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
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.
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.
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.
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!