Random Tuesday sports thoughts, While We’re Waiting


Happy Tuesday, WFNY!

I hope everyone is well today, and I hope you all are still in contention in your NCAA brackets. Me? In a pool of 752 entries I am currently in 25th place (despite not watching any college basketball this season and not even knowing who the No. 1 seeds were until Wednesday when I finally sat down to fill out my brackets), so I feel pretty good. I’m not going to finish in the money because I have zero teams left in the East region. Nevertheless, I always love watching the tournament and filling out my brackets and trying to get lucky and get in the money. This year, I have a chance. So that’s cool.

What else is going on in the sports world? It seems like the only thing anyone is talking about in my sports sphere of influence is this issue about NBA players resting when healthy. This issue has dominated the sports news cycle for the last couple of days and it doesn’t seem to be going away. It’s a complex issue to some degree. I mean, I think we all can understand why sponsors and the TV networks which paid massive sums of money to broadcast the game would be upset. But it’s a meaningless regular season game. Wouldn’t we all much rather have fresh, healthy, energetic stars in the playoffs?

Anyway, I could go on and on with this topic, but to be honest Scott Sargent pretty much nailed this topic perfectly yesterday so I don’t really have anything useful to add to the conversation. I just think it’s pretty ridiculous that this is even a story. Like Scott said in his piece yesterday and again in a private conversation, it’s 100 percent grandstanding. There are so many NBA games televised these days. Nobody is getting cheated or shorted here. If you’re a fan, you have to understand that when you buy a ticket, there’s always a chance the people you want to see play will instead rest that day.

So what should we talk about instead today? Mitchell Trubisky’s pro day that is taking place today? We could, but Hue Jackson won’t be there. The Browns aren’t bothering with the prospects’ pro days, it seems, instead choosing to focus more on private workouts. It seems like a good approach in my book. I have to believe you can learn a lot more about players by putting them in uncomfortable situations as opposed to watching them in an environment where they are comfortable and can better mask some of their potential deficiencies.

Regardless of when/where/how they work out the QB prospects, I really feel like the Browns are in a situation where they are definitely going to take a QB at pick 12. It’s not that they have to take one there, but so many of the moves they’ve made and the situation they currently find themselves in seem to make the most sense if the move is to take a QB in the first round of this draft.

Unless they do an about-face and decide to actually use Brock Osweiler, the Browns have Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan as the only QBs on the roster right now. I have no problem with the Browns giving Kessler the job this year and giving him a chance to prove himself. But it makes too much sense to have a highly drafted QB on this roster. Whether that is Deshaun Watson or Mitchell Trubisky (or any of the other prospects, for that matter), I don’t really care. I mean, I have a preference. I would like the Browns to take a chance on Watson. But I know that I have no clue what I’m talking about. I’m willing to defer to them on this decision. I just want more QB prospects on this team.

So that covers the Cavaliers and the Browns. What else is going on? Shall we talk Tribe? When it comes to the Cleveland Indians, I generally prefer to talk more about the big picture. Mostly because I don’t follow baseball close enough to have strong opinions on the day to day minutiae. But holy hell have you been following our baseball guys? Good lord do we have some incredible Indians writers offering up previews of the season. There is so much good stuff coming this week and next, I can’t wait for everyone to read it all.

But for me, the good thing about having people much smarter and better equipped to cover this stuff is great because I can just be a fan. I haven’t written much about the Indians since the World Series ended. Some of it was because I just didn’t want to go back and revisit it. Some of it was that I’ve still been just enjoying this season of being defending NBA champs that I haven’t had to think much about baseball.

But the time has come. We’re just a couple weeks away from Opening Day now. I know the realities of how hard it is to get back to the World Series. I know the Indians seem to be sharing in the Cavaliers’ injury luck and the baseball season hasn’t even started. So, I’m keeping expectations in check.

But there is no reason not to expect this to be a very good baseball team and it’s so much more fun to have real expectations for the team this year. There’s always hope. Hope is always there in April when it comes to baseball. I’m talking about real expectations. Anything short of winning the AL Central again will be a major disappointment. And with the Indians’ pitching staff, I say get us to the playoffs again and we’ll let the chips fall where they may at that point.

Anyway, that’s really all I have on this Tuesday. I’ll talk to you fine folks again next week and as always, enjoy the rest of your week here at Waiting For Next Year.