July 24, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Uncle Drew coming back soon

While We’re Waiting is a space on the WaitingForNextYear website where we share links every day. We’ve been doing it for about four years or so. Denny Mayo used to be much more amusing with his intros, if you recall. You know the drill: Email us with suggestions at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Looks like Uncle Drew will be back again shortly. Check out Pepsi Max’s teaser YouTube and Instagram videos from the other day.

Solid points here on the Packers’ underrated running game. Another test for Browns’ D-line. “Not only did the Packers draft a couple new offensive linemen such as David Bakhtiari and J.C. Tretter, but they completely redid their running back position by drafting Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin. Not only do the Packers have the fourth ranked passing attack in the NFL, but they also have the fifth ranked rushing offense, so they can put a great deal of pressure on opponents and limit where they can put their focus and how they can attack the Packer offense.” [Peter Smith/Dawg Pound Daily]

Speaking of the D-line… “The Browns have not played with their projected full complement of their front seven the whole season. Injuries to Ahtyba Rubin, Barkevious Mingo, Jabaal Sheard, Quentin Groves and Billy Winn have kept the defense at less than their full arsenal. Despite the injuries, the Browns defense is tied for the seventh-best in the NFL. The return of Sheard from a knee injury should bolster the defense immediately.” [Fred Greetham/The OBR]

And did you see this post that transformed all 32 NFL logos into fat logos? The Browns one is pretty humorous, considering it’s just a helmet. [David Rappoccio/Kissing Suzy Kolber]

Had really been looking forward to this Cavs forecast. To those with Insider access, enjoy. Although the end projection ain’t too rosy. “The Cavs have injury question marks all over their rotation, with Bynum joined by Irving, Varejao and Waiters. Let’s assume for a moment that all of these players are able to produce at or near their expected levels and all will be available for at least 70 to 75 games.” [Bradford Doolitle/ESPN.com]

Depressing thought, but certainly many are very hopeful of Kyrie to continue his rise in his third season. “But what of the players who come into the league with their hair on fire, taking our hearts by storm? We project them to continue their march to the sea. We expect them to be world-beating conquistadors who can lead us to the golden streets of El Dorado. Yet few can maintain such a meteoric rise in the outset of their career — and when they fail to transform from Rookie of the Year to perennial MVP candidate in just a year’s time, the backlash begins.” [Andrew Lynch/Hardwood Paroxysm]

Both Anderson Varejao and Mark Price made the cut here. “Being a second-round pick is not a death sentence, however, because for every No. 1 overall pick spent on a Kwame Brown, there is a second-round pick spent on a Manu Ginobili. Here we have 30 players who turned their second round draft status into a career to be remembered.” [Drew Corrigan/Dime Magazine]

GAH. These Larry Hughes shot carts are absolutely terrifying. “With Larry on the floor, the Cavs as a team produced 106 points per 100 possessions—and allowed 105 per 100 possessions on defense. In summary, he was a tremendous sandbag on an otherwise efficient offense. We also paid him lots of money.” [Ed Manly/Laughing Cavs]

Not looking great so far for OSU in the BCS standings numbers. Alas, it’s early. “It will still be too early to know if the Buckeyes will end up in the top two and play in the BCS National Championship game if they can go 13-0, but just one glance at the projected standings points to their biggest potential roadblock. The computers.” [Zac Jackson/FOX Sports Ohio]

Good article on Teddy Football and how his school’s light schedule is affecting early impressions. “That leaves Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in an awkward position. Instead of being touted as a frontrunner for the Heisman and a national title contender, he’s viewed only through the prism of the NFL draft, meaning that every one of his passes acts as a meticulous referendum on his draft stock.” [Matt Brown/Sports on Earth]

Finally, for your comic book nerds, this was FASCINATING. Amazing time was spent on this. “Luckily, I think I’ve devised a solution. To the best of my ability, I’ve ported the superpowers of 100 of the biggest names in comic books into the hyper-specific sub-ratings of baseball simulator Out of the Park Baseball, simulated a 162 game season, and examined the sabermetric output.” [Sam Page/SI.com's Extra Mustard]