July 26, 2014

While We’re Waiting…Greg Little is ready to make game changing plays

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 tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“Little’s stats against the Lions would’ve been better after he made what appeared to be a great 25-yard catch against the Lions when the Browns were driving and trailing 24-17 near the 50-yard line, but was ruled out of bounds. Chudzinski challenged but there wasn’t a conclusive camera angle to overturn the call on the field.

“That was a huge, huge play in the game,” Little said. “It was obviously a drive that would’ve tied up the ball game. I would’ve liked to know what they were thinking. Then it again it was just one play and one play never really loses the game.”

Little has showed signs of starting to be a difference maker. He had a key 47-yard reception that set up a Josh Gordon touchdown in the win over the Bills. Is he ready to make more big plays?” [Greetham/Orange and Brown Report]

“We’re going to take a long, hard look at various Big Ten coaches to see if they’re truly earning their salary, or if they’re still just ducking the alumni and hoping that people don’t notice or get fed up with a never ending stream of mediocrity and disappointment. And since that criteria varies from coach to coach, it’s take a look at the select few in the Big Ten and how they stack up against Top Dog Urban Meyer.

URBAN MEYER, OHIO STATE ($4.3 MILLION IN 2012)

Our Dear Leader still hasn’t lost a game as the Ohio State head coach, which of course means that he never will. But let’s assume that in some parallel universe Ohio State loses a game under his watch, and the city of Columbus doesn’t burn down the WHAC in a blind rage at missing a chance to lose to an SEC team in the BCS championship game.

In this scenario, I assume that reporters and fans will make approximately 450,000 faux-concerned statements about his health, half implying that we’d rather see him have a cardiac episode while ensuring that another loss never happens than taking it easy Bob Stoops style and only usually beating our biggest rival. We want blood, coach. The opponents’ or yours, your choice.

Earning that paper?

Yes, the dude is undefeated. But if he ever loses we’re definitely dividing both his salary and children in half.” [Ginter/ElevenWarriors]

“With the Weeden situation, to be honest, there’s not a lot of good here. You have a quarterback playing with no confidence, an organization that revealed they have no confidence in him just a few weeks ago and now, left with no other viable options, they’re here to tell us they have the utmost confidence in Weeden going forward. I think fans are having difficulty scaling back expectations, now that the marvelous two week renaissance is over. Hoyer proved he was the clear-cut starter of the group, regardless of how short his time as the starter was. You can look around the league and for many teams, if your starting quarterback goes down for the season, that season is pretty much shot or greatly compromised. If Colin Kaepernick goes down in San Francisco, the 49ers would be in this same position with Colt McCoy. Let that sink in for a second. Yeah, it’s bad luck, it’s a raw deal for a franchise that has waited patiently to be in this position early on, 3-2, 3-3 and fading. But if you take only one thing from me, it should be this; Weeden is a big old #2. Nothing more. Yes, there could have been a better way to phrase that. He’s a backup quarterback at best in the NFL. Take the ‘he was supposed to be the starter’ ax to grind mentality out of the equation. He didn’t cut it the first time, he was replaced, now he’s a backup forced to play out the rest of the season.” [Fisher/DawgPoundDaily]

“Irving is a global ambassador for Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On Friday, as part of the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C, he shot a few hoops and refereed a scrimmage at Oakton High School in Northern Virginia. As part of the event this weekend there will be a party Friday night that Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, an honorary chairman of the event, will attend. Leonsis is also highly involved with Best Buddies. Saturday there will be a bike race and a 5K walk/run.” [Litman/For The Win]