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Will a Browns team leader dare to say, 'Odell ought to be here'? and other takeaways from the world of sports

Takeaways from all over the sports world …

1. I’m not a passionate follower of the NBA or the Cavaliers, but I take great satisfaction in Kyrie Irving’s demise with the Boston Celtics. I feel a little bit guilty about that …

2. The only thing that can save this thoroughbred racing season is a showdown in the Belmont Stakes between Omaha Beach, Maximum Security, Country House and the Preakness Stakes winner …

3. Was the Met Gala the last item on Odell Beckham Jr.’s list of “things to do before getting around to reporting to the Browns”? If he doesn’t show up for the beginning of Browns OTAs on Monday, I’d love to hear a leader on the team finally say, “He ought to be here” …

4. Speaking of the NBA, the toughness Kwahi Leonard has added to the Toronto Raptors merits serious MVP consideration for him …

5. Joe Thomas should temper his enthusiasm of the Browns as he embarks on a full-time gig with NFL Network. Why? The rest of the country is going to suffer from “Browns fatigue” by season’s start …

6. I can’t overstate the coolness of the traditional handshake lines after Stanley Cup playoff games. I don’t understand why other sports leagues don’t copy it …

7. As bad as the Indians are hitting, a five-game winning streak right now would get everybody off their backs …

8. Do you know how long it’s been since a pro sports team won three championships in a row? The New York Yankees last did it in 1998-2000. If the Golden State Warriors do it this year, they deserve respect not scorn …

9. What would Tiger Woods winning the PGA Championship, the second major of the year, do for the golf industry? …

10. Shouldn’t the list of “greatest pro athletes under the age of 25” begin with Giannis Antetokounmpo? …

11. Analytics have ruined baseball reporting and is on the verge of ruining Major League Baseball as a whole. Stories on baseball have become incomprehensible …

12. I don’t want to see field goals eliminated in the NFL, but the XFL’s planned innovation of a 1-, 2- or 3-point conversion after touchdowns on plays from scrimmage is very intriguing …

13. If I were commissioner of all sports, pro gaming leagues would be abolished forever …

14. Why don’t people who complain about the unfairness of the coin toss in overtime of an NFL playoff game have the same opinion about the NBA lottery system? …

15. The most underrated sport on TV is professional bowling. I’m serious …