Ah, it's a beautiful day up here in Cleveland. Overcast, raining, little bit of wet snow, all adding up an entirely craptacular morning commute and wet-cold-sloppiness. Gotta love North Coast living. Where's that global warming when we need it?
Anyhow, we're up to Thursday, and the buzz about the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills clash on Sunday afternoon grows each day. Players and the team have been asking fans to be (standing in front of) in their seats by kick-off and to be loud. I think, for some reason, Browns fans will be able to come through on that one.
This morning's newswire (rss) is chock-full of the buzz which includes the news that two Browns players (Joshua Cribbs and Eric Steinbach) led Pro Bowl voting at their positions. Every vote from every fan on the planet only counts for 1/3rd of the total, though, so it's not a done deal that they'll start yet.
Here's some of the Browns goodness from this morning's newswire:
Kelsay practices, appears ready to play - Buffalo News
Bills defense will be tested by Browns - Rochester D&C
Fans' choice for Pro Bowl: Cribbs, Steinbach - Plain Dealer
Bills' Whitner still roots for hometown Browns - Columbus Dispatch
Browns know Sunday's game vs. Bills is a big one - Elyria Chronicle-Telegram
Some willing to talk playoffs - Warren Tribune-Chronicle
OBR RADIO FUN: 7-9PM
Join Jeff Schudel, Fred Greetham and myself from 7-9PM tonight on SportsTalkCleveland.com for the OBR radio program. I'm a dork, but Fred and Jeff bring over 50 years of experience reporting on the Cleveland Browns to bear each Thursday night.
If you're sick of the same-old same-old from the mainstream media, I think you'll find the OBR radio program the most independent and accessible Cleveland Browns radio or TV program around.
THE INJURY REPORT
To recap, the following players did not practice yesterday for the Browns: WR Joe Jurevicius (knee), LB Willie McGinest (hip), LB Antwan Peek (ankle), DL Orpheus Roye (knee), RT Kevin Shaffer (knee), DL Robaire Smith (back), FB Lawrence Vickers (flu).
For the Bills, not practicing were DE Bryan Copeland (knee), DE Ryan Denney (foot), and S George Wilson (ribs). Wilson will not play this weekend. DE Chris Kelsay (ankle) returned to limited practice and LB Coy Wire (neck) participated in all of practice.
BROWNS AND NFL RADIO/TV
4PM: NFL Live (ESPN)
5PM: Moohead Radio (Internet radio, listen)
6PM: The Barking Lot (Internet radio, listen)
7PM: OBR Radio Program (Internet radio, listen)
7PM: Josh's Cribbs (FSN Ohio)
7:30PM: NFL Live (ESPN)
8PM: Denver at Houston (NFL Network)
10:45PM: Sports Xtra (WUAB)
OUT OF THE BLOGOSPHERE
Fans + Internet = Surfing fun for everyone
Some totals - Ace Davis
Breed's hut hut hike - Ace Davis
December 12, 2007 Show - Moohead Radio (podcast)
12/12 Evening Edition - OBR News-o-Rama
Browns Ink Adams - Browns Gab
Brownie Bites - Cleveland Sports Authority
The Mitchell Report - Cleveland Sports Torture (MLB)
Thoroughly Disgusted U of M Fans - MGoBlog (NCAA)
Bobby Petrino's Scarlet Letter - Shakedown Sports (Falcons, LOL)
ELSEWHERE ON THE WEB
Stuff the might be about football. Or might not be.
- Rejoice Browns fans! Brian Billick looks set to return to the Baltimore Ravens again in 2008! This will, at least, keep him from infesting our TV sets. OBR subscribers interested in getting the take straight from Baltimore, click here to get Ravens expert Aaron Wilson's report.
- Pro Football Weekly manages to reach an obvious conclusion about Greed-off 2007. The more I think about it, the more I'd like to see a regulatory crowbar taken to pro sports monopolies and ownership of media outlets, and I'm a free enterprise sorta guy. This applies to the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, etc... too much is just too much.
- Are you getting bored with all the Belichick vs. Mangini stuff? Yeah, me too.
- The contents of the Mitchell Report are starting to leak prior to today's press conference. Maybe this is the first step to baseball fixing itself. I'm still on the side of bringing in George Will and giving him a large club to use on owner's heads when needed. The owners, oddly, aren't as fond of the concept.