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Great take on the Indians’ one day fantasy camp from the lone female participant– “It was an anti-climactic moment when I looked at my uniformed self in the mirror. I looked like a ballplayer, but I didn’t feel like one. It felt like a costume, not a uniform. I could hear the talking and laughing of the other players across the hall. It was kind of lonely in a locker room for one, so I headed for the field.
I stepped into the hallway where Albert Belle reportedly swore at people (when here as a visitor), went down the steps that I’m told Cal Ripken could bound up in two strides, and walked into the dugout where Ozzie Guillen gave the choke sign. The wide, gorgeous green expanse of Progressive Field stretched out before me like an endless summer day. I walked up the dugout steps and onto the field. The moment my cleats hit the dirt, I felt like a ballplayer. And like a kid.” [Petrone/ESPN.com]
“My natural instinct in basketball is to root for guys like Burke because of their natural flair and aesthetic superiority, but in tennis I’ve always been attracted to Nadal’s resilient, tenacious style, and when I made the connection yesterday, Craft began to win me over. Yes, he sometimes forces things on offense (though I tend to think that’s a product of OSU’s limited options compared to last season), but otherwise he does everything right, and plays every moment hard. I know it’s a cliche, but there’s still something special about watching a player whose intensity never seems to ebb. And speaking of cliches, you can’t ignore how Craft carries himself. Even after the refs hung him out to dry, he allowed himself just that brief instant of world-weariness, lying on the floor, before he popped up, shook it off, and hugged Trey Burke.” [Ryan/Grantland]
“However, in his introductory press conference, Lombardi also claimed that working in the media improved his talent evaluating talents (mostly via an office at NFL Films) and broadened his perspective of the league. Was he telling the truth? We remember Lombardi’s facepalm-inducing opinions of Joe Haden and Josh Gordon, but surely he got something right, right?
Well that’s what your intrepid correspondent set out to discover. For three days I did nothing but eat, sleep, drink, read, and listen to Michael Lombardi, the man, the myth, the legend, circa 2008-2012, going where the mainstream media refuses to go. What I uncovered was equal parts mesmerizing, gut-wrenching, and flabbergasting, and I encourage all of you to read on to see for yourself – it’s basically your civic duty.” [Borcas/Cleveland Frowns]
Uni Watch ran a uniform redesign contest for the Browns. Some interesting designs. [Lukas/Uni Watch]
Danny Ferry ready to deal once again. This time as GM of the Hawks– “That said, Ferry could just as easily sit tight and wait for the season to end. Just imagine the freed salary cap space if he did. So yes, Ferry will take your call. And yes, he’ll listen to your proposal. But no, he’s not desperate. Far from it. That makes him more than the GM of the Hawks. It makes him the most compelling man in the NBA for the rest of the month. [Amico/FSO]