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Will Donte Whitner suffer without elite 49ers teammates?

I love Bill Barnwell’s columns at Grantland. He’s never rigid in his points of view, but he’s always striving to get somewhere in his efforts and I appreciate that. He’s bit off a big chunk this time though. Barnwell has taken an unpredictable NFL theme and tried to predict it. It hits on the Browns because he explores “The free agent who looked much better on the 49ers...
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Indians sign Russ Branyan, signal the return of #BlameBranyan

Just a short email from Bart Swain, but the wide-sweeping impact is felt across the universe of Cleveland Indians fans… Please note the Indians have signed INF RUSS BRANYAN to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus for the remainder of the 2014 season. Branyan, 38, has spent the 2014 season in the Mexican League with Tijuana (19HR, 59RBI, 1.043OPS). He has...
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LeBron James is good in the paint

While it’s not a shocking headline at all, it is borderline shocking to see the degree with which he’s successful there. According to this infographic, LeBron shoots almost half his shots deep in the paint, and he’s successful over 75% of the time. Also, it’s notable the one zone where LeBron isn’t very good. No three point shots from the right side of the basket. Got it...
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WFNY’s 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes Preview: The Offense

For a preview of the Ohio State defense, click here. The 2013 edition of the Ohio State offense was an undeniable juggernaut. The highlight reel quarterback. The rumbling running back. Kenny freaking G. But now, with the 2014 season just hours away, as Drake once said, “nothing was the same.” Carlos Hyde and four-fifths of his mauling line are gone, everyone knew that would be...
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Browns “Deep Tracks” Trivia Vol. 1: Reliving Yesteryear

All Browns fans ‘know’ stuff about the team. While it seems true that the fan base is dwindling due to the wanton mismanagement of the franchise, it has been common for generations that we have become infused with Cleveland Browns information, almost by osmosis, throughout our lives. The indoctrination starts when we are small children. (“Look both ways when you cross the street...
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Browns Preseason Game 4: Winners and Losers

After a series of three games that ranged from head-scratchers to Push the Panic Button games, the Browns quieted some doubters, playing well for most of the game and ultimately picking up the win. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Cleveland game without a few mistakes that need cleaning up. But, the Mike Pettine-led Browns managed to put up 33 points against the Chicago Bears, looking...
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Johnny Manziel stars in Nissan Heisman House commericials (Videos)

Sorry, dude. It may be a mystery as to when Johnny Manziel will step into the national spotlight on Sundays, but Johnny lovers (and haters) will surely get their fix of Mr. Football on Saturdays once again this fall. As part of Nissan’s continuing partnership with the Heisman Trophy Trust, the Nissan Heisman House campaign will return this year with Manziel being their newest...
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Indians 3, White Sox 2: Carrasco 2.0 does it again

No matter how many times you want to bury the Tribe, or how many times they seem to try and bury themselves, they just keep coming back and winning the series. A night after losing a game they should have won with their ace Corey Kluber on the mound, it was up to Carlos Carrasco to keep the Indians on their current track. The goal, obviously, is to win every game, but they continue...
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Wrong on Ray Rice again, John Rocker, Soccer, and J Mascis… While We’re Waiting

Thanks for reading this week. It’s been a long one, and this isn’t a fun way to get into a holiday weekend, but these are the stories I want to talk about… Here we go. NFL probably failed on Ray Rice yet again… It’s official that Roger Goodell and the NFL failed in their attempt to discipline Ray Rice. Roger Goodell’s letter to NFL owners admits it plainly when he says...
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Casual Friday, talking Browns, Kevin Love, Nirvana, and more – WFNY Podcast – 2014-08-29

It’s been since LeBron joined the Cavaliers since I talked to Andrew. A lot has happened since. Here’s some of what we spoke about… Topics include: Browns preseason game against Chicago Brian Hoyer looking decent Kevin Love’s opening press conference Nationalize sports / communism Nirvana and whether they really deserve the credit Pearl Jam and Sirens Star Wars, Robin Williams...
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The Bears have two players wearing the same number?

The pre-season game number four is pretty bleak in terms of quality football. Apparently it’s so casual a game for the NFL (who charges full price for tickets) that they don’t bother checking to see if every player has a unique uniform number.
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Brian Hoyer and Browns starters restore a bit of order against Bears backups

The Browns started against the Bears’ second string and tried to gain some chemistry and confidence out of a largely dismal pre-season. The way the Browns defense began, it wasn’t looking great. The Browns defense gave up yards and a third down conversion to David Fales. Not Jay Cutler. Not Jimmy Claussen. After seven plays, 59 yards and some embarrassing play by Leon McFadden...
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Preseason Game 4 Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Chicago Bears

Can Justin Gilbert rebound from Week 3?   In theory, the final preseason game would be a tune-up for the starters heading into the first week of the season. However, it is mainly used as a break for the starters and the last opportunity for those on the bubble to make a case for the Browns to keep them on the 53-man roster. Rather than risk injuries to key contributors, the Browns...
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David Griffin: Defensive concerns aren’t a product of Kevin Love

Glen Taylor’s getting all sorts of replies these days. Not long after questioning Kevin Love’s defense, the star power forward’s new general manager, David Griffin, came to his player’s defense. “I think he’s an elite defensive rebounder,” Griffin told FOX Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr. “I have concerns relative to our ability to protect the rim, and that’s not just...
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Jay Mohr jokingly mocks David Griffin over Cavs expectations

Jay Mohr had Cavs’ GM David Griffin on the show and it was a good listen. Obviously listen to the whole thing, but my favorite part was where Jay asked Griff if it would be a disappointment if the Cavs didn’t win a championship. Griffin, predictably, said that it wouldn’t be a disappointment if the Cavs made progress. Jay good-naturedly mocked the Cavs’ GM, saying, “Really...
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Surprise! Jordan Cameron set for ‘much larger role’

Who saw this coming? The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram suspects that Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is looking at a “much larger role” with Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon suspended for the entire season. Cameron is coming off of a year where he hauled in 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. In the two games that Gordon missed last year (also due to suspension), the...
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WFNY’s 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes Preview: The Defense

The NFL may leave you hanging for another week, but the Ohio State Buckeyes and their NCAA brethren have you covered. Last season was the Year of the Offense for Ohio State. Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde and company ran roughshod through the regular season behind a veteran offensive line led by two presumptive NFL opening day starters in center Corey Linsley (Green Bay) and tackle...
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On Michael Brantley’s surprisingly bad defensive metrics

“Shortstops make most plays. One remembers good plays made longer than one remembers plays not made.” Let’s dub this a “Derek Jeter.” By now, better defensive stats have become somewhat mainstream in baseball analysis. In general, we should now know that errors and assists aren’t the only statistics available. On the highest and most nerdtastic level, there’s Ultimate...
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Johnny JamBoogie? Johnny Manziel does aerobics for Snickers ad

We all knew Johnny Manziel was going to bring attention to the Browns and have some endorsements. Let’s just say that I didn’t anticipate “Johnny JamBoogie.” It’s a funny ad though.
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Josh Gordon exploring options in the Canadian Football League

Update: There apparently is a rule forbidding suspended NFL players from playing in the CFL… So, there goes that report, I guess… There is CFL rule as pointed by @JimLangSports that CFL teams won't sign suspended NFL Players. I am sure they'll release a statement soon — Robert Littal (@BlkSportsOnline) August 28, 2014 Texting with a CFL GM who tells me if Josh Gordon...
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White Sox 3, Indians 2: Jose Abreu is really, really good

This one was supposed to go down differently. With the Chicago White Sox playing well-below .500 ball, being kept afloat in the AL Central by only the Minnesota Twins, and the Cleveland Indians streaking off of their fourth straight win, Corey Kluber’s mere presence on the mound in the south side of Chicago should have cemented the Tribe’s good fortunes. Add in the fact that...
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Josh Gordon reactions from the web … While We’re Waiting

There were many fantastic reactions from around the internet on yesterday’s news of the confirmed one-year suspension for Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon. Let’s go to the excerpts. From SB Nation’s David Roth: In Josh Gordon’s case, as in all the variously appalling decisions that have preceded it, the NFL is sticking to its rules and defending its treasured brand with...
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Ohio State releases depth chart for Saturday’s opener vs. Navy

Ohio State kicks off their 2014 season on Saturday versus Navy. The team suffered a major blow last week when they lost star quarterback Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes will now have to lean on redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett to run the offense. Today, Urban Meyer released the rest of the depth chart for Saturday’s game. Here are some highlights of the recently released...
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Everyone is to blame for the Josh Gordon suspension

Now that the NFL has finally leveled its punishment at Josh Gordon—a season-long break—it’s time to pick apart this debacle. Rather than pretend like any single person or group is solely responsible, I’m just going to blame everyone. Strap in folks, because in the end, today was a death knell to common sense. It was stupidity on top of stupidity on top of (you guessed it...
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Dion Waiters has been training with Kevin Love

“When I get the opportunity to get the ball, I’ve got to destroy my opponent.” Dion Waiters has apparently been one step ahead of everyone. Before LeBron James announced his return to Northeast Ohio, the King made a phone call to Cavs’ shooting guard Dion Waiters. In a piece by Mike Sieleski of Philly.com, Waiters says that while traveling to the West Coast to work out with pro...
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