Brian was on vacation this past week, so I don't think he ever got around to seeing Monsters University. As a result, I replaced him this week with my son Ben who saw Monsters U in the theater with me. It was Ben's first ever movie in the theater, so I figured I'd just throw a few minutes together with him. He was probably better than I was on this podcast.
I was very happy to be able to get Joe Kotoch to join me a few days before the NBA draft. You should know Kotoch from his website ProBasketballDraft.com and also his work at SheridanHoops.com and his twitter account @probballdraft.
Scott and I had a conversation over the weekend prior to the podcast in which we decided it was time to see if there's a greater purpose that we can serve. With all the news of LeBron James, Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Tristan Thompson last week, we decided to discuss whether or not Cleveland fans need to redefine who they are. We've lost our way. Our organizations, from owners and players are more temporary than we are and it is time to stop letting everyone else define us. We need to define ourselves.
Amazingly enough I hadn't caught up with Brendan Bowers on the podcast since I relaunched it. So, today I finally did. We talked about the game seven happening tonight in Miami. We talked about the draft and what the Cavaliers should really be focused on as they head into 2013/14.
I love chatting with Tom Reed from the Plain Dealer. I am continually pushing the boundaries of topics with him and lo and behold he ended up pushing the boundaries for me by giving me an assignment for our next podcast. He has vowed to get Cleveland talking about Trailer Park Boys. So check it out before I talk to him next time.
Alec Scheiner and the Browns had to cancel the Bon Jovi concert
Is this a Bon Jovi problem or a Cleveland problem?
The Browns and leaving the news cycle to the public’s imagination
The public relations difficulty all the way back to Colt McCoy’s concussion and Mangini’s mural
The Chuck Klosterman article nightmare
Do you think the Browns are discouraged by their luck so far?
Alec Scheiner’s willingness to get out in front of the PSL story
The success of the USMNT soccer game in Cleveland this year
Getting soccer into Cleveland after Randy Lerner sells the team
Is it hard to be a soccer fan and being tasked with explaining it to people all the time?
People starting to cheer nice exchanges of passing
ESPN’s decision to put soccer on their channel isn’t an accident
Clint Dempsey is a good player no matter where he’s playing in the world
I can’t picture the Browns doing Hard Knocks on HBO
Would the Browns do it if they stabilized their team for a few years in a row?
Marvin Lewis and his long-standing tenure
Jason Isbell and how people who don’t like country like him
The Drive-by Truckers and how the roots are more in rock
Jason Isbell and how he avoids the pitfalls of cheesy country
Ryan Bingham and the Trailer Park Boys
I can't sugar-coat it. This movie wasn't anywhere near as good as Brian and Craig's expectations. Brian definitely had more issues with it than Craig, but neither thinks the franchise is without a future, necessarily.
This is the end got generally good reviews around the country and also from Brian and Craig. Here's why...
Seth Rogen still has a cool factor that hasn’t died down yet amongst his hardcore fans
The Apatow universe
Danny McBride and his ability to steal this film
The Exorcist scene didn’t disappoint surprisingly enough
The Emo storyline with Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel was a bit annoying
Playing parodies of themselves and how the improv worked so well
Emma Watson, Michael Cera, and Rihanna cameos
The technology of the action was really good
Here's the second part of my monday morning podcast with Scott Raab where we talk about some more sports. Please let me know if you appreciate me breaking it into episodes or if you liked just having one longer one.
This week I broke my conversation with Scott Raab into two parts. This first one is about 35 minutes. We discussed the following.
Jason Whitlock and how half the people hate him
Does Whitlock troll?
The reaction to Jason Whitlock has been pegged
How old were you when you got your sense of entitlement?
Finding racists on twitter and putting a microscope on them
The racist Boston Bruins fans on twitter
Roger Goodell and his letter to Congress over the name Redskins
Redskins is like the n-word?
There’s no way to defend Chief Wahoo and the old caricature
Mumia Abu Jamal and the death penalty
You have to leave people room to come to your side in a debate
Jason Whitlock pisses me off sometimes, and that’s OK
Terry Pluto and the mantle of Hal Lebovitz
Stephen Strasburg and his change of speeds
Corey Kluber vs. Jeremy Sowers and David Huff
Always good to catch up with the Browns observations with Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal. Here's all that we discussed.
How good do you feel not having to talk Tebow?
Bill Belichick out to prove he doesn’t have to talk about anything.
Gregg Popovich and how he just defies everyone to do what he wants.
Ray Horton’s new attacking scheme and how evident it might or might not be at this point
T.J. Ward in the box a bit more, maybe like Troy Polamalu?
Ray Horton’s Phoenix radio station and how it was going to mirror that of the Steelers
Maybe Horton’s change in tune is to avoid player comparisons from Pittsburgh
Josh Gordon and the league’s CBA that limits the fact-finding
Dawgs by Nature post about changing to Drew Rosenhaus and the timing with the change
Joe Haden and his change to Drew Rosenhaus as well
Davone Bess and his ability to fill in for Josh Gordon
Davone Bess replacing Josh Cribbs as the leader of the wide receivers
Fullback and Cleveland Browns and Vonta Leach
Leach’s agent talked to Mike Lombardi but no visit was scheduled
No real interest on the Browns’ part
Owen Marecic’s future and Brad Smelley’s future with the Browns
Browns had two backs in the backfield a lot including Ogbonnaya and Hardesty together
The Brandon Jackson signing and how weird it was
The injury history of Trent Richardson and at the RB position in general
If there was one position group where the Browns might supplement the roster, which one would it be?
Chris Owens, Buster Skrine, Leon McFadden all battling it out opposite Haden and in the nickel
Brandon Bogotay and his competition with Shayne Graham
Expected player extensions and why we haven’t seen any just yet
Mike Lombardi said it was “a little early”
Moving training camp to 4-6:30 PM and how packed camp has been anyway
Denny and I decided to do a casual Friday podcast and it went in all sorts of directions. Here's what we discussed.
Holding back podcasts and why it doesn’t make sense
Magic Hat and how many I drink
21st amendment Back in Black IPA
Eagle rare 10-year bourbon
Making bitters and what exactly they are
Bitters aren’t a mixer as much as they’re an additive
Selling Bonsai trees in Solon
Soccer and how people want you to prove that it’s good to watch
The American Outlaws and how awesome they are
USMNT vs. Germany in RFK
USMNT vs. Belgium in FirstEnergy Stadium
Field turf and learning to play soccer on football fields
Kids and what kinds of expectations you have for your kids
Sigur Ros and Jonsi - The Tallest Man on Earth
Jason Isbell and his new streaming album
Ryan Bingham and Crazy Heart
Queens of the Stone Age’s new album
The National’s new album and the ambient sound similar to Explosions in the Sky
Iron and Wine and the love of horn sections
Sam Beam and his growing career
Kiss Each Other Clean
Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, The Swell Season, The Frames and Once the movie
The Drive-by Truckers
The neighborhood store and how the local hardware store should thrive
Denny’s hardware store burnt down
A WaitingForNextYear.com Joncast! It's been too long since I caught up with Jon and we talked about a whole host of topics from sports to television to Captain America filming in Cleveland.
ScarJo kissing Chris Evans
The cost/benefit of the movie filming in Cleveland
Traffic and the luck of Clevelanders with their rush hour
Do you have a “list” with your wife? If so, is it real?
Amanda Seyfried and how my wife would approve
Jon’s theory that the Indians should have traded Chris Perez and Asdrubal Cabrera this off-season
Personally judging an athlete and having it skew your analysis
Jose Valverde and his ability to ruin a good team
The money assigned to Brett Meyers never made sense
The weakest link of the Indians is the starting rotation
The Indians losing streaks didn’t seem to be possible for this kind of streaking
Do strikeout prone teams make themselves more susceptible to a losing streak?
Codeine and the facts of the situation
Collectively bargained rules and what’s going on in the NFL
Drug testing and privacy grounds
Cycling and the dirtiness of it
Performance enhancing vs. healing
The ethics of giving NFL players “the spike”
The witch hunt on players who did nothing but make everyone happy by using
Bud Selig being complicit and now having to drop the hammer on drugs
Mad Men and Don Draper’s blatant unlikeability now
Can Don Draper ever be sympathetic ever again?
Can they plan the third act so that Don Draper becomes a better man at the end?
Once you get used to the charisma of Don Draper and Tony Soprano what are you left with?
The moment of adultery and its wide-reaching implications
The sexiness of the advertising industry and how it also fell downhill
Wanting Goodfellas to end before it jumped off the rails
Scott started off the day making fun of my Keurig machine. After that we talked a lot about sports and a bit about neckties and contrived fashion.
Keurig machines and how communist they are
Neckties and bow ties
The idea that the necktie is a marker at all is strange
The band concert uniform
Suspenders vs. belts
Gallagher and an impromptu balloon animal show for porn stars
Dwyane Wade and his short pants
LeBron James and “The Block”
The Beatles were New Kids on the Block before they were
Brody Baum and the Chris Perez debacle
It’s hard to lose this many baseball games in a row
Bullpens are the most volatile things in baseball
Rafael Perez and Betancourt fell off year over year
People feeling alienated from baseball
The Gus Johnson effect and whether it could hit baseball
Bruce Buffer and his brother Michael Buffer
Owen Wilson’s alleged suicide attempt
Josh Gordon and his problems
The two game suspension and what it means
Codeine and whether or not you could know about it
The cultural awareness of codeine and how it’s tough to claim ignorance
The marijuana culture and how we’ll look back on it
Dehumanizing the opposition
National service and if we could really implement it
The ESPN-ification of sports
Esquire.com for sports commentary with Scott Raab
Brian and I saw The Internship this week starring Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson. It's their first movie together since Wedding Crashers. We also decided to cover a home movie this week because we both saw Upstream Color by Shane Carruth. That led to a talk about sci-fi, Duncan Jones, and a lot more.
The heavy handed Google infomercial
Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson with rhythm
Luke Wilson plays Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn plays Vince Vaughn
Michael Cera playing Michael Cera forever
Modern Family and how I gave it up
The Internship is forgettable and fleeting as opposed to a repeat watch
Melissa McCarthy and how she’s in the Kevin James role
Kevin James and Patton Oswalt’s sitcom
The PG-13 vs. the Rated R movie
Upstream Color and how comfortable it was
Comparing it to Terence Malick
The tourguide character
Shane Carruth’s first movie Primer
Brian and I decided to talk a little basketball today after the movie podcast. But, I'm posting the basketball podcast first, so you can pretend like it happened before the movie podcast... which will be posted later.
Breaking down the Heat game 2 vs. the Spurs
LeBron has fulfilled his potential as a player and he’s almost unhateable
LeBron wasn’t putting in effort during Cavs games
Dwyane Wade loves making excuses
LeBron James and his stage awareness back in the day
Dwyane Wade has the same game he had in 2006
Kind of feeling sorry for Chris Bosh
Bosh’s hysterical nature on the court
You can’t really have an opinion of the Spurs
“You don’t like basketball if you don’t like the way the Spurs play.”
Liking the NBA for stars
The fascination in the Heat when they lose
Brian would love to see the Heat get swept
Carmina Burana and O Fortuna