Sheldon:

Iím hoping you can answer a question for me that no one else seems to be able to answer. If I am not mistaken, you were the Beacon Journalís Cavaliers beat writer during the Miracle of Richfield season of í75-76.

I always hear people during the NBA playoffs talking about whether the 2-3-2 format or the 2-2-1-1-1 format is better in a best-of-seven series.

My question: Why in the world was the Cavs-Bullets playoff series in í76 1-1-1-1-1-1-1, alternating cities for each game?

Roger Gordon

North Canton

Dear Roger:

I have no recollection why each game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals was played in alternating cities.

The only reason I can think of is that Cleveland and Washington are barely 300 miles apart.

It was the only best-of-seven series to use that format. The other four were 2-2-1-1-1.

Even more mystifying is why you are asking. There are much stranger things to wonder about. For example, why did I drive to each road game in that series? I donít remember, and Iím probably better off not knowing.

Sheldon Ocker

Mr. Ocker:

Sadly I see a multitude of reasons for the poor Indians attendance, and I donít think they change.

1. Bad teams from the mid-í60s till the early í90s. You seldom read comments in a blog where Indians fans talk about growing up watching young players after the Rocky Colavito, Vic Power, Gary Bell, Mudcat Grant era.

2. The teams were so bad, fans just gravitated to football for years. There was no real passion for the Indians for decades, and people in their 30s, 40s and 50s have no connection to the team as, say, fans do to Boston, Chicago or New York or St. Louis.

3. Keep in mind that from 1960 to 1993, the Indians were never in a real pennant race in late August.

4. The Indians lose whatever decent players they had to free agency, salary dump trades, forced trades by agents telling the team their client would be leaving as soon as his contract was up, so get something for him while they can. Cleveland baseball fans seldom have a player they can identify with for long.

Kenny Harwood

Dear Kenny:

Iíll buy No. 4. Most fans are in an age group that vividly recalls the glorious 1990s, so No. 2 is meaningless. Other franchises have suffered through losing eras, but Cleveland is becoming the poster child for lousy attendance.

S.O.