What a busy week in Cleveland sports. The Indians named their new Manager, the Buckeyes celebrated Homecoming with a rout. And the Browns turned a surprising early lead into a franchise-tying loss. We’ve got plenty to talk about. It’s GameTime!


1Q: The Indians name Terry Francona Manager

  • Sandy interviewed on Thursday; Francona on Friday.
  • Team announces the hiring on Saturday.
  • Good move? He brings experience and 2 World Series titles. But he also has baggage from the way things ended in Boston.
  • Managed 4 yrs in the minors with the White Sox from 92-95.
  • Managed Phillies from 97-00.
  • Managed Red Sox from 2004-11, leading them to World Series titles in 04 & 07 and five straight postseason appearances.
  • Following an historic September collapse in the 2011, a collapse that cost the Red Sox a place in the postseason despite winning 90 games, Francona’s option was not exercised.
  • Francona’s major league record is 1,029-915 (.529).

2Q: The Buckeyes Crush Nebraska

  • Buckeyes crush the Cornhuskers 63-38.
  • Ohio State scored on Pick 6, a Punt Return and 7 TDs by the offense.
  • Started slow, trailing 14-7 after 1st Qtr.
  • Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez was trouble for the Buckeyes D, scrambling, rushing and passing. But his 3 INTs all hurt the team.
  • Miller shut down in Q1. Seemed reluctant to throw. But he exploded in Q2 with long runs and passes. OSU scored 28 pts in Q2.
  • Miller: pass: 7/14, 127yds, 1TD — rush: 16 for 186yds, 1 TD (72 yards on 1 run)
  • Carlos Hyde: 28 for 140yds and 4 TDs
  • DT John Simon was a monster on D, pressuring Martinez and tackling rushers behind the line of scrimmage

3Q: Browns / Giants

  • Browns can’t hang on to early lead and fall to Giants, 41-27.
  • Browns got off to great start, scoring on T-Rich TD (after Giants fumble) then Weeden-to-Gordon for 62 yards.
  • Giants moved the ball easily on our defense and kept it close.
  • Weeden throws INT deep in our territory was returned 45 yards by Stevie Brown for the Giants, they scored to tie it.
  • Then went ahead on TD after Cribbs fumbled ensuing KO.
  • Late FG as 1st half ended after Pass Interference on Buster Skrine (who had a TERRIBLE day)

4Q: Second half was worse than the first

  • Browns just couldn’t stop the Giants.
  • Cruz had a record day (5 catches for 50 yds but THREE TDs).
  • Bradshaw had a record day (200 yds on 30 carries)
  • Eli’s uniform was clean all day.
  • Haden comes off suspension for this week’s game against Cincy.
  • Shurmur 0-8 against the AFC North. Yuck.

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