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Kyle Shanahan far from giving up on Johnny Manziel

Regardless of how disappointing Johnny Manziel has been this season – and it was pretty disappointing – any talk of giving up on Manziel is wholly premature. I said as much this week on Les Levine’s show with Dennis Manoloff. I know Manziel looks horrible and he isn’t “fast” in the way Robert Griffin might be, but I still see an athletic kid who can use his quickness...
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Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Undrafted rookie quarterback Connor Shaw reportedly agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on Friday and likely will start Sunday’s season finale in Baltimore. Reports indicate the contract will be a multi-year deal. Shaw, 23, played collegiately at the University of South Carolina. He appeared in the Aug. 18 preseason game for the Browns against the Washington football team...
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Of Urban and Nick

The date was January 2, 1978. The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans was the site. The teams: Ohio State, led by the legendary Woody Hayes, and Alabama, under the guidance of the fabled Paul “Bear” Bryant. And the result – not a pretty one for those in scarlet and grey, as the Crimson Tide ran all over the Buckeye defense using the wishbone formation that Bryant had installed...
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Pettine talks about tough love and rookies Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert

I don’t know if anyone’s ready to give up on any Browns rookies, but I’d guess not. Still, it’s kind of refreshing to see the organization talk openly about their disappointing rookie seasons from their top two draft picks, Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel. Mike Pettine was asked a lot of questions about that this week after Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby were so vocal...
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Cavs lost on Christmas?!, Szczerbiak Love, and Jeremy Enigk… While We’re Waiting

Webster’s defines waiting as to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon… (Shoutout to Doug Trattner.) Happy day after Christmas everyone. LeBron and the Cavs bit it, so let’s start right there, shall we? Big games on spotlight days make for definitive statements… Across 82 regular season games, most of us don’t catch every single...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Manziel admits to underestimating transition to NFL

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel may have underestimated just how difficult the transition from the college game to the NFL would be, but appears willing to do what he can to rectify things following what was largely a rookie season to forget. On Tuesday, while addressing the media in the wake of a hamstring injury that will keep him out during the team’s finale, Manziel...
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Whole Lotto Love — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 3

If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last six years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the ten biggest sports stories to...
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WFNY Q&A: Norris Cole talks about Cleveland, LeBron and Life

Editor’s note:The Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Miami Heat on Christmas Day, a game that will be rife with plenty of storylines. One which will go under discussed, however, is Heat point guard Norris Cole, a Cleveland State University alumnus, playing against his former teammate—and supporter—LeBron James. WFNY sits down with Cole, along with a few key Clevelanders in advance...
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Cavs fear Anderson Varejao done for the year with torn Achilles

Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, but the team fears that they’re about to receive a terrible Christmas gift in the way of a torn Achilles tendon. Though non-contact, the Brazilian big man landed awkwardly in the third quarter of Tuesday’s 125-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He left the floor without being able to put weight...
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The good, the bad, and the ugly of the defense: Cleveland Browns Film Room

The 2014 season for the Cleveland Browns has come crashing down over the last month. The team lost to the Carolina Panthers 17-13 on Sunday and in doing so extended their losing streak to four games. The offense has completely collapsed late in the season, forcing the defense to try and be nearly perfect, which they have not been. In this week’s game versus Carolina, the defense...
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Andrew Wiggins, underappreciated Cleveland stars and Cavs Vines: While We’re Waiting…

Last week, I shared five different top-five lists as a way to ring out 2014. I wrote that post not knowing if I’d do another While We’re Waiting this year since I usually take Thursdays and Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are Thursdays this year. But looky here, I’m back! I’m subbing for TD on a Wednesday. *cues “Whole New World” GIF* Anyway, the top-five lists from...
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Minnesota Timberwolves v. Cleveland Cavaliers: Behind the Box Score

Minnesota Timberwolves (5-22) 104 Cleveland Cavaliers (17-10) 125 Box Score It was hard to have feelings of remorse after the Cleveland Cavaliers trounced the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-104 in what will hopefully become a vintage 2014-15 Cavaliers performance. There’s an urban legend among the professional basketball-averse that there are only a few good teams in the NBA. But there’s...
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Kyrie Irving on the cover of the upcoming SLAM Magazine

LeBron James graced the cover of SLAM Magazine’s season preview, but Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving isn’t far behind as the reigning All-Star MVP will be front and center of issue 185 which hits newsstands next week. Irving is in the midst of a season that has produced the lowest usage rate of his four-year career, but the best true shooting percentage, assist ratio...
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The Emergence of an Ace — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 4

If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last six years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the ten biggest sports stories to...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WFNY’s 12 Days of Christmas, 2014 Edition: Day Twelve

The Holiday Season is upon us, and for many, the holidays are a time of rituals and traditions. Here at Waiting For Next Year, we believe in tradition as well, and one of our personal favorites is the annual WFNY 12 Days of Christmas contest series! This is now the seventh year in a row we have done this contest, as hard as that is to believe. How does it work? It’s simple. Every...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Browns sign QB Tyler Thigpen

The Browns have signed veteran quarterback Tyler Thigpen, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The signing comes the day after the team announced that Johnny Manziel will miss the last game of the season and that Brian Hoyer is day-to-day with an injured shoulder. Head coach Mike Pettine said yesterday that rookie quarterback Connor Shaw will get first-team reps in practice...
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Cleveland Browns vs. Carolina Panthers: Behind the Box Score

The Cleveland Browns will once again finish the season without a winning record after Sunday’s loss in Carolina. The Panthers ruined plans for the Browns to test drive their possible quarterback of the future when Johnny Manziel was knocked out of the game in the second quarter. Brian Hoyer would enter the game and bring the Browns the lead in the 4th quarter after connecting...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Do it, Pruitt: Reliving Yesteryear

I don’t wear the jerseys of my favorite sports figures. Hey, to each his own—if that’s something you are into, have at it. Maybe it’s just that since I am old enough to be the father of all college and most pro athletes, it would feel strange. If I were to own player jerseys, however, one of them would be the Browns’ number 34 of multi-purpose weapon Greg Pruitt. My fondness...
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The Wheel of Shooting Guards

The first two months of the 2014-15 NBA season has provided no shortage of fascinating storylines. None of them, however, intrigues me more than the way that Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt has approached the shooting guard position within his rotation. Through the course of each game, with each spin as it were, Blatt seemingly looks to somebody else to deliver a performance...
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Karlos Dansby has some tough love for Justin Gilbert

Nobody benefits more from the presence of Johnny Manziel than the Browns first first round pick Justin Gilbert. While everyone’s talking about the man with the last name “Football,” Gilbert has been unable to find the field ahead of undrafted K’Waun Williams and now Pierre Desir. To think there was a time where we wondered about Buster Skrine’s future on the Browns. Veteran...
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Does God Hate Cleveland? While We’re Waiting…

Another year, another disaster of a Browns season. It’s difficult to remember, but the Browns were 7-4 following a last-second victory over the Atlanta Falcons on November 23. A team can practically backwards somersault into the playoffs from 7-4! Instead, the Browns have gone a stupefying 0-4 since the Falcons victory, limping towards the December finish line yet again. Actually...
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Johnny Manziel ruled out for Week 17 with injury

Well, this surely didn’t go as planned. Though the team said that he could have returned to the field if needed, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will miss the team’s final game of the 2014 season after pulling his hamstring midway through the team’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. During his Monday afternoon address to the local media, Browns head coach Mike...
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WFNY’s 12 Days of Christmas, 2014 Edition: Day Eleven

The Holiday Season is upon us, and for many, the holidays are a time of rituals and traditions. Here at Waiting For Next Year, we believe in tradition as well, and one of our personal favorites is the annual WFNY 12 Days of Christmas contest series! This is now the seventh year in a row we have done this contest, as hard as that is to believe. How does it work? It’s simple. Every...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Manziel Mania — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 5

If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last six years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the ten biggest sports stories to...
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Video: LeBron James Jr. is good at basketball

Last we saw LeBron James Jr., he was the subject of Thad Matta’s recruiting dreams. Today, we find the nine-year-old son of a four-time NBA MVP balling out in the 2014 Ronald Searles Holiday Classic in Houston. Watch as Bronnie shakes fools off the dribble, delivers no-look passes and puts some of that Kyrie Irving-like English on the ball to finish in the lane. I feel like we’ll...
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