While We’re Waiting… OSU/USC, LeBron James’ Shot Selection, and a Browns/Vikings Preview

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Welcome back, Brooks: “The city has come alive since I left. Downtown has blown up with the newish arena entertainment district and the campus’ bar scene, which flatlined in the ’90s, is now at least somewhat-representative of a school OSU’s size. But flip on radio/TV and you’ll find out in five seconds people’s priorities haven’t changed. [...] Got into the hotel room and turned on local NBC 4, and the lead story on Thursday’s night newscast was, yep, Buckeyes v. Trojans.” [SportsbyBrooks]

Given that I do all of my “photoshopping” in MS Paint, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this site regardless of rooting interest. [DatUofMPaintBlog]

Not sure I like that upsloping blue line: “Now that I’ve explored shot types at the team level, it’s time to move on to a single player. What better player to look at than the league’s MVP, LeBron James? Using the play-by-play data at BasketballValue, I will explore how James changes his style of attack as the game progresses, and whether or not he optimizes his shot selection.” [Hardwood Paroxysm]

The Cavaliers could play a regular season game in the Rowdy [Stepien Rules]

“The lesson for young athletes — specifically for Pryor — is to start emulating Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, who learned long ago not to take a stand for anything or speak up on anyone’s behalf for fear of alienating those with dissenting opinions.” [Bud Shaw/Plain Dealer]

LeBron James’ interview with NPR’s Terry Gross [Cleveland Frowns]

And finally, NLN previewing Browns/Vikings [No Logo Needed]

And a quick note: We have this here site to provide us with an outlet to discuss our passion, and provide all of you with thoughts that tend do differ from others you may find elsewhere.  But nothing we can say will ever provide enough escape from the reality that went down in New York city on this day eight years ago.  Fortunately, none of my family nor close friends were lost in the attacks.  Unfortunately, I know that this is not that case for everyone.  For all of you, I think I can safely speak for the rest of WFNY when I say that our thoughts and prayers go out to you.  I know that this day will never be easy to accept, no matter how much time passes.  But know that you are not alone in your grieving.

  • Jeremy

    Well said Scott. God Bless America, and Thanks to all the troops who have and still are defending our country!!

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    Bud Shaw is a moron. Taking no political stance whatsoever is the way to go? Making no personal statements, ever, is best for athletes? He conveniently doesn’t mention Tiger Woods backing Obama this past year, or LeBron doing the same.

    One of the most lasting images from sport of all time is Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 68 Olympics.

    I know we’ve talked a lot about the Pryor “incident” but his piece is just another pile-on piece, another example of people writing out-of-touch articles that show how old they are. Let athletes have their say. I think Steve Nash is more interesting because of how outspoken he is, regardless of his opinions. I respect the fact that he comes out and says what he feels and isn’t as worried about selling shoes as making a substantial difference in the world.

    Also, well said Scott.

  • Big Show

    The last is the best. Thanks for making a note of it today, even the pending OSU/USC game and Browns opener are having a hard time breaking through my mind especially this early in the morning when the memories seem the strongest. Let us never forget those who lost their lives on this day, and those who lost their lives since then protecting all that we hold dear.

    “A nation that forgets its heroes will itself be forgotten”

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com RockKing

    More proof that athletes are damned if they do, damned if they don’t. Tiger and MJ and LBJ all get crucified for not taking stances on issues, and then someone like Pryor takes a stance on something, and he gets crucified for it. It’s really a shame. We don’t all have to agree with Pryor’s opinions, but at least has the courage and conviction to stand up for what he believes in. I find that to be courageous and refreshing in such a politically over-correct vanilla society.

  • Big Brown

    RockKing- I don’t think that Pryor is getting crucified for supporting Vick, he is getting crucified for his idiotic comment and reasoning for his support. A lot of pro athletes have taken the same stance of support of Vick and they are fine.

  • Boomhauer

    I don’t think they can sell alcohol at the JAR, which would eliminate any chance of an NBA game there.

  • http://shakesthesnowglobe.blogspot.com EZ

    Well said Denny. I assume Shaw thinks Jim Brown should have been a little less outspoken so he could have sold more shoes? Maybe Tracy McGrady should just shut up already about Darfur? The fact that Brady Quinn spoke at that McCain rally in Strongsville that was making rounds on YouTube won’t make me root for him less.

    Pryor probably could have skipped the “everybody kills people” bit, but as for the eye black: it doesn’t matter whether or not I agree with him, it’s a stand that he should be allowed to take.

  • Isis

    Amen Scott.

  • Jay

    Lebron can take any shot he wants at any time of the game and I could care less about his shot chart. It lead him to the MVP last year, and hopefully, a Cleveland title this year.

    I could see the Cavs playing in Akron with Lebron here long term. He’ll make it happen.

    As a side note, thank you for the kind words Scott. I did in fact lose someone on 9/11. I’m not looking for sympathy at all, so please don’t offer any. The kind words that were spoken, and cherished memories help keep my cousin’s memory alive. It’s a very tough day for all involved, all Americans really, and we should remember most of all, the people they were, rather than the misery that insued on that day, and every anniversary there after. I normally won’t get political at all in any discussion, but please, wether you agree with the war, or disagree with it, just support the men and women who have sacrificed, and continue to do so, so we can live our lives and enjoy the freedoms we take for granted everyday.

    Ok, I’ll get off my soap box now. Go Browns!

  • mike

    Boomhauer – if thats the case, then they should just let the game be BYOB! :)