While We’re Waiting… Olympics as Reality TV, about those new Browns’ owners, and the Tribe in a trade holding pattern

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I wasn’t planning on watching the opening ceremony last night, until people started talking about it on twitter. I was surprised at how enthralled I was whole thing. “Every Olympiad, some highfalutin, futurist, whizbang, intellectual media “critic” claims that this — this — is the year that NBC won’t be able to get away with tape-delaying events, that we’re a wired culture now, that people consume too large a portion of their media diet from the Web, that the strategy of post-packaging Olympic programming is a relic, like how they used to show the NBA Finals games hours after they were over. But every Olympiad, it’s back to business as usual, because the way network execs think we consume the Olympics isn’t the same as the way we consume other sports. We don’t watch the Olympics the way we watch the NFL; we watch the Olympics the way we watch “Project Runway.”

I don’t say that with derision. (I love “Project Runway.”) I just think that the way we watch the Olympics is similar to how we watch reality shows. They are easily packaged, escapist entertainment that introduce us to characters — who exist in large part for the specific purpose of the cameras watching them — whom we have not met before, partaking in activities that we do not understand and have not thought much about before. We obsess over them as if they are our friends, particularly if they’re American, and we invest our emotional capital in their stories, their successes and their failures. For two or three weeks, we care so much. And then we do not think about them again.

Remember how much you cared about Michael Phelps four years ago? How you watched all his races (live, by the way), screamed at the television and were moved by his brilliance? Yeah, that was great, wasn’t it? When’s the next time you even so much asthought about competitive swimming? (As Woody Allen put it: “Swimming isn’t a sport. Swimming is something you do so you don’t drown.”) We haven’t given Phelps a second thought in the last four years because we don’t really care about swimming. We care about programming. We care about Phelps like we care about Christian Siriano, who won “Project Runway’s” fourth season. I was deeply invested in Phelps the same way I was invested in Siriano’s designs. And then the season ended and I never thought about him again. It’s reality television. It’s programming.” [Will Leitch/Joe Blog]

I’m really interested to see how the Tribe reacts to this seasons trade deadline. Buy? Sell? Major deal? Minor deal? “The clock is ticking and Cleveland still has needs in the rotation, lineup and bullpen. While Antonetti has said no singular area is a higher priority than another, the main issues this year have been a lack of consistent starting pitching and an impact right-handed bat.

The Tribe prefers to target players under control beyond 2012.

One player that fits that mold is San Diego’s switch-hitting third baseman, Chase Headley. He won’t become eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season, making him the type of player Cleveland likes. The Tribe has indeed inquired about Headley, but the asking price is expensive.

ESPN.com reported that the Orioles, A’s and Pirates are also among Headley’s most aggressive suitors.

In the selling department, the Indians have attractive chips in closer Chris Perez (whose salary will spike through arbitration this winter) and right fielder Shin-Soo Choo (likely headed for free agency after next season). As things currently stand, Cleveland seems unlikely to deal either player.

It’s not always about aggressively buying or selling, though. There is a chance that Cleveland might partner up with another “buyer” to try to orchestrate a trade that addresses needs for both teams.” [Jordan Bastian/MLBlogs.com]

I like the Cavs offseason so far. They picked up a draft pick, they haven’t overpaid a mediocre vet and they’ve had their nose in the Howard/Bynum talks. Me gusta. “The Cavaliers have done very little in free agency, partially because they were tangientally involved in the Dwight Howard trade talks and partially because Cleveland is not a preferred destination, even with nearly $20 million of cap room. GM Chris Grant was smart not to bite on Cleveland’s end of the potential deal sending Howard to New Jersey. It would have been Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines and a first-round pick, which sounds a lot like Humphries and a first-round pick. Thus far, all the Cavs have done is gotten Luke Harangody’s signature on his $1.1 million qualifying offer and made a minor deal with Memphis, acquiring backup point guard Jeremy Pargo, a 2014 second-round pick and cash for D.J. Kennedy, who wasn’t part of their plans. Cleveland’s inactivity hasn’t been for a lack of trying, however. The Cavs did chase Brandon Roy and have met with Bill Walker and Jonny Flynn. They also claimed Jon Leuer off waivers from Houston. [Chris Bernucca/Sheridan Hoops]

Kinda boggles the mind that the Lerners could net a half billion on the sale of the Browns. Imagine how much they could’ve made if they were good… “If this sale goes through, you can be sure the Browns and their fans are in for a different style of ownership. Given the struggles of the team since it returned in 1999 — two winning seasons, one playoff loss — there is reason for optimism. This family appears to know how to the get things done.

They own 550 Pilot and Flying-J truck stops and convenience stores across the country. In 2011, Forbes Magazine rated Pilot Flying J as the 11th-largest privately held United States company with $18 billion in revenue and 19,000 employees.

Forbes estimates the family’s net worth at $3 billion. So even if the Browns’ price tag approaches $1 billion, the family can afford it. The Lerner family bought the Browns for $530 million before the 1999 season.” [Terry Pluto/The Plain Dealer]

While Delonte is my favorite Cavs’ SG of this century, pretty sure Larry Hughes is the best. Man, I really hope Dion Waiters makes this discussion moot. “West had a stellar career at St. Joe’s in Philadelphia and teamed up with Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson to lead them to a sterling 2003-2004 season only to lose to Oklahoma State just prior to reaching the Final Four. West left St. Joe’s after his junior season in 2004 after he averaged 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He shot spectacularly from the field with a shooting slash of .510/.412/.892.

In his NBA career he has had two stints with the Boston Celtics, a very brief stint with the Seattle SuperSonics, and also has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks. His best seasons in my opinion were 2005-2006 with Boston and then 2011-2012 in the strike shortened season with Dallas.

Here is the rundown again of his days with the Cavaliers:

Delonte West, 2008-2010: In 150 games with Cleveland, West scored about 10 points per game while notching over 3 rebounds and assists per game. He was a smooth lefty who shot the ball well from the field and deep (38%). At 6’4 many people considered him undersized but while on the court he contributed to some successful Cavalier teams. His PER ended up at 14 in Cleveland.

West defeated Ricky Davis and Wesley Person to win this voting.”[John Fraase/Fear The Sword]

Hey, wanna see Danny Ferry combo punch Michael Jordan? Sure ya do (start at 2:30). Cavs vs Bulls, ECF Game 4 1992.

  • SDA

    first!!!
    Indians won’t do anything.
    The Browns ownership scares me only because I really don’t want to start over. When I look at the best of the NFL one of the things that jumps off the page at me is front office and coaching stability. Something we havens had since our return.

  • dwhit110

    Funny, I consider Larry Hughes the worst.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aj.bender.73 AJ Bender

    Even though Michael Phelps had a disappointing finish in his first race there is still hope for the sport of swimming. Even though some of the hype has worn off, the male and female athletes on this year’s Olympic team are doing fantastic. The Olympics are being aired on several stations which kind of makes it hard to set the DVR. A Dish co-worker suggested I upgrade to the Hopper a few months ago which comes with three tuners so I can record all those stations and it also has four times more space than your average DVR! Now I can make sure that all of my favorite events are being recorded and I don’t have to worry that I’ll run out of space. Lochte and Franklin are the ones to watch in the race.