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Buckeye Chuck

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Cie Grant spinning Ken Dorsey into history. Also, my first Michigan game in 1982, though the aftermath had a little to do with me listing it among the best.

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Comment 23 May 2016

He wouldn't be the first player to go on to greater things after getting released by the Browns.

I doubt there are really very many -- thinking here of players under contract that have been released as opposed to free agents. 

He's probably got another couple of years left should he want them. but he's definitely into the "veteran role player" phase of his career now.

Comment 23 May 2016

I think Barrett's significant injury history is always going to affect where he gets drafted, no matter what year he comes out. So assuming he plays well this coming season, which we all expect, it's really a matter of weighing the injury factor: do you leave ASAP, not wanting to risk having another injury as an amateur; or do you stay and hope that an injury-free season in 2017, with a more experienced team surrounding you, can elevate your draft status (while knowing there's a risk that another serious injury can sideline you permanently)?

Not sure there's a right or wrong answer.

Comment 13 May 2016

The two biggest stars in the series played for Oklahoma City. By a startling coincidence, the Thunder got basically every single call down the stretch of every close game. 

They aren't going to be so lucky against the only team in the league that gets more love from the officials. 

Comment 11 May 2016

The Spurs gagged that one, but Westbrook really got the benefit of two hometown calls late -- getting ahead on the fast break after the officials let play continue after an obvious 24-second violation; and getting a several-step continuation layup at the end when Leonard clearly fouled him at 92-91 to stop the clock.

Oh, the Thunder weren't actually the home team? Shocker.

Speaking of gags, the Washington Capitals are snakebit on a Cleveland level. Say what you will about all the Browns' playoff mishaps, but I don't think they've ever had the obvious best team in the regular season in my lifetime. The Caps had one of the greatest regular seasons in NHL history, and couldn't get out of the second round.

Comment 10 May 2016

Steph just turned 28. There's a good chance this was his career year. Of course, he could fall off quite a bit and still be a great player, but if you look at the best players in NBA history who weren't strictly interior players, pretty much all of them had their best seasons prior to age 30. 

Comment 09 May 2016

Back in the days before the Schott, Nationwide Arena, and the old amphitheater at Polaris, your only chance to see acts like this in Columbus was on their way up or on their way down. U2 played the Agora (Newport) in the spring of '81, behind their first album (which Columbus radio totally ignored). 

This still happens today (even with Stache's long gone), but now you can see all the big names at every stage of their careers.

Comment 05 May 2016

As someone who has a horrible time putting names and faces together, or remembering that I've met someone before if I've met them only once and just briefly, my sympathies are more with Urban here. He's a pretty busy guy, after all. If Judson wants to decommit over something that no serious person would consider insulting, then no one can stop him, but I fear he's in for numerous more rude awakenings as he passes through life.

Comment 04 May 2016

Usually it's fun to relive your youth. It looks like this documentary will be an exception. I can pretty much guarantee I can narrate this film by heart, and I haven't even seen it yet. 

In all seriousness, I've noticed a growing tendency among some Clevelanders to wallow in the combination of terrible teams/near-miss teams -- the very thing that used to make Red Sox fans so irritating. (e.g. the "Rebuilding Since 1964" sign above, which is stupid since the Browns have had lots of good teams since 1964 -- missed the Super Bowl by one game five separate times). Feeling sorry for yourself is an emotion best left behind when you grow out of diapers. 

Comment 04 May 2016

Thinking about this more, it is interesting how some busts become legendary, while others are quickly forgotten. Tony Mandarich is in this top 25. Jason Smith, also a #2 pick in the NFL draft (and a good 20 years after Mandarich), was absolutely terrible and didn't even make it to the end of his rookie contract with the Rams, but almost no one remembers him.

Comment 04 May 2016

I can't see any reason other than recency bias to put Oden at #1 and Ki-jana Carter at #23. The situations could not be more similar: both #1 picks in their respective drafts; careers ruined almost immediately by injury (literally so in Carter's case -- hurt on the first play of his first pro game).

Comment 02 May 2016

I think I'd rather have the larger signing bonus up front as a draft pick. Sure, the UDFA has the freedom to choose the situation that's best for him (assuming he has multiple teams inquiring about him). But even if the late draft pick winds up in a poor situation and gets cut, it's not like that's the end of his chances to stick in the league.

Comment 01 May 2016

The picks I didn't quite understand: one was Kessler, whose upside is probably Colt McCoy's career (and he was drafted in almost the same spot as McCoy). The only thing that makes me think he could be better than that is that USC has been so unstable for so long. Kessler didn't shrink or play the blame game like the massive overdraft, Sackenberg.

As far as the kid from Princeton goes, I can't understand how someone who averaged 10 yards a catch in the Ivy League projects to having NFL talent, 

I also wonder if taking Schobert over Josh Perry was the right move, but Schobert might be OK.

I think the central place where their analytics came into play was with their overall strategy, not with any particular player. They seem to feel that the teams known as "good drafting teams" are the ones that have the most picks, not necessarily the highest picks (in part because these teams let free agents walk and collect compensatory picks, like the Ravens like to do). This front office believes that if 5 of their 14 draftees bust completely, that's still better than if, say, 4 out of 10 draftees bust. They will take more failed picks if more picks make it too. 

My one question is whether the Browns are getting elite talent. That's the risk you take with the trade downs. You need glue guys, but you need a few stars too. The Patriots have two Hall of Fame level talents in Brady and Gronkowski, but the rest of their roster is amazingly anonymous. 

Comment 01 May 2016

I don't get the criticism of Powell in this thread.

1. He was at Ohio State for four years.

2. He has his degree.

3. The major reason he wasn't drafted -- underwhelming measurables -- would never change no matter how long he played college football. His issues in run support might have improved, but they really didn't much during his time as a starter.

4. For their own selfish reasons, people want to pretend that coming back is always the right choice when it comes to improving draft stock, but that definitely wasn't true in the case of Cardale Jones and arguably wasn't for Adolphus Washington (which doesn't mean they made the "wrong" decision either -- only they can answer that). 

It sure is easy for a lot of people with paying jobs to chastise those who would prefer not to play for free anymore.