It’s all the same to Coach. Per Bill Livingston in today’s PD:
Asked if he feels “betrayed” by [50 million dollar cornerback Joe] Haden, [who was suspended for a quarter of the season for recreational use of Adderall], coach Pat Shurmur said: “Betrayed? No. Joe could have gone out and sprained his ankle, I’m not betrayed.” . . .
When a reporter pointed out that Haden didn’t exactly sprain an ankle, Shurmur said: “I know. I think that’s where there’s a little disconnect between those asking the questions and those answering it. We deal with the cards we’re dealt, and you go play. That’s our little world here and that’s how we handle it. No, I don’t feel betrayed. I want the guys that play until he gets back to challenge their fanny off and play good football. When he gets back, we’ll play it out from there.”
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Elsewhere in the paper, Tom Reed brings up a special Browns stat from the Elias Sports Bureau:
The Browns have not had a lead in 180-plus minutes – the longest drought in the league. They last held a lead with 24 seconds remaining in the opening-day, 17-16 loss to Philadelphia.
It marks the first time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Browns have been without an advantage for three straight games since Dec. 15-28, 2008.
Wonder what the record is.
In other news, things are happening in Brecks Vegas. Here’s an editorial by Brecksville attorney David Witt on the story of Rose and Jack Petsche (more background here), a pair of Brecksville residents who set out to do something about the increasing influence of unaccountable money in the political process by way of a local ballot initiative. The Petsches formed an organization called Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics, and their petition, “provided for [among other things] the establishment of a biannual Democracy Day in Brecksville where, via a public hearing, the mayor, at least one member of council and the community would examine the impact of local political contributions on local policymaking.”
In response, the city of Brecksville filed a protest with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to keep the petition off of the November ballot, “arguing that campaign finance is not a matter for local legislative scrutiny.” The matter ended up being resolved by the secretary of state, who resolved a split vote by the BOE in concluding that “scrutiny of campaign finance was a legitimate interest of city government.” Now the Brecksville City Council has appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court, where “the matter is likely to be resolved within the next several weeks.”
Something to keep an eye on, of course, as well as a good show on the NFL Network tomorrow, which is all for today here. Hope everyone has a decent one.
UPDATE: The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Brecksville ballot initiative. Stay tuned re: whether it passes and how the new transparency measures will be implemented if it does.