What’s up everybody? It’s Friday and I’m on for WWW. Hope it’s one of the good ones. We never know when we write these, by the way. I’ve discussed this with Andrew and the rest of the crew and it’s a mystery to us which ones are going to draw commentary and which ones will draw flies.
Scott Raab’s feature on Mike Pettine in Esquire
Scott talked a bit about this on the podcast while he was in the process of trying to hit his deadline. I wanted to make sure we highlight it here on WFNY, because it’s really excellent work. That’s no surprise, of course, but it’s also really great to see a more insider perspective on the Browns’ new head coach Mike Pettine.
“Look, I know that I have zero credibility. The Browns right now have zero credibility—not just with the national media but with the local. ‘Here we go again—another head coach with a plan’—that’s fine. I’m willing for people to be critical of us. There is no benefit of the doubt here. None. Because we have no credibility.”
Pettine says this with neither anger nor resignation, but with matter-of-fact ferocity. I like this about him—like it quite a bit. Chudzinski was a lug and a fall guy, and the guy before him was a cipher, and the one before him was frankly nuts. Mike Pettine has more brass in his balls and steel in his spine than all three of ‘em combined, forged thirty miles north of Philly, in Doylestown, where his father—Mike Sr.—built from scratch a football empire and a no-shit legend over his thirty-three years as head coach at Central Bucks High School West.
It feels a little bit different than the last few coaches and front offices in Berea. I’m sure I’ve said that at one point or another with them all too, but Pettine’s bit about credibility is a different level. Even as other coaches and General Managers or team Presidents have given lip service to these ideas, they weren’t stated without the P.R. sheen. Mike Pettine – almost refreshingly – doesn’t have the sheen.
The Browns’ new one-cut and run offense…
One thing I’ve been saying consistently about the Browns this training camp is that they’re committed to running the football. I know that’s a huge relief for Browns fans everywhere after having huge questions in the Browns’ running attack since Peyton Hillis got strep throat. While the Browns didn’t set the world on fire in their opening game against the Lions, if you watch the runs again, you see there are a lot of positive plays there. A commitment to it over the course of a 60-minute game should yield some bigger plays that will demoralize opposing defenses. (Hopefully.)
Product revew: Finis Neptune Underwater MP3 Player
Living in the future is pretty splendid sometimes. Most of you know from following along that about four years ago I went from sedentary to a bit of a workout freak. That included swimming laps at a local pool, but it was really tough to not get bored with the feelings of isolation that underwater exercise brings. I found the Neptune on Amazon and knew that I had to give it a try. For the most part, it is absolutely awesome.
It’s a weird thing, but the Neptune uses “bone conduction” audio technology. The two speakers actually don’t sit on top of the ears. They attach to the sides of the goggles and rest just in front of the ears. The sound travels through your cheekbone directly into the inner ear. The process description is much stranger than it actually sounds. It works really well.
My only real complaints with the Neptune is that they haven’t programmed the actual MP3 player very well. It’s very picky about MP3 meta data and how it organizes files. If you copy an album by a band, it would seem reasonable to assume that the Neptune would naturally figure out the right order if the order is set properly in the metadata. Neptune has issues with it though. I think I figured out the work-around with a lot of trial and error. If you look at the data, a track will be marked 1, or 2, or 3 of 12, for example. Well, I discovered that if the data field is filled with the “of 12″ data that the Neptune won’t put the songs in the correct order. Weird.
Anyway, don’t want to let little complaints like that taint an otherwise great review. The Neptune Underwater MP3 Player is a great help to me and my swim workouts. It makes it easy to go for those extra five laps when I’m distracted by great music, rather than counting laps and strokes as I fight boredom.
And now for a weird musical recommendation to end the week…
It’s true that last night I went to see Katy Perry live at The Q. I’m writing this before I see that show, so I am not here to review it, but let’s just say that those concert tickets are proof I’m in a weird spot with music in my life right now. So, why fight it? I was listening to another wacky thing yesterday and I was shocked how much I enjoyed listening to it. Michael Cera, the actor, released an album of lo-fi music and it’s exactly what you’d expect from Cera. And it’s also pretty good. I mean it’s not Katy Perry selling out basketball arenas, but it’s a fun, artistic, musical jaunt by an actor. You don’t get to say that often.
Thanks for reading everything this week, guys. Have a great weekend!