Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Rule change proposal: Batters should be allowed to “decline” walks. The problem: The intentional walk is a plague on the game. It is boring and anti-competitive and against the spirit of baseball. Nobody would argue that the baseball is a better game, more interesting, more exciting to watch and to play when teams cannot simply tiptoe around the game’s best players in the game’s most exciting moments. The walk was put in place to encourage pitchers to throw strikes — that is to throw pitches that potentially can be hit. That is at the heart of baseball. The fact that so many teams are now avoiding hitters (there were more than 1,000 intentional walks in baseball in 2013) suggest that the deterrent is simply not strong enough. David Ortiz this year was intentionally walked 27 times. That’s more than Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle were ever walked. That is not good to the game.” [Posnanski/Joe Blogs]
“Meyer hasn’t lost a football game of any sort since late November of 2010, when he was the head coach at Florida. It marks 20 straight wins and makes Meyer the first coach in major college football history to have three win streaks of at least 20 games.
The Energizer Bunny keeps going and going and going. For Ohio State, its winning streak keeps growing and growing and growing. With the Buckeyes sitting at 7-0, one might think pressure would build because of the national championship hunt. Instead, pressure for the Buckeyes exists due to a winning streak reaching significant heights.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]
“Alonzo Gee is obviously not the long-term answer at starting small-forward. He’s an imperfect player probably best-suited for 15-20 hustle minutes off the bench, where he can terrorize opposing players on the defensive end with his energy level. However, has he done enough over the last two games to wrangle the starting small forward position away from Earl Clark, who seemed to be the favorite going into camp?
Clark sat out the game on Monday for simple resting measures, meaning I think we can expect him to get quite a bit of run on Wednesday against the Wizards. But Monday, Gee took advantage of his opportunity. He went 5-10 for 14 points to go along with two rebounds, blocks, and assists, along with three steals. This followed a solid performance on Saturday against the Pacers, where Gee played 18 minutes and scored nine points on five shots. Gee has outperformed Clark so far this preseason, and coach Mike Brown seemed extremely impressed with Gee’s performance on Monday in particular” [Vecenie/Fear the Sword]
“If you take a look at the Cleveland Browns remaining schedule it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see them finish .500, or dare I say maybe 9-7. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a big reach there is no question about it. However, if you look at the remaining schedule after this weekend’s game in Kansas City, there a several winnable games left on the docket.
With that being said, the Browns need to fix a few glaring issues to achieve this goal, but it’s not totally out of the question. If they can get improved play at the quarterback position, it would be a huge start to making this thought a reality. Whether it’s Brandon Weeden somehow digging down deep to elevate his game or Jason Campbell taking over and playing the best football of his career it is possible. It would certainly help this Browns team score enough points to let this top ranked defense handle the rest.” [Ristano/Dawg Pound Daily]