October 20, 2014

Medina
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Commentary: No fishing, Swishing or wishing

Still trying to figure out how every member of TBS’s horrible postgame baseball crew can be named Johnnie Walker, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get outta here:

This is why Urban Meyer is the coach of a big-time college football program and I’m a sportswriter for a small community paper. If I had been coaching the Buckeyes at Northwestern, I would have replaced struggling Braxton Miller with Kenny Guiton with Ohio State trailing 23-13 in the third quarter. …

Admit it, Buckeye fans, many of you were clamoring for the same thing. …

Instead, Meyer stuck with Miller and the Buckeyes caught fire to keep their undefeated season and national championship hopes alive. …

Make no mistake: The Big Ten is so bad and Ohio State’s non-league schedule so weak, the only way this team is going to play in the Bowl Championship Series title game is if it goes undefeated. …

Make no mistake, II: There’s no reason Ohio State shouldn’t go undefeated. …

Make no mistake, III: If the Buckeyes want to avoid another title game embarrassment, they had better hope Alabama is not the opponent. …

Going back to quarterback changes for a minute, here’s hoping Brian Hoyer makes a full recovery and gets another chance to be an NFL starter. …

Brandon Weeden is already getting his, but my gut (insert joke here) tells me it’s not going to go a whole lot differently than the first. …

Weeden was pretty good Thursday, but how do the Bills allow him to throw back-to-back deep balls to Greg Little and Josh Gordon — against man coverage! — when that is the one throw he’s comfortable making? …

Plus, Buffalo starter EJ Manuel got hurt and the Bills had to use a real (Jeff) Tuel at quarterback. …

(Quick side note: I hate when people use initials and don’t put periods between them. I mean, Manuel’s first name is not pronounced “Edge.”)

For what it’s worth, I thought the hits on Hoyer and Manuel were legal. This is, after all, the National Football League, though you can’t always tell anymore. …

Sticking with football, the Denver-Dallas game Sunday was great to watch. …

Of course, when Tony Romo is involved, you know how the story is going to end, even when he’s thrown for five touchdowns and 500-plus yards. …

That’s especially true when the other QB is Peyton Manning, who is so good he can throw his receivers open. …

That’s right, I said throw his receivers open. Even when the Cowboys had great coverage, Manning repeatedly put the ball where his guy could catch it and the defender could not. …

(Warning: Hard right turn — and no transition — ahead.)

Is it just me, or does it seem like the Indians’ season has been over for a month already? …

I’m still trying to figure out not only why Asdrubal Cabrera swung at a 2-0 pitch, but how he put such a bad swing on the ball and how the ensuing 3-6-1 double play was not even close at first base. …

Jason Kipnis, meanwhile, was ahead 3-0 in the count, took a strike, then swung at a ball that was barely off the ground and tapped it to the mound. Whatever happened to getting your pitch in that situation? …

Finally, Nick Swisher showed the noise his bat makes matches his nickname. And he showed it three times. Swish! Swish! Swish! …

Later, dudes!

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