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While We’re Waiting… Young, and slightly chunky?

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 tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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A couple of fantastic charts. The NBA by age and BMI. “At the bottom of the chart, the Cavs’ and 76ers’ average age is nearly seven years younger than the Heat’s —Cleveland is fielding nine players aged 23 or younger. The Pelicans are the only team in the league with no players 30 or older, so Greg Stiemsma and Anthony Morrow, both 28, get to provide the veteran leadership for that team.” [Deadspin]

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“The Browns running game has been virtually non-existent all season. The trio of running backs sharing the load have a disappointing average per carry of just 3.0 with 385 yards on 126 carries. Willis McGahee leads the team with 262 yards on 100 carries for a paltry 2.6 avg. Chris Ogbonnaya has the best average per carry among running backs with a 5.3 average on just 19 carries for 101 yards. He had a long carry of 22 yards. Fozzy Whittaker has seven carries for 22 yards (3.1 avg.).

Probably, the most glaring statistic is the Browns have just one rushing touchdown all season, by McGahee.” [Greetham/The OBR]

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“In September, Swisher finally looked like the player that had been so consistent in years past (120 to 129 OPS+ in all four seasons in New York). He hit 263/353/515 with seven home runs, 17 RBI and his only steal of the season. He had his first multi-homer game of the season on September 15 in the 7-1 win over the White Sox. Plus, he just looked the bro he yearns to be.

Taken as whole, Swisher’s season seemed to be a disappointment on the surface. He netted just a oWAR of 2.9, or $3.7M/oWAR. But, if you compare that to his four season average with the Yankees of 3.1 oWAR, and factor in that he was nursing a bad shoulder for 83% of the season, I can live that.” [Let’s Go Tribe]

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“As you know, Price is coaching with the Bobcats this season, which is a suave move by that organization considering Price’s coaching credentials. Every team Price has coached for has improved it’s shooting percentage year to year. If you saw point guard Kemba Walker bomb away with made shots against the Cavaliers last Friday night, you know that situation had Price’s coaching fingerprints all over it.

Last night Price and Walker, who had another outstanding game scoring 25 on 9 of 20 from the floor and 4 of 5 at the free throw line, were at Madison Square Garden defeating the Knicks 102-97. Cara attended as a guest of Mark Price, then met him after the game to talk basketball. And Price was just exactly what you would expect.” [Jackson/Stepien Rules]

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Finally, there are some hideous choices on this list of top uniform alternates. [Extra Mustard]

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    I couldn’t help but read that headline in the style of:
    I like my Cavs team like I like my women….

  • MrCleaveland

    Is there any news about whether or not Swisher is going to have shoulder surgery? If he is, he ought to have it done pretty quick.

  • mgbode

    can we stop using BMI out of context yet? this is a terrible misrepresentation.

    Anthony Bennett – 6’8″ 256lbs
    LeBron James – 6’8″ 250lbs

    Unless those 6lbs make a much bigger difference than I think they do, then Body Composition might mean quite a bit more than weight.

  • running backs

    Hey Browns, Ryan Grant is still out there and looked okay last we saw him

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I’ve detested BMI for years now. It is an absolutely ridiculous way to try and draw any kind of a logical conclusion about someone’s health.

    I (legit) have a much larger bone structure than my younger half-brothers. Using the water-displacement method, I am 6% more body fat than they are. But, because of my muscle and bone structure, I weight 50+ lbs more than they do at similar heights (I’m about an inch taller than one and an inch shorter than the other.) According to BMI, I am obese and they are just fine. (They’re also scrawny and fairly weak.)