April 23, 2014

While We’re Waiting…Indians lose again, this time to Bartolo Colon

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Talbot tossed for hitting A-Rod, Tribe now tied for 1st:  “Yankees right-hander Bartolo Colon struck out six and scattered just two hits in 6 2/3 innings before leaving with a strained left hamstring. New York’s bullpen finished what he started. As a result, Cleveland was shut out for the fifth time in 15 games after being blanked just twice in the season’s first 47 contests.

The Indians have also scored two runs or fewer in 11 of their last 17 games.

In the eighth inning, the American League Central-leading Indians (34-28) saw its first two runners reach base before the Yankees recorded an out. From there, however, New York righty David Robertson struck out Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore in order to end the potential rally.

“We didn’t score any runs,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “So Talbot or no Talbot, we weren’t going to win anyways. But the kid was throwing good and I really wanted to see him continue to pitch the way he was pitching.”‘ [Jordan Bastian / MLB] [Read more...]

Bob Knight and Rich Rodriguez Support Jim Tressel

Whether it means anything or not, Jim Tressel has at least cemented his reputation enough with a couple peers enough that they were willing to speak out on his behalf.  On ESPN radio, both Bob Knight and former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez have had supportive words for Jim Tressel.

Speaking to Mike and Mike, Bob Knight said the following.

“There is no coach in college sports that’s a better example, in my mind, of what coaching is all about and what it should be and how things should be done than Jimmy Tressel. He has done a great job at Ohio State, not because he’s won a lot of games, but because he has won a lot of games doing things the absolute right way. And I think that he would be at the top of the heap when it came to picking guys that did things the way they were supposed to be done. There isn’t anybody who is better in that regard than Jim Tressel is.” [Read more...]

Colin Cowherd: “Cleveland is Close”

Fresh off of yesterday’s berating of Washington’s John Wall and all things “Dougie,” ESPN’s version of a shock jock Colin Cowherd wrapped up an NFL segment earlier today by heaping praise on Eric Mangini and the Cleveland Browns.

Yes, praise.  On Cleveland. From Cowherd.  Crazy, I know.

Discussing fireable offenses,  mostly lead by chief of all underachievers in Dallas’ Wade Phillips, Cowherd went on a brief tangent that claimed Cleveland is only a few player away from being at the “top of the league.”

“Everybody buried Eric Mangini,” said Cowherd.  “That team, give Mangini some credit.  They play hard.  Cleveland thinks I hate Cleveland, but they are about four players in the right spot from being, like, excellent.  Like top of the league.  Cleveland is close, man.” [Read more...]

Where is the Parity?

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Parity: noun 1.equality, as in amount, status, or character.

Parody: noun 6. a poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty

I had a thought the other day while driving and listening to Colin Cowherd. The NFL, as Cowherd pointed out, is designed for the entire league to go 8-8. The draft is heavily slanted for those that were weak the previous year. Free agency is such that teams can turn around their franchises in a year or two. That does happen, just not in Cleveland. The schedules are even slanted so that you play teams that were around your same level the previous year. That’s why the Browns find themselves playing the Raiders, Texans and Bills every year like they were in our division.

Despite all of that, we know that the Browns continue to defy the odds and finish under the Mendoza line of 8-8. Why do the Browns finish so poorly? The obvious reason to Browns fans is poor management. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Chris Bosh to Cleveland, Charlie Frye to Oakland, and the MLB Draft

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Thank you Colin Cowherd?  On Chris Bosh and the Cavaliers: “So, everybody wants me to ask you here at ESPN. You’ve got that free agent thing coming. You know, Cleveland’s looking for some help in the frontcourt. I mean, what’s the deal with you, Chris? You gonna stay? You gonna go? What are you gonna do? [...] Let’s be honest, it would be kind of sweet to play with LeBron. I mean, doesn’t everyone else in the NBA think that?” [Amar Panchmatia/Cavalier Attitude]

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Shaun Rogers…man or myth?

rogers2.jpgThough the stories about Shaun Rogers haven’t quite reached this level, there are certainly many opinions about one of the recent Cleveland additions. As detailed earlier, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen certainly favors the trade, believing Rogers is a step in the right direction for the Browns. Colin Cowherd on the other hand, disagreed this morning, saying Rogers was fat, unmotivated and a chemistry cancer. He disagreed with Mort on pretty much every point, adding that the Browns were a bunch of ‘me’ players. I’ll not even dignify that remark.

Jamie Samuelsen of the Detroit Free Press would put himself in the Cowherd group-

One of my favorite quotes in sports history comes from that legendary brain of baseball Lenny Dykstra. When he found out that his teammate, Von Hayes, a guy he wasn’t all that fond of, had been traded, he said, “Great trade. Who’d we get?”

That sums up the Rogers deal for me. Good riddance. You know how when some players leave Detroit, you have that nagging fear in the back of your mind that he’ll turn out to be really good somewhere else. “Dang it, I just know Darko will develop into a 25-15 guy every night in Orlando!” I have not one shred of fear that Rogers will become that in Cleveland. He’ll have those dominating games, but for every one of those, he’ll have three or four mail-ins. Just as we’ve come to expect from Rogers.

Don’t hold back Jamie, tell us how you really feel…. [Read more...]