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Gotta get busy typing in high school golf and tennis results — isn’t this supposed to be summer vacation? — so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get outta here:

Browns fans seem to be struggling with the fact their team finally may have not one, but two decent quarterbacks. Instead of enjoying Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield, most of them want to debate — all day, every day, judging by sports talk radio — who should start the season opener or when Mayfield should take over the job. …

How about just savoring the good news right now? Granted, it was only one preseason game, but Taylor and Mayfield looked great against the Giants. …

I mean, when was the last time you saw a Browns quarterback (intentionally) make a (great) back-shoulder throw? …

Kudos to on-field analyst Bernie Kosar for quickly dismissing partner Dustin Fox’s ridiculous leading question that attempted to draw comparisons — before one preseason game was even over! — between Browns rookie receiver Antonio Callaway and Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown. …

How about we see if Callaway can stay out of trouble and on the field first? …

The good news for the Browns’ offensive line: Joel Bitonio didn’t do anything that got him noticed against the Giants. …

The bad news for the O-line: Cleveland still looked lousy attempting to run the ball. …

Twitter experts credited rookie running back Nick Chubb for great pass blocking and being able to get yards after contact, but I thought he looked slow and spent too much time running east and west. …

Make sure you get Fox Sports Ohio if you want to watch the Cavaliers on television this season, because the networks showed they didn’t think much about the team’s national interest level when regular-season schedules were released last week. …

A year ago, with LeBron James, Cleveland was scheduled to be on national TV 39 times when schedules were released. This year it’s down to seven — and five of those are on NBA TV. One of the ESPN telecasts is against James and the Lakers. The other, for some reason, is against Brooklyn. The ratings should go through the roof for the latter, huh? …

Right now, the Cavs look like a team that will win about 30 games, maybe a handful more. If everything goes right, maybe they get to the upper 30s and sneak into the Eastern Conference playoffs, where they will get blasted by Boston or Philadelphia in the first round. …

Kevin Love is now the Cavs’ best player. He was injured for large chunks of a few seasons, but in his six years in Minnesota, the Timberwolves won, in order, 24, 15, 17, 26, 31 and 40 games. …

What I’m trying to say is that barring some great luck, the Cavs’ climb back to being a contender figures to be a lengthy process. …

At the very least, it’s going to take a few acquisitions that move the needle a bit more than David Nwaba and Sam Dekker. …

I’ve got plenty of opinions on the Urban Meyer situation at Ohio State, but since none of them will change the opinion of anyone else, I’m going to follow — probably for the first time in my 57 years — my dear, late mother’s advice: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything. …

What crazy things I might type on this keyboard next time, I can’t promise, but right now I have to type in some high school tennis results.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.


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