Why Cleveland is great x3.

#1:  ^^Far and away the best highlight of yesterday’s home opener. . We’ll return to salty observations on sports soon. But today, can’t help but be struck by the overwhelming evidence supporting our working theory that Cleveland is tops. _____ #1:  Dad muffs foul ball; Clevelander rights potential disturbance in The Force. In the clip above, Dad and seven year...

Safest/riskiest draft picks, by position.

. Back before MIT introduced analytics to the sports lexicon.  Before data warehousing got renamed Big Data and recognized as a tech trend.  Even before AWS offered Elastic Map Reduce in the cloud… Kanick was doing number crunching on this question: What NFL Draft first round selections are most likely to wash-out? So that was about two years ago. The...

The fallacy of restricted player movement as restraint of trade.

. Back in 2011, in the aftermath of the LeBron super team thing, the NBA owners locked out the players because there was no Collective Bargaining Agreement in place.  The CBA talks broke down over ‘player movement’ issues.  Basketball Related Income distribution to the players was settled on with a band around 50% and thus a revenue sharing partnership was agreed...

Introducing the “Three Studs on the O-line” rule.

Emmitt Smith’s 164 rushing TDs are the most in NFL history.  His 175 TDs are second only to Jerry Rice’s 208.  (Smith’s eleven receiving TDs in 15 years says something unkind about his versatility but we don’t intend to go there.) He also brought the NFL’s most classless touchdown celebration to all 175: After every touchdown, Smith trotted behind the...

Just how good is the Browns’ cap position?

“I’m hearing about the Browns’ good cap position.  How good is it?” Short answer:  Browns are in better shape, cap-wise, than any other team. Only the Bengals have a lower current cap hit number (65MM) than the Browns (73MM).  But the Bengals need to sign Andre Smith and Michael Johnson… and there are quite a few other UFAs the Bengals...

Adventures in Rumor Mongering.

We always feel a little guilty piling on with MKC stories.  It reminds us of the unkind comments about Terri Garr’s weight gain and then to find out she has MS and the steroid treatments can cause that. . But on the other hand, it isn’t like that at all since lazy reporting isn’t a congenital physical ailment.  So, having shown...

In praise of the Great Front Four.

It’s 2007. You and I were enthralled with a 10 win Browns team. But there was another big story in 2007. There was a team that went undefeated in the regular season. Their average score was 37 to 17. They scored no less that 34 points in their first eight games. They had 50 TD passes. Averaged over 300 pass...

NFL ‘player safety’ vs. ‘the legal hit.’

UPDATE:  KSK is on the job with a post that nails this subject today (2/5). UPDATE #2:  The Baltimore Ravens team site’s coverage reads:  Jimmy Smith Saves Best For Last. ___ Decent Super Bowl last night. I had the Ravens and called Flacco playing well.  Yay, I got one right.  (In fairness, I credit to Colin Kaepernick for steering me...

Art Modell’s ties to bookies and gamblers.

One item that has been strangely absent from the Modell HOF talk is Modell’s documented relationships with many … how shall we say it? We’ll just say it:  Modell was connected to many mob guys. I don’t know why this hasn’t been brought up earlier.  I only stumbled onto the subject by accident.  There are 39 HOF voters and all...

Ozzie Newsome: Obtuse sycophant or just really loyal?

We knew this was coming.  I guess. Ozzie Newsome wrote a pro-Art opinion piece for the The Plain Dealer today. Let’s just work through this and see what we find.  Ozzie’s words are in grey. . ___ I am a Cleveland Brown and I will always be a Cleveland Brown. I was proud to wear that orange helmet for 13 years...

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