While We’re Waiting … End of a Tribe Blog, Avoiding ‘Redskins’ and Bad Browns Offense

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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]

  • BisonDeleSightings

    No more Cousineau makes me sad.

  • MrCleaveland

    The Kansas City Star’s recent action is characteristic of the ongoing abdication of newspapers’ responsibilities to their readers.

    The papers’ responsibility is to print the truth, no matter how unsavory it might be. But a decade or two ago, newspapers discarded the pursuit truth and substituted the pursuit of political correctness, which is the antithesis of truth.

    As a result, the Star and others cover their eyes and ears and pretend that the term Redskins does not exist. How pathetic.

  • MrCleaveland

    “Today is October 1. That means basketball starts this month.”


    We are about to embark on a five-month period when our sports pages and sports channels are clogged with utterly meaningless regular-season basketball. Thanks to the proliferation of conference tournaments and the 68-team NCAA tournament as well as the over-populated NBA playoffs, few things in sports are as pointless as regular-season basketball.

    Granted, a few regular-season NBA match-ups are fun to watch, but only a few. And when’s the last time a regular-season college game meant anything?

  • The NBA regular season needs to be reduced by about a third. But I have no complaints about college basketball–way more fun to watch than the pros.

  • mgbode

    sad day

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    In particular the conference tournaments but especially March Madness which is simply one of the best sports moments of all.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m guessing between the football and baseball teams alot of people will stop writing, keying or even caring. Congratulations to the Dolans and Lerners for doing something right.

  • Julie

    Yeah, I’d much rather listen to the local stations talk about the Browns 24/7 for months while they lose every game. That’s always a fun time.
    Bring on the basketball!

  • porckchopexpress

    Can you give a definition of political correctness? It seems like a catchall term some people use to “prove” some sort of softening in society.
    Is it not Truthfull that the term Redskin is at worst an racial epithet and at best a highly antiquated term brought into fashion when the people it demeaned lacked the political power to object? Is that statement the “antithesis of truth”? What is untruthful about it?
    I have noticed a constant tactic of “blaming the victim” when persons such as yourself attempt to make it seem it is wrong to attempt to rid our society of terms whose only purpose is to put specific groups of people in separate, lesser, categories then yourself. Ignoring or not using a term like Redskin is a lot of things but it is not a lie.

  • MrCleaveland

    You completely miss my point. So I’ll try again.

    Newspapers shouldn’t protest injustice by pretending it doesn’t exist.

  • porckchopexpress

    If that is your point then I did indeed miss it. If you had read the entire piece from the KC paper he actually agrees with you mostly;
    “It isn’t healthy for discourse to pretend any words or thoughts don’t exist. But I see no compelling reason for any publisher to reprint an egregiously offensive term as a casual matter of course.”
    So within the context of debating the usage of the term, they will still use it. However just to use the name Redskin in the context of discussing football they won’t. I don’t see how they are lying or pretending it doesn’t exist. In fact not using will actually spark more debate, as people like you and me notice its non-usage, and begin arguing the mertis of the names continued existance. Its actually inciting debate, not stifling it.

  • MrCleaveland

    Okay, you make good points. And I should have read the original K.C. Star article before bloviating on it. I didn’t think this through. Move to strike.

    Thanks for the education.

  • porckchopexpress

    Truth be told I didn’t read the original until after I popped off in the first place. It was just blind luck that he didn’t go on a rant about returning land to Native Americans and giving dogs the right to vote or something.