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A cruel look back at how the year began: “The day started out great; after all, it was Opening Day, and the built-in optimism of the day was reinforced when Justin Masterson began to dominate a good Toronto offense. Justin combined strikeouts with economical pitching, and if the game had taken place in June, he probably would have finished the game off.” [Ryan/Let’s Go Tribe]
Big-picture update of the lottery, with some details about the Cavs: “But one team has sunk like a plutonium bowling ball: the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs have now lost nine straight (a couple of them without Kyrie Irving) and have moved from No. 8 in the Reverse NBA Standings to No. 4. In two weeks!” [Tom Ziller/SB Nation]
Presenting opposite views of the Browns’ draft strategy: “Cleveland could go in multiple directions. Going on the defensive side of the ball with a cornerback like Morris Claiborne wouldn’t be a horrible decision. They could pair Claiborne with Joe Haden and a nice pairing in their secondary for years. It’s always been said that you can’t have too many talented cornerbacks in this league. That sentiment has been magnified in recent years with the increase of a pass first mentality in the NFL.” [Jayson Braddock/Opposing Views]
Making final conclusions for the draft strategy: “Usually by late September or mid October, the opinion of the Browns staff is no longer my opinion. In April, though, those guys rule. I mean, literally. So I am along for the ride. But my tape study of Mayock, Casserly, Mike Lombardi and countless others, along with my superficial knowledge of the Cleveland Browns and NFL football, has led me to one very specific indisputable position: First of all, I might be wrong. Secondly (okay, that’s two specific things), the Browns should draft Trent Richardson.” [Brian Tarcy/Orange & Brown Report]
And Colt McCoy might have gotten a high school in trouble recently: “Now, his trip to an Illinois high school has gotten the school investigated for having an illegal practice session. Specifically, McCoy visited Sacred Heart-Griffin high school in Springfield, and ultimately threw some passes to some of the students. That the prompted Illinois High School Administration to investigate whether the school conducted an unauthorized football practice.” [Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk]
Here’s the latest from the battle field of Urban Meyer’s recruiting war: “Last weekend marked the first of many busy weekends ahead for OSU recruiting, as the staff saw a number of talented visitors come to town during a stretch from Friday to Tuesday. The results were great after the weekend concluded as the Bucks picked up two new commitments, as well as made some solid ground with a number of other prospects.” [Alex Gleitman/Eleven Warriors]
A neat little Q-and-A with Nicole Meyer, Urban’s daughter, including this response about moments: “‘Hmm . . . the loss to Alabama in the SEC championship in 2009 was the hardest because I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that people were so critical of a season that won 13 games. It didn’t make sense to me why that wasn’t good enough.'” [Michael Chung/The Silver Bullet]
Jacob Rosen is a long-time contributor to WaitingForNextYear. He's also a writer online at SportsAnalyticsBlog and Nylon Calculus . An Akron native, Jacob is a current MBA student at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. You can follow him on Twitter @WFNYJacob or e-mail him at udjrosen(at)gmail(dot)com.