Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 8.19.14

-Don't let the 24-23 score fool you, the game wasn't really that close. Neither Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel proved they deserved to be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. It seemed as if the rotating quarterbacks couldn't get into a rythem or build chemistry with the wideouts. Throws were high, low, behind and even hit their receivers hands for incomplete passes. Penalties also killed the Browns which I'm sure Mike Pettine isn't happy about. It also seemed as if Manziel didn't recognize blitz formations. He needs to change the protection, call an audible and/or know who is his "HOT" receiver. The defense looked decent with a great goal line stand. Joe Haden had a nice 37 yard interception as well. The Browns will have a short week as they play Saturday at home, against the St. Louis Rams.

-Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his surgically repaired right shoulder in practice yesterday. His availability for the upcoming season is in question. Miller will have an MRI today to see if any additional damage was done to his shoulder or if it simply needs more rest. J.T. Barrett seems to be the front runner for Braxton's spot if he's unavailable for the Buckeyes first game August 30 at Navy. Cleveland Glenville's own Cardale Jones will be his backup. Both are freshman and participated in OSU's spring practice. It is unknown if Miller will apply for a medical redshirt if he is unavailable this season.

-The preseason AP poll was released and Ohio State ranked 5th. In the coaches poll released a few weeks ago, they ranked 6th.

-Four Notre Dame football players have been suspended and are being investigated for academic fraud. Notre Dame said in a statement that receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore submitted papers and homework written for them by others. No timetable has been placed on when the investigation will be complete.

-Shawn Marion officially agreed to the veterans league minimum ($1.4 million) to play with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Marion played for the Dallas Mavericks last season, averaging 10.4ppg and 6.5 rebounds. The 6'7", 36-year-old Marion will come off the bench to play small and power forward, making him very versitile.

-Kell Brook defeated Akron native "Showtime" Shawn Porter to become the new IBF Welterweight Champion. Brook won 117-111 and 116-112 on the American judge score cards and 114-114 and 115-113 on the English judge score cards. Porter expects a rematch, saying "Anytime, any place, I'm gonna take him".

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