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“Lerner was one of the few NFL owners who actually seemed to care about the predicament of fans, and went as far as to give them his time to discuss it. He never hesitated to spend money if he felt it would help the club. As it was, Lerner and the Browns fan base endured disappointment after disappointment, until Lerner’s promised time running the team expired, and he got out. Ultimately, his stewardship of the franchise will be remembered without much nostalgia, which is in some ways a shame. Not the least of which is that some of the prime years of my life were wasted watching really, really bad football.” [McBride/The OBR]
Um. No. [Flickr]
“Beyond the sheer number of carries, Hyde has impressed me with the versatility. Running the ball, he’s no longer almost seeking contact just because he’s a big back. Instead, he’s showing a little bit of Beanie as he shuffles down the line laterally looking for a seam when the designed hole isn’t there. One particular instance of this occurred on 2nd and 8 of OSU’s 2nd possession of the night when he slid down the line to find a seam and peeled off 12 yards when it looked like the play would be stopped for no gain. (Disclaimer: In no way shape or form am I’m saying Hyde is Beanie-esque (for both good and bad reasons) but this evolving piece of his game is in the Beanie mold.)
Another sign of Hyde’s emergence is how he approaches the second level. Last year, in the event he got through the line of scrimmage, he tried to live up to the big back expectation and just run over guys. Now, thanks to Urban challenging him to be shiftier, Hyde looks to juke the oncoming tacklers and he’s had some impressive results. He showed fine moves on a few big gainers that started between the tackles, including showing some nifty shakes on the 33-yard run just before his one yard plunge made it 45-27 Buckeyes early in the 4th quarter.” [Lauderback/Eleven Warriors]
“For an ambitious, well-run franchise, a splashy managerial hire would just be the first move of an exciting off-season that gets fans pumped for pitchers and catchers to report in February. But the Indians under the Dolan ownership are not known for such adventurousness, due to their own payroll restrictions and the undeniably unfair financial f***ery of baseball as a whole.
Still, bringing in Francona simply cannot be the Indians’ only major move of the winter. Either open up the vault a crack or blow the thing up to replenish the bone-dry minors. A few Kotchman-esque bandages will not stop the team from bleeding attendance. Nor will it drag the eyes of Cleveland from the dark corner where the Paranoia Monster waits, ever hungry.” [Cleveland Sports Torture]
“From the get-go, Tristan Thompson was the most impressive player on the floor. He was aggressive on both ends of the floor, putting up 18 points, 10 rebounds (8 offensive!), 4 blocks, and shooting 6-7 from the free throw line. He was insanely active on the offensive boards, overpowering or over-jumping the Wizard boxing him out time and time again. Of course, that probably has something to do with the fact that the frontcourt he was going up against consisted of Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin and Shavlik Randolph. But, hey- 8 offensive rebounds is impressive regardless. By the way, I checked it out and Shavlik Randolph, does, in fact, appear to be a real person.” [Socher/Cavs the Blog]