Reflections on LeBron’s meaning to Akron: While We’re Waiting…

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It’s almost here. Next Thursday, the Cleveland Cavaliers begin the much-hyped 2014-15 NBA regular season with LeBron James back in wine and gold. The preseason is now over. The real games begin soon. It’s a pretty surreal time to be a fan of Northeast Ohio professional basketball. It’s perhaps even more surreal to be amid

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Cleveland fans really are something special: While We’re Waiting…

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Can I get emotional for a moment? At WFNY and around the webs, I’m often known as the nerdy sports analytics guy from Cleveland with a penchant for rambling about objectivity. Rabble rabble rabble stats. But today, I want to share some really positive vibes and feelings about my fellow Cleveland sports fan. Yesterday was

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Is the Kenneth Faried extension a model for Cavs and Tristan Thompson?

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Amid a busy weekend in NBA salary news, the Denver Nuggets snuck in a late-night surprise on Sunday. They reached agreement with 2011 draft pick Kenneth Faried on a five-year $60 million extension. No news is complete without some degree of uncertainty. And many have brought up how the deal, first reported by Yahoo! Sports’

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Cleveland Indians attendance and TV numbers, analytics consultant leaves Cavs: While We’re Waiting…

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Hi, loyal WFNY readers. Have you missed me? Last we talked, I was in Idaho Falls, making my way gradually to my new home here in Eugene, Oregon. When you read this, I’ll still be sleeping (Pacific Coast time!) just before my fourth day of MBA classes. It’s certainly been information overload. The two weeks

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On Michael Brantley’s surprisingly bad defensive metrics

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  “Shortstops make most plays. One remembers good plays made longer than one remembers plays not made.” Let’s dub this a “Derek Jeter.” By now, better defensive stats have become somewhat mainstream in baseball analysis. In general, we should now know that errors and assists aren’t the only statistics available. On the highest and most

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Josh Gordon reactions from the web: While We’re Waiting…

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  There were many fantastic reactions from around the internet on yesterday’s news of the confirmed one-year suspension for Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon. Let’s go to the excerpts. From SB Nation’s David Roth: In Josh Gordon’s case, as in all the variously appalling decisions that have preceded it, the NFL is sticking to its

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Atchison, Manziel reactions and the SI cover jinx: While We’re Waiting…

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Father Time: Congratulations go out to 38-going-on-50 Scott Atchison, who signed an extension with the Indians earlier this week. I distinctly remember back when the Indians signed Atchison in January to minor league contract/spring training invite deal. He had a mediocre season with the Mets in 2013, then was non tendered. He was just another

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The NBA’s marketing machine is fantastic … While We’re Waiting

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“When’s the schedule coming out?” This was a text I received every few days since LeBron’s return to the Cavaliers. For weeks and weeks, many have been on edge. No official announcement came at first – the NBA had been said to want to delay the release to closer to mid-August. Finally, there was news.

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Charlotte joins Cleveland in running to host 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Game

Earlier this week, the Charlotte Hornets threw their hat in the ring for the right to host an upcoming NBA All-Star Game. A joint statement was released by the team and the recently founded non-profit Charlotte Sports Foundation. Charlotte, which did not have a franchise from 2002-04, last hosted the All-Star Game back in 1991.

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All the numbers on new Cleveland star Kevin Love

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Analyzing the statistics on the soon-to-be-acquired power forward Where does Kevin Love rank in the NBA’s elite class? Confidently, I’d say he’s a top-12 player. In case you haven’t done this exercise in a while, it is indeed very difficult to rank NBA players. We know pretty well that the top three are LeBron James,

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Cavs team age, Dion Waiters interview and quick sports takes … While We’re Waiting

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Let’s talk about age. The Cavaliers are reportedly close to signing 36-year-old Shawn Marion. This is on top of the official signings of 34-year-old Mike Miller and 33-year-old James Jones. And the recent trade for 34-year-old Brendan Haywood. And the possible signing of 39-year-old Ray Allen. Suddenly, the Cavs look kinda old, no? Oh well.

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Indians plan to renovate Progressive Field over next two years

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The Cleveland Indians are planning an “extensive renovation” of Progressive Field over the next two years, reported Tom Withers of the Associated Press on Wednesday evening. The plans are set to be unveiled during a press conference today. Among the highlights: “interior and exterior modifications to the area stretching from center to right field” and

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Reds 9, Indians 2: Cueto is Cueto and Tomlin is Tomlin

Baseball has a long, grueling and agitating season. Life might be especially annoying as a baseball fan of a .500 team. When you’re a bad team, almost every game is bad. It’s like being a Cubs fan. When things are good, yes the expectations are high, but again, you’re winning. The ‘90s were so much

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Indians trade Asdrubal Cabrera to Washington for Zach Walters

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After yesterday’s unloading of Justin Masterson, this can’t be much of a surprise: The Indians have traded long-time shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals. In return, the Indians reportedly will receive 24-year-old infielder Zach Walters. He was Washington’s ninth-rounder in the 2010 draft. In 223 games for Triple-A Syracuse, he has a .262/.304/.516 line

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Columbus no-hitter and Kevin Love almost cried? … While We’re Waiting

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Who threw a no-hitter?! While Corey Kluber was dealing in Cleveland last night, a Columbus Clippers starter broke history. Tyler Cloyd, a 27-year-old claimed off waivers last October from Philadelphia, threw the first no-hitter in Huntington Park history. Cloyd struck out six and his lone blemish was a hit-by-pitch in the ninth inning. He is

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Cavaliers to reportedly play in Miami on Christmas Day

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LeBron James will reportedly return to Miami for a nationally televised game on Christmas Day. The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported the rumor late on Tuesday evening, citing a personal familiar with the situation. The schedule is expected to be released in the next week or two. The Cavaliers-Heat game is set to take place

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Anthony Bennett pulled from pro-am tournament in Toronto?

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Anthony Bennett had been one of many Canadian basketball players participating in the second annual OVO Bounce tournament this week in Toronto. He played on Monday in the pro-am and he started playing again on Tuesday. Nothing seemed noteworthy, just the slimmed-down and finally-breathing 21-year-old Cleveland Cavalier playing in front of some fans. But according

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