While We’re Waiting is the daily morning link roundup that WFNY has been serving up for breakfast for the last several years. We hope you enjoy the following recent collection of yummy and nutritious Cleveland sports-related articles. Anything else to add? Email us at email@example.com.
“It’s upsetting when an athlete you admire ostensibly doesn’t care about how much you like watching them. They can seem selfish or petulant when they decide the thing they are to you isn’t who they are and isn’t always the most important thing in their lives. Being a professional athlete in and of itself is a simultaneously selfish and selfless act: They live out our daydreams, give us a glimpse into transcendence and seem to perform feats for us, even if they’re actually doing it for themselves, and we’re not incidental, exactly, but definitely an ancillary concern. When it becomes apparent just how ancillary we are, that usually means an athlete is being strung up by Herm Edwards on “SportsCenter” for lacking mental toughness, for being distracted, for not letting us use them anymore. When athletes seem disengaged or walk away from their sport for a spell, they take themselves away from us. We don’t take kindly to this.” [McGowan/Sports on Earth]
Wow. Just, wow. New Miami Redhawks uniforms. Um, did I say wow yet? [SB Nation]
“Meyer is not naive; he doesn’t think all of his players are in bed each night by 10 after returning from the library. But two important players finding trouble — even if trouble found them — in public settings and well after midnight just a couple of weeks before the season begins indicates that he’s been right to worry about maturity and leadership issues.” [Jackson/FSO]
“With training camp opening for the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, the Tribe could be in trouble of losing their spot as the current focal point among fans. The Tribe finished off a disappointing road trip on Wednesday on a high note, beating Seattle by the score of 10-1. The Indians went just 2-4 on the six-game trip to open the second-half of the season and head home knowing they will be no worse than 3.5 games behind Detroit when they wake up in the morning. That is certainly not an insurmountable number by any means.
However, if the Tribe continues to struggle this weekend when they host the second-place Texas Rangers for three games and, come Monday, they are five or more games back of the Tigers, then more than a few fans will be more interested in what is going on in Berea that at Progressive Field.” [Red Right 88]
What Joe Banner really meant to say? “On Josh Gordon’s suspension: “[it's a] concern and a disappointment,” meaning….
“We’re furious that he chose to spend his offseason learning the in’s and out’s of Miami clubs instead of his playbook, and have to move forward under the assumption that he can’t totally be trusted. He’s going to have to grow up in a big way, and we’re unsure if he’s capable of making the leap, after the career he’s had in college and professionally. Fingers crossed.” [Finney/Dawgs by Nature]