In addition, star backup PG Jarrett Jack — Grantland's Jalen Rose has predicted that Jack will win the NBA's 6th Man award this year — has inflammation in his knee cartilage and will miss something in the neighborhood of 10 days. With enough rest and nightly prayer, he'll be suited up for the season opener against Brooklyn.
And that's not all, folks. Reserve wing Carrick Felix, the Alonzo Gee surrogate whom Mike Brown loves for his willingness to "do the little things," has a hernia which doctors "discovered" after a recent MRI. Felix, as if to join the club, has "no timetable" for a return. Also, just to complicate the line-ups tonight and Thursday, rookie Sergey Karasev is off getting his visa and won't return until Friday.
To make matters much more consistent with Cleveland's perennial sports-pocalypses, All-Star PG and fan-fave Kyrie Irving has announced that he's been diagnosed with that weird bone-frailty disorder that Samuel L. Jackson had in Unbreakable. He is expected to play one regular season game before non-negligible portions of his skeletal system combust in protest.
That last one's a joke... as far as I know.
When it comes to business, Jimmy Haslam is hands-on and intense. He's a truck-stop savant. Mention a city, anywhere on the map, and he can rattle off where the Pilot Flying Js are. The Council Bluffs, Iowa, location? It has an Arby's and is near a casino, Haslam would say. He's traveled these roads for decades. Pilot and the Browns are his babies, and like any parent, he knows his children.
Every week, Haslam flies to a region, rents a car and drives around to various Pilot travel centers. He checks the books, the gas pumps and even the restrooms to make sure they're clean. He talks to the woman at the register. He loves interacting with his employees.
It raises an obvious question — how can Haslam tell you if the paper towels are low at a truck stop in Tennessee, but he didn't know that some of his highest-level employees allegedly were shorting customers millions of dollars?
Dun dun dun!
Merrill's profile, a sweeping saga of the Haslams and the building of their empire, actually includes very little in the way of new reporting. She asks a great question there, but doesn't know enough to answer it. (No one does).
Merrill unfortunately wasn't able to speak to Jimmy himself — he's trying to keep a low profile — and got only ringing character endorsements from "Big Jim" Haslam, Jimmy's father, and former fraternity brothers who firmly believe that Haslam would never knowingly engage in unethical or illegal behavior.
In one other choice tidbit, Merrill reveals that "Big Jim" (and Jimmy, based on press conference footage and the above photo) prefer pop to coffee. When he showed up for his interview, Big Jim was chugging Diet Coke from a Pilot Flying J cup.
One of the more telling moments in Merrill's piece comes when a Knoxville attorney characterizes the family mentality:
"They are not used to anybody ever questioning them on any level at any time. That's probably part of their problem. Every business, every organization, every family, every relationship needs somebody to tell you no. No one ever questioned anything they did. Ever."
In other Browns' legal snafus, executive Jon Sandusky — son of Penn State child abuser Jerry — was arrested in Frago last night with a DUI.
But we're 3-2, so there's that.
We've said it before, but one of the things which makes Coach Brown so unique is the extent to which he actually coaches during games. Last night, in a 99-87 victory over the visiting Milkwaukee Bucks, a game in which the Cavs came out strong on defense and never really relented, Brown routinely called timeouts for missed assignments or mistakes on the defensive end which led to easy scores.
"They've got to understand, if I use all my timeouts in the first half and we go to a mandatory and I don't have any and it's a technical foul, so be it,'' Brown said. "They've got to understand how important each possession is. We talk about the commitment to the process. This process is not a weekly process or a monthly process. It's play by play by play."
Tack on to that individual counseling sessions — Brown, e.g., subbed out Dion Waiters for a quick 10-second conference on the sidelines before thrusting him back in, and consoled Earl Clark with a chat-and-head-pat after he'd fouled out early — and you're already seeing a basketball team functioning at a higher level. Communication has improved. Effort has improved. Performance has consequently improved.
This is all preposterous to suggest, of course, after one exhibition game, but I'm trying to say that the foundation seems secure. The continued maturation of Tristan Thompson (17 easy points and 8 boards) and Dion Waiters (a more confident straight-up jumper, a fuck-to-be-given in man-to-man coverage) are also encouraging signs.
Originally posted Oct. 1
Whoo-ee, this shutdown business is a real cluster, right?
Among all sorts of madness (WaPo has a good breakdown of the most painful impacts), national parks are currently closed - including our own Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Ipso facto, that places the Oct. 13 Towpath Marathon in a tough spot.
Here's the latest from the good folks running the event:
By now, you may have heard that Congress has opted to shut our federal government down to what it refers to as "essential employees" only. A consequence of this decision is this: Our Towpath Marathon scheduled to be run on Sunday, October 13th MAY be impacted. We say MAY because the length of this shut-down is by definition unknown.
It is our intention to hold the Towpath Marathon and to do so on the appointed date - October 13th. We are working towards that goal. Of course, we will keep you abreast of any developments - either positive or negative. We also are exploring a rescheduled date this year, if needed.
We'll be keeping tabs on both the marathon and all other shutdown-related woes here in Northeast Ohio. Stay tuned for updates, and point us to your own concerns here in the comments section. What's the biggest problem for you as the dolts in Congress continue dicking around?
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski confirmed this morning that quarterback Brian Hoyer's season has come to an abrupt end following an ACL injury during last night's game against the Bills.
"There is no other damage besides the ACL. Obviously he'll be out for the season," Chud said, as those last words echoed across town.
You can rant or rave in the comments section below, but Brandon Weeden's performance last night also provides plenty of debate fodder going forward (13-of-24, 197 yards, one TD). And in this post-Richardson, post-Hoyer world, there's certainly lots of draft musing to tackle. Have at it, Cleveland.
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