OBR Newswire updates for June 16th through June 17th
OBR Newswire on June 17th, 2011 AT 2:00 PM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for June 16th through June 17th:
- ESPN.com – Ultimate Team Rankings – Welcome to ESPN The Magazine's ninth-annual Ultimate Standings, in which we measure how much MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them.
- Cincinnati.com – Bengals offseason gets worse – The worst offseason in Bengals history took another lump this week.
- NY Times – Aston Villa’s Coaching Conundrum – When Roberto Martinez displayed a loyalty rarely seen in professional sports these days, eschewing Villa Park to stay with Wigan Athletic, it was yet another slap in the face for Villa’s American owner, Randy Lerner. Having already struggled to find the right coach (Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini anyone?) to run his N.F.L. team, the Cleveland Browns, Lerner is now having similar difficulties in the Midlands with Villa.
- ESPN.com – Browns should take flier on Terrelle Pryor – Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor shouldn't have to look far for his ideal NFL fit. If they're smart, the neighboring Cleveland Browns should be the first team in line to take the raw and talented prospect in next month's supplemental draft.
Same Father's Day, Different Feelings: In 2011, the OBR's Don Delco has a renewed passion for Father’s Day. http://bit.ly/lJtD1r
OBR Newswire updates for June 15th through June 16th
OBR Newswire on June 16th, 2011 AT 9:00 AM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for June 15th through June 16th:
- The Associated Press – Second day of negotiations builds optimism for resolution of NFL lockout – Negotiations completed for the day and likely the week, NFL owners are setting sights on their upcoming meeting in Chicago. Many players are looking beyond then — with optimism — toward getting back to work.
- CBSSports.com – Overrated-underrated: Polamalu can’t cover; Pack’s Williams can – They love the signature hair flying out from his helmet. They love the highlight hits that make the fools on some four-letter network swoon and yell "jacked up." They love his name. They love his game. Troy Polamalu is an NFL darling.
He's also the league's most-overrated player.
There, I said it.
- Sports Radio Interviews – Joe Thomas Believes That the Lack of Offseason Workouts in the NFL Could Be Beneficial – After another disappointing season, the Cleveland Browns once again decided to make a coaching change.
- ESPN.com – Joe Thomas’ greatest asset is consistency – Here is the best thing I can say about Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas: In covering his entire career, I can't remember Thomas having an awful game.
- Yahoo! Sports – Joe Thomas thinks lost offseason could be beneficial – Contrary to the opinion of most coaches and many analysts, Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas(notes) believes that the offseason being lost to the lockout could actually be beneficial to players.
- The Associated Press – NFL lockout triggers pay cuts and furloughs for clubs and league – Commissioner Roger Goodell and Jeff Pash, the NFL's lead labor negotiator, have slashed their salaries to $1 each during the owners' lockout of the players.
- Akron Beacon Journal – Browns rookie says players benefit from workouts at third ‘Camp Colt’ – Rookie tight end Jordan Cameron concedes that he and his teammates won't be able to master the Browns' new West Coast offense without instruction from their coaches, but he believes they have succeeded in getting a feel for Pat Shurmur's system during the NFL's lockout.
- The Associated Press – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees optimistic but says it’s crunchtime – Earlier this month, as the prospect of a shortened NFL season loomed, so did the pessimism about the state of labor negotiations as owners and players awaited a critical court ruling in their fight over how to divide billions.
- ESPN.com – Lockout: Talks ‘almost blew up’ Tuesday, source says – At a time when many are waiting for and anticipating a deal between owners and the NFL Players Association, there was a point Tuesday when talks clearly regressed.
- ESPN.com – Power Rankings: Top 10 left tackles – Take a quarter out of your pocket and look at its width. That’s basically the difference between the top two left tackles in the ESPN.com Power Rankings.
The Third-Year Leap: Is this the year that Robiskie and Massaquoi make a jump? http://bit.ly/jp3LgN
We’ll Take the ‘W’ Anyday
Don Delco on June 13th, 2011 AT 11:36 AM
Each Monday during lunch, I liked to read Drew Magary’s breakdown of Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column on SI.com. It is wildly entertaining and I highly suggest it to head over to Kissing Suzy Kolber. (Warning: Magary likes to use some strong language.)
That said, I came across this paragraph from King’s column:
I think I wonder this about Cleveland: Will the city's sports fans be happier if Colt McCoy wins a playoff game this year than it was when LeBron James lost a championship series last night?
King went to Ohio University, so I expect him to be somewhat tied into the mind set of the Cleveland sports fan. He isn’t.
This town simply wants to root for a winner, whether it is the Browns, the Cavs or the Indians. Just win a championship, baby.
Yeah, sports fans in this town enjoyed watching the Steelers lose the Super Bowl and they enjoyed watching LeBron take in the NBA Finals.
But by no means will it compare to how happy this town will be when one of their professional teams wins a title. To say otherwise is ignorant.
OBR Newswire updates for June 10th through June 13th
OBR Newswire on June 13th, 2011 AT 10:00 AM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for June 10th through June 13th:
- Canton Repository – McCoy needs more than one season – We were talking quarterbacks with Mike Holmgren one day when the president laid out the blueprint Browns fans should expect to apply to the greenhorn.
- Plain Dealer – Terry Pluto’s Talkin’ … about a younger Browns roster – The Browns are quietly moving in the direction of making their team appreciably younger, especially on both lines.
- The Associated Press – NFL lockout 2011: Shortened training camps would put financial hit on small cities that host teams – Jake's Stadium Pizza has been a fast-food fixture on the Minnesota State University campus for nearly four decades. This summer, they're cooking that thin crust with crossed fingers in Mankato, Minn.
- Plain Dealer – What might have been: Cleveland Browns once explored Jim Tressel’s potential as their head coach – At the zenith of his career at Ohio State, Jim Tressel entered the discussion as a potential coach of the Browns.
- Washington Post – When the lockout ends, you will forget it happened – Here’s a prediction: One year after the NFL lockout ends, you will barely remember it. So I suggest you channel all your current angst and anger into something more constructive. Try sexting a body part to someone you don’t know
- ESPN.com – Underrated players: AFC North – he AFC North reception leader for tight ends last season wasn't Heath Miller, Todd Heap or 2010 first-round pick Jermaine Gresham. It was Watson.
- ESPN.com – NFL Twindex: Relative unknown new No. 1 – My eyes glazed over as would-be analysts offered little worthy of attention on Twitter regarding the NBA Finals, starting with too many of these: “Who ya got tonight, Mavs or Heat?”
Best of the Browns: The OBR staff ranks the best of the Browns – in convenient list format. http://bit.ly/ivLSCG