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Cavalier fans should be sensitive to the plight of Sacramento fans- “Several hours after the Cavaliers concluded their season and graced the legendary Joe Tait with a farewell victory, I tuned into some of the other season finales. Some fan bases eagerly await the first round of the playoffs and others show their utmost appreciation for their players in the midst of a disappointing season. No matter how each team ends their 2010-11 season, fans will hold a similar sentiment, one that provides hope and allows their passion to be perpetuated. There’s always next year.
For the supporters of the Sacramento Kings this may not be the case. As I glanced at the score tracker on my computer screen I was unsurprised to see the Los Angeles Lakers beating up on the Kings late in the game. Nevertheless, I turned on the game to watch what many figure to be the last game played in Sacramento before the team relocates to Anaheim. I don’t know any Kings fans personally, nor do I have any connection to the franchise, whatsoever. Regardless, the events I witnessed on April 13, 2011 will forever be engrained in my mind.” [Kaczmarek/Hardwood Parxysm]
Counting down Browns’ draft busts. #2 Brady Quinn?- “I don’t think many people can go back and blame the Browns front office for making this deal. They had already drafted Joe Thomas with the third overall pick in the draft, and the talk of the first round was that Brady Quinn was quickly falling. Cleveland gave up their first-round pick for the following year (and their second rounder in 2007) to move up to No. 22 overall, but that did not seem to matter at the time as it seemed like we got our quarterback of the future one year early.” [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]
Tribe and Orioles starting tonight- “The same rationale might be applicable to the 2011 Cleveland Indians. People in these parts are actually buzzing — in understandably cautious tones, of course — about the Tribe. It’s a phenomenon brought on by the club’s unexpected 8-4 record. With sound fundamentals (save for a few unsightly moments in an extra-innings loss to the Angels on Wednesday night), stellar starting pitching, a lockdown bullpen and timely hitting, the Indians are off to a “Gold”-like start to the season. Furthermore, the purported “big three” of the American League Central — the White Sox, Twins and Tigers — haven’t quite lived up to the hype.
All this has led to the Indians entering their weekend homestand against the Orioles on top of a division in which their preseason outlook was deemed by many (myself included) to be, as I wrote a few weeks back, “cloudy with a chance of fourth place.” [CastroTurf]
This entire comparison is invalid. The one thing that makes Braylon, well Braylon is his unbelievable stone hands- “A.J. Green, WR Georgia = Braylon Edwards, New York Jets. This may make some Browns’ fans cringe, but the Georgia product is very similar to the team’s former No. 3 overall selection, Edwards. Only, Green has consistent hands. The two are identically the same size. Both are 4.5 40-yard dash receivers with a knack to get open. Both can make the spectacular catch with ease. In college, both came out of pro systems and, at times, carried their offenses.” [Sobleski/OBR]
Good news on last year’s #1 draft pick- “High-A Kinston left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz has had about as perfect a professional debut as a pitcher can have. He has been nearly flawless on the mound allowing no earned runs and just three hits and two walks in 11 innings while blowing away 17 hitters for strikeouts. He has had two no decisions, but a lot of that is due to some poor run support and an 80-pitch count which has prevented him from being able to finish six full innings in either start.
In his debut in the Kinston season opener last Friday, Pomeranz threw 5.1 two-hit, shutout innings with no walks and nine strikeouts. He relied heavily on a low 90s fastball in the initial outing where he threw just a few curveballs and only one changeup all game. In his follow up outing yesterday he was excellent once again going 5.2 innings allowing one hit, an unearned run, two walks and eight strikeouts. This time he had a much more balanced pitch mix where he mixed in his plus curveball a lot more and featured his developing changeup a lot more.” [Lastoria/Indians Prospect Insider]