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.
Of delusion and dysfunction: “Even as he continues to claim ignorance of the rebate scam allegedly operating on his watch at Pilot Flying J, he hopes you understand he’s on the job and attending to the details required to turn the Browns into a winner. When he says he gets why we might be skeptical of yet another Browns’ regime making yet another coaching change, he doesn’t know the half of it. [...] Even though the last 365 days has brought two head coach firings, a 4-12 season and a cloud hanging overhead from here to Knoxville, Haslam still says people around the league talk about the Browns “in terms of the Packers and Steelers.” I think he means the tradition, minus the winning and the stability.” [Bud Shaw/Cleveland.com]
Heady hurler Trevor Bauer is reportedly looking good in Arizona [Jordan Bastian/MLB.com]
So, about that whole Bobby Rainy situation: “The Browns picked up Rainey after training camp, after the Ravens waived him. In a quirk of the present-day assessments, Rainey was tabbed the “best player cut,” a double-edged sword if ever there was one. [...] The Browns waived Rainey on Oct. 18, six days after they had signed wide receiver Charles Johnson off the Green Bay practice squad. To make room for Johnson, the team put Hoyer on injured reserve. Johnson, though, arrived with a torn knee ligament. Because Johnson was signed off a practice squad, the Browns had to leave his roster spot open for two weeks. At that time, they hadn’t added a third quarterback to replace Hoyer, and they needed to cut someone. The team decided to cut Rainey and keep Fozzy Whittaker. Clearly, that turned out to be a mistake, but it was a mistake forced by issues unrelated to Rainey.” [Pat McManamon/ESPN.com]
Don’t look now, but the Indians are suddenly the best-run franchise in all of Cleveland [Wahoos on First]
And finally, the double standards in Berea: “Banner said Chudzinski was fired because the team failed to improve in the short term. Yet when asked about his and Lombardi’s major roster transactions, Banner answered, “I think most of the moves, both the free-agent moves and draft moves, need to be judged over time. I’m very optimistic that over time, whether we are dealing with undrafted free agents, the players we claimed or the free agents we signed, that it will prove to have been a year in which we moved the needle forward in terms of the talent level on the team.” [Tony Grossi/ESPN Cleveland]