While We’re Waiting… Ohio State deserves more respect

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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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Trying to give Buckeyes the respect they deserve: “You know what we should do with Ohio State? We should ignore what’s happening there. The undefeated season last year, the 8-0 start this year. Add that up, carry the one, and that’s a 20-0 run the Buckeyes are on since Urban Meyer became head coach before the 2012 season.” [Gregg Doyel/CBSSports.com]

Here’s an update on an Ohio State legend: “Because Ohio State has seen that kind of football accident as well. I wanted to know how Tyson Gentry was doing. In 2006, Gentry was a walk-on receiver and punter for the Buckeyes participating in a team scrimmage that April. After catching a pass at Ohio Stadium, Gentry absorbed a hit from safety Kurt Coleman and then landed awkwardly as he hit the ground. He broke his C4 vertebra. He hasn’t walked since.” [Doug Lesmerises/Plain Dealer]

Sixers writer responds to Andrew Bynum’s debut: “I’ve avoided any video of Andrew Bynum playing basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Avoiding pictures was impossible, but I remain steadfast in my inability to will myself to watch Bynum play for another team for which he scored 3 points on 5 shots in 8 minutes of game action.” [Michael Levin/Liberty Ballers]

Not a good performance out of the Cavs last night: “While the defense looked good throughout the night, the Bobcats just came out with more energy and hit enough tough shots to hold off the Cavaliers and ultimately come away with the win. The Cavaliers must now bounce back from this letdown game as they face the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night.” [Justin Rowan/Fear The Sword]

Defense was the issue last night in Charlotte: “We lost to the Bobcats? Really? The Cavs came out flat from the start and were held to just 84 points tonight. Kemba Walker and the Bobcats were full of energy out of the gate and were able to hold the Cavs off down the stretch.” [Josh Lockwood/RealCavsFans.com]

Comparing year 3 for Cavalier stars: “While many Cavalier faithful (and us), as well as national media, have discussed the possible return of the former King of Cleveland, Lebron James, following this season we will analyze a different aspect. Kyrie Irving has just started his 3rd year in the league, Mike Brown is back with the team in his first year back and the team is focused on making the playoffs for the first time in years. The bench has been upgraded with the additions of Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bynum, along with rookie 1st round pick Anthony Bennett. Irving, the star of the team, has been surrounded by athleticism, size and some shooting to compliment his all around game.” [Jared Mueller/Factory of Sadness]

This site might end up being pretty neat for fans: “I’m happy to say, though: A replacement might be here. The site is called Basketball Passport, and it’s pretty much the platonic ideal of what a site chronicling a sports fan’s history might look like. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s going to get there. This is how this is supposed to be done.” [Will Leitch/SportsonEarth]

This site has been great at charts lately. Here’s an updated one on where NFL offenses come from. [Reuben Fischer-Baum/Deadspin]

An update on the opponent’s line: “The Baltimore Ravens’ only lineup change coming out of the bye is replacing injured offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele with A.Q. Shipley. On paper, it looks like a downgrade. Osemele is a second-round pick from a year ago, and Shipley is on his third team since being a seventh-round pick in 2009.” [Jamison Hensley/ESPN.com]

So yeah, the Astros might actually be good eventually: “I’m talking a lot about models because I have some news to share with y’all. I am excited and a little sad to tell you that I’ve been hired by the Houston Astros as a mathematical modeler in their Decision Sciences department. Now, I’m sure you have a lot of questions, and I’ll start with the most important one first: no, I will not be wearing a lab coat and goggles, as much as I might want to. I’m sorry to disappoint all of you.” [Colin Wyers/Baseball Prospectus]