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.
Boom. “Browns fans deserve more than Standard Generic Stadium, and they know it. But then again, this is the central conflict of today’s Cleveland Browns: They are a replacement for, a symbol toward and a simulacrum of a franchise that meant everything to this city … but they’re not exactly that old franchise. These Cleveland Browns are a monument to the old Browns, but they’re not the old Browns. For the sake of continuity, convenience and civic clarity, these Browns share a name, and a record book, and a fanbase with those old Browns. Their fans share memories between the two, and they’ve decided to connect them, to pretend that it’s all seamless, to pretend that 1996-98 never happened. But they’re not the same thing. The Cleveland Browns are a cover band making inferior music. They’re an avatar.” [Leitch/Sports on Earth]
“You can see everyone’s favorite offensive lineman, Oniel Cousins, getting beat by his man before Richardson even has the ball in his arms. There is one guy the Browns are letting go unblocked on the backside, so ideally, if this were blocked, Richardson would touch the ball and then cut to the right for the first down.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]
Tyler Zeller, scarfing donuts- “This was not his diet all summer. But after a bout of flu near the end of last season caused the 7-footer to lose about eight pounds and left his weight at 238, he spent the first three weeks of his vacation eating anything he wanted.
In spite of his high metabolism, when he returned to Cleveland in late June, he was up 20 pounds, about eight pounds more than the 250 he played at most of his rookie season.” [Schmitt Boyer/Cleveland.com]
Mike Polk wants your old Browns QB jerseys for- the Something from Nothing foundation. [Youtube]
“Today, Ubaldo’s option looks like almost as big a bargain as Ben Zobrist’s. Such a big bargain, in fact, that it doesn’t make sense for him to exercise it. Granted, teams would (and should) be wary of Jimenez, who was awful for the Indians in 2011 and 2012. But say he were to extend his string of excellent outings over his final few starts. In that scenario, it wouldn’t be unrealistic to think that he could decline the option, hit the open market, and either command a multi-year deal or get twice what the option would have paid him him for a single season.” [Lindbergh/Baseball Prospectus]
Yet another video. This one is, well… special. [SB Nation]