August 2, 2014

While We’re Waiting…DeRosa’s Trade Value, Orlando’s Bandwagon, and Dan Gilbert Speaks

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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I wonder if this has changed, now that the Braves have acquired McLouth…”DeRo, as he’s known, now plays for Cleveland, and the Indians stink. (Apologies to all my pals in that fine American city.) The Tribe, Stark reports, wants pitching, and that’s the one thing the Braves have. But Frank Wren, Stark also writes, won’t part with any of his top-tier arms, meaning a trade partner would have to settle for Kris Medlen, Jo-Jo Reyes or Charlie Morton.” Mark Bradley/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Yet another reason not to watch the NBA Finals- “You’re a new basketball fan — now that the Orlando Magic are in the NBA Finals — but you don’t want to look like a doofus in front of your friends. And the sports announcers won’t help hide your weaknesses. They only toss out terms that confuse you even more. But it’s OK. You’re not alone. Here are tips about the often-confusing sport of pro basketball. These should help you enjoy the finals and without posing questions you really don’t want to ask out loud.” Orlando Sentinel (via Deadspin)

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Reason #3056 not to gamble. “Tonight we’ll find our way out with the Twins (+105 over the Indians) (10 times). This doesn’t get any easier, folks. It’s all teed up for us. So take a moment of respect for the numbers and take a whack. Take the sting out of what’s sure to be another Tribe loss by making a play on the Third Ever Lock of the Millennium. You’ll surely thank us that you did.” [Cleveland Frowns]

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Hey, the Browns made the top five on at least one list- “2. Cleveland Browns: Derek Anderson vs. Brady Quinn. Quinn’s the early favorite, and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t win the job well before the season starts. I find it interesting, though, because of the guy who would be left on the bench. A first-round draft pick like Quinn, I expect to eventually get a chance to start. But Anderson’s not the typical veteran being pushed out. He’s also young, he’s also physically gifted, and he’s proven (if only for a short time) that he can play in the NFL.” [Shutdown Corner/ Five Most Interesting Quarterback Battles]

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Dan Gilbert addresses the public. (See, it really isn’t that hard Mr. Lerner…) “We will win a championship in Cleveland, Ohio,” vowed Gilbert, who thanked all the fans and all the Cavs and Q employees. “It will happen.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer/Cleveland.com]

  • Harv 21

    Two words: Tom Glavine.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com DP

    “[Anderson's] also young, he’s also physically gifted, and he’s proven (if only for a short time) that he can play in the NFL.”

    I get so tired of this argument. Anderson has a big arm. What as he proven in the NFL?? That, once teams figure out that he’s horribly inaccurate and can’t move, that he’s average-at-best?

  • Harv 21

    @ DP: Shhhh … what’s the matter with you? Loose lips sink trades for second round picks.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Craig

    (quietly whispering) He has proven that he can’t look off a defender before making a pass?

  • bridgecrosser

    If you bet on baseball games, you are a gambling degenerate. This is fact. I can see betting on the season over/under win totals.. I can see betting on the odds to win a division, pennant or world series. MAYBE I can see betting on some goofy All-Star Weekend stuff… But if you are betting on the daily games – call Gamblers Anonymous. SERIOUSLY.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Craig

    I know a guy… (ahem) who used to like to bet a couple games a week based on a pitching match-up. Honestly, that is a pretty good way to go. But if you are convincing yourself to bet on #5 starters on a getaway day, then yes, you are a degenerate and you should call an 800 number.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com DP

    Who you calling a degenerate?

    /Pete Rose

  • NCbuckeye

    The Orlando Sentinel article just provides one more reason to despise the bandwagon jumping fans of the state of Florida.

    At least loosing to teams like the Braves, Celtics, and Longhorns meant loosing to fan bases that were similar to Cleveland, and understood the sports that were being played.

    Having to drop championships to the Marlins, Magic, and Gators should probably be mentioned as another kick to the groin moment the next time TNT/ESPN run the Cleveland sports montages.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    @ #8 – University of Florida fans are consistent. They’re legit. Annoying as hell, yes, but they’re for realsies. The Magic and Marlins? Not so much.

  • CJG

    *Sigh*….really? If you need a guide to basketball in the Finals…ahem, seven months after the season started…you deserve to be shamed. That’s not bandwagon…that’s just dumb.

  • bridgecrosser

    I am not going to bag on the FL people too much. It’s just how things are in warm weather areas…. But really, I bet just as many people in FL now could name 5 players on the Magic as people could have named the OSU QB in AUG 2002.

  • B-bo

    My thoughts, as shared with the good readers of the Orlando Sentinel:

    What’s nice about this is that it could be adapted for whatever sport a Florida team suddenly starts succeeding in. For example, a baseball primer would be great for fans new to the Rays’ bandwagon, or for those who hop on the Marlins’ if/when they decide to buy another title then sell off the team the following offseason. Dolphins or Jags finally winning again, or perhaps the Bucs signed a ninth QB they think is “just dreamy”? NFL for Dummies! People now acknowledging USF/FAU/AEIOU exists because of one better-than-mediocre season where they are overvalued by the pollsters, or hopping on one of the Big 3 because the Messiah has returned to be their QB? College football guide! Too bad there are no hockey teams still around in that state. Wait, there are 2?! NHL primer, just in case. It’s all about helping a state full of frontrunners and professional bandwagoners seem less sad to real fans.

  • mgbode

    the sad part is they might have a parade and we will not.

  • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com Cleveland Frowns

    I object to your use of the term “gambling,” as sports wagering is no different from any other human activity in that it entails at least some amount of risk.

    Will also note that our MLB picks at Frowns are now 2-1.

  • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com Cleveland Frowns

    Thx for the link, though!

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/ Rick

    Obviously you were just a day off…

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com DP

    The only monster here is the gambling monster that has enslaved your mother! I call him Gamblor, and it’s time to snatch your mother from his neon claws!

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    “Sports wagering is no different from any other human activity”

    Are you sure you want me to start listing human activities sir?

  • B-bo

    “I’ll bet you twenty bucks I can get you gambling before the end of the day!”

    “No way!”

    “I’ll give you three to one odds.”

    “No. ”

    “Five to one.”

    “No.”

    “Ten to one?”

    “You’re on!”

    “I’m gonna get ya! I don’t know how, but I’m gonna get ya”

  • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com Cleveland Frowns

    If you can make a list of human activities that don’t involve at least some amount of risk, I will be impressed.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    Base jumping. I WIN!

  • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com Cleveland Frowns

    R.I.P. Franz Reichelt

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASE_jumping

    “In 1912, Franz Reichelt, tailor, jumped from the first deck of the Eiffel Tower testing his invention, the coat parachute. He died. It was his first ever attempt with the parachute and he had told the authorities in advance he would test it first with a dummy.”

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    R.I.P. Being oblivious

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcasm

    “Sarcasm is a form of irony that is bitter or cutting, being intended to taunt its target.”

  • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com Cleveland Frowns

    Believe it or not, Denny, I understood that you were joking about base jumping, and thought that the remarkable fact about Mr. Reichelt from Wikipedia served to amplify the humor.

    Did not understand, though, that you intended to taunt me with your joke, so thanks for clarifying . . . I guess.

    And you do raise an issue that might be applicable to how serious we are when we write a post about a “lock” sports wager that’s based on “Magic Numbers,” so I guess we’ve come full circle.

    All in good fun.

  • Lars

    I don’t even know where to put this… I just wanted to vent because OF COURSE the Magic went ice cold now that the Cleveland series is over.

    I’m sick of hearing Cowherd and co. rant and rave about how far away Cleveland is yet fail to mention that 2 losses came down to missed shots at the buzzer despite the Magic shooting out of their blippin minds.

  • MaimLarry

    I told my friend after the ECF that the Magic would get swept in four. Looking so far like I made the right choice there.