August 26, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Are the Sacramento Kings the new Browns?

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This was an enjoyable back-and-forth from two “Cleveland-Raised-Basketball-Writer-in-Exile” on comparing the Kings-Browns situations: “First of all, the fact that the Kings are the only professional sports team in Sacramento makes this slightly different from the Cleveland situation. At the time of the Browns move, the Indians were coming off their first World Series appearance in 41 years a month prior to the announcement so as painful as the Browns move was, Cleveland fans at least had the Tribe to fall back on every April-October. Sacramento has…the San Francisco Giants, I guess? That’s akin to Cleveland fans cheering for Ohio State. As far as the relationship between the fans and owners go, it’s too bad that the SAT did away with the analogies section years ago because Art Modell:Cleveland as The Maloofs:Sacramento would be a perfect fit. Both fan bases are incredibly passionate, and my heart aches for the people of Sacramento who don’t deserve to be jerked around by these idiots.” [Eric Maroun and Amin Vafa/Hardwood Paroxysm]

A nice BDL article on the LeBron craziness, including a shoutout to our very own Scott: “If James were to opt out, it seems about as sure a bet as could exist in the NBA that a still-healthy, still-productive version of James — who will still be just 29 years old on Opening Day 2014 — would be coveted by any team with enough cap space to offer a full maximum-level contract. The Cavaliers are on target to be one of those chock-full-of-cap-space squads come the summer of 2014; at this point, the only guaranteed ’14-’15 money on the Cavs’ books is about $18 million earmarked for young building blocks Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller.” [Dan Devine/Ball Don't Lie]

Capturing 4 positives about the Cavs despite Sunday’s 20-point loss to the Lakers: “Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller. Cleveland Cavaliers fans should be repeating those four names over and over again — especially after losses like the 113-93 hammer job delivered Sunday by the Los Angeles Lakers. That’s because Irving, Thompson, Waiters and Zeller are the future. They’re the second- and first-year guys whom the Cavs are counting on heavily today — and likely will still be counting on in two years. Everyone else on the current roster? Well, it’s hard to say.” [Sam Amico/Fox Sports Ohio]

Are you worried about Dion’s shooting? An old WFNY scribe explains why he isn’t: “The 7-18 shooting display from Waiters, to be fair, was certainly not without it’s cringe-worthy moments. It also marked the 18th time in 31 games that Dion shot less than 40 percent from the field for the night. That level of consistent inefficiency is not good and obviously needs to improve next season. At this point in his NBA development, though, with the Cavaliers currently leading the league in losses, there is no reason Waiters should not take each and every one of the field goals he’s attempting. He might as well keep bombing away until they begin to fall more consistently. Use the entire 2012-13 regular season to find an NBA rhythm if he has to.” [Brendan Bowers/Stepien Rules]

This isn’t huge news, but still worth sharing about why one Browns GM candidate isn’t in the picture anymore: “In the days after the Browns fired G.M. Tom Heckert, word emerged that the Browns requested permission to interview Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton. But an interview never happened. There are two different versions in league circles as to what happened. One source says that Paton passed. Another source says that the Vikings declined permission.” [Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk]

Not necessarily an opinion piece, but it was fun to read through the usual run-of-themill reader comments on ESPN about the Browns hire of Rob Chudzinski: “The Cleveland Browns didn’t make the right move in going with Rob Chudzinski as their new head coach, according to last week’s SportsNation poll. Of the 68,062 votes, 62 percent didn’t approve of the hiring of Chudzsinki.” [Jamison Hensley/ESPN AFC North Blog]

Finally, ending with a look at pitching options for the Tribe: “The 2012 Cleveland Indians had a lot of faults, but none seemed as problematic as the starting rotation. It was statistically the worst in the American League, and one of the worst in all of baseball. The Indians spent the last month or two of the season cycling pitchers into the rotation from Triple-A – names like David Huff, Corey Kluber, and even Chris Seddon took a turn on the mound for the Tribe. Did the Indians do enough this offseason to shore up the rotation? If not, are there any viable options that remain as we are less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting?” [Stephanie Liscio/It's Pronounced 'Lajaway']

  • mgbode

    I lived in Sacramento for portions of 1999-2002. The height of the Chris Webber Kings. That city absolutely loved those teams. Purple and Silver everywhere you went (always funny that their chief rival were the Purple and Gold clad Lakers).

    I’d bet that if you wore a Bobby Jackson jersey in town to this day that you’d get an inordinate amount of high-5′s. Heck, Lawrence Funderburke showed up to “old town Sacramento” one night I was down there and they nearly had to shut the whole area down due to the fan-mobbing he received.

    I feel bad that they are going through this whole dragged out process.

  • Natedawg86

    Seems fitting that the guy who will bring the Browns to thier glory days is not one that was the most popular or famous person, and polls show that 62% of the polltakers “did not approve of the Chud hire”. Is there concrete evidence that he will fail? I will gladly air my opinions in a year or two, but for now, lets wait and see.

  • mgbode

    I forgot about Jair Jurrjens. The writer seems to think we can get him on a Kazmir-style deal. If so, yes jump at that. However, I think it will take more as he is still young and only missed a season. Various reports of how healthy JJ will be to start the 2012 season. If we can get a few starts out of Kazmir and then a few more from JJ later in the year, then that would be a good get though.

  • MrCleaveland

    Right your are, mg. I lived in Sacra-tomato for 10 years and I can also vouch for that town’s passion for the Kings. Sacto’s a nice city. They are getting shafted royally.

  • MrCleaveland

    Got a chuckle out of a PD story this morning about the Browns and Whisenhunt. Two mysterious anonymous league sources reported to Mary Kay that other mysterious anonymous league sources don’t know what the heck they’re talking about.

    Can we get another mysterious anonymous league source to confirm or refute this?

  • Natedawg86

    Gotta love the royal shafting

  • Garry_Owen

    I cannot believe we missed out on George Patton. He would have had the Browns going through the AFC North like @#$% through a goose! The Germans couldn’t stop him. Think the Steelers could???

    Stoopid Browns FO.

  • mgbode

    I will bet you know of the fantastic events that are the Sacramento Rivercat games as well then.

  • MrCleaveland

    I’m a pre-Cats cat. I was a Sacramento Solons man when they played at Hughes Stadium.

  • MrCleaveland

    Compared to football, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.

  • humboldt

    As with most things Browns, this has become the equivalent of an MC Escher painting

  • Garry_Owen

    Football is an art. As such, it is not susceptible to explanation by fixed formula.

    May God have mercy on the Steelers, because I won’t.

  • mgbode

    Mr. Old School himself.

  • mgbode

    Andy Reid is sticking with the 3-4 defense. There goes our dreams of stealing Tambi Hali from them (Justin Houston would still work in a 4-3, so doubtful he’d be on the table).

    Ok, new hope is that we get Lovie Smith to coach our defense and keep the 4-3. If he was going to be a HC, then he’d have a job by now, so he’s on the market to be a DC I think.

  • MrCleaveland

    Garry, you magnificent bastard, I read your comment!!!

    But I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a game by punting on 4th and 1 from the opponents 42-yard line. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard punt on 4th and 1 from his opponents 42-yard line.

    /I suppose we could do this all day long. So why not?

  • Garry_Owen

    Why not?

    L’audace, l’audace, tujours l’audace!
    The prevent defense is a monument to the stupidity of man.
    You must do your damndest and win!

  • Harv 21

    things I hate:

    - cold toilet seats.
    - warm toilet seats.
    - missing out on one of these because I have to work.

    Wish I was there. See ya soon.

  • MrCleaveland

    I guess I CAN’T do this all day (without coming up with some totally lame tie-in to the Carthaginians). Harder than I thought it would be.

    As you were. Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em.

  • MrCleaveland

    Harv, we who are goofing off salute you.