The Official Waiting For Next Year Podcast

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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Jun 9, 2013

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 Internship

  • 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

  • Lack of exposition in the films

Jun 9, 2013

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

  • The Volatility of the Heat vs. the collected nature of the Spurs

Jun 5, 2013

There's not much conclusive news about Chris Perez right now, and that took some of the wind out of our sails. Still, we had a conversation about a lot of the "what ifs" before getting into the real meat of the Indians' troubles right now as they work through the hardest part of their schedule so far this season.

  • The historical perspective and how the world will look at Marijuana

  • Chris Perez and the marijuana debate

  • The 10,000 foot view and whether or not this is a big deal

  • This isn't shocking and the rich and famous get caught up in this

  • The national drunk hotline and Jim Rome's celebrity drunk bus

  • The Bosch case in Miami and the looming penalties

  • Jamey Carroll and the lack of a backup shortstop

  • The benefit to the Indians if Jhonny Peralta gets suspended

  • Asdrubal Cabrera and just how long he might be out

  • Mike Aviles and the general state of umpiring in MLB

  • Indians benefit from the calls too. Not a homer take.

  • The umpires that shouldn’t be working anymore. CB Bucknor, Tony Randazzo, and Angel Hernandez

  • J.C. Romero as the left-handed option in the bullpen

  • Carlos Carrasco and how he’ll fit into the bullpen

  • Cody Allen and how much George Carlin would hate his name

  • Jose Lindor and how little you want to start the clock on him

  • The wild card games and how they hamper them

  • Is there anything sillier than a one game playoff?

Jun 4, 2013

I tracked down Dennis Manoloff to talk about some injuries. That was Asdrubal Cabrera, Trent Richardson and the 2013 NBA draft. That morphed into a conversation at the end about LeBron James, of course.

  • Asdrubal Cabrera’s injury and just how bad it is

  • Cabrera’s toughness and wanting to power through the injury

  • Is the sense of panic lessened by Terry Francona?

  • Inconsistent offense, a scuffling bullpen and a rotation without an ace

  • This is a different club than the ones of the last two years

  • Can the Tribe hang with the Tigers for the whole season?

  • Baseball isn’t a plug and play statistics league

  • The rainout and whether or not everyone handled it well

  • The philosophy of MLB to want to play games at that hour of the morning

  • Trent Richardson and how much of a concern it is

  • Richardson has never been healthy as a Cleveland Browns player

  • Will Norv Turner mitigate the risks of Trent Richardson with utilization of other backs?

  • Should the Cavs trade the pick or which players are exciting out there?

  • Ben McLemore and how exciting he is to watch

  • Being attractive to LeBron James

  • Setting yourself up with cap space to be a player in 2014 regardless

  • LeBron needs to win three rings to set up Cavs return

Jun 3, 2013

Went a little long this week, so you'll want to split it up if that's your deal. Apologies, but I didn't feel like cutting it up. All killer no filler, just the same.

  • Roy Hibbert saying “No Homo” and getting fined

  • Dave Zirin at The Nation and his thoughts on Hibbert

  • Hate speech and whether or not Hibbert hates anyone

  • The news covering the word without telling us what people said

  • Am I allowed to use the word “pansy?”

  • I’m back in the NBA and watching the playoffs

  • Doc Gooden getting squeezed and not being able to scream until I’m hoarse

  • The Indians get rained out and hell comes down on them

  • The Indians apologizing for the rain out

  • Stand-up comedians and whether they ever have to apologize

  • Tracy Morgan is crazy and anyone who gets crazy deserves it

  • Free speech and the first amendment and whether or not people should stand up

  • Don Draper hitting a hash hookah and why we can’t be more consistent

  • Opie and Anthony’s stance on apologies and how they never mean them

  • Parsing the difference between Camel advertising to kids and SNL making jokes

  • Jim Brown and whether or not he needs to be around anymore

  • Ozzie Awesome on the Muni Stadium scoreboard

  • LeBron opting out and joining the team

  • Cleveland losing ownership of its rockstars, Scott Weiland, Trent Reznor

  • Sports is the last nationally identifying factor for Cleveland

  • Gordon Gee and whether he’s allowed to tell a joke or not

  • Gee is a symptom, not a disease

  • Flame wars on Twitter

Jun 1, 2013

We normally do spoiler free podcasting at least for a few minutes, but there's just no point. You shouldn't see this film. You should just listen to us talk about the idiocy. And even then don't go see it. It's not even bad enough to be good. Here's a rundown of what we discussed.

  • After Earth and just how horrible a movie it is
  • The Happening and whether we were in on the joke or not
  • M Night Shyamalan’s career arc
  • Rain Rain Go Away by Isaac Asimov
  • Shyamalan and whether or not he has people to tell him “no.”
  • Jaden Smith and not wanting to smash him
  • Tri-Chopsticks and the obsession with Asian culture
  • Will Smith and put him in a chair with no personality for the whole film
  • This is a Jaden Smith movie
  • Cipher Raige is a sci-fi name for a bad parody movie
  • A planet that evolved to kill humans after all the humans left
  • The accent of the characters in the movie
  • The final line in the movie attempting to give levity for the only time in the entire movie
  • The bird and just how bad it was
  • A complete failure
  • Checkpoint storytelling
  • Snake equivalent of a flying bird
  • CGI was really bad
  • Completely unengaging on every level

Brian's previous use of "Ranger Corps" in his movie Who Shot Mamba?

May 29, 2013

It's been far too long since I did a Joncast. Always nice to catch up with him. Enjoy as we ride the conversation for nearly an hour covering a wide range of topics.

Vacations and how we don’t take nearly enough of them
The European method of taking a month off in August
Our pursuit of happiness and self-inflicting wounds culturally
Defining needs vs. wants and how we’ve become spoiled
Swisher and the bro dude stare at the mound
Tom Hamilton and what he said
Rob Neyer and comparing baseball to a soap opera
Derek Lowe and Dusty Baker
Liking Craig Calcaterra’s blog and writing
The gotcha culture and why people shouldn’t have an opinion on anything
Godwin’s law  
Getting ingrained in a culture and having it ruin the things you love
Did we create obsessive compulsive disorder or at least augment its existence?
Is sports talk radio a guilty pleasure?
Have you ever injured your voice screaming at talk radio?
Jim Rome and forcing the audience to eat their own
Hiram and why long form is so much better for so many people
The Indians and how you could see this coming on the schedule
Walk-offs and overtime NHL goals are the best endings in sports
Playoff NBA officiating is worse than regular season NBA officiating
NHL playoff officiating is better than regular season NHL officiating
The nebulous nature of blocking and charging calls
USMNT coming to Cleveland
St. Louis and how it is a big soccer town

May 29, 2013

Kirk wrote a fantastic article exploring the trade market available to the Cavs and I wanted to go over it and push him further on it since it has been out there a few days. Of course we also talked about some other stuff like Dwight Howard.

  • Kirk’s NBA Draft Rumors article
  • Being an eighth seed and the pains of it 
  • The finishing of one three year plan and starting another to compete for a title 
  • Oklahoma City trading Harden one season too early to Houston 
  • Should OKC have played one more year and taken a CLE deal? 
  • Did people expect Harden to be as good as he’s been this season in Houston? 
  • Demarcus Cousins and how scared we all are of him 
  • Luol Deng and why he might or might not work
  • Joe Johnson contract hell
  • Deron Williams and the Brooklyn cap space situation
  • Dwight Howard and whether or not you can gamble with him
  • Would you take a chance on Dwight Howard with the Cavs? (hypothetically) 
  • The Dream scenario and how Kevin Love is not a possibility 
  • What if the Cavs do nothing? 
  • How coachable are the Cavs’ young guys like Kyrie Irving, Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson? 
  • Missing Delonte West and loving his game
  • Ben McLemore and Nerlens Noel and who they can become

May 28, 2013

I wasn't looking forward to Furious 6 and Brian really was. How do we feel about the flick now that we've both seen it finally? By the way, this is by far the most I've laughed into the mic on my own podcast.

  • The sequence of the Fast and Furious movies
  • Tokyo Drift is actually the last movie in the series
  • Fast and Furious franchise and what kind of precedent there is for it
  • The audience and how the archetypes in the movie play to different audience members
  • Michelle Rodriguez and how badly everyone wanted her back
  • Fast and the Furious is a testament to going to the theater
  • Furious 6 as compared with Rocky IV
  • Furious 6 as compared with Oceans
  • The Rock does a parody of himself
  • The tank from the poster and the ensuing scene
  • Vin Diesel is the anti-Dwyane Wade
  • The Hangover 3 and hitting the notes
May 27, 2013

Scott and I found time on this holiday Monday morning to carry on as normal with our podcast. Here's the rest of what we discussed...

  • Memorial Day and working on it

  • Chris Perez and his apparent shoulder injury

  • Has anyone been hired as coach or manager to give faith like Terry Francona

  • Randy Lerner and his hire of Mike Holmgren

  • Good hires and just because things don’t work out don’t make them a bad idea

  • Browns public relations and media relations

  • Granular results and outcomes versus trends

  • Tom Heckert and his performance

  • Pat Shurmur and Howie Roseman and whether Chip Kelly wanted Shurmur

  • Valley View and the Fast and Furious 6

  • Stopping feeling guilty about the pleasures

  • Craig likes Roxette and the Pretty Woman soundtrack

  • Bubblegum pop artists and the cycles with Justin Bieber and New Kids on the Block

  • The Monkees and their pop hits

  • Zach Lowe and the criticism of Dan Gilbert’s entourage in Grantland

  • Being cool by not caring what other people think

  • Scott Sargent is not cool :-)

  • The Comic Sans letter and making fun of Dan Gilbert for it

  • The San Antonio Spurs and how they were picked

May 22, 2013

Scott joined me for about 20 minutes to discuss the Cavaliers goings on since winning the NBA draft lottery last night. Here's what we talked about more specifically.

  • The turmoil of having the first overall pick in the draft

  • What do you think about the trade down cuteness?

  • Due diligence and just how little fans and media can do

  • Nerlens Noel and how good he needs to be in order for Grant to justify taking him

  • Do you trust Chris Grant to avoid the tendency to chase height and need?

  • Kevin Love and how unavailable he really is

  • James Harden wasn’t available until he was either

  • Lamarcus Aldridge and his availability

  • Marc Gasol and his ability to be moved

  • Chris Bosh’s name and how nobody has talked about it yet

  • Free agency pool and who you would look at in free agency

  • Zach Lowe’s critique of the NBA lottery event and the Cavs

  • Players and how goofy they look on the dais

May 20, 2013

Scott and I spent a lot of time talking Tribe today. We also touched on Brian Hoyer and whether we should be talking about it or not and also the Chuck Klosterman controversy with the Cleveland Browns.

  • Scott Raab will be on the Ken Carman show weekly every Friday at 9 PM

  • Talking about not talking about Brian Hoyer and his signing

  • Which team should win a championship if you had a choice?

  • Losing in 2007 and a hated Red Sox team in 2007

  • Cleveland fans and the amount of palpable hate for a fanbase that’s never won

  • If the Indians put up a statue in center field it ought to be Steve Olin

  • Is Jacob’s field a pitcher’s ballpark?

  • You have to get down to the seventh or eighth hitter to find a slow player

  • The contrived nature of the save in baseball

  • Chris Perez = Joe Borowski with a six pack in him

  • Julio Franco and the obsession with the holes in his game

  • Chris Perez talked about the organization and not just the fans

  • How much of the credit goes to Terry Francona?

  • Writing and how important it is to work with a good editor

  • David Granger and how important a good editor is for writers

  • Do novel writers have to have adversarial relationships with themselves?

  • The disadvantages of blogging are the lack of working it over and over

  • Balancing speed and quality / length

  • Guys who cover the NFL and how they feel about the Browns P.R.

  • The Browns and their adversarial relationship with the media

  • Chuck Klosterman whining about lack of access

  • It’s to Tony Grossi’s credit that Art Modell isn’t in the Hall of Fame

  • Access in the NFL is tightly tightly controlled

  • It’s better to be out there and not saying a lot than not out there at all

  • Talking about hockey with @NHLinCLE

  • The Cleveland Barons and Freddy Glover

  • Hockey fans and how they’re a different breed than the other sports


May 20, 2013

My wife made a brief and reluctant experience on the podcast to give her take. We did spoiler free talk for the first 10 minutes, so feel free to listen away whether you saw the movie or not.

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

  • Watching Wrath of Khan?

  • My wife makes an appearance on the podcast

  • Should the movie have aped the catalog so much?

  • Rebooting the series and whether or not they’ll make a third one

  • Did anyone need to really need that guy to be Khan?

  • Just how perfect the effects are and how it allows movies to get back to characters

  • A car alarm goes off in Brian’s background

  • Who will the next group of writers be?

  • Being super-entertained by an XD movie and whether or not we should micro-analyze

  • Movies vs. films and the multiple tiers of summer movies

  • Christopher Nolan and how much to trust him as a producer

  • Kirk and whether he’s supposed to be smart or dumb like impression

  • Battlestar Galactica and the comparisons to Star Trek

Other show notes:

Brian's Saved by the Bell reboot proposal

May 17, 2013

An author from the Bay Area named Eric Simons (pronounced SIMMONS I screwed up!) wrote a book about sports fans and their psychology. Naturally, desiring a unique subject to study, he scoured the Internet and came across WFNY's own resident head case TD. Eric's book is called The Secret Lives of Sports Fans and it attempts to answer a lot of questions about how sports fans are the way they are. There's some science and plenty of interesting stories including some about TD. I talked to him about his book and other topics for a bit.

  • Why do sports make me feel so angry all the time?

  • The physical reflexes we get when we actually watch sports

  • Mirror neurons in the motor cortex

  • MMA and why we dodge punches while watching a sport

  • There are a lot of different ways to like sports

  • Cleveland is a really good case study for sports fans anchoring to local teams

  • People’s brains get confused about who the action is happening to

  • Expectations and what it does to your brain

  • Is this going to feel like a science book?

  • Getting a word in edgewise with TD

  • The sense that Cleveland is the best or worst sports city in America

May 15, 2013

Really happy to get Pat McManamon on the podcast. I wanted to talk to him about Fanhouse and how the media landscape has changed both for him and also around him over the years. We also had some good conversation about the Browns, Chuck Klosterman and Twitter.

Click here for Pat's Fox Sports Ohio Page - Also keep up with Pat on Twitter

  • AOL Fanhouse and what it was like to work there

  • Working virtually with coworkers and editors on Fanhouse

  • Talking to people on the phone and how much richer that communication is

  • Fox Sports Ohio and the STO purchase

  • Reporting on the Pilot Flying J story and how to cover it

  • Sticking to the facts as opposed to writing lots of opinions

  • Jimmy Haslam’s controversy and how much to report on it

  • The Browns and transparency with the media

  • Chuck Klosterman’s piece on the Browns 2013 NFL Draft night

  • Should the Browns have traded picks or not?

  • Do the Browns know why their secrets are secrets?

  • Open practice vs. closing it 15 minutes after it started

  • Twitter and how it has changed Pat’s job

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