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.
Here's what we discussed on the podcast.
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
- 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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's what they talked about more specifically...
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.)
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
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.
Here's what else we discussed.
I had a bunch of interview questions written down, but as it turned out, the conversation just flowed how it flowed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We talk about that from all angles.
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.