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Your NFL city. As a beer. “One by one, the Midwestern cities that had a fighting chance rethought and revitalized their downtowns. Cleveland is a fine example, with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, FirstEnergy Stadium and Progressive Field flanked by “The Flats” and other entertainment districts and venues. A craft brewing scene complements downtown renewal perfectly, and Great Lakes Brewing is Cleveland’s best known beer export. Burning River is yeasty up front and grapefruit-tinged in the back, but its most distinctive characteristic is its name, which acknowledges Cleveland’s gritty past while creating something tasty in the present.
The Browns would also like to acknowledge their gritty past while paving the way for something better; they just have not gotten around to that second part yet. Drink a Burning River and think about how much worse the Browns would look if they weren’t in a bright, modern stadium next to a (probably) nonflammable lake.” [Tanier/Sports on Earth]
“The soft coverage he played was by design. With so many youngsters starting on a rebuilt defense, and without the luxury of starters Roby and C.J. Barnett, Ohio State opted to play it safe. The Buckeyes weren’t aggressive, choosing instead to sit back and prevent the big play. You wanted tighter coverage, but if Meyer and his staff had agreed, they’d have certainly changed things up.
For the most part, Ohio State’s strategy worked. The Silver Bullets held the Buffalo offense to just 258 total yards and two touchdowns, despite being put in bad positions by the offense several times. The Bulls threw for a total of 185 yards. And yes, many of those yards came at the expense of first-time starter Reeves.” [Citro/Eleven Warriors]
“The Browns should have better luck through the air. Miami’s defense ranked 17th against the pass, and while they were average against #1 receivers they struggled a bit against #2 wide-outs. Too bad Josh Gordon had to go and get suspended, or Greg Little might be about to have a break-out day. Don’t look for much out of Jordan Cameron this week, as the Dolphins had a DVOA of -3.4% against tight ends, good for 13th in the league. The area where I believe the offense can make big plays is with passes to running backs. Trent Richardson is a beast coming out of the backfield with a DYAR of 71, good for 12th in the league, and only five of the guys ahead of him are starters while the rest are dedicated third down backs. The Dolphins had an absolutely abysmal DVOA of 22.9% against passes to running backs, putting them near the bottom of the league. Look for Richardson and Ogbonnaya to catch a lot of screens and swing passes. Norv Turner has also been known to send his backs deep from time to time.” [Dawgs by Nature]
“In summary, Kluber’s career arc is an unusual one: he’s in what’s typically a player’s peak-age season, entered that season with little in the way of major-league experience, is having great success in the majors presently, and appears to have the armspeed/command capable of sustaining that success.
While the understated right-hander isn’t inclined to meditate at length on the significance of his achievement (“That’s external to what I’m trying to focus on,” he says), he did consent — while rehabbing from a sprained middle finger — to provide briefly for the present author a biography of sorts for each of his four pitches, which appears below.” [Cistulli/Fangraphs]
“Over the next month we’re all going to become Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, and Rangers fans, and depending on the series, Orioles or Yankees fans. Because the Indians went 3-6 over the last 9 games, they’re going to need some help to overtake the Yankees and Rays, but the schedule does seem to favor them. But they have almost no room for error. If they lose more than one of their remaining seven series, they’re probably done.” [Let's Go Tribe]
“The NFL, in just about every way, is more powerful and successful than ever. The league brought in nearly $10 billion in revenue last year and there’s a sense that it’s still only scraping the surface of potential profit streams: Rumors of the NFL Sunday Ticket being available on YouTube, and what Google might pay for that (or Netflix, or any other cash-heavy upstart online subscription streaming service looking to make a huge splash), could start adding zeros to that number immediately. Everything in our media culture — the way we watch, what advertisers pay for, what demographics are considered valuable — has turned in the NFL’s favor. Live event, un-DVRable programming, with a rabid, vast fanbase that will sit through (and even watch!) every commercial in real time … you just can’t find that anymore. The television industry is in crisis, but the NFL, all by itself, is one of its main potential salvations. The NFL has never been more powerful. To many people, this power — this Protect The Shield faux-militaristic corporatism — is a large part of the league’s appeal. The NFL’s wealth and influence, that raw power, is thought, at this point, to be self-sustaining.” [Leitch/Sports on Earth]