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The View Beyond Pluto
5 minutes | Feb 19, 2020
The View Beyond Pluto: Garrett's ESPN Interview Shouldn't Have Happened
The NFL has lifted Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett's suspension, but he remains in the spotlight following the ugly brawl with Pittsburgh Steelers quaterback Mason Rudolph last November. Our sports commentator Terry Pluto says Garrett's recent ESPN interview didn't help to take the focus away from the helmet-swinging incident.
5 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
The View Beyond Pluto: Sizing Up the Indians After Another Quiet Offseason
The Indians are inching towards the 2020 season. Pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear, Arizona next Tuesday, with the first full spring training workout Feb. 17. This past weekend, the team held its annual Tribe Fest, a chance for fans to meet the players. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto caught up with manager Terry Francona and others to talk about the upcoming season.
5 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
The View From Pluto: Cavs Fan Vote Cements the Legacy of Mark Price
This story was originally published on August 21, 2019. The Cleveland Cavaliers are ramping up to celebrate their 50th season in the NBA. On Tuesday, the team announced a new Wall of Honor to serve as a tribute to those who have made “significant contributions” to the organization and its history. It will stand in the new North Atrium area of Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
5 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Cavs' Strong Start Puts the Team's Vision in Motion
The Cavs are off to a surprising start with a 4-6 record 10 games into the season. The team won just 19 games last year. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said the team has had a relatively easy schedule to start. Still, he says many things are starting to gel, including the team's vision for life post-LeBron James. "It's exactly what general manager Koby Altman hoped it would be," Pluto said. "You're going to have these 19 and 20-year olds, but also a couple of these older guys who want to be here. Kevin Love is the oldest player on the team at 31. Tristan Thompson is another. He's going to be a free agent at the end of the season, so he's playing for money. And Matthew Dellavedova is also going to be a free agent. But these aren't just free agents brought in. They were on the 2016 championship team. Cleveland means something to them." The young players are 19-year old rookies Kevin Porter and Darius Garland, and second-year player Collin Sexton. Through nine games, Sexton is the
4 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Browns Need to Get Back to Basics
The Browns are a disappointing 2-5. Their recent loss came to the defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots, 27-13. The team has nine games left in the season and the schedule becomes much easier. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said that eliminates some excuses for this underperforming team.
6 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Bad Officiating is No Excuse for the Browns' Bad Play
The Cleveland Browns enter the bye week at 2-4 and 0-3 at home this season. The latest disappointing loss was to the 5-1 Seattle Seahawks, 32-28. Now, Cleveland has two weeks to regroup before facing the undefeated Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots on the road. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said that while several questionable calls by officials went against them, it was a game the Browns should have won. Pluto said the officiating in this past Sunday's game was the worst he'd ever seen. " What that did is that it destroyed the flow and enjoyment of the game. Flags were flying. Then [the officials] are huddling up. Then they’re going to replays, then they’re not. They didn’t know what they were doing. The league better fix some of this stuff," Pluto said. And he said the golden rule for officials is that if they're unsure about a penalty, don't throw a flag. "These guys saw something, threw a flag and weren’t sure why." One such play was in the third quarter, when
6 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: The Bright Sides of the Browns 1-2 Start
The Browns head into their Sunday game against the Balitmore Ravens with a 1-2 record. They lost to the L.A. Rams 20-13 on Sunday. Head coach Freddie Kitchens took the blame for the loss, citing his poor play calling towards the end of the game. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said there were some positives to take from yet another disappointing offensive performance. Fierce defense "Because quarterback Baker Mayfield struggled so much, and Freddie Kitchens had such strange play calling, you almost felt like they lost 35-3," Pluto said. "But they didn't." Pluto said he gives the credit to defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. "His defense was just ripped apart in the opener against Tennessee. But they allowed only three points to the Jets and only 20 to the Rams, which are basically the second-best team in the NFL. They put up 30 points like it's no problem." And, Pluto said the defense was stellar despite missing five starters with injuries. "They made the Rams work for everything
5 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: 5 Things the Browns Must Fix to Beat the Jets
The Browns have less than a week to regroup after their embarrassing season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. The team that's been hyped in the off-season was blown out by a score of 43-13. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto lists five things the Browns must fix heading into their Monday Night Football showdown on the road against the New York Jets. Pluto said the last time the Browns played the Jets, it marked a turnaround for the dismal team. It was the third game of the season and it had been 635 days since the last time Cleveland won a game. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield led the team to the win after replacing QB Tyrod Taylor , who got injured. "You know what Baker Mayfield needs? Something like that again," Pluto said. Here are his thoughts on how that can happen. 1. Less Beckham First, Pluto says Mayfield needs to throw fewer passes to new star wide receiver, Odell Beckham, Jr. "He threw 38 passes and 11 of them were to Beckham. Don't get fixated on a receiver. One of
4 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Cookie's Comeback
The Indians are in a battle for the postseason, currently in second place behind the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Division. But WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says no matter how the season ends, it will be remembered as the year of Carlos Carrasco's comeback.
5 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: The Indians' Surge May Signal a Strategy Change
The Cleveland Indians are a major-league best 30-12 since June 4. It's been quite the turnaround for a team that many fans had all but written off in May. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the hot streak likely has the team rethinking its strategy of trading a star player to start the rebuilding process. Streaking after the All-Star break The Indians have come a long way since June 2. "They were 29-30 and that was a little over a third of the schedule. Then you kept hearing things about the team being cheap, and they let all their veterans go," Pluto said. As of Thursday, the team is 59-42. "On the same date last year, they were 55-46," Pluto said. The difference this year is the AL Central, where the Minnesota Twins have dominated all season. The Indians' deficit was as many as 12 games. "Now they see Terry Francona and the boys in the rearview mirror," Pluto said. Pluto said under manager Terry Francona, the Indians win 53% of their games in the first half of the season. "The
4 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Browns Look Focused Despite Off Field Drama
The Cleveland Browns have just wrapped up their mandatory mini-camp and won't return to the field for another six weeks. Our commentator Terry Pluto says based on what he's seen, it's not going to be hard for fans to get excited this year. But there are plenty of off-the-field distractions as the new-look team tries to mesh.
5 minutes | Jun 5, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Toronto's Big Gamble with Kawhi Leonard
The Toronto Raptors are making their first ever NBA Finals appearance against the Golden State Warriors. The series is tied 1-1 as of Tuesday. Our sports commentator Terry Pluto says the Raptors took a big gamble and made some sacrifices that ended up paying off.
5 minutes | May 29, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: The LeBron James Roadblock is Finally Lifted for Toronto
For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors have made it to the NBA Finals. The team's biggest roadblock: LeBron James. The Cavs with James had beaten Toronto in the playoffs three straight years, including a sweep last year. But the door opened when James left the Eastern Conference to play for the L.A. Lakers. Now, The Raptors will take on the depfending champion Golden State Warriors in the Finals. Our commentator Terry Pluto says the Raptors are no longer "the little team that could."
5 minutes | May 15, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Odell and the Revamped Browns Reunite for OTAs in Berea
The revamped Cleveland Browns are participating in OTA practices this week in Berea with new star wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance.
5 minutes | Apr 24, 2019
The View From Pluto: Draft Day Pressure is Off the Browns for Once
When the NFL draft begins Thursday it will be different for the Cleveland Browns. Typically, the draft is full of both excitement and anxiety for Browns fans used to losing seasons and a carousel of quarterbacks, coaches and general managers. But this year, WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto thinks the Browns look more like a team headed for the playoffs than the bottom of the league. That means a lot of pressure is off the team come draft day.
3 minutes | Apr 3, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Toning Down the Hype Surrounding the Browns
A wave of emotions washed over the Cleveland Browns and their fans this week after the team introduced star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the New York Giants last month. The press conference Monday electrified the kick off of the Browns offseason workouts. But WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the hype may be premature.
3 minutes | Mar 20, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Why the Indians Needed to Cut Payroll
As the Indians get close to wrapping up spring training, our sports commentator Terry Pluto caught up with team owner Paul Dolan to talk business. The team has steadily increased payroll from $49 million in 2011 to $135 million in 2018. Pluto says for 2019, the payroll will be around $120 million. "Dolan says for the last several years they've been deficit spending. And if you look at how the Indians spent compared to Kansas City, Pittsburgh or Cincinnati, or other teams in their market size, they outspent them." Pluto says last year the Indians ranked 22nd in attendance and 15th in payroll. "Generally, that's a sign that there's going to be some deficit spending." Pluto says part of the issue is that unlike other sports, Major League Baseball doesn't have a salary cap. "That allows teams such as the Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees to spend three times as much as teams on the bottom end, like Tampa Bay, and it really is an unfair game." "I've had fans emailing me saying, 'Well if you can
4 minutes | Mar 13, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: The Many Questions Surrounding the Indians Lineup
The Cleveland Indians have had quite the offseason, from free agents departing to players recovering from injuries. Our commentator Terry Pluto is in Goodyear, Arizona this week with the team for spring training, and he says there's still a lot of unanswered questions about the lineup for this season.
7 minutes | Feb 27, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Why Kevin Love Matters
The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a very rough season — they're the third worst team in the NBA. But recently, they have garnered a few wins. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto explained what changed and how it bodes well for the future.
4 minutes | Feb 20, 2019
The View Beyond Pluto: Why Trevor Bauer's 1-Year Contract Plan Could Be Bad for Baseball
Cleveland Indians star pitcher Trevor Bauer has been making headlines in the past week. For the second year, Bauer went to arbitration over his contract.
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