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“Sometimes you look for a teammate to make a play to fire you up; every now and then a coach can fire you up,” James said. “We’re not saying we want Mike Brown to get thrown out if we look flat; sometimes you need a coach to do something, and it definitely fired us up.” [Brian Windhorst]
“Isn’t it interesting how Browns’ fans are clamoring for Randy Lerner to hire a strong GM who establishes an organizational identity, then to give that GM the authority to hire a Head Coach who shares his philosophies? After Savage and Romeo parted on messy terms, it seems that everyone wants a GM and Head Coach on the same page to cultivate that organizational philosophy. Sounds good, right? Just a quick question – isn’t this what the Indians have? And isn’t it that arrangement that causes a segment of the fan base to complain about how Shapiro and Wedge are “joined at the hip” and “finish each other’s sentences like they’re reading from a script”? Ever hear the term “Wedgiro”? Which is it Cleveland – if it’s good for the goose, doesn’t it stand to be good for the gander?” [DiaTribe]
Pryor Potential “Arrival” Moment: If you put me the spot, I would confess to not knowing exactly what this means. What I do know is that college football has been heavy on the poetic overtures throughout the years. How many times have you watched a an unheralded player have the game of his life against his home state’s university or against the school that did not offer him a scholarship. If you are having trouble thinking of one, check out the tape of the 2001 Outback Bowl (hint: Ryan Brewer). Excuse me for seeming callous but I really do not think Pryor has had a great, defining game yet. He has engineered a great drive against Wisconsin and has had a handful of magical plays, but he has yet to produce like we all imagine. [Buckeye Commentary]
Steve Mason made it 3 for 3 today when he was named the rookie of the month for the month of December after he posted a 7-5-0 record with a 1.41 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and three shutouts in 12 games. [Light the Lamp]
All of that’s fine. Ed Hochuli can still be a good official, despite the one massive goof-up, and if he and his crew battled back from that to perform well, I’m happy for them. I love a good redemption story. But if Hochuli and his crew can screw up that badly and still be the best, what’s that say about the second-best team out there? What did they do, officiate a game in which they decided that field goals should be worth 19 points, sacks worth 162 points, and touchdowns worth zero points, but free ice cream sandwiches for everyone on the offense? Did the third-best officiating crew enact a policy in Week 14 dictating that anyone who commits a holding penalty gets stabbed in the eye with an ice pick? [Shut Down Corner]