Found October 28, 2011 on Waiting For Next Year:

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You mean playing well except for covering tight ends right?- “The Browns’ safety trio of T.J. Ward, Mike Adams and Usama Young has played well this season, but they will be tested against the 49ers by tight ends Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker. “(Ward) needs to play the run well and play the pass well and you’ve got to do it against two very, very fine players, not to mention Delanie Walker,” Shurmur said. “I think they have eight touchdowns and the tight ends have scored six of the eight touchdowns.

“They’re very fine players and I’ve seen them up close and personal for four games now,” he said. “But, it’s important that you’re very disciplined playing the run and then with the run comes the play action. (Ward) is one of those guys that studies, so if there are any keys or indicators there that he’ll find to help him be a step closer on a pass as well a couple feet closer making a tackle, I’m sure he’ll get that.” Jauron said he’s still learning about the Browns’ safeties.” [Greetham/Orange and Brown Report]

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Hat tip WFNY Tumblr- “Traylor became fiercely loyal to the coach whose faith had helped his self-confidence. A year after leaving New Orleans and taking over the Cavs, Silas brought Tractor along, and their bond deepened. “I was having some issues with the players and he took it up for me,” Silas says of Traylor, who played in 438 NBA games and averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per outing. “I have not had many players ever do that, but I had gone to bat for him in Charlotte and now he went to bat for me. It’s hard to say just how much I appreciated that.” Fisher and Silas tell remarkably similar stories about their relationships with Traylor over the years. Unlike many former players, they say, he didn’t just call when he wanted a favor. He genuinely wanted to stay in touch. He asked about their families and they knew it was because he cared, not out of politeness or shallow manners. And they both say that he was not bitter about his fate. He didn’t curse the world for having ended up a global basketball nomad. [Paul/SLAM Online]

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“The Buckeyes are a step ahead. Jared Sullinger is back; William Buford and Aaron Craft are, too. And though the Buckeyes may have a different look than they did last year, they’re the class of the conference and a legit national title contender. Part of that different look is that Sullinger has lost 20 pounds, and part of it is that Jon Diebler and David Lighty graduated and new faces will have to fill key roles. Sullinger and Craft will create open 3-pointers for somebody, and the Buckeyes will have to knock them down. A gifted freshman class — and some sophomores who didn’t get much run last year — will be tested by early games against Florida and Duke and an early December trip to Kansas. Once Big Ten play starts, the Buckeyes probably will drop a game or two on the road. But anyone else being atop the conference standings when the smoke clears would be a huge surprise.” [Jackson/FSO]

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Oh brother, yesterday Larry Hughes, now Allen Iverson- “It doesn’t matter if it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves – or any of the NBA’s other basement dwellers. Allen Iverson will take your call. If you’re an NBA team and you have a spot open on your roster, Iverson is willing to talk. “I’ll play for anybody,” Iverson told Yahoo! Sports.” [Spears/Yahoo]

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LeBron is busy doing what he didn’t do for the Cavaliers, namely recruit- “Of course, LeBron was also active in Twitter in another, more controversial way. In consecutive tweets, James floated out the idea that the Heat could acquire free-agent guard Jamal Crawford and Suns conductor Steve Nash. Never mind that both players like to dribble as much as possible and would play for a team that already has LeBron and Dwyane Wade(notes). Apparently James thinks the new collective bargaining agreement will incude a multi-ball rule.” [Ball Don't Lie]

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