Indians and expectations: This post is from earlier in the week, but it’s still relevant for most Tribe fans. The Tribe Daily’s Nino Colla wrote about his blog and the team, sharing this great tidbit:
Irregularity my friends. This is baseball. The team is 6-6, this is the first actual post since the season started. Time to forget expectations and embrace the reality. No team is built to go 162-0. No team is even built to go 120-42. If they are, forget HGH testing, investigate them for fraud or insider trading.
Baseball is a tough sport. My article the other day about Asdrubal Cabrera had the line “On average, he’s average.” An 81-81 baseball team can be really tough to watch; they’d be frighteningly inconsistent. They might go on a six-game winning streak, then look really bad for two weeks. One never knows.
A point I made the other day: Baseball is an entirely different sport to follow than football. In football, if a team or a player underperforms in even one game, that could cost them the entire season and potentially their playing career. One game matters that much. In baseball, an All-Star could go hitless for an entire series and everything could be OK. For fans, it’s tough to balance that competitive spirit with the reality of a grinding 162-game schedule.
Final Cavs links: Well, the season is over. Stepien Rules’ Cleveland Jackson had a massive, massive mailbag (with a very nice shoutout to yours truly). His articles are always lots of fun.
Cavs: The Blog’s Tom Pestak also had a huge article about two-man lineups and their effectiveness on the court. You always have to take plus-minus data with a grain of salt, but this was still interesting.
One other article that has been trending over the last day: “Why Does the NBA Execute a Broadcast Strategy that Harms the League?” This is from Kevin Draper at The Diss. He argues that the uneven distribution of nationally televised games is “shortsighted” and “detrimental” to the league. Would love to hear your thoughts too, folks.
In terms of my thoughts: Yeah, this team improved by 9 (!) wins. In an 82-game schedule. That’s actually not that bad. Everything is on the table this offseason, which is frightening and good at the same time, but they really did improve from January-onward. Andrew will have more Cavs thoughts today. I’ll save mine for sometime soon.
Alex Mack contract details: The Alex Mack saga was one of the more drawn-out stories so far of the NFL offseason. We’re still a few weeks away from the draft, which means we’re still hearing more and more details about the actual contract that Mack ended up signing.
ESPN’s Pat McManamon shares that not only can Mack leave after the first two years, but the Browns also have mini-team options for his fourth and fifth seasons each. Year one and year two are guaranteed at $10 million and $8 million respectively. From there, it’s a series of “who picks who,” meaning the final deal is actual pretty flexible in nature.
Yes, Mack is being paid among the top offensive linemen period as simply one of the top centers. But this deal made sense for the Browns. I’ll stick to that. If Mack suddenly doesn’t perform at all, at most, they’re on the hook for $26 million over three years. Then, they’ll just not decide to give him his 2017 roster bonus and he’ll be out.
Tweets of the week: To finish, here are some goods and bads from the week on Twitter.
I mean Irving and Waiters have played great together since February, but yes, tonight's meaningless game shows they can't play together.
— Trevor Magnotti (@Tmagnotti) April 13, 2014
#Indians fans after a loss are like wounded animals, snapping at and blaming anything they can. It happens. Its April.
— Ed Carroll (@EdTheRevelator) April 13, 2014
Clowney not doing private workouts reminds me of Dion Waiters. Pretty good move for agents to bump up interest, it seems.
— Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) April 15, 2014
Sincere thanks to @ChrisRyan77 for actually properly citing Cavs: The Blog, linking, and blockquoting the Windhorst interview.
— John Krolik (@JohnKrolik) April 15, 2014
What's your favorite move the Cavs have made to build around Kyrie Irving?
— David Zavac (@DavidZavac) April 15, 2014
Seriously though, who taught all of this country’s sports columnists to write in one sentence paragraphs?
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) April 16, 2014
kyrie:"I’m proud of my guys and being a part of something special. We fell short (of the playoffs) this season, but I can live with that.”
— Rick Noland MG/CT (@RickNoland) April 17, 2014