Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 5/17/12

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The Big Lead ranked NFL owners according to actual positive results on the field. “32. Randy Lerner, Cleveland Browns. Lerner, who took over the new Browns after his father’s death in 2002, hasn’t exactly been a success in the NFL to date. At least he also owns Aston Villa in the English Premier League as well. Cleveland’s only playoff appearance was in that first season. Lerner’s franchise has the lowest winning percentage of any active owner, excluding the two that just moved into the position. (10 seasons, 35.0% win percentage, 0 Super Bowl Appearances, 0% of seasons in Final Eight).” [Lisk/Big Lead]


Interesting, if anyone out there is connected to a youth program receiving these we’d love to talk to you about it- “The initiative will remove helmets that are 10 years old or older and replace them with new helmets at no cost to the beneficiary leagues and will provide coaches with the latest educational information to help keep their young athletes safer and healthier. In its first year, the program is being piloted in four markets: the California Bay Area, Gulf Coast region, Northern Ohio, and the tri-state region around New York City. The NFL, NFLPA, NCAA and NOCSAE have committed a combined total of approximately $1 million to the program in its first year. The pilot program is designed to provide valuable information on the state of youth football helmets, including the number of helmets 10 years old or older in use.” [Farrar/ Shutdown Corner]


“However, if you go into this realizing what Casey Kotchman is (and isn’t), what he’s done is pretty much what we’ve expected – he’s played stellar defense and will have hot and cold stretches at the plate with the cold stretches likely to cause the hand-wringing and moaning that we experienced in April. However, Kotchman has a .759 OPS in May (nestled between Choo and Santana for the month to date) and – while that won’t make anyone begin making a bronze casting for Cooperstown – it certainly brings him into the level of acceptable or respectable production. What his recent run at the plate has done is raise his season totals to the point that he’s creeping ever closer to a .600 OPS. And while that’s said with the tongue firmly in cheek, check out where he now ranks among MLB 1B in OPS, above Eric Hosmer, Justin Smoak, Gaby Sanchez (who, admittedly was on my “wish list” this off-season), Al Pujols and Ike Davis. Unfortunately, that perspective is what gets lost too often as people rail against this player or that player as Kotchman’s 3 HR mean that he has more than Adrian Gonzalez, Carlos Lee (another player that everyone wanted to target this off-season), and the aforementioned Pujols and Gaby Sanchez.” [Cousineau/The DiaTribe]


Another draft profile, this time on Drummond-”On the downside, despite all the physical gifts and high expectations, Drummond averaged just 10 points and 7.6 rebounds per game at the collegiate level. And let’s just say he wasn’t exactly facing Dwight Howard on a nightly basis. Then again, he does seem to make Howard look like Mark Price from the free-throw line — as Drummond hit an inexcusable 29 percent of his foul shots. Basically, when the kid steps to the line, the rim cringes with fear.

So all of the above makes Drummond a bit of a project. As noted on the website DraftExpress.com, “Whoever drafts him would be well-served hiring an experienced big man coach who can work with him on a daily basis and help him learn how to play with more toughness, confidence and aggressiveness.” Still, most scouts seem to think Drummond will only get better at the next level — and any team in desperate need of a true pivot man would be wise to take a flyer on him in the lottery.” [Amico/FSO]


Urban Meyer’s first 2-deep published. My favorite part? Storm Klein no longer the starting MLB. [Jason/Eleven Warriors]


Finally, not sports related, but Michael Symon’s love letter to Cleveland. [Huffington Post]

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