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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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Dec 7, 2016

We've long been admirer's of Terry Pluto's at WFNY. He's also been on the podcast a few times over the years. He's always been someone who appreciated what we've done and been friendly with links and references back to our work. I was elated when his publisher reached out to us and made some copies of his book available for us to give away to our audience. We're giving three copies of this book away, so please leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite Cavaliers Championship anecdote since they won the title. We'll select some random winners and try to get these books in your hands by Christmas.

If you don't win a copy of the book you can buy it at the following locations:

TerryPluto.com for a signed copy

Gray and Company Publishers

Amazon.com for a regular copy

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  • LeBron returns home
  • Getting to write a Cleveland sports book about a championship
  • Chris Grant trying to fill a roster after The Decision and The Letter
  • Cleveland's complex relationship to Dan Gilbert's Letter
  • Dan Gilbert's kitchen table meeting with LeBron in Miami
  • Pat Riley and how he's looked since LeBron's return
  • The Cavaliers plane ride to Golden State prior to Game 5
  • David Blatt and his strange run as Cavaliers coach
  • The halo effect of the Cavaliers championship on the Indians
  • Finally, I dragged Terry into some sad Browns talk
Dec 5, 2016

Jim Pete takes the hosting reigns with Craig.

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  • Jimmy Haslam starting the apology tour
  • Holding Jimmy Haslam accountable while also allowing them to tank
  • Does Jason La Canfora hate the Browns?
  • Jason La Canfora vs. Mark May
  • The Browns' take on roster construction with 19 rookies
  • Learning opportunities versus learning opportunities
  • Draft picks and what they're actually worth
  • Jimmy Haslam's apology tour begins
  • Cody Kessler vs. RG3
  • Ohio State Buckeyes in the playoff
  • Do you feel good about Ohio State's chances in the playoff?
  • J.T. Barrett and his lack of chemistry on offense
  • Ohio State and getting weapons involved
  • What about Penn State and what they deserve?
  • Removing the homerism, Ohio State has to be the choice regardless of Big 10 Championship
  • The "we" in sports
  • The New York Yankees signed Holliday for $13 million
  • Manny Ramirez and the Indians deal he didn't sign
  • Mike Napoli and the sleep apnea market inefficiency
  • Eyesight market inefficiency
Dec 2, 2016

Even though the Brownies don't have a game this week, Dylan, Dave and Yaz are back together to discuss the struggles of the Browns over the Bye, talk about important front office decisions and look at what desperate measures everyone in Berea is going through to get the Browns back on track.

Dec 1, 2016

It's been a slow week on the podcast, but it just got a lot better. I reached out to Will Burge of WTAM and he made some time for us to talk about Cleveland sports. We discussed public financing of stadiums, the Cleveland Browns and even the Cleveland Browns' quarterback quandary. 

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  • Will Burge from WTAM
  • NFL hypocrisy in how it's covered
  • Being a left-leaning guy on a right-leaning station
  • Public financing of stadiums
  • One-sided relationship between sports franchises and governments
  • Cleveland leading or following on the conversation with public funding of stadiums
  • The Browns leaving Cleveland being leverage for all sports teams
  • Are fans just jealous of owners' profits and wealth?
  • What kind of civic leader will Jimmy Haslam be in the long run?
  • Can the Browns continue to rebuild how they want with how bad they are?
  • The idea was right, but the execution was questionable
  • How much difference is there between going winless and winning one game?
  • The cutting of Paul Kruger on August 29
  • Not re-signing Mitchell Schwartz
  • RG3 vs. Cody Kessler
  • Hue Jackson wants a victory so he's going to play RG3
  • Mitch Trubisky in the draft
Nov 25, 2016

We are so sorry guys, Dylan gave us TOO MUCH notice that he would be gone for thanksgiving, so we don't have a ton of info on the Giants, but we do have a few friends checking in to with you a happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 23, 2016

It was inevitable that once the EHC guys got acclimated to their new digs at WFNY that they'd be back to their old tricks and podcasting again. Jim Pete, Jeff Nomina and Mike Hattery discuss the Indians in the outfield, trade possibilities, Brantley's shoulder, and friend shaming.

Nov 18, 2016

Dylan, Yaz and Dave are here to guide you through the first of our "Boycott Giant Eagle" weeks of the year, and in addition to covering RGIII's road to recovery and the best places for hot yoga in Middleburg Heights, we get into some Pittsburgh history. We cover the Pittsburgh football team and then talk about the big election issues that were facing Pittsburgh last week.

Nov 17, 2016

Jim Pete and I have been talking for months and we finally got together to talk some Cleveland sports. We talked Indians, Cavaliers and Browns. Jim even did the live read for Patreon! Hope you enjoy the first edition of Jim Pete on the WFNY podcast. You'll be hearing much more from him soon.

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  • Corey Kluber did not win the Cy Young award
  • There were three good candidates for Cy Young in 2016
  • Justin Verlander finishes second to Rick Porcello
  • Kate Upton's tweet about Justin Verlander's finish
  • Did Boston have anything to do with Porcello's big win?
  • Arguing regular season awards is like arguing balls and strikes
  • Pitcher wins and its value to Cy Young
  • Terry Francona wins the manager of the year
  • Terry Francona revealing himself as an innovator in the ALCS
  • Comparing Terry Francona to Mike Hargrove
  • How did Jim Pete get here?
  • Welcoming the EHC to WFNY
  • The Cavaliers are now coasting until April
  • Cavaliers chaos just a year ago and how things have changed
  • RG3 and whether he should be the one who gets to play this season
  • Cody Kessler and the value of reps the rest of this year
  • Why shouldn't RG3 play some more this year?
  • The Browns courting Tony Romo? Lol
  • Why are people so shocked that Hue Jackson would go to Josh McCown?
  • Cody Kessler might very well be Colt McCoy
  • Playing "NOT IT!" with Cleveland Browns tickets
  • The destroyed value of PSLs in Cleveland
  • Talking about the owner and figuring out if he can keep it together
  • The idea that the Browns would fire people this year is ludicrous
  • Does Ray Horton deserve to be fired?
  • The Browns have no players on defense for Horton to work with
  • Fighting between the front office and the coaching staff over RG3 and Cody Kessler
  • Jim Pete's final podcast rant on the Tribe and what the prospects are for a trade
Nov 17, 2016

Bob Finnan covered the Cavaliers for more than 20 years. He has a new book called 100 Things Cavs Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. Thankfully one of those things is a championship and Cavs fans can scratch that one off the list. 

We talked about a host of Cavaliers topics including Dajuan Wagner, Carlos Boozer, LeBron James, The Decision, and obviously The Championship.

You should be able to pick up the book at local bookstores, but if you can't find it, you can grab a copy at Amazon.com.

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Nov 10, 2016

THE BROWNS ARE BACK from their sabbatical, and coincidentally Dylan, Dave, and Yaz are also back to get you ready for this week's game. We open up the phone lines and get a fan response, and we give our bold predictions on the outcome of the game.

Nov 10, 2016

Craig and Andrew get together for a sports podcast about sports and not about anything else. Browns and Cavs. Just sports for you. For real.

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  • Cowboys culture taking over Cleveland Browns Stadium
  • Browns fans versus Cowboys fans and getting along
  • Traveling fans and how bad they are to the locals
  • Giving other traveling fans the business
  • Dallas fans coming on the heels of the Cubs
  • Browns fans as pacifists
  • How can you be a Browns fan in 2016?
  • NFL get Jimmy Haslam out of here
  • How big was the tank job?
  • What was the ceiling on the 2016 Browns coming into the year?
  • Hue Jackson coaching the team up to play how they will when the DO have talent
  • The differences between coaching a bad team for this year or coaching them for the future
  • Will the pressure mount for the coaching staff to squeak out a win?
  • Do the Browns ever deserve the benefit of the doubt?
  • Fan pressure and how it can impact an organization for real
  • The new normal with a boring Cavaliers regular season
  • A season without LeBron / Cavaliers drama
  • Forgetting about David Blatt completely
  • David Griffin and how fortunate the Cavaliers were to have him follow up Chris Grant
  • Cavaliers fans were very defensive of Chris Grant and his asset building model
  • Channing Frye and what he brought to the Cavaliers
  • Team building and how important it is as opposed to asset allocation
Nov 9, 2016

On a day after an election, I wanted nothing more than to talk about sports. Yes, even if it is the Browns.

There was no guest lined up today, but with the Browns sitting at 0-9 with a Thursday night game against the Ravens, I wanted to get some thoughts out there. I also tell the story of how after the Browns vs. Cowboys game I became the cell phone hero! 

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Nov 7, 2016

TD was finally ready to talk, so we tried as best we could to put a bow on the 2016 Cleveland Indians season. We discussed what it was like to have to watch the Indians as away fans in Progressive Field. We talked about bad Cubs fans and good Cubs fans. We also talked about the Dallas Cowboys takeover of Cleveland Browns Stadium over the weekend and how painful that was.

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  • The Cleveland Browns and suffering through being an away fan in your own stadium
  • The new regime with the Cleveland Browns
  • Bandwagon Dallas fans left over from the '90's
  • The Browns hosted a Patriots home game
  • Dallas Cowboys fans who aren't from Dallas
  • Making peace with the Cubs fan takeover of Progressive Field
  • The perfect storm of the Chicago Cubs in the World Series against the Indians
  • Cubs fans were either super wealthy or it was cheaper for them to jump in their car
  • Game 7 between the Indians and Cubs was one of the top games of the century?
  • The jerks who sat in front of TD during Game 7
  • Away fans who don't know how to act
  • TD loses his mind with Cubs fans
  • Cleveland fans are potentially awful too
  • Coming to grips with the fact that this was a good season
  • What do the Indians have to do to not be 2008?
  • Terry Francona might be the greatest coach ever to coach in Cleveland
  • The way Mike Napoli can be back in Cleveland
  • Having an entire season of Andrew Miller
  • Bryan Shaw and why Indians fans hate him so much
  • Putting the Rajai Davis home run in perspective
  • The Indians didn't choke
Nov 3, 2016

Martin Rickman of UPROXX has been on the podcast multiple times in the past and he was nice enough to join us to talk about the Cubs defeating the Indians for the World Series crown. It was a sad day in many respects, but in the end I think we talked about a whole host of reasons why Cleveland fans should keep their heads up high. We also discussed the NBA vs. the NFL vs. MLB and how each of them markets their sport.

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  • The difference between playoff baseball and playoff basketball
  • The Chicago Cubs fan universe and whether bandwagons are a bad thing
  • Harry Caray and the nostalgia for the Cubs
  • LeBron James and the Cavaliers helping the whole city
  • The discrepancies between the Indians and Cubs
  • Missing out on the Sunday game
  • The things that fell into place for the Indians even with some things not working
  • There's nothing that feels like a choke with the 2015 Cavaliers or 2016 Indians
  • Building winning culture vs. trying to import it
  • Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving on the heels of a win
  • Indians overtaking the Browns in Cleveland
  • The Cubs fan takeover in Cleveland and why it might never happen again
  • NFL and what's wrong with that
  • UPROXX changes with Martin and what he's doing next at DIME
  • The NBA and what the league is like right now
  • The NBA and how understanding they are about the way their fans want to absorb the game
  • The NFL's GIF culture and how it messes with their future
  • The It Me UPROXX Sports podcast
Nov 2, 2016

I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I'm a bundle of nerves wrapped in barbed wire. I don't want to move for fear of getting hurt as the Indians prepare for a Game 7 with Corey Kluber on the mound. It's a solo podcast where I dive into the deepest fears and also talk about the weirdness of the Cleveland Browns' trade for Jamie Collins.

I touched on the Cubs fans takeover of Progressive Field and why it's not particularly shocking or controversial. It stinks, but it's just kind of how economics works. There are more Cubs fans than Indians fans. There will always be more Cubs fans than Indians fans. StubHub and the secondary ticket market exists and will continue to exist giving consumers perfect information and visibility of pricing. You are never putting the genie back in the bottle.

Why is the Jamie Collins trade so weird? The Patriots seem to have gotten worse - intentionally - in a year where they're competing for a Super Bowl. Does this deal actually somehow make them better? Does this deal make the Browns better? Could this be a deal that makes both teams better in different ways? What do the Browns have to do to win their portion of the deal?

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