While We’re Waiting… Buckeye QBs, Thomas and Freeney and Rocky Colavito

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“Ohio State has a problem at quarterback. It has since the spring, and since the first day of fall camp in early August. Really, it has had an issue since 17 or so months ago when Jim Tressel found out Terrelle Pryor might be in some real trouble. What it has left Fickell and these Buckeyes with — four weeks into the 2011 season — is the realization that Joe Bauserman isn’t good enough, and Braxton Miller isn’t good enough yet.” [Jackson/FSO]

“Outside of McCoy channeling his inner Charlie Frye late in the first quarter, Thomas played what could be considered a nearly perfect game against Freeney – who is still one of the league’s top pass rushers. Although the brutal hit on McCoy could linger like visions of Atlanta’s John Abraham in the memories of Browns fans, it’s even possible to suggest that Thomas dominated Freeney.

By my count, there were roughly a dozen pass attempts that necessitated a prolonged Thomas-Freeney matchup on Sunday and/or didn’t include either a three-step drop by McCoy or some variation of a screen. In most respects, Thomas won all but one of these matchups. And even then, he was pretty close.” [DK/The OBR]

Talk about fantasy sports. What if the Tribe never traded Rocky Colavito? [The Hardball Times]

Who’s winning in this NBA lockout? The former Cavalier of course- “And the longer this lockout goes, the more it benefits James’ team. The shortened season is set up perfectly for them. People sometimes mistake shortened seasons with less wear and tear, and it’s just the opposite. The Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder will benefit far more than the older Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. Once the lockout’s lifted, the free-agent frenzy, the trades, the shortened training camp and sprint to the playoffs will still give James even more cover. Eventually, he has to win a title. For him, it needs to be this season. He doesn’t want to go to the Olympics with that hanging over him in July, with Kobe and Dwyane Wade(notes) winning him another gold medal.” [Wojnarowski/Yahoo]

Some quick hitters- “D’Qwell Jackson is tied for 10th in the NFL in total tackles with 19. (Woodyard, Den; Chancellor, Sea), Joe Haden is tied for first in the NFL in passes defended with 5. (Flowers, KC), (Browns D) only allowing 5.6 yards per pass attempt, 1st in the NFL. (Browns D) given-up the second fewest passing yards in the NFL. (331 yards) and currently giving up the fewest receiving yards in the NFL. (364 yards)” [Browns Gab]