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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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Now displaying: July, 2017
Jul 28, 2017

With the Cleveland Indians currently rolling out a seven-game win streak, WFNY's Jim Pete and Mike Hattery dust off the EHC podcast, and dive into the why's of the streak, and how the next month could impact the Indians playoff run.

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The line-up:

  • Mike is old
  • Where did Danny Salazar's start come from this week?
  • Salazar is healthy, and pissed off
  • Throwing heat
  • Just two pitches for Salazar, but seems to be good enough
  • Did Salazar throw soft early, then get aggressive in the second half
  • Playoff Salazar
  • Kluber returning to his 2014 form...ignore the fact that I said 2015..
  • Kluber's impressive numbers are better than 2014, because of the league-wide flyball revolution
  • Concerns about Kluber over-usage
  • Jim, and especially MIKE...sucks regarding Bradley Zimmer projections. Yeah...Mike's way worse than Jim
  • The Burke Prophecies: Zimmer's strike zone is just bigger, because he's 6'5"
  • "Missing" on Zimmer is an enigma. He swings and misses a lot, but he doesn't chase
  • The Zimmer process is just beginning. He has a long way to go...
  • Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall are returning, how does this alter the team?
  • The click-baiting Jeff Nomina...
  • Chisenhall profiles so well next to Bradley Zimmer in the outfield
  • Kipnis is struggling with health, and it seems chronic
  • Sonny Gray?
  • Could the A's, who are scouting the Indians, be looking at a weird package of players for gray that don't include Tristan McKenzie or Francisco Mejia, because Billy Beane is weird?
  • Trading for more in bullpen, and Tito bullpen usage
  • Sonny Gray vs. Danny Salazar/Mike Clevinger/Trevor Bauer
  • Cody Allen is sorta scary right now...in an elite sorta way
  • Is Edwin Encarnacion a sneaky MVP candidate?
  • Why the hell is #JRam "protecting" EE? Shouldn't it be the other freakin' way around?
  • Austin Jackson looks really good as a platoon
Jul 26, 2017

Doug Trattner is one of the most well-connected guys in the Cleveland food scene. He knows what's opening, where it's opening, and what used to be there. He's on top of trends that are tired and things that Cleveland needs to develop. Doug writes for Cleveland Scene and he's a great follow on Twitter.

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Here's what else we discussed:

  • The proliferation of BBQ in Cleveland
  • The rise of the great butcher shop
  • Seafood in a bag? Seafood in a bag!
  • Donuts coming soon with Brewnuts, City Girl, and an unnamed entrant
  • More noodles than just Noodlecat. Otani, Xinji
  • Games games games - Duckpin, Shuffleboard, Bocce
  • What are the needs that still exist in the market?
  • The maturation of Tremont
  • More diners
  • Losing two sentimental favorites in Chagrin Falls
  • The great brewery expansion
Jul 23, 2017

Jeff Nomina has started doing videos for our YouTube channel. He did a really funny one this week that was an exclusive interview with the Cavaliers current GM at the time. That one isn't here because it's kind of a visual, but you should check it out.

Additionally, he and Hattery had a conversation about the Indians and their prospect Francisco Mejia. Finally, Nom did some work on Kyrie Irving and his recent demand for a trade. After discussing the fan perspective, Nomina dove into some of the issues and opportunities with fulfilling Kyrie's trade request.

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  • 1:00 Nom and Hattery talk about Francisco Mejia
  • 5:30 Kyrie Part 1 - Nom talks Cavs fan emotional perspective on Kyrie
  • 11:30 Kyrie Part 2 - Exploring possible Kyrie trade scenarios

 

Jul 21, 2017

Ben Axelrod has a brand new gig with our friends at WKYC TV in Cleveland. He jumps on the WFNY podcast to discuss that as well as some current sports events.

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  • Not focusing on Ohio State anymore
  • Not confined to sports
  • WKYC adding Ben Axelrod
  • Engagement and interactivity
  • Ben moves beyond just sports
  • Derrick Rose and wanting the Cavaliers to sign him
  • Improving the talent on the roster
  • The Cavaliers not having a plan
  • Koby Altman is the GM apparently
  • Kevin Durant and his deal
  • The Golden State Warriors are the Denver Broncos
  • LeBron signing a final supermax contract?
  • Does LeBron want to play in the NBA with his son?
  • Nobody ever knows what LeBron is going to do
  • Trying to cover the Browns with positivity
  • Liking the Deshone Kizer draft pick and still placing bets on his chances
  • Have the Browns done enough to solve the QB issues?
  • Jay Cutler and Tony Romo in the broadcast booth?
  • Taking a step back and stopping repeating yourself
  • The Browns drive the clicks
Jul 13, 2017

Brian Spaeth joined me to discuss Spider-Man Homecoming. We discussed the wider Marvel universe and what this iteration of Spider-Man got right.

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Here's what else we talked about:

  • Tony Stark and his appearance in Spider-Man
  • Comparing to Tobey Maguire
  • Comparing to Andrew Garfield
  • Michael Keaton as Vulture
  • Spider-Man doesn't join the Avengers
  • Allowing Spider-Man's stories to be smaller
  • Vulnerability and awkwardness of Spider-Man
  • Weaving a universe where Spider-Man can be regular high school kid
Jul 11, 2017

Ray Flanagan (Facebook) is one of the most talented musicians in Cleveland. You wouldn't know it from talking to him because he comes off pretty reserved, but when he's on a stage playing guitar and singing, it's immediately obvious.

Ray recently signed on to do a monthly gig - a residency - at The Euclid Tavern, which is now owned by the fine people of Happy Dog fame. Ray will be playing the first Sunday of every month from August until the end of 2017 and maybe beyond.

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Here's what else we discussed:

  • Ray's new "accidental" album
  • Working with Jim Stewart on an EP and ending up with 16 songs
  • Trying to be heard in 2017
  • Focusing on your strengths and forgetting about your weaknesses
  • Opening up for Train's makeup date at Nautica
  • Putting politics in music with subtlety
  • Observation versus political commentary
  • Standup comedians and their level of power
  • The history of The Euclid Tavern
  • Derek Hess booking the Euclid Tavern
  • How to use a platform
Jul 5, 2017

On this latest episode of the WFNY podcast we discuss Dan Gilbert once again, this time in the wake of Chauncey Billups deciding not to join the Cavaliers.

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  • What is Dan Gilbert's plan in the wake of Billups?
  • Did Dan Gilbert ever plan for life after Griffin?
  • Should Dan Gilbert cater even more to LeBron James?
  • What moves could the Cavaliers have made with David Griffin?
  • How much are the Cavs worth if LeBron leaves the team?
  • Would it be bad for the Cavaliers to name one of LeBron's business partners as team president?
  • Gordon Hayward and his effect on the East
  • Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors to save owners money
  • What consideration was there for Durant to save the owners money?
  • Conspiracy theories about Kevin Durant's deal with Golden State
  • Loving Yan Gomes and still wondering what his future with the team should be.
  • Looking for Browns voices.
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