August 26, 2014

While We’re Waiting … Buckeyes Hold On, Braxton’s Crazy Run, Scott Fujita’s Playing Time, ‘Gangnam Style’

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Yikes. That game wasn’t pretty at all: “This isn’t supposed to happen. Not at Ohio Stadium. Not against 17-point underdogs. But Ohio State found itself tied at 28 with unranked California late in the fourth quarter. The outlook wasn’t good, either. Cal had dominated the second half, holding Ohio State to barely more than 100 yards of offense after the Buckeyes racked up 234 first-half yards and a 20-7 halftime lead. When Braxton Miller trotted out on the field with four minutes, 20 seconds on the game clock and Ohio State’s season possibly hanging in the balance, he was as confident as ever.” [Kyle Rowland/Eleven Warriors]

But, despite the ugly game, that young QB had an incredible 55-yard run in the first quarter. You must watch this again: “We should have seen this coming. A young, athletic quarterback paired with Urban Meyer’s offense was going to create havoc for Ohio State opponents. Braxton Miller is off to a fantastic start for the Buckeyes this season, and just look at this run he had in the first quarter against Cal.” [Frank Schwab/Dr. Saturday]

Should Scott Fujita start and play throughout today’s game against Cincinnati? This article presents all of the possible talking points in the debate: “Fujita practiced every day this week, but you still have to wonder how much he will end up playing against the Bengals. There are two reasons why you could argue he shouldn’t start: There is a chance that his suspension could end up kicking in again at any time. It would disrupt something intriguing the Browns had going for them in Week 1.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]

Man, was this a fun read. Manny epitomized everything that was so awesome and fresh about the 1995 Indians, and he’s the latest feature at DTTWLN’s ongoing series on that season: “In ’94, Ramirez was the most impressive rookie that the American League had seen in years, yet he finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting to 26 year old Kansas City first baseman Bob Hamelin. Ramirez went on to dominate baseball for two decades and Hamelin fizzled out of the league by age 30. Wow again. Feeling a bit snubbed, Ramirez entered 1995 as if his hair was on fire. The impressive second year player showed baseball that the hype was not only real, but that it may have been somewhat of an undersell. Manny was batting over .400 in late May and entered the All-Star break batting .320 with 18 homeruns and 52 RBI.” [Steve Eby/Did The Tribe Win Last Night?]

Did Shin-Soo Choo kinda troll the Progressive Field crowd on Friday? Hmm, it appears so: “Choo, a native South Korean, used “Gangnam Style” as his walk-up music on Friday night at Progressive Field vs. the Detroit Tigers, and as he predicted, Indians fans were doing the song’s signature dance in the stands.” [Jordan Sargent/SB Nation Cleveland]

Advanced stats?? Basketball?? Hooray! It’s time for looking at how good the Wine & Gold might be in 2012-13: “The Cavs were a decent team through the first 30 games last season, and were just a game and a half out of a playoff spot at that point. Then, playing without Anderson Varejao, they went 8-28 the rest of the way (8-27 after the All-Star break). It’s doubtful that they would have made the playoffs if Varejao was healthy, but the numbers clearly demonstrate his impact. The difference between the pre-break Cavs and the post-break Cavs was mostly on defense and mostly on the interior. Before the break, the Cavs were a slightly above average defensive rebounding team. After the break, they were the sixth-worst defensive rebounding team in the league.” [John Schuhmann/NBA.com]