Cheddar Bay open thread #2; Irish at Michigan.

Welcome to Week 2 of Cheddar Bay.  This week’s lines are linked here. Our all-play this week is: Notre Dame +4.5 at Michigan. 8pm Saturday, Ann Arbor, ESPN. The Browns’ opener was considered for the all-play but after consultation with the Chairman Emeritus, we agreed Mich/ND is the better game and also that we were somewhat blasé going into the Browns...

Browns 2013 preview: The year of indifference.

. The Cleveland Browns had five wins last year.  They’ve had four wins or five wins in each of the last five seasons.  The recent Browns teams have been pursuing mediocrity in vain.  Average would be a step in the right direction for 2013.  Trending upward would be something to be excited for.  Fill some holes, get some luck, and...

Cheddar Bay open thread #1; UGA at Clemson.

  The only reality football league where media types and Vegas sharps and a good share of the Cleveland Bar match football wits with the hoi polloi and in all in a judgment-free and supportive community is now off and running. Week one’s all-play game is Georgia -2 at Clemson (Saturday 8pm, ABC). The scoring is half points this week:...

Quick halftime Colts/Browns observations.

Just had a few notes and they’re a little too big to tweet.  Nothing happy, I’m afraid. _____ 1.  TRich still stops. This was something we noticed from watching him at Alabama and last year too (mute before click).  I’m moving past benefit of doubt, e.g., “he’s setting up his blockers.”  T-Rich doesn’t attack holes.  There is zero Marshawn Lynch in...

Arcane CFB preview.

As the prime of the wagering season approaches we all are embarked on finding an edge or if not, we should be.  It is a search for value in trends.  What datum is unseen and ripe for exploit?  Or in my case… what nuggets of fool’s gold will Google search drop in front of me. ______ Coaches who do well...

Cheddar Bay 2013.

. Welcome to Cheddar Bay Reality Football, 2013. Entering its fifth year, Cheddar Bay is now well-established as the pre-eminent football game on the internet.  For this year Frowns has handed the operations to me and my goal is to maintain the excellence and fun from the past years. The Cheddar Bay Concept:  a study in elegance. The game was...

The year of the college coaching change.

I can’t remember more a year with more coaching changes in college football.  Several are Cheddar* favorites from last year. History shows that Cheddar favorites often make an immediate difference at their new teams.  It pays to be up on who has moved where.  Hello-old-friend-from-Arky-St-and-now-at-Ole-Miss Hugh Freeze.  You-were-quite-awesome-at-Houston-I-bet-you’ll-do-well-at-TAMU Kevin Sumlin.  Oh you too Urbz. . . Of course they’re not all...

Frowns-Kanick comment badminton.

If you didn’t care to plow through the back and forth in the comments of the last post, here is a summary and the essence of the exchange between Frowns and me yesterday. I’d have to buy an upgraded GoAnimate account for our convo to be greater than 180 characters a slice and to have different characters. But I think it...

Bernie nailed it.

. In one of my first posts here, I shared that I’m not a Bernie fan. … Love my Browns fans but Kosar is your Herpes flare-up.  Your bad sweater.  Your eighth Jim Beam.  Really sometimes makes it hard to co-exist. But one thing I have said and will always say about Bernie:  he was as good at reading defenses and...

I dig the Rams’ off-season moves.

. It’s always unwise to read too much into pre-season football.  I fell into that trap three years ago when Jake Delhomme* executed a uniquely remarkable crispness in running the Browns’ offense against Green Bay.  Sure it was one drive.  BUT HEY.  It had the look of a bona-fide pro offense.  Optimism ensued. Welp.  Mangini wound up fired at the...

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