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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Jun 26, 2016

I've been talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers season obituary I wrote. Well, here it is. This is the beginning and please listen in for the rest.

If you define success by winning championships you're doomed to misery. I know it's early in the mourning process for these kinds of thoughts, but I've had this one stewing since the Cleveland Cavaliers dropped Game 4 to the Golden State Warriors. After attending that game and being a bit down, but not completely depressed, I had all these thoughts swirling around my head. I can't summarize my opinion in just one statement - and I won't with the number of words this will take - but my truth about the Cavaliers - and one I hope to feel sooner rather than later - is that this was an amazing season to be a fan of the team, despite them not winning it all.

Jun 25, 2016

I don't know if this was the best podcast we ever do, but it's definitely the best topic. Scott Raab joins the WFNY podcast after the Cleveland Cavaliers made history and made us all champions.

Jun 20, 2016

You knew it was only a matter of time before I tracked down Brian Spaeth to talk to us about the Cavaliers fulfilling their destiny as champions. We talked about the whole thing.

  • Brian Spaeth talks about a Cleveland Cavaliers championship
  • When did it all set in?
  • Did Brian really believe all the predictions or was it wishful thinking?
  • The stories and narratives that play out in life
  • Believing in the LeBron James story
  • The Cleveland sports story doesn't have to be compared to other athletes or storylines
  • Growing up with Richfield Coliseum
  • Reliving the draft lottery where the Cavs won the rights to draft LeBron James
  • Game 7 and what it's like in any sport
  • Did this finally relieve all the stress for the Browns and Indians as well?
  • Awaiting Scott Raab's follow up book
  • Brian wanted WFNY to just up and quit
Jun 20, 2016

Scott Sargent joins Craig Lyndall to discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers making history and coming back from a 3-1 deficit to bring a championship to the city of Cleveland. Kevin Love played well. Kyrie Irving made one of the biggest plays in Cleveland sports history. LeBron James delivered in a way that no athlete has done since Jim Brown in 1964.

We discuss all of that plus our own personal stories from the greatest Father's Day ever.

Jun 18, 2016

It's the day before the day. The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to play Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors and I still have no idea where to watch the game. It's a nervous experience trying to figure it all out.

I also tackle the Marlins Man issue that arose after a Friday night Indians game where Marlins Man was reportedly verbally abused, threatened and eventually driven from the stadium out of concern for his own safety. I can't possibly condone that, assuming it happened that way, but it deserves a little bit more discussion.

Are Cleveland fans worse than others? Are Cleveland fans irretrievably broken? Are you shocked and outraged? I try and bring some nuance to it all.

Jun 14, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers had their backs against the wall and the benefit of no Draymond Green. They made some history thanks to heroics by both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. We grabbed Bleacher Report's Ben Axelrod to break it all down, from the action itself to how LeBron is covered, and the mixed standards that fans use to judge him.

  • LeBron James' greatest Cavs playoff game
  • Kyrie and LeBron did some hero stuff
  • Is Kyrie Irving the right fit for LeBron?
  • Having patience for the Cavaliers and being "title or bust"
  • Kevin Love and what his struggles in the Finals mean for him
  • Leaving off-season questions about Kevin Love for the off-season
  • Kevin Love is a weird guy who annoys the cool kids
  • Nobody understands the duality of LeBron James better than Cavs fans
  • The expectations on LeBron James versus the rest of the league
  • The 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers are not candidates for the misery montage
  • Draymond Green's suspension and whether the Cavaliers earned that
  • Did LeBron James goad Draymond into a suspension knowingly?
  • Cleveland Cavaliers crowds vs. Dubs fans vs. Raps fans
  • Miami Fans watching the Cavaliers run and paying attention
  • The dynamics of playing a team seven times in a row
  • Does Golden State feel that this series is in doubt now?
  • The Cavs were in back to back lotteries and are now in back to back Finals
  • Game 6 odds and who should be favored
  • Respecting this title run as an uphill climb
Jun 9, 2016

They were dead and buried before Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors were just too good. The Cavaliers were going to lose every game, Kevin Love was hurt, and definitely going to be traded in the off-season. That's the way the world sounded heading into Game 3. Now, the Cavaliers breathe new life into the series with a 30-point victory of their own on their home court. We talk about all of it.

  • The truth about Kevin Love
  • LeBron James and his mysterious jumper
  • Is Timofey Mozgov dirty like Klay Thompson says?
  • What in the world was Iman Shumpert doing?
  • Should Richard Jefferson start in place of Kevin Love in Game 4?
  • Starters versus reserves and how it doesn't really matter
  • Steph Curry and the Cavaliers physical defense
Jun 8, 2016

Craig was asked to do a guest spot on a radio station called The Ump in Alabama with the Cole Cubelic show. They wanted to talk about Game 3 of the NBA Finals. We talked about the Cavs' performance. We talked about the coaching differential between Steve Kerr and Ty Lue. We talked about LeBron James and Kyrie Irving stepping up.

Jun 3, 2016

The day after the Cleveland Cavaliers' opening game loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Brian Spaeth and I met up to discuss it. We used my fancy new mobile recording rig to capture it in the comfort of my automobile. In addition to discussing the Cavs, we also talked about people we were seeing in the parking lot, mid-life crises, and also the new X-Men movie. If you know anything about Brian you knew he would have strong opinions about that film.


Jun 1, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to face the Golden State Warriors and Chris Clem is here to talk about that and the latest X-Men movie.

Here are the rest of the things we discussed.

  • Who have the Golden State Warriors played?
  • Dion Waiters is the fourth or fifth best player on the Thunder
  • The Cavaliers offensive rating is undersold
  • The Cavaliers should be underdogs, but they definitely have a chance
  • What would you do if the Cavs lost game one by 37 points?
  • Glad that people catching up to Steph Curry
  • X-Men is an X-Men movie
  • Everyone changes and Wolverine stays the same
  • Charles Xavier and the dramatic way he lost his hair
  • What's the next big sequel series

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May 28, 2016

Dave Sterling hosts Craig Lyndall to discuss the Cavaliers' victory over the Toronto Raptors and their second straight appearance in the NBA Finals.

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.
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