December 21, 2014

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Rick Noland sports commentary: Yelling, spelling & selling

Might be a little rusty, but let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get outta here: My strongest opinion on the Brian Hoyer-Johnny Manziel debate is this: It’s entirely possible that by the end of the season, the Browns will be searching for yet another quarterback. … Give credit to Hoyer for getting the Read More…

Rick Noland sports commentary: Of points, extra points and joints

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Gotta get to the gym and go get a haircut so I don’t end up looking like Rob Ryan, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get outta here: The Browns actually looked like a football team Sunday against the Saints. Actually, they looked like one for the better part of two quarters Read More…

Brian Dulik: Once again, Browns QB Brian Hoyer proves he has the clutch gene

Brian Hoyer, Kenny Vaccaro

Brian Hoyer gritted his teeth and took a deep breath when the Browns unveiled their “Johnny Football” offensive package Sunday afternoon. Then he went back into the game and showed the world why he is Cleveland’s starting quarterback — and rookie Johnny Manziel is his backup. Hoyer engineered a brilliant 14-play, 85-yard drive in the Read More…

Football commentary: Highland-Buckeye rivalry deserves another chance

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Few can expect current Buckeye and Highland football players to understand. One of Medina County’s oldest rivalries is back, and it’s a beautiful thing. The Hornets rolling to a convincing 44-6 non-league victory last week was secondary because alumni from both sides were smiling from ear to ear. The series had been played consecutively since Read More…

Rick Noland sports commentary: Sighting, slighting, writing

Gotta get some fishing in before this alleged summer officially ends, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get outta here: Does anybody care about the FIBA World Cup? (It’s an international basketball tournament, if that helps.) … Sure, I hope Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving doesn’t get hurt — or anyone else, for Read More…

Commentary: Pirates-Roughriders classic had a little bit of everything

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David Bell

The postgame beverages for Gazette freelance writer Chad Grant were well deserved last week. Ever the high school football fanatic (as well as late-night catfisherman, but I digress), Grant was on an emotional high after witnessing the highest combined score involving a Medina County team since 1923 — Black River’s 72-57 win at Western Reserve. Read More…

LeBron James returning home with class

LeBron James is coming home. In a carefully crafted, nearly perfectly composed essay as told to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, James righted a lot of wrongs early Friday afternoon and set off a wild celebration among most Northeast Ohio sports fans by announcing he was returning to play for the Cavaliers. I say “most” because Read More…

It’s a family thing

Anyone else feel like dancing? Like smiling every 30 seconds or so? Like shouting at the top of their lungs: He’s back. How does it make any sense to have even some small part of our emotional state determined by … a basketball player? OK, we are talking about LeBron James, the best basketball player Read More…

Draft was good, but could have been better

I’m not saying the Cavaliers had a bad draft. I can’t say that, because they added the closest thing to a sure thing by taking Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick. I’m not saying I’m terribly upset with the selection of Tristan Thompson with the fourth pick, though the Texas power Read More…

James play contributed to Brown’s exit

No matter what the Cavaliers say or don’t say — and they are saying virtually nothing at the moment — we all know the main reason Mike Brown was fired as coach on Monday: Owner Dan Gilbert realized it was the only way his team had a chance of re-signing LeBron James when the 25-year-old Read More…