August 15, 2014

Maurice Clarett Feels for Donte Stallworth

donte-stallworth-catchAs we’ve discussed in the past, former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett is transcribing a blog from the walls of his prison cell.  In his latest “post,” Clarett answers a handful of questions ranging from his feelings towards Ohio State to if he will ever suit up for a football team again.

But the final question was related to the latest tribulations of Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth.

I haven’t been interested in sports seriously since 2003 but I am familiar with who Donte is. I wasn’t aware of the situation when I received the question but became educated on it as the week passed. I believe that the situation is unfortunate for both parties. I think there is a lot to be learned and I hope and wish the best for everyone involved. I know what it is like to lose a loved one in a car accident and I know the stress that comes with your life being in limbo and prison potentially being in your future. Both situations are very uncomfortable.

The big difference, obviously, is that Stallworth’s potential prison sentence involves an accident – wrongdoing or not.  Clarett didn’t accidentally suit up in a bulletproof vest while packing assault weapons.  He may have accidentally gotten caught, but I’m don’t think that he accidentally brought his vodka with him on his joy ride. 

“Uncomfortable” may be quite an understatement. 

Now we just have to await the results of world’s longest blood test.  Ever. 

Questions and Answers: 3-22-09 [The Mind of Maurice Clarett]

Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Predators (Game 77)

Nashville Predators (38-30-8, 84pts) vs.
Columbus Blue Jackets (39-29-8, 86pts)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
7:00 PM EDT
FSOHIO/WWCD(fm)/WBNS(am)

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CBJ “Magic Points” Number: 9

First, a quick word about the teeth on that Predators mascot: holy scnikes! How that thing wouldn’t fall forward onto its face were it a real animal trying to walk I’ll never know. More importantly, however, the eternal Jackets’ nemesis Nashville Predators invade Nationwide tonight. For Columbus, this is the fifth game in eight days – a Herculean task by any stretch. But, on top of that, the Preds are a hot team right now, and this game is for sole possession of sixth place in the conference. And, since these teams meet again in Nashville on Saturday, it’s a game the Jackets desperately need to win.

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The 5-Hole – Blue Jackets News and Notes: 3/31/09 – The “2007 Cleveland Browns Choke Job” Edition

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ…

The Week That Was

Week: 1-1-2, 4 points
Overall: 39-29-8, 86 points (3rd division; 6th conference)

Ugh. The Jackets have had every opportunity to put this thing away, and seem to be relishing making it as gut-wrenching as possible. A two-day stretch with two games against the hard-charging St. Louis Blues, and the Jackets took one of four possible points, while the Blues took four. The Jackets turn around and play Nashville tonight (another team that has given them fits their entire history), and a loss to the Predators would push the Jackets out of sixth place. And, with so little room to slide, this would be the worst time of year for a losing streak.

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Daniel Gibson: Playoff X-Factor?

deepqOn Sunday, Daniel Gibson drained a three pointer, which prompted a Dallas time out, and a new Cleveland celebration. LeBron James, along with a couple other partners in crime, raced to mid-court to meet Daniel and build the imaginary camp fire. The ABC crew, and particularly Jeff Van Gundy thought it strange that the Cavs would get so excited about one three pointer. “A guy needs to make more than 1 to be on fire.” They must not have watched much of Daniel Gibson this season.

Gibson has had a tough year. Injuries have certainly hurt his production, but November wasn’t kind to Daniel. He shot .231 from long distance during that month, and dug himself in a shooting hole. He will have his worst career shooting percentage this season by a mile. And his cold shooting even earned him two DNP-coaches decisions in meaningful games recently. Gibson stood by and watched as the Cavs won close games against the Knicks and Orlando. [Read more...]

Tribe News and Notes: Jake Westbrook Makes Progress, Zach Jackson Makes Final Cut

20051001clevelandindiansjakewestbrookWith the preseason that Jake Westbrook had back in 2008, there was no pitcher that had the biggest potential of a surprise season than he.  Of course, Cliff Lee went on to have one of the best seasons ever by an Indians starting pitcher but he was not alone in his successes through the first few weeks.

In a year like the Tribe had last season, the fact that Westbrook had an ERA of 3.12 and a WHIP of 1.15 through his first five games can easily be overlooked.  Factor in that Westbrook also had a complete game and a groundball rate of 58 percent and Lee may not have been the lone Indians pitcher in the All-Star game.  Naturally, that season would wind up being derailed with an elbow injury ultimately resulting in Tommy John surgery.

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Kidd To Cleveland More Fantasy Than Reality

LeBron James and Jason Kidd

It seems a little absurd to me to even be considering thinking about the roster next season when the Cavaliers’ hopes in this current season are more than alive and well. I’d much rather look ahead to the playoffs than look ahead to free agency next year. It’s one thing to wonder what will happen to current free agents-to-be Anderson Varejao and Wally Szczerbiak, and quite another thing to wonder about outside players who the Cavaliers may be looking to bring in.

However, a bit of that happened this weekend when the Cavaliers played the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. It’s no secret that LeBron James and Jason Kidd have formed a very close friendship, and that LeBron has publicly stated more than once how much he would like to play on the same NBA team with Kidd at some point. So, with Kidd being a free agent this off-season, I suppose it’s only natural that some would ask Kidd about the chances of him signing with the Cavaliers this summer.   [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… The NBA MVP, Kerry Wood’s Twitter, and Beanie Wells’ NFL Visits

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.

bosh-james-wade 

Oh ye of the MVP debate:  “According to PER, the top 5 players – in order, are LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant.  [...]  Now, I know your answer is, “but Kobe plays in the tougher conference.”  Except, he doesn’t.  In years past that was true, but now the East is the tougher conference.  I know it doesn’t look like that given that the East has two teams with losing records in the top 8 and the West will have a team at close to a 60% win-loss record who doesn’t make the playoffs.  However, it is the teams below that that artificially inflate the West. The worst team in the NBA (Sacramento) and 6 of the 7 worst teams overall play in the West.” [Lang Whitaker/SLAMOnline]

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Browns Preseason Schedule Released

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Moratorium, get out of the way!  With the possibility of a shorter preseason (and subsequently longer regular season) down the NFL road, 2008 may be your last chance to catch four Browns preseason games!

Can’t you just feel the excitement?   But wait, there’s more…

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Dellucci to the DL: Maybe Dreams Do Come True?

delluccihurt1Last week I opined on the many, many negatives of the Indians keeping David Dellucci on the opening day roster. Well, maybe the Baseball Gods were listening to not only me, but the rest of the Wahoo Nation, because this afternoon, a roster move was made.

Big Dave Dellucci was placed on the 15-day DL with his strained left calf muscle. Trevor Crowe, who has opened many eyes with his all around excellent play this spring, has been recalled and will start the season as the extra outfielder. Now, manager Eric Wedge has the ability to go to his bench not once, but twice for speed and defense, with Crowe and utility man Josh Barfield.

Dellucci will now make his third appearance on the DL in two plus years in the Red, White, and Blue. As a wise man once said: Serenity Now.

Dan Gilbert Bar Mitzvah Fracas Update

Dan GilbertCavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is known in this town as a guy who will do anything to make sure his organization is at the top of the NBA in all aspects of the game, not just with the product he puts on the floor (though his Cavs are sporting the best record in the NBA). When is comes to public relations, Gilbert has rarely made any sort of negative waves over the last four years.

The first “slip-up” if you want to call it that, came on the night of March 21st, when at a bar mitzvah at the posh Townsend Hotel in suburban Detroit (Birmingham, MI), a physical altercation took place in front of the eyes of 300 people between Gilbert and former business associate David Hall, who worked under Gilbert as the Vice President of Rock Financial, a part of the Quicken Loans family. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Face Tough Decision at Power Forward

Ben Wallace and Anderson VarejaoAs the playoffs are drawing near for the Cleveland Cavaliers, an awful lot is going right for them. They currently stand at 60-13 and are the proud owners of the best record in the NBA with a 2 game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Cavs have all but locked up the top seed in the East, and with a 34-1 home record, there’s a reason for plenty of optimism for the wine and gold.

One of the best things for the Cavaliers is that they are finally getting close to having their whole roster healthy and back in uniform. With Wally Szczerbiak’s return on Sunday against Dallas, the Cavs are missing only Ben Wallace, and Wallace is expected to be back soon enough. When Wallace does return, though, coach Mike Brown is going to have a difficult decision to make, whether to give Ben his old starting job at the 4 back, and to allow Anderson Varejao the chance to keep the job he has so admirably filled since Wallace went down with the broken leg.   [Read more...]

Lou Saban Passes Away at 87

Obit Lou Saban Football

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Comeback Cavs Continue Setting Records

83007454_DLK011_CAVS_V_MAVSCavaliers 102, Mavericks 74 (Box)

Where to start? The Cavaliers set new highs for regular season wins (60!) and most consecutive wins (12). They are 2 wins shy of tying the club mark for victories at home in a season (1988-89 37 wins). It was Cleveland’s most lopsided victory over Dallas- ever. That’s saying something when you think back to some of those miserable Maverick teams of the 1990′s.But what was most impressive about this win was the manner in which the Cavs accomplished it.

Cleveland came out fired up and having fun. The pregame photo op was a mock-baseball game in which LeBron was again the videographer. For the record Mo Williams hit a home run off Cleveland hurler Tarrence Kinsey. It appeared to be a high fastball. But after a 5-5 start, the Mavericks pulled away as the Cavs found a lid on the basket. Dallas out-hustled the Cavs early, and grabbed every Cavs miss off the board. The Cavs found themselves the victim of hot shooting from behind the 3 point line, not usually a strong point of the Maverick’s game. Dallas’ high moving screens allowed Erick Dampier to storm the basket mostly uncontested. They out-scored the Cavs by 10 in the first, and started to pull away further in the 2nd, pushing their lead to 15 points. That would be all she wrote for the Mavericks.

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While We’re Waiting… Stacked Outfield in Columbus, Dontrelle Willis’ Anxiety, and Boozer’s Thought Process

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.

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How good are the Columbus Clippers going to be? “If there were room for Trevor to play once or twice a week, he may have made the team,” said Wedge. “But we’d rather have him go out [to Columbus and] play every day. There is no downside.”  Or as assistant general manager Chris Antonetti said: “He is very close to big-league ready. We have three outfielders at Columbus [Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley and Crowe] and all three could conceivably be ready to help us this season. They all had good camps and give us real depth.” [Terry Pluto/Plain Dealer]

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Josh Barfield Makes Tribe Roster; Trevor Crowe Sent to AAA Columbus

barfieldJosh Barfield was able to prove his versatility to manager Eric Wedge and earn the final bench spot on the Tribe’s roster.  Barfield demonstrated significant progress and sufficient ability playing both the outfield and third base throughout the Cactus League season.  Wedge also cited the speed and decision making of Barfield as a pinch runner in late game situations as another advantage which worked in the 26 year old’s favor.  Barfield continued to struggle at the plate throughout the spring, hitting only .184 to date, but displayed those desirable intangible traits – effort, “grinding” ability, willingness to be a team player – that the organization and Eric Wedge cherish so much.  It is easy to admire Barfield’s attitude and versatility.  Playing time, however, will be hard to come by for Barfield in the final spot on the bench.  It will probably turn out that in fact the majority of his infrequent playing time is created as a pinch runner. [Read more...]

Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Blues (Game 76)

St. Louis Blues (36-30-9, 81pts) vs.
Columbus Blue Jackets (39-28-8, 86pts)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH
Sunday, March 29, 2009
5:00 PM EDT
FSOHIO/WWCD(fm)/WBNS(am)

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No, I haven’t lost my mind. The Jackets play the Blues *again* this afternoon in Columbus after the two teams played to a four-round shoot-out last night in St. Louis. The Jackets rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third period last night to force overtime and then ultimately lost to the Blues in the shoot-out. While there’s disappointment in losing the shootout, the rally to get back to a 3-3 tie is definitely something to build on for Columbus going into tonight’s game. St. Louis outworked the Jackets for two periods, and it took a huge hit on Rick Nash by the Blues’ TJ Oshie to seemingly get Columbus focused on the game at hand. Two goals in 90 seconds by Nash and Kristian Huselius evened the score, and then it required the shootout to decide it. The teams get about 18 hours to stew about the game before lacing the skates up once again.

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Cavs Preview Game #73 Mavericks at Cavs

cavs-mavsDallas Mavericks (43-29) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (59-13)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Sunday, March 29, 2009
1:00 PM EST
ABC/WTAM

While the Cavs appear to be a safe bet to lock up the 1 seed in the East, they do not maintain that same cushion when it comes to a precarious 1 game lead over the Lakers for home court throughout the playoffs (with a tie-breaker going to the Lakers).  The game today against Dallas could prove to be one of their tougher remaining contests in the quest to achieve home court advantage.   The Cavaliers are looking to win a franchise record 12th straight game overall and improve to 35-1 at the Q.  Dallas is coming off of a home loss to Denver on Friday night which prompted owner Mark Cuban to use a new approach to an old act – ripping the officials.  The Mavs are only 17-20 on the road this season  and will have to deal with some adversity before the ball is even tipped as starters Jason Kidd and Josh Howard are nursing injuries.  Kidd sat out the loss on Friday and announced that he will play today but Howard is still listed as questionable.  [Read more...]

U.S. Executes Improbable Comeback to Tie El Salvador

We don’t really talk soccer or futbol here much, but I happened to catch last night’s qualifier between the U.S. and El Salvador in an away match last night.  Like all games that the U.S. plays on the road, the environment is terrifying.  Think if you taught Oakland Raiders fans and the Dawg Pound how to coordinate cheers and had them both filling a stadium to root for the same team.  Now put them all in blue and have them screaming, chanting, throwing things, blowing whistles and sounding off police sirens.  That is what the U.S. faced last night in El Salvador.  Combine that with the historically well-known stories of blaring music, firecrackers, and pulled fire alarms at hotels where the U.S. team stays on road trips and you have yourself the daunting task of winning a soccer game.

To be fair, I don’t know if the U.S. had any of those excuses last night in their game against El Salvador.  I should hope that they do though, as the U.S. sleepwalked through the first three fourths of the game.  They seemed lethargic as their counterattacks fell flat and seemed toothless.  Meanwhile, El Salvador seemed to be playing at a different pace.  They were flying to the ball and clogging the midfield and counterattacking at every opportunity.  And it paid off.  They scored their first goal early in the game, and then in the 72nd minute they scored what seemed to be the icing on the cake for El Salvador.  They made the U.S. defense look silly as the left back gave up a run to the end line after getting juked out of his shorts.  A cross and a header later and the U.S. was down by two with about 17 minutes remaining plus or minus injury time.

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Williams Injury, Physical Play Highlight Another Cavs Win Over Lowly T-Wolves

Timberwolves Cavaliers BasketballCavaliers 107, Timberwolves 85 [Box]

The Cavs cruised last night to a franchise record tying 11th win in a row over an inferior 20-win Minnesota Timberwolves squad, but the contest was not without drama. During the third quarter, LeBron initiated an aggressive drive to the basket and was clothes-lined and hit in the face by Wolves 7-footer Jason Collins. LeBron’s head snapped back and the foul was ruled a flagrant one – the lesser of the two flagrant categorizations which does not require an ejection. Zydrunas Ilgauskas was issued a technical foul for a retaliatory shove of Collins and James sat down at midcourt to compose himself after the jolting foul while the officials convened to determine a ruling on the play. James was clearly upset with Collins (who had a history of questionable fouls on James) and with the officials ruling on the play. He characterized Collins’ foul as “borderline dirty” and “a little bit overboard.”

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Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Blues (Game 75)

Columbus Blue Jackets (39-28-7, 85pts)
vs. St. Louis Blues (35-30-9, 79pts)
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Saturday, March 28, 2009
8:30 PM EDT
FSOhio TV/WWCD(fm)/WBNS(am)

(Dispatch Preview / SportsDirect Preview)

With three head-to-head matchups in the final eight games, this stretch is crucial for both Columbus and St. Louis. Columbus looks to solidify their playoff standing, while St. Louis is desparate to make a playoff run, currently sitting in tenth place—only one point out of eighth. Columbus is 7-1-1 in their last nine, and is coming off a 5-0 complete and utter destruction of Calgary at Nationwide on Thursday night; the Blues are hot as well, having won three straight and six of nine. And, if tonight’s game isn’t enough, these two teams turn around and play again tomorrow night at Nationwide. Familiarity breeds contempt, eh?

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