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The Tigers game was a loss of historical proportions- “Based on historical data from similar situations, teams in Cleveland’s position—three-run lead, bases empty, one out from victory behind their closer—win 99.5% of the time. And since Indians closer Chris Perez had held batters to a .250 on-base percentage this season, the odds of the Tigers scoring four runs without recording an out were almost nil. As it turns out, they scored five. In terms of improbable losses, only two games this season have ranked as worse collapses. Last month, the Washington Nationals blew a 9-0 lead and lost to the Atlanta Braves, and in April the Boston Red Sox also blew a 9-0 lead in a loss to the New York Yankees.
In both situations, though, the comebacks involved chipping away at a large lead over several innings. The Indians took a game they would have won 995 times out of 1,000 and gave it away in nine minutes.” [Cameron/Wall Street Journal]
“In Tressel’s remaining tenure at Ohio State, pounding the ball on the ground continued to be the theme. His successor, Dan “Boom” Herron, was an extremely successful running back at Ohio State, carrying the ball over 100 times in three seasons and over 200 times in one of those seasons. With Coach Meyer taking over, the backfield will completely change.
In Meyer’s tenure at Florida, only twice did a running back have more than 100 carries (DeShawn Wynn in ’06 and Kestahn Moore in ’07). That’s right, 100 carries. I just mentioned that Beanie carried the ball 274 times one season. In reality, the need for a big powerful back to carry the ball all game is just not there in the Meyer offense. Instead of just one power back getting the call 25 times or so per game, Meyer uses all different types of offensive weapons to carry the rock, such as Percy Harvin, Tim Tebow, Jeff Demps, and Brandon James, leaving man to believe we have seen the end of a long era of big, bruising backs tearing apart defenses at Ohio State.” [Sokol/Eleven Warriors]
Kyrie Irving interview- “Was Uncle Drew based on anyone you know? Irving: No, it was just my typical version of an old guy playing basketball. So, all the now-famous lines – “rappity-hippity-hop” and “I get buckets” – those are all yours? Irving: Those are all my lines. That was all me. Like I said, I didn’t even have to try. Who’s your favorite actor? Irving: It’s always Denzel Washington. I do like Jonah Hill, now. He’s hilarious. And Seth Rogan’s one of my favorites. I’m also a big fan of Adam Sandler.
Adam Sandler sat courtside with Jack Nicholson when we played the Lakers. (Jack Nicholson didn’t say anything to me; he’s too big time for me.) But Adam Sandler – when I was checking into the game – told me he’s a big fan and that I’m doing amazing things. That, right there, was an incredible moment: Me, being in L.A. and me experiencing that for myself – after watching him on TV and at the movies for years – that moment. I’ve only told that moment once or twice. But Adam Sandler acknowledging me! He’s a fan of mine and I’m a fan of his. It’s really crazy.” [Gabriele/Cavs.com]
“When Meyer watches Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Se’Von Pittman, just to name a few, he can realistically think about where this freshman class might one day go. Though he pointed out the Buckeyes “are just in shorts, so we’ll see what he can do,” he specifically mentioned Spence as a player who could fit in a hybrid defensive end/linebacker role.
He’s said many times that he’s building an SEC-type defensive line in Columbus. He has a pretty good start this year with senior John Simon and junior tackle Johnathan Hankins around to show the young guys the ropes. The young guys — a group that would also include sophomores Michael Bennett and Steve Miller — command attention and have obvious physical gifts. The ceiling is high.” [Jackson/FSO]
Finally, a reminder about Thursday’s WFNY night at the Akron Aeros game. [WFNY]