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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 National Championship Game... nuff said
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Bo Jackson... I know he's not a Buckeye, but Bo Jackson... Favorite Buckeye is Chris Speilmen
  • NFL TEAM: Broncos/Packers/Raiders
  • NHL TEAM: Penguins
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: This is still a sport in America?

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Comment 19 Aug 2014

I feel like I almost jinxed things earlier in the year. We were talking about whether it was a good thing for brax to come back this year and I said that I loved our team but I wasn't sure this year would be our year. I said next years roster was going to be the one to get us over the top and I lamented the fact that not only would braxton not be part of the class that would finally win it, but that by him coming back he would keep the QB of the future from getting a year of experience. In the end, I thought it would be best if he went pro, because the next guy up would get the experience we would need to win in the year I truly believed we had our best shot. I ended my comment by saying that I wished there was a way to keep Brax for an extra year but I knew it wasn't possible. Now it seems the exact opposite is true. Not only will we have braxton for the year I am truly excited about, but we will have another QB with a full year of experience under his belt!

To make a long story short, we have to be able to see the silver lining in this. No matter how good we would be this year, we were already likely to be better next year (pending some of our key juniors staying). Now it appears we will be even more dangerous, and even deeper!

Side note: this is not saying that I am giving up on this year, or that I do not think we will be good, or that im not still excited for the season. I just have always believed that next year would be the year. 

Comment 11 Aug 2014

You can agree with him all you want, but its inaccurate. While the knee itself may never feel 100% again and the athlete may look a step slower, the ligament itself it typically expected to be thicker, tougher and stronger once it heals. Athletes can blow out the same knee again but they rarely tear the same ligament twice. Tearing a ligament, especially the ACL leads to some general instability in the knee and this can cause other ligaments to weaken throughout the recovery, this can then lead to tearing something else.

Comment 11 Aug 2014

There is absolutely no reason for this to get downvoted into oblivion. The man has a point. I know that surgeries are getting better and better, and are becoming easier to recover from. I also realize that he will be in some of the best possible hands going through his recovery through OSU. But I also understand that ACL surgery is no joke. I have friends in their early 30's who have major knee soreness due do a single ACL surgery, let alone two. Guys who were great athletes in high school and college who now worry if they'll be able to play bball with their kids down the road, because jumping already sucks for them. This guy isnt saying he should throw in the towel and just give up. He's saying that if he had two knee surgeries he would have to step back, reevaluate his situation, and ask himself if its worth it. And that is a valid point. Its easy for us to sit at our computer and say "He'll be fine!" and "There's no way he should give it up!" and "I cant believe you would even say such a thing!" when its not our bodies at stake. Burger is a smart kid and I'm sure he will make the best decision for him, but there is major risk involved for him if he decides to keep playing and no one should get angry with a poster for pointing that out. That being said, I hope Burger enjoys a speedy recovery and winds up fulfilling all of his goals and dreams.

Comment 03 Aug 2014

No offence, but I hate forum posts like this. Write something, anything, to add to the topic. Dont just cut and paste links, its a waste of space, especially now that that Gene's 'Holy Grail of Daily Recruiting Awesomeness' Quickbits are back. If you have nothing to add besides mindlessly passing on links, there are places for that. Just wait and post it in the Bits and no one will think any less of you, otherwise you are wasting space on this site and likely bumping topics that people actually want to talk about off of the front page. I dont mean to be a dick about it (something people say before or after they have just been a dick...) but this issue has come up multiple times and I know I'm not the only person it bothers. I have been polite about it in the past, I'm just tired of clicking on a post, expecting to read solid recruiting new/info and good discussion, only to be let down when all I see is a link... its like getting underwear for Christmas, and not even good underwear but Will Ferrell in Old School style underwear. End rant.

Comment 23 Jul 2014

Thank you for finding that, I must have missed that when it was posted. I was just browsing the site today and thought to myself, you know what I havent seen in a while that I really liked? Quick Bits. I admit I didnt take the time to do a lot of research, but the 6/1 post was the last I found in my short search. Best wishes to Gene, and if the situation doesnt improve and the Bits are gone forever, it was fun while it lasted and I truly enjoyed his input to the site.

Comment 23 Jul 2014

I am praying that you are not serious with this post. Watching the video, I saw an incredible story about a kid getting to live his dream. He's not an idiot, he realizes its not a real recruiting trip. Its just an incredible thing that the team did for a guy who has gone through hell and survived it. I cant believe that even you, a guy who really knows how to troll hard, can truly believe the way you just twisted that story. I usually respect you Bass, but this one is a little messed up.

Comment 18 Jul 2014

Don't get me wrong, its not because its a bad trade. If you can swap a rookie for KLove you do it. Its a good deal. The issue I have is that its not necessary. Unless the warriors change their stance and offer up Klay Thompson there is no reason for the cavs to blow their load early on this one. You wait it out and the closer you get to the trade deadline the more the price will drop, especially if they find themselves in a struggle for the 8 seed (which is likely). The wolves already know the market for Love is thin, and its unlikely that a new team jumps in with an offer thats better than what the cavs are putting up. Boston? No. Houston? No. Dallas? No. Phoenix? No. No one but Golden State is a threat. In the meantime, a lineup of PG - Irving, SG - Waiters, SF - Wiggins, PF - LeBron, C - AV could be terrifying for other teams. You roll with that until Minn caves and sells for Dion, Bennett and picks.There is no reason for the cavs not to have their cake and eat it too.

Comment 10 Jul 2014

Yea, the thing you are forgetting is that Kyrie's new contract kicks in next year, jumping from 7 mil to 15-16 mil. Plus you have other players getting sallery bumps as well... so much for all that cap room. If you want another star the only year you can make a move is this year.

Comment 30 Jun 2014

Holy shit I've been wrong my whole life! I had no idea it went 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 g 10!!!!

Comment 26 Jun 2014

The only way I trade this pick is if the cavs are still busting a collective nut over Joel Embid. If he's your guy, I might think about 4, 12, and Afflalo. But thats the only trade I'd do (Unless the Sixers went 3, young, AND 10). Otherwise, you stop thinking you're smarter than everyone else in the league and just take the best player. Its so simple, and so perfect to just add Wiggins to the team and thank the basketball Gods. It actually makes SO much sense that there is no way the cavs do it. They probably do the orlando deal and then flip 4 and 12 for another average to solid 28-year-old veteran that wont make us any better, and we'll be the laughing stock of the NBA as we're the only team possibly dumb enough to leave this stacked draft in a worse place than we started it... and then I'll go give a shotgun a blow job...

Comment 25 Jun 2014
Not to be an ass, but I'll believe that when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet... Someone had to have miss-heard. The staff here has repeatedly said they expect the class to be at least 20, and they're pretty "in the know"
Comment 23 Jun 2014

Not to be a negative nancy, but it sounds a lot like "Wumbush, Gibson, and Nunez all have the good guys as their leaders." There is a long time to go in the 2015 class let alone the 2016 one. I agree its a good thing to be in the top two or three for each, but recruiting is a fickle bitch and A LOT can change. I just hope we don't zero in on one single guy like the last two classes and wind up losing out on the other top dogs. First one to commit out of that group is the guy I want.

Comment 23 Jun 2014

I like both Wiggins and Parker, and I think they will both be studs in the league. It will take Wiggins a year or two longer, but I firmly believe he will be every bit as good, if not better. What separates the two for me is defense. Wiggins has the potential to be a more athletic version of Kawhi Leonard on the defensive side of the ball, which is crazy to even think about. Parker has the potential to protect the basket about as well as a screen door on a submarine... This is the biggest reason to draft Wiggins over Parker. The other reason would be fit for the team. Kyrie is a very ball dominate player, this is why he and Waiters cant play together. They are too similar. Wiggins does most of his damage as an off ball player, cutting to the hoop, playing off screens and crushing it on fast breaks, he would mesh perfectly with Kyrie. Parker on the other hand is like waiters. He needs the ball in his hands a lot and scores off of a lot of isolation style situations. I fear that Kyrie/Parker would run into a lot of the same problems as Kyrie/Waiters. I think it has to be Wiggins all the way.

Optimal Situation:

- Draft Wiggins #1

- Trade Dion and maybe a future pick to move into the 9-12 range and draft Nik Stauskes or Gary Harris, two great shooters and good off ball players

- Sign a big time SF in free agency. LeBron isnt walking through that door, but Trevor Ariza or Gordan Hayward might. We can start Wiggins at the less demanding SG spot for his first few years, and he can slide to the SF spot when our shooter comes into the game.

- Sign a rim protecting center. Gortat would be a good addition and I wouldn't mind Hawes coming back, but what I really would like to see is a trade pursued for Roy Hibbert. Dude has worn out his welcome in Indy and need a change of scenery, but he's only a year removed from an allstar appearance. Something like Andy, Jack and an unprotected first could likely pry him away.

Starting Lineup: Kyrie, Wiggins, Hayward, Thompson, Hibbert 

Bench: Delavadova, Stauskes, Miles, Gee, Bennett, Zeller with room for two more.

Comment 23 Jun 2014

This makes zero sense. Wiggins can play the two as well as the three. He could slide to SG and fit in perfectly as an off ball player between Kryie and LBJ. Parker is a SF and unless you expect him to play as an undersized PF, that where he's going to stay. I think you have it backwards, drafting Parker would say we dont have a chance at LeBron (which I really think we dont) but I digress. I know LeBron can play anywhere from PG to C in the NBA because he's a freak, but hes a SF first, so if the grand plan is to bring him back, you dont go drafting another SF.

Comment 21 Jun 2014

Bolt had a very good comment above, and I agree a lot with what he said. Wiggins fits extremely well with both Kyrie and Waiters. People get on him because he doesnt seem to have that "Alpha Male" quality, but the cavs already have that in Kyrie, and having two alpha male types never ends well. This is why Kyrie and Waiters cant ever seem to play with one another. Wiggins would slide in as a perfect compliment to Kyrie's game and, while I would love to trade Dion for a pure shooter i.e. N. Stauskes or a great defender like G. Harris, he could stay on the team and play well with Wiggins as well. Drafting Parker gives you another ball dominant player and I wonder if he meshes any better with Kyrie than Waiters did. Even if he can coexist with Kyrie, drafting him almost assures Waiters would have to be moved, as you cant have three of those types of players on the same team. There arent enough balls/offensive possessions to go around.

Comment 20 Jun 2014

I've actually spent a lot of time thinking about this, and I think the decision is quite simple. Eventually, the best player in this draft will be Andrew wiggins. He went 17ppg/6rpg/2apg as a college freshmen, on a team with a shitty offensive system, where he didnt need to be the alpha dog. To put this into perspective, Micheal Jordan went 18ppg/5rpg/2apg for his college CAREER (albeit with a slightly high shooting %). Kawhi leonard went 14/10/2, and Wiggans is more athletic than either. Will he ever be a top 5 shooter in the league? Probably not. But he's a stud, and his two way potential is second to none.

Now, this does not mean that he is the best player for the cavs. Wiggens will be the best player in this draft, but it will take him 3/4 years tow get there. Wiggens is nice because he's a defensive phenom and he can play two positions while fitting in perfectly as Kyrie's robin (He doesnt have the mentality of a Batman). If the cavs think they can 1) trade for Love (long shot) 2) bring back Lebron (longer shot), 3) that kyrie is 100% going to resign, he is the pick. 

If you can not say yes to any of those options, the pick needs to be Parker. While Wiggens will take time to develop, Parker will be a 20+ point scorer a night, yesterday. Adding an offensive playmaker like that may convince Kyrie to resign. The problem with Parker (as people have stated above) is that he is a ball dominant player who will not mesh great with Kyrie, or to an even greater extent, Waiters. So if you draft him, you need to have a trade in the works for Dion.

The optimal scenario is that the cavs draft Wiggins at 1, and then trade Waiters (who never meshed well with Kyrie anyway) and possibly a future first for another pick in the top ten. The Jazz are in a bad spot at 5 if exum is gone, and we could possibly reach for Embid there. Or we could try for the 9-10 range to land McDermott (can score from anywhere), Stauskes (Klay Thompson), or Harris (a better defender with good offensive potential). This gives us two quality shooters to Kyrie's slashing abilities. Realistic Starting lineup: Kyrie, Miles, Wiggens, Thompson, Hawes (hope he resigns) with Jack, Stauskes/Harris, Bennett, and Zeller coming off the bench

Comment 20 Jun 2014

This trade is completely ridiculous for both teams. Noel is a broken pogo stick and you cant get anything equivalent to Wiggins/Parker with 3 and 10. Meanwhile, Philly is trying to build something with young guys. They aren't going to give up all of their young assets for one guy. Neither team would be happy with this trade. This isn't a video game...

Comment 20 Jun 2014

I respect your opinion, but this is the type of thinking that keeps a team terrible FOREVER. There were three franchise players in this class, and before Embid's injury, 3 and 10 was a good idea, but you can't put the fate of the franchise on a center with bad knees AND a bad back (See Oden, Ming). It took big Z 6 years to become a contributor and he only had one of those problems. Embid had a stress fracture as a senior in HS, a back injury as a frosh in college (on a 30 game schedule) and now another stress fracture before he even plays another game, and you want him as your franchise savior!? A week ago i would have loved the idea of Embid and Stauskes (Another clay thompson), but now, there are only 2 franchise players in the draft, and the cavs better leave with one of them. 

Comment 17 Jun 2014

Can you provide a link? I have no way of enlarging it and its too small for me to read it 

Comment 13 Jun 2014

I just want to clear something up, I thought Harris was coming up for FNL. Am I totally wrong in that, or is this trip replacing that one, or is he gonna do both? Option 3 would be sweet...