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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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Mar 30, 2017

Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com has been a friend of WFNY for a very long time. It's been a lot of fun for us to watch him rise in the ranks of Cleveland sports media over the years. So now we get to call one of the premier Cleveland Browns reporters and columnists a long-time friend of our site! Pretty cool stuff.

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Here's what we discussed on the podcast.

  • Covering the Browns and how to plan strategy
  • Job security and the Browns
  • Distractions and how they're not all created equally
  • Josh Gordon versus Johnny Manziel
  • Wide receivers and being mercenaries
  • Sashi Brown and what he said about Josh Gordon
  • Terrelle Pryor, Kenny Britt and Sashi Brown's statements
  • Trying to compare Terrelle Pryor to Ricky Davis
  • The uniforms and the repudiation of Alec Scheiner
  • Detaching the fan from the reporting gig
  • The lifestyle of reporting on the Browns
  • How do you pull off covering the Browns with so many teammates?
  • Embracing new technologies and experimenting in coverage
  • The Haslam family voting for the Raiders to move
  • Cashing in on the moves and taking risks
  • Stadiums and government and finances
Mar 30, 2017

We're beyond pleased to have Will Gibson back in the fold, if only for a podcast episode with Scott Sargent hosting. Will spent some quality time with WFNY before heading to Philadelphia to pursue the next step in his career and we've missed him ever since.This episode is a long one, but we cover a ton of information and I promise that we keep it moving. Due to all of the topics, I've timestamped them for you below in the event you wish to give certain ones the old Dave Sterling.

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- Will’s move to Philadelphia
- Philadelphia residents and their treatment of out-of-towners
- Shampoo.
- WrestleMania 33 and feelings about the card
- “Wrestling isn’t wrestling”
- The WWE, and the current landscape of wrestling fandom
- The Roman Reigns conundrum
- Match-by-match breakdown of the WrestleMania card
- Smackdown women’s title (18:15)
- Cruiserweight title (23:00)
- Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (24:30)
- Shane McMahon vs AJ Styles (31:30)
- John Cena/Nikki Bella vs The Miz/Maryse (37:00)
- Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker (42:00)
- Triple H vs Seth Rollins (47:00)
- Biggest omission from an actual match? (53:00)
- Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens (55:00)
- RAW Tag-team title (1:01:30)
- Who will be a surprise guest? (1:04:00)
- Dean Ambrose vs Baron Corbin (1:08:00)
- RAW women’s title (1:12:00)
- Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton (1:17:00)
- Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg (1:21:00)
- The RAW After WrestleMania (1:24:00)
- Role of The New Day (1:26:30)
- Where you can find Will’s work
- Will getting stuck in an elevator
- Will making friends with “Rodney” in said elevator

Huge thank you to Will. You should follow him on Twitter as well as subscribing, sharing and commenting on our podcast feeds at all the various locations.

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Mar 30, 2017

The Hot Sports Boys are back and we've got a lot of stuff to talk about. We take on the topic of pre-seasons, training camps and everything else that happens before the games actually start to count. If you don't like what we've got to say, or you do, make sure you @ us on twitter @fridayfumble. We get some steaming hot takes from Yaz who is mad about all sorts of things. Later, Dylan and Dave rant about the state of advertising these days.

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Mar 27, 2017

About a year since her last appearance on the WFNY podcast, Jessica Forrester returns! We talk Colin Kaepernick, Indians attendance and a whole lot about Cleveland brunch!

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  • Colin Kaepernick and his kneeling
  • The National Anthem is a personal choice
  • Comparing RG3 to Colin Kaepernick
  • Jimmy Garoppolo and what he's worth
  • What's Jimmy Garoppolo worth?
  • Feeling frustration in the Browns season?
  • Josh Cribbs memories
  • What percentage chance is there the Browns would trade the pick?
  • Indians games this summer with boosted attendance
  • Cleveland's restaurant bubble and collapse
  • Barrio Brunch on Sunday mornings
  • Sterle's music brunch
  • Urban Farmer at the Weston
  • Avoiding the brunch buffet
  • Astoria Cleveland brunch
  • Flying Fig at West 25th and Market
  • Helmet nachos at Progressive Field
Mar 23, 2017

Chad Zumock moved to Los Angeles recently, but happened to be in town this week so we caught up. I always enjoy talking to Chad because you never know exactly where the conversation is going to go. We talked about a lot of sports and even a bit about growing up, and maturing.

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Mar 21, 2017

I've gotten to know Zac Jackson over the past few years because I help out a bit with the A to Z Podcast. He's recently made a big career move departing Pro Football Talk for up-start site The Athletic Cleveland. It was fun to sit down and talk to Zac about his history covering the Browns, the ways in which he thinks it makes sense to shape his coverage, and also the moment in his history when the Browns broke him. It was a hysterical story and I hope you'll leave feedback as to when the Browns broke you.

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Mar 21, 2017

Kevin Kleps has one of the more interesting beats in Cleveland sports media. He writes for Cleveland Crain's business, so he's not tasked with game stories or every roster transaction. Instead he picks his spots and covers a somewhat unique beat at the crossroads of sports and business. Here's his bio from the paper and feel free to follow him on Twitter.

Kevin Kleps joined Crain's in January 2013 as assistant editor. Before joining Crain's, Kevin was the assistant sports editor at The News-Herald for 13 years and a sports writer at The Meadville Tribune for four years. A native of Erie, Pa., he earned his bachelor's degree in speech communications from Edinboro University.

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  • Sports business reporting for Crain's Cleveland business
  • Jobu_lives and the good side of Twitter
  • Jason Kipnis' shoulder
  • How important is it for the Indians to go back to back in the playoffs?
  • Indians attendance talk
  • How much of the Indians success in 2016 was a confluence of factors?
  • Do the Indians make the Andrew Miller trade?
  • Indians were in on Bautista as well as Encarnacion
  • Mark Shapiro being risk averse
  • Terry Francona getting credit for some of Andrew Miller
  • Will Cleveland ever step up to a sports team owner?
  • Cavaliers and The Q stadium funding
  • Getting the All-Star game
  • The Q deal was negotiated before it got to the public
  • The Browns are at a crossroads
  • The die-hard Browns fans are even jumping off the bandwagon now
Mar 20, 2017

The boys of EHC do the most comprehensive Indians talk available anywhere. They do it right here on the WFNY podcast. Jim Pete, Mike Hattery and Jeff Nomina got together and discussed everything that concerns Indians fans everywhere.

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Here's what they talked about more specifically...

  • Strategy while Kipnis is out at second base
  • Michael Brantley starting to play real games
  • Cody Anderson being out for the season
  • Lonnie Chisenhall at third base?
  • Yandy at third base?
  • Is Michael Martinez actually good at defense?
  • Carlos Santana and the Indians' willingness to try him at spots

If there's ever a topic that you want the EHC boys to tackle, you can hit Jim and Mike up on Twitter. (Jeff doesn't listen to his fans.)

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Mike Hattery Twitter

Mar 16, 2017

The HSBs are back, and we are tackling another big topic. We look at all the major sports, and how the rules are kept. Who is in charge of them and what do they do to enforce them? We look into the little nuances of every system and pick our favorites. Don't like our opinion? Tell us about it on twitter @FridayFumble

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Mar 15, 2017

I reached out to Aaron Goldhammer to come on the WFNY Podcast to talk about his career in Cleveland sports media. Hammer has always been the "young guy," the "new guy," the guy who "isn't from here," and all of a sudden he's been here quite a long time. We discuss all of that and how he and ESPN Cleveland have gotten to where they are in the media environment that exists today. 

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Here's what else we discussed.

  • Handling adversity and going viral for the wrong reasons
  • Being around when Good Karma purchased WKNR
  • Deciding to be authentic on the air for good and for bad
  • What's a typical work week like off the air?
  • What does it take to prepare and do RBS?
  • Radio influences 
  • Being in town for the Cavaliers championship and the Indians World Series
  • Much more

I had a bunch of interview questions written down, but as it turned out, the conversation just flowed how it flowed.

Mar 13, 2017

TD is a WFNY graduate and whenever we get a chance to talk to him, you know the takes are going to be solid. He's an old-school radio kind of guy and he knows how to discuss sports like the best sports talkers we knew growing up in Cleveland. This time we've got plenty to discuss including Jason Kipnis' shoulder, Terrelle Pryor, and of course TD's favorite time of year being March Madness.

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  • Kipnis and how the Indians report injuries
  • Michael Brantley and the ghost of Grady Sizemore
  • How do the Indians compare to other MLB teams in terms of transparency?
  • Comparing the Indians to the larger markets
  • The Indians handling of the Chris Perez drug shipment
  • Do the Indians downplay their injuries?
  • Spring training games are pointless for a veteran like Kipnis
  • The Kipnis injury domino effect and who we could see. Yandy Diaz?
  • Anyone but Michael Martinez
  • Going back to Game 7
  • Terrelle Pryor and what the hell happened
  • Browns sign Kenny Britt to same deal
  • The Browns process and how to win in free agency
  • Browns seats and the Cowboys debacle
  • The Browns and not having a real quarterback
  • Getting Jimmy Garoppolo
  • TD loves Deshaun Watson
  • Craig loves DeShone Kizer
  • The Browns trading for Brock Osweiler
  • Removing Kizer from the stink of Notre Dame's awful season
  • TD doesn't want Mitchell Trubisky
  • The Browns fan wanting to draft Buckeyes
  • Sashi Brown and Depodesta doing something unique to the NFL
  • NCAA picks with TD
  • Only six or seven teams that can win it all
  • Kentucky gets screwed
  • Arizona having an easy path in the West
  • Wichita State is criminally underseeded
  • Middle Tennessee State as a Cinderella
  • Florida might be overrated
  • TD discusses his own team, Kansas
Mar 13, 2017

The Indians spring is almost halfway over, and while there isn't much to talk about, two shoulders are at the top of the worry list. With Michael Brantley still recovering from a 2015 injury, Jason Kipnis has quietly been on the shelf for most of Spring Training with shoulder ailments of his own. Mike Hattery and Jim Pete take a way-to-deep look at the shoulder, and what this could mean for Kipnis in 2017. The EHC boys also discuss Yandy Diaz, and why he should make the roster, groin or no groin. They gaze at the almost surreal swing changes that Bradley Zimmer has undergone, and ponder long-term deals for Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor.

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  • The proverbial Jeff Nomina discussion...and excuses
  • Jason Kipnis and the "minor" shoulder injury
  • Mike doesn't ease Jim's mind on precautionary shoulder injuries
  • A sneaky bad Indians spring
  • If it's more than precautionary, the Indians have alternatives that are Major League ready
  • There's smoke with shoulder injuries, we just hope there isn't fire
  • Bradley Zimmer's swing changes
  • He's always had good power, but does this change his ceiling?
  • Small sample sizes don't make a career
  • Is Zimmer's swing repeatable?
  • If Zimmer cuts his K% to 25% or better, is he a top 20 prospect?
  • These are tough changes to make at an advanced level
  • The Indians have been giving their young guys a chance, and they've been performing
  • Yandy Diaz needs to be on the roster, groin or no groin
  • Diaz gets four games a week if he's a utility
  • Yandy's only mystery is how good he is defensively in the outfield
  • Long term deal for Lindor and JRam?
  • "Hollywood" Lindor
  • WBC rants

 

Mar 12, 2017

The Cleveland Indians' starting rotation is considered by many to be the engine of the team, anchored by former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. With fellow ace Carlos Carrasco, and potential future aces is Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer, the top end of this staff can match up with anyone.

The fact that playoff hero Josh Tomlin is considered by many to be a footnote to the "thunderarms" ahead of him really says it all. With the staff back and healthy after Carrasco and Salazar missed substantial crunch time (discounting brief Salazar sightings), some are saying that the starting five are as good a rotation as there is in all of baseball.

WFNY's Mike Hattery and Jim Pete take a look at why this rotation is so good, and why there is still cause for concern. They also take a look at the Columbus rotation, Mike Clevinger, and why Cody Anderson's UCL injury is giving them nightmares.

Catch up on the positional previews: Catcher |  First Base |  Second Base |  Third Base | Shortstop | Outfield

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  • Conways
  • Cody Anderson is shut downs, and Jim has rotation angst
  • The rotation is the third best unit on the team
  • The Big Three
  • Can Carlos Carrasco overtake Kluber as the top arm
  • Danny Salazar is the puzzle piece...dependent on control
  • How will that 10-day DL and bullpen balance the usage of the rotation, especially with Kluber's innings in 2016, and Salazar's injury issues?
  • Saving Andrew Miller for the playoffs
  • How many innings do you expect from Danny Salazar?
  • Salazar is a playoff, four-inning weapon
  • Kluber has grooved into awesome
  • The Trevor Bauer experiment...when does it stop being an experiment?
  • Outing teammates political views, and how Trevor Bauer could give a shit less
  • Bauer made the transition to a ground ball pitcher in 2016
  • Supplemental depth vs. long-term rotation depth
  • Why didn't the Indians sign a lottery ticket who could fit into the rotation long-term, if needed?
  • Doug Fister
  • To be high on Clevinger, or not to be, but he is a high upside guy...without command
  • Can Clevinger figure out control this late in the game?
  • How elite is this rotation...really?
  • Rotational dominoes, and how Kluber and Carrasco and affect the rest
  • Oh yeah...Callaway!
  • Will a healthy rotation mean 100 wins?
  • A Jason Donald reference?
  • Are we heading to a situation where we don't have a rotation or a bullpen, but just pitchers
  • Love it or hate it, but the Indians are at the forefront of specialized baseball
  • I plug Mike, and Mike plugs me, and we both plug Adam Burke...and screw Jeff...putting his family ahead of us..it's just not right

 

Mar 11, 2017

We will put the Terrelle Pryor thing to rest soon, but it's still very fresh at this moment. The Cleveland Browns had an offer for Pryor. Free agency opened, that offer disappeared and the end result is the Browns lost Pryor, Pryor didn't make much money, and I think everyone lost in the end.

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  • Have the Browns' habits regarding their own free agents started to become a trend in just two years with Mitchell Schwartz and now Terrelle Pryor?
  • Should the Browns have handled their business differently?
  • Should Terrelle Pryor fire his agent?
  • Did Terrelle Pryor really want to be in Cleveland or not?

We talk about that from all angles.

Mar 9, 2017

It's been a frustrating week on the podcast, but things are looking up. There's finally some Browns conversation to be had. The Cleveland Browns reportedly make a "monster" deal with Joel Bitonio. The Browns reportedly pay Kenny Britt somewhere around $8 million a year for four years. The Browns reportedly still haven't locked up Terrelle Pryor. 

We try to make sense of all this and figure out when the Browns regime lost the benefit of the doubt. We also talk about if failing to bring back Terrelle Pryor will continue to keep them from earning that benefit of the doubt.

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