July 24, 2014

POLL: Who are the Best Browns Players Since 1999? Offense

A fun little project we are undertaking here and at Cleveland.com to come up with the best Browns players the team has had since 1999. Today we are doing offense first.

Enjoy this little trip down memory lane!

WFNY Top 10 Cleveland Stories of 2011: #2 Ohio State Hires Urban Meyer

As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last three years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the 10 biggest sports stories affecting our local sports scene. Each day through the rest of the year, we will be counting down from ten to one. We started with #10 – The Colt Concussion, next was #9 -Key Cavalier Wins. We broke down the Baron Davis Trade and talked some Tribe at #7. Kirk was on the Pat Shurmur hire for #6. We stuck with that Browns theme and discussed the big draft day deal involving Julio Jones and Phil Taylor (#5). We went back to the Red, White, and Blue with #4, the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. Yesterday TD touched on the Cavaliers winning the draft lottery and picking Kyrie Irving at #3. Today, it’s time to talk about the moment Ohio State was saved from falling off the cliff.

#2: The Ohio State University Hires Urban Meyer as Head Football Coach [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Grading the Cavaliers’ Draft

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com

“[Kyrie] Irving is mostly a case of winning by default, but they wouldn’t have been the first team to be unable to get out of their own way with an obvious pick. Irving gives them a franchise point guard to build around and was the best player overall in this draft. Going for Derrick Williams would have been sheer hubris in order to burn LeBron by choosing a replacement forward. Then, with the fourth, they could have opted for Valanciunas, which would have been a good pick. But there’s a reason so many teams were chasing Tristan Thompson. His workouts showed how he would translate on the next level, and with that kind of athleticism, he provides a good running partner for Irving. They managed to not overcomplicate the combination of two top-five picks. They got good talent both small and big. That’s a win right there.” [Matt Moore]

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2011 NBA Draft | Round 1, Pick 4 | Tristan Thompson, PF – Texas

With the fourth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select Texas power forward Tristan Thompson.

Rated third overall by John Hollinger, Thompson was anticipated to be Chris Grant’s fallback option in the event that they were either unsure of Jonas Valanciunas’ buyout or felt that the team could ultimately send Thompson to a team who was coveting his 7-foot-1-inch wingspan.

Keep an eye on Chris Grant as the first round weighs on – the Cavs are heavily speculated to be trading back in the later half and could even make a move within the top 10. Of course, this may also signal the end of the JJ Hickson era in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers are “In a Good Place”

Three days apart and in fairly different context, Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant and head coach Byron Scott discussed their respective optimism. 

Scott, when questioned about his post-mortem outlook on the Cavaliers job last Friday, used words like “interesting,” but also called the bulk of what he endured between the months of October and April “gratifying.”  Specifically, when asked if he regrets taking the position knowing what he knows now, he vehemently denied any uncertainty by saying that he was in a “feel-good place.”

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Jon & Paul Plus Baseball: What to do about Matt LaPorta

In the second installment of our ongoing series with Paul Cousineau of the DiaTribe (introductions here and here), Paul and I decided to tackle the Matt LaPorta situation.

Three years ago, Mark Shapiro said that he had up to seven teams interested in C.C. Sabathia* but the Indians were smitten with a young budding superstar first baseman, and the Brewers owned his rights.  Shapiro said the deal hinged on LaPorta, and without him, a trade might not have gotten done.

*Yes, Sabathia had periods back then, menopause’ll do that to you

Fast forward three years, and here we are.  LaPorta has 162 major league games under his belt, and his numbers are, to say the least, underwhelming.  Furthermore, at nearly 26 years old, he’s supposed to be on the cusp of his offensive prime.

Needless to say, Paul and I are worried.  And when we’re worried, we do what any sentient, time-wasting adults do: we email.  Enjoy: [Read more...]

Tribe to Play 2011 Intra-Squad Game in Columbus

clippers vs. tribeCan’t get to Spring Training in Arizona this coming winter spring? Well, if you live in Central Ohio (that’s me!) and have nothing going on next March 30th, the Tribe and Columbus Clippers (well, err, they’re *techincally* the Tribe too, kinda) invite you to Huntington Park for an intra-squad scrimmage in the intimate confines.

In the context of releasing their 2011 schedule today, the Clippers also announced:

The Columbus Clippers, reigning International League Governors’ Cup Champions and also Triple-A National Champions will play an exhibition game on Wednesday March 30 against their parent team, the Cleveland Indians at 1:05 pm. It will be the first time the two teams have played in Columbus as [the Clippers] start the third year of [their] affiliation with the Tribe, an affiliation which was recently extended through the 2014 season. Box Seats will be included in full season and 35 game season ticket packages and will not be available for early sale. All reserved seats will be $20, general admission will be $10 and all will go on sale November 12, 2010.

Crap. I only have the 20-game package. Nevertheless, it’s a great opportunity to see the (presumably) Opening-Day Tribe roster in a small-park setting, playing against guys we already know and love from the organization.

The biggest question I have is: who do I root for in this game?