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Sitting down with The Pres: “Holmgren is a rarity in the NFL: Ask a question and he’ll answer. If he can’t, he’ll simply admit it. Monday, the new Browns president addressed many issues, among them his and the Browns’ thinking about quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen (thumbs neither up nor down) and Sam Bradford (thumbs up) as the draft approaches.
He also discussed his thought process in keeping Eric Mangini as coach after a 5-11 season, his thinking in trading Brady Quinn and his approach to changing 11 years of losing in Cleveland. He even related a story about being challenged by a fan who was not thrilled the Browns had traded Quinn, and conceded season-ticket and suite sales are not what the team would want.” [Pat McManamon/FanHouse]
As rumors continue to swirl about The King possibly chasing endorsement money in New York once free agency starts, it’s perhaps a good time to talk about the future of Business LeBron. It’s already abundantly clear that LeBron doesn’t need to chase anything, let alone the money. People come to LeBron. Playing in Cleveland, LeBron’s already one of the highest paid athletes in the world, raking in $40 million last year. On Forbes list of highest earners, James was sixth, behind only David Beckham, Kimi Raikkonen, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods.
Anyone still clinging to the notion that zip codes will determine how much cash LeBron can amass hasn’t been paying attention to how #23 has gone about his business off the court.” ['64 and Counting LeBron's Money]
Dawgs by Nature has rolled out their annual big board for fan voting [Dawgs by Nature]
Awaiting Z’s Return: “For Cavs fans who remember the 1996 draft of Vitaly Potopenko and Ilgauskas, fans who remember when Shawn Kemp showed up looking like the man who ate Richfield on his way to Quicken Loans Arena — the return of Ilgauskas will be special.
He’s the one Cavalier who wore a Cleveland uniform when LeBron James was dunking at St. Vincent-St. Mary.
He’s the first player courted by Danny Ferry after Ferry was hired as general manager in 2005, the two having dinner on the night Ferry started.
And he’s the first player hugged by James after the Cavaliers knocked off Detroit to win the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.” [Terry Pluto]
Previewing this weekend.. “If the basketball gods have their way, Ohio State’s leads should be early and plentiful to the point where we’re not subjected ad nauseam to a pep band’s rousing rendition of [Rocky Top] at every stoppage point in the game. Vegas has the Bucks slotted in as early 5 points favorites which makes the odds of that being a reality that much better.” [Eleven Warriors]
And finally, great news. I’ve officially been named as one of the two finalists for the Fox Sports Ohio blogger tournament. Thank you all very, very much for your help to this point. It’s the home stretch and I trust that we can take it… More details will follow.
(AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)