Aaron Craft lies with Huell, NBA jersey ads, Mark Sanchez and The Killers… While We’re Waiting

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It was an eventful week off with Denny filling in for me. I always love reading writing written by Denny so it was nice of him to pick me up last week. But I’m back, so let’s go.

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It’s sad that Ohio State lost yesterday… unless you went to Dayton, of course. Regardless, it feels like a win because we got this photoshop out of it. 

Ohio State Loses

For everything the Internet gets wrong, you’ve gotta love the enduring legacy of a show like Breaking Bad including Huell lying on a pile of cash.

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About advertising on NBA jerseys and the millions of words that will be written. Shut up. That’s it. I know it’s totally rude and I’m not talking to you individually, but in general I’m just going to say shut up. Maybe I’m looking especially old in my aging 35-year-old body, but the only thing more annoying than bad changes to sports are the traditionalist ramblings that pine away for simpler, better times that weren’t really that much simpler or better. Things change. Even the changes we assume are for the worst are likely just different. Advertisements on NBA jerseys feel dirty, but it will only take a minute and everyone will be over it. So, I choose to save the whole conversation. It’s just another topic that has so very little to do with the actual sport and everything to do with the garbage surrounding it.

I remember spending a lot of time getting ticked about bands “selling out” or movies with blatant product placement in my younger days. Complaining about it didn’t do anything to change it and it just made me feel bad in general. So now I’ll follow my own advice and shut up on this topic as well.

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Former Browns pick faces his future. Mark Sanchez of buttfumble fame could have been a Cleveland Browns quarterback. Pay no mind to the second round of Eric Mangini for a second. Don’t worry about eventual pick, Alex Mack’s agent. The Browns owned the Mark Sanchez pick and Sanchez currently awaits his probable cut from the roster in New York. Between his rookie deal and an extension aimed at saving cap dollars, Sanchez has probably made over $50 million so far in New York. How about another collective sigh of relief that he didn’t collect that kind of money in Cleveland! And thanks again for the new rookie wage scale, NFL. Even if the Browns select a Bortles, Bridgewater and Manziel, it won’t be a cap crusher. Yes, it will be a horrible loss of opportunity cost, but that’s better than the buttfumbling alternative.

butt fumble

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U.S. wins a soccer recruiting battle ahead of the World Cup – We don’t really talk soccer consistently enough here for my tastes, but I do the best I can to try and keep up with it. We’ll especially be keeping up with the United States in the World Cup this summer and that team might have gotten some exceptional news this week. An eighteen-year-old striker, who was born in Florida but has been playing under-19 with Germany, chose to play for the U.S. internationally. It’s a big deal for the United States and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann who is native to Germany.

It is unknown how good Green will be, of course, but this is a recruiting battle to be sure. A kid who was born in Florida to an American father and a German mother who is worthy of hype would have been very difficult to convince to play for the United States in the past. This is exactly the kind of rise in profile that the United States was looking for when they hired Jurgen Klinsmann. We’ll find out soon enough this summer in Brazil if they’ve achieved anything tangible.

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Are the Killers are trying to be a cheesy 80’s easy listening group now? Last, but not least, as I was watching March Madness yesterday, there was a song playing on the way in or out of commercials and it stuck out to me. I thought it was The Killers, and it turns out it was, but it also sounded like it was another, more cheesy song that hearkened back to an earlier time of musical fromage. I think it was calling back “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood. Take a listen and let me know if you agree.

First, here are The Killers with “Shot at the Night”

Now, here’s Steve Winwood.

Not a good look, The Killers. Not a good look at all.

Have a good weekend everyone.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Andrew Schnitkey

    “That’s a gift for you, bumblebee.”

  • mgbode

    By trading the #5 selection, Mangini/Kokinis demonstrated that they did not value Sanchez as a franchise QB. As such, even if we keep that pick, I don’t think we take Sanchez. Then again, we took David Veikune in the 2nd round, so I cannot be certain of it.

  • Toddyus

    I had the exact same thought when I heard the Killers intro/outro. Always hated that Winwood song…

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Craig Lyndall

    Those synthesized horn blasts are everything that’s wrong with music from the 1980’s.

  • RGB

    Apparently, Schaub is headed to Oakland.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10644839/matt-schaub-expected-traded-oakland-raiders-houston-texans

    That leaves us with healing Hoyer and…Throwalicious!

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Craig Lyndall

    Rex Grossman? Michael Vick? Pickings are getting slim. :-)

  • boomhauertjs

    I went to Dayton, and yes, I am not sad today.

  • mgbode

    Here was the record-setting pick6 from Schaub last year:

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/br-cdn/temp_images/2013/10/07/SchaubPickedOff.gif

  • mgbode

    congrats, well played game.

  • RGB

    I went to WSU, and you guys cost me my billion dollar bracket…
    TOTALLY worth it! :D

  • RGB

    Vick and the Dag Pound…how poetic.

  • Natedawg86

    Sigh of relief.

  • Natedawg86

    Is he allowed that close to the Dawgpound?

  • saggy

    he said he went to Dayton. he doesn’t play on the team.

  • saggy

    I have ZERO problem with ads on Jerseys. I think they actually add to the beauty. My favorite shirt ever is my early 90’s Fiorentina purple home kit with “Nintendo” on the chest.

  • saggy

    you have to be fair to Mark Sanchez, though. Bilal Powell was his starting RB and I challenge anyone – without looking – to name his top receiver the last 2 seasons. The Jets’ OL is easily worse than Cleveland’s, too.

    Is Sanchez the guy we saw his first two years? I don’t know. But a lot of talent guys say that once a player displays a skill, he owns it. Sanchez certainly owns some skills, and I think a change of scenery would really benefit him both on and off the field.

    There is actually lots of talk about the Jets keeping him on the roster because they aren’t going to find anyone who is better at this point.

  • CB Everett

    He yelled at us to shut up about it! So we’re not supposed to talk about it at all. Don’t make him come back there and tell you again!

  • RGB

    I have a feeling Farmer has been quiet on the QB situation, because he is waiting til the 25th, when NY has to pay him or cut him.

  • mgbode

    Is Sanchez the guy we saw his first two years?

    yeah, sure. that guy wasn’t very good.

  • mgbode
  • porckchop

    Maybe its the video infecting me but I hear more Starship than WInwood (although I def hear the Winwood as well). Its like the Killers binge watched Mannequin, and then went into the studio humming Nothings Gonna Stop us Now.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Sanchez would likely have saved us from the Weeden booger flip pass. I’m not sure we totally dodged that bullet. Maybe we just got tazed (sp?) instead.

    (Insert GIF of Weeden’s worst pass HERE)

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Craig Lyndall

    Who would have snapped the ball to weeden tho?!? :-)

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Craig Lyndall

    YEAH! (Not really though. I meant the inevitable, “MY COLUMN” types of tweets with sanctimonious links thereafter.)

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I don’t know…but I can only assume that he would have face planted into Oniel Cousin’s rear end. =]

  • saggy

    is this a no?

  • CB Everett

    I guess the Nascarization of all sports is an inevitability.

  • mgbode

    the difference being Cousin’s would have been moving backward really fast at the time

  • C-Bus Kevin

    The only upside? With the concussion from the impact of moving your head full speed into a “full reverse Cousins”, there is no way you will remember that the last thing you saw before you blacked out was Cousin’s considerable backside.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yuck I say no to the ads!

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    This advertisement thing is old news, some teams’ logos were even designed as advertisements (ahem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_Steelers#Logo_and_uniforms ) that may have been suggested by their rival city, even.

  • Woods aka Holdenbeach1

    Go UD! 109 Lawnview. 222-7072. Tim’s Tuesday Bucket night. Bid Euchre. The first nice day in Spring, and the St Patrick’s day “celebration”. Good times…

    The only time I don’t want OSU to win is when they play the Flyers.

    Class of 86. Old.