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01/30 Morning Minute: Movin’ On Up!

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Today’s morning minute is up and ready for your reading pleasure.  But to see what I have going on, you’ll have to head over to WaitingForNextYear– a collaborative effort from three of the finer Cleveland-based bloggers around.

I have teamed up with Rick from HalftimeAdjustments and RockKing from the Cleveland Sports Authority to bring you (what we hope is) the finest blog of all things Cleveland Sports.  Original content, game previews/reviews, and gambling tips – if they were legal – are just a click away

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January 30, 2008 at 1:28 pm

01/15 Morning Minute: Birds of a Feather

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Well, I have to admit that I’m pretty shocked to read today’s news that All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis will be returning to Ohio State for his senior season.  While Vernon Gholston has locked himself in to a top-10 selection this spring, Laurinaitis was one that was more of a question mark – despite his gaudy tackle totals.  Top 15 most likely, but the way he would produce at the next level was not for certain.

Laurinaitis admits that the decisions made by his teammates several days earlier impacted his decision, and while it was a tough move to pass up the NFL, the All-American thinks that the experience will do him well.

“Money can’t give you this experience, especially your senior season with the way this season could go,” Laurinaitis said. “I’m excited about my choice to come back.”

Another guide for Laurinaitis’ decision?  Former Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk.

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January 15, 2008 at 12:22 pm

01/14 Morning Minute: Slow Down, Birthday Boy

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In a day where a lot of the news will focus on the two upsets that occurred in the NFL yesterday, as well as the Terrell Owens breakdown, I’m awaiting the LeBron James news to make big time headlines.  James was caught doing 101 mph in a 65 zone, about 15 miles south of Cleveland on December 30th – which happened to be his 23rd birthday. 

 The only thing that I’m a bit confused about is the fact that if this happened two weeks ago, how are we just finding out about it now?  The night that James’ mother was arrested for driving under the influence, it was front page news immediately following the arrest.

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01/13 Minute: Should We Be Colts Fans?

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As tough as it may be, after watching last night’s game between New England and Jacksonville, I think we as Clevelanders should all be Colts fans today. Even with a defense as good as Jacksonville’s, New England was still able to produce a bunch of scores. Assuming that games will then get into a shootout, I’d choose to root for the team with the more prolific offense – especially in crunch time – and that is the offense of the Colts.

Yes, they may have indirectly hurt the Browns’ chances of being in the playoffs, but let’s face it. Unless you’re rooting for history to happen with the Pats hunt for 19-0, which I am definitely not, you’re pulling for the Colts in today’s game. If there’s any consolation, there may not be a more exciting player to watch on defense than Bob Sanders.

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January 13, 2008 at 6:34 pm

01/11 Morning Minute: Dust Off The Suits…

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…The Cleveland Indians have gone corporate. 

In an era where almost every major sports facility is backed by a corporate sponsor, it is not surprising to see the Cleveland Indians do more of the same.  What was known to many as Jacobs Field (or “The Jake”) will now be called Progressive Field – named after the publicly traded insurance company, headquartered just outside of Cleveland. 

While I tend to be more of a traditionalist in this regard, I would be naive to think that this was not going to happen.  I was hoping for something to maintain the Jacobs Field name within, who am I kidding?  Progressive Field, it is. 

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01/10 Afternoon Minute: Insult to Injury?

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If one thing was decided during the National Championship game that took place this past Monday, it is that Todd Boeckman needs to drastically improve for the Ohio State Buckeyes to flourish next season – weak schedule or not.

Well, this piece by the Free Press will not make matters much better.  According to Rivals.com, the number one quarterback recruit in the country is one Terrelle Pryor out of Jeannette, Pennsylvania.  He is 6’6″, 235 pounds and possesses a 40-yard dash time of around 4.4 seconds.  And yes, he’s a quarterback.  Until mid-December, Pryor listed Ohio State University as one of his five possible landing spots for next season.  And now, there’s a sixth: The University of Michigan.

Pryor, who listed Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon and West Virginia as his favorites to attend as of Sunday, told Superprep.com to “add Michigan to my list” following his conversation with [Rich] Rodriguez.

“He’s excited and so was I,” Pryor told Rivals.com. “Michigan was on my early list, and now their right up there again. He’s a great coach and I like his offense.”

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January 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm

01/08 Afternoon Minute: What If?

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Just going through a few hypotheticals here, so bare with me.

Before last night’s game, Ohio State lost to Illinois at home, giving them their only loss of the season.  LSU, Georgia, USC, Missouri, and West Virginia all had two losses.  Regardless of Ohio State losing to the Illini, the selection committee felt that LSU was the “best of the rest” per se, allowing them to play in the National Championship game.

But what if Ohio State wouldn’t have lost that game to Illinois, and went into the National Championship game undefeated?  Even if they lost to LSU, and finished with one loss, what would the pollsters say? 

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January 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm