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Gotta go online and get my tickets to watch the Browns in the Super Bowl — in 2048 — so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports before we settle in for a mid-day nap:

If you (somehow) haven’t seen rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield’s imitation of Browns general manager John Dorsey, Google it. It’s spot on, Buddy Boy. …

While we’re on the subject (sort of), when did “Google” become a verb? …

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is already too big for his britches, as evidenced by his comments about the tackling form of rookie Denzel Ward. If the Browns start well, the man could become unbearable, but that would be a pleasant problem for this team to have. …

Prediction: Josh Gordon will have either an All-Pro season or he won’t make it through the year. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground. …

Medina County once again will have at least one athlete on NFL playing fields in 6-foot-1, 240-pound 49ers fullback/H-back Kyle Juszczyk, who is in the second year of a four-year, $21 million deal after originally being drafted in the fourth round (out of Harvard) by the Ravens in 2013. …

For what it’s worth, I can still spell “Juszczyk” without looking it up because I typed it so many times while he was playing 10 positions at Cloverleaf. …

There’s a chance the county might have two NFL players, as 6-5, 252-pound tight end Mason Schreck, a Medina graduate, is fighting for a roster spot with the Bengals. …

Schreck looked great while catching three passes for 58 yards Sunday against the Bills — he fumbled the ball out of bounds near the goal line after one — but he entered that game fourth at tight end on Cincinnati’s depth chart. …

A seventh-round pick out of Buffalo in 2017, Schreck made $465,000 last season while on the practice squad and is slated to earn $480,000 if he sticks — as an active player or practice squad member — this season. Even if he doesn’t stick with the Bengals, Schreck has shown he can play and deserves a shot with another team. …

Final thought on the NFL before we switch gears: Preseason games are a total scam of the ticket-buying public. I’d argue the entire charade could be eliminated and teams simply could conduct afternoon scrimmages against one another, like they do in high school. …

It always amazes me that so many people claim they’re sick of professional sports because of the outlandish money many athletes make, but then throw their full support behind big-time college athletics, where rich coaches and rich school administrators continue to get richer while the kids making them all that money get only a college scholarship. …

Word to the wise: Next time Urban Meyer is at a press conference, wait a day or two until he takes to Twitter and tells you what he should have said or meant to say. …

Having watched the Wadsworth football team score 35 points vs. Firestone in a span of 3:33 of the first quarter Friday, I can tell you the 30-point lead, running clock in the second half is the best invention in high school sports history. Without it, the Grizzlies and Falcons might still be on the field at Art Wright Memorial Stadium. …

By the way, awhile back former outstanding Gazette news reporter Halee (Heironimus) Gerenday yelled over from her cubicle, “Is Wadsworth’s football stadium called Art Wright Stadium?” I answered back, “There’s a ‘Memorial’ in there.” So she promptly typed, “Art Wright Stadium Memorial.” Fortunately, it got corrected in the editing process. …

Plenty of other gaffes have not — and a lot of them have been made by yours truly — but right now I’ve gotta get busy ordering Super Bowl tickets. …

Till next time!

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


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