Found March 23, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:

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“At 36 years of age, Cleveland Browns fans know Ward all too well. Perhaps not as well as Keith Rivers or Ed Reed or Daven Holly or Bart Scott, but the 14-year relationship with Ward is one of many memories, some better than others. Upon their return in 1999, the Browns were greeted by their bitter rival. Some homecoming that turned out to be; the final score was a 43-0 shellacking in front of the lakefront crowd. Ward, making up for lost time in the wake of the Browns’ absence, hauled in three passes including one touchdown, his first of many against the Cleveland Franchise. His 1,000th and final NFL reception, fittingly, occurred within the confines of Cleveland Browns Stadium. ” [Scott/Still WFNY]


Our own Kirk was asked to provide some insight on the Buckeyes’ Buford for a Pistons’ site-  “William Buford provides a perimeter threat with a variety of options in which to score. Buford’s mid-range game with the ability to curl around screens for jumpers is second to none in college basketball. That skill alone should allow him to stick around for 10 years in the NBA. He’s an excellent foul shooter, and he goes through stretches of being an excellent three-point shooter. There have been times this season where the 6’5″ guard has taken the Buckeyes on his back and single-handedly carried them across the finish line with hot shooting. Buford’s battle at the next level, just as at this one, will be to remain consistent, avoiding the 2-for-13 shooting nights that have plagued him at times. However, if you’re talking about an early second round selection, there are few that have as much scoring ability from the wing as Buford does.” [Piston Powered]


I have to say, if this were baseball, a rule change wouldn’t be on the horizon for 8 more years. “The NFL Competition Committee announced during a conference call Wednesday that it will introduce multiple rule changes and bylaw proposals to ownership next week in Palm Beach, Fla., including the following: Making the penalty for having too many men on the field a dead-ball foul. This stems from an incident that took place during the most recent Super Bowl. With the New York Giants’ defense illegally having 12 men on the field, the New England Patriots ran a play and wound up losing valuable time, although they gained 5 yards. The new proposal would immediately stop the play and make it a 5-yard infraction.” [Wyche/]


Jimenez had a much better outing- “Ubaldo told me the homer angered him and he stopped messing around after that. I suggested he pitch angry from now on. As for the much-documented pitch velocity, Jimenez was sitting around 92-95 mph on the afternoon. He was mainly around 93 mph with his heater. It’s not the 97-98 mph fastball that Jimenez boasted a couple years ago, but it’s early and he remains hopeful that his pitch speed will get better as we get deeper into the summer. “I’m not going to lie to you,” Jimenez said. “Sometimes you do [think about it], because sometimes you don’t feel like it’s coming out of your hand good. So you wonder about it like, how hard am I throwing? But, today, that wasn’t the case. I was thinking about throwing strikes and I felt really good with my mechanics. I think it’s getting better and better.” [Bastian/]


Oof- “The 49ers did indeed make an inquiry about the Steelers restricted free agent during the opening week of free agency. But they and the other teams that asked about Wallace were told the receiver was looking for a lot of money. How much? A league source said that Wallace, 25, wants a contract that surpasses the eight-year, $120 million deal that Larry Fitzgerald signed last year with the Cardinals. Combine that with the first-round pick any team that signs Wallace to an offer sheet would lose if the Steelers didn’t match the offer, and you start to understand why we’ve heard so little about Wallace in the last week and a half.” [Barrows/Sacremento Bee]


Finally, here’s a fun game. Find the worst quarterback on this list. [McManamon/FSO]


Update: This hilarious post regarding Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor is a must-read if you missed the mid-air antics yesterday. [Kissing Suzy Kolber]


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