Rod’s Week & Sports – Talking Carlos Hyde

The week started with that less-than-entertaining Browns loss to the Chargers. If you listened to the Brownie Sunday Podcast, you heard me refer them as San Diego more than once. Sorry. I grew up watching Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, John Jefferson, Chuck Muncie and others play for the Chargers. They’ll always be San Diego to me. How many teams does Los Angeles need anyway?

I took a week of vacation from my day job and worked around the house most of the week. It did feel good to check a few things off the to-do list. No, I didn’t get to everything. I didn’t really expect to. A few of the items had been hanging around for longer than I’d like to admit. I still have a lot to do, but that’s life when you own a house. The list is never done. As a matter of fact, half of the things I did this week weren’t even on the list.

My wife and I spent Thursday and Friday together. We did some shopping in Cincinnati Thursday and then took a trip to Columbus on Friday. We ate lunch at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus. I ate there as a kid, but I didn’t really remember what the place was like. We ate way too much, but it was great. We also walked the Easton Town Center. It’s a lot bigger than anything in Dayton. We walked and shopped until we were tired of walking and then we tried to find the car. Fortunately, we parked by a place named “World of Beer,” so it wasn’t that hard.

World of Beer is a restaurant, by the way. I expected a beer store with every beer in the world. I was disappointed, to say the least. I was hoping to grab a few unique bottles of beer to sample on Brownie Sunday. The good news is that I did fairly well beer shopping in Cincinnati. It’s not that I drink all the time, I just enjoy good beer and like to have a variety on hand. If you want to buy alcohol in Cincinnati, Jungle Jim’s is the only place to go.

I’ve had fun talking to people on Twitter about the Carlos Hyde trade. I don’t like the trade. Some people agree with me, some don’t. That’s fine. What I like is that everyone has been respectful in discussing the deal. I feel there was room for Hyde, Chubb and Duke on this team. Yes, Chubb and Duke need more touches. My issue is that Hyde is a solid back and the return was not significant. I don’t think I’m smarter than John Dorsey. In fact, I really hope Nick Chubb has a huge season from here on out. I also hope the 5th round pick is used to select a starting wide receiver. I may disagree with some of Dorsey’s moves, but I will always support him. He’s the best thing to happen to the Browns in years.

I’m looking forward to talking to Jennifer Matthews on the Brownie Sunday Podcast tomorrow. We’re going to state the case for her dad, Clay, Jr. to be elected to the Hall of Fame. We’ve been working with a group of people to get the word out on his deservedness for a place in Canton. You don’t have to get very far into the numbers to agree. Clay personifies the work ethic and excellence of those tough Browns defenses of the 1980’s. Watch for the article version of the case for Clay Matthews written by Menachem Ickovitz. It will be out this week. We’ve also had help from several other people including Scott Mayberry, Steve Dager, Peter Jones and Tony Grossi.

Here’s hoping for a bounce-back game from the Browns on Sunday. I don’t know where this team is headed this season. I do know or at least feel that it’s headed in the right direction talent-wise for the long haul. Have a great week, everyone!

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