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While We’re Waiting… Columbus gets a visit from an old Cleveland friend

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Brian Sipe returns to Ohio Saturday, on the sidelines across from Ohio State. “Originally, Sipe never envisioned himself coaching football, let alone the college brand. He operated an architecture business, for which he helped design luxury homes. He would lie in bed at night and conceptualize the elements of a house the same way he used to imagine himself picking apart opposing defenses with his consistently on-target passes. “One thing builds on top of another and you have to understand where you started from, because everything has to fit that follows that,” Sipe said. “An offense is a little bit the same. You have to understand what the foundation of your offense is, what kind of talent you have, what you’re trying to do.” Coaching was never part of his initial blueprint.” [Meisel/Cleveland.com]

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Rally… chicken? “Where did this chicken come from and how did it get to Progressive Field? Well, that depends on who you ask. “I got the chicken from the father of a friend of a friend,” Justin Masterson said. Very descriptive, Masty. When asked who was behind this shenanigans, Masterson insisted he was simply delivering the chicken. “You could say it was a conglomerate of the bullpen guys.” [Shilling/Tribe Vibe]

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“Keeping the truth to yourself is not really lying. This is the way American industries, including the industry of mass entertainment known as the National Football League, work these days. There is nothing you can do to make them change the way they do business unless you hit them so hard that they bleed from the teeth for six months and their leading executives face the imminent probability of an extended survey of institutional dining within the federal penal system. And since that almost never happens, there is no crime against the public safety that ever really gets solved. And that was what the NFL was counting on when it bought its way out of the massive lawsuit brought by thousands of damaged human beings who once had worked for an industry that didn’t care how they lived or, for that matter, how they died. The $765 million that the NFL has agreed to pony up is boutonniere money to these people; they must have had to go through the cushions on the sofa twice.” [Pierce/Grantland]

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“Fred McLeod might be the single-most underrated broadcaster in the NBA, for starters. There was a reason Dan Gilbert hand-picked McLeod after he purchased the Cavaliers. Much was made over that controversial decision to replace another Mt. Rushmore candidate (Michael Reghi) with McLeod – but Dan Gilbert knew the talent he had in McLeod from his time in Detroit, and positioned Fred to become the new voice of the Cavs.” [Jackson/Real Cavs Fans]

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“Yesterday Santana drew the 300th walk of his career (and the 301st). This is only his 4th season, and it was just his 474th game played. Few players have ever walked so many times so early in their career. How many players in history have walked 300+ times in their first 4 seasons? Including Santana, only 27.” [Lukehart/Let’s Go Tribe]

  • JNeids

    I thought we decided yesterday no amount of stats can overcome the eye test for poor Carlos. But man I love that picture of him.

    Regarding the article’s title, is it supposed to be “aN historic,” or just “a historic?” I’m genuinely curious as I’ve never seen it this way before.

  • mgbode

    you have to be careful because stats tell you that Santana and Kipnis are far and away the best hitters on this team. and, ‘everyone’ wants to put Brantley up there with them. #eye_test

  • mgbode

    oh, and it’s definitely “a historic.” Historic has a consonant sound, so there is nothing that indicates that you should displace the ‘a’ with an ‘an.’

  • mgbode

    “We should’ve got the live chicken.”

  • JNeids

    That’s what I thought, but then thought maybe the author silenced the “h” so it was more like ‘istoric…or not, I dunno, I just know I wasn’t trying to pick a nit necessarily.

  • mgbode

    I don’t think the author gets to choose how to pronounce words though (and I am picking that nit 🙂 ).

  • Natedawg86

    Last night was a little rough even though we got the win. Stubbs bunting up 4-1 with no outs and a man on second? Really? He looked like a pitcher trying to bunt there.

  • mgbode

    yeah, you would think that a guy with his speed and lack of bat would be a great bunter. he even spent years in the NL (which I am told is so superior because they develop such skills in players).

  • ToxicToast

    Completely agree. If we approached the other 29 teams in baseball and told them they could have one position player from the Indians, 100% would say Santana or Kipnis. The way people adore Brantley but disparage Santana is ludicrous to me.

  • Natedawg86

    bourne is a good bunter

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Stop repeating yourself dawg!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Pass on Fred McLoud sorry!