Jason Whitlock and how half the people hate him
Does Whitlock troll?
The reaction to Jason Whitlock has been pegged
How old were you when you got your sense of entitlement?
Finding racists on twitter and putting a microscope on them
The racist Boston Bruins fans on twitter
Roger Goodell and his letter to Congress over the name Redskins
Redskins is like the n-word?
There’s no way to defend Chief Wahoo and the old caricature
Mumia Abu Jamal and the death penalty
You have to leave people room to come to your side in a debate
Jason Whitlock pisses me off sometimes, and that’s OK
Terry Pluto and the mantle of Hal Lebovitz
Stephen Strasburg and his change of speeds
Corey Kluber vs. Jeremy Sowers and David Huff
- Father’s day and how worthless a father is in the early part of a kid’s life [Read more...]
Scott Raab on Jason Whitlock, Redskins, Wahoo, Stephen Strasburg and Father’s Day – Part 1 – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-17
Indians weekend, language police, Redskins, Cleveland kidnappings, Gatsby, Goldthwait and more – WFNY Podcast – 2013-05-13
It was a record-setting day I think for Scott and me. We went just over an hour, but it was all good conversation. If you’re daunted by the length, just don’t be. Listen to it over the course of a day. I don’t mind.
- The Tribe tying the game and scaring my three year old
- Michael Bourn and what a coup it’s turned out to be so far
- Is Michael Bourn’s market value really undervalued?
- Bourn’s age and whether he’ll be worth it at the end of the deal
- Speed on the basepaths and Kenny Lofton
- Grady Sizemore and his inability to stay healthy
- Diamond Mine fantasy baseball using Satchel Paige
- Mark Reynolds and enjoying his season without obsessing on contract extensions
- Reynolds and how he’s become what Tribe fans wanted out of Kevin Youkilis
- Hating the New York Yankees
- There’s nothing not to like about Mariano Rivera [Read more...]
The Browns have a chance to extend the win streak to four.
This could be the last home game for Josh Cribbs as a member of the Browns.
RG3 sits for former Michigan State QB and rookie Kirk Cousins.
This could be hopeful Browns Pro Bowl Kicker Phil Dawson’s last home game as a member of the Browns as well.
Stay right here all day for updates and conversation in the comments!
As the Browns prepare to face the Redskins this weekend, they still are unsure of which quarterback will be behind center. RG3 sprained his knee this past weekend against the Ravens in a victory. The victory was completed with fellow rookie and backup Kirk Cousins operating the offense.
Now, ESPN is reporting that Robert Griffin III practiced today, but the results were mixed. RG3 looked normal stretching, but then appeared “gimpy” during throwing drills.
One thing that can be assumed by the Browns no matter who plays quarterback is that the running threat is decreased from what it was just a week ago. If Griffin plays, you have to assume he won’t be darting all over the field making plays with his feet and easily escaping pressure. Same rules apply if Kirk Cousins plays.
The Redskins are playing well right now anyway and for the Browns there’s no such thing as an “easy” game. Still, advantage Browns for now.
Anyone who saw the film of Robert Griffin III’s leg wave through the air will be surprised to learn that he has not been ruled out for the game this weekend. In fact, coach Mike Shanahan ruled it a “mild” sprain when addressing the media today.
Mike Shanahan: Robert Griffin has a mild ACL sprain (grade 1). Mild swelling. He’s day-to-day. #Redskins
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 10, 2012
Mike Shanahan on if Robert Griffin can practice this week: “I really don’t know. We’ll see how he feels on Wednesday.” #Redskins
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 10, 2012
Mike Shanahan admits that he expected Griffin’s knee injury to be worse based on the replays. #Redskins
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 10, 2012
So there you have it. Robert Griffin III might still play this weekend in Cleveland. How much he’ll be affected by his knee injury will assuredly be a storyline. After seeing Kirk Cousins win the game over the weekend, there’s not necessarily a clear advantage for the Browns if he is out. Cousins is not the pedigree of RG3, but he played well and there’s very little tape or preparation time for the Browns to devote to the rookie out of Michigan State.
Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was forced out of the game with a knee injury in the final minutes of Sunday’s win against the Baltimore Ravens. Griffin limped off the field to make way for fellow rookie Kirk Cousins who led the Redskins to the tying and winning scores.
Griffin didn’t believe the injury was much to worry about. “It didn’t feel like an ACL or anything like that,” said Griffin after the game. X-rays on the knee were negative and he will have an MRI Sunday night. Griffin tore the same ACL back in 2009 while at Baylor. For now, the team is calling it a sprain.
His status for the matchup with fellow rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden and the Browns next week is unknown.
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The “A Lazy Sunday” feature has been a regular read on my Sundays and a regular component of While We’re Waiting posts on Mondays for years now. This is a very sad way to end a very sad season for the Tribe. Everyone should pass along their thanks to Paul for running such a great site for so long, and for having the stomach to write about this awful season. Best of luck in your future journeys, sir:
“Though that title may lead you to believe that I’m finally going to weigh in on the dismissal of Manny Acta from Thursday, it actually refers to someone else exiting stage left, as I’ve decided to walk away from writing about the Indians on these Interwebs on a permanent basis. While I know that I took some ‘time off’ last off-season and there will be those that will only believe there will be permanence to this when they fail to see 3,000 words from these fingers flying at them every couple of days, the time for me to move on from this endeavor has arrived.” [Paul Cousineau/The DiaTribe]
Wow. This was peculiar and intriguing to see a newspaper take a stand on this topic. Seems mostly inconvenient, however: “An interesting note from the public editor of The Kansas City Star on the paper’s policy of avoidance when it comes to the mascot of the NFL team from Washington: ‘[H]ere, I also agree very strongly with The Star’s longtime policy on this matter. I remain unconvinced by every argument I’ve ever heard that the name is not a racial epithet, plain and simple. …’” [Isaac Rauch/Deadspin]
Hmmmm. Wasn’t the Browns offense like astronomically good in 2007? Lot of good that did us then: “There are all kinds of things the Browns have to improve upon – and kinds of players who must improve — if they want to start winning. You name it, and it has to get better. You name him, and, with one exception — kicker Phil Dawson — he has to get better. The list is endless. There are few things or people not on the list. But there’s one thing that, above all else, must improve. Without it, the improvement of all these other things and people doesn’t matter – not one bit. We’re talking about scoring – or a lack thereof. Until the Browns score more points more consistently, things won’t change in terms of wins and losses.” [Steve King/SportsTimeOhio]
About the offense, this looks briefly at the topic of the Browns wide receivers thus far this season: “After Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, many people are noticing some semblance of what can be called progress. But the Browns continue to wallow in the painful world that is their current crop of wide receivers. Through four games, no Browns receiver has had more than 90 yards in a game (it was Mohamed Massaquoi against the Bengals), and no one has separated himself from the rest of the pack.” [Steve DiMatteo/Dawg Pound Daily]
Today is October 1. That means basketball starts this month, hoorah! In that spirit, Cavs: The Blog continues its “10 things to like” series in focusing on that awesome coach of ours: “‘Camp Scott’ opens today, complete with the notorious trash cans for players to chunder into between laps if they show up out of shape. With an extension rumored to be in the works, it’s as good a time as any to look at why Scott appears to be the right guy to develop the Cavs now, and win with them in the future. You have to respect a coach who can whip out his phone and dial up a highlight like this (You’d think a basketball player named Purvis Short would be destined to be posterized, right?)” [Nate Smith/Cavs: The Blog]
This was from Friday, but it’s never too late (or, really, since the season is still 4 weeks away, I mean early) to read about fantasy basketball! “Kyrie Irving is a fantasy stud who I think is worth a first-round pick in a 12-team league. … I don’t know who the third-best point guard is in fantasy. It might be Kyrie Irving and not Deron Williams. His ADP of 16.7 is actually too low; I am happy taking Irving ahead of guys like Al Jefferson and Andrew Bynum with bigger fantasy reps. His playing time will go up, his turnovers should be down, his assists will increase and he is almost certain to at least double his 73 three-pointers. What he did at 19, as a point guard, on a team offering him little or no help was remarkable.” [Bruce Wrigley/Sheridan Hoops]
Oh viral GIFs are so much fun. The latest example? This gem from right after Saturday’s big Buckeyes victory. A random photographer lined up perfectly for a photobomb and also got the quintessential angle for a nice hello to the crowd. [Lost Lettermen via The Big Lead]
Five takeaways from that 17-16 physical victory in East Lansing: “In what will likely turn out to be the 2nd most physical game the Buckeyes play all year, Meyer’s troops overcame a slew of in-game injuries and three Braxton Miller turnovers, escaping East Lansing with a 17-16 victory over a chippy Michigan State squad. The gutsy effort improved Meyer to 11-0 in conference openers and to 95-5 when leading at the half. As a program, the Buckeyes have now won four straight in East Lansing, improving to 14-5 up there overall. Hey Michigan, that’s how you’re supposed to treat your little brother.” [Chris Lauderback/Eleven Warriors]
The wait is finally over now that Andrew Luck and his agent / uncle have had a chance to see what a real agent could get done for RG3. According to the Indy Star and Pro Football Talk, the deal is expected to be worth $22 million guaranteed.
The second year of rookie contracts under the new rules appears to finally (officially (really)) underway.
Now it is time for third pick Trent Richardson and 22nd overall pick Brandon Weeden to not only make progress, but get their deals with the Browns done.
Second overall draft pick RGIII signed his deal with the Redskins this morning, becoming the first of the top picks to come to terms-
“…it’s a four-year, fully-guaranteed contract with no offset language. The contract has a value of $21,119,098, including a $13,799,344 signing bonus.
Per a source with knowledge of the deal, the base salaries are $390,000 in 2012, $1.34 million in 2013, $2.30 million in 2014, and $3.26 million in 2015.
The contract also includes, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, an option for a fifth year. For the first 10 players taken in the draft, the team can retain the player for a fifth year at the transition tag number for his position. For Griffin, that means the average of the 10 highest-paid quarterbacks in 2015.”
This could easily be the first domino that starts a chain reaction of top ten picks signing, including the number three overall pick- Browns RB Trent Richardson.
Losing out on the RG3 sweepstakes was enough of a smack to the face for Browns fans. But now he is working out with the ‘Skins and reports of his performance are pretty good, it could hit home just a little bit more. 1 If glowing reports weren’t enough, there’s this little anecdote coming out of Washington during OTAs.
Per Carpenter, members of the Redskins’ organization have nicknamed Griffin’s arm strength, simply, “The Arm.”
I think it might be time to just call it “The Nomenclature.” The city of Cleveland seems to own most of the negative “The” events. Even when another team tries to use it to refer to something good about one of their players it seems to reflect right back on Cleveland somehow.
We’ll see what happens when “The Arm” comes to Cleveland on December 16th, 2012.
[Related: Craig and Rick Make a Browns Bet]
- Yes, the Browns got Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden, but even they can’t deny how badly they wanted Griffin after the fact. [back]
PFT has the story (as they always seem to do) about the Cowboys and Redskins losing in arbitration over the cap penalties that the NFL imposed against them. While there might be room for further debate on the topic, the statement from the teams sounds conciliatory.
“We pursued our salary cap claim pursuant to the CBA and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator’s decision to dismiss. We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season,” the statement says.
ProFootballTalk and its leader Mike Florio have mostly sided with Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder on the issue. The idea that they could be penalized for doing something outside the rules in a year with no rules does smell a bit funny. But as I’ve said time and again, it isn’t even really a big punishment. The two teams won’t have to pay any additional money, so it’s hard to categorize this as a penalty. In the end it seems more like a restatement of finances or an accounting switch.
Yesterday before the draft even started, Rick and I engaged in a friendly bet. It is so friendly in fact that we never even discussed any kind of payoff. Still it is an interesting one.
The Cleveland Browns will line up against the Washington Redskins in week 15 next season in Cleveland Browns stadium. On December 16th, to be exact. Here’s the bet. When those teams go into the game, who will be favored in Vegas? I say the Browns will be and Rick is betting that the RG3-led Redskins will be. [Read more...]
Yesterday, UniWatch had their first post of submissions for their new running contest. Their goal is to find the most creative idea for name changes for two of the more ridiculed Native American-based team names in all of sports: The Cleveland Indians and The Washington Redskins. With 35 entries in all for the Cleveland baseball team alone (the first half were revealed yesterday), I thought it would be a fun practice to point out some of the best in my opinion and touch upon if now is the time for a change.
Let me start by saying that if you had asked me this question as little as two years ago, you couldn’t find someone more opposed to a name change. The Indians were named to honor Louis Sockalexis, and the tradition of something nearly 100 years old is not something I’m willing to give up at the drop of a hat. In art class in elementary school, this writer with a lack of even a single artistic bone in his body took to drawing Chief Wahoo. I love wearing Wahoo gear, and even if there’s a name change, I’m not likely to stop wearing it. I even wrote a persuasive paper in high school chronicling why the Indians shouldn’t be forced to change their name. One of my arguments was that if you were going to make my baseball team give up their name, you’d have to take out the Fighting Irish, Vikings, Cowboys, Seminoles, Redskins, Chiefs, Fighting Illini, Braves, Celtics, and Warriors. I’m 12.5% Irish. Maybe I’m offended by the Fighting Irish and Celtics mascots. It’s an all or nothing proposition for me. Remove everything that could be even possibly misconstrued as politically incorrect if you’re going to do it at all. [Read more...]
According to a report from Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns did make some form of an attempt to lure Pierre Garcon to Cleveland. As we all know, Pierre Garcon ended up the same place the second pick in the NFL draft ended up. Also, as we’ve discussed ad nauseum, it has been a bit frustrating for Browns fans to see their 4-12 team “sit idly by” as the top players in free agency get snapped up. But let’s get down to facts. Pierre Garcon is in Washington because they overpaid to get him there. Pierre Garcon is overpaid because his stats don’t justify the money he was paid.
Could Pierre Garcon break out and become worth every penny that the ‘Skins are scheduled to pay him over the next five years? Sure, but it isn’t likely. First, let’s look at Garcon’s stats. Garcon was 27th in the league in receiving yards in 2011. It was a career high for a horrible Colts team missing Peyton Manning. Garcon was playing opposite Reggie Wayne who was suffocated all year long by opposing defenses. Even still, Reggie Wayne carried the load with his 960 yards and 75 catches. Garcon kept pace pretty well with 70 catches for 947 yards and beat Wayne out for touchdowns 6 to 4. [Read more...]
“But according to Rams GM Les Snead, that’s not the whole story. He confirmed to me Sunday what I’d heard the night the trade broke. Snead said he told all teams interested on March 8 that he was going to have the trade done by the end of that day, and he was going to ask each team to give its best offer for the trade. At that point, he said, after listening to all the proposals, he was going to take the best offer — unless the offer was not anywhere near what the Rams wanted for the pick.
Those were the rules, Snead said Sunday, that he made clear to each team. Snead asked for everyone’s best offer in individual phone calls. It’s unclear what Cleveland’s offer was, but Washington offered three first-round picks and one second-round pick. That offer, Snead said, was better than Cleveland’s offer. So he told Washington officials that they’d won the bidding and told the Browns they’d lost. At that point, Snead said, Cleveland tried to make another offer, and Snead said the window was closed; the Rams were taking Washington’s offer.”
Read the whole piece. It may be a little “he said, she said” but someone is most certainly not being honest about the exchange.
I was happy when the NFL came down on the Redskins and Cowboys, because it seemed like they gained an unfair advantage in the uncapped 2010 NFL season. It is a complex scenario though, and some of the people angry about the NFL penalizing the two teams make some good points. Still, I couldn’t help but think the Redskins and Cowboys were trying to get away with something and create an unfair advantage.
First of all, is it collusion? Absolutely. Of course it is collusion, but let’s not pretend like it isn’t a delicate balance between running a league with rules that everyone has to follow and a league that is so unique in terms of standard businesses that it requires special anti-trust exemption. That being the case, you can’t really compare it to any other kind of business. And with that being the case, it sometimes looks a bit messy if you don’t put it in the vacuum it normally lives in. [Read more...]
Since the Browns were unable to secure the second pick in trade talks from over the weekend with the St. Louis Rams, we’ve slowly been piecing things together as to how it all went down. For a while there were conspiracy theories that the Browns offered just as many picks, but the Rams decided to go with the Redskins’ bounty. That didn’t make sense because the Browns have higher picks and more immediate returns with Atlanta’s pick in the 2012 draft.
Yesterday we learned that the Browns might not have actually offered the third first rounder that had been initially reported. Now with Peter King’s article this morning, we have yet another piece of information as to why the Browns maybe didn’t offer the extra pick that might have won the bidding war.
The Rams might have gotten more by telling the Browns what Washington’s offer was, but Snead had promised each side he wouldn’t play one bid against another but rather simply ask for each team’s best offer. Once Washington’s offer was better than Cleveland’s, the deal was done.
Another layer of the onion is stripped away and we find out that the bidding war might have actually been more of a sealed bid auction. The game theory probably played out where the Browns new they had a strong hand and they might have added a second round either for this year or next year. The Redskins also knew that the Browns had a strong hand so they decided to make sure they were over the top of the Browns by adding the second rounder and another first rounder to their offer.
Whether this makes Browns fans feel any better remains to be seen. If this account is true, it makes me feel a little bit better about the way the Rams conducted business in an attempt to be fair. If the parties had truly been pitted against each other, my perception is that the Redskins wouldn’t have stopped bidding if this was their blind offer.
Adam Schefter reported that the Browns were involved in the talks and had also offered three first round picks like what the Rams got from the Redskins. That report seemed confusing considering that the Browns had both a higher first round pick and a second first round pick in 2012. Common sense would tell you that the Browns’ were in a position to make a more attractive offer, and yet in the face of that offer, the Rams apparently chose the Redskins.
Others have indicated the Browns didn’t offer three first-rounders, including NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi, who told the Washington Post on Saturday that Browns sources told him they weren’t willing to invest that much.
Amidst rumors of favoritism between Jeff Fisher of the Rams and Mike Shannahan of the Redskins, this would make more sense. It is just too hard to believe that the Browns offered a seemingly superior package and the Rams chose to trade with the Redskins anyway. It seems much more likely that the Browns just weren’t willing to pony up quite as much as the ‘Skins.
We’ll probably never know for sure, but after Tuesday when trades can be announced it won’t matter. The chapter will officially be closed.
Now that RG3 is almost undoubtedly going to be a Washington Redskin, what should the Browns do? Log your responses here.
Jay Glazer is reporting via his twitter that the RG3 sweepstakes is over. After reportedly missing out on Peyton Manning, Dan Snyder and the Redskins have apparently ended any kind of bidding war that might have been taking place or looming.
Major scoopage: Redskins have agreed to a trade w Rams for #2 pick of draft. Rams and Skins swap first rounders this yr w Rams also getting 2 future #1s and additional picks.
I said on Facebook yesterday that if the Browns didn’t get Robert Griffin III that I will have wasted a large amount of time and words on the topic. Well, it seems that has come to pass.
If true, it will be interesting to see if the Browns ramp up efforts to acquire Matt Flynn or choose to stand pat with Colt McCoy and whoever might be available in the upcoming draft to play quarterback. While I bemoan the potential loss of a major prospect, it appears that maybe the Redskins offer was just a little bit too far on the side of crazy for me to be upset at the Browns.
In my mind, if this is true, we can legitimately start talking about the benefits of trading down.