While We’re Waiting… Browns in South Beach, Cribbs on LeBron, Mangini’s Safety

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Breaking down the positions in the South Beach rematch: “The Cleveland Browns face two big questions when they take on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday: Will Jake Delhomme throw another pick six? Will the defense go for the tackle instead of the strip?” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]

Thoughts from a true Northeast Ohio sports star on LeBron James and facing a Miami team: “Cribbs, 27, is roughly the age of LeBron James, who will turn 26 this month. James called it a day in Cleveland at a young age, and when he came back in another uniform, Cribbs was there to see it.” [Steve Doerschuk/Canton Repository]

Previewing the rest of the stories and news from behind the scenes with the Browns, and at least one solid prediction here: “If past games are any indication, a pick-six, or some facsimile there of, will happen to the Browns on Sunday, as they travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins at 1 p.m. Why? Colt McCoy is not playing.” [Don Delco/The OBR]

Some wise words from the sage of sports in Cleveland: “I did several national talk shows this week on LeBron James, but several questions on Cleveland sports dealt with these themes: “Is Eric Mangini’s job on the line?” The answer is — of course. Any coaching coming off a 5-11 season with a new front office that includes an established coach as president means the current coach has to produce.” [Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Harsh words from a Cleveland sports writer, but is this really that big of a news story? I’m still not convinced at all: “People went to see an intensely competitive basketball game. And a Times Square VJ-Day Day embrace broke out. Nice. The really scary thought is the Cavs believe they did offer resistance to James. Gibson says his words jeopardized his friendship with James. Wow.” [Bud Shaw/Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Byron Scott has only been in Cleveland for six months, but he has already mastered the popular local art of understatement: “‘We played like the word that starts with an s and ends with a t,’ Scott said. ‘It’s only four letters. That’s the bottom line. On both ends of the floor, that’s how we played.'” [Mary Schmitt Boyer/Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Enough said: “The Minnesota Timberwolves set a franchise record for three-pointers when they went 18-26 from beyond the arc against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have lost their last three games by an average of 27 points.” [John Krolik/Cavs: The Blog]

Two days old, but a nice story on former OSU back Tyler Whaley and his playoff perspective: “The amazing: Ohio State jumped from No.7 back to No.1 as a series of upsets unfolded in the final two weeks of the season, propelling the Buckeyes into the title game against LSU. The more incredible: Whaley still wanted a playoff.” [Rob Oller/Columbus Dispatch]

Some more updated chatter on the third base position for the Tribe. Includes some Jack Hannahan discussion as well. [T.J. Zuppe/ESPN Cleveland]

Beautiful 90s reference here: “Prediction for Indians Winter Meetings: Indians will kick tires on NRI’s, fans will complain, Danny Graves may be involved.” [Let’s Go Tribe/Twitter]

Appears that the Indians made a few more minor moves in signing relievers Joe Smith and Jensen Lewis to avoid arbitration. [Ed Caroll/Deep Left Field]

Photo above via AP Photo/Amy Sancetta

  • Chris

    Cribbs was saying in that article that he wants to finish his career here and that he loves how sports hungry this city is.

    That’s nice to hear after feeling abandoned by pretty much the entire cavs roster.

  • Shamrock

    @1 not to be skeptical or anything but Cribbs also got paid after he took his ball and went home. The fans supported the guy to a degree I thought was absurd I mean almost LeBron like so don’t be surprised if you all get bitten in the end, literally. Also Cribbs talks quite alot especially to the media about everything other football. Reporters drink it up like Kool Aid.

  • Chris

    I’m just as skeptical as you, it’s just nice to hear an athlete say nice things about the city.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I just like it when people literally use the word ‘literally’ incorrectly.

    We’re literally going to be bitten? Nice…

  • humboldt

    It would be difficult for Cribbs to personally bite all Cleveland fans if he signs with another team, but I wouldn’t put it past him

  • Chris

    now that just sounds unsanitary, figuratively speaking of course.

  • humboldt

    @Chris – well, there would be guaranteed staph infections in any Browns-related endeavor. That’s just a given

  • MrCleaveland


    Another one: announcers who think “mano a mano” means “man to man.” It means “hand to hand.” Literally.

    BTW, don’t you love LeBron’s quote that he’ll “just continue the greatness for myself in Miami”? Outstanding quote!