Lunchtime Links: Draft conundrum edition
JUN 23, 2014 11:47a ET
Here are today's links from paths less taken and some more, uh, taken.
With the NBA draft and a possible opt-out date for LeBron James drawing closer, buzz around the Cavaliers just continues to increase. Among the items: Andrew Wiggins makes his case to be the top draft pick, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid spend some quality time together, and Savannah James creates a firestorm on the internet expressing her love of Akron. And Kevin Love is still lurking out there, fueling in some dreams of a Love, LeBron, and Kyrie "big three" in Cleveland. It's probably a good time to catch up with the Amico Report.
Pro Basketball Talk: Should the Cavaliers draft Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker No. 1 now? Another look at the Cavs conundrum.
Right Down Euclid: Report: Cavs interested in Channing Frye if he opts out. Power forward would help space the court for Blatt.
TSR: All Signs Point To The Possibility Of LeBron James Returning To Cleveland. More speculation about the destination of King James.
Johnny Football hasn't hit the field yet when it matters, but Johnny Beisbol delivers nearly every single time. Between Cueto and Todd Frazier, the Reds won the decisive third game of the inter league series with Toronto over the weekend. On a more worrisome note, 2B Brandon Phillips left the game in the fifth inning. On more positive notes, the Reds got some pitching help from the minors and a busload of kids get the experience of a lifetime.
RedLeg Nation: Breaking down Joey Votto's career as a hitter. An in-depth statistical look.
Cincinnati Enquirer: Reds' Jay Bruce can see payoff coming. The outfielder ruminates over the immediate future.
MLB.com: Simon looks to maintain spotless June record vs. Cubs. The Cubs have to dread the Reds coming to town.
The roller coaster ride continues. As you know by now, the Tribe was swept by the Tigers over the weekend, bringing back familiar feelings. In days like this, a quick glance at the future is sometimes best for getting the optimism back. Or perhaps a glance at the past to remember an Indians great.
WFNY: The weekend that wasn't: Tigers sweep the Tribe. A recap of the sweep witnessed by 100,000 fans.
DTTWLN?: Indians still chasing Tigers for top spot in the division. An analysis of the race following this weekend's sweep.
Indians Baseball Insider: Around the Farm: 6/22/2014. Tony and the gang look at some of the top performances in the Indians minor league system last month.
While Johnny Football was partying in Houston (again), the Browns went and signed their second-round pick to eventually protect him. Also trying to protect him is Joe Haden, who offers some knowing advice.
Pro Football Talk: Justin Gilbert just one of six draft picks unsigned. Quick! Let's all panic! I'll start by throwing my hands in the air and running around in a circle screaming. If nothing else, it will amuse my co-workers.
Dawg Pound Daily: Ben Tate a "loser" from mini-camp?. NFL.com says he is.
MMQB: The accidental coach of the Cleveland Browns. From high school to NFL head coach, Mike Pettine has climbed the ladder very fast.
Akron Beacon-Journal: McFadden prepares for battle at cornerback. The guy who was supposed to challenge Skrine now has to battle a top pick.
The Blue Jackets released their game schedule over the weekend, as they start on the road and open up their home season against the NY Rangers.
Official Site: Goal oriented: Nick Foligno. A look at where Nick's goals came from in 2013-14.
Dispatch: Schedule won't be squeezed this season. Finally, a "normal" hockey season.