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.
“Kyrie Irving is turbulence. Each dribble and juke is a disjointed performance art piece, helter-skelter movement in a major progression toward a heightened pulse for all on board. Movement seems possible in every direction, both for Irving and the ball. As one goes toward the rim, the other heads left; a behind-the-back dribble perpendicular to the baseline comes next. Soon enough, defenses are broken like so many plates in a Chicago china shop, and either Irving himself or the recipient of a pinpoint pass ends a possession…in a lot of different ways, at least this year. Irving’s been off, and so have the Cavaliers.” [Lynch/Hardwood Paroxysm]
Worst team offense after a timeout to set up a play? Yep. “At the bottom, you have teams like Cleveland, Oklahoma City, and perplexingly, the Spurs. You’d guess that Mike Brown and Scotty Brooks would end up on this list—your eyes don’t lie to you that badly—but Pop?” [Wagner/Regressing-Deadspin]
“To be exact, the analysts have Hyde ranked as the No. 87 overall prospect in the draft, and the No. 6 player at his position, with a projected round of two or three.
ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. liks Hyde even more. Kiper lists Hyde as the No. 19 overall player on his big board and the No. 1 prospect at running back.” [Ogden/The O Zone]
“Lots of you have asked over the past 12 hours via Twitter how I could rank Ohio State second, ahead of both Syrause and Wisconsin, after spending this space “ripping” OSU’s schedule. My answer: The point here isn’t to “rip” OSU’s schedue as much as it’s to simply show that the perception of Kentucky would, again, be drastically different with OSU’s schedule. Nothing more. Nothing less. As for Ohio State and its ranking, I guess I’d say this: The Buckeyes started higher in the Top 25 (and one) than both Syracuse and Wisconsin, and they’ve done nothing to date to prove they’re not better than Syracuse and Wisconsin.” [Parrish/CBS Sports]
“Against the worst rushing team in the league, on a day where Jason Campbell struggled to throw the football, you would have thought that we would have tried to commit to the ground game a little more. Cleveland finished with just 14 carries from their running backs for 46 yards. Our tight end and quarterback combined for more yardage on the ground. All three backs did well as receivers, though. Edwin Baker had a nice debut, but judgment has to be reserved on him, given the Bears’ defense. It can’t be a good sign for Fozzy Whittaker that his rep count was lower than the just-signed Baker, though.” [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]
“Last winter was the first since 2004 in which not a single domestic free agent negotiated a deal that lasted longer than six years, and the GM’s I spoke with thought that trend might continue. But then the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury, a 30-year-old with a concerning injury history and a playing style based on speed, for seven years and $153 million. And then the Mariners signed Robinson Cano, who is 31, for 10 years and $240 million. And then we started reading news like, “Eight teams interested in Johan Santana,” and, “At least seven teams in the Eric Chavez market,” and, “Boone Logan signs with the Rockies for three years and $16.5 million.” What happened to caution?” [Reiter/CNN SI]