December 20, 2014

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Commentary: Drafting, shafting, crafting

Got an NFL fantasy draft to get to, so let’s take a Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get outta here:

Lots of people go through the Browns’ schedule game by game and say, “They’ll win this one, this one, and this one and lose that one and that one.” It’s a fairly useless process, because most teams win a few they should lose and lose a few they should win. …

I take a pragmatic approach and simply look at the Browns as being slightly better than they were last year. That’s why I’ve got them at 6-10, maybe
7-9. …

Like Braylon Edwards before him, Greg Little is gonna get ripped a lot on talk radio for dropping passes. But remember this: Unlike most of Cleveland’s wideouts, at least he can get open. …

Don’t know if you saw this or not, but Peyton Hillis was Sports Illustrated’s No. 1 fantasy football flop for 2011. I don’t buy it (that Hillis will flop, or Sports Illustrated, though I did pick up a copy of the latter for my fantasy draft). …

Cleveland still isn’t nearly as good as Baltimore or Pittsburgh, but mark my words: When the Brownies win their opener against the worthless Cincinnati Bungles, a lot of fans will be talking playoffs. …
All rational people, now, in your best Jim Mora voice: “Playoffs?” …

Why do so many people keep saying the Indians are (or were, at least) a year ahead of schedule? Is it not entirely possible that the Tribe’s last 84 games prior to Tuesday, in which they had gone 35-49, are a much better indicator of this franchise’s future than the 30-15 start? …

Call me Mr. Negative if you want — former Cavaliers coach Mike Fratello once did — but the realist in me predicts 90-plus losses for the Wahoos in 2012. …

Ezequiel Carrera has got some of the worst baseball instincts I’ve ever seen. But at least he’s consistent: He’s not any better in the field than he is on the basepaths. …

Would someone please tell Carlos Santana he’s wearing a chest protector and mask when he’s behind the plate? Block a pitch in the dirt, for crying out loud. …

Going back to Fratello for a moment: When he coached the Memphis Grizzlies a few years back, he called my house three times in a matter of days, the last on a Sunday morning, to dispute a story I had written that said members of the Cavs organization had a party when he was fired as coach. …

Saw Joe Tait working in the barn last week at his Lafayette Township home. He looked good — and sounded happy. …

Unlike most people, I’m a huge NBA fan, because it’s my favorite sport played at the highest level. That said, I hope (but doubt) the league’s players and owners realize how easily most people will move on if the lockout is not settled in a reasonable manner. …

Not sure quite what to expect from the Cavs this season — if there is one — but something tells me they should win somewhere around 30 games if they avoid serious injuries (and there’s a full season, which looks extremely doubtful). …

This is a little late, but the Hoop-N-Que basketball tournament held at Mellert Park in early August was an extremely enjoyable two-day event. That the courts were dedicated to the late Mantrell Price, one of the event’s founders, made it better still. …

All you Ohio State honks pumped for that thrilling season opener against 1-11 Akron? …

After one week of the high school football season, I’ve already changed my mind. The only Medina County teams that have a chance to make the playoffs are Wadsworth and Black River. …

I might eventually add Brunswick to that list, but I’m not ready to just yet. …

If Highland quarterback Jerry Scholle can stay healthy, he’ll put up some monster numbers, but coach Tom Lombardo has to be careful not to overuse the multi-talented senior. …

OK, gotta go put together my own NFL team, which probably won’t win any more games than the Browns.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.