July 24, 2014

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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While We’re Waiting… Scott Baker anyone?

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 Indians are emerging as favorites to sign starting pitcher Scott Baker, with the Seattle Mariners also viewed as a possible destination for the 32-year-old righty, and a few other teams said to have expressed some interest as well. Baker is said to be likely to land a minor league deal and spring training invite, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Baker was a solid pitcher for the Twins from 2007-2010, averaging 172 innings a season over that time, with an ERA+ of 102, and 7.3 strikeouts and 2.1 walks per 9 innings. In 2011 Baker was having the best season of his career (129 ERA+, 8.2 K/9, 2.1 BB/9) before elbow problems led him to miss most of the season’s second half, ultimately requiring Tommy John surgery, which put him out for all of 2012 and most of 2013.” [Lukehart/Let's Go Tribe] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Ultimate baseball road trip and Lindor in ’14?

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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“Every baseball fan I know has a dream road trip. If it weren’t for that blasted job, the doggoned mortgage, the inconvenient family getting in the way, we’d hop in the car and just go, man. Some years it’s just a swing up the Eastern Seaboard to grab four or five parks or so; some years it’s a jaunt west for all Southern California stadiums; some years it’s a trudge through the upper Midwest. But we all want to do it. If real life didn’t keep getting in the way, we all would.

One trip in particular always entices me, right around this time of year. I’ve always wanted to spend the first month of the season, right when baseball is beginning, and hit all 30 stadiums in 30 days. Just a different one each day, knocking them all off, and then returning to the benign normalcy of daily life like nothing happened. I’ve wondered whether it could be done; I’ve wondered if I could get anyone to go with me; I’ve wondered (mostly) how much it would cost.” [Leitch/Sports on Earth] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Browns smart to wait for coach

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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Well, this is moderately encouraging: “I don’t even care if it’s an intentional display of patience on their part, or in reality a byproduct of not being able to give the job away, I’m still convinced the sometimes clueless Cleveland Browns are taking the right approach when it comes to conducting their latest head coaching search. By taking their time. Yep, I just typed the words ‘right approach’ and ‘Browns coaching search’ in the same sentence. It stunned me, too.” [Don Banks/Sports Illustrated] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Tribe offseason could be interesting yet

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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What might an extension for Kipnis look like? “My best guess on an extension: 5 years, $37 million, with a $13M team option for 2019. That would keep Kipnis under team control through his age-32 season, at which point he’d be entering the phase of his career in which he’s likely to decline sharply.

The Indians can instead go year-to-year with Kipnis, paying him ~$500,000 in 2014, and (if he continues to play the way he did in 2013) something like $8 million in 2015, $11 million in 2016, and $14 in 2017, at which point he’d likely leave fr another team. That would work out to $33.5 million for the next 4 years, so the extension I’m proposing means the team risks Kipnis suffering a major injury or serious decline, in exchange for keeping him under team control for an additional two years for very little additional money ($3.5 million for the 5th year, $13 million for the 6th).” [Lukehart/Let's Go Tribe] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… The battle for Columbus

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 easiest way for the Browns to take Columbus? Win. “Not long after team president Alec Scheiner joined the Browns in December 2012, one of his first trips was here. He spent two days introducing himself to businessmen, engaging with fans and meeting with members of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.

“We are definitely very split when it comes to the NFL fan base whether it’s the Browns, Steelers or Bengals,” sports commission executive director Linda Shetina Logan said. “But by far the Browns have been the most aggressive in this market as far as trying to tap into the Columbus corporate community, our fan base and trying to find opportunities to work together.”

The city that helped give rise to Paul Brown at OSU boasts 809,798 residents – double that of Cleveland – and the state’s most robust economy. It’s little wonder why the Browns want to strengthen ties.” [Reed/Cleveland.com] [Read more...]

Bringing my ‘A’ game

board gamesAs a kid who loved playing sports, the winter months were pretty brutal. Our youth basketball season was only about 8 weeks long. There was way too much free time in the January through May months. One of the things that filled the time for me were board games.

That love of games has stayed with me into adulthood.

I know that for many the idea of ‘bored games’ is enough to send you racing for a nap or maybe your smartphone. I understand, but stay with me a little longer. For those who may still think of board games as Monopoly, Scattergories and Trivial Pursuit as your only or best options may be surprised.

About ten years ago my wife and I were invited to a friend’s home because they had gotten a new game that we ‘just had to try’. That night we were introduced to Settlers of Catan and the genre of Euro-games. There was a board game revolution happening that we were unaware of. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Stagnant offense

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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“If the Indians are looking for something a bit cheaper, maybe Matt Garza fills the bill. Signing him won’t cost the Indians a draft pick, and though roughly a league average starter, he’s an upgrade over three and arguably four of the Indians current starters. Beyond Garza, Johan Santana is a free agent who was still an effective starter while dealing with injury issues with the Mets. He’ll command much less than the deals Tanaka, Jimenez, and Santana are asking for. Jason Hammel, late of the Orioles, might be another buy-low candidate. When healthy, he’s pitched quite effectively for Baltimore in recent seasons. The trick is, like with Santana, keeping him healthy. Adding Hammel and Santana could net the Indians 300 above average innings. Or it could give them 120 below average ones. But then that’s why they cost less, right?” [Kory/Sports On Earth] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Charting top QB draft prospects

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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Phenomenal research here on the top QBs in the 2014 NFL draft class: “Most notable for Bridgewater is the lack of screens incorporated in the offense. Some have said that Bridgewater throws a high quantity of short passes, however the screens a QB normally utilizes have become short throws so that Bridgewater throws 53% of his passes in the 1-10 yard zones.” [Greg Peshek/Roto World]

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So, about all of these changes at WFNY…

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We’ve received your emails, read your comments and scanned your tweets. Things around these parts look a bit different lately and change can be a scary thing. As we have over the past five years, we here at WFNY strive to not only bring you as much quality content we can on a day-to-day basis, but do so in a manner which not only keeps in line with the ever-changing web-based landscape, but ensures that you, dear reader, are provided with the best in-game experience possible. While we can’t do much in the way of dollar drafts and new scoreboards, we can ensure you that our pages will never be covered in snow when you log in every morning.

So why the changes? What’s different? Who are you guys and what’d you do with my WFNY? Let’s start at the top, shall we?

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While We’re Waiting… Trade you a Roger Dorn for a Pedro Cerrano

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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“Potential, poschmential. As they used to say before the draft became an offseason obsession, potential gets coaches fired.

Talent wins. The Browns should use logic for a change instead of reams of analysis and overthinking. Watkins is a good player. Pairing him with Josh Gordon and adding Jordan Cameron makes any offense strong. Take a quarterback later. Nick Foles was not a top pick. Colin Kaepernick went in the second round. Russell Wilson was a third-round choice. Guy named Brady was drafted later.” [McManamon/AFC North Blog] [Read more...]