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.
“I see your Carlos Hyde, and I raise you Storm Klein. Klein was the OSU linebacker who was charged with domestic violence against a woman last July, and was dismissed from the team. Urban Meyer looked serious.
He wasn’t. When the charge against Klein was reduced to something more palatable — Klein pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge — Meyer reinstated him to the team. Klein played last season when the Buckeyes were undefeated. So don’t ask me to pat Urban Meyer on the back for being so tough on Carlos Hyde. It’s easy to dismiss a guy from the team in July. We’ll see what happens in August or September.
I still want to believe in Urban Meyer. I’ll keep waiting for a reason.” [Doyel/CBS Sports]
Love this movie. “It’s been 20 years since the release of The Sandlot, a movie that, despite the suck of 1990s nostalgia and the idealization of a childhood that for most viewers never existed, still stands up as an earnest mash note to baseball. To celebrate, the cast and crew of the film gathered for a reunion at the baseball diamond used for filming.
The Utah diamond has been rebuilt to look like the original field, right down to the dog lurking on a property just over the fence. (The original dog is long dead. The movie is 20 years old, and you are old.) The former child actors joined players from the AAA Salt Lake Bees to put on a clinic for local kids. The Salt Lake Tribune has a ton of photos from the event here.” [Petchesky/Deadspin]
Simmons’ notes in the margin of Barnwell’s NFL trade value piece- “Anyway, someone WILL take Richardson 10 fantasy picks too early … and I fully support it. The 2013 Browns are built around defense and lots of 30-carry games from Richardson. I see a bunch of 10-9 games in their future. Feel the excitement, Cleveland! WHO WANTS SOME?!?!?!?” [Simmons&Barnwell/Grantland]
How about some on the field OSU talk? “It was the group prior – the Brew Crew – that was tabbed to restore the glory to Ohio State, not a set of players that included a former tight end and multiple players that had moved up and down the line. But Linsley, Jack Mewhort, Marcus Hall, Andrew Norwell and Reid Fragel – and their position coach – made people forget about the No. 1 recruiting class that fizzled out. “Coach Warinner is always on us,” Linsley said. “If we aren’t getting better, he’s pushing us to get better. He’s a maniac. He doesn’t let you slide one bit. That’s what makes him a great coach.”
All but Fragel are back. And it’s possible his loss is the biggest on the team. Spring practice left Meyer yearning for what he witnessed the previous fall – a stout offensive line with cohesion. Nagging injuries and the inability for a right tackle replacement to seize the job were both factors in the underwhelming line play during the spring.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]
“Watching Waiters play against the marginal competition of Summer League, it appeared that he was always the best player on the floor. He did whatever he wanted and got to all of the spots that he wanted. He pulled up for some bad jumpers (and missed some very good jumpers), but overall I thought he had the right mindset. He was talkative on both ends of the floor and when he decided to get to the basket, that’s exactly what he did. Nobody was able to stay in front of him. He struggled finishing around the basket to a certain degree, but in a small sample size that can purely be a result of bad rolls and unlucky bounces. Of course, It’s very possible that he’s just not a good finisher at the basket and it’s something that he needs to work at. After all, he shot 53.8% at the rim in his rookie season If we don’t see that number improve this year, then that’s certainly worth some concern. My point is that a 4 game sample shouldn’t influence your stance on that regardless of what you previously thought. It’s a tiny sample size and therefore can be highly influenced by chance.
What I saw was an aggressive, well-conditioned guard who was very conscious of what he needed to execute better. In talking to him after games, he repeatedly brought up the fact that his legs weren’t quite underneath him just yet. He says he’s been working out 2 or 3 times a day, but that’s different from running up and down in an NBA game and shooting jumpers in the flow of action. As the week went on, he seemed to get better in this respect. His shot selection needs to improve, but I don’t think the coaches were all that worried about that during Summer League.” [Kaczmarek/Fear the Sword]