Good afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! As many of you know, I’m an Optimist. And with the onset of another Cavaliers offseason, Friday means NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE day! (And maybe a nice fish fry, time permitting.)

Working in the world of professional sports – like the athletes themselves – one learns the value of routine. And regular readers of my weekly N.A.T.L. column know that there’s a certain formula that we like to follow so I don’t make a total mess of the place or injure myself.

CLEVELAND, OH - May 11, 2012 - The Cavaliers will host an Open House at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, May 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to give fans the top pick of the best seat locations that are available for 2012-13 season tickets. Those who attend the Open House will get a behind-the-scenes tour of The Q that includes an exclusive peek inside the Cavaliers game day locker room!

On Wednesday afternoon at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert spent around 20 minutes with the local media – wrapping up the squad’s recent season, looking ahead to this month’s NBA Lottery and touching on his new Horseshoe Casino, set to open its downtown doors within the week.

In that 20-minute span, he showed why Clevelanders – including the assembled media – can’t help but love the guy.