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.
A Chris Grant history lesson. “Andrew Bynum is signed. It was viewed at the time as a low risk signing. I certainly thought it was. It was a unique contract that only guaranteed him $6 million. If he didn’t come back or didn’t play well, it wouldn’t matter. They’d just cut him.
But then you really think about it. What if he came back and was average? What if his attitude hurt the team? Bynum doesn’t at all fit into Mike Brown’s preferred defensive scheme which involves big men having to hedge hard on perimeter screens, which you knew already because Mike Brown has coached 400+ NBA games. Plus, GRANT JUST MENTIONED SEVEN DAYS AGO HE WANTED TO IMPROVE THE CULTURE AND FOUNDATION OF THE TEAM.
Sure, just keep strengthening the foundation of this team by adding a guy who got re-injured while rehabbing when he went bowling, got thrown out of an out-of-reach playoff game for a clothesline, and kind of likes basketball intermittently. We know how the story ends now: he gets suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, goes away, and the Cavs traded him.” [Vecenie/Fear the Sword]
“Ohio State’s side of National Signing Day 2014 is in the books, and unsurprisingly, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes landed another highly-rated recruiting class. One-time Ohio State commitment Lonnie Johnson penned the term “Dream ’14” as a name for Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class. Despite his decommitment, the term endured.
It started with a pledge from Cleveland Glenville prospect Marcelys Jones on Christmas day in 2012. Almost a year after Jones pledged, Ohio State was able to land two of their top targets, five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan and four-star wide receiver Johnnie Dixon. Jones, McMillan and Dixon have already enrolled at Ohio State, along with four other signees.” [Birmingham/Eleven Warriors]
“In the meantime, the Dolans get blasted for not buying up free agents, but they cannot possibly be expected to outspend the Dodgers or Yankees or Red Sox. Besides, any baseball economist can tell you that there is no worse return on an investment than a free agent. When you sign a free agent, you are usually just hoping the first years are good enough to make up for the last years, which are probably going to be a huge waste of money. The Dolans have hired smart people, enabled them to find talent, provided the cash to sign young players to long-term deals, and stayed out of the public spotlight while the front office does its job.” [Young/Let’s Go Tribe]
“The 2014 draft class is littered with prospects that are one small flaw away from being “can’t miss” quarterback prospects. Every year team scouts look for the Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck type of quarterbacking prospects; guys that have the quarterbacking pedigree and are easily identified as being the best in the class. Unfortunately, in the last 15 years, no more than a handful of these game-breaking types of talent have entered the draft, and some have proven the waves of prognosticators completely wrong by failing to meet those lofty expectations.
Derek Carr may be the best representation of this draft class, in that he may offer the best physical capability of the class, combined with underrated mobility and good size. (He was listed at 6-3 and 210 lbs at Fresno state but measured closer to 6’2″ at the Senior Bowl) During the 2013 season Derek exhibited some less than desirable characteristics that may influence teams to pass on his fantastic arm.” [Finney/Dawgs By Nature]