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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Dave Sterling hosts Craig Lyndall to discuss the Cavaliers' victory over the Toronto Raptors and their second straight appearance in the NBA Finals.
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.
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.
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.
Dave, Yaz and Stephanie got together for another WFNY soccer podcast! We're still thinking of a catchier title, we promise!