It was a good night of talk with Denny. No real agenda, but we were able to concentrate on a few things.
Bulleit Rye Whiskey for Denny and decaf for Craig
Watching a high school soccer game with my son
Are any of the high school parents at games drunk?
Doing calisthenics with Ben before bed
Am I too old for 162 games of MLB baseball?
MLB app for baseball fans
MLB data centers for hosting video and cutting it up
Watching highlights on the MLB app could be a replacement for actually watching the game
Paychecks breed responsibility
The start of college football for Denny cutting the cord to TV
Apple TV ESPN not available for non-cable subscribers
Illegal streaming of sports broadcasts
Watching EPL games on the notebook
The SEC vs. the Big Ten
Backing up a brand like they’re a member of your family
ESPN hate and the SEC
Hiring Darren Rovell and whether you can cast an ESPN shadow on every employee
Getting creeped out by high school player ranking services
Could you go without a microwave?
Brown rice vs. Jasmine rice
What do you generally use to cook the most?
Copper pots vs. stainless steel pots
Interning at a butcher
Starting a program that lets you intern for trades you’d like to learn
Does the modern world still value education?
It's been a bit since I talked to Martin Rickman on the Podcast so we went to work. No agenda to speak of and all of a sudden 45 minutes flew by. Hope you enjoy it.
Martin Rickman’s polished podcasting career with Chasing Mimi
Voyage of the Mimi and who exactly remembers it
Taking on a project with self-made deadlines and trying to explain it to family members
Learning how to make a solar still with Voyage of the Mimi
Martin’s new writing gig and how he took the call just before Star Trek started in the theater
Doing your very best work at all times
Relating to editors and using them
What if WaitingForNextYear could have an editor?
How outraged was Martin by Miley Cyrus on the VMAs?
Britney Spears and the Madonna kiss
Robin Thicke and his nude-filled video to gain attention
The least entertaining part of Blurred Lines is Robin Thicke and that’s not an insult to Robin Thicke
Are you in the MTV generation?
The commercials during the VMAs will let you know whether you’re in the generation or not
Slut-shaming Miley Cyrus and the rest of the outrage over the VMAs
Ja Rule’s most essential songs
What people are willing to say without a level of anonymity
People who want to identify as being a hillbilly
This is the End really stuck out to me as the best movie of the summer
Figuring out if you’re the audience for something before offering criticism
Is Craig a customer of McDonald’s?
Bojangles breakfast being superior to McDonald’s breakfast
It's all over folks. The Summer movie podcast of 2013 is in the books. Brian and Craig discuss some entertainment topics, review Kick-Ass 2 and then Brian ranks his movies of the summer. Craig's ranks will be up tomorrow.
Brian Spaeth's Summer Movie Ranks for 2013
Tier 1 - Best movies of the summer
Tier 2 - Excellent
Iron Man 3
Tier 3 - Liked a lot some with reservations
World War Z
Tier 4 - Decent enough with major reservations
This is the End
Tier 5 - Some great some good but the bad overshadows everything
Man of Steel
Tier 6 - Watchable I guess but not actually good
White House Down
Tier 7 - Bad movies
Kick Ass 2
Tier 8 - Lowest Tier
The Lone Ranger
Again this week, I thought I'd skip the bullet points and just send you the email I sent to Scott the night before the podcast. Wherever we end up is based on this email and the conversation that ensues. We ended up talking about concussions in football, Tribe attendance and any number of other topics including some from my Sunday night email below.
I'd love to spend some time talking about a packed pre-season game in a dome with cheerleaders and their fans wearing irrelevant jerseys. Because they've been so good for so long, save one bad year, even their dead jerseys aren't embarrassing. Dwight Freeney is gone but they still wear his jersey. Jeff Saturday is retired, but he was well represented. Peyton Manning, of course. Edgerrin James. Meanwhile I saw a Tim Couch jersey on the way in. Took a photo for evidence as if anyone would question it. As for the game itself...
Brandon Weeden stares down receivers. He's going to get Jordan Cameron murdered this season. I'd love to know your thoughts from TV. I feel like I missed a lot from being live.
Josh Cribbs cut by the Raiders. Is this the end for Mr. Cribbs? Now that he's not on the Browns anymore it makes it easier to be sympathetic toward him. Just a perfect example of how brutal the NFL is when it spits out 30 year olds, even if they have made a nice amount of money first.
It isn't Cleveland related, but Mark Sanchez and the Jets have been a favorite topic of mine for years now. I'm guessing you're close enough to that team (geographically) that you might have a take or two about Rex Ryan and all that went down this weekend. I can't help but get some interest out of the fact that Sanchez was the Browns' slotted pick and now MoMass threatens Braylon Edwards' roster spot in NYJ-land. Love that team for all the wrong reasons. I know it's unbecoming to pump yourself up by dragging others down, but it's sports.
Indians 1.5 back of the wild card as I type this. A's headed to Detroit. Indians have ATL, DET, BAL and NYM. I'm still disappointed that they didn't do more at the deadline than Zep-Chin-Ski, and I didn't get to watch a ton of live action this weekend, but I'm really focused on the Tribe anyway. I go back and forth between loving it and feeling salty that they haven't addressed enough needs. I think it might be me and not them at this point. And then I don't think it's my fault at all. I'm pretty schizophrenic about my feelings for the Tribe.
That's all I'm thinking of right now, but driving 6 hours to Indy on Friday and 6 hours back on Sunday with two kids is a pretty good reason why I might have missed a big topic.
We've debated having this podcast for a while, and finally decided to do it. Denny opens up about becoming a dad soon and we talk about all the important things like naming your kid, accumulating the right stuff, overthinking things and trying not to be overwhelmed and scared of other stuff.
The kid podcast with Denny
Finding out what you are having before the birth
Keeping secrets and having girls
Rooting for boys or girls?
Ultrasound tech telling jokes
Ultrasound pics on facebook
Taking classes for child birthing
Putting yourself on the birthing spectrum of prepared and unprepared
Infant CPR and forcing grandparents to go take that class
Being ready to have a kid in the house
The process of getting used to the kid being around
The wife gets to be project lead when it comes to baby time
Denny working hard to not make jokes
The baby registry and being very careful
Finding out Denny’s wife was pregnant before the Big Sur marathon
Pregnant wives make great designated drivers
Doing homework on kids stuff
Avoiding “stroller porn” and buying stuff on Craigslist
Picking out a daycare
Trying to describe the moments directly after your baby is born
Putting baby furniture together and the larger purpose
Naming the baby and the various processes
Naming your kid after Twilight
Having the kid fit the name you give them
Worrying about life choices for way too long when they don’t matter
Denny choosing cloth diapers
Craig and Mike Burgermeister (@jimkanicki) talked about lots of things from the Cleveland Browns to Soccer and the UFC. If you want to get in on the Cheddar Bay competition this year, please go to the site.
This week, I'm going to save you the bullet points. Instead I'm going to share my pre-show email to Scott Raab (@ScottRaab64) with my ideas to discuss on the show. Doing this enabled me to stay in the podcast a bit more without typing notes as I went along. So here (with very few edits) is what I sent to Scott the night before we were ready to talk.
I enjoyed the Q&A with Andy Samberg. I just wanted to talk a little bit about how big he would have been in a different era with all his different talents around comedy. Just like we can't have another Beatles because of the change in the music business, it's increasingly difficult - even with the same TV show as a launching pad - for there to be another Bill Murray or even Sandler or Will Ferrell.
I enjoyed your Freedom Tower piece too. I wanted to discuss how anything 9/11-related is such a difficult "sell." World Trade Center movies haven't done particularly well. Kathryn Bigelow wins awards, but largely doesn't blow anyone away with box office receipts. And here you are telling an important story about the political dynamics of what should be the most important part of the re-development at the WTC site, and I still get the feeling that nobody wants to talk about it. What is it? Is it a defense mechanism? Fatigue? Something else? Do the blustery politicians from your piece prefer it that way?
The importance of our developing language has never been more apparent than seeing the real legacy of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Not new safety rules for the game, but the media's incessant use of the term "cart-off" this pre-season. I don't remember "cart-off" being used so much prior to the Saints scandal, but now I see it on NFL Network and ESPN TV scrolls for injured player news. Why would they adopt something that they spent an entire year painting as completely dastardly?
Indians have a stronger record this season, but it's still a fade. Is a drastic record improvement over last year good enough, or is a year without playoffs a total waste? Are there shades of gray in this conversation?
Browns looked good, but Weeden still stares down his receivers. I'm heading to Indianapolis next week for the third pre-season game with my father-in-law, so let's talk about domes. Are you an outdoor football traditionalist? I'm not, and like the tailgating conversation, when I talk about domes I get into trouble with a percentage of the hardcore Browns fanbase.
Denny and Craig put another hour long casual Friday into the books. Come along for the ride.
Today I decided to talk to Rebecca Meiser who recently wrote a feature for SB Nation on Underwater Hockey.
Here's Rebecca's bio:
Rebecca Meiser is a freelance writer living in Cleveland. She's won awards for sports writing, personality profiles, and investigative reporting. A graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, her long form stories have been featured in Cleveland Magazine, Tablet, Village Voice publications, and SB Nation. You can find her on twitter @rebeccameiser and on the web at rebeccameiser.com
Here's a video of Roger Bacon playing underwater hockey in 2011.
I couldn't get a proper cold cuts conversation out of Brian Spaeth, so I saw an opening with TD and I grabbed it! Also, make sure you let us know what you think of the two songs I put together as potential replacements for our opening sounder.
On Mondays I talk to Scott Raab, but I don't talk to WFNY's own Scott nearly often enough. We found some time to do it up podcast style. We discussed Chris Perez, and the Browns' salary cap situation.