Plan B: Alec Ogletree at #6?

. It’s Monday before Free Agency and it looks like the dynamics for getting the Browns an edge rusher are changing. or, in other words: “What do we do if/when Ansah and Jordan are off the board at #6?” “Whom do we take at #6 if/when Avril or Kruger is signed as a free agent?” “Who will play ILB if/when...

Too much to ask?

. You know where I’m at on this year’s free agent season: “Free-agency is where it’s at this year.  Browns have the cap space to go after someone and, in my opinion, they’re close enough to being playoff caliber where such outlays make sense. … FA done right lets you transform positions of weakness into strength literally over night.  FA done...

Jack Nicklaus, class act.

. Jack Nicklaus was in the news this morning.  He still thinks Tiger can get to his record and still has not a hint of pridefulness about it: In what now sounds like a broken record, Nicklaus maintains that records are made to be broken, including his gold standard of 18 professional majors, despite Woods’ rough weekend. “I still think...

Point-counterpoint with Bill Simmons, hipster economist.

Kanick is and has been conflicted about Bill Simmons.  I remember when he was breaking new ground with ESPN.  Intelligent smart funny takes about sports.  Willingness to break ranks and make some observations on the innate conflicts created when multi-billion dollar sports media ‘does journalism’ on multi-billion dollar sports industry. It was edgy at the time.  I liked him. I...

Clearing the decks.

Sorry to be dark the last couple days.  It was not from writer’s block.  It was worse.. What do you do when your research does not fit your narrative? I’ve got two posts on the shelf that I can’t get 100% behind after writing them. . . . . . . . . Excerpt from ‘Dustin Keller, FA target #4.’...

Got $8? Buy ‘Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.’

Had some cycles today and teed up a favorite movie/documentary on this snowy day and I want to share it with you. Coming straight to the point and not to oversell this:  Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is the best sports movie/documentary I’ve ever seen. “Rafferty’s no-frills annotated replay is the best football movie I’ve ever seen: A particular day in history...

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...

When Jon Barry comes to town. Why we hate ESPN, #2.

Watched the Cavs-Hornets game on ESPN last night.  It was the usual stuff that bugs you about ESPN. All the focus is on the new shiny toy (Kyrie). Every assessment of Cleveland-related stuff was wrong. This doesn’t rise to a ‘Why We Hate ESPN’ rant but there were a fair number of ditties that rankled.  We’ll catalog our grievances for...

About that 2009 draft…

So.  Jason Smith is available.  Jets released him yesterday. Jason who? Jason ‘second pick in the 2009 draft‘ Smith, that’s who.  Consensus top-three pick.  Rams’ next Orlando Pace.  Anchor on the line for next decade.   Busting holes for Stephen Jackson; protecting Sam Bradford’s back. Three years later he’s being traded straight-up for journeyman OT Wayne Hunter.  Four years later...

Investigative sports reporting done right and not at all.

The 2011 Redsox sported a $162MM payroll and a 90-72 record.  They held a nine game lead over the Rays for the wildcard on September 3.  Then they went 7-20 in September missing the playoffs, one of the worst collapses in baseball history.  Their manager was fired. What happened? Since this occurred in Boston and since Bob Hohler holds a...

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