April 19, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Urban signs a QB, a look a the Hot Stove & Cavs Zine 4 news

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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I think Norv has done a pretty solid job this season. “For the Browns offense this year, the only constant has been change.

It’s well documented the Browns have played three different quarterbacks this season due to the combination of injury and poor performance in Brandon Weeden,Brian Hoyer and now Jason Campbell. Weeden has started a total of 5 games, as has Campbell with Hoyer starting three.

There has also been turmoil at the running back position.

It’s looking more and more as though Willis McGahee will miss this week’s game due to a concussion he suffered late in the loss to the Patriots. He has not been cleared to return to the practice field thus far.

“I really think that there’s there’s been a lot of scenarios we’ve had to deal with, but if you would’ve told me in August that Trent Richardson wasn’t going to be here and we were going to play three different quarterbacks and they all were going to start about 3 1/2 to 4 games or whatever they’ve done…” Turner said. “We’ve had some other issues to deal with, obviously the running back situation and I think you’d be saying this offense would struggle.”” [Fred Greetham/Orange and Brown Report].


CAVS ZINE NEWS CAVS ZINE NEWS CAVS ZINE NEWS “It’s an independent hand made Cavaliers and Cleveland oriented publication about basketball.  It features all of your favorite Cavs bloggers and artists.  It is insanely cool.  Most of them were hand delivered to people who attended the Cavs home opener, so this is one of your last chances to get one.  Each one is hand numbered and contains a Cavs Zine 4 pin.  There will be only 100 distributed though the mail.

Brendan Bowers, who is the Editor In Chief of StepienRules.com has been a contributor for 4 seasons of Cavs Zine, but his lastest peice, which is exclusive to Cavs Zine 4, may be his best yet.  Bowers and I present to you the following Q & A sesh with the secrets of The Bible Of Cavs Fandom, Cavs Zine 4.” [Stepien Rules].


Baseball contracts seem insane to me. “Shoot, look at those relievers. They’re getting paid too. Remember Eddie Mujica? Yeah? Boston just paid him way too much money to be a set-up man. Thanks, but no thanks on that. If you can afford it and you have a need, great. But the Indians are better off going with their young upside arms than investing money in that volatile position.

And please, save your “Yankees showing restraint” non-sense. They’ve signed Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Brian McCann and re-signed Hiroki Kuroda and that will cost them well over $300 million. Not even they have the financial ability to sign all those guys and then sign up Cano too. In fact, it is just smart that they let Cano walk or else they wouldn’t have been able to make the moves they made.

And here we have the Indians. I know you are all discouraged a bit because a team like the Twins can go out and sign to starting pitchers, one of which could have been on the Indians radar if things weren’t inflated.

But here’s the deal, the Indians do not strike at this point in the offseason. They never have and they never will. That’s the a reflection of the types of players being signed and the contracts they are being given. Yes the winter meetings start this week and that’s all well and fun, but if the Indians make a significant move, it will be through a trade.” [Nino Colla/The Cleveland Fan].


I don’t normally follow recruiting, but fifteen seems… young. “The Gray Box comes a little bit earlier than expected for 2017 quarterback Danny Clark. Ohio State offered the Massillon freshman quarterback, and he immediately accepted.

Scout.com’s Bill Greene was the first to report the news. His commitment should come as no surprise, since he has previously told Eleven Warriors that he planned to commit to Ohio State on the spot.

Clark made headlines after being named the starting QB at Ohio powerhouse Massillon High School. He was the first freshman to ever start for the Tigers, while leading them into the playoffs. Due to being a freshman, he is not yet rated by any of the services. The pro-style quarterback reports a 4.8 forty time.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 205 pound commit cannot yet drive a car, but that didn’t stop Urban Meyer from offering.” [Jordan Wagner/Eleven Warriors].


I’d like to think the Cleveland teams aren’t this bad. But…. “The Mariners, as detailed in an already legendary piece by Geoff Baker in the Seattle Times earlier this week, seem to have a Michael Scott office issue: They’re run by a buffoon. The way Baker describes general manager Jack Zduriencik — having associates prepare documents for presentations to make him look smarter, ignorance of basic personnel moves covered for by blatant deception, an inability to stand up to his own bosses — is actually pretty hilarious, if you don’t work there. From that article, Zduriencik pretty clearly has no idea what he’s doing, and uses various techniques, with diminishing success, to disguise that fact. Everybody’s worked for someone like that, a person who always seems to be falling upward. The story just went public, but you know that the entire Mariners organization has been complaining about that guy during smoke breaks and margarita lunches for years.

Washington and the Knicks share a different problem: They have top-level bosses who keep meddling despite the fact they don’t have much idea what they’re doing. This is comical, like Zduriencik, but mostly pathetic: Daniel Snyder and Jim Dolan are small men with big jobs, always a dangerous combination. They’re impatient, they’re tempestuous, they’re constantly stomping their feet and pouting. They’re also notoriously media-averse, in a way that they think helps them but in reality does the exact opposite. And in their organization, they instill nothing but fear. (Talk to anyone who once worked for Snyder or Dolan; they have the halting cadence of a released hostage.) This leadership style doesn’t produce people who do great work. It produces people who are terrific at only one thing: Hanging onto their job, whatever it takes.

And so you get not just terrible teams, but embarrassing ones. The Mariners have that ugly story as the dominant narrative the week they sign a superstar to one of the biggest contracts in baseball history. The Knicks are connected to countless desperation trades, mortgaging what’s left of their dim future to salvage the smoldering wreck that their season has become.” [Will Leitch/Sports on Earth].




  • maxfnmloans

    So wait, did Urban offer this QB a scholarship from Ohio State or Texas? I kid, I kid

  • saggy

    gotta say – that kid looks amazing for a freshman. amazing.

  • Natedawg86

    Saban should have went Texas. Much easier route than SEC plus still a big school with plenty of talent and tax free income.