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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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Jul 20, 2016

The Ringer is doing Cleveland week thanks to the RNC and the Cleveland Cavaliers championship. I reached out to Jason Concepcion, who goes by @netw3rk on Twitter, to discuss all things Cleveland.

We discussed the Cavaliers Championship, Kid Rock vs. Limp Bizkit, Donald Trump, protesters, the city of Cleveland holding their collective breath, and much much more.

Make sure you follow @netw3rk on Twitter and check out Cleveland Week at The Ringer.

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Jul 12, 2016

On part two Brian and Craig get into Dwyane Wade's move to Chicago, why Brian can't stand the Crying Jordan meme and a bunch about the 2016 crop of summer movies. 

Jul 12, 2016

This turned out to be a two-part podcast with Brian Spaeth. We had a long drive and ended up talking for about an hour. Part one is a lot about NBA free agency. We talk about Kevin Durant's move to the Warriors in a post-championship world. We discussed Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and whether or not super teams were the death of the NBA.

Part two will include talk about Crying Jordan, more NBA and movies.

Jul 6, 2016

With the July 4th holiday, it's been a slow time on the WFNY Podcast. I was brimming with things to say about all the various player movements that I had to talk about it all. Here's what else I discussed, but first...

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  • Kevin Durant signs with the Golden State Warriors
  • Golden State probably won't win 73 games again even with a better team
  • The power of the Cavaliers championship in all the player movement
  • Golden State Warriors giving the rest of the NBA hope
  • Dwyane Wade and the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • What the Cavaliers should do with their off-season
  • Getting better without making drastic additions

Last, but not least, if you want to support WFNY and all of our initiatives, please consider joining at Scout.

 

Jun 28, 2016

Former WFNY weekend writer, turned book writer, Brendan Bowers joins the podcast to discuss his Cleveland Cavaliers championship book called "Cleveland Is King!" The book is available at Amazon and at Triumph books.

We discuss the process of writing a championship book that's released right after a championship. We discussed the changing of Cavaliers narratives. Finally we discussed the Cavaliers off-season and what it might be like to bring this entire team back to defend the title.

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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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