While We’re Waiting… Ohio State’s Losing Streak, Delonte West’s Return, and Emmitt Smith’s Pink Slip

While We’re Waiting aims to be the round-up of the recent WFNY-esque information for your morning viewing. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email in the sidebar.

Say it with me: N-I-T: “Once again, Matta got virtually nothing from the bigs. Mullens had eight points and one rebound while Invisidale played true to form with one point and one rebound. Yes, those numbers are accurate. What a bum he’s turned out to be.  The three game skid dropped Ohio State to 4-5 in their last nine games and it doesn’t get any easier this week with Penn State on Tuesday preceding a trip to Purdue. As I said in the preview, I felt today’s game could be the swing game of the season and I’m extremely nervous this team might be running out of steam.” [Chris/Eleven Warriors]

Those of you that have been eying up Alabama’s Andre Smith with the fifth overall selection: “Sources later said Smith’s interviews with teams have been going horribly. He’s been inappropriately dressed and has been giving a number of conflicting statements as to why he was choosing not to workout at the combine. Several offensive line coaches have already suggested Smith be removed from their team’s draft board and there’s no doubt his draft stock is falling.” [SI.com via Ryan Wilson/FanHouse]

Welcome back D West! “It’s no accident the Cavs have their best court spacing and most consistent ball movement when West plays. He is a shooting guard with point guard skills and a point guard mindset. Just because James or anyone else calls for the ball, West doesn’t automatically throw it. He wants the offense to set up. He also throws long passes up the court to start a fast break — rather than dribble the ball every time, as too many guards are prone to do.” [Terry Pluto/Plain Dealer]

More on the Stafford-Sanchez debate that may help the Browns land Aaron Curry: “With Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford present at the Scouting Combine but merely a bystander while his peers show what they can do in increasingly fancy T-shirts and shorts, USC one-year starter Mark Sanchez possibly has converted the contest between the two players into a Peyton Manning-Ryan Leaf dilemma, circa 1998.” [Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk]

And finally, after two seasons with ESPN, Emmitt Smith will no longer be providing you with gems like “This kind of inconsistency, against a team like New England, will get you completely blowed out” and “Eli Manning has been given the rites of patches.”  He’ll be sorely missed. [Awful Announcing]

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • JK

    Wow. Take it easy on tOSU and BJ. First of all, he’s a FRESHMAN. And second, I’m gonna assume you’re venting. Because tOSU currently has 17 wins, 20, maybe 19 will get them in, their remaining schedule is PSU, @ Iowa, @ Purdue, and NW. Plus B10 Tourny. They play in the 2nd toughest confrence in the nation (ESPN RPI), and have marquee wins over Miami on the road, ND neutral site, Purdue, and Butler. Everybody needs to chill, tOSU will be in the tournament. Not like it will matter really, but they’ll be there.

  • bridgecrosser

    Emmitt Smith’s broadcasting career just got debacled.

  • RandyOSU

    I repeat, ain’t no way Sanchez gets drafted before Stafford. It’s just combin pablum. There also “ain’t” no way the Browns take an offensive lineman in round one-you don’t spend that kind of money on a right tackle when you’ve got tons of cap space invested on the left side.

    That said, no telling what Mankok will do. They have been busy hiring college coaches and inexperienced castoffs to complete their coaching staff-contrast that with the experienced NFL staffs hired by the other new coaches. Coaching counts big time in the NFL-the quality of your coordinators had direct correlation to wins/losses. (which is a major factor in who you hire as HC).

  • phil

    The NBA.com highlights from the Cavs victory over their usual nemesis, Detroit, shows something that I found quite delicious to discover. On the play where Mo intercepts a pass at the three-point line, LeBron is well behind him, two steps from the basket, in position for a defensive rebound. The very second Mo slaps the ball forward and advances toward half court (0:29), LeBron takes to his heels. By 0:33, LeBron, who has outrun 6 players on the court — one was already behind him, and Mo and his defender stayed in front as they charged toward the basket — stuffs the ball through the hole. If that’s not a tribute to hustle (and speed), I don’t know what could do it for you. The initial pick-off was so far ahead of LeBron, he could have, as I’m sure many players do in such situations (see the video for examples from both teams), just looked on as a spectator.

  • Cjz

    At least Emmit still has his Just for Men hair commercials…

  • Brendon

    My favorite part that Mo-LBJ break away was seeing the ball blast Iverson in the face.

    Also, a lot of scouts said Robiskie had a good combine and is an early 2nd rd pick. He would be a good posession receiver to compliment BE a la Joe J. But I think we have too many other needs on D to take him.

    Any thoughts?

  • http://serandez.blogspot.com/2008/08/elul-press-conference.html Ezzie

    @Phil – Not only that, but on the same play, Delonte West charges not toward the basket, but toward the corner 3 spot for that statistically best shot in the game – open corner 3. Not only does he clear the lane for Lebron coming down, but if Williams couldn’t make that wrap pass he’s wide open at an easy angle for the shot.

  • phil

    @Brendon and Ezzie… yes and yes. Delonte was perfectly positioned. This play could not have been drawn up better. And you sense that Mo counts on LeBron being at the right place at the right time if he is gonna leave his feet like that.

    Iverson’s impact seems to have plummeted in the last couple of years. I have no idea why he can’t dominate a game like he used to. Any thoughts, anyone?

  • Boomhauer

    The Pistons system does not suit AI’s game at all. It’s made for a catch-and-shoot guy like Rip Hamilton.

  • Josh

    Guys, what would everyone think of Brian Dawkins coming to Cleveland? I know he wants to stay in Philly, but they have a habit of kicking older players to the curb…he still has a lot of intensity, and is a proven leader. Could he help our young secondary for a couple of years??

  • Boomhauer

    No more guys on the downside of their careers. There’s a reason these guys get let go by their successful teams.

  • JJ from AK

    As much as i want to continue the man love for Delonte and the Cavs. The Buckeyes have been a mighty disappointment the closer and closer we get to march. Its obvious that this team lacks Lighty’s defensive presence and the presence of a big man period. Even with the lack of performance you know NBA Scouts are still drooling over B.J. and he’ll likely leave after this year to be a lottery pick. Oh well…

  • Glaumdawg

    I’m reall going to miss Emmett talking about teams getting debacled and blowed up. He was a veritable gold mine of unintentional comedy.