Factory Lines: Mike Pettine, Warren Buffett and Carlos Santana


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Every weekday morning, we’ll take a look at headlines from the last 24 hours to make sure you’re up-to-date on everything Cleveland sports. With three major teams in one town, fans have a lot of information to process. Some headlines are big, but often it’s the small news that can have the greatest impact. So we’re here to help. Let’s take a look:


The Browns are pulling out all the stops. The mystery man they interviewed in Florida turned out to be former Tampa Bay Buccaneers HC Greg Schiano per FootballScoop.com. But alas, it’s just not in the cards:

It also seems Buffalo Bills DC Mike Pettine is getting a third interview this morning with the team. Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson of ESPN are reporting that the search might be coming to a close:

"“League sources believe Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has emerged as the favorite, though Cleveland has not made any decision yet. Pettine will be one of two candidates to fly to Cleveland to interview with the Browns again on Thursday.”"

Who is this other finalist? Is Seattle Seahawks DC Dan Quinn also flying into Cleveland?

Maybe not. But that still doesn’t answer the question. For all we know, Josh McDaniels could be back in the mix.


Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is up to his old tricks again. ABC News reported:

"“On Tuesday, Quicken Loans announced in a marketing ploy that it is offering $1 billion for a perfect bracket completed through this year’s men’s college basketball championship tournament, commonly known as March Madness. [Warren] Buffett’s investment company Berkshire Hathaway is offering an additional $2 million in prizes for 20 of the most accurate brackets.”"

There’s a reason these guys are wealthy. Check out the odds of filling out a perfect bracket:

As an employee of a Berkshire Hathaway company, I would much prefer they hand out bonuses. No such luck I guess.

In other news, the Cavs were “horrible” in a loss last night to the Chicago Bulls, and Kyrie Irving appears to be joining LeBron James in the 28-player pool for the upcoming USA men’s national basketball team. We can only get used to one of these. Later today, we’ll also find out if they’re both starting in the NBA All-Star game together. Get excited.


Is it likely that former catcher Carlos Santana will be playing third base for the Tribe next season? It’s possible. But while Santana is expecting to start at third, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com speculates whether or not he’ll be handed the job:

"“Perhaps the Indians are trying to get the attention of Lonnie Chisenhall, their reluctant third-base prospect. Two years ago they brought Jack Hannahan to spring training to go head-to-head with Chisenhall and Hannahan ran away with the job. Last spring they handed the job to Chisenhall at the start of camp and that didn’t work either.”"

Of course, there’s still plenty of time and manager Terry Francona can’t even begin to call it a done deal:

Maybe the front office is giving Chisenhall one last chance because they need it to work. We’d certainly like for him to come into his own because it would clear up a lot uncertainty, but you can’t force it. And even though he was a second round pick, it could be time to cut your losses.

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