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While We’re Waiting… Reading material after a terrible night in Cleveland sports

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“There are obviously some mitigating factors. The Cavs are young, and young players are generally overmatched on defense in their first couple of years in the NBA. Starting Tyler Zeller at center is a big disadvantage; bullies can push him around, and like most rookies, he has found NBA-level help-and-recover stuff confusing.

But the lack of improvement in the big picture is alarming. Kyrie Irving is almost no better in Year 2 than he was in Year 1 (which is to say, he’s not good), and there is just a general lack of coordination to Cleveland’s defense that would worry me if I worked for the team. The Cavs can usually execute the first step of help defense without any problems, but the steps that must take place behind that first line of defense are a complete mess. Nobody helps the helper at the right time, guys are way out of position, miscommunication is rampant, and teams generally score easily against them.” [Lowe/Grantland]

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“Mobile data traffic is exploding, particularly in high-traffic areas such as Major League Baseball ballparks,” Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Qualcomm, said in a statement. “Qualcomm has been preparing for an astounding 1000x increase in data demand, and we are leading the charge with MLBAM to provide passionate baseball fans with access to digital content, resulting in unparalleled in-ballpark experiences.”

The rise of smartphones and always-connected consumers sharing experiences on social networks has had a massive effect in how live sports are watched — at home, on the move, and at the events themselves.” [Lunden/Tech Crunch]

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“Weeden is capable of making big-time NFL throws, but they came too few and far between in 2012. Besides being 29 and having mostly defined reads in last year’s system, the leading concern with Weeden is that he’s very methodical in everything he does. He must get quicker in his drop, then speed up his mechanics and, most importantly, his reads. A quarterback can’t have success staring down his primary receiver.

It’s amazing that no pundits were vociferously disappointed in Richardson’s extremely mediocre rookie campaign. His burst was evident at times, when he was healthy, but too often the highest-touted back to enter the league since Adrian Peterson was less than 100 percent and ineffective. In fact, there were even occasions where Cleveland’s offense was noticeably livelier with Hardesty in the backfield.” [Benoit/Football Outsiders]

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“Guys, look it. The sample size is incredibly small, but Reynolds has landed in Cleveland with gusto. And it’s not just baseball: I mean, here are five things Reynolds did last night cooler than anything Chuck Norris or the Dos Equis guy have ever done ever: 1) Mark Reynolds went back in time to give Adolf Hitler a high-five and then pulled his hand away at the last second, just to piss Hitler off.” [Allard/Scene]

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“I have seen enough, and I don’t need for Lou Marson to wind up in a hospital to know this must stop. Marson is lucky, and the rest of baseball is stone silent today rather than outraged or deeply reflective simply because of Marson’s dumb luck. Marson is the Cleveland Indians catcher who Saturday happened to be holding a baseball, stock still, as Desmond Jennings of the Tampa Bay Rays, after gathering about 80 feet of full-speed energy, plowed into him — his tucked shoulder smashing into Marson’s helmet — on what otherwise was an obvious out play at home plate.

The jolt knocked the helmet and mask from Marson’s head. He lurched backward and fell. Marson’s unprotected head slammed against the ground. (He held on to the ball for the out.) Incredibly, after a brief examination by medical professionals, the Indians allowed Marson to stay in the game. They removed him the next inning, announcing that he suffered only a strained neck.” [Verducci/SI]

 

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Last night was ROUGH. Thank God the Caps had a great win last night, or else I’d be a bitter pill this morning. The Indians could use a little pride and a lot of confidence. The Cavs blowing a 20-point 4th quarter lead is pure excrement, but I don’t really care if or how they lose at this point. Go get those lottery balls, boys.

  • MrCleaveland

    Yeah, the Prog probably would have sold out last night if only there was sufficient phone service so that the passionate fans could send their “data.”

    “Data.” I love it.

  • Natedawg86

    I remember watching the Wash/Cle game and watching Cousins quickly go through his reads. He looked sharp, quickly went through his reads an executed gameplan. Hopefully Weeden is getting there.

  • Natedawg86

    A ‘lively” Hardesty is a good thing. If T-Rich can get 20-25 touches, and Hardesty 5 -10 i think we would be on the right path.

  • Harv 21

    Better not hear any of youse neurotic, small-picture Byron haters even suggest his coaching is responsible. Any young, lousy team can blow another 20-point lead. A 4th quarter 20-point lead. On layups and dunks and and-ones. Young, lousy teams totally give up, have no heart and no idea how to play any type of defense, either man-to-man or the new zone installed a few weeks ago in late-season. Even when veterans are on the floor, like Alonzo Gee (1-4 in 31 minutes). Because in the NBA, good teams always win games against opponents they can’t even fake interest in, even when the opponent doesn’t decide to win until the last few minutes and they’re 20 down. Just look around the league, are any coaches making these types of teams better?

    Byron, he’s just stuck right now with these kids and losers. He doesn’t get them, and they don’t get him. What’s a winner like Byron to do. Wasn’t like this on the Lakers, that’s for sure. Rueful head shake.

  • mgbode

    I think the Indians could just use some starting pitching.

    It’s the one thing making me mad about the Browns right now. We all can see and know they desperately need a starting CB2, TE, OG, ILB, and FS.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I agree, but I’m also not cool with only putting up 3 runs on Kuroda and 1 run on Pettitte. The Tribe batters should be teeing off on these Yankee SPs… they are terrible. Remember when we were pumped up about not having to face Sabathia in this four-game series? I’m not as pumped now.

  • mgbode

    yes, there is definitely that side as well. I think hitting fluctuates more. though that is the reason we were hopeful to have MLB-quality hitters throughout the lineup as well (when some get cold, others get hot).

    frustrating to say the least.

  • mgbode

    yep, Byron is dead-man-walking at this point. even tanking, you simply cannot have the run he has had and sell fans on buying another year of season tickets. he got stuck in a bad spot, but those are the breaks. he gets his $4.5mil next year regardless, so I’m not going to feel bad about saying it.

  • mgbode

    yep, Byron is dead-man-walking at this point. even tanking, you simply cannot have the run he has had and sell fans on buying another year of season tickets. he got stuck in a bad spot, but those are the breaks. he gets his $4.5mil next year regardless, so I’m not going to feel bad about saying it.

  • Garry_Owen

    Okay, I agree with Verducci’s point, and the guy can write: But why does every position on everything in the world today – particularly the world of sports – have to be couched with so much vitriol and hyperbole? That article could have been 2 paragraphs long, with a concise and convincing argument that catchers should have as much protection as other fielders, without the “prurient interest in violence” comments, etc.

    I mean, we’re even to the point where conversations about cell and data coverage at sporting events takes on the importance of the Magna Carta.

  • Garry_Owen

    Yeah, but you still spell your name with the “a,” so . . .

  • Ezzie Goldish

    As my friend said yesterday, Lowe is really, really good. That piece is awesome.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Indians didn’t have any of their own data to send last night though.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Blue Jackets won!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oh yea your not my dad so make me!

  • mgbode

    agreed on the hyperbolic tendencies.

    also, the Marson play was different than the Santana and Posey injuries. on the latter two players were injured when they were blocking the plate while waiting for the ball, which is illegal per MLB rules (and never called). Marson was injured after he had the ball and the runner ran him over (which can be interpreted to be illegal per rules but is not explicit).

  • Garry_Owen

    Right.

    The best argument for modifying the rule is what Verducci said toward the end. It’s regulated at every other level of baseball, and it doesn’t negatively impact the game. I understand that we might not want to go so far at the MLB level (i.e., I wouldn’t want to see the same rule that exists at LL), but there is definitely a common sense, simple solution to the problem. We don’t need to be riled up with self-righteous anger to see it, though.