It's been far too long since I did a Joncast. Always nice to catch up with him. Enjoy as we ride the conversation for nearly an hour covering a wide range of topics.
Vacations and how we don’t take nearly enough of them
The European method of taking a month off in August
Our pursuit of happiness and self-inflicting wounds culturally
Defining needs vs. wants and how we’ve become spoiled
Swisher and the bro dude stare at the mound
Tom Hamilton and what he said
Rob Neyer and comparing baseball to a soap opera
Derek Lowe and Dusty Baker
Liking Craig Calcaterra’s blog and writing
The gotcha culture and why people shouldn’t have an opinion on anything
Getting ingrained in a culture and having it ruin the things you love
Did we create obsessive compulsive disorder or at least augment its existence?
Is sports talk radio a guilty pleasure?
Have you ever injured your voice screaming at talk radio?
Jim Rome and forcing the audience to eat their own
Hiram and why long form is so much better for so many people
The Indians and how you could see this coming on the schedule
Walk-offs and overtime NHL goals are the best endings in sports
Playoff NBA officiating is worse than regular season NBA officiating
NHL playoff officiating is better than regular season NHL officiating
The nebulous nature of blocking and charging calls
USMNT coming to Cleveland
St. Louis and how it is a big soccer town
Kirk wrote a fantastic article exploring the trade market available to the Cavs and I wanted to go over it and push him further on it since it has been out there a few days. Of course we also talked about some other stuff like Dwight Howard.
I wasn't looking forward to Furious 6 and Brian really was. How do we feel about the flick now that we've both seen it finally? By the way, this is by far the most I've laughed into the mic on my own podcast.
Scott and I found time on this holiday Monday morning to carry on as normal with our podcast. Here's the rest of what we discussed...
Memorial Day and working on it
Chris Perez and his apparent shoulder injury
Has anyone been hired as coach or manager to give faith like Terry Francona
Randy Lerner and his hire of Mike Holmgren
Good hires and just because things don’t work out don’t make them a bad idea
Browns public relations and media relations
Granular results and outcomes versus trends
Tom Heckert and his performance
Pat Shurmur and Howie Roseman and whether Chip Kelly wanted Shurmur
Valley View and the Fast and Furious 6
Stopping feeling guilty about the pleasures
Craig likes Roxette and the Pretty Woman soundtrack
Bubblegum pop artists and the cycles with Justin Bieber and New Kids on the Block
The Monkees and their pop hits
Zach Lowe and the criticism of Dan Gilbert’s entourage in Grantland
Being cool by not caring what other people think
Scott Sargent is not cool :-)
The Comic Sans letter and making fun of Dan Gilbert for it
Scott joined me for about 20 minutes to discuss the Cavaliers goings on since winning the NBA draft lottery last night. Here's what we talked about more specifically.
The turmoil of having the first overall pick in the draft
What do you think about the trade down cuteness?
Due diligence and just how little fans and media can do
Nerlens Noel and how good he needs to be in order for Grant to justify taking him
Do you trust Chris Grant to avoid the tendency to chase height and need?
Kevin Love and how unavailable he really is
James Harden wasn’t available until he was either
Lamarcus Aldridge and his availability
Marc Gasol and his ability to be moved
Chris Bosh’s name and how nobody has talked about it yet
Free agency pool and who you would look at in free agency
Zach Lowe’s critique of the NBA lottery event and the Cavs
Scott and I spent a lot of time talking Tribe today. We also touched on Brian Hoyer and whether we should be talking about it or not and also the Chuck Klosterman controversy with the Cleveland Browns.
Scott Raab will be on the Ken Carman show weekly every Friday at 9 PM
Talking about not talking about Brian Hoyer and his signing
Which team should win a championship if you had a choice?
Losing in 2007 and a hated Red Sox team in 2007
Cleveland fans and the amount of palpable hate for a fanbase that’s never won
If the Indians put up a statue in center field it ought to be Steve Olin
Is Jacob’s field a pitcher’s ballpark?
You have to get down to the seventh or eighth hitter to find a slow player
The contrived nature of the save in baseball
Chris Perez = Joe Borowski with a six pack in him
Julio Franco and the obsession with the holes in his game
Chris Perez talked about the organization and not just the fans
How much of the credit goes to Terry Francona?
Writing and how important it is to work with a good editor
David Granger and how important a good editor is for writers
Do novel writers have to have adversarial relationships with themselves?
The disadvantages of blogging are the lack of working it over and over
Balancing speed and quality / length
Guys who cover the NFL and how they feel about the Browns P.R.
The Browns and their adversarial relationship with the media
Chuck Klosterman whining about lack of access
It’s to Tony Grossi’s credit that Art Modell isn’t in the Hall of Fame
Access in the NFL is tightly tightly controlled
It’s better to be out there and not saying a lot than not out there at all
Talking about hockey with @NHLinCLE
The Cleveland Barons and Freddy Glover
Hockey fans and how they’re a different breed than the other sports
My wife made a brief and reluctant experience on the podcast to give her take. We did spoiler free talk for the first 10 minutes, so feel free to listen away whether you saw the movie or not.
Star Trek Into Darkness
Watching Wrath of Khan?
My wife makes an appearance on the podcast
Should the movie have aped the catalog so much?
Rebooting the series and whether or not they’ll make a third one
Did anyone need to really need that guy to be Khan?
Just how perfect the effects are and how it allows movies to get back to characters
A car alarm goes off in Brian’s background
Who will the next group of writers be?
Being super-entertained by an XD movie and whether or not we should micro-analyze
Movies vs. films and the multiple tiers of summer movies
Christopher Nolan and how much to trust him as a producer
Kirk and whether he’s supposed to be smart or dumb like impression
Other show notes:
An author from the Bay Area named Eric Simons (pronounced SIMMONS I screwed up!) wrote a book about sports fans and their psychology. Naturally, desiring a unique subject to study, he scoured the Internet and came across WFNY's own resident head case TD. Eric's book is called The Secret Lives of Sports Fans and it attempts to answer a lot of questions about how sports fans are the way they are. There's some science and plenty of interesting stories including some about TD. I talked to him about his book and other topics for a bit.
Why do sports make me feel so angry all the time?
The physical reflexes we get when we actually watch sports
Mirror neurons in the motor cortex
MMA and why we dodge punches while watching a sport
There are a lot of different ways to like sports
Cleveland is a really good case study for sports fans anchoring to local teams
People’s brains get confused about who the action is happening to
Expectations and what it does to your brain
Is this going to feel like a science book?
Getting a word in edgewise with TD
Really happy to get Pat McManamon on the podcast. I wanted to talk to him about Fanhouse and how the media landscape has changed both for him and also around him over the years. We also had some good conversation about the Browns, Chuck Klosterman and Twitter.
AOL Fanhouse and what it was like to work there
Working virtually with coworkers and editors on Fanhouse
Talking to people on the phone and how much richer that communication is
Fox Sports Ohio and the STO purchase
Reporting on the Pilot Flying J story and how to cover it
Sticking to the facts as opposed to writing lots of opinions
Jimmy Haslam’s controversy and how much to report on it
The Browns and transparency with the media
Chuck Klosterman’s piece on the Browns 2013 NFL Draft night
Should the Browns have traded picks or not?
Do the Browns know why their secrets are secrets?
Open practice vs. closing it 15 minutes after it started
Rick is running a contest for a free WFNY t-shirt. He will be posting a link of the show on his twitter page @RickWFNY and you need to RT it for a chance to win. We will pick a winner at random. (There is no purchase necessary. There are no guarantees of winning, but we guarantee we will make an attempt to give someone a free t-shirt. Please don't sue us for trying to do something nice.)
Just how open are the Browns right now in terms of their public face
The Chuck Klosterman article on Grantland
What was the lead time of the trip to Cleveland?
Where is the split in the Browns home building?
Is there a split in the Browns building?
Jimmy Haslam’s trucking company troubles and how it changed Klosterman’s access
Missing the opportunity of having Chuck Klosterman in the room
Grading the front office on the pass rush should be easy
The Browns front office casts a vote against Pat Shurmur by bringing them all back
Brandon Weeden and his ability to get incrementally better
The possibility that Chud and Norv Turner will try to put guys in abilities to achieve
Finding the next Darren Sproles or finding a true change of pace back
Are the Browns going to have a third down back, or a second featured back?
What are Montario Hardesty’s chances of making the Browns?
The Lake Erie Crushers in the independent league
The Frontier League and their 14 team league
It was a record-setting day I think for Scott and me. We went just over an hour, but it was all good conversation. If you're daunted by the length, just don't be. Listen to it over the course of a day. I don't mind.
Brian and I talked at great length about The Great Gatsby. It was a film I wasn't looking forward to at all. It exceeded expectations for me, but that wasn't saying a heck of a lot.
Should they have made The Great Gatsby?
Carey Mulligan and how well she was used?
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire
Casting the Great Gatsby with the cast of The Fast and the Furious
Romeo and Juliet as Baz Luhrman’s movie
Shoehorning H to the Izzo into the movie
Who had the best movie coming out of it?
John Carter and why stories that people clamor for shouldn’t be made
The Fast and Furious cast as Gatsby
The Rock makes everything watchable
Playing it completely and 100% straight
It was good to catch up with Denny again now that he finished the Big Sur marathon.
We did talk briefly about the attendance, but really not much at all. We've both agreed that it shouldn't dominate the headlines a second year in a row.
Lackluster attendance and how tired we are of talking about it
Bud Shaw’s article about the long-term project
TV ratings and how far they’re up year over year
You can’t get the pulse of casual fans that stopped going
Nick Swisher truly has intangibles
LeBron dancing and picture-taking vs. Nick Swisher’s mugging and dancing
Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner while great guys and decent players weren’t electric personalities
Mike Aviles throwing sunflower seeds at Terry Francona during in-game interview
Francona setting his own bar so very high for himself in Boston
Jonathan Papelbon and how purely hateable he is
Theo Epstein and how he’s disappeared into the Cubs job
Brett Meyers, Daisuke Matsuzaka and the also-rans in the system
Andrew and I got rolling and in what seemed like a few minutes, 50 of those bad boys went floating by. We talked about some business of sports by comparing it to the business of the music industry. We talked about the NBA playoffs, the Cavs, the Browns draft and pretty much everything else other than the Indians. We like the Indians though.
Spotify and the business of music
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab yelling at me on Twitter
Nine Inch Nails and their sales experiments
The business of baseball and the bubble
You can’t make it harder for people to buy what you do
The network battles and bringing it to the people
The emergence of Steph Curry as a superstar
The Bulls and the coaching job that Tom Thibodeau is doing
Derrick Rose still in the street clothes
Can Mike Brown coach a team to stop LeBron James?
Why are there no more Bruce Bowen types of players?
Has the lockdown defensive specialist become extinct?
Jason Kidd’s late career three point ability
Armonty Bryant and whether there’s a spot for him in Cleveland
Are the Browns going to be an organization that turns troubled players around?
Javarris James’ arrest when he was a member of the Colts
What about trading a pick to the Steelers?
Shamarko Thomas and how exactly could the Browns keep the Steelers away?
The Browns coaching staff and whether or not it’s better than what they replaced
How much Browns stigma can Browns fans thrust on new people?