Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/5/14

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Is the Tristan Thompson honeymoon over already? “What really concerns me, though, is his offense. While he’s still great at doing what he’s always done (facing the basket and throwing it down with authority) he hasn’t really shown much improvement in the post, which is critically important, particularly for a guy his size who won’t be able to use pure power against the Dwight Howards and Andrew Bynums of the NBA. At the rim, TT is shooting a good 57% (especially for a guy who spends most of his time in the paint), but at just 3-9 feet away, his numbers drop to 38.2%, meaning our guy has a lot of learning to do even just a few feet away from the hoop.” [Factor/Cavs the Blog]

I give Jordan some slack for not knowing we were the originators of the Cleveland Athlete Twitter Tourney, He was in Toronto when we debuted it-  “Ideas like compiling Twitter Power Rankings for Indians players. It seemed like a good break from the “Fausto Carmona” mess at the very least. The idea really was spawned from the photo here, showing ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume holding up a “Bullpen Mafia” shirt on set. The shirt was sent to him by Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano, who has been on fire all winter on his Twitter account. Pestano seemed a lock to hold the top spot among current Tribe tweeters.

I thought about trying to devise some sort of formula involving number of followers or average tweets per day or something, but then I just decided I’d rank them however I wanted. In the end, I had to ask myself the same question that Maximus once bellowed: ‘Are you not entertained?’” [Bastian/MLB.com]

“There may have been a time when journalists could remove their biases to approach and prioritize stories without bias, but that era is not this one. When information dissemination and entertainment collide, there are emotions that end up shaping what we perceive as the facts. Journalists are not robots that calculate the worthiness of a story prior to determining how important it is. They’re humans who sit in production meetings and agree with each others’ ideas, support each others’ projects and enable content chasers to successfully capture personal glory. It’s not always about the story. Often times it’s about the reporter; be it her career or his personal biases.

The best recent example was the audible groan that was let out by the press corps and the subsequent berating of the PSU Board of Trustees during the press conference when it announced that Paterno had fired. This is the same press corps that for decades had a hand in constructing Paterno’s image as one of college football’s saints. Consider what impact that may have had on the Paterno narrative over his decades in State College. That’s not to question his powerful and positive legacy beyond his multi-year failure to adequately or purposefully expose Sandusky, but it could have contributed to the culture of protectionism that subsequently shattered his university.

Shelving bias on a personal level is challenge for any writer. When that compartmentalization fails on a local level, you get the State College press corps the night Paterno was fired. When it fails at the largest level, you get ESPN on a daily basis, juggling independent biases and enormous conflicts of interest in deciding what qualifies as news.” [Ramzy/Eleven Warriors]

Cavaliers by the numbers- “0 for 15 – Not a single player who has played a minute for the team this year is shooting better than 50%. Currently, Gee and Irving have made half of their shots, but not even a single big man is better than that.

99/108 – This is Anthony Parker’s offensive and defensive rating, which suggests we score 99 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor and we give up 108. Parker has been easily our worst rotation player this year and I could have picked almost any of his numbers here to prove it.” [John/Fear the Sword]

Belichick and Brady are going to their 5th Super Bowl together, but don’t sleep on some other famous coach/QB dynasties-  “George Halas and Sid Luckman went to five NFL title games together for the Bears. Halas, the Papa Bear, was one of the founders of the NFL, which seems pretty significant, so you can’t overlook them. Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr went to six title games together with the Packers, including the first two Super Bowls. The NFL champion receives the Lombardi Trophy, so you really can’t overlook them either.

And of course, their is Paul Brown and Otto Graham, who only went to 10 consecutive title games together, with the Browns winning seven of them.” [Red Right 88]

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