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Making the case for LaMichael James- “Every time I watch LaMichael James, I keep seeing one guy over and over. It’s Brian Westbrook. A guy who can run between the tackles well enough, but can catch the ball, and is a complete mis-match in the open field. In Westbrook’s best season, he stacked up 90 catches that season. I know Shurmur had some success with Steven Jackson, a guy who I actually think compares quite well with Trent Richardson, but I think the Eagles were at their best with Westbrook, and the last two seasons with LeSean McCoy. But after the usage of Peyton Hillis last season, and the success we had with Chris Ogbonnaya, I think this coaching staff is more comfortable with a smaller, more versatile Running Back, like a McCoy or Westbrook.” [Dawgs by Nature]
“Anyone who criticizes closer Chris Perez for his latest outing wasn’t paying attention. Yes, CP gave up a leadoff single in the ninth, but then he created a flyout off the bat of Colby Rasmus and induced a would-be game-ending doubleplay grounder from Ben Francisco. Had shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera not booted that ball, Perez would not have thrown another pitch. And, to CP’s credit, he didn’t let the error derail his outing. He struck out Yunel Escobar, walked Kelly Johnson and got Jose Bautista to flyout to end the game with the bases loaded. That was a well-earned save after some unnecessary drama created by an unfortunate error.” [Bastian/MLB.com]
“How many NBA players participated in this game? Insane athlete and terrible basketball player Gerald Green posted 32 points. As much as I would like to be happy about Alonzo Gee’s 22 or Lester Hudson’s 26, it’s hard to take much away from a game involving so many scrubs. Here’s the emblematic stat line of the game: Donald Sloan dropped 14 assists, wasn’t totally destroyed by Deron Williams, and was 3-for-13 from the field. What the hell am I supposed to do with that information?” [McGowan/Cavs the Blog]
Not Cleveland related, but a good read on Tiger Woods at Grantland- “Even now, after all the tumult of the past two and a half years, we are engaged in the same push and pull between the ordinary (sex) and the extraordinary (golf), between the believer (he can break Nicklaus’s record) and the cynic (his opportunity has passed), between the real (what we see) and the manufactured (what we imagine we see). The only difference is that we are all a little older now.” [Weinreb/Grantland]
Finally, the new Marlins park may have a ridiculous home run sculpture, but it does have a bobblehead museum- complete with figurines from every MLB team. About 1000 in the collection. Good idea. [Kaduk/Big League Stew]