Thursday, August 28, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 8.28.14

-Over the last 5 days, the trending topics on Facebook and Twitter have been the following: Lebron James, Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns and Josh Gordon. With all of attention Cleveland has been getting, you would think we were sitting on top of the world right?


After 23 days of waiting, we learned yesterday afternoon Josh Gordon's appeal of his suspension was upheld and will now sit out the entire 2014 NFL season. Now Josh Gordon and his legal team have every right to file for a temporary restraining order against the NFL, and if granted will allow him to play football while the matter is handled in Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas. But in the statement released by the NFL, the said "When the season is over, the NFL will determine when he's eligible to apply for reinstatement." So basically it's stating in my opinion, "File a lawsuit against us and we will make sure you never play in the NFL again." But if Gordon wins in the court of law, his case will be used to change the NFL drug policy and collective bargaining agreement. I'm sure Josh Gordon's legal team is exploring all legal options available to them.

-The Indians 3 game winning streak came to an end as the White Sox defeated the Tribe 3-2 at U.S. Cellular Field last night. Ace Corey Kluber pitched 6 1/3 innings, gave up 9 hits, 3 earned runs while striking out 8. Michael Bourn went 2 for 4 on the night. The Indians did manage to get 7 hits total for the game, but couldn't take advantage to score when they had runners in scoring position. Sox pitcher Hector Noesi improved to 8-9 on the season. Carlos Carrasco will get the start tonight as the Tribe looks to bounce back with a win tonight against the "Pale Hose".

-The Ohio State Buckeyes released their depth chart yesterday and out of the 22 positions, 7 of them are up for grabs. The main battles are for running back (Ezekiel Elliot, Rod Smith or Curtis Samuel), halfback (Dontre Wilson or Jalin Marshall), cornerback (Eli Apple or Gareon Conley), center (Chad Lindsay or Jacob Boren), safety (Vonn Bell or Cam Burrows), and left guard (Joel Hale or Bill Price). It seems as if Urban Meyer will have a nice rotation of players at key positions until someone has a breakout game or week in practice.

-Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers agreed to a 5-year contact extension that will keep him in L.A. through the 2018-2019 NBA season. Rivers is also the president of basketball operations for the Clippers. New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said, "Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hardcore, committed, and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent."

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