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Yep. Good thing the new CBA fixed this. “When a child cries in the NBA, he gets to spank his parents. This is one lesson of the Dwight Howard saga, which is finally over, or at least on hiatus, until Howard says he won’t re-sign unless his team plays three home games a year on Mars, forcing the franchise to buy Mars rover Curiosity to make it happen.
In the meantime, Howard is a Laker, and how rich is that? He nuked his old franchise in Orlando, establishing himself as the best all-around franchise-destroying star in the NBA. He complained like Carmelo, got his coach fired like Jason Kidd, and ditched adoring fans like LeBron — and, like all the all-time greats, he brought something new to the game: world-class waffling, which hurt Orlando even more. ” [Rosenberg/SI]
Check out Craig’s take on the game against Detroit on Cleveland.com. [CLE.com]
“Cribbs enters this season on the last year of his contract. In the past, he has voiced his displeasure when his deal was not re-done, and last season, he voiced his displeasure at his limited role in the offense while the team was losing. He even asked to be put on more special teams. This season his role could diminish, or if things go the way he seems to expect when the games count it could increase.
Either way, he promised one thing: He would more quiet about his role.
“I just want to win,” Cribbs said. “If guys are capable in front of me and they get the job done, I’m all for it. You won’t hear me unless we’re not winning off the break and I know I can help us win. As long as we’re winning, I’m going to sit there and score 100 TDs on returns and make 100 tackles. The only time you’ll hear me is if we’re not winning and I can give us a chance to win. That’s the only time you’ll hear my voice.” [McManamon/FSO]
Could the baseball stirrup trace it’s inception to Cleveland? “Let’s piece together this puzzle as I have found them jigsawed apart. According to the Cleveland Indian Encyclopedia, Nap’s infection sidelined him immediately, he was out the next day. And according to Baseball Reference, his first game missed was June 30th (I had articles confirming the dates that I seem to have misplaced). Cleveland played 3 games in Detroit, followed by 5 games at home from June 26th to July 1st, including a double header at League Park against the Tigers. So unless my brain-pan has forsaken me yet again and given me the roofus-goofus, we can point to June 29th, 1905, during the course of a double header that Tiger shortstop Charley O’Leary slid into second spiking Nap Lajoie’s left ankle, which left untreated, beyond tobacco spit or rubbing dirt on it, got infected overnight, and nearly killed him. And with this, we have our date for immaculate stirrup conception.” [UniWatch]
Finally, A-Rod put his Miami mansion up for sale. Can you spot the Indians inspired artwork? [Sotheby’s]