While We’re Waiting is the daily morning link roundup that WFNY has been serving up for breakfast for the last several years. We hope you enjoy the following recent collection of yummy and nutritious Cleveland sports-related articles. Anything else to add? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In a recent interview, Waiters made some bold predictions, mainly focusing on the fact that he thinks he will be the NBA’s best shooting guard in short order….
“I just feel as though I’m next up as far as shooting guards. If you look around, you know, Kobe [Bryant] and [Dwyane] Wade and those guys, they paved the way for a player like me and they’re almost done. I’m coming. I just want everybody to know that. “Without a doubt, I really believe that [I’ll eventually be the best shooting guard in the NBA]. This year, I’m going to show a lot of people who doubted me and still doubt me. I’m going to show them.” [Moll/Hoop Doctors]
“No rookie starters for a 5-11 team committed to building through the draft? Plainly and simply, teams that build through the draft… those teams draft players that play. If you’re 5-11, one would think that a drafted rookie could break into the lineup, no? We’ve reviewed the Rams’ draft with three drafted rookies starting for them. We’ve reviewed the Bengals with five fourth-or-fifth round picks starting for them (Boling, Charles, Peko, Atkins, Iloka). The Browns build-through-draft initiative is off to a slow start is you’re being kind; is just more horseshit if you’re being honest.” [Kanick]
“Who is the easiest player on the roster to root for?
That’s a tough question, considering this franchise just lost two players who fans could root for any day of the week in kicker Phil Dawson and special teams return man Joshua Cribbs. Dawson played for this team from 1999-2012 at an extremely high level, but he only got to experience one playoff game during that stretch. Cribbs put his body on the line and his heart and soul into being the best special teams player possible from 2005-2012.
This team has a lot of relatively new players on it, with the team also being constructed as one of the youngest in the NFL. Therefore, there aren’t many players who fans are attached to yet. I have a feeling many other teams are picking an underdog in this category, but for the Browns, we’re going with our best player: left tackle Joe Thomas. He will be entering his seventh year with the team since being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, and he has not missed one snap in his career. He has made the Pro Bowl all six years and is the best left tackle in football, period.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]
“Boyett, who is currently on the non-football injury/reserve list, meaning he’s going to miss the first six weeks of the season, tried to get into a bar in Indianapolis but was not let in (that doesn’t happen to Reggie Wayne or Andrew Luck, one would think). He wasn’t let in because he was too intoxicated, the Indianapolis Star reported. Boyett refused to leave, so the cops were called in.
That’s when it got ugly. The Star reported that Boyett’s “abusive behavior” included threatening to break an officer’s jaw, making fun of his hair and nose, and when police tried to arrest him Boyett gave them a stiff arm and tried to run away. But here’s the money quote:
“You can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player,” Boyett said repeatedly, according to the police report. Awesome.” [Schwab/Shutdown Corner]