Lunchtime Links: What’s your mania?

What mania you’re suffering from probably depends on what side of the state you’re on. North of Columbus, Johnny-Mania rules. South of Columbus, it’s Cueto mania.

Here are today’s links from URL paths less taken and some more so.

By the way, did you know that FOX Sports Ohio has 24/7 automated newswires for the Browns, Indians, Reds, Cavaliers, and Blue Jackets? It’s true! Check ’em out today.


It’s Johnny Cueto mania, and it should be as the pitcher is dominant. Even though the Reds are still searching for their groove, it’s clear that Cueto has found his. Is he the league’s best pitcher? It’s hard to argue.

Enquirer: Mat Latos feeling "great", could return by early June. Some good news on the injury front.

FOX Sports: Hero Cat saves boy, gets drafted by minor league team. Complete with the famous Youtube video, of course.

Hardball Talk: Johnny Cueto is a complete game-throwing machine. <Bruce Willis Voice> Welcome to the party, boys.

Associated Press: Padres’ 3 HRs beat Reds 6-1. Oh yeah, there was a second game, too.


"Let’s wreck this league together", Johnny Manziel supposedly tweeted the Browns quarterback coach. With that, and a couple of signings, the Browns proved that they could shoot to the top of the newspaper headlines at will.

Associated Press: Making plans for Gordon’s absence. Ray Farmer didn’t waste much time augmenting the WR corps.

Shutdown Corner: Johnny Manziel apparently texted the Browns from the green room. After all, how much water can one guy drink?

Plain Dealer: Browns sticking to plan to quell Manziel madness by barring national media. I’m convinced that fans don’t really care about this sort of thing much. Am I right?

Official Site: Browns agree to terms with Miles Austin. Low risk, high payoff move for the Browns.

Then again:



Indians drop the series to the Blue Jays by a score of 4-2. Also, Edwin Encarnacion a monster. Maybe Jesus Aguilar will be. Time for a nice long home stand.

It’s Pronounced "Lajaway": Salazar struggles and Encarnacion is Beastly, but at least my Hot Dog was Good. Ummm… delicious hot dog…. (slobbering sounds)…

Burning River Baseball: Series Preview: Athletics at Indians. Let’s look forward, not back, shall we?

ABJ: Blue Jays 4, Indians 2. Some final thoughts on the Tribe’s loss.


The NBA combine takes center stage, even as the playoffs continue and the Cavs continue their coaching search.

Sam Amico: NBA Combine Notebook – Help may be on the way

ABJ: LaQuinton Ross says he will work out for the Cavs on Monday. As Sam says, he might have the best chance of any Ohio college player to make the pros.

Stepien Rules: Hire Mark Price as the Cavs next head coach. Cavs blog comes down strongly for a hometown favorite.

And then there’s this:



Look for two Blue Jackets reports, one from Rick Gethin, and one from Alison Lukan, next week on FOX Sports Ohio. In the meantime, there’s always the Jackets Newswire.

Union Blue: 2013 tUB Awards: The Vezina Trophy. Alison and the gang look back at the year that was. BOBROVSKY!

Dispatch: Jackets high on forwards of future.

Deadspin: Penguins can their coach and GM after playoff exit. Well, then. I personally think that the Jackets just exhausted the Pens.


Buckeye basketball players try their hands at the NBA combine:

Eleven Warriors: Aaron Craft begins post-Ohio State basketball career

Plain Dealer: LaQuinton Ross will work out for the Cavs on Monday

FOX Sports Ohio: Meyer, Smith join in search for bone marrow match. Following up on our story from earlier this week.


FOX Sports Ohio: Bengals reportedly talking extension with Burfict. Another under-the-radar smart move by the Bengals.

This Given Sunday: Can AJ Maccarron beat out Andy Dalton in Cincinnati?. And so, it begins.