A few dips from the melting pot for today.
I just realized today that I never did a Reviewing the tape for last week's Ohio State win over Minnesota and I don't think I'm doing one for today's pasting of New Mexico State.
The 45-0 win was big and it should have been-it was New Mexico State,but I decided to get some extra sleep due to the extra long work day on the overnight due to Daylight Savings Time ending and skipped it.
If I have the time or desire,you could see one,but don't wager on it....
I have gotten three emails from readers about the planned Browns fans protest for the Monday night game against Baltimore.
Most of the time,these things are a lot of talk,remember the supposed huge Pirate fan protest against Dave Littlefield?
But this one seems to be being handled in the right way.
No one is being told to stay home,just don't go to your seats for the kickoff.
That seems innocent enough and maybe might get attention towards the teams issues.
Of course,only one person needs to be alerted and that man has caused most of the problems with his poor hires.
Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan isn't happy about things right now either.
Ryan is mad at himself,the defense and doesn't think much of the protest as well.
I know the team wants to be backed and I don't think true Browns fans are going away,but just because the team is going bad doesn't mean that fans have to smile and eat the crap that the team serves up every week either.
Final Browns notes,Our number fan of the Miami Hurricanes weighs in with a short scouting report on practice squad wideout Darnell Jenkins,who the Browns just picked up.
"Yeah he was good in college despite crappy QBs throwing to him.
He (Jenkins) caught everything thrown to him but was always 2nd fiddle to Sam Shields,
who was overhyped."
Thanks to Brandon Siefken for the time.
The Pirates claimed lefty reliever Justin Thomas off waivers from the Mariners and added him to the 40 man roster,although there is no guarantee that Thomas will remain there.
Thomas had decent numbers until he hit AAA,so the jury is out on the Youngstown State product,but considering the cost he was worth a look.
Thomas will likely start at AAA Indianapolis...
In the same note as the Thomas signing,the Pirates commented on their move from Lynchburg to Bradenton with their High A squad.
The quotes below are from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"Here in the Florida State League, it really is a baseball decision hopefully relocating the franchise to Bradenton to get our development staff and our scouting staff more eyes on the club. . . and to rehab our players [there]," FrankCoonelly said. "And to get us the stability" in a minor-league realm where every few years affiliations may change and teams may move.
Pirates director of player development Kyle Stark also noted that such a move could mean: warm-weather games from the season’s onset, which could lessen player injuries, particularly to pitchers unused to colder-climes; turning rehab assignments into relative one-stop shopping rather than the days of a player recovering at Pirate City and moving elsewhere for weeks of competition higher than the rookie Gulf Coast League or extended spring training; and consolidating both development and scouting staffs, who often use Pirate City as their headquarters.
All of those things always sound great in theory until you get into the situation and discover that theory isn't always practice.I respectfully disagree with the above.
Great article by ESPN on former Heisman winner Billy Cannon.Cannon is also remembered for being the first high profile player to sign with the American Football League.The 1958 winner has had an interesting life and this is well worth your time to click and read.
Congrats to the Ashland Arrows and their 9-1 OCC title team after a last second win over Lexington last night.The Arrows will host a first round state tournament playoff game and I will be there to cover it.Time constraints kept me from doing Arrow coverage this season,but I always enjoyed the long distance work and hope to return to it next season.
Back later with the Devils trip to Tampa!