Monday, April 30, 2012

Former Browns RB Greg Pruitt Addresses Trent Richardson and Jim Brown’s Criticism:

By: Brett Crow

Appearing this past Saturday night on The Sports Fix, Greg Pruitt was asked how he felt about the criticism that Jim Brown gave about Trent Richardson. Jim Brown had called the former Alabama running back and new Cleveland Brown “ordinary.”

“Jim is a guy that you get maybe four different Jim Browns, depending on when you talk to him,” said Pruitt. “If you know him, sometimes you have to take that with a grain of salt.”

When asked of his own personal feelings of the third pick of this year’s NFL draft, Greg Pruitt offered high praise: “I think he’s a great player. He’s a hard worker. He’s one of those guys who finish at the end of the play and he can be a third down back, which is essential.”

Being a father of a three year old and also a five year old daughter, Trent is a leader off the field certainly, but Pruitt believes that will translate in the locker room: “He’s not only a great athlete and a great running back, he’s a great leader too.”

The former Browns running back also addressed the challenges of raising children and how that helped mold the kind of player that Trent Richardson is and will be: “I think he realizes how lucky and fortunate he is to have this opportunity...And despite the situations that he has, he is now in a position to do more. And it just helps him, because when you have challenges in your life and you overcome them, you realize how hard it can be. Hard work is no stranger to him.”

Trent Richardson went into the 2011 season as Alabama’s starting running back after having spent the previous two years behind Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram. In 2011, Richardson accumulated 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns, also managing an impressive 5.9 yard per rushing attempt average.

Greg Pruitt, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, was a running back in the NFL from 1973 to 1984, drafted by the Cleveland Browns and playing for them until the 1982 season when he joined the Oakland Raiders. Pruitt tallied up 5,496 rushing yards during his time with Cleveland, and also became a Pro Bowl player in four of his years in Cleveland.

To hear the audio interview between The Sports Fix, Johnny Knight, and Greg Pruitt, click the play button below:

Friday, April 27, 2012

Newest Brown Trent Richardson Vows To Turn It Aournd In Cleveland

Written By Larry M. Glicken "LG"

The Cleveland Browns shifted things around moments before the NFL draft to get the team into position to draft the running back the Cleveland fans really wanted. Trent Richardson was picked with the third pick in the NFL draft last night and when interviewed Richardson vowed to come to Cleveland and turn things around for the Cleveland Browns and Stop the losing.
Trent RicahrdsonIf Richardson can live up to those words the fans and the city of Cleveland would lose their minds. The Cleveland Browns haven't had too many winning seasons since returning to the NFL in 1999. The Browns now have a guy in the running-back position that comes from a very solid college career. The real question becomes, if Richardson can have the same level of success in the NFL.
Taking a running-back that early in the NFL draft is a UN-usual move that isn't normally done. Running-backs in the NFL have become replaceable objects. The Cleveland Browns must have felt Richardson's college career spoke volumes as to why the Browns needed to take Richardson with the third pick in the Draft.
Welcome to Cleveland Trent Richardson, may you have a long and successful career in the city with the greatest fans in the world.  We all hope you can live up to your words and get things turned around for the Cleveland Browns..... Wolf, Wolf....

Larry Glicken is the owner of and the host of the Cleveland Sports 360 Show, an online streaming sports video show at

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cleveland Browns Tom Heckert Will Continue To Build Defense With 4th Pick

Written By Larry M. Glicken "LG"

Tom HeckertThe Cleveland Browns should use the fourth pick in this years NFL draft to solidify the defense Heckert has already improved on.

The Browns can grab Morris Claiborne if things go right and another team doesn't get in the way of what the Browns should be intending to do.

 You win a lot of football games in the NFL with solid defensive play. Heckert knows this and the Cleveland Browns know this. Once Heckert picks at number four the Browns should use the rest of their first round picks in the draft to build some offense.

The Cleveland Browns plan as far as we know at this time to use Colt McCoy as their starting quarterback. I think it is a fair plan, seeing how McCoy really only has one year under his belt as the Browns starting Q.B. and the team not only had a new head coach last year, they Changed their offense too. The Browns would do good to grab a receiver to improve their offense.

The problem is the receiver people would like to see the Browns pick, might be gone when they get to the 22nd pick.

The Browns can get a good receiver even if Justin Blackmon is already taken, there is Hill and a few other good ones in this years draft. It is going to be interesting with about 27 hours left until the 2012 NFL draft to see what the Cleveland Browns do. Regardless of what happens, lets hope the Browns can get some guys that will be able to immediately make a difference in this up-coming NFL season.

Larry Glicken is the owner of and the host of the Cleveland Sports 360 Show, an online streaming sports video show at

Mock NFL Draft: Picks 1 -10

 By: Brett Crow

With the 1st pick, in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Quarterback Andrew Luck. Okay, let’s face it: This has been known since the end of the college football season. Luck has been the consensus number one almost since the last season started. And since having gotten rid of Peyton Manning, the Colts are badly in need of a quarterback.

But it’s possible: That nothing else happens. Luck was the Colt’s pick from day one, and the story broke last week that the Colts were 100% on taking him.

With the 2nd pick, in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Redskins didn’t trade up to grab anyone else. If the draft order had stayed the way it was, then Griffin would have gone at #4 to the Browns. Anyone who wanted him had to trade ahead of the Browns, so that’s what they did.

But it’s possible: That there is no other possibility. While I can easily say that Kalil could be picked to shore up an anemic offensive line, or Claiborne to add to a secondary that lost LaRon Landry and O.J. Atogwe and only has decent starters at the corner position, it’s just not believable they don’t take Robert Griffin at this spot.

With the 3rd pick, in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Offensive Tackle Matt Kalil. I know there’s a lot of talk lately about the Vikings grabbing Claiborne, but I believe that to be more of a smokescreen than anything. Bryant McKinnie was cut by the Vikings, and Kalil provides an anchor on the line for years to come. He provides the stability on the line that the inexperienced Christian Ponder needs to perform well in Minnesota.

But it’s possible: The Vikings take Claiborne. The cornerback situation is desperate in Minnesota, with a 35 year old Antoine Winfield leading a group of lackluster cornerbacks. In a division where you face Matthew Stafford/Calvin Johnson and Aaron Rogers/Any Packer WR two times a year, you need to be able to defend the pass.

With the 4th pick, in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon. Honestly, I’m not even a fan of this pick, but it’s what I see happening. Assuming, Luck, Griffin, and Kalil are all off of the board at this point, this is what the Browns are picking. While the right side of the line is a problem, it’s serviceable for now. And the Browns have shown a complete lack of faith in McCoy this offseason, but they’re apparently okay with him for this season. This leaves us with Justin Blackmon. The current core of wideouts has some promise with Greg Little, but there isn’t much else. And if they really want to give McCoy a shot at having a decent season, I think you have to pick up Blackmon.

But it’s possible: The Browns take Morris Claiborne. While I believe they shore up the offense, it’s possible they try to perfect the defense. Joe Haden is a talented cornerback, but he is in no way what everyone thinks he is. I groaned every time I heard the commentators of the Browns game last season talking about how Joe Haden was one of the most promising and best young cornerbacks. The fact is, Claiborne would be immediate help to an overhyped secondary. It would be nice if teams didn’t pass on us because we had a good secondary, not because they beat us on the ground and didn’t need to pass.

With the 5th pick, in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Cornerback Morris Claiborne. Don’t be surprised if you see Tampa Bay pick up secondary help here. Tampa Bay’s Aqib Talib is going on trial in late June for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. They already picked up Eric Wright in free agency, but Claiborne would add so much to Tampa Bay’s team.

But it’s possible: That they pick up Trent Richardson. As little faith as the team has in Aqib Talib right now, they probably have as much for current running back LaGarrette Blount. The organization isn’t too high on Blount, especially since he seems to be fumbling prone and a personality issue. Trent Richardson would provide a little more stability to the position, and if all works out, the Buccaneers could have a very effective two running back system that seems to be prevalent in the NFL these days.

With the 6th pick, in the 2012 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Defensive Tackle Fletcher Cox. Assuming that Blackmon is gone at this point, the Rams are stuck picking up Fletcher Cox. It’s not a bad pickup, but it’s not the pick they want. Fisher will work to shore up both sides of the line, as was his strategy in Tennessee.

But it’s possible: That the Rams pick up Melvin Ingram. The Rams are in desperate need of help at the linebacker position, particularly the outside. The Rams had the 31st ranked rushing defense and changing that starts at the defensive line and the linebackers.

With the 7th pick, in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Defensive End Quinton Coples. The Jaguars have gotten a lot better at this position with Jeremy Mincey looking like a solid starter. However, that’s unfortunately essentially what the line has going for it. Fellow lineman Aaron Kampman I feel is on the decline of his career and I can’t see him being a fixture on the Jacksonville line much longer. The thing is though, the Jaguars are dead set on NOT drafting here. They want to trade out for a team that wants Tannehill.

But it’s possible: That the Jaguars pick up Michael Brockers. Or Whitney Mercilus. Fact is, the Jaguars need talent on the defensive line and they can pick that up towards the middle or end of the first day. They are in a semi-valuable spot at having Miami behind them, and are desperately trying to push that Miami will take Tannehill.

With the 8th pick, in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill is coming from only two seasons as a quarterback of the Aggies to the pros. And The Dolphins couldn’t be a better fit for him. Coach of the Aggies, Mike Sherman was hired to run the offense in Miami. Tannehill will be running the exact same offense he was in college. It’s hard to see them not taking Tannehill here.

But it’s possible: They take a wideout like Michael Floyd. The Dolphins are also in desperate need of help on the defensive side of the ball. So while they can take that kind of help at this position, it just doesn’t seem likely. If Tannehill is still there, they will take him.

With the 9th pick, in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe. The Panthers have a terrible lack of effective talent on the defensive line. There was reported interest in Memphis’ Dontari Poe, and with Coples off the board at this point, this move makes sense.

But it’s possible: The Panthers have a need at wide receiver and cornerback too. They can take a look to their secondary and pick up Stephen Gilmore. Gilmore is first round talent, and could go as early as the Jaguars if they stay at 7. The Panthers could also use help at wideout, but I see that as more of a day three acquisition for them.

With the 10th pick, in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select Offensive Tackle Riley Reiff. The Bills have lost Demetrius Bell. And the blindside needs to be protected, so who better than Riley Reiff? The offensive line needs to be addressed here, as this is their most pressing need.

But it’s possible: The Bills have a lot of interest in Luke Kuechly. Bills GM said that Kuechly could play all three linebacker positions for them. Unfortunately, Kuechly is first round talent, and linebacker isn’t the most pressing need on the team, so they’ll most likely miss on adding Kuechly.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Jason Kipnis Helps Push Jimenez and Indians Into A Win

Written By Larry M. Glicken "LG"

Jason KipnisJason Kipnis put his base running into overdrive to score the Indians winning run against Oakland. The Indians would watch Ubaldo Jimenez tough out a night he didn't have any of his stuff, yet he comes away with his second win of the season.

The Indians are now 6-1 on their three city road trip and the Tribe has done so by scoring just enough runs in a couple of games to get guys like Jimenez and Tomlin into the win column.

As Jason Kipnis crossed the plate last night he let out a yell of joy knowing the run he just scored helped his pitcher win a ball game he not only was excited about an Indians win, he also knows what a win to a guy like Jimenez means to his confidence. 

The Indians bull pen was also huge in last nights victory, Joe Smith, Vinny Pestano and Chris Perez all did what they had to do to get the Cleveland Indians their seventh win of the season.
The Cleveland Indians scored their first run in the second inning against Oakland when the bases were loaded and Jack Hannahan hit a sac fly bring Carlos Santana home. The Indians would watch the A's tie the game at one in the third inning when Jimenez served up along ball to Josh Reddick.

The Indians would see the man who has been hitting in situations when they really could use the hits Jack Hannahan double to left field in the fourth scoring Travis Hafner and Shelley Duncan making it 3-1 in favor if the Cleveland Indians. The Indians would see the winning run (Kipnis) cross the plate in the fifth inning on a Choo single to right field. The Cleveland Indians were able to hang on for the win despite the fact Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes was trying to get the A's back on top in the fifth and the seventh innings he did what he could to change things.
The Indians held on for the 4-3 win.

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Larry Glicken is the owner of and the host of the Cleveland Sports 360 Show, an online streaming sports video show at www.streamingsportstalk.com

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Cleveland Indians Play 28 Innings in Two Days And Lose Twice

Written By Larry M. Glicken "LG"

Jason Kinis hits two run shotThe Cleveland Indians have been playing plenty of baseball over the last two days. The problem is they haven't been able to win. Today Ubaldo Jimenez got the start for the Tribe, Jimenez pitched great for the first six innings this afternoon, striking out three giving three free passes and in the seventh inning things started to unravel for the big man.

Jimenez gave up his first runs in the seventh inning. The Indians could find enough runs to end this game in regulation again today. Manager Manny Acta used six of his Bull Pen Pitchers today.

Joe Smith came in and struck out 2, Vinny Pestano came into todays game and didn't fair as well as he did yesterday. Pestano gave up a home run and surrendered two hits. Acta would then go to Rafael Perez, Tony Sipp and Dan Wheeler.

The Indians scored four runs today, the first two coming off the bat of second baseman Jason kipnis who hit a two run shot over the right center wall in the fifth inning. The Indians would score another run in the ninth when Asdrubal Cabrera  in the ninth when the Indians tried to win the game avoiding extra innings after Thursday's home opener was the longest home opening game in the history of M.L.B.

The Tribe could put this one away and the Toronto Blue Jays won the game scoring four runs in the 12th inning to win the game 7-4 for the second time in as many games.
The Indians play the Toronto Blue Jays in the series finally tomorrow afternoon. Lets hope the Indians can find some magic and at least take one from Toronto.

Larry Glicken is the owner of and the host of the Cleveland Sports 360 Show, an online streaming sports video show at

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Indians Masterson Sees another Futile Effort In Home Opener

Written By Larry M. Glicken "LG"

The Cleveland Indians had their home opener today in front of a sell out standing room only crowd. Justin Masterson got the start in front of 43,000 starving Indians fans, Masterson did what he does best, he pitched Lights out and controlled the game for 8 innings.

Masterson left the game when Tribe Skipper brought the Indians closer Chris Perez in. Perez you might recall is the Tribes closer who pulled a muscle in Spring training and was in a awful hurry to get ready for the Indians home opener. Perez should have considered missing the Indians opener today, all he did was cost Justin Masterson the win.

Manny Acta went to his closer with the Indians leading 4-1 in the ninth. All Perez had to do was get three more outs and the Indians and Masterson would have a 1-0 record tonight. It wasn't in the making today. Perez came in and got into trouble right away. For a moment it looked as though Perez could find a way to pitch just like he has done in the past. It wasn't going to happen today.

The Toronto Blue Jays would score 3 runs in the ninth inning to tie the game at 4. Manny Acta made the fatal mistake of leaving Perez in when he saw he was having trouble getting outs. The Indians should have by all rights left progressive field with a win today and Justin Masterson should be 1-0 right now.

The game was in trouble in the ninth and Acta had to bring in Vinny Pestano who managed to work the Tribe out of trouble. Then Pestano pitched some good innings of baseball as the Indians tried to win a game they already had won before Perez gave it away.

The Game would end up being the longest game in opening day history before the Indians lost it 7-4 to Toronto after 16 innings. Yes folks it may have been Many Acta's poor decision making process that let the Indians already fall behind the Tigers by one game in the race for the American league Cnetral race. Hey you know what? The Indians lost their home opener last year too. Only it was Carmona who got hammered for a boat load of runs. It didn't seem to matter did it?

The Cleveland Indians would find a way to win a ton of games to go 30-15 before the All-Star break. Why worry about one game Masterson had won? The Indians can come back and put together a string of wins that no-one will believe right? You put Justin Masterson on a team like the Yankees or Red Sox and he would be a 20 game winner. You bring a great pitcher like Masterson to Cleveland and the team finds a way to lose.

Whether it is a lack of run support or a closer blowing a three one lead. The Indians have got it all figured out don't they?

Larry Glicken is the owner of and the host of the Cleveland Sports 360 Show, an online streaming sports video show at

Cleveland Indians 112th Opening Day Masterson Gets The Start

Written By Larry M. Glicken "LG"

It time for some Indians Baseball, the Cleveland Indians 112th opening day. Justin Masterson gets the call to toe the rubber and the excitement of the return of the boys of summer returns to Cleveland Ohio fro the 112th time. The Fans are waiting to see if this years Cleveland Indians can repeat the magic we saw last season when the Tribe race to the top of the American League Central Division.

Justin Masterson Opening dayJustin Masterson pitched pretty well in the 2011 season and we are hoping he gets off to a fast start today. Shelley Duncan gets his first start of the 2012 season in left field,Duncan who won the job this spring with his explosive offense led the Indians in home runs and R.B.I.'s early in spring training. The Indians offense has plenty of power in the line up and they could score plenty of runs given the chance. For the Indians fans their is nothing like Opening day.....Gooooooo Indians

Larry Glicken is the owner of and the host of the Cleveland Sports 360 Show, an online streaming sports video show at

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ohio State Buckeyes Fall To Kansas In Second Half Sullinger Gets Shut Down

Written By Larry M. Glicken "LG"

The Ohio State Buckeyes mens Basketball team had a great season , they played great all season long and in the game against Kansas last night they made it look easy in the first half. The team was working together as a team, Sullinger, Buford,Smith Jr and Aaron Craft looked like they were in complete control of the final four last night in the first half. Then something happened, half time came and the Buckeyes went into the locker room and cooled down , when they returned for the second half they never regained the spark they had in the first half.
Ohio State Falls as Sullinger gets controlled At the half the Buckeyes held a nin point lead over the Jayhawks last night. It looked to esy to the people watching the game and it was to easy in the first half. When the second half started Kansas started controlling Sullinger and this made it easy for the Jayhawks to make a run and they caught the Buckeyes. Many wondered if Sullinger would come out for a NBA draft, looking at the way Kansas was able to control him in the second half it becomes clear that Jared should return to the Buckeyes to get more experience.
The Buckeyes tried to rely to much on the three point shot in the second half last night, they had a defense melt down and failed to drive the lane to take it to the hole. The Buckeyes were simply out played in the second half and they lost to Kansas by just two points. Buford had 19 points last night and played a great game for the most part.
Aaron Craft added 11 points and continued to show great hustle, Smith Jr added 10 and Sullinger would end his night with only 13 points. Thad Matta had to sit Thomas for an extended period of time last night to avoid having him foul out, Thomas added 9 point in his 23 minutes of play.
The Ohio State Buckeyes men basketball team played a great season, many didn't have them making it into the final four and they have nothing to hang their heads about. This team will be back next season and they will be a contender. Go Buckeyes!!!

Larry Glicken is the owner of and the host of the Cleveland Sports 360 Show, an online streaming sports video show at