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While We’re Waiting… Holmgren’s role, Thompson’s flaw and more gigantic Tribe minor league food

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“Perhaps the overall organizational strategy could have been amended to include the possibility of blowing up the future to land “one really talented player.” But then again, it’s worth asking the question: just what does Mike Holmgren do for the Browns? According to Holmgren:

“My definition of my role is hire good people and support them the best I can. That’s why I don’t do press conferences. That’s why I don’t have a radio show. I’ve done that for 25 years. I support my people behind the scenes. We have a very competent young coach who will be here for a long time.” -Mike Holmgren – 12/14/11 Yet it seems that all Holmgren does is hold press conferences – especially during moments where the Browns’ collective fan base is about to melt down. In the case of not securing the rights to draft Griffin, Holmgren offered a salve that showed his inherited team is relevant in a league currently measured in offseason marketability. To this point, Holmgren serves as nothing more than a PR spinster who specializes in damage control.” [Kolonich/Orange and Brown Report]

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“John Hollinger made a really salient point on Twitter after Tristan Thompson got fouled on a dunk attempt in overtime: a handful of times, Irving drove into the lane and deposited the ball in TT’s hands for what should have been an easy dunk or lay-in, but Thompson took way too long to gather before he jumped. Irving could have had a double-double if Thompson didn’t have such a long wind-up motion for his dunks. Someone needs to work with TT as far as being prepared to catch the ball and going up with it right after it hits his hands. He’s too good of an athlete to get fouled or blocked on easy buckets as much as he does.” [McGowan/Cavs the Blog]

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“Hannahan is (relatively) old; Chisenhall is young. Hannahan can really field but not really hit; Chisenhall can really hit, but is just adequate in the field. Hannahan’s been cast off by various organizations; Chisenhall was taken by the Indians in the first round of the 2008 draft, has never known another organization, and a year ago was considered the club’s No. 1 prospect. Neither player has done much this spring, but the job would seem to be Chisenhall’s to lose. Until and unless, at some point, Hannahan proves that switching bats in your early 30s really can turn around a career.” [Neyer/Baseball Nation]

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“This spring, the Captains, a Cleveland Indians affiliate, will offer the “Moby Dick” sandwich. It will be as challenging to eat as it sounds. Described on the Captains’ website as stretching 15 inches long on a sesame seed hoagie roll and weighing (at least) three pounds, Moby Dick contains a mere 2,000 (plus) calories and 200 grams of fat. It will feed “two fans uncomfortably or four fans comfortably.” It’s what killed Gregory Peck. All for $20. Five quarter-pound fish filets. Eight slices of cheese. Six ounces of clam strips. A third-pound of french fries (nod to Primanti Bros.?) A cup of cole slaw. “Gobs” of lettuce, tomato, pickles and tartar sauce. Pepto Bismol is extra.” [Brown/Big League Stew]

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“One of the players who has admitted making contributions to a pay-for-performance pool, linebacker Scott Fujita, is now one of the most respected leaders of the union’s 11-man Executive Board, and worked diligently to increase player safety in the 2011 negotiations for a new labor agreement with the owners. A source told Sports Illustrated earlier this month that Fujita and two other defensive leaders contributed between $2,000 and $10,000 to the performance/bounty pool the Saints defenders ran in 2009. It’s likely the NFLPA would staunchly defend Fujita and other players accused by the league, and this could make the disciplining of players extremely sticky for the league.” [King/SI.com]

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“Vizquel, 8-for-20 this spring, might not be the oldest big-leaguer this season. Jamie Moyer, 49, is competing for the Rockies’ final rotation spot. He has allowed one earned run in five innings in two Cactus League outings – though he was hammered in a Triple-A game Monday – and his next assignment is against the Giants on Thursday. Vizquel and Moyer are the only active players who were big-leaguers in the 1980s, both starting their careers before the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner and the A’s Jarrod Parker were born. With a better steroid-testing program, players in their 40s are rare. But not extinct.” [Shea/San Francisco Gate]

  • 5KMD

    “Someone needs to work with TT as far as being prepared to catch the ball and going up with it right after it hits his hands”

    Yeah, and he is on the team. I think Jamison once score 40 points in college and only had the ball in his hands for a total of 30 seconds.

  • 5KMD

     “A third-pound of french fries (nod to Primanti Bros.?) ”

    Because no one else in the history of the world has thought of putting fries on a sandwich

  • dwhit110

    Hopefully there’s a happy medium between Jamison’s weirdo scoop shots that make it look like touching the ball is “hot lava” and TT taking too long to go from catch-to-dunk

  • 5KMD

    Agreed. But TT should learn when you are going to the hoop and KI sets you up perfectly, just get the ball up as soon as possible. Not hard to learn if it is a point of focus.

  • Boomhauertjs

    As I watched TT lose the ball in the post repeatedly, I had to keep telling myself “He’s only a rookie, he’s only a rookie.”  And then I watched Kyrie dominate the 4th quarter again…