The FSO Sporadic: 4/13

BY foxsports • April 13, 2011

Welcome to the FSO Sporadic, a compendium of links and other nattering available whenever the need for such things arises. It has arisen today. 

CAVALIERS: Today is a special day in Ohio sports for a number of reasons. For folks in the northern part of the state, it marks the end of an era as Joe Tait broadcasts his final Cleveland Cavaliers game.

We hope you don't let the day go by without reading Sam Amico's farewell to Tait from the perspective of his decades of association with the announcer, or Zac Jackson's fond remembrance from his perspective as an Ohio sports fan who grew up listening to Tait's calls. There are certainly tons of tributes to the great announcer available on the web, such as these by Cleveland Frowns, the Canton Repository and the Akron Beacon-Journal.

After our telecast of the game tonight, which will feature Tait's call throughout the second half, stay tuned for the world premiere of Have a Good Night Everybody, an hour-long look back on Tait's terrific career (here's a preview). You will also be able to find some exclusive bonus video available here on FoxSportsOhio.com this evening.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers try to continue their late-season resurgence, while Sam Amico reports that the cancellation of the NBA Summer League is probably not something that will help the team in 2012. Remember to dial up Sam in our chat room this evening during the Cavs game to talk basketball and wave farewell to Joe.

REDS: The Reds exploded for six runs in the eleventh inning last night to top San Diego 8-2. Here's a photo gallery of last night's action. Keep an eye on FoxSportsOhio.com later this afternoon for more analysis of the Reds relief corps and Hal McCoy's look at the possibility of an all-Ohio World Series. It's not too early to talk about that... right?

The time of the year when the NBA and Major League Baseball's regular seasons overlap ends tonight, so this is the last night for a while when we need to point fans to an explanation of where the Cavs and Reds can be found on your dial. Tonight is also the last of four Reds games that will not be broadcast in HD. As folks who have talked with us on Twitter and Facebook know, we knew we wouldn't be able to do these four early-season games in HD, and we're looking forward to broadcasting them in high-def the rest of the way.

INDIANS: The Tribe's eight-game winning streak ended last night, but not because the team had a bad game... they simply ran into a masterful pitching performance. Here's a photo gallery. The Tribe closes out their series with the Angels this evening, and then has a day off Thursday before starting a series with the Orioles.

ELSEWHERE: The Columbus Blue Jackets didn't get a lucky bounce, so they'll wind up drafting eighth in the NHL draft. The Browns Joe Haden helped out a youth baseball team while the Browns welcome in a variety of potential draft picks. Meanwhile, we remembered we hadn't done a story on the Bengals in the last couple of days, so our staff volunteered to put together a photo gallery of Bengals cheerleaders. It's hard work... but it has to be done. So, we did it.

- Barry McBride






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