What do you do with those little pieces of news and information that really don’t warrant a full blown post? You bundle ‘em. I give you my Cleveland Sports Quick Hitters for the week-
- Josh Cribbs is in the local news again, for comments about being sick of losing after the Cincinnati game. This is of course the second time this season he’s made comments like this. Despite the coach saying yesterday he has no beef with Josh, sports radio types want to hang Cribbs out to dry for causing chaos in the locker room.
My take: You can’t have it both ways. You can’t want a guy to be honest and feel the same as the fans do, and then call him out for expressing that same opinion. Cribbs has built up a tremendous amount of respect around here for being a guy willing to do whatever it takes to win games. He gets the benefit of the doubt here.
- Scott Fujita needs surgery on his hand, and was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said Maiava will likely start, and that he believes Maiava has a chance to be a starter down the road in this defense.
My take: Of course he said Maiava has a chance to start down the road. He has to show confidence in the player. If Maiava is your starter going into next season, then we haven’t solved the LB issues.
- NBA free agency is upon us. Several outlets have posted their top free agent lists. Teams can’t officially sign players yet, but they can talk, meaning unofficial deals can be struck.
My take: Wow. What a lack-luster group. The top free agents are Nene, Tyson Chandler and David West? Aren’t these guys we were rumored to be looking at the last couple of years and nobody seemed too excited about? (Ok, I wanted Tyson Chandler when we failed to trade for Shaq or Amare.) The number 9 free agent is really Tayshaun Prince? The Cavs don’t have the cap room to go after any of these guys. Thank goodness. Hey owners- do yourselves a favor and don’t overpay these guys this time around. You can’t sign Nene to a $48 million dollar deal and then amnesty him next year. Think.
- The Indians announced that Mike Sarbaugh will return to coach the Columbus Clippers this season.
My take: This is great news for the Tribe. All he’s done is take the Clippers to back-to-back AAA National Championships. That’s all. With a roster that changes like the wind with call-ups and Luis Valbuena. Truth be told, I thought he’d get a spot in someone’s major league organization. He deserves a shot. Hey Indians- you better find a spot for him with the big league club next season.
- Local media poke fun of the LeBron James/Kevin Durant flag football game, but cover and live-tweet it all the same.
My take: I’m sorry, we don’t cover the Heat or Thunder.
- Jason Kipnis and Chen-Chang Lee were named Cleveland’s minor league players of the year.
My take: Kipnis claims his second Lou Boudreau award given to the organization’s top minor league position player. The other two Indians to win the award twice? Jim Thome and Victor Martinez. Good omen for the kid’s future. At least that he should be a player, not the whole leaving Cleveland part. He does have the fan favorite thing going for him as well. (The award began in 1990.)
-Braxton Miller won the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year award.
My take: Of course he did. Was there even another candidate? Michigan’s Brady Hoke was named Coach of the Year. Jim Tressel won at least 5 coach of the year awards from institutions not named The Big Ten. This is sad.