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“They have done nothing conventionally. They wallowed through an eight-game skid in early June. They dropped 15 of 19 games against the Tigers, the division champions. No hitter batted .300 or slugged 25 home runs or tallied 85 RBIs. The team axed its home run leader, Mark Reynolds, in August. Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, the two marquee off-season additions, submitted substandard stat lines, relative to their career averages. The back-end bullpen duo of Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez floundered, as both players battled injuries and inconsistency. Three-fifths of the team’s starting rotation landed on the shelf. Something, though, clicked, almost at the snap of Francona’s left thumb and middle finger.” [Meisel/Cleveland.com]
“Brian Hoyer. Outplayed Andy Dalton. Nothing fluky about the 17-6 Cleveland win. That job is Hoyer’s until further notice, maybe until draft day.” [King/MMQB]
“At first, Ronnie Bryant thought that his son had suffered only a sprained ankle. As he saw the deep concern on the faces of Ohio State’s medical personnel and coaches, he sensed that it was worse than that. It was. Christian Bryant had broken his ankle on the next-to-last defensive snap of the Buckeyes’ 31-24 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday. As a father, there was little to do but console. Christian and his teammates cried as they realized the severity of the injury.” [Rabinowitz/Columbus Dispatch]
Go ahead. Watch these videos and not cry. Good luck. “Dom Tiberi, sports director at the CBS affiliate in Columbus, lost his 21-year-old daughter in a car crash on Sept. 17. That Saturday, Ohio State honored the local legend with a moment of silence before its game. Tiberi returned to Ohio Stadium for this weekend’s win over Wisconsin, and as the players left the field, nearly every Buckeye welcomed him back with a hug.” [Deadspin]
Finally, it looks like Arizona State will just go ahead and wear bowling balls as helmets. Awful. [Cooper/Dr.Saturday]