October 24, 2014

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Pro sports commentary: Stunning, shunning, thumbing

Gotta go check out a Cleveland pro sports team that has a chance to reach the postseason, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports before we go listen to Matt Underwood complain about every ball-and-strike call that doesn’t go the Indians’ way:

I know the Tribe lacks big-time star power and has been maddeningly inconsistent, but this team is right there, people. It’s way past time to start enjoying the ride, regardless of the outcome. …

The Indians’ blue-collar, team-oriented approach is supposed to be what Cleveland is all about, but you sure wouldn’t know it by attendance figures at Progressive Field. …

Of course, the Tribe’s asinine refusal to make all seats available for all games has a lot to do with that. The Indians need to take a serious look at that policy prior to next season. …

Check that. The Indians need to change that policy before the start of next season. …

Fiery speeches and outbursts are highly overrated — in fact, they are close to totally useless — in Major League Baseball. That’s why level-headed Terry Fancona is the perfect manager. …

Football, of course, is an entirely different animal, but I’m not going to criticize first-year Browns coach Rob Chudzinski for his flat-line approach in press conferences. I’m sure he’s not that emotionless when dealing with his players. …

As presently constituted, the Browns will never have a quarterback controversy, folks. They will have a quarterback quandary. None of ’em are long-term starting material. …

Unlike Brandon Weeden, it will apparently be impossible for Greg Little to sprain one of his thumbs. Judging by his inability to catch a football, he has none. …

Speaking of Little, will he have more receptions or traffic violations by season’s end? …

Despite what many Browns fans, radio talk show hosts and network analysts think, I don’t have a gigantic problem with occasionally throwing slightly short of the first-down marker on third down. Baltimore did it at least three times Sunday, and its receivers managed to make one defender miss and move the chains. …

I do have a problem with throwing short of the first-down marker when the receiver has his back to the defender and isn’t on the move when he catches the ball. …

That’s assuming, of course, that he catches the ball. …

You gotta root for guys like fifth-year Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton. All he does is produce every time he’s given the opportunity. …
I’m sure Urban Meyer is a good enough coach to deal with it, but you know what many Buckeye fans are going to say the first time Braxton Miller struggles, right? …

No one is more popular than the backup QB — until he starts full time. …

If Michigan is at home and can barely beat Akron — Akron!!! — how in the world is it going to beat Ohio State? …

If you’re looking for a quality high school football game to attend Friday, check out 3-0 Wadsworth at 3-0 Highland in the Suburban League opener for both schools. The Grizzlies have a powerful, clock-eating running game and the Hornets can put points up in bunches. …

OK, I’m off to research what happens in the event three teams tie for MLB’s second wild-card berth. That should keep me busy until next week.

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