Found September 11, 2012 on
Waiting For Next Year:
Robert Griffin III
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“With soon-to-be-ex-Indians’ closer Chris Perez dominating the (Indians) news this week, I find it unusual that a couple of months ago he was laying into the fans for not buying into this pre-collapse team – that was in 1st place at the time – because people weren’t believing that the team’s success was real…while not supporting them at the turnstiles. Now that the collapse is complete, he has moved the periscope to set his targets on the people that constructed that same team that he wanted everyone to buy into just a few months ago. As the wind blows and as the targets move, so do the shots that come out of Perez’s barrel. That’s not to say that what Perez said (or has said) is fundamentally incorrect, but for as much as his comments have seemed like “someone look at me or listen to me…please” moments, because of the timing of his comments, they were largely ignored on the grand scale because of the start of the Browns’ season garnering so much (unfounded, according to Perez) attention on the North Coast and because of the death of Art Modell occupying people’s minds.” [Cousineau/The DiaTribe]
Interesting. A breakdown of who played how many snaps. Josh Cribbs was in on one offensive play- “I guess we can’t be too surprised with the distribution here, although I expected Little to have the most snaps. I wasn’t sure during the game if Cribbs had gotten in, but he was on the field once. I suspected that I knew which play that was, and I went back and checked. Sure enough, it was the double/triple reverse play in which Benjamin went for 35 yards. Cribbs was the guy who did the final lateral to Benjamin.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]
“Without question, the NFL began its regular season shrouded in an unprecedented kind of ambiguity. The moral basis for its very existence is in question in a way that never has been the case before — and, generally, the moral basis for football itself is being questioned in a way that hasn’t occurred since Teddy Roosevelt threatened to ban the game in 1905. Usually, football has been able to toughen up and brazen its way past complaints about its inherent violence. But there are too many aging, walking wounded these days for those testosterone-fueled alibis to hold anymore. Former players — many of whom are tougher now on their plastic knees and with the amyloid encroaching on their brains than the radio cowboys yapping about the “wussification” of the game they love — are witnesses beyond reproach. This is going to require that Roger Goodell be smart and humble. The latter, especially, never has been a conspicuous characteristic of the job he holds. But, hey, the Redskins went down to New Orleans and hung 40 on the Saints and won the game, and Robert Griffin III played like a genuine star. So the commissioner’s probably overjoyed, and my tow truck driver is probably pretty happy, too.” [Pierce/Grantland]
“Weeden’s quarterback rating, while almost comically low, was not the lowest in franchise history. Bruce Gradkowski posted a 1.0 in 2008, and Jeff Garcia (2004) and the immortal Don Gault (1970) put up 0.0 – the lowest possible rating. And according to ESPN Stats & Information, Weeden is just the third quarterback since the start of the 2008 season to attempt at least nine passes of more than 10 yards downfield and not complete a pass (he was 0-for-9). The other two were J.P. Losman in 2008 and Brodie Croyle in 2010. Not the kind of company we like to see Weeden keeping.” [Red Right 88]
Can’t we just enjoy a thing without making it something stupid? [Shutdown Corner]
BEST OF MAXIM
“Indians manager Manny Acta received a vote of confidence from Indians ECO Paul Dolan, the son of owner Larry Dolan, a couple weeks ago. Votes of confidence are never ironclad, but the one for Acta feels especially flimsy.
Even a couple weeks ago, just after that vote of confidence, which also covered GM Chris Antonetti and club president Mark Shapiro, a source said...
When you are a bad team like the Indians are, you have no margin for error. When your four through nine in your lineup reads Russ Canzler, Matt LaPorta, Brent Lillibridge, Jason Donald, Thomas Neal, Ezequiel Carrera and you are playing the Texas Rangers, you are going to need not to play perfect baseball, but you need a little luck as well.
So the Indians took that lineup to the...
Asdrubal Cabrera was not in the line up again last night for the Cleveland Indians. He has missed the past two games with a sore right wrist. The Indians have not indicated any plans to put Cabrera on the disabled list and hope to have him back in the lineup soon. However, it looks like he may miss the next few games still.
According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Cabrera...
When was the last time I was able to write something positive regarding our baseball team? Im seriously at a loss, or should I say several losses, because that’s all the Indians seem to do these days. They look like a team asleep at the wheel, looking forward to the day the season is over. The slump has worn down everyone. The pitching has been horrific. The offense never came...
The Cleveland Indians led the AL Central in late June and were in contention through most of July, making it difficult to understand the collapse that has them on the verge of being in last place.
A loss in the finale of this four-game set with the host Minnesota Twins on Monday night would tie the teams at the bottom of the division with the worst record in the AL.
A four game series loss to the Twins has placed the Indians in last place in the American League Central, at least momentarily. The Indians have been almost eliminated from the playoffs and will probably be officially by the end of the week. Since a .500 record is no longer attainable at this point, the Indians will have to lower their goals once again. The absolute minimum would...
Last night, the Indians’ lineup featured a 4-9 resembling so many overcooked ramen noodles:
Believe it or not, they did not win the game.
In more than one way, this was a just loss. Not only did the team deserve to lose this one individual game—anemic offense, insufficient starting pitching...
This will be the second to last installment of the Minor League rankings for the 2012 season. The players listed are technically 31-40 on the Indians Minor League prospect list according to this site. No players from the 2012 draft have been included in any lists so far, but instead will be featured in their own article later on. The same standards have been used for this month as...
Player of the Game
Tonight's Player of the Game was removed for a pinch hitter late in the game, because that's what should always happen. Matt LaPorta hit an RBI double, giving him a score of 1.68 for the game. It was his first RBI of the season and his first Player of the Game, mostly due to being absolutely terrible during the short time he has been with the Tribe this...
Player of the Game
In his first game back from the DL, Lonnie Chisenhall had a walk and a home run and won the Player of the Game. He was the only player who did anything worth mentioning at all and finished the game with a score of 3.18.
Rehab Update: Both Carlos Carrasco and Hector Rondon pitched single scoreless innings in last night's game for Akron. It...