July 28, 2014

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Sports commentary: Greetings, tweeting and seating

We’ve been doing free, abbreviated versions of this on Facebook and Twitter all along, so let’s go back to where it all started and Rick-o-chet around the world of sports in The Gazette:

As part of Chris Perez’s sentence for misdemeanor drug abuse, a judge ordered the Indians closer to speak to youngsters. About what, exactly? That if you’re famous, you too can have marijuana delivered to your home in your dog’s name and get merely a slap on the wrist? …

I’m all for individuality and letting a kid be a kid, but Johnny Manziel’s act is getting real old, real quick. …

The NCAA’s act is getting even older. I mean, what good does it do to suspend Manziel for a half — a half! — especially when the opponent is lowly Rice? …

This is a Tribe town? Gimme a break. Less than 10,000 for a game between the Indians and Orioles, who are both battling for a wild-card spot? The Browns get that many fans for two practices. …

Then again, I gotta give Tribe fans credit. They’ve realized all along that this team is just good enough to disappoint them, so they’ve kept a safe distance, refusing to get too attached. …

That, my friends, is something Browns fans find impossible to do. They talk a good game about staying realistic, but they come back for more every year, secretly hoping this will finally be the season their team turns it around. …

Not gonna happen in 2013, people. I’ve got Chud’s bunch going 7-9, at best, and it could be markedly worse if Trent Richardson doesn’t stay healthy. …

Of course, in regards to pro football in Cleveland, you could argue 7-9 would be the beginning of a turnaround. …

I’ve been impressed with Rob Chudzinski so far, but I want to see more. I mean, all Browns head coaches have been hailed as saviors before their first game. …

It’s a fairly safe bet, though, that Chudzinski will fare better than Pat Shurmur, Eric Mangini and Romeo Crennel, if for no other reason than the bar has been set so low. …

But in the event he doesn’t and gets fired after two seasons, the next guy will surely be the right man to turn this franchise around. …

(At this point, I am making like Mike Holmgren and taking a little break to sip an umbrella drink. I am not, unfortunately, getting millions and millions of dollars to do nothing.)

OK, back to the Indians for a second. I know this franchise has to stay true to its season-ticket holders, but you should be able to walk up any night and buy a far-away seat for $10. …

Serena Williams is the biggest, fastest, strongest female tennis player I’ve ever seen — heck, she’s bigger than some of the men — but I’m setting the over/under for her weight, five years after she retires, at 280. …

I have zero problem with a female play-by-play announcer, but Beth Mowrins’ style, cadence and voice irritate the heck out of me. …

On the positive side, Mowrins gave Medina County fans a brief thrill Saturday when she incorrectly credited Medina High product Mason Schreck with a touchdown reception in Buffalo’s loss to Ohio State. …

On the subject of the Buckeyes, if they’re the No. 2 or No. 3 team in the country, as they are currently ranked in the two major polls, the country is in trouble. …

That said, Ohio State will always have a very good chance to play for the national title because its non-league schedule is weak and the Big Ten is far from great. …

OK, that’s enough for now. Hope to be back with more next week.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Fan him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.