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  • Children can often show us things we've missed by looking at the world. This is especially true when it comes to bummerish Ohio State University almost-championship seasons and the more popular/colloquial aspects of American Sign Language. 

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers have a new coach, who is also their old coach, and who is sort of a more complicated case than you might think.

  • Daniel Gibson is not a star on the court, and he's not really a star on his BET reality show, either. But Daniel Gibson is present in both, at least, and that's worth more than you'd think.

  • The NBA Summer League was, as usual, giddy, goofy, mostly useless for its stated player-evaluation purposes and not necessarily even all that much like basketball in a lot of ways. It is also, in its way, totally perfect, and exactly what basketball fans need at this time of year.

  • As a television program, the NBA Draft has a certain dorky appeal. But as a live event—one worth schlepping to Newark for, and one that gets away with beers approaching the $10 plateau—it's a different story. Still, there's something to be said for the NBA Draft as a live experience, and not just because lucky attendees get to watch a frazzled Jeff Van Gundy eat crappy pizza.

  • Cleveland, like every other city, has a series of stories that it likes to tell about itself when it comes to sports, and everything else. Harvey Pekar's Cleveland, the posthumous comic novel by the city's sainted sourpuss bard, tells a story that both explodes and enhances the familiar Cleveland mythos.

  • In which our heroes do their best to work off the emotional and physical hangover of a whirlwind Cleveland premiere for their Cleveland sports tragicomedy, "Our Greatest Year." Also: making people care, turning strangers into non-strangers, and the quest for oreos.

  • In which our heroes see their Cleveland sports tragicomedy, "Our Greatest Year," through opening night in Cleveland. It's more exciting than "opening night in Cleveland" suggests—thanks in large part to audiences that have learned well to laugh at their own pain.

  • "Our Greatest Year," a play about Cleveland sports and the misery they bring, enjoyed a well-received 2011 debut in New York City. Now, the collaboration between playwright Robert Attenweiler and artist/animator/writer Scott Henkle, is coming home to Cleveland. The first in a series of production diary entries.