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.
Scott Raab has followed up his book, The Whore of Akron with a championship book called You're Welcome Cleveland. I put out a call to see if he would come on the podcast and Scott was willing. We are forever indebted to Scott for the weekly appearances he made on the WFNY Podcast and it's always great to catch up.
Here's what else we talked about.
Dave, Dylan and Yazan are back to tackle another big topic and attack it from ALL ANGLES! We talk about How all of the major sports expand and relocate their teams. And don't worry, we didn't leave your favorite sport out unless it is one of those weird European ones! And if you think we got something wrong, tweet at us @FridayFumble.
Sportsyelling is one of the best follows on Twitter and she is nice enough to talk to us on the podcast. It's Indians season, so it's about that time. We obviously discuss Edwin Encarnacion, Andrew Miller and a whole lot more.
The Cleveland Indians have not only reported, they're playing spring training games. It's a great time to try and put into perspective just how exciting the anticipation is for this year's Cleveland Indians team. Does it rival the best teams of the 90's that we remember? Is it as good as the anticipation for 2008 after the Indians' deep run?
Obviously we hope it turns out better than 2008, but I make the case that while nothing is guaranteed, this might be the best chance at repeat playoff appearances at least since the 90's and maybe it's even better.
In addition to the Indians, I discussed the 2017 NFL draft, the Browns analysis of Jimmy Garoppolo and the idea of NFL draft experts doing press conferences for other media and creating headlines.
Lasty, I discussed the disconnect between the Oscars and the actual box office receipts of the most popular movies of every year.