I’ve been marinating on this whole Browns-Bengals debacle all day. I feel like we need to take the last couple of years and view them a certain way: a run-on sentence. That’s the only way to truly appreciate the quicksand the Browns are in. So here we go.
The Browns used the 22nd overall pick in 2012 and again in 2014 on QB’s while sorting through Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer, the first was on Brandon Weeden and the second on Johnny Manziel, supposedly after the Texas A&M product texted management asking for them to draft him, displaying just enough moxy that they actually went ahead and did it, they acquired Josh McCown in 2015, before signing Robert Griffin III and then using a 3rd round pick on Cody Kessler in 2016, they traded for Texans cast-off Brock Osweiler, and used a 2nd round draft pick on DeShone Kizer in 2017, before later cutting Osweiler and naming rookie Kizer the starter, later benching him for 2016 Chiefs 5th round pick Kevin Hogan for a game before returning to Kizer under center just long enough to attempt to trade for Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron, only to have that trade denied by the NFL because the Browns did not properly notify the league by the 4:00 PM deadline.
Can’t wait for the draft!
So the Cleveland Browns screwed up a procedure and therefore failed to complete a trade for Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron. Remember when we were all in awe of how the front office was operating under this regime? Only to see the Browns amass many draft picks and still fail to draft anyone of consequence?
To be honest, Myles Garrett has been injured, but looking back I’m sure they wish they had Deshaun Watson. Hell, even Patrick Mahomes at this point. Putting all their eggs in DeShone Kizer’s basket is not going to get Hue Jackson another year, I fear. And now Kizer knows you were looking to ‘better-deal’ him. Your college ex-girlfriend wouldn’t stand for that crap, so why should he?
Game 6 of the 2017 World Series didn’t disappoint, as this game much more closely resembled playoff baseball than that run-fest in Game 5. You have the teams with the most wins in each league facing off in a winner-take-all Game 7, in Los Angeles thanks to Rob Manfred reversing the 2nd worst thing in Bud Selig’s tenure. Kershaw vs. Keuchel. If that doesn’t get the juices flowing, I don’t know what will.
Game 7 of the world series reminds of the 1991 series between the Twins and the Braves. Most people will remember that game for Jack Morris going 10 innings and putting up nothing but goose eggs. And perhaps they should.
Who will supply the drama tonight? I simply cannot wait.
Notre Dame with National Title aspirations? Resurrect the ghost of Ricky Watters!
The Buffalo Bills acquire Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin for a couple of draft picks they probably would have used on underwhelming WR’s anyways, so it’s a wash. Stay away from the wings, Kelvin.
If you’re a Twitter user, search “FireGirardi”. It’s amazing, really.
The New York Yankees season finished one game away from the World Series and the pinstripe faithful have turned on their once beloved manager. They blame him for everything from failing to change pitchers at the appropriate times (perhaps a fair criticism) to not teaching fundamentals. I have to laugh at that last one. If you’re in the majors, the last thing you need to be taught is fundamentals. You either have them or you don’t by that point in your career.
It’s a weird dichotomy to be Yankees fan today. On one hand, you blame Girardi for not advancing to the World Series, but simultaneously on the other hand admit this team is at least a year or two early.
Since you’re good an internet searches, go ahead and search “preseason 2017 MLB predictions”. After perusing those search results you’ll realize that not one credible source had a consensus of the Yankees making the playoffs at all, much less one win away from the Fall Classic.
Here’s some other numbers on this upstart Yankees team:
Not bad numbers for a team who no one expected to do much.
Indeed, if you want to try to figure out what went wrong, you simply have to look at the runs scored on the road. Everyone likes home cooking, but the Yankees batting average dipped by 7 points on the road, OPS by 62, and scored 44 fewer runs away from Yankee Stadium. To me, that screams of a young team that will only get better. The average age of the Yankees top 10 WAR players for this season is 28.4. And that number is watered down by 33-year-olds Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, and Jacoby Ellsbury. On the pitching staff, the only players in the top 10 for WAR over 30 were CC Sabathia (36) and David Robertson (32).
In other words: they’ll be fine.
This mentality that firing Joe Girardi is the answer to returning the Yankees to post-season glory is the product of a spoiled fan base that is suffering from recency bias. Sure, 1996-2007 was a blast. But do you all remember that Joe Torre’s final 3 seasons in the Bronx ended in LDS defeats by 3-2, 3-1, and 3-1 margins? And to be clear- this team is not those teams.
Indeed the Yankees bucked the development curve and struck a chord with a fan base that loves to shout to the world that they’ve won 27 championships. Nothing short of 28 will suffice, but do you really think changing the leadership will help? And if you want to use the Boston Red Sox as your example for firing John Farrell after consecutive LDS defeats, don’t. That was short-sighted as well.
This is the youngest Yankees team by age since 1992-1993. Patience is the key, not trigger-happy management.
The Houston Astros are headed home facing an elimination game after leaving Texas a few short days ago having full control of their destiny. They’ve surrendered that, though, in large part to a complete collapse of all facets and a young, hungry New York Yankees team who suddenly- and righteously- feels like the underdog.
But I still can’t root for them.
On Friday, their hopes rest on late-season acquisition Justin Verlander, who is no stranger to the postseason.
The former Detroit Tigers Cy Young Award and MVP winner has been through 6 trips to the playoffs. 2 of those culminating in advancing to the World Series. And while Verlander does sport a goose egg in the win column during the Fall Classic, he does sport a 4-2 record and 3.00 ERA in his 6 ALCS starts. His 13 strikeout, complete game victory in Game 2 was the stuff documentaries are made about years later. The 34-year-old veteran trying to reach for that golden moment one more time and shutting down the world’s most famous franchise- it really does sound like it’s made for Hollywood.
Overall, Verlander’s .952 WHIP ratio in his ALCS appearances is his best among the 3 levels of Major League Baseball’s playoffs. The Astros need him to continue that for one more game. Just like in 2011 when he took the mound at home against a Texas Rangers team that was up 3-games-to-1. Verlander went 7.1 innings that day, striking out 8 to secure the day. Texas would ultimately overcome the next game but it was Verlander answering the bell.
In 2012, he shut down the Yankees in his only start, going into the 9th only surrendering a solo shot to Eduardo Nunez in that final frame. Just like in 2013, when he ended up on the wrong end of a 1-0 game with Boston Red Sox in Game 3 after giving up a solo shot to Mike Napoli.
Verlander is no stranger to pitching big when it counts. And that is exactly why the Astros traded a handful of prospects for him. The question is: will the rest of the Astros show up?
The downside of mentioning that 1-0 loss to the Red Sox is that to lose by that margin, the guys at the plate had to fail him. Miserably. Sure, tip your cap to the opposing pitcher, but this is the ALCS. Everyone’s supposed to be able to hit. The Astros haven’t done that at all this series and rode exceptional pitching from Dallas Keuchel and Verlander in games 1 and 2, respectively, to that 2-0 lead. Keuchel got knocked around for 4 runs in 4.2 innings in Game 5. The Astros also only managed 4 hits, and no player had more than 1. Indeed, that .125 batting average anomaly has to end. The Astros led the league in hitting by almost 20 points, OPS by 35 points, and OPS+ by 22.
The 2017 ALCS is truly riding on Verlander’s shoulders. If anyone with a bat wants to help, it would be greatly appreciated.
Damn, Gordon Hayward.
I am really trying to figure out how the Celtics go forward from here. Hayward’s career 17.7 PER is not something to just say “next man up” to. Do the Celtics slide 2nd year man Jaylen Brown in? He put up 25 points in the opening loss after the Celtics looked absolutely adrift in the first half last night following the injury to Hayward. You also have rookie Jayson Tatum who suddenly has to mature in a hurry. It’s far too early to stick a fork in any team, but there are some significant questions that need to be answered by Brown and Tatum.
5-for-16 isn’t going to get it done, Marcus Smart. I haven’t seen so many shots without a chance of hitting their target since the Civil War. It wasn’t just Smart, though. The Celtics couldn’t get hit the broad side of a barn with an elephant in the first half.
You think Dwayne Wade envisioned 3-for-10 with 4 turnovers in his grand reunion with LeBron?
What does it say about the Cavs, who should have put this game away early, to come out so absolutely flat in the second half? The C’s are lost at halftime and you come out and give up 33 points in the 3rd quarter? I know no one defends like they used to, but sheesh.
Funny moment last night during the TNT halftime show of the Celtics-Cavs game. Ernie Johnson brings up the fact that they never talked about how much better Chris Paul makes the Houston Rockets. Charles Barkley just stared straight ahead with a blank look on his face for a second, and then says: “There’s a reason we didn’t talk about.” He then went on to say that Paul doesn’t make the Rockets able to beat the Golden State Warriors.
And then they go out and beat the Warriors.
Look, I know he was talking about the playoffs and he may be right, but it was a funny juxtaposition of events.
Yes, I just used ‘juxtaposition’ correctly.
How important is Draymond Green? Apparently pretty effin’ important. Couple the defensive deficiency with a paltry 20-point output in the 4th quarter and you have the makings for a disaster. The Warriors had the shot they wanted to win it and KD came up a tenth of a second short, but this game shouldn’t have been this close. Even if Swaggy P put up 23.
Speaking of Swaggy, his 23 points but -10 +/- is probably as perfect of a stat line as you can get for his career. 6-for-7 from behind the arc once again illustrates how that offense opens up the floor because everyone can shoot from outside. There is no shortage of room for everyone to operate.
If only they could have executed in the 4th.