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Does MLB even want to speed up the game?

Keith Olbermann took on the outgoing Bud Selig on his show last night. In this segment, he points out that Major League Baseball has the power to speed up games with two rules that are already on the books. So, what gives? Keith Olbermann is on to something, and I think it’s a problem. Baseball has little incentive to fix the length of games because they make so much money selling...
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Nick Swisher doing a Hafner impression and the Foo Fighters on TV… While We’re Waiting

As you all are reading this, I’m likely in the middle of driving to Indianapolis for the weekend. Just so you know I’m not typing and driving. More on Indianapolis later in this post. For now, let’s get started, shall we? Nick Swisher is the Travis Hafner sequel nobody wanted I might feel sorry for Nick Swisher if I wasn’t too busy feeling sorry for my fellow Tribe fans....
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Twins 4, Indians 1: Bats go silent as sweep chance goes by the board

This is what is so frustrating about our Indians. Here they are, winners of seven of nine, going for a sweep of the Minnesota Twins with their ace Corey Kluber on the mound and the offense can’t even muster a single scoring chance outside of a solo blast from Zach Walters. Despite the 4-1 loss at Target Field, the Tribe still won another series and that is what is important right...
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Anthony Bennett isn’t being traded to Philadelphia after all

As we await the final few days of the Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins trade saga, word coming out of Philadelphia is that Anthony Bennett isn’t being sent to the City of Brotherly Love after all. Just a reminder: if you keep reading Bennett is headed to Philly for Young in forthcoming trade…don't believe it. — Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) August 20, 2014 As Wiggins, this year’s...
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Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel may not play at all in 2014…Sort of.

In what is bound to be the most blown-out-of-context quote of the week, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine stated that he envisions a scenario where Johnny Manziel does not take a live snap during the entire 2014 season. Take a look for yourself (emphasis mine). “Give me a crystal ball and I’ll give you that answer,” Pettine said. “The season is so long. So much can...
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The Curse of Paul Warfield — A loving look at a 45-year slump: Reliving Yesteryear

Our gazes remained fixed, for an extra moment. As he began to realize, my trivia question wasn’t merely rhetorical. “Rocky Colavito to Detroit, for Harvey Kuenn. April 17, 1960.” His countenance had morphed into a half-smile/furrowed brow combo. He was clearly thinking: “You’re really coming at me with the easy, ‘what’s the worst trade in Cleveland history?’” Jerry...
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Now and Later: Sorting out the Indians’ options at the plate

Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn, and Jason Giambi—four players who were all significant contributors on a 92-win playoff team last year that featured just twelve hitters1. This season, all four have spent time on the disabled list, and three of them have missed significant action2. So just how are the Cleveland Indians still standing and in the AL Wild Card race?...
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Indians 5, Twins 0: Handsome in the House

Don’t look now, but here they come. The Cleveland Indians, the consistent inconsistents, are in the midst of the soft part of their schedule. After taking two of three from the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles, the next nine games on the docket featured three of the AL’s worst teams; Minnesota, Houston, and Chicago. The Twins were first up and the way things got started two...
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Young Jim Harbaugh peed his pants to meet an Indians player

Picture Jim Harbaugh, the headset-throwing, pleated pants-wearing, Sharpie-toting head coach of the San Francsico 49ers. Now picture him as a five-year-old child, taking in a Cleveland Indians game with his family, including a seven-year-old brother, John. The Harbaughs, Toldeo, Ohio natives, get the fortune of getting in line to meet in Indians player after the game. But Jim had...
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Atchison, Manziel reactions and the SI cover jinx … While We’re Waiting

Father Time: Congratulations go out to 38-going-on-50 Scott Atchison, who signed an extension with the Indians earlier this week. I distinctly remember back when the Indians signed Atchison in January to minor league contract/spring training invite deal. He had a mediocre season with the Mets in 2013, then was non tendered. He was just another guy, another shot in the dark. There...
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Nick Swisher’s (brutal) season comes to an end

Is age catching up to Nick Swisher? The Tribe first baseman was evaluated on Tuesday and was found to have medial meniscus wear in both of his knees. Less than 24 hours later, Swisher will undergo arthroscopic debridement surgery to repair the chronic pain. He will subsequently miss eight-to-ten weeks for recovery, effectively ending his 2014 season with the team. Swisher was...
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David Blatt won’t commit to starting Dion Waiters

Flexibility is typically a benefit, but the Cleveland Cavaliers’ current options could prove to make Dion Waiters’ goal of being the team’s starting shooting guard a bit difficult. Waiters’ desires are well known by this point, and while Andrew Wiggins may very well be on his way out, but Cavs have added Mike Miller and could very well be in the mix for Ray Allen—both...
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Johnny Manziel called out by Hulk Hogan (for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge)

“Whatcha gonna do?” We now know that Johnny Manziel won’t be starting against the Pittsburgh Steelers, assuming Brian Hoyer is healthy. We also haven’t seen Johnny Manziel in any non-football videos lately. Sure one of the football-related ones will presumably get him fined for flipping the bird. But now, Johnny has all the excuse he needs to make an off-the-field video that...
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Through all the offensive woes, the Browns defense stands strong

Johnny Manziel vs Brian Hoyer. This battle has been the talk of Cleveland and the focus national media—”Johnny Manziel and the Browns!” Seemingly every Browns-related story has been about the quarterback competition or the offensive woes that find the team struggling to find the end zone. But through all of these other story lines, the Browns defense has really shown itself...
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Mike Pettine calls out Josh Gordon for lack of effort

Spending much of his career teetering a delicate balance of lethargy and effortless excellence, Josh Gordon’s act has worn thin. Following the Cleveland Browns disappointing outing in their second preseason game, head coach Mike Pettine called out the Pro Bowl receiver for a lack of effort that led to multiple dropped passes. There were a couple plays where I think — we just...
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Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel and the undelivered quarterback mandate

Brian Hoyer has been named the starter for the Cleveland Browns as they head one step closer toward the start of the regular season. If you really think about it, it’s not all that surprising. The Browns basically named Brian Hoyer the starter heading into camp. Basically. Nearly. Almost. Not quite. In a lot of ways, Mike Pettine and Kyle Shanahan would have made their lives...
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Forbes says the Browns are the 22nd most valuable NFL team

We already knew the Browns were valuable because Jimmy Haslam paid a big price to buy the team from the Lerner family. Just how valuable are the Browns relative to the rest of the league? Forbes says the Browns are 22nd. Team value: $1.12 billion Revenue 2013: $276 million Operating income 2013: $35 million There’s also no secret why the Browns sought the services of Alec Scheiner...
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Indians 7, Twins 5: Holt and relievers star as Wahoos complete impressive comeback

I will be honest: With the way the Indians offense has performed most of the year and with the up and down nature of the team as a whole, I thought the game was over when I turned the TV on. I took my dog for a quick walk after the Indians batted in the first. When I came back inside, the first thing I saw was Oswaldo Arcia’s three-run blast which had capped off a five-run, four...
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Braxton Miller to return to Ohio State in 2015

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his shoulder, but the Heisman candidate said he intends to return to Columbus next season to finish out his last year of eligibility as a fifth-year senior. “I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller said in a statement...
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Brian Hoyer named starting QB over Johnny Manziel

In an email release, the Cleveland Browns have named Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback. Head coach Mike Pettine- “He was the clear leader from the beginning,” Pettine said. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field...
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A closing that may affect your tailgate and a new game review …While We’re Waiting

You may not have heard, but the pedestrian bridge under the shoreway will not be open during Browns games this season. That is not good news for those that choose to park south of the stadium. Here's a map from the City of Cleveland concerning the shutdown of the pedestrian bridge to @FEStadium this season pic.twitter.com/E1RD5XwgPQ — Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) August 18...
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Matt Dery talks Cleveland sports vs. Detroit sports – WFNY Podcast – 2014-08-19

Matt Dery from 105.1 FM in Detroit jumped on the podcast to discuss lots of Cleveland sports topics. Johnny Manziel vs. Brian Hoyer The QB curse and Matt Stafford Does Detroit appreciate Matt Stafford? The Cavaliers getting LeBron James The Dolan “cheapness” bit The Cleveland Indians in 2014 Indians trade deadline Check out this episode!
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Pettine declines to name a starter- “Not in position to make it at this time”

Mike Pettine told the media on Tuesday that the team was not ready to name a starting quarterback yet. Pettine: No announcement today. "Not in position to make it at this time." — Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) August 19, 2014 Pettine: The meeting about the quarterbacks will occur later and we'll decide then if we're ready to name a starter. — Zac Jackson (...
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Complex reimages the Nike LeBron line as if he never left Cleveland

While many Cleveland sneakerheads await the release of the LeBron XI in a Wine and Gold colorway, Complex went ahead and redesigned the last few years of Nike LeBrons under the pretense that he never took his talents to Miami. Taking the LeBron VIII, LeBron XI, LeBron X, and LeBron XI, Complex’s Rajah Allarey gave each a lot of wine, a lot of gold, and a dash of navy blue. Uniform...
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Indians extend Scott Atchison

He came to camp as a 38-year old non-roster invitee hoping to hang on for one more season in the sun. By May, he was not just a fixture in the pen, but a favorite of manager Terry Francona. Now here we are in August and Scott Atchison, the bullpen’s jack of all trades, has received a contract extension. He will toil in the pen in 2015 with a club option for 2016. “Old-Man Atch”...
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