Another year waiting for the QB, jamming cell phones, hidden ball tricks and more… While We’re Waiting

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It’s Friday which means I’m back in action on the WWW. Here’s hoping this week’s edition is worthy of being printed and taken to the restroom!1

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By this time next week, we’ll know who the Browns have selected in the first round of the NFL draft.2  In my soul right now, I don’t think there’s any way that the Browns are drafting a quarterback with the fourth pick and it makes me sad already. It’s not that I think Ray Farmer is wrong and dumb for not taking a quarterback. It’s just a fear of mine that the Browns have a strategically good enough pick to potentially get the number one quarterback off the board of the 2014 NFL Draft and this is just one of those years where it doesn’t matter.

There’s some talk about Tim Couch lately and whether anyone ever could have become a good quarterback for the expansion Cleveland Browns. It’s a worthwhile debate, but it’s also old news. What is current news is that the Browns aren’t set at quarterback yet and look like they won’t necessarily be set after the first day of the NFL draft this year either.

Sure, they may still take a quarterback and they might finally strike gold either with Brian Hoyer or whomever they select later, but it’s another longshot. It’s Brandon Weeden, Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, Colt McCoy and Charlie Frye. At least when the Browns drafted Tim Couch they had the number one guy. They took the ultimate chance and yes, a battered Couch was prematurely drubbed out of the league, but the Browns seem to have hedged at the QB position ever since.

This year’s draft and this year’s fourth pick might provide an opportunity to avoid the hedge. You know, except if there’s just not a quarterback who is worthy of the number four pick at all. That might be reality, but it also is decent enough cause for me to be sad that the Browns might have to wait for that franchise QB to show up.

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The line between villain and hero is sometimes a really really thin one. I live in the vicinity of Chagrin Falls, and I love it, but no place is perfect. The proliferation of humongonormous SUVs and their drivers talking on phones is likely above the normal statistical sampling. Honestly, I have no idea how big some of these people’s families are that they need a top of the line Chevy Suburban or Tahoe, but I digress. It’s with this sometimes careless driver archetype in mind that I kind of love this story I read yesterday about a Florida man (of course it was Florida) who put a jamming device in his SUV and used it for nearly two years before the FCC caught up with him.

Obviously, the other side of the coin shows that interrupting someone’s ability to communicate can also be dangerous, so this guy was wrong. Still, I’m telling you there’s a hero portion of the pie chart. It might be less than 50% of the pie, but you can see it.

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It may be lacrosse and you may not care about that sport, but it’s a HIDDEN BALL TRICK! You might have to watch the video a couple times to catch the moment where they fake a pass, but this is an awesome watch. Legal trickery at its finest.

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This week, I decided to go old school on the music part of my post. I think one of the more underappreciated bands from my younger days is Jimmy Eat World. They’re still out there doing it at a high level, and their peak wasn’t as high as some of the bigger bands like Foo Fighters or Pearl Jam, but their astonishing consistency is commendable.

Recently I did one of those weird BuzzFeed things that tells you what Jimmy Eat World song you are and I won’t link it up here because I’m a bit embarrassed to have filled it out, but I was simultaneously proud of the result. When I filled it out I got “Table for Glasses” which is the first song from their amazing debut album Clarity. The harmonies are awesome and crushing. Here’s a live version that might make you cry if you have a heart and or soul. If not, I think it’s probably you. :-)

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Footnotes:

  1. I have lofty life goals and aspirations. []
  2. It also occurs to me right this second that I might be a bit impaired in my ability to write WWW for next Friday… hmmm… []
  • mgbode

    at 4, the odds are that either the Browns are outside the realm of drafting the best* QB in this draft (Houston, JAX need QBs, StL does but won’t admit but they could trade to one of the other 8 teams that do).

    *best as determined by scouting. usually pretty good measure.

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    also, whether Hoyer, Aaron Murray, Connor Shaw or whichever QB they end up with outside the #4 pick ends up being the guy, we can hopefully become one of those teams like SF where the QB is the extra guy that just puts it over the top instead of the teams where they are completely QB-dependent (GB, NO). One of my fears is that we finally find the right guy at QB, but he never stays healthy.

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    regardless, less than a week away from the draft (finally), so we at least get to find out.

  • JNeids

    I’m using Craig’s intro to bring up this debate:
    When bringing printed reading material into the WORKPLACE restroom, is it ok to leave for fellow squatters? There’s someone that does that at my office and there’s just something about touching something that some other dude was holding in that precarious position that gives me the heebiejeebies. Discuss.

  • RGB

    NEXT year, Hundley and Winston will be available…

  • MrCleaveland

    You cannot spend the No. 4 pick on the best available reach at QB . . . or at any other position.

    Yes, it’s sad that there is no franchise QB out there. But that does not alter the fact that there is no franchise QB out there. So to blow a No. 4 pick on a “Who knows?” “Maybe, maybe not” “hope and a prayer” QB is madness.

  • mgbode

    if Hundley doesn’t continue to regress. anyway, don’t forget Marriotta. and, also don’t forget that Dansby is a visionary, so we’ll be in the playoffs and nowhere near those QBs.

    I still like Teddy anyway.

  • mgbode

    unless the QB we have there is graded as a franchise guy. hard to tell at this point. why is the draft still almost a week away?

  • etc

    How is what some dude was holding worse than what that same dude was sitting on?

  • jewpants47

    what if the Browns drafted a QB with all ten picks?

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    fear not craig. in the unlikely event bortles is there at four, i think they’ll take him.

  • RGB

    It also didn’t help Couch, that his college system consisted of Hal Mumme drawing plays in the dirt.

  • mgbode

    The Florida man jamming cell phones is dumb not only for the obvious reason of 911/emergency situations, but what happens when someone’s phone cuts out? In many cases, they look down to their phones to try to restart what they were doing creating the exact situation he was trying to avoid.

    Good intentions, but terribly execution.

    I think we are just a few years from laws in most/all areas demanding hands-free only in automobiles though and them pulling you over and fining you otherwise. It’s the seat-belt law of our generation.

  • mgbode

    that depends, how many of them are related to Locker or Mallet?

  • mgbode
  • mgbode

    great college offense (simple since players swap out so often and limited prep time). terrible QB development. of course, Weeden came through the same system (we never learn).

    Here’s the best article on the system:
    http://smartfootball.com/offense/the-air-raid-offense-history-evolution-weirdness-from-mumme-to-leach-to-franklin-to-holgorsen-and-beyond#sthash.d2AZuYJZ.dpbs

    And, pretty much the entire passing tree:

    http://smartfootball.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Leach-Six.jpg

  • Garry_Owen

    I believe this, too.

  • Garry_Owen

    His intentions weren’t even good. His intent was to stop other people from doing something that simply irritated him. He was a baby throwing a high-tech tantrum, no different (if more sophisticated) than the speed vigilantes that slow down to below the speed limit just to stop other people from speeding – which is also extremely dangerous. The potential results of his actions were clearly identifiable, even to him, and therefore his bad will overrides any possible good or even neutral intent. No hero portion of any pie for him.

  • MrCleaveland

    Okay, boys. But if we draft a QB at 4 this year, we’ll be drafting another QB at 4 two years from now.

  • JNeids
  • Harv 21

    gimme my drum back, pal

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    On a side note one which is far more relevant anyone else see the “Gateway” half hour show being aired on STO these days? Interesting to relive history just before the big vote on issue 7. A lot of people involved back then were shown being interviewed strangely ex-mayor Mike White wasn’t one of them.

    On a connected note I got to see Cleveland Frowns on More Sports and Les Levine discussing his opposition to issue 7. Not sure how I feel about it to be honest I get what he was arguing I just don’t know if he made his case. I think the proponents of Issue 7 have done a much better job at either delivering their message or at least tainting the waters enough in order to get people to believe everything they say. The two positives opponents to issue 7 have going for them IMO are the label “sin tax” even though it’s called an “excise tax” on the ballot people will still associate the original moniker of sin tax since it taxes sinful things such as alcohol and cigarettes. The second is the politicians namely the current mayor implying that if the issue doesn’t pass it could effect other services/areas. Nobody likes perceived threats especially from politicians.

  • WFNY_DP

    “Clarity” was such a good record, but for me they never quite got back to those heights.

  • Harv 21

    . it also is decent enough cause for me to be sad that the Browns might have to wait for that franchise QB to show up.”

    This reminds me of my annual uncontrollable desire just before the draft
    that they take a skill player in the first round, a guy to entertain me, not the building block that I was thinking about in the last games of the previous season. It’s like food shopping when you’re hungry. But I don’t see good orgs forcing it like that. When they moved up to take Richardson we all went yeah, that’s a game changer that you gotta pay for. No, it was more like a swing from the heels prayer for the Magic Man, and became a noose for Banner to waive in front of Haslam’s face as proof that good GMs don’t reach. About that he was right.

  • Steve

    “tainting the waters”

    A nice way to put it. You’ll notice that the furthest that the proponents of Issue 7 go is “it’s a comparable deal to everywhere else” when explaining why we should keep it. Otherwise it’s a pretty much a “oh, we got screwed, but there’s nothing we can do about it, so we have to keep getting screwed, I mean, keep Cleveland strong”

  • Natedawg86

    What about the dudes that come into a fart smelling bathroom to brush their teeth?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Any truth to Joe’s Crab Shack signing Watson as an endorser?

    http://www.scottsdalemomsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/joes-crab-shack.gif

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Somewhere the females are laughing.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m actually very interested in the issue but it doesn’t seem to get much play on WFNY.

    You seem to have some very strong feelings on issue 7 Steven.

  • mgbode

    I thought they signed Winston to promote their new “grab-n-go” menu

  • RGB

    Not Watson!
    Winnnstonnnn…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You sound just like my third wife when I called her the wrong name! Fixed it sheesh.

  • RGB
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Dude looks like a lady?

  • RGB

    The Young Ones, man!