As the year begins to turn to 2008, we'll be participating in a tradition as old as the Internets themselves: creating an overabundance of top 10 lists.
This coming Sunday the Browns have a chance to sneak into the NFL playoffs. The unfortunate part is that nothing they do this Sunday will matter. No, all we can do is root for Vince Young and the Titans to lose against an Indianapolis team that will probably be resting most of its starters. But the fact that the Browns are even in contention is not only a major step up from previous years, but also a huge, huge surprise. You see, about 20 minutes into the season, they looked like the worst team in football. And in Week 2, the Browns started out the game by giving up an easy touchdown to the Bengals. Yet somehow, some way, they're here with a possible chance at a playoff appearance. Regardless of what happens this Sunday, this has been an impressive year and has reenforced the lesson of Cleveland sports this year: expect the unexpected. We'll recap the top moments in Cleveland sports soon, but for today we'll just look at the players. Today's list is the Top 10 Cleveland Athletes of 2007.
(ed note: these aren't necessarily the best athletes, just our favorites; the ones that we'll remember about 2007)
10. Braylon Edwards. Drops the occasional easy pass, but no one has more highlight catches.
9. Casey Blake. But only because he had the whole "Torgo" look going.
8. Paul Byrd. So he used HGH. He had a heck of a playoffs.
7. Grady Sizemore. (*swoon*)
6. Joe Thomas. Chose to go fishing instead of attending the NFL Draft. Have to respect that.
5. Asdrubal Cabrera & Jhonny Perralta. Partly because their double plays helped ruin the Yankees and partly because they have weird names.
4. Phil "the Battering Ram" Dawson. The kick against the r*vens was one I'll never forget. And then he does it again in the snow and wind.
3. Fausto Carmona. Was awful in 2006 and a CY Young candidate in 2007.
2. Derek "Horse Balls" Anderson. He might not even be a Brown next year, but he has given us the most exciting Browns season since Dear Mr. Supercomputer was a pre-teen.
1. Lebron James. He may be a bandwagonning frontrunner when it comes to picking his favorite teams growing up. But my, is he a fine basketball player. He had one of the most impressive individual playoff games in NBA history and singlehandedly turned around a franchise. Without Lebron, the Cavs are the worst team in the NBA. With him, they are a title contender. We are all witnesses. And he hosted Saturday Night Live.
Honorable Mention: The midge.