Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 12/19/11

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Ball Don’t Lie’s season preview for the Cavs is up- “For a team that was massively worked over by a pair of narcissists — former franchise player LeBron James and current owner Dan Gilbert — the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be in fantastic shape moving forward. Not this year, of course. They’ll be terrible. The future is bright, though; provided the team does well with all its incoming assets moving forward. You’ve seen me work up this dance before, but it bears repeating that the team was too late in its attempt to rebuild. The Cavs should not have attempted to shoot for a mediocre record last season by hanging on to all their veterans and appearing as if they thought a LeBron James-less squad would have a chance at making the playoffs. Antawn Jamison actually had trade value a year and a half ago, Anderson Varejao will be of no use to a rebuilt team once the Cavs find their playoff footing again, and the crew could have been sick with draft picks moving forward had they just accepted their NBA fate in the wake of LeBron James’ prick move.

Instead, they dallied. And, while they dallied, they got incredibly lucky. Lord knows they deserved it.” [Ball Don't Lie]

Urban Meyer: Defensive Line Builder. “According to Bob Lichtenfels, the east coast recruiting “go-to-guy” for Scout.com, Noah Spence, the nation’s top-rated defensive end has committed to Ohio State. Spence is a 6’3, 240 pound DE from Harrisburg who was thought to be a big-time Penn State lean, but the situation in Happy Valley and the hiring of Urban Meyer changed the landscape quickly. He was visited in PA on Friday by Meyer, Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel before his official visit in Columbus this weekend, and his commitment is made official today.” [11 Warriors]

Great question- “The Indians have several players currently participating in winter ball this offseason in places all around the globe in Australia, Panama, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. While some Latin stars play a few weeks for their home country, most of the players participating in winter ball are those in the minor leagues on the cusp of the big leagues, those in the big leagues with a year or two experience that have struggled and need to figure some things out, and those who have had injuries and need to make up at bats or innings pitched.

So why in the world is Indians’ first baseman Matt LaPorta not playing winter ball this off-season? The Indians have a big question mark at first base at the moment, and with how inconsistent LaPorta has been in his three years in the big leagues he would probably be best served to go play winter ball and just play some games to work on things and maybe build some confidence going into spring training” [Tony/Indians Prospect Insider]

New helmet concepts for the AFC. Cue Browns’ fan outrage in 3,2,1… [Uniwatch]

Commenter Jim Kanicki has a great breakdown of the Browns draft pick scenarios. [Kanicki]

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