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“And just like that, it was gone… In the course of about 10 days, the Indians’ 2012 season has not only flown off of the tracks – it has now exploded into a fiery mess, leaving scorched earth all around it, threatening to burn anything remotely close to it, with everyone running for safety or attempting to explain how this could have possibly happened so profoundly and so quickly.
The descent has been meteoric and horrifying and in the course of those 10 days, the thought of contending in 2012 became regrettable, then laughable, with the entire team, organization, Front Office, and ownership so acutely in the crosshairs of a fanbase and a city that it’s jarring to think about the fact that the Indians were 2 ½ games back in the AL Central after beating Verlander and the Tigers. As a result, the usual chorus of naysayers has been joined by a much more concerning anthem of doubt from even the staunchest of defenders of the teardown of 2008/2009 and the build-up to today.” [Cousineau/The DiaTribe]
“The notion of the “window” is intimately attached to the Ubaldo trade, but does that make sense given the failure of the trade at this point? Does Ubaldo and his 5.29 ERA this season (5.22 with Cleveland, total) define the Indians window? Given that we were in contention this year for four months, is he really the key? A successful Jimenez would certainly make a big difference, but his failures should end his association with the window. More broadly, the “window” seems constructed around an anxiety about our starting pitching. In this view then the window is not solely about Ubaldo but also his “big two” tag team partner Justin Masterson (currently sporting a 4.78 ERA). The same argument applies. The reality is the Indians, like every team, need quality starting pitching wherever it comes from. Jimenez and Masterson have certainly shown the ability at times to reach a very high level, but their inability to maintain those performances is a big part of the Indians current troubles and should dispel any notion that they are essential to the Indians future.” [Let’s Go Tribe]
“In a strong indication of how important rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is to the future of the franchise, new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says the very first thing he inquired about when talking to the team’s football boss, Mike Holmgren, was the progress of Weeden’s development. Haslam told the Canton Repository that when he sat down with Holmgren for the first time, he got straight to the point, and asked whether Holmgren believes the team has its quarterback of the future.” [Smith/Pro Football Talk]
“I did later find out that CJ Miles was the second player in the history of Dallas’ Skyline High to have his jersey retired by the school. The first player was Larry Johnson. Larry later starred as Grandmama in a series of critically acclaimed television commercials wearing a dress. That’s where the comparions to Johnson and CJ end. To his credit, CJ has never been in a commercial wearing a dress.
He didn’t go to college either. In 2005, CJ Miles was drafted directly out of high school. He was considered to be a first rounder coming out as McDonald’s All American, but wasn’t drafted until the second. He was selected 34th overall, just after Brandon Bass, and two picks before Ersan Ilyasova. Ilyasova just got paid this summer btw. The contract value of Miles’ reported deal with the Cavaliers hasn’t been announced yet.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]
Finally, if you missed it this weekend, check out Craig’s piece on Haslam and opportunity. [WFNY]