Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! It’s Friday. The Cavaliers are back in the gym. And I’m the Optimist – welcoming you high-rollers to the opulent sports smorgasbord the locals like to call “NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE.”

There is SO very, very much going on in the world of sports and beyond. We’re going to move quickly in today’s column. As quickly as the events that I’m covering will soon unfold. Please hold on to your valuables. This column is not responsible for broken or lost items. Slow-pokes will be left behind.