April 23, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Best case Browns scenario?

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“A man swings a stick at a ball and then runs around in a circle. A group of men run into another group of men while another man either attempts to run through or around them, or throw a dead animal over them. Five people toss a piece of rubber in a bucket by bouncing it on the ground. None of those activities make a lick of sense without context. They would look, to an alien, completely stupid. We only attach importance to them because we’ve been watching them our whole lives. They are normal to us only because they are ours.

So you and I are laughing at curling, but this is only because you and I watch it every four years and therefore only notice its eccentricities. Why are they on ice but not wearing skates? Why are the bagpipes played before every match? Is this the only sport ever invented in which the primary object used in play has a handle? And sweet mother of mercy, what is with all the brooms?” [Leitch/Sports on Earth] [Read more...]

Talking about the Olympics – WFNY Roundtable

 

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The Olympics have begun, and there’s a divide at WFNY. Some people love the Olympics and some don’t really care that much at all. We don’t know where you all stand, but this is how we shake out.

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While We’re Waiting… Arbitration and offensive spending

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“The Browns invested $38.85 million on offensive players, which was the 29th highest figure in the NFL. The investments, in order from highest to lowest by position, were as follows: OT ($13.35 million), WR ($5.67 million), OG ($5.41 million), C ($5.03 million), QB ($4.17 million), TE ($3.03 million), and RB ($2.20 million). The investment at running back plummeted after the purge at the position (Trent Richardson, Montario Hardesty, Brandon Jackson).” [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Where exactly Chris Grant was wrong

While We’re Waiting is a space on the WaitingForNextYear website where we share links every day. We’ve been doing it for about four years or so. Denny Mayo used to be much more amusing with his intros, if you recall. You know the drill: Email us with suggestions at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Blaming the Cavs for falling into the trap of the LeBron years: “This is the latest example of a franchise assuming that there is a template for the type of success enjoyed by the likes of the San Antonio Spurs translating to every other market. It takes stars, superstars usually, and just the right fit to launch an outfit from the lottery to the upper echelon of the league. The players come first, then the success. That’s the way it’s always been and always will be. Assuming that some set infrastructure is supposed to come first is where the Cavaliers went wrong.” [Sekou Smith/NBA.com] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Cavs embarrass, and Buckeye recruiting

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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A Chris Grant history lesson. “Andrew Bynum is signed. It was viewed at the time as a low risk signing. I certainly thought it was. It was a unique contract that only guaranteed him $6 million. If he didn’t come back or didn’t play well, it wouldn’t matter. They’d just cut him.

But then you really think about it. What if he came back and was average? What if his attitude hurt the team? Bynum doesn’t at all fit into Mike Brown’s preferred defensive scheme which involves big men having to hedge hard on perimeter screens, which you knew already because Mike Brown has coached 400+ NBA games. Plus, GRANT JUST MENTIONED SEVEN DAYS AGO HE WANTED TO IMPROVE THE CULTURE AND FOUNDATION OF THE TEAM.

Sure, just keep strengthening the foundation of this team by adding a guy who got re-injured while rehabbing when he went bowling, got thrown out of an out-of-reach playoff game for a clothesline, and kind of likes basketball intermittently. We know how the story ends now: he gets suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, goes away, and the Cavs traded him.” [Vecenie/Fear the Sword]

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While We’re Waiting… Tribe bats a top ten group in 2014?

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

 

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Top ten lineups. “7. INDIANS The Tribe tied for fifth in the Majors in runs last season, and it did so without anybody batting .300 or driving in 100 runs or logging anything higher than an .832 OPS. Only Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis significantly exceeded the league-average output at their positions.

Like the A’s, the Indians benefited from a highly effective bench, and manager Terry Francona will continue to use it to the best of his ability in 2014. But the real upside for the Indians rests in the possibility — maybe even likelihood — of Asdrubal Cabrera, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher more closely approximating their career norms (especially Cabrera, who is in a contract year). Santana might also have more power in the tank now that he’s gotten away from the grind of everyday catching.” [Castrovince/MLB] [Read more...]

WFNY Roundtable: The unofficial rules of athletes talking or not

WFNY_roundtableThe topic of athletes talking has been prominent in the media in recent days/weeks. Here in Cleveland we’ve seen our fair share of athletes on both sides of the equation. We decided to discuss this topic and see where everyone’s head is at on the issue of athletes talking. Check out the conversation below: [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… What about Chris Grant?

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“Honestly, I like Chris Grant. I think he makes smart, calculated decisions in free agency and via trades. The draft is where he loses a lot of people; but, the Bennett pick notwithstanding, it’s not like he’s passed on no-brainers. Would I have preferred Jonas over Tristan? Sure, but the difference in output is, thus far, insignificant. Same with Barnes and Waiters.

The Bennett selection is where the CG frustration comes to a head. If Bennett stays in Cleveland, receives 10 or less minutes per for the rest of this year and doesn’t make a noticeable jump this offseason, that will reflect poorly on the organization.” [Duprey/Stepien Rules] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Kipnis drawing more walks

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“Plate discipline stats, above all other metrics, are the most stable, repeatable stats in the game, reducing the component of ‘luck’ solely to the quality of the opposing pitcher and, more rarely, the whims of the umpire – in short, not luck in the least. Unlike batting average or BABIP, the numbers that we see from a batter’s plate interaction give us a clear narrative of a batter, one not muddled by fortune’s caprice.

The narrative of Kipnis’s plate discipline in 2013 was that of an incredibly low swing rate which fueled a very high walk rate and, in part, an increase in strikeouts – an increase as much a result of a diminished contact rate as the low swing rate. By far the most notable facets of Kipnis’s plate discipline was his puzzlingly low rate at which he swung at pitches, a rate that was fourth-lowest in the majors among qualified batters.” [Grimm/Indians Baseball Insider]

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“With 2014′s National Signing Day set for Wednesday, nearly all of the state of Ohio’s top 100 recruits have chosen where they will play their college football.

Nine are headed to Ohio State, including the top six of Cincinnati Moeller linebacker Sam Hubbard, Cleveland Glenville defensive backs Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore, Cleveland St. Ignatius linebacker Kyle Berger and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary teammates Dante Booker (a linebacker) and Parris Campbell (a running back).” [Hartman/FSO]

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“For 11 years, with two notable exceptions, the Super Bowl was terrible. This is a strange thing, if you have not reached a certain age, to consider. We have become spoiled by terrific Super Bowls. Since the clock turned to Y2K, we’ve had that half-a-yard-short Rams-Titans game in 2000, the emotionally stirring Patriots-Rams tilt in 2002, that sneaky-great Patriots-Panthers game in 2004, the McNabb Vomit Bowl of Patriots-Eagles in 2005, the wild fourth quarter of Steelers-Cardinals in 2009, the NOLA street party of Saints-Colts in 2010, the Eli Manning ascendance of Giants-Patriots II in 2012, the blackout lunacy of Ravens-49ers in 2013 and, best of all, the sticky-helmet gasping wonder of Giants-Patriots I in 2008. Those are nine games that would have been considered breathtaking if they happened in the regular season; to see them in the Super Bowl made them immortal.” [Leitch/Sports on Earth]

While We’re Waiting … Ohio State’s new president

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Michael Drake, Chancellor at UC Irvine and member of the NCAA Board of Directors, has been named OSU’s new president: “Irvine’s been a constant presence in the top five of standings for the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, awarded to the best postseason achiever among the country’s 95 Division I schools that do not compete in football. Irvine was No. 1 in 2007 and second in 2010 and 2011.” [Kyle Rowland/Eleven Warriors] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Dissing Jack and regrading the draft

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“I took some time out of my busy basketball-watching schedule last night to check-in on Jarrett Jack; to pay a welfare call, of sorts. Last I inquired, he was struggling through his first few months in Cleveland, trudging through a disappointing quagmire that few predicted would occur, but now seems to be fully set in and largely irreversible. Sure enough, he was there, looking like the Jarrett Jack I always remembered. There was the moustache and gleaming bald head, the three-quarter-length black tights and ankle socks. There was the intense stare and the signature side-smirk, the high-dribble and T-Rex arms. Everything about Jarrett Jack was there. Except, of course, for Jarrett Jack. He was nowhere to be found.” [Greenberg/The Diss] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Managing the greatest of all time

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“Then 35 and a third-year manager in the Chicago White Sox organization, Francona showed up for spring training looking to post his second-straight winning season with the Double-A Birmingham Barons. The Barons would go 65-74 in the Southern League’s 1994 season, but hardly anyone remembers the record.

What Francona and many others do remember is the Barons right fielder: Michael Jordan. Yep, that Michael Jordan.” [Jackson/FSO] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Isolating the defensive problem on the Cavs

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“Not only are the Cavs 7th league-wide in defending the pick and roll according to Synergy Sports, but Irving himself is in the 54th percentile defensively in that set. It’s isolation where he burns, allowing .97 points per possession in the 24th percentile of the league.

He also gets torched in hand-off situations (1.2 points per possession) and getting caught behind screens (1.0 points per possession). In short, if he has help, the Cavs are helping. If he doesn’t, he gets eaten up. That’s an effort issue.” [Moore/CBS Sports] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Cumulative damage

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“The Browns seem to want to embrace the good things about the team. Its fan base, its tradition, its proximity to the Hall of Fame. But when it comes to the struggles of the past years, the team wants to divorce itself.

It’s a nice idea, but it’s not reality. When you take over the team, you take over the entire team, good and bad. Fans cannot divorce themselves from anything. The cumulative experience since 1999 has been negative, and perhaps it’s tough for a new group to completely understand how negative it has been until it experiences the intensity of the feelings.” [McManamon/AFC North Blog]

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While We’re Waiting… Reactions to the Mike Pettine hire

While We’re Waiting is a space on the WaitingForNextYear website where we share links every day. We’ve been doing it for about four years or so. Denny Mayo used to be much more amusing with his intros, if you recall. You know the drill: Email us with suggestions at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Nice compilation of the Pettine process, including takes from the entire staff: “Pettine finished up his first year as the Bills’ defensive coordinator, coaching a unit that was ranked 10th in the NFL. Pettine isn’t just a one-hit wonder, though — he has a good track record of getting defensive units to play at a high level. He was the Jets’ defensive coordinator from 2009-2012. Before that, he spent seven years as a defensive assistant with the Baltimore Ravens, including close work with defensive linemen and outside linebackers.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature] [Read more...]

Monsters introduce family value packs- win one at WFNY today

10093224815_ef237fba6b_bThe Lake Erie Monsters rolled out a family value ticket package that includes four lower level tickets plus $20 dollars in food and beverage credit, and a digital family photo sent to your email and seen on the scoreboard.

These packages start at $59, which is a great deal considering the face value for the tickets and food alone would cost $116. You can buy your package at The Q or on the Monsters’ website

OR you can win one today at WFNY!

We will give one of these packages away to a lucky commenter today. As usual, one entry per household please. Simply tell us why you need a family night out!

Good luck, and go Monsters!

While We’re Waiting… Sizemore signs (!) and to trash talk or not

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“Sports are simply more entertaining when filled with outlandish characters and not blood-and-bones factories that produce nothing but the same empty clichés that we’ve had spewed at us since Muhammad Ali hung up his fighting mittens. Judging by the traffic driven by Richard Sherman’s post-game column — over four million unique visitors as of yesterday — I’m not alone in that sentiment.

Arrogance and trash talk are crutches athletes need to survive at the highest level of sport. Whether folks like to admit it or not, it’s as ingrained into our sports culture as alcohol.

So why are people shocked when trash-talk bubbles over into the public sphere? We should welcome it. Death to clichés and empty platitudes masquerading under some archaic banner of “sportsmanship.” In the words of the immortal Dan Hawkins, “This ain’t intramurals, brother.”

Give me honesty, bravado and yes, trash talk. Yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever.” [Byrnes/Eleven Warriors] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“The Cleveland Browns organization is not getting much respect here at the Senior Bowl. The attitude towards the Browns, specifically the front office, from personnel people around the league has ranged from disparaging to downright nasty. Several comments were passed at the South’s afternoon practice that few are surprised the Cleveland franchise cannot find a head coach considering “those in charge”. In fact choice adjectives were used by front office people here in Mobile to describe “those in charge” in Cleveland.” [Pauline/Draft Insider] (H/T Dawgs By Nature) [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… What changes await Santana as a third baseman?

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“Thanks in part to that spacing the addition of Deng provides as well as the new wrinkles Brown has put into his sets, Thompson scored 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting while adding 10 rebounds in a 117-109 win over the Nuggets.

It hasn’t been long since the addition of Deng, and there’s a long way to go for the Cavaliers to make the playoffs. But for the first time this season, their lineups and the way they’re playing make sense. If they can keep building off this, there’s a good chance the Cavaliers actually cash in on the hope and excitement of the preseason for them.” [Moore/CBS Sports] [Read more...]

A son, a son and The Cathedral

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New memories made where old ones will live forever. A trip back to the ‘old stomping grounds’ becomes a building block for the future.

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