By Dante A. Ciampaglia
March 25, 2016

Cubs Playing With Cubs

Legend has it that the Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908 because, a long time ago, the team refused to let in a fan's pet goat. Even though Chicago is a favorite to win a title in 2016, maybe they thought they'd get a little extra help from the animal kingdom by hanging out with some actual baby bears.


This is some kind of goalazo goal from a kid soccer player. Eat your heart out, Messi!


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The Arizona Diamondbacks are threatening to leave their current home at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix if it is not improved to a state-of-the-art condition, according to the Arizona Republic

The Diamondbacks hope that Chase Field can be retrofitted to reach a modern state, but made it clear that they would look at stadium options elsewhere if that is not a realistic possibility.

If Maricopa County does not give the team permission to look at other stadium options, the team is prepared to sue, saying that it will, “ask the court for all appropriate relief." 

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The team also cited $187 million in repairs to Chase Field that have yet to be addressed by the county in its justification of a hypothetical move.

The Diamondbacks are currently prohibited from discussing stadium options with potential partners until after the 2024 season. Their current contract with Chase Field and the county lasts through 2028. 

In a team statement, Diamondbacks chief executive Derrick Hall addressed the issue of the county being unable to handle repairs to Chase Field.

“This spiral is insurmountable and will result in a Chase Field that will no longer be a state-of-the-art facility as our agreement requires and may, in fact, become unsuitable for continued use. We cannot risk being put in that position,” Hall said.

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The 48,519-seat stadium has been home to the Diamondbacks since 1998. 

The Browns signed Robert Griffin III on Thursday, and the former Redskins quarterback is in line to become Cleveland's 25th starting quarterback since 1999. 

Let’s soak that in for a moment. 25. Twenty-five. 25

We’ve seen more Browns quarterbacks (24) since the team returned to Cleveland than there are batteries in a 23-pack of batteries (23). LeBron graduated high school, debuted with the Cavaliers, left Cleveland, won two rings and returned to Cleveland since the last time a Browns quarterback started all 16 games in a season (Tim Couch, 2001). 

How futile has Cleveland been at sports’s most important position? Here’s a look back at every starting quarterback for the new incarnation of the franchise through last season.

Tim Couch, 59 starts, 1999–2003

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Couch has made by far the most starts since the Browns returned to Cleveland, 25 more than the next person on this list. Cleveland selected Couch No. 1 in 1999 out of Kentucky, and he had occasional success, including starting 14 games during a nine-win season in 2002, the last year the Browns made the playoffs. 

Ty Detmer, 2 starts, 1999

Doug Pederson, 8 starts, 2000

Spergon Wynn, 1 starts, 2000

Kelly Holcomb, 12 starts, 2002–04

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Holcomb actually started in the Browns’ last playoff game in January 2003 against the Steelers, throwing for 429 yards and three touchdowns in a loss. But he was eventually benched for Jeff Garcia.

Jeff Garcia, 10 starts, 2004

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Garcia had the second-worst passer rating of his career during his lone season in Cleveland. He threw 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions after coming over from the 49ers. He left for the Lions after one year, and later found success with the Eagles and Buccaneers.

Luke McCown, 4 starts, 2004

Charlie Frye, 19 starts, 2005–07

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Frye looked promising in the final five games of his rookie season, when he went 2–3 and seemingly formed a solid connection with receiver Braylon Edwards. But he struggled in 2006, and was benched for Derek Anderson shortly into the 2007 season.

Trent Dilfer, 11 starts, 2005

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Dilfer was pretty average and nondescript during his time in Cleveland. Shocking, I know.

Derek Anderson, 34 starts, 2006–09

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Anderson was relatively successful in Cleveland. In 2007, he led the team to the cusp of the playoffs with a 10-win season. He even made the Pro Bowl that year after Tom Brady dropped out, and Edwards emerged as one of the league's best receivers—at least for one season. But Anderson failed to recapture the magic his next two seasons, losing his job to injuries and a whole lot of ineffectiveness.

Brady Quinn, 12 starts, 2008–09

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The Browns seemingly struck gold when they drafted Quinn in 2007. They did not. Brady Quinn’s career passer rating? 64.4.

Ken Dorsey, 3 starts, 2008

Bruce Gradkowski, 1 start, 2008

Colt McCoy, 21 starts, 2010–11

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McCoy was a highly decorated college quarterback when the Browns selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft. He, like many before him in Cleveland, was stuck in a land of a mid-70s passer ratings before he eventually left the team. McCoy is now the backup in Washington, where he was ahead of RG3 on the depth chart in 2015.

Jake Delhomme, 4 starts, 2010

Seneca Wallace, 7 starts, 2010–11

Brandon Weeden, 20 starts, 2012–13

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Weeden was already old (28) when Cleveland drafted him in the first round. His most memorable on-field moment was getting stuck under a flag. 

Thad Lewis, 1 start, 2012

Jason Campbell, 8 starts, 2013

Brian Hoyer, 16 starts, 2013–14

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Hoyer started 13 games in 2014, when Cleveland finished with a respectable 7–9 record. At one point the Browns appeared destined for the playoffs, but they faded at the end of the season. Hoyer didn't return to the team. 

Johnny Manziel, 8 starts, 2014–15

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On the field, Manziel struggled,completing only 57% of his passes for 1,675 yards. Manziel also recorded seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and seven fumbles. Off the field, well, Manziel had even more issues. The former Heisman winner briefly checked into rehab and continued to party. He was also accused of assault by his ex-girlfriend, a case which is still being considered by a grand jury. The Browns released Manziel in March.

Connor Shaw, 1 start, 2014

Josh McCown, 8 starts, 2015

Austin Davis, 2 starts, 2015

And there you have it, all the Browns’ starting quarterbacks since 1999. Can RG3 break the trend of futility? History says Griffin will probably aggressively average more than anything else. 

And that’s if he’s one of the good ones.

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