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Balancing Ledgers -- March 2

By Ron Published: March 2, 2011

Thoughts about goings-on in the sports world.

  • If Jon Diebler shoots like he did last night, Ohio State will be a tough out in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Big weekend in the area high school-wise. State wrestling with a ton of kids, as usual, is this weekend in Columbus. We have three wrestlers trying to defend their titles -- Johnni DiJulius of Walsh Jesuit at 130 pounds, Nathan Tomasello of CVCA at 103  and Nick Tavanello of Wadsworth at 285. Boys and girls basketball playoffs also are moving along.
  • The Indians seem to be stuck in-between again. Building for the future, filling holes with veterans. Last year it was Russell Branyan and Austin Kearns taking up valuable at-bats. This year it is Kearns again but now you add in Orlando Cabrera, Chad Durbin in the bullpen and, possibly, Nick Johnson. I think this is a mistake.
  • The Browns are going to have a lot of options with the sixth pick in the NFL Draft's first round. My suggestion is to trade down and get more picks this year. The draft is deep and the Browns' needs are plenty, and really there is no one at No. 6 that makes me say I have to have him. The bidding will be high for that choice, too, the longer Cam Newton remains available.
  • More NFL, Carson Palmer, it is time to go. The Bengals are paying you so either show up or retire.
  • Thought the Zips had a chance to ride their recent wave right into the MAC Tournament next week. That wave crashed last night in a shellacking at the hands of Ohio.
  • Kent State seemed to right its ship last night, beating Bowling Green. I still don't know who to pick next week in the tournament. But it seems the Flashes are the best of a rather weak field this season.
  • Enough talk of Derek Jeter's mansion. The guy is a champion and a Hall of Famer. Don't think anyone needs to question his motives or his effort.
  • Now Chris Carpenter is ailing for the St. Louis Cardinals. With Adam Wainright out for the season and Albert Pujols' pending free agency, it could be a long, hot summer in the Midwest.
  • Still can't get used to Nebraska in the Big Ten, just doesn't seem right.
  • I like the moves GM Chris Grant made last week with the Cavaliers. But as Jason Lloyd pointed out in a column about a month ago. It is a long trek when rebuilding in the NBA, usually more than five seasons. Make sure to follow Jason on Twitter @ABJCavsinsider.
  • I hope you guys enjoyed our coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine. Nate Ulrich and Marla Ridenour, between stories, videos and blog entries, posted 50 items over five days. And that doesn't include the Tweets that Nate sent out. Here is a link to that coverage and make sure to follow Nate on Twitter @ABJ_Browns.



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