The first weekend of August 2018 was an awesome weekend in sports for the state of Ohio. It started on Wednesday with the controversy and allegations of covering up domestic violence by Head Football Coach Urban Meyer, then moved to the Indians hosting Mike Trout and the Los Angles Angels, the finale of the Bridgestone Classic at Firestone Country Club in Akron, and finally the inductions of the newest 7 members into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Oh. All of that was going on and also the Cleveland Browns entered their second week of training camp in Berea in preparation for the 2018 season.
The Bridgestone Classic has been at the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio since 1999. The first winner of the event was Tiger Woods, twenty years later the event is coming to a close. The Bridgestone Classic was originally known as the WGC-NEC Invitational until 2006 when Bridgestone took over the sponsorship from NEC. The tournament has been a staple in Akron and an event that all northeast Ohioans look forward to each August. Farewell to a great weekend of golf it was great having you here the last twenty years and we look forward to having the Senior Tour here next year.
The Cleveland Indians just finished off a series win over the Los Angeles Angles by winning on Sunday 4-3. The Tribe lost Friday 7-4 and then got a masterful performance out of Corey Kluber Saturday night in a complete game, 98 pitch, 3 hit shutout as the Indians won 3-0. Sunday the Indians got a three-run home run from Jose Ramirez, his 33rd, in the first inning and then hung on for the series and game win. The Indians won their 60th game on Sunday and now stand at 60-49 and 9 game lead over the second place Minnesota Twins.
In Canton, Oh seven former professional football players got inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Randy Moss, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile, and Bobby Beatherd all took their place among the greats of the game as they were given a gold jacket on Saturday. I left one guy off the list and that is Terrell Owens who skipped the ceremonies this weekend but was technically inducted. I will never mention him again because in my book he is the furthest thing from a true Hall of Famer. Thursday night was the first preseason game of the year as the Baltimore Ravens took on the Chicago Bears, the score doesn’t even matter all that matters is that football is back, baby!!
I am not going to comment about the Urban Meyer situation down in Columbus until all of the evidence comes to the forefront. This was a great weekend for Ohio sports and the state in general. The country got to see what Northeast Ohio is all about and we put on a pretty good show.
Article by Charles Peters.