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Former Brown Jerome Harrison’s story- “Long story short, I was there with him at the doctor’s appointment,” Michelle said. “He didn’t even tell me what the issue was. We pull up and it’s a cancer institute. ‘What’s happening here, J.C.? What are you not telling me?’ They didn’t know if it was benign or malignant. They didn’t know anything. He didn’t give me all this. He just told me it was this small mass, this thing that had to be pulled out.
“Finally he meets with the doctor and I ask him to tell me what’s going on. That’s when they told me how serious it was.”
Jerome was facing a life or death situation. He needed surgery immediately to make sure the tumor was not cancerous. If doctors had not discovered the growth on his brain, he could have died on the football field with one strong hit.” [Richardson/MLive]
“Why not permit the teenage freshman to declare in a straightforward manner his authentic purpose in coming to the campus? In so doing, he would be granted the opportunity to honestly pursue his wish to formally study football, basketball, or baseball, by no means a shame-worthy declaration. I’ve yet to meet a parent who would deny feeling pride and pleasure upon learning of a son’s success in securing an NFL, NBA, or MLB contract. Our culture is solidly supportive of its professional athletes. (And while female students also pursue professional sports careers, the far higher number of young men with those aspirations makes them our topic here.)
What’s more, the young man would be given the opportunity to undertake meaningful education under the auspices of distinguished professors of sports behavior in the same way that an entering student studies within a university’s program of English literature, mathematics, or music. Elite collegiate coaches and their support staff are as competent in their specialty sports as are their counterparts in other campus departments (although their salaries are often embarrassingly incomparable). Higher education, for better or worse, purports to be a pathway to a vocational future. Why is this not so with regard to professional sports?” [Pargman/The Chronicle]
Waiting For Next Year: “Ohio State has one of the best coaches in America, a result-oriented, game-changing talent who might be able to do for the Big Ten what confused expansion plans likely won’t – return the league to national relevance.
The Buckeyes downed Michigan 26-21 Saturday, moving to 12-0 on the season and sending shivers down not just Meyer’s spine but through rest of the conference. If this is what Meyer can do in one year with a 6-7 team, then what happens when he gets more time with quarterback Braxton Miller and surrounds him with all of his own recruits?” [Dan Wetzel/Yahoo! Sports]
“How optimistic were you when Pittsburgh had a 14-13 lead? How often have we’ve seen the Browns lose games like this? Yes, QB Charlie Batch was awful. The Steelers turned the ball over eight times. The officials missed a Trent Richardson fumble with two minutes left — allowing the Browns to retain possession. The Browns offense stalled and sputtered much of the afternoon. But they still won.
The fact is, the Browns demonstrated they can lose to any time, anywhere, any way, period. Especially the Steelers. I still remember them turning Tommy Maddox into the next Terry Bradshaw several years ago. But Sunday, they won.” [Pluto/Cleveland.com]
Looking at the defensive snap counts- “The defensive line was awesome at plugging up the holes against Pittsburgh, as Dick Jauron went with a near-identical distribution at defensive tackle as he did against the Cowboys. Pittsburgh was held to just 47 yards rushing, with the top three linemen forcing or registering a turnover in some capacity. Props to Billy Winn for always hustling toward the ball; it paid off on his interception. A lot of credit goes to Ahtyba Rubin, too, who forced the first fumble of the game. It’s something I complimented Rubin on a few years ago in the preseason.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]
On the best current trade values in MLB: “I had Santana considerably higher. Twenty-six-year-old switch-hitting catcher, career .806 OPS, signed for peanuts at four years, $18 million with an affordable $12 million option that would keep him in-house through 2017. By any objective standard, that would seem to make him a monumental bargain. Except the Lords of the Realm might not agree. There are the obvious concerns, such as Santana’s subpar defense, which (along with a semi-platoon designed to get him more at-bats) contributed to his playing 66 games at first base in 2011, with 21 at first and 27 at DH in 2012. Then there’s baseball’s continuing bias against low-average, high-walk hitters, even when we thought that was all behind us.” [Jonah Keri/Grantland]
Finally, a historical trade for the Tribe- “40 years ago today, one of the most one-sided trades of the 1970s occurred. It was among the best deals the Yankees have made – and among the worst the Cleveland Indians agreed to. On Nov. 27, 1972, the Yankees sent Cleveland Rusty Torres, Charlie Spikes, Jerry Kenney, and John Ellis in exchange for Jerry Moses . . . and Graig Nettles.
Five of those six names you’ve probably never heard of, with Nettles of course being the exception. Nettles would play 22 years in major league baseball, hit 390 homers (including a league leading 32 in 1976), and have a stellar defensive reputation.” [Jaffe/Hardball Times]