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Alex Mack working on a slow, cautious rehab plan

When Browns Pro-Bowl center Alex Mack went down with a broken left fibula in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, so did many of Cleveland’s playoff hopes. It is not a coincidence that after starting the season 4-2 with Mack, the Browns finished the season losing seven of their final 11 games with five consecutive losses to end the season. In fact, the Browns rushing offense...
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Debating Lindor, Patrice O’Neal is “Better Than You”: While We’re Waiting…

Thanks for reading everything this week and listening to all the podcasts. For some reason I’m particularly happy with how this week went. There were just enough things to talk about and just enough things to write about, although I know Harv is just about done with all the off-season Browns talk. Trying to figure out Lindor… I really don’t want to be lumped in with the...
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Are the Browns “the new Raiders?”

ESPN is talking about NFL free agency thus far and the Cleveland Browns appear at the bottom of the list with a big fat letter grade “D.” Mike Sando, Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Field Yates and former Browns scout Matt Williamson discussed free agency to this point for many teams, but Williamson’s quotes are the ones they used for the Browns that stick out the most (Insider...
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Jose Ramirez’s car plays a little shortstop

It’s understandable if the Indians want more speed on defense, but this is ridiculous. Jose Ramirez’s BMW was parked at his shortstop position when the team took the field at their Goodyear, Arizona facility Thursday morning. The youngster apparently has a reputation for parking his ride wherever he sees fit, and his teammates pranked him by putting it smack in the middle...
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Indians’ Starting Rotation Battle Royale coming to a close

As Palm Sunday is nearly upon us, the battle for the fourth and fifth starting positions in the Cleveland Indians pitching rotation has almost completed. So, before the announcement becomes official, let us take a look at how the pitchers have done this spring. The statistics from Spring Training are not a true measuring stick for players as they can come against opposing players...
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Threat Level: Cavs ’ Potential First Round Foes

The Cleveland Cavaliers were always going to make the playoffs. There was never a doubt about it. A massive influx in talent – particularly via a certain Akron, Ohio native — does wonders for an NBA team’s playoff odds. Even during the gloomiest, most despondent days of the season, when the Cavs hovered around the .500 benchmark of mediocrity, it was still inevitable that the...
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Mark Price to become head coach at UNC-Charlotte

Mark Price has moved on to the latest phase in his basketball career: college head coach. The Cavalier great will take over the UNC-Charlotte hoops program, agreeing on Wednesday to become the 49ers’ tenth head coach. He was offered a five-year deal, according to ESPN. The university will officially welcome Price at a news conference Thursday afternoon. No. 25 took to Twitter...
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The Window Is Wide Open… Don’t Fall Out: 2015 Indians Preview

Rebuilding a baseball team takes exactly six years – or at least that’s how the Cleveland Indians’ meticulous approach has generally unfolded since the Hank Peters era. The Joe Carter trade in 1989 eventually begat the 1995 AL Champs. The blowing up of that dynasty after the 2001 season built the foundation for the 2007 ALCS squad. And now, six years after Cliff Lee and Victor...
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On the Browns “severe” penalties and controlling irrational anger

We don’t yet know what the Cleveland Browns’ penalties are, but this idea that they’re going to be “severe” has me bubbling with potential rage. You can’t argue with the league punishing teams for their transgressions. Whether we’re talking about artificial noise in Atlanta, deflated footballs in New England or yes, even Cleveland Browns texting, the league needs to...
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Uni Talk, The Lindor Truffle, and Super Troopers 2: While We’re Waiting…

License and registration. Do you know how fast you were clicking? I’ll let you off with a warning as we kick off another Thursday at WFNY: The Woof. There’s plenty to talk about, and I’m not going to phone it in like that Will guy did yesterday. Leading off, we’re talking uniforms. You guys know I could talk uniforms, logos, helmets, and piping for days. We’ve got several...
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Out-Grinding the Grizz: Cavaliers vs. Memphis Behind the Box Score

Cleveland Cavaliers 111Memphis Grizzlies 89Box Score The Cavs’ Wednesday night matchup with the Grizzlies was their first game against a true title contender since they painted a masterpiece with the Spurs on March 12. The wine and gold fattened up their record over the past week and a half against Eastern Conference foes, winning four of five,1 and one could argue that their...
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J.R. Smith joined a pair of Cavs fans for chicken wings

As a reward for winning an in-game contest that involved throwing rubber chickens onto a bull’s eye at center court of the Quicken Loans Arena floor, a Cavalier fan and (presumably) a friend were treated to a dinner of wings with Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard/legendary goofball J.R. Smith. In doing so, they achieved a personal dream of mine and became an immediate source of...
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Trying to be fair to Jimmy Haslam and the Browns

The circumstances surrounding Jimmy Haslam’s ownership really make it difficult to defend him. I don’t believe I’ve been particularly unfair, but I’ve also been liberal with the criticism on these pages and on the podcast. It’s just too hard to look at all that’s gone down with the Browns since Jimmy Haslam sat with the fans in the Dawg Pound and pretend like he’s somehow...
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Indians ranked 25th in terms of MLB franchise value

Good news if you’re an owner of a Major League Baseball team: Things have never been better! According to Forbes, the website and magazine for all things business, the average baseball team now worth a whopping $1.2 billion, 48% more than a year ago, the biggest year-over-year increase since they began tracking team values in 1998. With the New York Yankess and Los Angeles Dodgers...
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Mike Pettine ranked 28 out of NFL coaches (and that’s OK)

Rankings are arbitrary and sometimes even fun. Oftentimes they’re not much more than fodder for arguments and conversation, which is exactly what sports is supposed to be about, I guess. So CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco decided to use this relatively quiet time of year to rank NFL coaches, and while I like Mike Pettine and have good hopes for him, I wasn’t too disappointed with Prisco’s...
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WFNY’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage: Joe Gilbert’s Top Five Interior Offensive Linemen

We are just over a month away from the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been examining my top five players at each position in the draft. Today, I continue on the offensive side of the ball by looking at the interior offensive line. Here were my top five offensive linemen in last year’s draft. The interior offensive line is not a...
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Meaningless April? Not this year: 2015 Indians Preview

On a cold, damp and dreary evening in the middle of April, 2013, Terry Francona stood in front of a high-top table that was perched in the middle of the Cleveland Indians’ room to take in questions from the local contingent. His team was 3-5, having just dropped back-to-back games to the New York Yankees, and would have been staring down the barrel of a four-game sweep if not for...
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Kevin Love narratives, kid stuff and more – WFNY Podcast – 2015-03-25

Craig and @nominataur discuss kids and sports and Kevin Love. Plus Disney Junior Live stinking. The fragmentation of the future Watching Up for the first time Having the “death” conversation with kids Realizations about death and The Fall of Freddie the Leaf There will never be another 1985 Cleveland Indians and whether jinxes exist Jimmy Haslam and the Tennessee Titans thing...
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The Browns were efficient in revamping receiving corps

Now that we know the details of Dwayne Bowe’s contract it’s worth looking at what the Cleveland Browns have done so far to revamp a receiving corps that was in dire need of a makeover. It has needed a makeover for a long time in fact, but it seems like this year the Browns really did focus on it by signing a pair of veterans in Bowe and Brian Hartline. After a recent history...
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C.R.E.A.M. (Cleveland Rules Everything Around Me): While We’re Waiting…

Happy Wednesday, Blawg Pound. I’ll be honest; I ain’t got much to say today. Here I am afforded this virtual soapbox, the first column of WFNY’s day, the first chance to holler out into the great beyond of the internet, and I can’t think of a darn thing. I gaze upon acres of digital canvas only to stand dry-mouthed, hands on my hips, staring dumbly into the distance. There’s...
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Comparing The Jinx to the Serial Podcast – WFNY Podcast – 2015-03-24

Jon returns from hiatus to discuss television. We spoke about The Jinx, the Serial Podcast and much more like… Adding a second kid and how much more the workload will be How much more work is it to add the children Adding Swenson’s to the list of things Going to Denny’s and how awful it is Going to a drive-in and what it’s like The Jinx and whether it would have achieved...
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Cavs front office ranked No. 16 in NBA by ESPN

Another day, another NBA list put together by ESPN. And just as we’d expect given the Cavs’ sterling performance over the past several months, they come in at…sixteenth!? Yep, No. 16 it is. The latest ranking evaluates each NBA franchise’s front office, with ownership, team presidents/GMs, and coaches all factoring into the process. For what it’s worth, the Cavs ranked...
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Indians Spring Training notes: Jerry Sands is a bad man

Well, the end of March is coming near. The Cleveland Indians have hung some red cards in lockers and there are more to come soon for those players that will not be starting the season in Cleveland. So, let us check in on the team. Trevor Bauer reminds us that it is still Spring Training: .@ClevelandJeff thank you for being rational haha people freak out about games that don't...
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On the Browns, Hard Knocks, questions and narratives

There are lots of questions being asked now that we’ve heard the Browns are “front-runners” to be the featured team on this year’s rendition of “Hard Knocks” on HBO. Twitter and sports talk radio asked all of the following and then some… Will Hard Knocks serve as a distraction for the Browns? Will it be good for Johnny Manziel and his recovery to be put in the spotlight...
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Sports Illustrated Cover: Why not the Indians?

OK, let’s get this out of the way: The last time the Cleveland Indians made the cover of Sports Illustrated’s MLB Preview, Corey Snyder and Joe Carter’s smiling faces were supposed to lead to an “uprising” that ultimately saw the Tribe lose 101 games in 1987. Fast forward to 2015 and the Tribe has the reigning Cy Young winner and a young, corner outfielder who just finished...
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