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.
The Brazilian Backhand? “Anderson Varejao has added a new trick to his game this season — well, at least new to his NBA game — and it is fast becoming a surprising weapon for the Cavaliers.Varejao uses a backdoor cut and will actually catch an entry pass, usually from LeBron James, when he’s under the backboard and behind the defense. Then, sort of like a backward layup, he has nearly perfected kissing the ball off the glass with just the right sidespin from what would seem like an impossible angle.” [Brian Windhorst/Plain Dealer]
Get in my pins-striped belly: “We all know that Cliff Lee will take the mound on April 6 against the Texas Rangers and Kevin Millwood on Opening Day. The home opener will see Scott Lewis on the bump for the Wahoos, and… well, I don’t have time to figure out who’ll be pitching for Toronto. The big news today is that on April 16, when the Indians travel to New York for the official home opener at new Yankee Stadium, a very familiar, and very rotund foe will be waiting for them.” [Vince Grzegorek/'64 and Counting]
Man, I hope that Progressive Field follows suit: “It might seem just like a fast-food restaurant when you walk into Great American Ball Park for a Reds game this season. The Cincinnati Reds’ concessionaire is launching a value menu, offering a few food and drink items for a dollar. “We realize the need to create more value,” said Don Dierig, general manager for Sportservice at Great American.” [Shyster/Hardball Times]
Have a take and don’t suck: “I like [Ryan] Garko. I think he’s funny, and its kinda funny he text messages [Jim] Rome. It is also funny that he was rolling with ‘Benny’ Francisco at the time, and I laugh at the picture of those two guys huddled up like school kids snickering as they busted out a ‘prank text’ to Jim Rome. I would like Garko more though, if he hit 30 homers, drove in 100 runs, and batted .300 this year.” [Shaver Sports]
And finally, some solid NBA MVP talk for the kids…
“I’ll leave you with a quick microcosm: During their current 9-game winning streak, the Cavs have entered 4 fourth quarters trailing and had one other overtime game. Within those games, LeBron: