The Official Waiting For Next Year Podcast

Hosted by Craig Lyndall, the Waiting For Next Year podcast is about Cleveland sports mostly. Other topics include the media, culture and anything else we feel like talking about.
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May 24, 2016

There are few people I like to talk Cavs more with than Brian Spaeth. He's not beholden to the same drama that the rest of the sports world has relied on to garner eyeballs. We discussed the Cleveland Cavaliers' struggles in Toronto and whether or not it's good for the team to face some adversity. 

How short should the trigger be for Ty Lue with Kevin Love? Where is the value for Tristan Thompson if he can't outplay Bismack Biyongo? Can the Cavs trap the pick and roll for four straight quarters? Will the Cavaliers come out faster simply by being at home in front of a friendly crowd?

We also discussed podcasting in general and drew comparisons with the start of blogs. We talked about the fractured media environment, the short-term traffic play and how fruitless that ultimately will be when the dust settles on this internet-based content culture. 


May 19, 2016

Dave and Dylan received an assignment from Craig at the beginning of the Cavs playoff run to produce some Cavs playoff content. Due to their poor scheduling choices they have yet to record even a minute of podcast about the 2 previous playoff series. With this series seemingly over already they scrambled to put together a short podcast to get Craig off their backs for at least a little while. Please enjoy the Friday Fumble Cavaliers Edition.

May 17, 2016

Jamie Meklemburg jumped on episode #500 of the WFNY Podcast to discuss a CHAMPIONSHIP. Stipe Miocic captured the UFC Heavyweight Title and Jamie was in Brazil while it was happening. He gives us all the details.

  • Stipe Miocic wins the UFC Heavyweight Champion
  • What happens immediately after the win?
  • What happens after the press conference?
  • What's the reaction in the arena?
  • Scary moments in Brazil after Stipe wins
  • Stipe's level of preparedness and how fast he wanted to get the fight started
  • Werdum's distracted entrance and his lack of focus
  • Stipe's takedown defense and his leaps forward
  • Stipe Miocic's next fight and when Stipe could fight next
  • Stipe Miocic's first title defense needs to take place in Cleveland
  • Did you feel safe in Brazil?
  • The team environment leading up to a fight
  • What does Stipe Miocic's win mean in the greater sports community?
  • Being a champ forever.
May 13, 2016

Dave, Yaz and Stephanie got together for another WFNY soccer podcast!  We're still thinking of a catchier title, we promise!

We start off by talking about the newest honorary Cleveland Team, Columbus Crew SC and their recent drama.
Is addition by subtraction enough for the Crew to turn it around?
Who are your top 5 dream forwards for the Crew?
The USMNT are getting ready to play in the Copa America, and it is actually IN AMERICA!
The USWNT is coming to Cleveland on June 5th and you should go!
Finally we wrapped up by gasping in astonishment at Leicester City's historic premier league win.
May 9, 2016

Brian Spaeth joined the podcast to discuss two of his favorite things. We discussed the Cleveland Cavaliers and their sweep of the Atlanta Hawks and the latest Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War. Here are the rest of the details.

  • The Cavaliers defeat the Hawks
  • Saying "I told you so" to the scaredy cats
  • Are the Cavs a three-point shooting team?
  • Coach Lue coaching to a series gameplan
  • LeBron James transitioning to being a leader
  • The Cavaliers versus the Heat in Miami
  • Why is Dwyane Wade so healthy right now?
  • Captain America Civil War!
  • Bloat versus canon?
  • The overall Marvel Universe and what's happening
  • Two hours and twenty-seven minutes of Marvel
  • The political push and pull between Captain America and Iron Man
  • Iron Man's history with politics and weapons and military
  • Iron Man built weapons and Captain America was a weapon
  • Could we have done without War Machine?
  • The introduction of Black Panther
  • Spider Man and what the future of the character will be
  • Marvel and Sony working together on the next Spider-Man movie
  • Superman's vague wealth versus Spider-Man's career path
May 7, 2016

Dave got together with Chris Clem and discussed the Game 3 win over the hawks.

  • We talked about the Cavs inevitable win.
  • Never lacking in confidence.
  • Distracting ourselves so we don't realize we might have a chance...
  • Favorites of the playoff season.
  • Gas station pop up t-shirts
  • Promotional t-shirts over business attire.
  • WWE style rant from Chris about Tristan Thompson haters.
  • Who do you want to face in the eastern conference finals?
May 6, 2016

Mike Polk Jr. stopped by to discuss his latest album release on a brand new label. 

You can find all the info about that on Mike Polk

Here's his comedy album available on iTunes.

We discussed Browns season tickets, Believeland, Mike's career in print and on TV and how he came to be able to deal with the negative people.

May 4, 2016

Scott Raab helped build this podcast with his Monday morning episodes. We will forever be indebted to him for spending that time with WFNY and we're happy to have him on whenever he feels like it. He is in town for the Cavs playoffs and wanted to discuss ESPN's forthcoming 30 for 30 documentary Believeland. It's showing March 14th on ESPN.

We also discussed the Cavaliers, sports and life in general, and a little bit about life after Esquire magazine. 

May 4, 2016

Chad Zumock is a friend to WFNY and he is going to be on TV soon doing his first TV standup showcase. He'll be on AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live on May 12th at 10:00 PM with Norm MacDonald as host. Check it out.

Here's what else we discussed.

  • Ghostbusters and Back to the Future and Star Wars
  • Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks
  • Enjoying the Cavs and enjoying the ride to the playoffs
  • Lack of hero ball with the Cavaliers and Ty Lue
  • Chris Clem's Cavs cast and Chad's LeBron bipolar theory
  • Ty Lue pumping up Kevin Love
  • Luke Walton following Byron Scott in LA
  • Not getting caught up in the Cleveland Browns' draft
  • Angry Chad Zumock and the new non-angry man
  • Public people being locked into the older versions of themselves
  • Bringing the stuff in your life to the stage
  • May 12th on AXS TV - Gotham Comedy Live - Watch Chad Zumock
May 2, 2016

I have two guests coming up later this week, but I wanted tochat about the Browns and the final results of their drafting. Iwanted to talk about how silly it is to assign draft grades andtalk a little bit about what the job is ahead of Hue Jackson andthe coaching staff. 

Finally I wanted to talk about the Cavaliers, Timofey Mozgov,and the upcoming series with the Hawks. It's a bit of anon-preview, but that's what you get from me. 

Finally I am avoiding talking about the Indians... for now.

Apr 29, 2016

The Cleveland Browns traded down before finally making their pick, but we covered it all. We discussed what happened ahead of the Browns from Carson Wentz and Jared Goff to Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott and the rest of the drafted Buckeyes. 

Finally the Cleveland Browns selected Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver, Baylor and made him the first wide receiver off the board. We discuss that and everything else that happened with the Cleveland Browns.

Apr 28, 2016

It's NFL draft day 2016 and I had some thoughts for you on the Browns and all the Buckeyes. I also discussed the Cavaliers' playoff layoff waiting for other series to complete. Is the layoff good or bad? Finally I spoke about micro-charity and the Twitter bullying that's in the news lately. 

Apr 28, 2016

They made a promise and they are sticking to it! The Friday Fumble boys are back with a preview for your NFL Draft. They break down the Browns picks, learn a few new things and round it out with a round-table discussion with some of the greatest NFL draft experts you've ever heard of.

Enjoy the Friday Fumble Draft Preview!

Apr 25, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers have dispatched their first-round opponent, The Detroit Pistons, in four games. It wasn't always easy, but the Cavs managed a sweep. I discussed that and a whole host of other topics with Brian Spaeth.

  • What matters to the Cavaliers and LeBron James?
  • What makes a playoff series easy or hard?
  • Kyrie takes over crunch time from LeBron James
  • LeBron James and his passive aggressive leadership leading to this
  • Media coverage and Michael Jordan back in 1996
  • Kobe Bryant and his retirement tour
  • What does Detroit need to get better?
  • Getting rid of Marcus Morris
  • J.R. Smith vs. Marcus Morris
  • Ty Lue vs. David Blatt and the Cavs coaching storyline
  • The NBA playoffs are hard
  • Boston vs. Atlanta and who does Brian want the Cavs to play?
  • Steph Curry and rooting for injuries
  • Captain America Civil War
  • The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling
  • Pixar sequels and Finding Nemo
Apr 22, 2016

With the Cavaliers in the midst of another postseason run, Scott Sargent was fortunate to be joined by three of the more prominent personalities in coverage all things NBA. NBA TV’s Kristen Ledlow, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and CBS Sports’ Zach Harper all took time out of their incredibly busy schedules to talk NBA, the Cavaliers’ regular season and what fans of many teams can expect over the next several weeks.

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  • Kristen Ledlow in Akron and Cleveland to start the season (2:00)
  • Golden State’s impact on how we view all other teams (6:00)
  • The top tier of NBA talent going through the playoffs (10:00)
  • Brian Windhorst on L.A. (16:00)
  • What’s it like covering the Cavs from afar? (19:00)
  • What’s up with Kevin Love? (24:00)
  • Draft picks that have been made on LeBron teams (31:00)
  • How much faith in Ty Lue? (33:00)
  • Playoffs Rapid Fire (36:00)
  • Zach Harper on Golden State/Houston (51:00)
  • Can Golden State beat the Spurs? (56:00)
  • Can anyone beat the Warriors? (58:00)
  • Can LeBron stay off of social media? (65:00)

Background track is “Alive” by KiD CuDi. Purchase this track on or Apple iTunes.

Many thanks to Kristen, Brian and Zach. Kristen can be seen on NBA TV with an all new Inside Stuff airing this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Brian’s work can be found on as well as a variety of ESPN programs including Rachel Nichols’ The Jump. Zach can be found on CBS Sports as well A Wolf Amongst Wolves. Follow them on Twitter at @KristenLedlow, @ESPNWIndhorst, and @talkhoops.

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