October 22, 2014

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Sports commentary: Flipping, gripping & ripping

Gotta run out and get Brandon Weeden a cake for his 30th birthday — his 30th, not his 24th, 26th or even 28th! — so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get outta here:

On the subject of 30ths, that’s what year I’m in covering high school football for this paper. I’ve seen a lot of crazy things, but I don’t recall a 17- or 18-year-old kid ever making that bad of a throw. …

Kudos to Granger Township resident Jeff Phelps of 92.3 The Fan’s sports talk show “Baskin & Phelps.” He came up with the idea of playing interview clips and Jim Donovan’s radio play-by-play call of Weeden’s pick — “Oh, my goodness!” — with the theme song from “Flipper” in the background. Hilarious! …

Let’s not forget the Browns’ supposed great defense allowed Detroit to score 24 points in the second half while forcing — count ’em — zero punts. …

Which leads to the pressing question: Who the heck is Joseph Fauria? …

(Quick info shamelessly stolen from coworker Brian Dulik’s Browns notes: Fauria is a rookie from UCLA and the nephew of former NFL tight end Christian Fauria.)

Ray Horton and Norv Turner are very good coordinators, but it must be pointed out that the Browns have been outscored 82-40 in the second half this season. …

Twenty of Cleveland’s second-half points, incidentally, came against the Bills — and seven were scored by the defense. …

The Browns had three second-half points against the Dolphins, none against the Ravens, seven against Minnesota, 10 against the Bengals and, of course, zip against the Lions. …

Could that point to a lack of adjustments — or the wrong adjustments — by Rob Chudzinski and his staff? …

Of course, it could also speak to having a bad quarterback. In Weeden’s three starts, the Browns have exactly three second-half points. Even if you count the Bills game, he has produced just 16 in four games. …

Plain and simple, the roughing-the-passer call on Browns linebacker Quentin Groves was horrible. …

Speaking of horrible (transitions), Ohio State played nobody Saturday, which is exactly what most of its schedule is made up of — a bunch of nobodies. …

Switching sports, I have loved watching the baseball playoffs, but I’ve picked and chosen my spots because the games are simply too long. …

I mean, Boston had one hit in Game 1 of the ALCS, won 1-0 by Detroit, yet the dang thing still took 3 hours, 56 minutes to complete. …

I’m showing my age, but I remember when such a game would have taken 1:56. …

Of course, a combined 20 runners left on base and 17 strikeouts by Red Sox hitters didn’t exactly help speed things up. …

Slow or not, David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam in Game 2 was even more exciting. Just wish I hadn’t picked up the remote and switched to the Redskins-Cowboys game for a minute when he hit it. …

I have watched the replay of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s tag — or non-tag — of the Dodgers’ Mark Ellis in the 10th inning of Game 1 of the NLCS at least a dozen times. I still have not definitively seen his mitt touch Ellis. That means Ellis should have been called safe, but the throw beat him by so much, absolutely no one complained. …

Unlike Ellis, I’m definitely out (of here). And I doubt anyone will complain about that, either.

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