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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Nov 26, 2013

Hate week and what chances Michigan has this year

What’s happening at Michigan?

Is Michigan engaged in a process or is it off the rails?

Al Borges and the Michigan offense

Comparing Devin Gardner to Brandon Weeden

Losing the four overtime game to Penn State

Michigan’s struggles against Akron and Connecticut

But Michigan couldn’t mount a game against the Ohio State defense?

Ohio State and who they are compared to who they will be down the road

Ohio State and how they compare to the national schedule

Cleveland Browns vs. Steelers debacle

Are you OK with it if they’re going to do it right?

Trent Richardson trade and what it signaled to fans

Brandon Weeden getting booed

The culture of booing and if it’s allowed or if it’s ever allowed

Nov 25, 2013
It was another awful week in Cleveland sports. It was so bad in fact that I don't think Scott or I could even muster up any anger over it. When you get lulled out of anger and into straight depression, it doesn't mean it's any easier. It's just sadder.
Anyway, here's the email I sent to Scott on Sunday night before we recorded on Monday morning...
I was at the Browns game today. We don't need to spend too much time on that. It's over. The season is over. They'll be favored against the Jags, but I wouldn't bet on the Browns to beat any other NFL team right now. 
I'm missing next week's game driving back from thanksgiving. I normally rally the family at 6 AM to leave Indy so we can make it home in time for kickoff. Not doing it for this team. It's the first time that I'm missing a game in a long time and I really don't even care. I don't hate this team but I've never been with less passion in my life. 
Jhonny Peralta signed a 4 year deal for more than $50 million. Would Asdrubal get that today if he was working free agency? Plus this is the second straight year that a PED user went and got a deal after a suspension. Melky Cabrera last year. 
Taking the anger out with regard to the Cavaliers, what do you do if you're Dan Gilbert? I know he's not a sympathetic figure really, but what do you think he's thinking and feeling right now?
Last but not least, I saw a really great movie filmed in Chagrin Falls. The Kings of Summer starred Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and some great unknown younger actors. While Cleveland / Chagrin Falls wasn't really a character in the film, it still have me pride. Local producer doing good work. Surprisingly funny. 

Nov 22, 2013

Denny and I got together for a Casual Friday podcast on the Internet. It was a chat with very little agenda, but it worked pretty well this week, I think.

24 hour crippling sicko hangover
What makes a real martini?
Are flavored martinis real?
Caribbean drinks even when you’re not in the caribbean
Missing out on the Cavs fan bickering
Denny deciding to heckle Casey Blake
Mike Brown taking 20% of the blame
60% of the blame goes to Chris Grant
Kyrie Irving and his lack of leadership
Kyrie Irving calling himself a leader
Mariano Rivera and his retirement
Malcolm Gladwell and the 10,000 hours theory
Freakonomics and Gladwell and what they’ve done for the culture
Science and math and how it’s looked at in the United States
Applying science in non-scientific situations
New music and listening to new music
Van Morrison on iTunes Radio
Van Morrison and James Taylor in the same category?
Losing all my Netflix movie ratings
The kid playlist for the baby
Child birthing class
The rules of raising a baby and how there are no rules
Bathing babies in kitchen sinks
Girls in giant sunglasses
Would you want to wear a uniform?
Oversized clothes in the 90’s
Looking at pictures in the modern age vs. the oldern days
Cameras and lenses

Nov 18, 2013

Bernie Kosar is near and dear to Cleveland fans' hearts. To a person, there's probably not anyone who doesn't want one of Cleveland's most beloved athletes to be well and feel well. Years of playing a brutal sport in the 80's has obviously taken a toll on Kosar and last year he came out heralding the treatments of a specific doctor. It all sounds great in theory, but what help is he really getting from this doctor? What does the medical and research community think of the claims of this doctor and others like him?

Senior Editor of Boston Magazine, Jason Schwartz, wrote an article exploring this topic for The New Republic and we had him on the podcast to discuss it all.

Click here to read Jason's article: These Fringe Doctors Say They Can Cure NFL Concussion Victims

Nov 18, 2013

Scott and I touched on a lot of topics today, including the impending fight over stadium funding in Cleveland. We talked about the Browns loss to the Bengals and the mostly disappointing start for the Cavaliers.

12 Years a Slave by Steve McQueen
Pete Franklin and his history revolutionizing radio
The way Pete Franklin handled callers
Scott booing a live podcast of “Hang up and Listen”
Mike Trivisonno, Tony Rizzo, and Ken Carman
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the lack of criticism right now
Patience with talent is one thing
Patience with losing and lack of effort?
Dion Waiters and what happened with his “flu”
Brian Windhorst’s report that the player’s only meeting got heated
Chris Grant and what he can be held responsible for with regard to Anthony Bennett
There’s a good player in every draft
Cleveland Browns stadium improvements and how to pay for them
The sin tax and how regressive it is
The Browns game and how flukey bad it was
The Browns defense is still good and so is the Bengals
Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell and how consistent either one of them can be
The Browns’ draft needs
Thank goodness ESPN hired Pat McManamon to cover the Browns for Cleveland

Nov 17, 2013

Andrew and I decided to talk about some music after the Cavs podcast last night. There's been a lot of good new music lately, so here you go!

Wooden shjips and Andrew’s love of the album
San Francisco drone rock. Psychedelic.
PledgeMusic and Kickstarter for rock albums
Speakers vs. headphones and how you listen
How to defeat your OCD
What do you do with CDs?
The future rules and everyone loves it
The 160 gig iPod classic
Grumpy old man Andrew complains about Apple’s business model
Night Terrors of 1927 is accessible and great
Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
Did Rivers Cuomo make it OK to love pop hooks
What’s Andrew anticipating?
The Cloud Nothings and what their new album might be
Listening to Pompeii

Nov 17, 2013

Andrew was fired up after the Cavs won. I can only imagine what this podcast would have been like if they lost.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving
Player’s only meetings and what’s going on with that
Dion Waiters and maybe not taking a leap as quickly
Anderson Varejao and his age
Can Varejao be traded?
What is this thing that Chris Grant built?
Anthony Bennett and how brutal it is that this is the #1 draft pick
The game doesn’t look natural to Anthony Bennett
Andrew wanted Oladipo. Craig Wanted Ben McLemore

Nov 15, 2013

Soccer and kids

Marathons with no training

Hanging with internet friends and eating bad food before the marathon

Walking down the highline on the west side of Manhattan

Swimming for the winter season

Denny’s brick wall in his room

Using a concrete sealant to keep the dust in

Smells transmitting across the brick

I76 Antiques market

Hitting Melt Bar and Grilled and the hype

Throat Punch drink at Melt

3D movies and 3D TVs

IMAX movies

Child birthing classes

Doing the dry run for the birthing process at the hospital

City Bikes and how people could complain about it

Netflix, Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black

Nov 11, 2013

This week, with the Browns on the bye, Scott and I spent a lot of time talking about things that weren't specifically related to Cleveland sports. We talked about the ongoing story of the Dolphins. We talked about the word "bullying" vs. the actual harassment. We talked about Richie Incognito and his checkered past. We talked about the culture of football and the culture of fans.

We also talked about the Cavaliers and the roster that Chris Grant has built. As it is undoubtedly early, there are still some real concerns over the roster that has been constructed by Chris Grant with the holes that are still left. Where will the roster go from here and how long will it take to find out exactly who they are?

Finally, we discussed the Bengals and their end-of-game strategy to kick an extra point to tie it at 17 rather than go for two and go home either as a one point winner or as loser on the spot. 

Nov 7, 2013

After the Cavs talk we decided to keep the tapes rolling to talk about the Dolphins, bullying, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. It's a hot topic. Brian Spaeth has certainly been outspoken about it on his blog. We get into the meat of the issue.

It's an interesting subject. There are details to come out and there are details that have come out since we initially talked about 1 PM on Wednesday November 6th. 

Nov 6, 2013

Today we meet Mitch who will be talking some Cavs with Brian Spaeth and me somewhat weekly during the Cavs season. Here's what we talked about.

Cavs out of the gate and how well they’re doing

Spacing issues in the offense early on

Managing expectations on early basketball

Trying to figure out if Tristan is actually good or not

Kyrie Irving waving off Mike Brown’s plays vs. LeBron rolling over the whole Cavs organization

Mitch bores Brian with advanced stats
Anthony Bennett and how bad he looks

Nov 5, 2013

Rick and I talked about the Browns game from Sunday. We also talked a bit about the Browns heading into the bye week.

  • Is this one of the weirdest up and down Browns seasons in memory?
  • How did the Browns come to play the QBs they've played so far this year?
  • The nuance of talking about the running game issues without getting lost in the Trent Richardson debate
  • Willis McGahee and just how ineffective he's been for the Browns
  • Davone Bess and how some people wanted to cut him just a week before
  • The reactionary nature of Browns fans
  • The hiring of Chud and comparing his handling of the Browns to Pat Shurmur
  • Norv Turner and his influence on the quarterback decisions
  • Ray Horton's defense gaining traction

Nov 4, 2013
Scott Raab ended this week's podcast telling everyone to go to the dentist, don't do drugs and stay in school. You should listen all the way to the end to see how we got there. As per usual, here's the email I sent Scott last night.
They beat the Ravens. It was a "proof of parity" game for the Browns. The Cleveland Browns with Jason Campbell are no longer defying the rules of parity in the NFL! There's nothing like going into a bye week with a win. Love it. Love being consistently mediocre with a chance to win. I hate myself for loving it as much as I do. 
Farewell Chris Perez. There was a lot of talk about Chris Perez' legacy this week in Cleveland and it seems like a waste of breath. I supported Chris Perez talking when he was in Cleveland because I kind of like it when athletes don't shy away from saying something real as opposed to a cookie-cutter phrase. But Perez is proof positive that you can erase anything good you did by being an asshole. 
You look at Vinnie Pestano and how he imploded this year and how the fans stuck by him, and it kind of tells the tale. Pestano didn't have anywhere near the success for the Tribe that Perez did, and because he was such a nice guy they supported him even when he failed them on the field.
There's a Josh Cribbs thought in here as well. Totally different case, but he seems to put all that good will in jeopardy from time to time with a quote or a tweet.
Granted, I still don't understand why fans would be upset with Josh Cribbs for talking trash about his former teammates and coaches. It isn't like he said Browns fans quit at any point. But here were a bunch of Cleveland fans presumably getting bent out of shape as if they needed to spring to the defense of Mike Holmgren, Pat Shurmur, Eric Mangini Braylon Edwards, or Romeo Crennel.
Lastly, I asked on Twitter, despite how early it is, what if the Cavs stink this year? How much rope does Chris Grant have? Again, I know it's ridiculously early, but Michael Carter-Williams and Ben McLemore (for example) are already showing things in the NBA. Anthony Bennett has two points in three games with those two points coming on free throws. Plus as you've noted time and again, he's out of shape.
So, does Chris Grant get until after the presumed LBJ free agency if they fail to win this year?