Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“There’s fast, and then there’s Benjamin fast. Not even Joe Haden, one of Cleveland’s quickest players, can run with “Rabbit.”
“Nah,” Haden said. “He’s got special speed. I think his legs are 75 percent of his body.” He’s listed at 175 pounds, but that might be helped by Benjamin’s dreadlocks. The Browns won’t use him to return kicks, mostly because they’re afraid he’ll get broken in two.” [Withers/AP]
“Fall Break 2013. Well, sort of, but not really. At the midway point of the season, Ohio State is getting a bit of a rest. Not a full-scale vacation, though. The Buckeyes will begin focusing on Iowa at the tail end of the week, before coaches go on the road recruiting. Everyone will reconvene Monday, and Meyer wants zero phone calls over the weekend.
“Some people see a bye week and think they go act like a jerk over the weekend,” he said Wednesday. “That’s not what bye weeks are for. Football is a tough, violent, contact sport. So your joints and your shoulders and everything need a break. That’s what it’s for. But to come back and not at least watch some football, that’d be a disgrace.” Another no-no? Coming back to Columbus underweight or overweight.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]
“CLEVELAND CAVALIERS Best-case: Taking a flier on Andrew Bynum would seem to give the Cavaliers the largest range between “best-case” and “worst-case” of anyone in the conference. Pretend that Bynum and Anderseon Varejao are actually 100 percent healthy. Couldn’t this team, which shored up its backcourt depth by adding Jarrett Jack, challenge for a top-five seed? Sure, why not? And it would be a lock to make the playoffs.
Worst-case: The hypothetical worst-case scenario isn’t as bad as the 2012-13 Sixers’ worst-case reality, if only because Kyrie Irving is a better all-around talent than Jrue Holiday and because Cleveland didn’t gut its roster assets to acquire Bynum like Philadelphia did. Even with Jack, Earl Clark and No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett in the fold, a fourth straight trip to the lottery is a possibility for the Cavaliers, if their two veteran centers can’t make a consistent impact.” [Golliver/Point Forward]
If you didn’t hear about it, Rick Reilly used his step-father in his piece defending the name Redskins. Except he misquoted him. Awkward. “So you can imagine my dismay when I saw my name and words used to defend the racist Washington Redskins name. My son-in-law, ESPN’s Rick Reilly, completely misunderstood the conversation we had, quoting me as saying “the whole issue is so silly. The name just doesn’t bother me much. It’s an issue that shouldn’t be an issue, not with all the problems we’ve got in this country.”
But that’s not what I said.” [Burns/IndianCountry]
Finally, George the football watching dog. [Shutdown Corner]