While We’re Waiting…Harrison Ready, Shaq Backs the Refs (and tweets!), Examining Tribe Scouting

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Jerome Harrison

The Browns final injury report heading into this week’s game against Denver includes all three running backs although Jerome Harrison looks like he will be ready to go: “Last week against the Minnesota Vikings, RB Jerome Harrison was inactive, presumably because he was not fully recovered from the injuries that hindered him in the preseason. Harrison returned to full participation in practice Friday, and should be available for this Sunday’s contest against the Denver Broncos. Will any of the other running backs be ready though?” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]

The Broncos’ Stark County raised coach has dealt with rough patches in his football career well before he arrived in Denver: “Enough McKinley supporters were hard-line against Thom to make things tense, even before Josh was a pint-sized sophomore, and Thom decided to play him on the varsity.  That’s the prequel to the Canton story that has become NFL mainstream now that Josh is the young head coach of the Denver Broncos.  Every Bronco fan knows one McKinley fact — even Browns kicker Phil Dawson was talking about it Wednesday. Namely: McDaniels missed a point-after kick in the 100th McKinley-Massillon game, but took it like a man and quarterbacked McKinley to a win against Massillon in No. 101, in the playoffs.” [Steve Doerschuk/Canton Rep]

Shaq is coming to the defense of NBA referees and lobbying for the league to end the labor dispute: “Cleveland center Shaquille O’Neal — with his four championship rings — threw his considerable weight Friday morning behind the NBA referees union, which is facing a possible lockout after the latest contract negotiations with the league broke down.  O’Neal said Friday that he was surprised and disappointed the league was asking the officials to make significant concessions and take reductions in their pension benefits.” [Tim Povtak/Fanhouse]

Buckeyes will be taking over the Warehouse District and the lakefront today.  A separate thread is forthcoming but here is a solid preview of the Toledo game: “This is the Buckeyes’ 16th trip to Cleveland to play a game, and they have not fared well by the lake, going 8-6-1 in those contests. Don’t put too much stock into those numbers though, as OSU has not played in Cleveland since 1991 when they took on Northwestern in Municipal Stadium. The game should be a great experience for players on both teams as surely they have had aspirations to one day play in the venue as a member of the National Football League.  The Buckeyes certainly have a lot to prove going into the game after sputtering on the offensive end early in the season. Toledo is going to do everything they can to pull an upset special this weekend and put a small dent into Ohio State’s 25-1 record against MAC opponents.” [Alex/Eleven Warriors]

Taking a look at John Mirabelli and the Tribe Scouting department as another lost season comes to a close: “The Cleveland Indians hired John Mirabelli as Director of Scouting in the fall of 1999.  Mirabelli was promoted to Assistant General Manager/ Director of Scouting prior to the 2002 season and signed a contract extension in May 2007 that takes him through 2010.  Later that year he took on an ‘expanded role in the procurement of amateur and professional talent, both in the United States and abroad’ while Brad Grant assumed responsibility for overseeing all elements of the amateur draft.  The Indians have had many young players succeed during this time, though many have been plucked from other organizations.  After the disasters of the previous two years, is it time to fire John Mirabelli and the scouts?” [TribeJay/Let’s Go Tribe]

As the Tribe plays a meaningless series in Oakland, the Twins are making a serious attempt at catching the struggling Tigers who might choke away our woeful division: “Since Monday, when Minnesota declared star cleanup hitter Justin Morneau out for the season because of a stress fracture in his lower back, the Twins have made up 2 1/2 games on the Tigers to turn the AL Central into a race.” [Ed Price/Fanhouse]

In case you are not one of Shaq’s approx. 2.3 million twitter followers, the center shot off this last night which definitely has to get the blood flowing if you are ready for hoops: “ill b there n 4 days lebron, its on.” I know it is just off the court chatter but after a frustrating Tribe season and perhaps the start of another maddening Browns season, you have to be excited for camp to start.

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  • Big TC

    I was there for Massilon vs. McKinley #101; I was too young to remember any details from the game itself, other than the fact that McKinley won. But I *do* remember vividly the standing-room-only crowd at the Rubber Bowl. There had to be at least 50,000 people there.

  • brwnsgrl

    Maybe Mangini is just going to list everyone on the IR now…you know, just in case ;)