It's always great to catch up with Dennis Manoloff (follow D-Man on Twitter) and it has been too long since I have done so. D-Man talked to me about a variety of topics today from the Browns hiring Mike Pettine, philisophically how he treats the Pilot Flying J case as a Browns story, and Anthony Bennett.
Does Anthony Bennett still belongs in the d-league after his breakout night?
What are the chances that Ubaldo Jimenez is back with the Tribe?
Will T.J. Ward or Alex Mack be back with the Browns?
How much blame should Mike Brown take for the Cavs' woes?
What does D-Man think of the cold-weather Super Bowl?
What are his predictions for "The Big Game?"
I don't go to the "friend" card on the podcast very often but when you have a friend who works in the business of the spoken word, it seems like a good place to go. My friend Chris grew up in Cleveland and relocated to Charlotte about 15 years ago. He keeps up with all the CLE sports just like the rest of us and sometimes uses them in his art, namely his poetry. CB has a poem he recently did about his revelations about Chief Wahoo and we talked about that... you know after we got the Browns and Anthony Bennett talk out of the way.
You can follow Chris on Twitter.
Here's the movie he referenced on the Podcast. Asphalt Revolution.
We don't do a regular Monday morning podcast with Scott Raab anymore, but whenever there's something that needs to be discussed, he's there for us. With the Browns' hiring of Mike Pettine and ending the lengthy coaching search, it was a good time to catch up.
We discussed the Browns' search. We discussed Mike Pettine as a candidate. We discussed the challenges facing the Browns going forward and we even fit in a bit of Cavs talk with Chris Grant and Anthony Bennett.
It's always great to catch up with Martin Rickman, even without a locked down agenda. We ended up talking about lots of cool topics. Make sure you follow Martin Rickman on Twitter.
The Browns and their coaching search
The Browns only won four games and yet nobody thought they should have fired their coach
Is the Browns’ plan awry? Is there any proof that it is?
Is there anything available in the way of proof to indicate the Browns are doing anything well?
Free agency and what the Browns’ reputation does to the roster and personnel
Martin talks about what he knows about Dan Quinn
Trying to deduce who will be a good coach from a nebulous resume
Needing opposing voices in a successful organization
The Browns competing with the Colts in Craig’s household
Martin Rickman’s best of 2013
Ghostface and Chance the Rapper
Chvrches and Arcade Fire
The kind of crowd that Lou Reed used to draw
Signing day and Martin’s thoughts about it
The hat fake-out maneuver
It may be January 20th, but Andrew and I just got to our top music of 2013. We used Andrew's top ten, played some short clips, and then I unleashed some of my favorites at the end in a less-structured way. Andrew will have a more detailed write-up with lists and things on WFNY tomorrow. For now, enjoy the podcast.
Denny continues to be a doting father and Jon came in to do some podcasting. We talked about a lot of random things.
WFNY going viral with Mike Pettine’s daughter’s tweet
Baby photos and storage
Owning the IT solution vs getting the job done
Reading the instructions helps a lot
The genius bar and putting fanciness above convenience
Buying a touch screen notebook
Loving the music from your high school years
Listening to music while running
Setting up a musical playlist for races
The corporate lifestyle and whether you can do it or not
Corporate rules to try and make good employees out of bad
Short sleeve and tie
What is Jon watching?
Masters of Sex, Homeland and Walking Dead
Shaving and having the five o’clock shadow
Dave Bryan from Steelers Depot (@SteelersDepot) is one of the best podcast guests we have. He's super knowledgable, and is always great at breaking down what's happening without the rose-colored glasses.
Dave Bryan and not being a homer for the Steelers
Is there ever a justification for firing a coach after one year?
Brian Hoyer and whether he can get the Browns to the next franchise QB
The perception of the Browns head coaching job
Adam Gase and why is he such an attractive candidate?
Josh McDaniels and his taking his name out
Jim Caldwell and Whisenhunt
Jake Locker and what can become of it
Chris Johnson and his poison contract
Ray Horton ending up with Whisenhunt in Tennessee
Ray Horton’s defense and Dick LeBeau’s defense
Chud talking to other potential coaching candidates
The hiring of Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh
T.J. Ward and Alex Mack better be brought back
Alex Mack and how the Browns need to bring him back
Moving Schwartz to guard and getting a new right tackle
The All-22 version of the national championship game
Football attendance at games
Making NFL stadiums smaller over time
Browns fan experience in the stadium is far better
The government attacking TV blackout policies
Dave would be shocked if the Browns didn’t bring back Ward and Mack
Did the Browns waste a year of not front-loading deals?
The Browns can only franchise one player between Ward and Mack
The Steelers and the Shamarko Thomas deal with Cleveland
Johnny Football and whether the Steelers would be concerned about him
Johnny Manziel is a guy that you root against
Manziel as a boom or bust guy
Could Brian Hoyer be that bridge to the QB of the future?
The Ben Roethlisberger extension
Today I wanted to talk about the national and local perspective of the Cavs and the Browns. It feels so paranoid, angry and negative locally, but that also can sometimes feel accurate. In various cases, that perspective is backed up nationally. So what's the right perspective?
I talked to Cleveland Scene's new owner Andrew Zelman and on of Scene's many resident sports fans, Sam Allard.
You should follow these guys on Twitter as well.
Andrew Zelman is @AZFromCleveland
Sam Allard is @SceneSallard
While Denny is still taking care of his adorable baby in her first days, Brian Spaeth (@BrianSpaeth) and Ben Cox (@WFNYBen) stepped up to help out with the Casual Friday podcast. So, naturally we talked about sports and movies.
I was very happy that Marla Ridenour was willing to come on the podcast today. She's always a great read, but her work has been particularly noteworthy in her coverage of the Browns since they decided to fire Rob Chudzinksi. She's pulled no punches as she put Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi on notice. We discussed that for most of the podcast before also touching on the Cavaliers, their trade for Luol Deng and Ridenour's belief that the Cavaliers will not send Anthony Bennett to the D-League.
Also, see some of her Browns coverage that I was referring to in the podcast.
Also on the Luol Deng trade...
I wanted to catch up with Dan Parker to talk about the Browns, music and other stuff.
This turned out to be a wholly depressing podcast where Ben talked down the idea of bringing in Pau Gasol because there's just no means to an end with what the Cavaliers have put together. At least that's how it felt on January 6th, 2014.
First week in a long time without Scott Raab. First pinch hitter out of the gate was Andrew. We spent some time talking about the Browns and all their maneuvers along with how quiet it has generally been about Davone Bess.
Scott's post on Davone Bess is an interesting place to start.
- why is this topic going so under the radar? on the one hand we've heard that he has problems in his personal life, likely with his family. I understand the media not wanting to report that, but his pot pictures indicate some sort of meltdown.
- on the other hand, some of the reaction to Scott's post seemed to indicate, "what's the big deal? It's pot and it's basically legal now!" that's something we talked about with chris perez earlier this year. Even if you don't have an ethical dilemma about pot (and I don't) that doesn't mean that it isn't some sort of self-destructive meltdown to have it shipped through the mail / post pics on instagram
- does the Bess thing just have everything to do with the fact that the Browns are such a mess otherwise?
- As for the Browns, obviously confidence is extremely shaken in the entire organization now, but does that preclude them from being right? Is it even possible in your mind that their story is just 100% true and they couldn't work with Chud despite their reasons for hiring him in the first place?
- if Chud was hard headed about playing McGahee, Little, Lauvao and others as opposed to moving on, would you consider those decent enough reasons for firing a guy? If they were so far off from being on the same page, isn't it the right move?
- Are you shocked that a first time head coach like Chud would seemingly be willing to push back on his superiors? Do you think it was guidance from Norv Turner - who reportedly blew up at Banner in his meeting - for standing his ground?
- Lastly, we'll talk Cavs. What are the going to do with Bynum. I'm hoping it's done before we record, honestly. Otherwise, we can talk about Grant and how hot his seat might be at this point.