Found July 05, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:

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“Kelly Pavlik, the former middleweight champion and recovering alcoholic, knows all too well about the downside of having too much idle time and too much money. He wound up in rehab, and his life, let alone his boxing career, was in jeopardy.

He’s now in the midst of a comeback and will fight Will Rosinsky on Saturday in the opener of an HBO-televised doubleheader at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

It’s his second fight in a month and some have speculated that it might be too much too soon.

The question really, however, is whether Pavlik can afford to sit out. Pavlik is one of a large contingent of fighters who is better off being active. He needs to be in the gym, refining his prodigious skills and avoiding the temptations that go along with lots of down time.” [Iole/Yahoo]


Believe it or not, yesterday was Cliff Lee’s first win of the season- “Uncle Sam waved his stars and bars and ensured that, on the greatest and most American day of the year, Cliff Lee would get a win.

8.0 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts. ONE WIN. Congrats, Cliff. Today, you are America.” [Getting Blanked/The Score]


“Jimenez’ five June starts stand out against the rest of his season line (even his start on Monday); they’re a contrast in quality. He still walked too many, but his K rate increased substantially. Both his SO/9 and SO/BB for June would make him the SP team leader overall were they his season rates, although that’s a bit of a silly way to approach things. At any rate, he deserves credit for that 8.9 in the June line; he did face Houston Pittsburgh (first and second in Baseball in strikeouts), but he also faced New York, Saint Louis, and Detroit, all teams that avoid K’s regularly. ” [Let's Go Tribe]


“For Daniel Colt McCoy, the word quit isn’t his vocabulary. While it would be easy for the former Jim Ned and Texas great to just give up and request a trade, it’s not in his nature. He wants to fight for the starting quarterback job at Cleveland. Not just for him, but for his teammates and the Browns fans. “I really like Cleveland,” McCoy said Tuesday after wrapping up his two-day youth football camp in Abilene. “I’ve always been a guy that wants to finish what he starts.” [Richards/Reporter News]


Brendan gets the inside info on Waiters from a Syracuse blogger- “StepienRules: Why did he not start for Syracuse last season? Did the fact he didn’t start ever matter to you, or to Orange fans?

SK: Dion’s not starting was more tactical than anything. It was not because Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche were “better” than him. Boeheim used Waiters as a not-so-secret weapon. So when the other team’s starters started to come out, here comes Dion with all his energy and athleticism. After that, he played just as many minutes as Scoop and Triche and played in crunchtime just as often. I see a lot of people citing that Ohio State game as proof he doesn’t play in big games. Did those people watch that game? The refs were on such a foul-calling spree it’s amazing everyone didn’t foul out in the first half. The fact that he didn’t start never mattered to us and we find the whole “he never started!” complaint rather humorous. When the game was on the line, most SU fans would tell you they wanted the ball in Dion’s hands.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]


Position analysis, WR- “Better than 2011? One of the factors the front office is counting on is that the returning receivers all know the system and what’s expected of them. They expect Little to take a major step from a very productive rookie season and emerge as the team’s top receiver. Massaquoi is also expected to step up in a big way. Cribbs showed he can be productive and between Mitchell and Norwood, the Browns are expected one of them to break out.

Benjamin is the only new addition and his blazing speed should stretch the defense, but it’s hard to know if he can be the game-changing receiver the Browns hope as a rookie. The Browns will give Benjamin every opportunity to break into the lineup.

Weeden’s bigger arm should help make the receivers look better. The biggest question is whether they will be able to hang on to the ball after leading the NFL as a group in dropped passes in 2011.” [Greetham/FSO]


Colt McCoy: “I’ve always been a guy that wants to finish what he starts.”

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