Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 8/24/12

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A good conversation with Phil Dawson- “Q. Do you feel appreciated in Cleveland? A. Absolutely. There is a tangible feeling I have when I come into our stadium. The fans, the security guards at the door of the locker room, the policemen who patrol the hallways, the ticket attendants. Whoever I see down there it’s pretty fun, pretty neat. And going around town, bumping into people. Yeah, I think I am appreciated by them.” [McManamon/FSO]

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Jordan Hall closer to returning- “Prior to Hall’s injury, Meyer was already working on a set of plays specific to Hall that would put defenses on their toes. The decision was provoked after Hall’s performance in spring drills. He immediately let it be known that he was a bona fide playmaker, one of the few on Ohio State’s roster.

“I was so excited because I thought (Hall) had an excellent spring practice,” Meyer said in disappointment after Hall’s injury. “He has a lot of the skills we’re looking for in that hybrid position. I was really anxious. We actually started the mental part of it this summer, studying some plays and working with Braxton Miller, so that was a shot.”

Those plays can quickly be added back to Miller’s wristband. In Hall’s absence, several wide receivers were inserted into a series of plays as the hybrid back, but none of them showed the level of promise that would instill confidence into the coaching staff.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]

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Interesting. Five single season NFL records that could be broken this year. [MJD/Shutdown Corner]

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Getting to know CJ Miles- “Miles contends he wasn’t able to display his entire skill set with the Jazz because he was simply playing the role asked of him behind more established stars. But that doesn’t explain his slip in production last season, when the Jazz revamped their roster following the recent departures of Boozer and Williams.

Miles’ numbers slipped to 9.1 points and 2.1 rebounds last season and he shot 38 percent, his lowest shooting percentage since his second year in the league. Miles was shut out of the first wave of free-agent signings, but when most of the elite players found homes, the Cavs found a player still in his prime who fills a huge need at a relatively cheap price.

The team began the summer with the clear goal of upgrading the wing position. By drafting Dion Waiters and signing Miles, they believe that has been accomplished. Miles has the ability to play shooting guard in bigger lineups, but will likely find the bulk of his minutes at small forward given the presence of Kyrie Irving and Waiters on the roster.” [Lloyd/Ohio.com]

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Tragic. “As reported by the Memphis Commercial Appeal and Memphis NBC affiliate WMC-TV, among other sources, 15-year-old Dana Payne, a sophomore on the Millington (Tenn.) Central football team, died en route to a nearby hospital after he never got up from a hit during the team’s afternoon practice. A family friend who was attending the practice said the collision that felled Payne came on a normal play, and that CPR was immediately administered on the field and briefly revived the teen’s heartbeat, but he was lost again en route to the hospital.” [Yahoo]

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