Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 12/31/11

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Leading off, our own Brendan Bowers caught up with Tristan Thompson for SLAM Magazine, and when asked about starting for the Cavs being a goal right now, Tristan replied “No, my focus is clearly on winning basketball games for the Cavs and getting better everyday. I think those are the two most important things. Starting is just a position. At the end of the day, I’m a basketball player, and I’m a basketball player who just wants to win. So winning trumps everything, and getting better everyday is how I feel like I can help us do that. The whole starting or not starting doesn’t faze me at all because I just play basketball for the love of the game. Whenever Coach Scott wants to put me in, or whatever unit he wants to put me on, I know he’s going to make the right decision so I’m not worried about it.” [SLAM Online]

Chris Pokorny at Dawgs by Nature captured some of Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron’s quotes from Thursday’s media session, including some thoughts on his defensive line, “”You’ve talked about Phil (Taylor) a lot. I think Phil has grown a lot through the course of the year. In the last five or six games he’s played pretty consistently and played well. He seems to be getting stronger. This will be a huge test obviously again this Sunday. Jabaal (Sheard) has just played well from the beginning to the end. Rube’s (Ahtyba Rubin) played well from the beginning to the end. At the right defensive end, Jayme (Mitchell) got hurt and then we struggled for a while.” [Dawgs by Nature]

Shutdown Corner published a Peyton Hillis quote about his tough season and the role he thinks the Madden Curse played in it, “”No doubt about it, things haven’t worked to my favor this year. There’s a few things that happened that made me believe in curses. Ain’t no doubt about it.”" ESPN’s AFC North Blog also has this about Hillis, “The Cleveland Browns’ Peyton Hillis has recently looked like the running back from last season. He has a total of 211 rushing yards in two games after producing just 346 yards rushing in his previous seven this season (that’s 49.4 yards per game). Hillis is once again powering his way up the middle of defenses. He has 57 carries in between the tackles the last four games; no other player has more than 38 over that span, according to ESPN Stats & Information.”

Let’s Go Tribe has an entertaining article chronicling the frustration of a quiet offseason for the Tribe and a quiet landscape in general for MLB right now.

And finally, from Ball Don’t Lie, former Cleveland Cavalier Shaq’s willing to give you one thousand dollars! The catch: you need to get a tattoo, but not just any tattoo.

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