While We’re Waiting…

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Laurel and Hardy, Shh

The Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi is on location in Tampa for Super Bowl XLIII.  While most others are reporting on the two teams still alive, we get some more insight as to what we have in store: “Tales of Mangini’s restrictive ways in New York are rampant here. “Oh, you’ll love him talking about injuries,” one writer said. “If he even conceded a player had a knee injury, he would refuse to say if it was his right knee or his left.” “It took me three weeks once to get an interview with the offensive line coach,” said another.” They said that Mangini instructed Jets PR staffers to keep track of which players were talking to which writers — just in case a disturbing quote was published from an unidentified player. “We were stunned, absolutely stunned, he was hired so soon after being fired,” said one. “Even people in the (Jets’) building felt he needed time — a year or two — to reflect on things he did wrong.”   [Tony Grossi/Plain Dealer]

On Mo Williams’ snubbing of All-Star accolades: “LeBron James has been waiting for a big shotmaker of a teammate for some time. And in recent weeks it has become clearer than ever that Williams plays that role better than anyone has. Despite the campaigning of James, a couple of things work against Williams as an All-Star: His stats are not elite — his PER is 68th in the NBA — and his 43-point game on Tuesday came just after the coaches finished voting for All-Star reserves.” [Henry Abbott/TrueHoop]

And now more deep thoughts…with D’Qwell Jackson: “I hear there will be more discipline. He works his players hard for a year or two until they buy in and then he lets up a little. That’s fine. As long as we win,” Jackson said. “Let’s hope this staff is the one.” [Radio Row via Plain Dealer]

“The Jacket Backers are organizing a road trip to Detroit on Saturday March 7th. I’ve had this date circled on my calendar for quite a while (after all my sister lives in Toledo so yeah…the kill two birds deal) so I’ll definitely be in attendance.  I’d say its about time to turn the tables and invade the Joe for once Jacket fans.  Don’t believe the hype that its hard to get tickets to the Joe either. If you aren’t interested in the Backers deal give the Joe box office a call, check ebay or do the old fashioned ticketmaster deal.  Tickets are not hard to come by.” [Light the Lamp]

Following up on Todd’s excellent work on the vaunted seventh reliever: “[Adam] Miller’s move full-time to the bullpen looks to be a way to get the talented 24-year-old onto the Indians, not giving up on the idea that he can perhaps move back to the rotation at some point down the road if he can prove that he can stay healthy (think Adam Wainwright). But for now, the bullpen looks to be where he fits for 2009 and early returns have been more than encouraging to the point that many “in the know” have pegged Miller as the odds-on favorite to break camp with the Tribe as that 7th reliever in the bullpen.” [Paul Cousineau/DiaTribe]

  • MacNip

    I am so sick of hearing the media complain about the fact that Mangini is going to keep things in house and not let a bunch of information out. Good. I don’t want other teams knowing every detail about this team. If that makes a reporter’s job harder then so be it

  • RandyOSU

    Macnip……enjoy, you’ll be left in the dark more than the media.

    Mankok is coming.

  • RandyOSU

    Keep setting the bar low………great expectations.

  • RandyOSU

    So what if the coach is a lisping aberant jerk, “as long as we win”.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Craig

    Randy, you have officially lost it. You are now talking to yourself. :-)

  • Brendon

    Grossi is just pissed because now they are going to actually have to do some journalistic research instead having it spoon fead to him. I bet Manigini will find out who the PD’s mysterious ‘sources’ are. That statement sounds like a bitter sports writer.

  • bridgecrosser

    I see the Laurel & Hardy photo and I think of the end of Borat where Azamat has turned into one of them (the fat one.. Hardy?)

    “I feel like American movie star Dirty Harold… “

  • mendy

    the indians equipment van leaves cleveland for goodyear today…

    makes me smile : )

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com DP

    OK, I’m speaking only for myself here, and NOT ON BEHALF OF ANYONE ELSE AT WFNY. I know that the goal of this site is to encourage discourse, and often times differing opinions in constant debate/discussion, but…

    Seriously, Randy. Get over it.

    We get it. You don’t like these new guys. You like typing “ManKok is coming.” Tee hee. Well, the thing is… they’re already here, so all sexual innuendo aside it’s time to get a new quip.

    Honestly and seriously, get a new schtick. You have regurgitated some form of THE EXACT SAME THOUGHT roughly 50 times over the past couple of weeks. You are officially Randy Quaid in “Major League 2″.

    Honestly, I’m not trying to be a jerk to you personally in saying this. I’m just saying that reading the same gripes over and over and OVER AND OVER makes me tired all over. Everyone that reads this site knows how you feel. You don’t need to convince us anymore. So, can’t we just move on and fight what we can see? Randy Lerner is not going to read our site and fire these guys. We’re stuck with them.

    Again, I’m not attacking you personally. I’m just asking for you to move on and to discuss this in a more constructive way.

  • MKE

    Thank you, DP.

  • matt

    I just stood up and applauded you, DP. In the words of Phil Savage, “Go root for Buffalo, RandyOSU”.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com DP

    Well, don’t get me wrong, guys: RandyOSU has every right to his opinion, and in many ways I think his opinion is valid.

    It’s just that we all know what that opinion is. It’s time to move forward.

  • Josh

    Ok…back to the topic at hand.

    I am tired of the media trying to scare us into hating this new regime. do you think ppl in new england are mad at big bad Bill Belichick? when they consistently field a winning team even when the LEAGUE MVP GOES DOWN IN WEEK 1!!

    geez, I’ll take a tight-lipped front office and coach if we can return to some respectability.

  • matt

    I agree, he definitely has a right to his opinion. However, I haven’t heard anything constructive or any ideas of what better choices would have been. It’s just complaining to complain, which is annoying at best.

  • MacNip

    I’m willing to cut Randy some slack. From what I have picked up, Randy is a season ticket holder who has spent a boat load of cash over the past couple years and watched in sheer disappointment. He had hoes of landing a big name GM who would then hire a big name head coach. when that happened he hoped that Lerner would at least come out and explain himself, which never happened. Dude is ticked and has every right to be.

    That being said, here’s to Mangini and Kokinis turning this thing around and brightening Randy’s day

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    “He had hoes”

    In different area codes?

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com DP

    MacNip, Hence my reply that he has every right to his opinion. I just wish that he would bring something new to the discussion aside from “See? They suck!”

    FWIW: I also have been buying tickets to game ever since they returned, and I have been a season ticket holder for the past seven seasons.

  • MacNip

    @Scott – I never said I could type. That should have been ‘hopes’.

    That being said, I don’t know Randy personally so maybe he does have hoes in different area codes

  • Pat in CA

    Nobody asked me what my opinion is. Is it because I don’t have any hoes?

  • Cjz

    Maybe if we give Mangini some of these “hoes” he will tell the media more stuff?