It was a nice chat with Scott Raab today. As I expected, he refused to entertain any “loser talk” about referees and bad calls. He’s right of course, but I tried to drag the conversation that way anyway! We also talked about the Indians rotation and whether they’ll sign someone. We talked about the Cavs and their growing chemistry. We also talked about how he doesn’t feel much of anything for the Buckeyes and how my generation does.
As usual, here is the email I sent Scott ahead of the podcast…
I will have to formulate my thoughts about the Browns game over the evening. I hate to spend a lot of time talking about referees, I just don’t think it can be avoided this week. Sometimes when a ref makes a meaningful call at a meaningful point in the game and blows it against the visiting team at the end of a game… It just can’t be avoided.
My only criticism for Chud today is that he didn’t fire on all cylinders in post-game comments about the referees. He’s got these guys still playing and he’s obviously inspiring them. I think he’s done a hell of a job as a rookie head coach and probably for any head coach. Still, I’d have loved him to earn his first NFL fines this week.
We’ve never really talked about the Buckeyes, but whenever the Buckeyes and Browns lose in the same weekend it’s tough. I’d kind of forgotten that the Buckeyes could lose, which is a testament to their last two years of play. Ohio State headed to the Orange Bowl to face Clemson.
This little tidbit from 11Warriors had me thinking…
“The game will be played nearly 35 years to the day from when former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes punched Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman in the Gator Bowl, leading to Hayes’ dismissal at Ohio State. That game, won by Clemson 17-15, is the only meeting between the two schools.”
I’d be interested in your thoughts on that if you have any to share. That’s before my time, but I obviously was told the story and have seen it referenced numerous times over the years.
Of course we can touch on the Cavs as well. The Indians are basically idle.
That’s what I’ve got so far.