While We’re Waiting… Really good reads today.

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“There is really only one insurmountable problem for any sports fan — one problem that neither the fan nor the team itself can fix — and that is a bad owner. Bad players can be cut or traded. Bad coaches can be fired. Bad managers can be turfed out to their new careers as boring television announcers. Bad stadia can be torn down and new ones built — provided, of course, that the fans in question, in their other capacity as taxpayers, can be counted on to be such suckers that they shouldn’t be allowed to tie their shoes. Bad weather can be handled with a roof. But there is no solution to a bad owner.” [Pierce/Grantland]

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“But the main rationale for adding the schools seems to be economic: the prospect that they would give the Big Ten, and its cable network, access to the New York and Washington, D.C., media markets. On that account, the decision may be questionable. Although Rutgers and Maryland are in densely populated areas, they also compete against a number of other Division I football programs for fans and attention.

Moreover, affinity for college football is considerably lower on the East Coast than it is in the Midwest or the South. Thus, the schools have fewer fans than most other current Big Ten members.” [Silver/Five Thirty Eight]

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The story of Browns’ vice president Bryan Wiedmeier, fighting brain cancer- “Outgoing president Mike Holmgren and his wife Kathy were in the room when Wiedmeier came out of surgery. Coach Pat Shurmur gave him a game ball after the win over San Diego. New president Joe Banner and owner Jimmy Haslam have been “incredible” since the surgery. “When we had the storms and power outage, Jimmy came over just to see how we were doing,” Wiedmeier said. (In the same time, Haslam was dealing with major issues at his own home in Bratenahl.)” [McManamon/FSO]

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“When the trade went down, I was disappointed. I’d been a proponent of trading for Harden for over a year. He was my #1 offseason and midseason target for the Cavs to try and acquire. Now that he won’t be coming here, there are two questions. The first question is, How can the can the Cavs avoid the Thunders’ mistakes? The first thing the Cavs MUST do is decide when they are going to try to start contending. With Kyrie’s injury, and the awful bench, it’s very obvious that it isn’t going to be this year. Given the contract status and the coming draft picks for the Cavs, the Cavs have to start trying to contend in 2013-2014.” [Smith/Cavs the Blog]

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“The Buckeyes will remain on house arrest through January, and then this one-year sentence is over. Guys like John Simon and Zach Boren will play their final games on Saturday. They can finish 2-2 or 3-1 against Michigan. Their teams’ record against Michigan will help define their legacies. Ending this season or any other with a loss to Michigan is a dreadful thought, but the annual buildup to this game does not fill me with an ounce of hate. It feels like home.

It’s always there, and it never goes away. It’s the reason I cringe at the thought of it being altered, whether it’s by the threat of being moved from its rightful place on the calendar or disrupted by some empty Nike gimmick that’s better left to the Purdue or Indiana game. I’ve grown to appreciate it even more over the past few years as it becomes increasingly apparent that unlike those yellow concrete flowers in the rotunda, The Game in its current form will soon be, perhaps, a mid-October affair.” [Ramzy/Eleven Warriors]

  • Harv 21

    Holy crap, Charles Pierce can just flat-out write. Most enjoyable sports piece I’ve read since Scott Raab’s last.

  • Kildawg

    Surprised that the Indians’ outrighting of Matt LaPorta isn’t mentioned, even as a headline. FSO ran it. Next up for the Tribe is landing Youkilis for 1B/DH and maybe trading Perez for OF depth and Choo for even more depth overall,given that we cannon re-sign either of those guys.

  • LaundroMat

    Or giving Lars Anderson a go.

  • LaundroMat

    I’d have thought that Freud would prefer Charles Peirce…but then all that stuff about signs is pretty confusing.

  • Harv 21

    :-)
    a little linear for my tastes