While We’re Waiting… Browns Lose, Bad NBA Contracts, Heisman Favorites

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Is this the end of any QB controversy? “There is no doubt that Delhomme is the right man for the job, the field general the Browns have been lacking since the days of . . . oh, maybe Bernie Kosar. A rudderless ship since 1999, the Browns have finally found their on-field anchor.” [Marla Ridenour/Akron Beacon Journal]

Talking about last night’s standout: “Hillis looked impressive each time he touched the ball, making strong runs but also a particularly impressive catch on a third-down play. He has received less attention this off-season than running backs Jerome Harrison and Montario Hardesty, but with Hardesty’s injury and Hillis’ play on the field, it’s going to be difficult for him to stay in the shadows much longer.” [Steve DiMatteo/Dawg Pound Daily]

Some conflict going on in the Browns front office has led to this: “Jim Brown, arguably the greatest Browns player of all time, does not plan to participate in the club’s inaugural Ring of Honor ceremony at the home opener Sept. 19.” [Tony Grossi/Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Detailing the NBA’s biggest wastes of money with Cleveland’s old tandem of Shaquille O’Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas on the list: “Injuries. Injuries. Injuries. It’s incredibly difficult to project how players will perform six years into the future. But it’s even harder to foresee how injuries will plague their career down the line.” [Tom Haberstroh/Hardwood Paroxysm]

Previewing the 2010 Heisman Trophy race (spoiler: Terrelle Pryor’s there): “Thus, while Ingram surely will be considered the best bet to capture another Heisman and join Ohio State’s Griffin as the only two-time winner, don’t count out anybody. Especially don’t count out sophomores. Each of the past three winners was a second-year player.” [Olin Buchanan/Rivals.com]

Breaking down Saturday’s Buckeyes scrimmage: “All of the RBs had some terrific plays both on the ground and in the receiving game today. Boom Herron is still living up to his name and laying the wood on defenders, including on a 19 yard run up the gut taken from Pryor under center and a nice screen pass later on. Saine had a few nice catches as well, but the two guys who really stood out were Jaamal Berry and Jordan Hall.” [Johnny/Eleven Warriors]

Talking about how the Indians spent a near record amount: “The Indians spent $9,381,500 to sign 27 of the 50 players they selected in the June draft this year. If it’s not the most they’ve ever spent on a draft, it’s close. They are not the only foundering small- to midmarket team to spend big money on amateur players.” [Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer]

And let’s end today with a nice feature on the Tribe’s third round pick from 2009, Joe Gardner: “Gardner, 22, is having about as big a season a pitcher can have and has burst onto the prospect scene for the Indians. As a 3rd round pick out of UC Santa Barbara last year, he certainly came with the draft pedigree considering where he was taken, but his performance to date and how well he has adapted professionally was not expected, at least to this degree.” [Tony Lastoria/Indians Prospect Insider]

(Photo above via Mark Duncan, Associated Press)

  • MrCleaveland

    1. Terry Robiskie = Roger Dorn: “What did you expect me to do? DIVE for it?”

    Or is that too harsh?

    2. Umpires rub up the baseballs to take the sheen off them, so why can’t refs rub up the footballs so that they’re not slick?

    3. C’mon, Big Jim, man up. You had a really sweet deal while it lasted, so be grateful rather than bitter. Besides, the ring of honor isn’t for the front office, it’s for the fans.

  • Bridgecrosser

    Terry Robiskie has been retired for 40 years or so. I wouldnt expect him to dive.

  • Bridgecrosser

    RE: The Tribe’s draft. Do not be fooled by the signings. This year there was a high level of signings and tons of players went over their slotted price. The winners were players and agents. Teams are so paranoid about free agency they are now seeing market forces spiral up for the amateur draft.

    Yes, I like Bud Grant’s work to date and I like they signed the players vs. not adding talent into the pipeline. However most teams did the same thing. The efforts of the organization should only be lauded by the MLB production or trade value, not for being able to actually sign draftees.