lakers on Monday. But is he really going to be happy in his new home? WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says James has been used to teaming up with marquee players, and this Lakers team is lacking a strong supporting cast. Big Threes When LeBron James left Cleveland for the Miami Heat, he formed a 'big three' with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh . Then, when he...


The View From Pluto: LeBron Leaves With His Legacy Intact

Emotions have been running the gamut among Cavs fans since LeBron James announced he’s leaving Cleveland for the L.A. Lakers. But our sports commentator Terry Pluto say despite some of the anger and sadness, James’ legacy is intact.


The View From Pluto: At Peace with LeBron James' Decision to Leave Home Again

LeBron James is leaving home for Los Angeles. James announced last night that he has agreed to a 4-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers. His management agency Klutch Sports Group announced the deal with a simple short release. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says he has been preparing for James' decision for quite sometime.


The View From Pluto: Former Browns Star Josh Cribbs Reinvents Himself Again -- As An Intern

Former Cleveland Browns star Josh Cribbs is back with the team – as an intern. The fan favorite who played quarterback at Kent State University was known for his dazzling kickoff returns during his 10 years in the NFL. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the 35-year-old Cribbs is now mentoring Browns players at the same position he played on special teams. A walking lesson in inspiration "He is a walking lesson in inspiration to these guys," Pluto says. "He could stand up in that room and...


The View From Pluto: The Cavs' Future Begins This Week, With or Without LeBron

Tomorrow’s NBA draft will play a big role in the Cavs’ future. Cleveland has the eighth overall pick, and it’s a decision the team will have to make without knowing LeBron James’ next move. He’s been quiet about what he’ll do when his contract is up at the end of the month. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this is the Cavs' first meaningful draft pick since 2014, just before LeBron James announced he was returning to Cleveland. That year, the Cavs selected Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1...


The View From Pluto: The Cavs Face A Summer of Changes and the Big LeBron Question

Now that the Cavs' season has ended, the summer of potential big changes begins. There’s lots of speculation about whether LeBron James will stay in Cleveland when his contract is up July 1 , a nd what the rest of the team will look like next season. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says in addition to James' next decision, the front office has to take a close look at the coach, Tyronn Lue. "Lue did not have a good year coaching," Pluto says. "He missed almost three weeks with symptoms of an...


The View From Pluto: The Cavs Return Home For A Must-Win Game 3

The Cavs are in Cleveland tonight for a must-win game 3 of the NBA Finals. Cleveland trails the Golden State Warriors 0-2 in the best of seven game series. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Cavs face the pressure of winning tonight while still trying to shake off the dramatic ending to game 1. Pluto says no team has ever come back from an 0-3 hole in any playoff series. Still, the Cavs have had their share of heroics. "In the 2016 Finals when the Cavs won the title, they were the first...


The View From Pluto: The Cavs' Most Improbable Title Run Yet

The Cavs play game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night against a familiar foe – The Golden State Warriors. The two teams are playing for the title for the fourth consecutive year. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this Cavs team is much different than the one that lost in the Finals last year. Most notably, the team successfully moved on from Kyrie Irving in a big trade that initially went bust.


The View From Pluto: From The Rims To The Fans, Why Home-Court Advantage Matters More In The NBA

The Cavs are in Boston tonight for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series is tied 2-2, with both teams winning their home games. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Celtics are undefeated, 9-0, at TD Garden, while the Cavs have lost just once at the Q. Home-court advantage What could make the biggest difference in this series is home-court advantage, which belongs to the Celtics. “If you win every single home game and you have home-court advantage, you win the series.” Game...


The View From Pluto: LeBron James' Reputation as 'The Coach Killer'

The Cavs lost against the Boston Celtics to fall 0-2 in the series. LeBron James scored a triple double with 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to overcome a strong second half by Boston. James’ dominance in the playoffs over the years has taken its toll on a number of NBA coaches, including his own. Coach of the year, fired Last week the Toronto Raptors fired head coach Dwane Casey after his team was swept by the Cavs in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the...


The View From Pluto: The Cavs are Coming Together

In the first round, the Cavs struggled to beat the Pacers in a series that went seven games. In the Eastern Conference semi-finals, Cleveland swept Toronto in four games. The big question is at what point did things really change for the team? Our sports commentator, Terry Pluto, says it was winning game seven at home against Indiana where LeBron James scored 45 points. At that point, he believes the team really started to come together. “One of the things I’ve noticed with LeBron James’...


The View from Pluto: Cavs Finally Get A Team Effort In Overtime Win Against Toronto

The Cavs had a stunning come-from-behind win over the Toronto Raptors in the opening game of their Eastern Conference semifinals, winning 113-112 in overtime. Notably, the Cavs scored eight points in overtime without any help from LeBron James, making Tuesday’s victory a true team effort. “LeBron said he was tired and he looked it. If you heard that you'd think they were in trouble. They were in trouble, but they pulled out of it,” said WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto. “It was a huge...


The View From Pluto: Will This Be The Draft The Browns Finally Get Right?

Thursday is the NFL draft. And for Browns fans, it’s the equivalent of the Super Bowl. The team that went 0-16 last season has the first and fourth picks. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says there's been a lot of speculation and rumors about who the Browns will select, but it’s fairly safe to say it will be a quarterback. The ghosts of drafts past Pluto says fans are nervous heading into this draft, because year after year, the team ends up getting it wrong. He flashes back to several...


The View From Pluto: The Cavs' Character Is Put To The Test

The Cavs play a crucial game tonight in their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers. They’re in an unfamiliar spot this early in the playoffs, down 0-1 after being blown out on Sunday. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it's a must-win game.


The View From Pluto: Ashland's 'Cinderella Basketball Disneyland' Begins A New Chapter

Ashland University has built a women's basketball dynasty. The Division II team has won two national titles in the past seven years. They won 73 games in a row until losing in the national title game last month. Now, the team's head coach is moving on. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about what's next for the small school with a big program. A basketball royal family Pluto says Ashland has built a "basketball royal family." It began with Sue Ramsey who coached there for 20 years and led...