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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awesome. Vince interviews Terry Pluto. “Shawn Kemp was late for a flight back in his Cleveland days, as he often was. He was beginning to run out of excuses. The one he gave the Cavs this time was, “My dog fell asleep in front of my car and I had to wait until he woke up.” [Grzegorek/Scene]
“This is a team that’s been awfully difficult to explain. A team that can go into the funkiest of funks yet come out better for it. A team that has received nowhere near the return expected out of this ownership’s unexpectedly (and unprecedentedly) aggressive offseason investment yet carries on all the same.
It’s a strange team, but baseball’s a strange game. Four years ago next week, Jose Veras was designated for assignment by the Indians. He had to go, because the Tribe had to make room for… Jess Todd. Four years later, Veras, fresh off a successful stint as closer on a bad Astros team, is lauded as a prized acquisition for the Tigers, who will use him as their seventh-inning guy.
On Tuesday, the Indians responded not by acquiring the top-end starter they might have coveted (and might very well need) or even by landing a veteran LOOGY with a desirable 2013 track record.” [Castrovince/MLB.com]
“Furthermore, the defensive efficiency metrics appear to be highly correlated with overall success – much more so than for the offensive efficiency metrics. Alabama and Notre Dame are the top two overall teams according to both opponent yards per play and opponent points per play.
The Buckeyes’ defensive efficiency was steady under much of Tressel’s tenure, then dropped suddenly with his departure in 2011. While coaching and scheme changes are partly to blame, it’s hard for me to ignore the impact of losing great linebackers as well. Better linebacker (and Star) play will be crucial in 2013 for covering slot receivers, providing additional pressure on quarterbacks, and thwarting the run game.” [Peltier/Eleven Warriors]
“There’s an argument to be made that Urban Meyer didn’t do the right thing Tuesday night when he suspended tailback Carlos Hyde for at least three games. There’s an argument to be made that Meyer was a bit … harsh.
Any idea how much I love that? Any idea how wonderful it is to watch any coach, and especially this coach, err on the side of being too tough with the tough love?” [Doyel/CBS Sports]
Finally, a video with Marshall Faulk who thinks Trent Richardson could be something special. [Ohio.com]