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One of the best scouts in the game discusses the AFC North draft:”Theoretically, you could look at it this way — they ended up with Richardson and Weeden instead of Ryan Tannehill and Doug Martin. And I think Richardson/Weeden is the better combination … in fact, I don’t think, I know. Richardson, we don’t need to discuss … I thought he was the best player in this draft. Weeden has some concerns. He was the best pure pocket passer in this draft, but he’s got meaningful and troublesome issues with pressure. That’s a serious red flag when you transition to the NFL.” [Greg Cosell on The Shutdown Corner]
Post-spring Big Ten power rankings have Bucks at No. 5: “Ohio State: There were few dull moments in Ohio State’s first spring under Urban Meyer, who began installing an offense unlike any seen in Columbus. After resembling a “clown show” early on, the offense made strides and quarterback Braxton Miller looks like a strong fit for the system. An improved defense, led by linemen John Simon and Johnathan Hankins, should buy the offense some time to get acclimated.” [B1G 10 Blog/Adam Rittenberg]
Reliving the ‘Best Summer Ever':”When they made the trade for Hill midseason, the Indians had basically clinched the Central Division. They had one month in mind when they made that trade, and Hill certainly did not disappoint in October. Hill’s biggest contribution to the Indians came in game four of the American League Championship Series in Cleveland against the Seattle Mariners.
Entering game four, the unthinkable was happening as the juggernaut Indians were trailing in the series two games to one. Seattle rookie Bob Wolcott had bested Indian ace Dennis Martinez in game one, and Mariner Jay Buhner had blasted a three-run bomb off of Indian Eric Plunk in extra innings of game three that gave Seattle the victory. The Indians needed a strong start from their newest member of the team, and Hill responded brilliantly.” [Steve Eby/DidTheTribeWinLastNight?]
Keeping things in perspective : “I even received two emails wishing Randy Lerner owned the Tribe, because he has money. Yes, Lerner spends, but he has yet to come close to finding a way for the Browns to even be competitive most seasons. In the last four years, they haven’t won more than five games in a season.That would be like the Tribe losing 100 games each year. On the ownership front, Lerner has more to prove than the Dolans. His team is in a league where it is easiest for a Cleveland franchise to win a title. Green Bay, New Orleans and Indianapolis have won Super Bowls, and those cities aren’t large enough for a baseball team.” [Terry Pluto/Plain Dealer]
A lengthy Q&A with Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti, assessing the Tribe 40 games into the 2012 season. [Jordan Bastian/Major League Bastian]