While We’re Waiting… Browns face former Steelers standout

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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 tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Looking at keys for the Dolphins, including this former division rival: “I thought a lot of Wallace’s success in Pittsburgh came from Ben Roethlisberger extending plays and being able to find him deep. If Haden can eliminate him from the game like he has the past three times he’s gone up against him, it will be a major plus for a Browns secondary that might be without Buster Skrine on Sunday.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]

Our newest WFNY writer takes a stab at the Browns running back situation: “While either of these young backs could pan out, this is yet another situation that the new Browns administration has bungled. … Could Banner, Lombardi, and company really not pick one player with real NFL experience from that list? The front office has made their aversion to signing veterans clear, but when the cupboard is that bare, it is hard to see the benefit of adding two unproven performers instead of picking one young player with potential and one veteran with a legitimate track record in the league.” [Mitchell Joseph/iSportsWeb]

We’re all big fans of this big-time writer and grateful he led off his Browns preview with a link back to WFNY: “The pained expression on Jimmy Haslam’s face, captured by CBS cameras, told the world what the Browns owner thought of coach Pat Shurmur’s decision. The Browns trailed the Indianapolis Colts by four points with less than seven minutes left in an Oct. 21, 2012 game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The visitors were sitting on a 1-5 record and facing a fourth-and-1 on the Indy 41 after Josh Gordon had dropped a potential touchdown pass. Shurmur planned to go for it, but was forced to burn a timeout because of confusion and an evaporating play clock. He changed his mind, ceding possession on a bad punt, in the Browns’ 17-13 loss.” [Tom Reed/The Plain Dealer]

Oh hey, this is exactly what Jon and I have been writing about for months: “For his success on the field and humanity off it, Mariano Rivera deserves the praise, gifts and money he has earned as the greatest closer in major league history. Yet as Rivera prepares to leave the stage, it is time to let the secret out: the importance of a proven closer is a myth.” [Tyler Kepner/The New York Times]

Maps are always fun. On Thursday, Deadspin shared a post on how far away Americans live from their sports teams. Cleveland fandom seems pretty tight-knit.

Finally, although this was “just” a letter to the editor in my alma mater Flyer News, it touches on some podcast topics of late: “The demand for the now pathetically mundane information provided by a newspaper, one in a myriad of capable sources, has reached a steady decline. But that is not to say that newspapers ought to be done away with.” [Paul Gutboro/Flyer News]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m excited football is back but I’m not all that excited that this means constant constraining over the Cleveland Browns. Despite changes galore from top to bottom I can’t shake the feeling that this team will once again demonstrate why I felt long ago that it should have been abandoned in favor of an entirely new franchise. That being said unlike years past when I’ve found not only the front office but the coaching staff to be a complete joke I at least have some faith in the new coaches. I just don’t know of the front office responsible for arming them with the necessary players is sufficient. Time will tell I guess. I’m sticking with 6-10 and trying to fight the feeling that their opening game record will fall to 1-14 after tomorrow.

  • The_Real_Shamrock