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If nothing else, (alleged) place-kicker Zane Gonzalez certainly provided a lot of headline possibilities Sunday in the Browns’ 21-18 loss to the Saints. Let’s go through some of them — and a few other things, of course — in Rick-o-chet style:

  • Just four kicks. …
  • Kicking and screaming. …
  • No good! …
  • Zane ol’, Zane ol’. …
  • What a crying Zane. …
  • Making a miss of things. …
  • Going down kicking. …
  • Gone-zalez! …
  • The agony of de-foot. …
  • Shank you very much. …
  • Laces out, Finkle! …
  • Losing by a foot. …
  • Kick to the teeth (or gut, or pants). …
  • Cold foot. …
  • In-Zane way to lose. …
  • No pain, no Zane. …
  • Can’t kick the habit. …

There are many more, courtesy of my Facebook friends and Twitter followers, but you get the, um, point, right? …

While we’re on the subject of Gonzalez (sort of), after him and Johnny Manziel, maybe the Browns shouldn’t issue No. 2 for a while. …

With the Cavaliers set to hold their annual media day Monday — practice starts the next day — here’s hoping Collin Sexton fairs better wearing that number in Cleveland. …

And that he’s more devoted to winning and less concerned about his brand than ol’ Flat Earth, the guy who wore No. 2 before him. …

For what it’s worth, the last player to don No. 2 for the Indians was somebody named Aaron Cunningham, in 2012. …

The man who played the most games for the Tribe while wearing No. 2? None other than Einar Diaz. …

One last thought on No. 2: Remember former Browns punter Reggie Hodges and his 68-yard rumble, stumble on a fake — vs. the Saints, no less — in 2011? …

From the Just When You Thought You’d Seen Everything Department: Bills defensive back Vontae Davis retired at halftime Sunday. …

Halftime! …

I hope Josh Gordon gets his life in order, I really do, but he should have been sent packing by the Browns a long time ago. …

Two weeks, two NFL ties. This is hogwash (not the word I wanted to use!) …

I don’t care how you have to tweak the rules. Just play until there’s a winner and loser like they do in high school and college. …

The head honchos will tell you this stupid 10-minute overtime rule is about player safety. Again, hogwash (again, not the word I wanted to use!) …

I mean, this is a league that has no trouble scheduling games on Mondays, Thursdays and, late in the season, Saturdays. …

This is a league that will play three games in London and one in Mexico City this season. …

This is also a league that is getting harder and harder to watch given all the bad officiating and stupid rules. At this rate, it won’t be long before quarterbacks wear flags or have two-hand touch rules apply to them. …

Speaking of hard to watch, about a quarter and a half of the Browns-Saints game was broadcast in Spanish for those paying an arm and a leg (and maybe an ear, finger and toe) for Armstrong’s high-definition cable service. …

Dude talked so much he actually had me longing to listen to Matt Underwood. …

Hard to watch, Part III: That Urban Meyer-Tom Rinaldi interview on ESPN seemed staged and extremely rehearsed. …

The Brunswick football team is 0-4 heading into a home game against extremely powerful Mentor. The last time the Blue Devils started 0-5 was 1970, when they finished 0-10. …

Wadsworth, meanwhile, has a decent shot to compile a 10-0 regular-season mark for the second straight season. …

The most exciting football player in Medina County is Highland running back/cornerback/return man Jake Rogers. In fact, it’s not even close, and that’s not an indictment of other county players. Rogers is just that thrilling to watch. …

OK, I’ve rambled longer than Reggie Hodges. …

Till next time!

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


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