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3 things that popped into Tom Jones' head

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor watches his ball after hitting a sacrifice fly off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Cleveland. Chris Gimenez scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) OHTD103

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor watches his ball after hitting a sacrifice fly off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Cleveland. Chris Gimenez scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) OHTD103

1. It's it interesting — and pretty cool — that Cleveland has gone from one of the most depressing sports towns for the past 50 years to one of the most exciting in a matter of a month. The Indians might very well land the city a second world title come October.

2. Who has had a more depressing summer so far: Oklahoma City, Miami or Tampa Bay?

3. People are complaining that with Kevin Durant joining the Warriors only a handful of teams (at most) are capable of winning the NBA title. But hasn't the NBA, even back in the days of Bird and Magic, always been that way?

3 things that popped into Tom Jones' head 07/09/16 [Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2016 4:55pm]
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