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I’m not too big on Mr. Kolb either. There is one area where Kolb would fit in with the Browns, however, as the Cardinals went from Week 2 until Week 17 without scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. Arizona scored on its opening drive in Week 1 and on a 37-yard drive in Week 2, then went dry in the first quarter until the final week of the season, according to azcardinals.com. The team only scored 36 first-quarter points all season.
Sound familiar, Browns fans?
There is also the very real possibility that the fifth-year quarterback from Houston just isn’t that good. Kolb completed 57 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions this year – and that was with throwing to Larry Fitzgerald. (We just checked the roster and the Browns don’t have Larry Fitzgerald).
Plus you have to wonder why the Eagles decided to give $40 million in guaranteed money to a quarterback, Michael Vick, who has only played a full season once in his NFL career rather than keep a quarterback they nurtured on their roster for four years.
If Kolb is released – again, a big if – and the Browns want to take a look at him on a one-year, very team friendly contract, that may not be all that bad if they think he is a talented quarterback worth looking at.
But if they are only looking at him because he played with the Eagles then they’ve lost us. [Thomas Moore/The Cleveland Fan]
Nothing like overreacting to a few regular seasons losses, eh? You better believe James is desperate to exorcize rapidly multiplying demons, because every day there’s fresh evidence — short-armed perimeter springers and voided off-balance head shots — his career might turn out to be an open-and-shut-championship-less case.
We all know LeBron is one of the NBA’s all-time greatest players, but you have to ask yourself what is going on in his head.
Has there ever been a superstar who struggled like this from near, mid-range and afar in the heart of regular-season games, much less when a playoff series of a title is up for grabs?
At this point, is there really any uncertainty James is uneasy, if not consciously fearful, about taking meaningful shots? More than a few neutral observers are convinced he chose to play for the Heat in order to dominate the first and third quarters and, if need be, Wade would be there to take over the fourth.
I do not endorse that indictment. I’m not going there yet, not to that extreme, anyway. Nevertheless, as of Wednesday night, I am seriously questioning LeBron’s mental toughness. [Peter Vecsey/NY Post]
I’m all for electing each era’s best players, warts and all. My problem with the BBWAA is that, as a body, it’s OK with electing a guy like Barry Larkin but not the stars that did all the heavy lifting to get baseball back into the public’s consciousness after the 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an argument against Larkin. Only looking at stats, Larkin is on the bottom end of what I’d want in a Hall of Famer. But 3 Gold Gloves, 12 All-Star games – 5 as a starter, a Roberto Clemente and Lou Gehrig, an NL MVP, and a 19 year career with one organization certainly tip the scales.
This is an argument for using all of those reasons that Larkin was elected as reasons to elect McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds. After baseball’s stagnant comeback from the 1994-95 strike, there was no doubting that the sport needed an injection of energy and a new group of household names in order to survive in a fickle sports entertainment world. The mid-90s marked the beginning of my high school life, and I clearly remember my age group only paying attention to the NBA and professional wrestling when it came to sports. Clearly, professional wrestling wasn’t pulling down MLB ratings or attendance, but the fact that many people my age didn’t care about baseball at all was a troubling signal for the sport. [Josh Flagner/Yahoo]
I love this Cavs squad and I’m not rooting for losses but… playoffs? Winter seems finally to be approaching (and none too soon, as there’s supposed to be an ice hockey game at the local ballfield this weekend, and last time I checked, ice was needed for that.) Christmas may be long gone, but I know that poem has something about kerchiefs and caps and long winter’s naps, and dreams of point guards running through their heads.
Or something. But that’s what I’ll be thinking about, Kyrie Irving led the Cavs to a huge win Thursday during a very tough road trip, in Phoenix. This team is nothing like last year’s. At least not like last January’s.
Opinions differ here at CST on what is the best outcome to the season for the young Cavs. And I sure as hell don’t know. But I’m rooting for the playoffs. [Brian/Cleveland Sports Torture]