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Clearing the Decks, bitchy edition.

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Minor gripe session this morning.

I try hard not to be “that blogger.”  Bitch, bitch, bitch.  “You know what grinds my gears?”  All that stuff.  I did What’s Great about Cleveland and Adopt a Brownie.  Pointed out the good side of Dan Gilbert.  Hell, I’ve even got a “What if SUNY-Stony Brook got serious about football” piece in my drafts.

I try to bring more than bitch.  For example, you won’t see me saying:

  • It’s Pronounced “Lajaway” is a horrible name for a blog; just feels unfriendly.  I deliberately avoid the site because it’s already presumed to talk down to me before I’ve even clicked on it.
  • Cleveland-focused SBNation sites are absurd with their ‘no-use-of-the-subject-line-in-the-forum’ rules and the self-policing of the silly rule is consistently petty and unfriendly and actually dickish to any hapless newbie who makes that blunder.  “IT MAKES IT HARD TO READ!  ALSO: NO GIFS!!!!”  Geez, lighten up Francis.  Go check out EDSBS, they seem to be doing alright.  Not for nothing, some (all?) of us scan before reading.  Your Asik post has 700+ comments… sure would be nice if I could scan subject lines instead of [not] reading 700 comments.

Disclaimer now out of the way, I’ve got three bitchy items to bring up.

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“The Official Energy Partner of the Cleveland Browns.”

FirstEnergy Stadium is now the home of the Browns.  The signage went up last week.  It’s a “meh” item until you stop and think about it.

My understanding on stadium naming rights is that it’s basically a high-profile billboard and, like any advertising, intended to help companies gain share or increase sales.

So why does a regulated monopoly need to advertise?  Here’s what FE says:

By joining two Ohio traditions, this partnership and regional branding opportunity makes good business sense,” said FirstEnergy’s Alexander. “FirstEnergy and its predecessor utilities have been serving the energy needs of customers throughout northern Ohio for more than a century, while the Browns’ rich legacy in the same regional footprint dates back to 1946. It is clear the team is headed in the right direction and we look forward to being part of the new energy in FirstEnergy Stadium.

But how does this “regional branding” improve your captive customers’ service or make that service more cost-effective?

If this is a ‘giving back to the community’ thing, is giving $100,000,000 to a billionaire the best idea you could come up with?

Don’t ask questions Kanick.  The Browns now have an official energy partner.  Here’s what Joe Banner says:

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If you’re in a shaded area, you’re a First Energy customer.
I.e., not cell phone service; you don’t choose.

Having a stadium naming rights deal in place was extremely important for us as we look toward the future, and it was just as imperative to accomplish this with a strong, regional company such as FirstEnergy,” said Banner. “We are excited about what this long-term partnership means, allowing both the Browns and FirstEnergy to derive many benefits from this association. This deal is a great example of why we feel very good about the direction our organization is headed, and we believe it can serve as a catalyst for many other positive developments moving forward.

[Ugh.  What utter gobbledygook.]

Terms weren’t disclosed, but reportedly FE will pay about $6 million a year for 17 years.  Call me crazy, but public monopolies with $6M x 17 = $102M cash on hand should be plowing that into the physical plant or rebating their customers or cutting their rates.

If you’re stroking a check to FE from Pennsylvania or New Jersey… are you not even more in the WTF boat?

The Official Energy Partner of the Browns.

Cripes.

Update:  here are some comments from the ABJ readers who observe many of the same problems with this arrangement.  (Thanks Titus!)

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The Mayor of Akron since 1987.

Mr. Mayor.

If you missed it, Don Plusquellic showed up on the Baskin-Phelps Show Wednesday to address a perceived slight from Andy Baskin.  The Mayor had made demonstrably wrong, borderline stupid, obviously uninformed comments on Dan Gilbert’s lack of spending causing LeBron to leave:

I wish Dan Gilbert would have spent some of his money and gone out and bought a couple of all-stars and then said to LeBron, ‘Hey, I’m giving you a team that you can win a championship here.’ Instead, everybody waited, held their cards close to the vest and said, ‘OK, LeBron please sign.

Baskin responded with a very strong piece that rebutted Plusquellic’s misinformation point by point.  Seriously, good work by Baskin up until he closed with a cheap shot:

The Mayor of Akron needs to be worrying about jobs and economic growth in his Summit County city.

I set out to write a piece defending Plusquellic.  After all, being mayor and making stupid sports talk are not mutually exclusive.  As dumb as Plusquellic’s comments were, he’s not the only one getting the Lebron-Cavs era wrong.

But after listening to the radio interview, I was moved to write a j’accuse screed directly toward the people of Akron.

You elected this guy your mayor seven times?

I heard nothing but a boor and a bully.  Someone utterly unable to deal with a difference of opinion without bluster.  Poise-less.  Grace-less.  Thin skinned.  Prickly.  Unlikable.  And as bad as his personality came across it’s actually even worse when you consider that he wasn’t confronted with opinion; he was presented with facts.  He did not and would not listen to facts.

A man in a power position who will not listen to facts concerning a trivial issue is probably not listening to facts in other, more important matters.

Is the guy really stupid?  Or has the guy realized that backing the local hero and demonizing a rich carpetbagger will get him more votes?  His awkward shoe-horning his father’s history as a rubber worker and his status as Kenmore High alumnus might have even won himself more votes:  I’m just like you, Akron, and I’m not afraid to stand up to Cleveland media!

Seven election wins.  I guess that shyte works in Akron provided you win the Dem primary.

So shame on you Akron.  I find you wanting for critical thinking and emblematic of the growing Idiocracy in this country.

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Dwight Howard wants to win.

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Good to see Dwight taking this process seriously.

I stopped following Robert Littal on twitter last year.  Don’t remember why… might have been the sheer volume of his tweets.  But for the Dwight Howard saga, his site Black Sports Online is the best.  He was first out with a take on Dwight Howard’s post decision interview.

People wouldn’t understand. Walking away from them and walking away from $30 million. That shows you right there that I want to win. I want to win. Nothing else matters other than winning. I don’t think anybody would’ve ever walked away from $30 million, but I want to win.

Dwight wants to win, in case you missed it.

So glad we don’t have this particular ___ on the Cavs.  Do these guys really think that ‘winning’ is an acceptable justification for anything?  He seems to be trying to make a point that as long as he’s trying to win, that’s all that matters.  Yet isn’t the other side of the coin:  my old team was probably going to struggle next year and that would have been uncomfortable for me so I bagged.  Hey.  Dwight.  No one is saying you can’t play where ever you want.  Next time do this:  I played out my contract and exercised my right to play where I wanted.

Here’s hoping you’ve been mis-quoted.

But he raises a banality that I have wanted to discuss for some time:  the whole implied nobility attached to the pursuit of ‘winning.’

Because Vince Lombardi got it wrong.

Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.

Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.

No Vince, these are not correct thoughts.  I’m not even 100% sure these are Lombardi’s actual words because if you dig a little you’ll find different, watered-down quote versions making similar but more nuanced points:

Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.

If we’re feeling charitable, we’ll say Lombardi was mis-quoted.  That there is missing context.  Allow that Lombardi was employing some adage-hyperbole to inspire his players for his specific ends.

But over time, his wrong-headed bromides have morphed into a found wisdom conveniently cited in any ends-justify-the-means argument.  Debrett’s thoughts on gamesmanship hold for me.

Hard to picture Wooden coaching Howard.

It’s a shame that the better, truer wise man didn’t coach pro football instead of basketball.  Then perhaps he would be as widely quoted.

Here’s what John Wooden says on winning:

If there’s anything you could point out where I was a little different, it was the fact that I never mentioned winning.

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

We deified the wrong coach.

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15 Browns predictions.

There was a topic over at theobr.com “Make A Few Predictions. Positve and Negative.”  I got somehow posted it in a different thread… I always have problems on forums like that.

Anyway, I think my predictions are pretty good but also think I’m poking those guys in the eye by not being more rah-rah.  Folks don’t like getting their eyes poked.

Lookit, the Browns aren’t going to be all terrific and improved.  I see the calls of 10-6 and I can relate; I thought the 2011 Browns would go 12-4.  (No really, I did.)  So here’s some sober predictions for your 2013 Cleveland Browns.

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Predicting Alex Mack leaves as a UFA.

  1. The guard play will result in poor run game and continued inadequately-executed screen passes.
  2. The attacking defense will be game-planned-for by opposing offenses.  Rush will be picked up, opposing teams will exploit weaknesses over the top.
  3. Greg Little will be the leading receiver and a singular bright spot.
  4. The new vertical offense will result in league worst 30 interceptions.
  5. Richardson will be non-explosive, tentative at the LOS, and disappointing overall before getting injured mid-season.
  6. Desmond Bryant will not be a marked upgrade over Frostee Rucker.
  7. Mingo will flash star quality in limited action.
  8. Alex Mack will win his game of chicken with Banner and become UFA ultimately signing somewhere else for more than Max Unger.
  9. TJ Ward’s tackling will be exposed as a liability.
  10. Marecic will start and be not good.
  11. The greatness of Phil Dawson will be even more appreciated.
  12. Norv Turner will frustrate fans in the same way he has in every stop since his time with the 93 Cowboys.
  13. Ray Horton will take a head coaching job within a week after the end of the season.
  14. Two meaningless wins at end of season will get browns to six wins and Banner will proclaim progress.
  15. The front office will preach patience.

We will surely come back to this subject in the weeks ahead.

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19 Comments

  1. […] yet he still finds time to rename the stadium, execute office renovations, change the cafeteria, qualify design-build teams for the stadium, […]

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm…I did finally listen to the call, and I can’t agree for the most part. Its perfectly possible to nitpick whether parts are technically 100% true or only 95% true, and then equating 95% true with “not true”, as Baskin seems to be doing. But Pasquelic’s basic points on the cavs and lebron and Gilbert are generally solid, or at the least the positions a mayor of Akron should be taking. Yeah, he got way prickly with it, more than a mayor is ever allowed. But Baskin got just as prickly in a passive-aggressive way, and there is no question that the basic thing he was calling about– an admittedly cheap shot (shut up and bring jobs) that was objectively wrong in both basic premise and tone– wasn’t debatable or defensible. For all your “Akron should be embarrassed for voting for such an idiot,” you’d honestly be hard pressed to find any mayor of any rustbelt city that has a better record. Understanding what the difference between positive economic development and the kinds of things Gilbert does probably has something to do with that. As perhaps does understanding that guys like Shaq and Z don’t count as “all-stars” in the effort to keep Lebron, even if they are technically all-stars.

    I usually like Baskin. Went to the same highschool and know the family. But that was one of those arguments where you lose a little respect for both participants for not realizing they are both allowing their desire to win every point to make them look like jerks.

    • jimkanicki says:

      sorry, didnt see it that way.

      plusquellic was aggressively confrontational in his very first sentence. his first sentence. that’s not how one has a conversation with another person; that’s how someone picks a fight and the other person can either cave or stand up for himself (and risk an aggressive confrontation). any possibility for a dialog of mutual respect was taken off the table by the mayor.

      boorish. an embarrassment to the city he represents.

  3. mgbode says:

    my thoughts.

    FE – it’s a farce, everyone seems to know it’s a farce and it really only helps the Browns in the large scheme. Then again, most of the “brand recognition” at sporting events is pretty much a farce. Does a Giants fan who walks into the ballpark with a T-Mobile fan feel like less of a fan? As a society we have become so desensitized to this type of marketing that it becomes more relegated into the lexicon than the consumer decision making. Take Intel Corporation as an example. Did not having a stadium named after them hurt in their efforts to dominate the PC/server market? Or Samsung. Is it truly hurting them that Qualcomm has a stadium named after them and they do not?

    Akron Mayor – politicians being stupid and refusing to acknowledge when they are wrong even when presented with indisputable facts just doesn’t even show up on my radar screen. Now, if he was willing to admit he was wrong, then we’d have something unique here 🙂

    Dwight – it bugs me that people keep putting the $30mil number out there. Yes, it is passing up the guaranteed money slot now, but it’s actually passing up about $6mil over the 5 years (as Houston can recoup most of that lost salary when they sign him the extension. Also, even if he signs with the Lakers, he likely has a player-option on that final year that he exercises anwyay). Anyway, I’m happy he’s in Houston. That is going to be a fun team to watch and Morey built that team the right way. He slowly obtained assets, then smartly cashed them in when something worthwhile was present. I don’t think the Cavs could do it quite the way he did (Houston is more desirable a location), but I like that he did things through the draft, through trades, and through FA.

    Wooden v. Lombardi – Lombardi is the most over-rated of coaching greats. Too long of a rant to get into right now and no reason for it. I agree that Wooden was better. I would submit Bobby Cox for the baseball manager. His ability to keep calm and work with his team regardless of circumstance was remarkable. The postseason failures obviously put a damper on his overall body of work though.

    15 Browns predictions:

    1. Yeah, OG was a bad spot and we did nothing to address it. Pinkston likely won’t be 100% and we don’t know if he would have progressed if he was fully healthy. I hope to be wrong, but the prognosis isn’t great.

    2. I disagree somewhat. Yeah, it will be gameplanned, but it was in AZ too. And, people have been game-planning for LeBeau in Pitt for years (and the various DC’s in Baltimore). If your pass rush is good enough, then it doesn’t matter. The key will be if it’s good enough. I think we have enough bodies who can rush (DQ and Ward being 2 sneaky options), but I could be wrong.

    3. Leading receiver in yards or receptions? I think he’ll wind up leading in yards, but a good chance Richardson or Bess ends up with more receptions.

    4. I’ll take the under merely in the “I have to believe Weeden isn’t worse than Derek Anderson” clause of my fandom.

    5. We’ll see if his indecisiveness was his rib injury or just how he runs. And, if it’s just how he runs, then if Norv/Chud were able to knock that out of him. He’ll definitely be injured at some point (all RBs get hurt), but I’m going to hope against hope that he can stay on the field (nothing but hope on that one). Regardless, I think he does better than the 3.6YPC he had last year.

    6. So hard to judge considering the change in schemes. I would put it this way though: Desmond Bryant will not be a huge upgrade from the combination of Rucker & Parker. I think that is a bit more fair of an assessment.

    7. I agree and also think he’ll have some absolutely terrible plays where his speed & rookiedness takes him 20yds out of the action.

    8. Completely disagree. I think he never hits the market that way even if it takes a franchise tag. I do think that Banner is costing us cap room if he delays it further than this month to get the deal done.

    9. Completely disagree. Ward is good at making open-field tacklers. Yes, he missed some (all do), but what I saw watching him was that he was very good at making the tackles and the stat-sites back that up. I think he makes the leap into national consciousness this season.

    10. I hope not. Signs are pointing that way, but it’s just so disheartening.

    11. Undoubtedly. I hope he gets his ring this year.

    12. We are likely lacking at OG, TE, QB, and possibly WR and RB. I think the OC is going to frustrate fans regardless. I’m hoping that the staff can milk enough out of the offense to be competitive and that the defense can provide enough short fields.

    13. Does not jive with your #2 prediction. Either the defense will be good and Horton will continue to get interviews (and a possible offer) or the defense will not be good and some other minority candidate will become the flavor of the month for interviews. Horton is an older HC candidate now and it’s even possible his time has passed him by for a job. I still think Arizona made a mistake letting him go, but it’s how it happens with these guys many times. If the defense excels, then that might be enough momentum to push him into a job somewhere.

    14. sounds about right though I hope for better.

    15. well, yeah.

  4. […] Some of Kanick’s predictions- “Alex Mack will win his game of chicken with Banner and become UFA ultimately signing somewhere else for more than Max Unger. TJ Ward’s tackling will be exposed as a liability. Marecic will start and be not good. The greatness of Phil Dawson will be even more appreciated. Norv Turner will frustrate fans in the same way he has in every stop since his time with the 93 Cowboys. Ray Horton will take a head coaching job within a week after the end of the season. Two meaningless wins at end of season will get browns to six wins and Banner will proclaim progress. The front office will preach patience.” [Kanick] […]

  5. Petefranklin says:

    If my namesake were still alive, he’d rah rah rah those ignoramus’ into the blackness of the dump button. I guess it’ll take watching Mack walk for the minions to get it, but they’ll probably blame another crappy season on TRich missing most of it. I agree with all of your predictions except the Turner part. He cant be as bad right? He at least seems to want to put Weeden in his comfort zone in the shotgun, but Shurmer probably ruined him already.

    • jimkanicki says:

      you know how most predictions are preceded with ‘i hope i’m wrong but?’

      i hope i’m right about alex mack.

      i think i’ve read over a dozen articles saying the browns intend/want to re-sign mack and 75% of them have not inquired on why they havent started negotiating with him. the other 25% say something about lombardi/banner wanting to see his play this season and then fail to point out that if mack plays well his price goes up as do the number of suitors.

      i can think of one team in particular who’s been living on the edge with their center for last couple years… and i’m gonna laugh when mack signs with the ravens.

      • tmoore94 says:

        C’mon, you know Lombardi went to the ultra-exclusive, super secret Belichick boot camp for contract negotiations. It’s not like he’s going to get played by a simple offensive lineman.

        Oh, crap, I forgot Mack went to Cal.

        We’re screwed.

        • jimkanicki says:

          this is where an agent can earn himself and his client some money. if he’s got a good one, he’ll be going all out to get some buzz going around mack to get him on pro-bowl.

          here’s an example of the ‘reporting’ i mentioned:

          Hey, Mary Kay: The Browns are under the salary cap by about $31 million. The roster also has some young talent set to become free agents soon: Alex Mack and T.J. Ward in 2014, and Joe Haden and Phil Taylor in 2015. If Banner is such a salary-cap guru, why isn’t he using the extra cap space this year to front-load these pricey extensions? Is there a deeper problem regarding a lack of revenue and profitability? — Mike Puthoff, Chicago

          Hey, Mike: In some of these cases, the Browns might want to wait and see how the players perform before they commit multimillions. I anticipate they’ll extend Mack, but they might want to see that Ward can stay healthy before lengthening his deal. I don’t think there’s a sense of urgency yet on Haden or Taylor.

          ugh. does MKC’s phone not work or does she not have berea’s number? what’s her anticipation based on and why anticipate when you can, you know, report?

          now then, the other way to go is what the seahawks did with max unger. unger was drafted in same year as mack (2009), 2nd round. this from today’s Shutdown Corner:

          Perhaps a more similar contract to reference [in the Mack contract extension context] is the extension Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger signed on July 26, 2012. Unger was due the league minimum base salary last season, but his four-year extension was worth over $6 million per season with $11.5 million in guaranteed money. Unger rewarded the Seahawks by being named to the Pro Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro. Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan, also a Pro Bowl/All-Pro caliber player, received $10 million in guaranteed money in his extension, which was signed late in the 2011 regular season.

          if we DO sign mack what are the chances his guaranteed money will be less than Unger or Sullivan?

          • tmoore94 says:

            I’m going to go under on the signing bonus because I get the sense that Banner wants to be fair but not overly fair when it comes time splash the cash. Whether or not that means Mack can find a better deal elsewhere … well we’ll see.

            Two things working in Mack’s favor is that he is really good but doesn’t get as much national rep as he should because he plays for a losing team. According to Pro Football Focus, Brandon Weeden only faced pressure from the center of the line 8 times total last season (Joe Thomas was the only spot better at 7), which was by far the lowest number in the division: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/07/04/qb-pressure-profiles-afc-north/ (The dandy in Pittsburgh, Maurkice Pouncey, allowed 72 pressures).

            Not sure what that means as it could just be that opposing defenses decided to exploit the guards rather than attack Mack or Thomas, but it will be hard for the Browns to try and use analytics as an excuse not to pay Mack if they decide to go down that road.

            • jimkanicki says:

              well that’s what makes this so ridiculous:
              1. mack hasnt missed a start in four years;
              2. he’s rated a strength by however PFF calcs these things… but it should be noted he got this rating without stellar guards next to him;
              3. you have a moderately priced comp on an ALLPRO center of the same age;
              4. you have unprecedented cap space.

              just WHAT is the upside to waiting? it makes no sense. why get cute with this guy of all guys? it’s got ‘smartest guy in the room’ syndrome all over it.

              • tmoore94 says:

                It’s Lombardi. He “knows things.” Things that mere mortals can’t even begin to understand; I mean have you seen his impressive collection of notebooks?

                Lance yourself to the mast, they’ll get this one done.

  6. Henry Brown says:

    Not saying its right but only the Transmission and Distribution portions of your utility bill are regulated. The Generation part (the largest and most expensive part) are now open to competition and you can choose from a variety of generation providers from outside the traditional footprints.

    As for the subject lines at Cleveland SBN sites, the subjects rarely are subjects. Also do you use subject lines in the course of normal conversation? If not, and I hope you don’t, why would you use it when conversing on-line?

    • jimkanicki says:

      that’s good data on the what is regulated; i had wondered. i don’t quite see how an individual decides between power generators other than on price and/or green-ness… probably not brand. what i think happened was that “cleveland” was facing a perceived national embarrassment by not having a business community vibrant enough to be able to fund stadium naming rights so they tapped the utility on the shoulder. it all feels like ego and pride of rich and powerful people that ultimately does nothing for either FE customers or browns fans.

      and on SBNation subject line: my grievance is more with the clucking hens who are so fastidious in enforcing their petty little rule. not for nothing, when the comment count is over 100 you’re not having a conversation. and in particular at DBN/FTS, you don’t tend have conversations regardless of subject line usage; you have polemics interspersed with non-sequitur snark. (lol, i dont participate in the comments much anymore, can you tell?)

      • bupalos says:

        Cleveland’s business problem isn’t really lack of the big gun. Cleveland Clinic could buy the rights to 3 or 4 stadiums in interstate locations important to their business if they wanted. The mid level is more where NEO is a little draggly.

        First Energy is the right kind of business to do this actually. It’s a little low-dollar low-preference consumer decision that might actually be significantly affected by the little nudge affiliation with the team could provide.

  7. tmoore94 says:

    The Beacon Journal originally pointed out a few facts about First Energy when the naming rights deal was first announced, primarily that:

    *First Energy is looking to cut up to 400 jobs
    *First Energy laid off 142 employees, including 56 in the Akron area (may want to look into that Mayor Don) back in November
    *First Energy plans to eliminate retirees’ subsidies for health care in 2014

    But other than that it’s been pretty quiet since the deal was announced. Here are links to the ABJ stories if anyone is interested: http://tinyurl.com/a34nsmj http://tinyurl.com/ladb7ku http://tinyurl.com/kpeus7k

    I’d be a little cautious on the John Wooden praise, after all he willingly turned a blind eye to Sam Gilbert during his time at UCLA: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/08/sports/la-sp-0609-wooden-gilbert-20100609

    • jimkanicki says:

      i think within the context of coach-as-teacher, wooden’s pyramid of success, practice methods, quotes, and testimony from abdul-jabbar/walton speaks for itself. i’m aware of the vincent story. i don’t find it a reach that the fact of vincents in college ball plus increased TV influence helped him decide to retire in 75. nope,, wooden’s my platinum standard for coaches. love paul brown, but there was some nasty to him too. (can’t even think of a baseball manager who belongs in the discussion.)

      but mainly, for the purposes of this post, wooden’s quotes are more wise. especially when juxtaposed against the quotes attributed to lombardi.

  8. Anytime I see Peter and what grinds my gears you have my attention…

    Couple of thoughts.

    The First Energy stuff is just the worst. If I see one insert in one of my bills about Browns games it will be worse than the worst.

    Maybe it is because I am an Akron guy but the President of the University Dr. Luis Proenza is by far the most powerful man in Akron. The transformation of that University during his term has been amazing and he has the mayor of Akron to thank for all of the empty buildings for him to buy and closing all of the cross streets to make Akron a beautiful campus.

    Instead of mentioning that drama queen going to Houston…Chris Grant continues with another solid offseason. Clark and Jack are good free agent additions. I know we may differ on Mike Brown as a coach but no one can argue that we all will know a lot more about him after this season…and besides Byron is gone so happy days are here again.

    The list of Browns predictions is a good start but it’s very hard for me to think about them because I just want to actually see them play a few games without Pat Shurmur.

    • jimkanicki says:

      did i miss any commentary on the FE naming rights? i admit a delayed reaction on my part, did anyone else get spun up over it? btw, i found a list of stadiums with naming rights.

      Reliant in Houston is an energy company and does some conventional utility stuff,, but they’re also busy in solar and other new power, so there’s _some_ purpose to their branding. Consol Energy’s trifecta of coal, fracking, and Pittsburgh ought to qualify it as ‘the worst’ (Bup? Comment?) but still so, they aren’t a regulated utility.

      Xcel Center in Minnesota is the only other utility, but even there, they distribute natural gas which does kinda compete for share against home heating oil.

      It seems FirstEnergy is the only pure electric utility with naming rights on a major league facility.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sports_venues_with_sole_naming_rights#United_States

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