Gotta finish carving my statue of Browns general manager John Dorsey, so let’s catch up on a busy few days by Rick-o-cheting around the world of sports:
I’m as cynical as anyone when it comes to the Browns, but Dorsey has added so much talent to this team in his short time on the job that I half expect LeBron James and Kevin Durant to be wearing orange and brown uniforms in the near future.
I keep searching for negatives, but other than having a lot of egos and personalities in the locker room and signing Kareem Hunt before the NFL even suspended him, I can’t find any.
(By the way, when is the high and mighty NFL going to act as judge, jury and executioner and hand down Hunt’s penalty?
Football, more than any professional sport, requires a lot of good players and a ton of depth, but you win at the highest level with difference-making playmakers, especially big-time ones like Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Nick Chubb.
Toss in guys like Duke Johnson (for now), Hunt (eventually), David Njoku, Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon and the Browns suddenly have as many game-changers as anyone in the league.
Let’s not forget the most important decision made by Dorsey. He took Mayfield with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft when quite a few people in Northeast Ohio — they now all have short-term memory loss, of course — were comparing him to Johnny Manziel on and off the field.
Things could still change, of course, but I doubt it. I’m pretty convinced Mayfield will always be better than Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen.
Simply put, Mayfield was, is and will continue to be the key to any success the Browns have. He’s also a big reason why many other players are now signing with the team.
It’s all added up to several Las Vegas betting sites listing the Browns as the No. 5 choice to win Super Bowl LIV.
That may be a bit of overkill, but right now it’s hard to tell long-starved Northeast Ohio fans not to dream the dream.
-- One thing we know for sure: LeBron’s Lakers aren’t winning a title this season.
Heck, they aren’t even making the playoffs.
Or even trying to make the playoffs, at this stage.
I’m not a LeBron hater, but I have to admit this makes me happy.
I’d be happier still if Ky-Me Irving’s Celtics made a quick exit from the postseason.
Speaking of which, did you see Bron-Bron and Ky-Me hugging it out, then talking to one another, on-court, with their jerseys pulled up over their mouths, after a recent Lakers-Celtics game?
If you did, did you throw up in your mouth a little bit?
I mean, can two guys be any more narcissistic?
This was just another look-at-me — or look-at-us — moment, because both egomaniacs knew full well it was going to be shown, ad nauseam, on every major sports network.
Why didn’t they just quickly exit the court with their respective teams, walk down the corridor from opposite ends and talk there?
Someone might have filmed them there, too, you say? Fine. I’m pretty sure both have cell phones. Or they could have found a private area to talk. Or they could have rented an entire building to talk.
If, that is, they really had anything new to say to one another.
-- I frequently get asked to name my all-time favorite athlete. For the record, it’s Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abul-Jabbar, in part because I was young when he ascended to fame and in part because he almost never disappointed on or off the court as I grew, eventually, into adulthood.
No. 2 would be Muhammad Ali, with guys like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Roger Staubach, Gale Sayers and Magic Johnson — I grew up despising the Celtics and loving the Lakers — not far behind.
Curiously, I also went through stages, especially as a kid, where I adored not-very-famous players like John Brockington (Ohio State/Green Bay Packers), Bob Rule (Cavaliers), Jimmy Cleamons (Ohio State/Lakers/Cavs), Allan Hornyak (Ohio State basketball), David Moore (Central-Hower basketball), Dave Davis (Akron North basketball) and Dave and Don Buckey (Kenmore football).
Till next time!