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Rick-O-Chet: Ignoring, imploring, deploring

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Gotta see if ESPN is (finally) giving the Indians the credit they deserve, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get outta here:

Seriously, now, if the Yankees (or even Dodgers or Cubs) ever have such a streak, we’d hear about it ad nauseam on national networks. …

And to think Andrew Miller (among others) has been hurt. …

This team has had tons of different heroes and is playing its best baseball of the season, but I still gotta say this: Closer Cody Allen, as successful as he often is, scares the bejeezus outta me. …

Then again, Frankie Lindor, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Ramirez and Co. have got to scare the bejeezus out of opponents, not to mention starting pitchers like Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and (never thought I’d use this name) Trevor Bauer. …

And to think that a month ago I opined that the Indians didn’t seem capable of recapturing their 2016 playoff magic. Wrong! (Again!) …

OK, admit it: When the Browns lost 13 yards on three plays and had a punt blocked for a touchdown, your first thought was, “Here we go again!” …

Lo and behold, the Browns actually looked respectable — like a team that belonged in the NFL, even — for the rest of the day. …

Of course, the fact DeShone Kizer (he of the seven sacks) took more hits than Isaiah Crowell is a definite cause for concern. …

In other news, Kenny Britt = Dwayne Bowe. …

(Random note: Thanks to Dwyane Wade, I now double check the spelling of “Dwayne” every time I use it. …)

I give the Brownies five wins (maybe even six), but in players like Kizer, Jabrill Peppers, Myles Garrett and several others, they at long last have some guys to build around. …

It wasn’t the greatest display of sportsmanship, but I didn’t have a big problem with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield planting (or attempting to plant, anyway) an OU flag in the middle of The Shoe. …

The Buckeyes, after all, have much more important things to worry about, like: 1. What is J.T. Barrett aiming at? 2. Why did Barrett have more rushing attempts than J.K Dobbins and Mike Weber combined? 3. Why can’t wide receivers get open (or catch the ball when they do)? 4. Can anyone in the secondary make a play? …

Then there’s the Cavaliers, who held an (alleged) press conference to (allegedly) introduce Isaiah Thomas (and Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic) to the Cleveland-area media. …

The first question (as it should have been) was posed to Thomas about his injured hip, but before the 28-year-old (man) could answer, general manager Koby Altman interrupted. …

The next person to get the microphone also asked (or attempted to ask, anyway) Thomas about the hip, with Altman again interrupting, saying we should be talking about Thomas the 29-point scorer or Thomas the All-Star. …

Earth to Koby: Before we can talk about Thomas the scorer or Thomas the All-Star, we need to get some answers (however vague) about his injury. …

I mean, this trade was originally announced on Aug. 22. It was (finally) made official on Aug. 30. The (alleged) press conference was held Sept. 7. Surely, that’s enough time for player and GM to prepare some stock, cliché-ridden (and more gracious) answers to (inevitable) questions about Thomas’ hip. …

On a much more endearing note, four to six neighborhood kids who appear to be between the ages of 8 and 11 have been playing tackle football in the field behind my condo.

From what I've seen, actual tackles are rare, as most plays end in an interception, TD or incompletion (and often an argument or hysterical laughter). They imitate big-time players taking a knee on a kickoff (or throwoff) into the end zone, debate pass interference calls and scream throughout.

I've been tempted to go out and be all-day quarterback, but have refrained because that would detract from the beauty of it all: Kids playing unsupervised, making up their own rules and solving their own disagreements with no refs, no adults, no scoreboard and no trophy. …

Till next time!

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.



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