Welcome to the new WWW. I’ll be covering Fridays.
How have I never seen The League before? I needed a new show to watch and saw FX’s The League on my Netflix screen, so I tried it. What I found was a perfectly hysterical 22-minute TV show. If you haven’t seen this show, you really should make the effort to watch it. If you have seen it, what were you thinking? You didn’t tell me about this show. You failed as hype men.1
NBA Twitter is the best Twitter. That won’t change as the Twitter app will now start showing live scores of trending NBA games. Obviously the Twitter app will do this for all sports, but you can’t tell me it won’t be especially awesome on NBA Twitter when some week night West Coast League Pass alert happens and everyone pops on over to a wild NBA game that’s unfolding in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Cleveland Browns’ salary cap isn’t a straight-forward topic. Yes, the team has just over $50 million in salary cap space, but any team needs a longer range plan that encompasses roster dynamics. This includes existing talent and their forthcoming free agencies and extension demands.
With that in mind, I recommend people read Jim Kanicki’s breakdown of the cap where he concludes that the Browns really have about $39 million to spend once you consider the other things that the Browns need to do with their existing roster. I promise that nowhere in the article does Kanick try to convince you or me that Johnny Manziel isn’t fast.
Could the Browns be thinking of trading Alex Mack? Probably not, but Brent Sobleski talked to Mack and some of the quotes are interesting. “It’s an interesting position to be put into to,” Mack said. “The transition tag will still allow me to see other teams, which is what we really wanted. … The goal was really to feel out my options. We wanted to know what the Browns are now about, and what other teams are doing.”
It got me thinking. The Browns tagged Mack with the transition tag and initially I thought that was just because it saved money, but what if the Browns have other thoughts as well? Granted the “sign and trade” thing doesn’t really happen in the NFL, but there’s a first time for everything. Mack going out and meeting with other teams could help the Browns line up a trade partner. Maybe? Again, it’s not normal, but it occurred to me when I read those quotes. I really do think the Browns just want Mack back, but they are in the driver’s seat still with the transition tag.
The Browns re-signed kicker Billy Cundiff. As much as Phil Dawson rules and we miss him, it’s officially time to say the Browns did fine without him. We’re fans, so we are supposed to make big deals about things that impact us emotionally. It’s fairly obvious in this case though that sentimentality didn’t play itself out into us being doomed over the loss of Phil Dawson… YET. We’ll see how that interloper Billy Cundiff does in his second year with the Browns! You’re on notice! (Again.)
MUSIC! - I decided to hit you with a playlist of some of my favorite songs so far in 2014.
Your Deep Rest by The Hotelier is a throwback song for me. This band sounds like the late 90′s and early 2000′s to me. No, not in the Limp Bizkit / Korn kind of way. More like Straylight Run or something. Very good, slightly sloppy rock.
Trophy by Crosses is a really interesting song by a side project of Deftones singer Chino Moreno and some other Cali musicians. This is a mellow song, but I find it very pretty.
Denial by I Break Horses is another electronic song. That’s not usually my style, but something about this puts it in the world of M83, which I like. The soundtrack for the Ryan Gosling / Cary Mulligan movie Drive infected me a couple years ago.
Cardiac Arrest by Bad Suns is the sugary sweet pop song that I was telling you about. These guys are so polished that I’m not sure I even like it as much as it sticks to the roof of my mouth. Try to get it out of your head.
Voix Sereines by Alcest is a perfect song in my book. It’s a builder that takes four minutes to explode into sweeping thematic guitars. Should be played extremely loudly for full effect.
Until next week…
- What? Did you think I would blame myself? Nope. [↩]