In the late 1990's, my dad and I used to joke that whenever the Cavs or Browns made big news an Indians trade or signing was sure to follow.
Cavs on an 11 game win streak in 1997 (Kemps first year, Z, Brevin Knight, Cedric Henderson and Derek Andersons rookie year)? John Hart signs Doc Gooden and Kenny Lofton.
There were more of these, bigger and smaller (I used to be able to come up with a few more examples, but it's been awhile and this isn't the easiest thing to look up). It always seemed that whenever the Cavs or Browns made a signing or fired a coach or made a trade, the Indians would do something within the next two days.
They didn't always do something huge or Earth shattering, but they would do something to push the other teams off of the talk show airwaves and sports pages.
Why am I bringing this up? Cause in the 2004 elections whenever the Democrats or John Kerry did something (like have a convention or pick a VP) there always seemed that a terror alert soon followed. Have you noticed any terror alerts since the elections? Me either. But on Tuesday Joe Lieberman lost the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont. I know most of you don't care about this, but Lieberman's big mistake was that he got too close to Bush (on Iraq, on saying people who disagree with Bush hurt the War on Terror and loads of other stuff) but Lamont's victory sent shockwaves through Washington, Lieberman was a 18 year incumbent, these guys do not lose primaries.
Needless to say, this has been all over the networks. So what happened today? Bush raised the terror alert to red- for the first time ever.
Is it political? Is it related? I dunno, but it doesn't pass my smell test (the nose knows). All I know is that, somewhere, John Hart is smiling.
Update: "This is going to play big"