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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Feb 14, 2017

The Cleveland Browns are basically on the clock. The Cavaliers are limping toward the All-Star break. The Indians are just beginning in Arizona. We discuss sports media, Kevin Durant vs. LeBron in terms of returning to their former cities, and much more with Will Burge of WTAM.

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  • Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City
  • LeBron returning to Cleveland
  • Media egging on fans and then criticizing them
  • Creating news out of analysis
  • ESPN analysts creating the news
  • Setting an agenda on the radio for a day
  • Aaron Goldhammer and how he runs a radio station
  • Dan LeBatard and how his show is structured
  • Bleacher Report and moving away from user-submitted content
  • Bleacher Report layoffs and how they've progressed
  • Slide shows and how they've moved to "legit" media properties
  • Trying to figure out where the industry is going next
  • Trying to make sense of Skip Bayless
  • The NFL treating local media like cancer
  • Ranking the commissioners of all pro sports leagues
  • Roger Goodell and the Browns
  • Did the Browns get it right this time?
  • Not being excited for the number one pick
  • Jimmy Garappolo and whether the Browns should get him
  • Trading a 2018's first round pick for Jimmy Garappolo
  • The Q renovations and greater Cleveland congregation to protest
  • Dan Gilbert and how the renovations will get done
Feb 10, 2017

Dave Sterling is back from California and we're back talking life and sports and things.

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  • California and an in 'n out burger next to LAX
  • What is In 'n Out burger like?
  • Secret menus and how bad they are
  • Learning to fly airplanes
  • Shake Shack coming to Cleveland
  • B Spot vs. Flip Side
  • Meal delivery services
  • Planning meals for the week
  • Charles Oakley and what happened in New York with the Knicks
  • Sensitivity in jokes and fake news
  • The Knicks and how New York thinks they're so great
  • Celebrating failures of New York
  • Hating on New York
  • Phil Jackson and LeBron's relationship
  • People getting emo when LeBron leaves
  • Craig has been writing at WFNY over 21% of his life
  • Being 20 years out of high school
Feb 9, 2017

Andrew and Craig got together to talk about sports. We speak of Tom Brady, GOATs, and other things.

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  • Hello Fresh vs. Blue Apron in a non-commercial
  • Portion control and having perfect ingredient checks
  • GOAT and Mount Rushmore
  • Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers
  • Gayle Sayers vs. Emmitt Smith
  • Trying to rank quarterbacks with the NFL being a team game
  • Jim Kelly vs. John Elway
  • If Peyton Manning played in New England, would he have won more Super Bowls?
  • Ozzie Newsome and being lost to the era
  • Bernie Kosar and loving him as a Browns fan
  • Watching Al Bubba Baker playing basketball
  • Watching Kenny Lofton play rock and jock
  • LeBron James, David Griffin, Ty Lue, and their chats
  • Ty Lue telling LeBron he needed to do more in Game 7
  • Frank Isola chasing his feelings
  • Lying versus being wrong
  • LeBron is the most powerful player in league history since Michael Jordan
  • Does Carmelo Anthony help the Cavaliers?
  • The Cavaliers and their "defense"
  • LeBron James and his minutes
  • LeBron James has changed his regular season style as well
  • For the Cavaliers, Defense is a choice
Feb 8, 2017

The EHC Podcast is proud to introduce to you an intense battle at shortstop for your Cleveland Indians! Okay, that's all a lie. This podcast is simply Jim Pete and Mike Hattery finding different and strange ways to say amazing things about Francisco Lindor, who at 22, is already creating a "once-in-a-generation" legacy, if all things remain equal. We talk Indians depth in the organization, with Jose Ramirez, Yu-Cheng Chang, Willie Castro and Ivan Castillo, and ponder Omar Vizquel's Hall of Fame run, vs. Lindor's already two stout seasons.

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1:45--Mike continues his ongoing rally to force Great Lakes Brewing to keep Conway's Irish Ale on the docket year round, and equally tries to find a friend to have a burger with.

3:00--Erik Gonzalez...the Defender of the Universe

5:15--Can we talk about Francisco Lindor as a generational player, THE superstar of this winning era for the Indians yet?


7:45--20/20 Lindor

9:45--Five-Tool Lindor

10:35--Mike begins to amp up for an Omar Vizquel Hall of Fame fight...Jim doesn't bite...

11:42--Is Lindor already better than Omar Vizquel?

14:25--Lindor--is he the Indians version of Derek Jeter (and..the commencement of the ridiculous comps)

16:30--Improve power should push Lindor over the 7+ WAR ceiling

18:00--Lindor seems to fix his weaknesses, which ultimately enhances the rest of his game...and...he has a sweet jumper.


20:00--Yu-Cheng Chang...and what's so special?

21:30--Chang is undervalued, Willie Castro, and Ivan Castillo

22:47--The Indians just sorta get the middle infield, and have for awhile

23:10--Does Chang profile to the corners in the infield and the outfield?

23:40--The flex-player as a market inefficiency

24:10--The Ben Zobrist model, and how the Indians and Terry Francona are set to take advantage

25:50--Omar Vizquel and the Hall of just won't go away..

26:40--Let's Argue...whining and moaning...and how Jeff Nomina recently had his ass handed to him (Mike paid me to say that)

Feb 6, 2017

With the NFL season officially in the rearview mirror, we decided to waste zero time in shifting our focus to the upcoming NFL Draft. In doing so, we are very excited to have been joined by CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.

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Dane is fresh off of his trip to Mobile, Alabama for the 2017 Senior Bowl. In addition to the final collegiate game of the year, we had the chance to talk about a number of other items.

  • Covering the NFL Draft 365 days per year
  • Players who used the Senior Bowl to elevate their draft stock
  • The Cleveland Browns' handling of the Senior Bowl practices
  • DeShaun Watson skipping the Senior Bowl
  • Did Clemson's championship change Watson's draft stock?
  • The difficulty in evaluating the quarterback position
  • Is Myles Garrett the no-brainer No. 1 pick?
  • Hue Jackson's role in the upcoming draft
  • How can the Browns mess this up?
  • What quarterbacks does Dane like more than others?
  • Is Mitch Trubisky's height a concern?
  • How much will draft boards fluctuate over the next few months?
  • What positions are the deepest?
  • How many starters should be able to be obtained by the Browns?
  • What's the ideal scenario for the first round?
  • The NFL Draft season in the Twitter age

Follow Dane on Twitter at @dpbrugler and read his work at His 500-player, PDF NFL Draft guide can be purchased here.

Feb 5, 2017


Jim Pete and Mike Hattery return to continue the 2017 Positional Previews. This week, Mike and Jim get to take their victory lap, as Jose Ramirez, their muse, broke out with a team-MVP worthy season. The EHC Podcast looks at Ramirez, his 2016 season and how it projects heading into 2017.

Will Jose Ramirez be the full-time third baseman, or will Yandy Diaz or Giovanny Urshela take over third base duties in part, to allow #JRam to move around the field, as he did during the first half of last season?

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First Base
Second Base

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2:18--Mike's Great Lakes Brewing Company protest continues: Conway's Irish Ale should be a year-round beer.

2:30--Is Great Lakes Brewing Company a craft brewery, when Jim can find it in a local beer store in Raleigh, NC?

5:15--The case for #JRam regression, and who actually trusts Ramirez, and who doesn't

6:33--#JRam and Great Expectations

9:00--The case for #JRam's continued excellence

10:00--Contact Rules All

12:00--JRam is settled at third, right?

12:50--Is #JRam's value more as a third baseman, or is it as an uber-utility player?

15:25--The fallacy of the prototypical third baseman

17:06--Ramirez vs. Altuve, are there actual similarities, disregarding the fact that one plays third, and the other plays second?

19:55--Ranting with Jim

22:14--Yandy Diaz, and where he plays in 2017

22:50--Will Diaz break camp with the Indians?

22:51--To hell with Michael Martinez

26:54--Service time for a 25-year old?

28:20--Giovanny Urshela's one second of podcast time...alright...maybe two.

29:30--Michael Brantley's role, and how it could impact Ramirez and Diaz

30:00--The plugs of the week

***Special thanks to Mike's brother-in-law, Jonathan Becker, who put together our new intro music! If anyone else is out there that wants their music to be heard, shoot me an email at!

Jan 31, 2017

Jeff Nomina joins the podcast to discuss all manner of sports topics. We jumped all over the place, but we hit the Super Bowl being tired, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Browns and even a bit about social media.

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  • Kids saying hysterical stuff and how to deal with it
  • Kids thinking you're laughing at you instead of with you
  • Katy Perry and kids
  • Kids hear stuff that we don't hear
  • The Super Bowl and breaking it all down
  • Dolphins fans can't root for Tom Brady
  • Tom Brady and overcoming Roger Goodell's punishment
  • Separating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick is impossible
  • The Patriots aren't even fun to watch
  • Tom Brady was at his best with Randy Moss in terms of watchability
  • Ben Roethlisberger and how lucky he was to get in trouble before the internet
  • The Steelers lead with their helmets in 2017
  • Online video and how it's changed the Super Bowl commercial game
  • Progressive Insurance bingo card
  • Banned commercials by GoDaddy
  • A Dolphins fan fixes the Browns
  • Winning the draft and the Browns
  • The Browns won't draft guys like Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert
  • You can't learn anything from the Cavaliers and their championship
  • LeBron James complaining the Cavaliers are top-heavy
  • LeBron either likes to create drama or whether he gets emo a couple times per year
  • Ranking Shumpert and J.R. Smith in the NBA
  • Selling Mike Dunleavy out down the river was really quick
  • Team chemistry and how to build teams
  • Universal NBA community and NBA Twitter
  • The NBA should buy Vine
  • MLB and video clips and embedding
  • Will Twitter last forever?
  • Snapchat and
Jan 30, 2017

We're talking about the Super Bowl and how tired a lot of the traditional pomp and circumstance has become. Why do we need a week off between the Championships and the Super Bowl? Media day doesn't yield anything interesting anymore. Super Bowl commercials don't really move the needle anymore either.

Finally, it's been a big topic around these parts lately about drawing lines between politics and sports. We try hard to be wary of it at WFNY, but sometimes it's unavoidable. 

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Jan 25, 2017

LeBron James is talking loudly and with profanity about the Cleveland Cavaliers roster! The Cavaliers aren't having a good run of it in the last ten games! Our pets HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!

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Here's what we talked about...

  • LeBron's annual freakout is upon us
  • The Cavaliers need a backup point guard
  • Have the Cavaliers left anything on the table in terms of the roster?
  • NBA business and the roster inflexibility
  • LeBron's rant and the realism of having a perfect roster
  • How much of being top-heavy is roster construction and how much is coaching?
  • LeBron and the way he reacts to sitting
  • Would you complain if LeBron took two weeks off?
  • LeBron went and worked out with Wade last year
  • How miserable would the Cavaliers fans be if they hadn't won the title?
  • Dion Waiters beating Miami and how nice cities are schedule losses
  • The perfect storm that allowed Kevin Durant to go to Golden State
  • People who want to trade Iman Shumpert
  • How did Shumpert learn to shoot this year?
  • Trying to figure out how much to blame Ty Lue vs. David Griffin
  • Mo Williams and Kay Felder
  • Felder was a vanity pick for Dan Gilbert
  • Going back to Golden State and that drubbing
  • The Browns and whether Ben tuned them out
  • Not even getting mad at the Browns and marvelling at the suckitude
  • Yards after catch and explosive plays that we don't see
  • Cleveland Browns draft opinions
  • Dream scenarios for the Browns in the draft
  • Jamie Collins signing
  • Finding a market inefficiency in the Jamie Collins signing
  • Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky and Deshone Kizer
  • The unnecessary harshness on RG3
  • Trying not to get too cute and outhinking yourself.
  • Ben's library ejection story
Jan 19, 2017

It's Harv's third appearance on the podcast and his first as an in-person guest. We catch up on all the happenings of 2016 including all three teams' historic runs.

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Here's what we talked about...

  • David Modell's passing and reflecting on the Browns' move
  • What would the reaction to the Modells be if the Browns were better?
  • Does one win matter in a season?
  • Browns fans' penchant for hating the media because the team is bad
  • The Indians team without Mark Shapiro
  • Trying to enjoy a World Series loss
  • Trying to place Encarnacion signing in the history of the Indians
  • The baseball hall of fame and Manny Ramirez falling short with 24%
  • Reconciling the NBA's regular season with the playoffs
Jan 18, 2017

I don't really know how I ever got to know Tom Valentino. He's been in and around the Cleveland sports scene for a long time and I feel like I've always known him on social media. He was nice enough to have me on his newish podcast, The Nail in the Coffin to talk about WFNY and Cleveland sports. You can catch up with Tom on Twitter and make sure you subscribe to his podcast for another fresh perspective on Cleveland sports.

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Here's what we talked about...

  • Covering the Browns in a really down year
  • Trying to name a podcast
  • The passing of David Modell and the reaction online
  • David Modell being a real human representative of something awful
  • How bad the Browns were and the reaction
  • How disastrous would a winless season be?
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers getting blitzed by the Warriors
  • Not upset by the loss to the Warriors
  • The Cavaliers losing to the Warriors is a schedule loss, practically
  • Are the Cavaliers and Warriors bad for the league?
  • Jose Bautista and whether you like him or not
  • Not caring about the Dolan family's finances
  • The Cleveland Indians signing Edwin Encarnacion and rumored to be in on Bautista
  • The Indians' financial situation with their starting pitching staff
  • How much of the Indians' makeup has to do with Shapiro leaving?
  • The Indians overvaluing their prospects forever and ever
  • The Indians off-season is such a good attempt even if it doesn't work
Jan 16, 2017

It's WFNY Podcast episode #579! The boys from EHC continue their Cleveland Indians position previews. Now they're moving over to second base! How long can these two go talking about Jason Kipnis? Well, it's true that the JK Kid is the most important part of the conversation regarding the Indians and second base, but Jim and Mike go much deeper into the Indians roster of players throughout the entire organization.

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Jan 13, 2017

Jim Pete and Mike Hattery continue the Cleveland Indians positional previews by heading on over to first base.

If you missed it, make sure you check out the one that they did on catcher.

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Jan 13, 2017

Please enjoy the debut podcast of the Hot Sports Boys or HSB’s for short! You might remember the voices, because this is still Dave, Dylan and Yazan of the Browns Friday Fumble, but you are no longer hearing them play characters, this is just them now. On our first episode we discuss:

A brief explanation of the new podcast concept.

A few behind the scenes moments from the Friday Fumble

Straight on Wahoo.

World Series game 7 stories.

Frozen Pizza Preferences.

Were you mad that the Browns lost to Pittsburgh?

Browns draft talk.

Yaz went to OSU (for one class)

Some Cavs Talk

Some Soccer Talk.


Jan 12, 2017

Hey, did you hear the Cleveland Browns hired Gregg Williams to be their next defensive coordinator? We gave you our thoughts over the last several days, but for the podcast, we turn to a man who played under Williams during his days in Washington in safety Matt Bowen.

Bowen was a four-year letter winner with the Iowa Hawkeyes before heading to the NFL as a defensive back. Following his playing days, Bowen swapped his cleats for a pen a pad as he is now a journalist covering the NFL for ESPN.

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Among the items discussed:

  • What can Browns fans expect from a Gregg Williams-led defense?
  • What was it like playing under a man who demands accountability?
  • What sort of impact will Williams have on both young players and veterans?
  • How important is the scheme change?
  • What sort of players can the Browns add in the NFL Draft to make Williams' defense more successful?

You will want to read Matt's story on Williams for Bleacher Report here. He can be followed on Twitter at @MattBowen41 and his ESPN archive can be found here. Big thank you to Matt for giving us his time. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did.

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