New Belgium Ranger IPA

New Belgium Brewing Company has finally made its way to the Buckeye State. The company is based in Fort Collins, Colorado and has been considered one of the breweries who led the craft beer movement.  They opened in 1991 and have recently begun an East Coast Brewery in Asheville, NC that should be up and running by 2015.

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The Ranger IPA is a beer for hop lovers. It sits at 70 IBUs and 6.5% ABV. It’s not a cloudy beer at all – very clear. There’s a strong hop presence on the nose. Simcoe, cascade, and chinook hops were all used in this brew. Lots of citrus & pine. IPA lovers will like this brew.  The taste has a very hoppy bite to it, but not much coming through from the malt.

As you can tell by the reviews we’ve done, I like IPAs. This one does not disappoint.

Monday Morning Roundup

Cavs

The Pheonix Suns came into Cleveland last night flat footed and the Cavs took advantage of that…for two quarters. After halftime the two teams seemed to have switched roles. Cleveland only scored six points in the third quarter – the lowest by any NBA team this season. They went 2-22 during that quarter and gave up their 20 point half time lead, eventually losing by nine.

“It was hard to watch,” Brown said. “Very disappointing. Our guys should be embarrassed by the way we played in the second half.”

It was hard for fans at the game too.  They eventually resorted to booing the home team after their third quarter collapse.

Final Score 99-90.

Browns

Looking at the photo below you’d believe the Pro-Bowl was almost a real football game.  Teammates were hitting each other. The defenses were actually trying. For the dozen or so Browns fans watching, there was one play that stuck out. T.J. Ward taking out Josh Gordon, sending him flipping through the air.

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Ward wasn’t the only Brown to get on the highlight reel. Jordan Cameron had a touchdown in the fourth quarter and finished with 27 total yards. Josh Gordon had 66 yards receiving and a TD.  Joe Haden had an interception. TJ Ward had the hit of the game. It was a good night to be a Browns fan.

Team Rice came away with a $53,000 for each player for their 22-21 win and Team Sanders received $23,000 per player.

Indians

There have been a lot of small headlines recently surrounding the Indians. Charlie Nagy is back in Cleveland as a pitching instructor. Jim Thome has a statue that will be unveiled in August at Progressive Field and could be headed for the Indians HOF soon.

A bigger headline is the negotiations surrounding Justin Masterson.  He is currently in an arbitration battle with the Tribe and is looking for $11.8 million – Cleveland has offered $8.05M.  If a deal doesn’t come together soon, things could get ugly. Masterson is looking at a pittcher like Matt Garza, who just received a $50M deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, and try to make the point that he’s worth $11M. Would the Tribe trade another ace if negotiations don’t pan out?

Other players that could head towards arbitration hearing with the Indians are Michael Brantley, Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano.

Browns Head Coach Update

The rumors surrounding the next head coach for the Browns are heating up again. McDaniels, Gase, and Whisenhunt are all gone. Dan Quinn is in the Super Bowl. Mike Pettine is getting the headlines.

Pettine has completed his second interview with the team and seems like the front office is leaning towards him. Buffalo reporter Mark Gaughan even believes he has the job locked up.

A deal could happen soon, but most reports are saying that the Browns will wait to sign their next head coach.

Photo via BuffaloWins.com

With Ray Horton gone, Pettine could be a good pick for the coaching position.  He helped to improve the Buffalo defense this past year and worked under Rex Ryan before that. The Bills had 57 sacks this past season, second in the league. With the talent the Browns have on defense, it could be a big attraction for Pettine.  It would also be a rarity for a team to hire a head coach that was a defensive coordinator first. Only 3 defensive minded coaches in the past two years have been hired as a head coach in the NFL.

The Browns are interviewing another candidate today, but it is unknown who it is.  Likely interviewees could include the Falcons OC Dirk Koetter and Seahawks DC Dan Quinn.

 

Ray Horton Accepts DC Job With Tennessee

Former defensive coordinator for the Browns has found a new home in Tennessee.

After the Browns fired Rob Chudzinski, it allowed the other coaches to see what opportunities were available elsewhere.  Horton worked with Ken Whisenhunt during the 2011 & 2012 seasons in Arizona and in 2004 & 2006 in Pittsburgh.

(Photo: Mark Duncan, AP)

Horton lead the Browns defense to number 9 in the league in overall defense and and number 8 against the past.

He goes to another team with a 4-3 defense so it will be interesting to see how he incorporates his 3-4 defense into their scheme.

Devone Bess Arrested

Devone Bess was arrested this morning at 6:17AM at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He was booked in to Broward County Jail and released soon after. 

The charges include “simple assault on an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence” according to NBC Miami.

According to the report, Bess was walking “irrationally”, dancing and singing as his pants fell down.

An officer approached to ask if Bess was alright, Bess then spilled a cup of coffee on the officer.  “Bess appeared to be under the influence of an unknown narcotic due to his irrational behavior,” the officer says in the report.

This event is no doubt bad timing on Bess’ part.  He recently posted a photo on Instagram and Tweeted photos of what looks to be marijuana. The Browns have confirmed they are looking  into those photos.

I was a big fan of Devone Bess when he came to Cleveland, but he disappointed during the 2013 season. He was tied for fourth in dropped passes in all of the NFL. We like to make fun of Greg Little for dropping the ball so much, but he didn’t even make NBC’s list. It’s made all the worse then you compare the number of targets of other players on the list.

All Eyes On Adam Gase

Not too long ago it seemed that Josh McDaniel was the top candidate to land the head coaching gig in Cleveland. Since finding out that he was not the front runner, he pulled his name from the list of candidates.  Today most Cleveland fans have no idea what direction the front office is moving in.

There were reports that other coaches interviewing with the Browns were first calling Rob Chudzinski about the atmosphere in Cleveland.  Chud didn’t hold back and has been telling them that Haslam, Banner, and Lombardi have not always been on the same page. Frankly put, he has become an issue for the Browns, potentially helping to make the situation in Cleveland even more desperate.

Today the Browns are interviewing former head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Mike Munchak. He was 22-26 with his former team, which doesn’t help to excite the fan base.  He’s added to a list of names including Seattle DC Dan Quinn, Packers QB coach Ben McAdoo, Chargers Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, and Denver’s OC Adam Gase.

Ken Whisenhunt was hired by the Titans. The Lions have hired former OC for the Ravens, Jim Caldwell. Ben McAdoo was interviewed by the Browns front office already, but we haven’t heard much on the progress there.

This week it’s Adam Gase getting the headlines in Cleveland. And once again we have a front runner for the head coaching job. Joe Banner made a similar move hiring Andy Reid as HC of the Eagles in 1999 which is one reason why he’s high on the list. He was also the first person the Browns asked to speak to after firing Chudzinski.  Gase is 35 and a rookie offensive coordinator who hasn’t been the head coach of any team, at any level.

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Think ahead if Gase is hired. The Browns FO has been smitten with the idea of drafting Johnny Manziel with the fourth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Whether that’s a good idea or not is not the issue, the issue would be having a rookie head coach & quarterback in the same year.  If Gase is hired as head coach, then let’s hope that Brian Hoyer will be healthy to start next season.

What also makes me nervous as a fan is the question: How long will the Browns wait?

If Gase were to stay in Denver for another year as OC for Peyton Manning, he’s going to be coveted by every NFL team in 2015. Staying in Denver could be the best move for him.  What if he take the interview and turns the Cleveland job down? Where’s that leave the Browns in their search if that were to happen after the Super Bowl in February?

The Broncos beat the Chargers last night, which means Cleveland will have to wait a little longer to see whether or not Gase is interested. And in the meantime, the pool of head coaches to choose from is getting smaller.

Bobby Abreu to Sign With CLE?

No. Or at least I hope not.

Rumors were swirling on Twitter about Bobby Abreu making a comeback to MLB. He didn’t play all of last year and is currently in Venezuela playing winter ball. He is hitting .322/.416/.461 with 10 doubles, three home runs in 50 games played in the Venezuelan Winter League. His numbers weren’t that great during his last stint with the LA Dodgers and Angels in 2012. In 257 at bats he hit .242/.350/.342 with three home runs and six stolen bases.

Tim Evearitt

Now at age 39, his batting average against lefties has plummeted, he’s never been very good in the outfield and his power behind the plate has all but disappeared. With newly signed David Murphy & Jeff Francoeur, Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley in the OF, they don’t need Abreu.

Let’s hope Hoynsie is right that the Tribe is not interested.

Cavs Trade Bynum, Picks for Luol Deng

Late last night the Cavaliers finished a deal that would send Andrew Bynum & his contract to Chicago and Luol Deng to Cleveland.  The deal also included a first-round pick and a pair of second-rounders.  The Bulls also have the option of swapping first round picks with the Cavs in 2015, as long as Cleveland does not fall in the lottery.

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The Cavs have found a suitor to take Bynum and his contract and the Cavs have gained an All-Star small forward to take over the starting position.  Recent reports showed that the Bulls were reluctant to move Deng, but when he declined a 3-year, $30M extension, they decided to get something rather than nothing for him.

It is believed that Bynum will be waived by today which will put Chicago under the luxury cap, saving them around $12M in the process.