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.
Collection of press passes. Good stuff. “All my life, I waited for the Cleveland Indians to reach the World Series. I remember it was astonishingly cold for Game 3, especially in Section 316 Row F. It probably dropped into the low 30s before the long game ended, and the wind was absolutely howling; wind-chill had to be in the teens. The delightful Pat Forde — then working for the Louisville Courier-Journal and shivering uncontrollably in the wind — came up to me at some point during the game and said, rather decisively, “I just want you to know that you and your town suck.” So, yes, it was cold.”
Then, who knew heaven was cold? The game took 11 innings, and the Indians won it when Eddie Murray singled in the game-winner. There is no cheering in the press box, and I did not cheer. I wrote my story. But I didn’t feel cold anymore.” [Posnanski/PressPassesTumblr]
Hillis on his struggles the last couple of years. “In recalling his tumultuous end in Cleveland where the Browns broke off contract talks following an injury-plagued and downright weird year in 2011 following the lockout, Hillis tells the Tampa Bay Times, “A lot of it was just injury,” Hillis says now. “The hamstring had me for four weeks, and you try to get pushed onto the field, and I strained it again. People think you’re trying to sit out on purpose. That’s the nature of the game. I know how it looked. Some people fault me for that. There are things I wish I could change about my approach. I wished I hadn’t gotten angry or bitter. But you can’t go back now. I wasn’t really angry. Just bitter, and a little naive.” [McCormick/National Football Post]
“You have to wonder if this would have been seen as the best course to take on both sides had Swope been a higher-round pick, with a $4 million annual salary rather than a $405,000 one. From the player’s standpoint, it’s probably a little easier decision to prioritize your long-term health when you’re walking away from a number that could set you up financially for a few years rather than for life.
Monetary implications aside however, it does seem that concussions are finally being properly put in perspective by the league, which, while certainly a long time coming, is a refreshing change. It’s one that the NCAA should certainly heed, as USA TODAY Sports’ Rachel Axon reported Thursday on the filing of a class-action concussion lawsuit by former college athletes that could certainly have a major impact on the organization.” [Strauss/For the Win]
“Everyone who expected Scott Kazmir to be pitching effectively for the Indians through August, stand up and be recognized. I was bullish on Kazmir going into the season, but didn’t expect him to stick in the rotation for this long. I figured he’d either be injured and on the DL or replaced due to ineffectiveness. Instead, the 29-year old lefty seems to be getting stronger as the season goes on. He’s pitching his best baseball of the season of late, and hasn’t given up more than 3 ER in a start since June 15. In his 7 starts since then, Kazmir has gone 4-3 with a 1.60 ERA, 35 K and 12 BB in 45 innings pitched. Opposing batters are hitting just .148 against him, and he’s allowed only 2 HR. Kazmir’s emergence as a consistently reliable option helps the Indians front office, as they don’t have to make a panic move to acquire a starting pitcher in a difficult trade market. When the Astros are reportedly asking for not one, but two “top prospects” in return for Bud Norris, you know it is not exactly a buyer’s market. Kazmir might just be pricing himself out of an Indians uniform, as if he can stay healthy and effective he’s in line for a decent payday this offseason. That was pretty much unfathomable just a year ago, when he was pitching in the independent leagues.” [Ciammaichella/The DiaTribe]
Interesting. Check out these stats against the spread for the last ten years. [David Purdum Sports]