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.
“Yet they lost, and they lost because they had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown. They had a fumble returned for a touchdown. They threw an interception that set up a touchdown. And they had another punt tipped that went 9 yards and set up a short field and a touchdown. And that all happened in one quarter.” [McManamon/AFC North Blog]
“It’s a quarter in which will go down in infamy. There is no need to go over what happened. You saw it. Plenty of blame to spread around. In the end, it put to rest any hopes of a playoff berth, an AFC North title or meaningful football to be played in the final six games of the season. This has been a season of extreme highs and extreme lows. It didn’t get much lower than the second quarter.
Expect a few more highs this season and a few more lows. It is just where this team is at in its development. There are flashes of talent, but in some key areas that talent is lacking.” [Delco/The OBR]
“The sequence begins as Irving brings the ball across halfcourt with Glen Rice Jr. shadowing him. Irving slams on the brakes and goes with the right-to-left dribble behind his back to generate a little breathing room, before going behind his back again left-to-right to start an attack off the dribble. He then uses a screen from Earl Clark near the right angle before going behind his back from right to left again to pull Rice away out towards halfcourt.
Irving’s brief retreat was followed up with another left-to-right crossover behind his back, totally losing Rice in the process and creating a true path to the basket. Jan Vesely tries to slide over to cut off Irving, a hopeless endeavor, and the 2012 Rookie of the Year blew by him with the right-to-left crossover, taking two steps into the paint before lofting up a right-handed floating lay-up over Nene.
By my count, Cleveland’s All-Star point guard changed directions five times in the eight seconds between the 6:12 mark and the 6:04 mark of the fourth quarter, when his basket swished through.” [Golliver/Point Forward]
“With the perfectly complimentary Hyde and Miller forming a ridiculous 1-2 punch behind an offensive line that gets a ton of hype (by OL standards), though still not probably enough, the Ohio State rushing attack is straight undressing opponents.
After yesterday’s performance in which the Buckeyes chewed up 441 net yards rushing (430 by Hyde/Miller) and set a school-record averaging 10.5 yards per attempt, Ohio State is now averaging 315.1 rush yards per game, on 6.8 per carry through 10 games.
In another stat indicative of their dominance, Svoboda noted that four of the six games in school history in which the Buckeyes have averaged at least 8.0 yards per carry have occurred this season with three of those coming in the last three games.” [Lauderback/Eleven Warriors]