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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“FINALLY. We’ve waited way too long for some impact plays from Paul Kruger, Jabaal Sheard, and Barkevious Mingo. With the assistance of a third-string right tackle for the Patriots, all three Browns defenders delivered in one game. The sacks were meaningful, too, preventing the Patriots from kicking a field goal, resulting in a turnover, etc. Kruger also did a good job helping break up two bubble screen passes for wide receivers.” [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]
Destined to be a Brown? “Jadeveon Clowney was pulled over Saturday evening for speeding after police said he was going 110 MPH in a 70 MPH zone in South Carolina.” [Bromberg/Dr. Saturday]
“This doesn’t mean that the Cavaliers can’t have success this season. But the reality is that young players are inconsistent. Experience in the league is a big deal, not just in games played, but meaningful games battling for playoff seeding. These loses early force the players to look themselves in the mirror and ask what role they can play that best helps the team to win. It’s not just about numbers and development anymore, it’s time to start winning.
They are going to win some games that they shouldn’t have any business winning this season, and they are going to get blown out by bad teams and cough up big leads. This is what young inexperienced teams do, it doesn’t worry me that these are some of the character traits this team is showing. They are far from finished products as players and the team is barely 25% done with their first season as a unit. They will continue to mature and grow throughout the year. Not all of them will realize their potential, but playing them and giving them the opportunity to sink or swim is necessary in order to find out who can play and who can’t. It is important to try and not to read too much into every mistake and loss. You can’t expect a finished product with a team this young.” [Rowan/Fear the Sword]
“So could it be as simple as when Thompson plays well the Cavaliers win? Maybe.
The Canadian left-hander right-hander has scored at least 12 points in each of his team’s seven wins this year while averaging 16.4 during those victories. He’s also recorded a double-double in six of those seven wins (only non-double-double was 18 points, 9 rebs vs BKN) while collecting an average of 12.9 rebounds.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]
“In this case, Gronkowski is vulnerable and laid out, but it’s by a shot to his legs that Gronk can’t protect himself from, not by the traditional shot to the head. I don’t know how you tell Ward that he can’t hit Gronkowski high or low in that situation without basically suggesting that Gronkowski is allowed to waltz into the end zone for a touchdown anytime he catches a seam route. Ward had no intent to injure Gronkowski on the play, and yet the only hit he could really get off was a very dangerous one. There’s no simple solution to that quandary, just the reality that it’s impossible to make professional football with 240-pound athletes a safe game.” [Barnwell/Grantland]