Friday, December 28, 2007

Vince's Friday Sports Roundup

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 2:01 PM

Browns Those rumors about Romeo Crennel going to the Dolphins just won’t die. ProFootballTalk.com first reported that Bill Parcells has Romeo on the top of his head coach wish list to replace the soon-to-be-fired Cam Cameron. Of course, Romeo is under contract and can’t leave willy nilly without the Browns’ permission. And if they did let him go, they’d probably want to be compensated handsomely by the Dolphins with cash or draft picks. Decent profile on Derek Anderson on ESPN.com with the usual puffy backstory about him growing up in a small town and coming out of nowhere. Most interesting tidbit: Anderson is childhood friends with Sara Jean Underwood, Playboy’s Playmate of the Year for 2007. What’s with Cleveland quarterbacks and hot Playboy models? Where’s the love for the long snapper? Good news out of Indianapolis for Browns fans, where Marvin Harrison practiced after an injury forced him to miss 10 games. With the Colts wanting to get Harrison back into some kind of playing form before the playoffs start, Sunday will be their last chance to get him some game action. That should mean more playing time for Peyton Manning, and hopefully, a better chance for a Colts win... Cavs Strange story from Branson Wright, who reports that at the end of the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s win over Miami on Christmas Day, Ira Newble and Damon Jones each refused to go into the game. It was mop up duty with about 1 minute left, and Newble told coach he wasn’t loose enough to go in. Jones apparently flat out refused. Jones was fined by the team, Newble was not. Two things: 1) Not a good sign when there is discontent on the bench of your team, even if the two guys involved aren’t even suited to carry Bron’s jockstrap and 2) For a couple million dollars, they should shut their mouths and do what they’re told. Indians With pitchers and catchers reporting in 48 days and the Tribe’s front office still quiet on the free agency and trade fronts, there is little left to do but ponder how the Indians will stack up in 2008 with the guys they have now. Using sabermetrics and drawing on the Bill James Handbook 2008 (for the uninitiated, James is the king of baseball statistics), The Diatribe looks at the Tribe’s projected 2008 stats player by player. Fascinating read, and just enough to make Valentine’s Day and spring training not seem so far away. – Vince Grzegorek

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