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While We’re Waiting… Blast From the Past, Schafering Will Work for Food and Skyenga!

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Our latest at Still WFNY- “That said, WFNY thought it would be a masochistically entertaining exercise to see just who comprised the Cavaliers roster that was led by the duo of coaches John Lucas and Keith Smart to an overall record of 17-65, and see just what each of the 14 men are doing today.” [Scott/Still WFNY]

Dwyer takes advantage of the Varejao injury to remind Cleveland he said we would stink. Thanks. “I took a ton of heat before the season for picking the Cavs to win just 12 games last July, but that assumption was based around the idea that the Cavaliers would do right by their fans and submit to a proper rebuilding project. This was a skinflint roster outside of LeBron James(notes) as it was, there was a reason he decided to take to Florida as a free agent, and the Cavs were only wasting their fans’ time by … well, what exactly were the expectations this season?” [Dwyer/Ball Don't Lie]

Somehow I don’t see Josh Cribbs asking if you’d like to supersize your value meal- “Some players are preparing to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors. No, not wearing leather helmets. Taking a second job in the offseason. “Me and my wife talked about that last night,” Schaefering said before the Browns finale. “Going out and getting into a job that can take care of part of the bills.” Once the Super Bowl ends at the beginning of next month, the NFL will enter a world of uncertainty. Free agency and trades will be on hold. Minicamps and offseason workouts will be postponed or canceled if an agreement isn’t reached. Training camp or, worst-case scenario, the 2011 season could be delayed.” [Petrak/Chronicle Online]

Interesting question, what if Cleveland had hired Rex Ryan instead of Mangini- “After Saturday’s victory against Indianapolis, Ryan has now led the Jets to three road playoff wins in two seasons. By comparison, the Browns have won two road playoff games in franchise history: the 1955 NFL Championship game against the Rams and a 1969 playoff game against Dallas. That’s it.” [Red Right 88]

Keeping track of Christian “Skyenga” and his assent up the Cavalier record book. [Stepien Rules]

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  • Jay

    I’ll never forget how excited I was when Cleveland landed Dajuan Wagner in the draft….that’s all I’ll say about that…

    It’s hard to imagine current professional athletes working second jobs in the offseason. If I’m not mistaken it was commonplace back in the day for athletes to have second jobs, but then again, they weren’t grossly overpaid like they are today. I’m hoping sometime next summer to be at Dick’s Sporting Goods and having Jake Delhomme fit me for a size 12 sneaker.

  • http://www.redright88.com Titus Pullo

    A former boss of mine grew up in Baltimore and told me a story once about, when he was a kid, remembering Johnny Unitas coming over to help put in flooring in their house.

    Can’t see current players doing that, but it would be weird to have a pro athlete show up at your house to fix the toilet or something.

  • Lyon

    Scott, love that piece on the 02 Cavs. Great stuff!

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com/ Rick

    If I had any kind of photoshop skills I would have put masks and capes on those two like a dynamic duo coming at you.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    Thanks, Lyon!

  • C-Bus Kevin

    The “Where Are They Now” article is impressive. Great job on that one!

    It amazes me to see how far some of these guys will go to continue to play pro sports. There must be a moment when you wake up in your one-room apartment in Jiangsu, China and think…

    “You know what? I think I should probably just go home and get a real job.”

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    Kevin, there’s a chapter in Will Leitch’s “God Save the Fan” that discusses this very well. These guys are programmed to do nothing but play sports their entire lives – it’s why Kordell Stewart feels that he needs to go 110 percent and floor strangers on Pros vs. Joes.

    It’s sad, really.

  • Shamrock

    I had the Cavaliers at lucky to win 30 games, man was I seeing rainbows and stars. They’ll be lucky to win 20 games. Reality can be so very cold.

  • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com Cleveland Frowns

    “Interesting question, what if Cleveland had hired Rex Ryan instead of Mangini- “After Saturday’s victory against Indianapolis, Ryan has now led the Jets to three road playoff wins in two seasons.”

    Hilarious. I’ll venture a guess that the Browns wouldn’t have won any road playoff games. I also wonder how many of those road playoff games for the Jets would have been home playoff games if they’d have kept Mangini to keep working with what he’d built there.

    The Jets were supposed to be a Super Bowl contender this year. How big of a hero is Ryan when they flame out in the Divisional round this week?

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    Pete – I agree with the first part, disagree with the second as the playoffs (specifically the second round) is chock full of ‘contenders.’

    I guess it comes down to definition of “contention,” but the eight teams that remain are all contending for the Super Bowl.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    @ Scott…on Frowns post…

    You’re right. By making the playoffs, you are, by definition ‘a contender’. The NFL playoffs aren’t like the NBA playoffs. If you make the playoffs in the NFL, you’ve got a decent shot at making a superbowl for two reasons.

    1. It’s a single-elimination tourney (not a best of 7 series)
    2. Less teams are involved.

    Any team that remains could win it all with a few bounces going their way…and that includes the Seahawks. This is why making the playoffs, no matter how you get in and at what seed, is such a big deal.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Also Scott…regarding your response to my post about the “Where Are They Now” article…

    I’ve always been facinated by the end of pro athletes’ careers. When a pro athlete “retires” somewhere in their mid 30′s (if they’ve been successful), they probably have at least 4 decades ahead of them, and all they’ve done with their life is play a child’s game.

    I really like sports, both playing and watching, but it’s JUST sports. I’d be interested to read Leitch’s book to get his views. It often disturbs me to see players crying during their Hall of Fame induction speech as they talk about the “impact” they made during their careers.

    That’s why I have to applaud guys like Robert Smith. He played for several years in the NFL, but he realized that he would need to live his life after football…and that his post football life would be better WITH two working knees, so he walked away.

    When you see a guy like Favre hang on way too long, it makes me wonder why someone like Ricky Davis would continue to try to hang on to a game that has clearly shown him the exit.

  • http://www.redright88.com Titus Pullo

    Home or road playoff wins are playoff wins. And we could use a few of them around here.

    I don’t think Ryan would have had the Browns in the playoffs this year either, but that doesn’t diminish what he’s done with the Jets, a team that has been as much of a sad-sack franchise as the Browns.

    I’m not advocating that the Browns should have hired Ryan, just having some fun on a slow day.

    Not sure how you can classify a team playing this weekend in the playoffs as not being a Super Bowl contender, however.

  • MattyFos

    If Rex Ryan would have come to the Browns and brought in Santonio Holmes, Bart Scott, kept Edwards and topped it off with Tomlinson and Taylor the Browns would be contenders.. I’m intentionally leaving Cromartie out, he’s garbage. He’s a “shut down” corner by ESPN standards because people recognize his name because he got like two pick sixes and punt TD in his career.

    ESPN Shutdown corner standard-
    Is his name recognizable (check)
    Does he play in a big market (check)

    ANYWAYS, if Rex brought talent in, unlike Mangini shipping talent out for special teamers… Then yes, we’d be a playoff team.