April 23, 2014

While We’re Waiting… The Bengals, MLB Free Agent Predictions, and BCS

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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Leading it off on Sunday, the Browns and Bengals of course! Dawgs by Nature has a nice scouting report on the Bengals to wet your whistle, “How is Bernard “surging,” then? Because of his work as a receiver. Bernard’s first game as a receiving threat actually came against Cleveland, when he had 6 catches for 38 yards. Since then, he’s logged 26 catches for 182 yards over a span of 6 games. While he’s been limited in some games as a receiver, he had 6 catches for 72 yards against the Bills, 5 catches for 32 yards against the Lions, and 8 catches for 37 yards against the Ravens.” [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]

Who will the Indians sign in free agency this offseason? Will any of those guys be in the Top 50 free agents? Andy Nichols at IBI has his best guess for us with Dan Haren and Jesse Crain joining the Tribe, “After that DL stint, Haren looked like his old self, pitching to a 3.29 ERA in his remaining 16 appearances (15 starts).  He may not be a top of the rotation guy anymore, but he still has value as a 4th or possibly 3rd starter.  Hopefully Mickey Callaway could find a way to bring out the 2011 Haren that had a 3.17 ERA in 238.1 innings for the Angels.” [Indians Baseball Insider]

Speaking of the Indians, Uni Watch is long known for their crusade against Wahoo and any Native American sports team names. They took a user submission for a new logo with the C and feather idea that Rick and I had discussed in our Uni Talk edition for the Indians. It’s not the current block C logo, so I’d rather keep the current one and work a feather into the design. [Uniwatch/Phil Hecken]

I wrote about Ohio State football this morning, but I didn’t mention much about the BCS. Some believe that still-undefeated Baylor will leap-frog Ohio State in the standings either this week after their blowout win over Texas Tech or next week when they face ranked Oklahoma State. Jason Priestas at Eleven Warriors has some details on that, “For weeks, Ohio State fans have ridden an emotional rollercoaster – overjoyed with the explosion of points on the football field, yet living in perpetual fear that Stanford, Baylor, and a handful of other teams, both real and imaginary, might jump the Buckeyes into the No. 3 spot in the BCS rankings.” [Eleven Warriors]

And finally, to fuel that Dion Waiters fire from fans, here is a look at some NBA Sophomore Slump Busters from NBADraft.net, “Just about anyone who watched Drummond during the second half of last season couldn’t help but salivate at the possibility that Drummond had finally put together his physical tools with the requisite maturity that he lacked in college and early on last season. Now as Drummond enters his sophomore season, fans should keep their bibs nearby. Drummond has become a full-time starter and his increase in minutes has paid immediate dividends for the new look Pistons.” [NBADraft.net]

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    The BCS stakes coming into the Illinois game and the Jerrydome game were known by all.

    Baylor covered, OSU didn’t.

    TTU >>>>>> Illinois.
    Baylor gets my vote for #3.
    I’ve covered for the Bucks most of the year, but it’s not even close at this point.
    OSU was soft as a grape against a one dimensional offense and a bottom tier defense.

  • Natedawg86

    Only spots that matter are #1 and #2. Win the games.