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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Oct 11, 2016

The Cleveland Indians SWEPT the Boston Red Sox out of the 2016 MLB Playoffs. The Cleveland Indians RETIRED David "Big Papi" Ortiz. The Cleveland Indians are headed for a showdown with Mark Shapiro's Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS with home field advantage. We tracked down former WFNY Tribe writer Todd Dery to discuss everything.

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  • It's been a while since the Tribe's been in the playoffs
  • TD's son was throwing a ball against the wall
  • TD's phone was blowing up of course
  • Being happy for the hardcores of any team
  • Wishing Big Papi David Ortiz a happy retirement
  • Players don't turn into Big Papi by accident
  • 2013 was great, but it wasn't really a series
  • How Game 3 unfolded and how crazy it all is
  • More relieved than happy
  • The plan and how it all played out down the stretch in Game 3
  • Josh Tomlin played amazingly well
  • Questioning Coco Crisp right before he hits a two-run homer!
  • How lucky are the Indians to have Terry Francona
  • Deep down, what does Mark Shapiro feel right about now?
  • Is Mark Shapiro resentful of how he was treated at the end?
  • Do the Mark Shapiro Indians make the trade for Andrew Miller?
  • The 2016 Cleveland Indians are an anti-free agent type of team
  • Watching the drafts finally yield something good
  • Developing players and how it all works
  • Josh Tomlin and how he could have been Jeremy Sowers
  • How mentally tough is Josh Tomlin?
  • Paul Hoynes and what he said
  • The Blue Jays and how they swept Texas
  • The Indians and Blue Jays have played INCREDIBLE games against them all year
  • Ezequiel Carrera in the playoffs?
  • TD was 31-13 on the 2016 regular season
  • Trying to figure out what the Indians will do for Game 1 of the ALCS
Oct 7, 2016
Hey Hey Hey everybody, the boys have got a VERY special guest this week in the official WFNY preview for the England Patriots this week.  We cover the roster, the coaching staff and even the city of Boston herself.  We also look into some of the Browns injury concerns.  Follow us on twitter @FridayFumble
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Oct 5, 2016

Jon Steiner used to write about the Indians at WFNY all the time. He joins the podcast to talk about the Indians' chances in the MLB playoffs.

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  • The St. Louis Cardinals got knocked out of the playoffs
  • Are you stressed over the playoffs?
  • Trying to remember playoff baseball and all the stress it entails
  • The Indians vs. the Yankees back in 2007
  • Loving the Indians even when Eric Wedge was the manager
  • Eric Wedge's bridge burning out of Seattle
  • Cutting the Wedge
  • How remarkable is the Indians' season here in 2016?
  • Adding Andrew Miller and how you make your own luck
  • #buntingisforlosers with TD
  • Andrew Miller has already been paid and doesn't need saves
  • The Cleveland Indians turned around their defense in a couple seasons
  • Francisco Lindor is the best defensive shortstop in the AL
  • Turning the team around after Bourn and Swisher
  • Franklin Gutierrez and his career arc
  • Trying to project Jose Ramirez and what he could be
  • The Chris Antonetti Era starting off with a playoff appearance
  • Assuming Jose Ramirez was a 4a player like Ezequiel Carrera
  • The Indians shouldn't be favored to win the ALDS
  • Everybody hates David Ortiz
  • Francona and how well he deploys a bullpen
  • National narratives and favorites
  • How has the Cavaliers championship shaped the Indians playoff run
Oct 3, 2016

Dave Sterling joins the podcast to discuss the Cleveland Browns loss to Washington and the Indians clinching home field advantage.

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  • Cleveland Browns lose to Washington
  • Cody Kessler and how nice he's looked as a 3rd round rookie
  • How long can the Browns players go without winning
  • The culture of losing and the Browns
  • NFL refereeing is a disaster
  • Could Cody Kessler convince the Browns not to draft a quarterback?
  • Browns fans are the best indicators of poor NFL ref quality
  • The NFL needs to gain refereeing consistency across the league
  • An illegal head to head contact penalty is 15 yards, but interference is a spot foul
  • How can Washington not have their field ready in week 4?
  • The Crow has been really impressive so far this year
  • The Browns need to extend Isaiah Crowell and Terrelle Pryor
  • The Browns receivers are a step forward
  • Handing off to a fullback is kinda dumb
  • Yan Gomes and the Cleveland Indians are likable
  • David Ortiz and the farewell tour
  • Derek Jeter and the Re2pect
  • Trevor Bauer in the Indians' opening game
  • Dave addresses millennials
  • The Wild Card is garbage. Needs to be more games
  • Paul Byrd and his wily wind-up
  • Trying to watch the Indians as a cord-cutter
  • Arbitrary rules for sports broadcasting
  • Dave interrupts Craig's rant
Sep 30, 2016
Hey Hey Hey everybody, the boys are back to wrap up the Dolphins game and preview the upcoming matchup with America's team, Washington DC Football.
Dylan, Dave, and Yaz discuss Terrelle Pryor's great day, take a look at where the presidential candidates stand on the football issues and give you a look into the Washington DC Football roster.  Hope you enjoy it. Make sure to follow us on twitter @FridayFumble and like the WFNY Podcast on Facebook.
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Sep 26, 2016

Mike Hattery is new to WFNY, so he jumped on the pod after a loss-filled day of Cleveland sports. The Browns lost in overtime to the Dolphins and the Indians lost their season-home-closer to the White Sox. All is not lost, however, because we have podcasts.

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  • Meet Mike Hattery
  • Would you feel better about being a Browns fan or a Dolphins fan?
  • Trapped in 8-8 and Ryan Tannehill
  • How do you watch the Browns in 2016?
  • Watching the Dolphins basically lose to the Browns
  • Thinking about Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon play all together
  • Joe Haden and his inability to stay on the field
  • What's the future of Joe Haden?
  • Trading Joe Haden's giant contract and what can you get?
  • The Indians losing final home game to the White Sox
  • Criticizing Terry Francona?
  • Resting Lindor, Napoli and the rest down the stretch.
  • Giving Terry Francona the benefit of the doubt
  • Baseball is the ultimate sample size, but managers are micro-analyzed
  • Not making predictions about the Cleveland Indians in the playoffs
  • Forgetting how chaotic and crazy the playoffs can be in MLB
  • Non-sports things that Hattery likes
Sep 23, 2016
Happy Friday everybody, the Friday Fumble boys are back again with a recap of the Baltimore game, a preview of the Dolphins, and get a special visit from veteran Browns beat reporter Pal Alan. Make sure to follow us on twitter @FridayFumble.
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Sep 15, 2016

The Baltimore Ravens come to town for the Cleveland Browns' home opener. Dave and Dylan talk about the week that was for the Browns, and preview the upcoming matchup with the Ravens as only they know how. 

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Sep 14, 2016

On this episode of the WFNY Podcast we're "Speaking with the Enemy!" Not really. Dave Bryan of @SteelersDepot ( is one of the most knowledgeable NFL minds anywhere in America. I'm not overstating this. He's been on the podcast multiple times before and he can speak in depth about everything NFL. We talked about the entirety of the AFC North after the first week of the 2016 NFL season and discussed the AFC-North-Centric matchups taking place in Week 2.

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Here are the rest of the show notes.

  • Cleveland Browns season with a championship in our back pocket
  • Josh McCown leading the Browns instead of RG3
  • Trading with the Eagles for picks in 2017 and 2018
  • Draft two quarterbacks every year until you find a QB
  • The hardest press of the reset button since Eric Mangini
  • Moneyball in football and what it means for the Browns
  • Firing Chudzinski at the end of his first season as coach
  • Art Rooney and how they operate during seasons
  • Teams can turn themselves around in three years
  • The Ravens in 2016 and what they can be with Flacco's return
  • Who is Mike Wallace and what's reasonable to expect?
  • Brashad Perriman and his quad injury
  • The Ravens defense and what their ceiling is
  • The Bengals and Andy Dalton without Hue Jackson on the staff
  • Andy Dalton taking seven sacks against the Jets
  • The volatility of the Bengals with their roster makeup
  • Do Steelers fans think about what the environment might have been if Roethlisberger had his issues back then
  • Ben Roethlisberger and his suspension back in Georgia
  • DeAngelo Williams went bonkers against Washington in Week 1
  • The Steelers offense should be able to put up video game numbers on offense
  • Steelers fans with lots of questions about the defense
  • Pittsburgh Steelers trading for Justin Gilbert
  • The Steelers' 2018 6th round pick for Justin Gilbert
  • Physical ability versus being ready to play instinctively
Sep 12, 2016

Stipe Miocic successfully defended his UFC Heavyweight Championship on Saturday night in the friendly confines of Quicken Loans Arena. Craig was on-hand with semi-frequent podcast guest Jamie Meklemburg. Jamie joined the show to talk about the momentous evening in Cleveland for Stipe and the fans.

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  • Defending the title makes it legit
  • Alistair Overeem almost winning
  • Stipe riding out the big shot and hunting Overeem thereafter
  • The crowd's reaction to the evening
  • Joe Rogan's post-fight interview
  • The Cleveland MMA audience
  • The pressure of defending the title in Cleveland
  • The prospect of defending against Cain Velazquez next
Sep 9, 2016

The boys at the Friday Fumble are back for a second season, and they are here to break down all the big moves of the Browns off-season. They play a little movie trivia game, and take a look at city of Philadelphia and the Eagles.

Don't forget to follow @FridayFumble on twitter for all of the latest Browns news. #fallonit

Sep 8, 2016

Cleveland Browns season is upon us. The first game against the Philadelphia Eagles is hitting this Sunday and everyone will be looking to see what happens with Carson Wentz. I grabbed long-time WFNY friend Harv to talk about all of it and everything else other than Trump.

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  • Skipping past political posts on Facebook
  • Ignoring advertising
  • Teaching kids and not swearing in front of them
  • Can you swear about the 2016 Cleveland Browns?
  • Watching Game 7 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • What is tanking in the NFL?
  • Hue Jackson article by Michael Silver
  • Having to develop talent vs. tanking on purpose
  • Can the Browns develop a running game with that offensive line?
  • The Dallas Cowboys rebuild after "tanking"
  • Sashi Brown doesn't seem like a Banner-ish dictator
  • Ray Farmer and the decision-making vacuum
  • Paul DePodesta's statement on Carson Wentz
  • Joe Thomas and the quote machines
  • The Browns and when they are truly trying to win
  • The mobility of RG3 and sliding
  • Joe Schobert starting for the Cleveland Browns
Aug 31, 2016

We open the latest podcast with a little site announcement for WFNY. Jeff Nomina is joining WFNY to write some Indians and Cavaliers commentary. And that's just what we brought on the podcast as well.

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  • Dolphins fan in Browns-land
  • The 7-9 Dolphins
  • Is Miami too nice for the Dolphins to ever be good
  • The LeBron model and how impossible it is to repeat
  • Will LeBron James be a good general manager
  • Scorching Hot Takes
  • Cleveland Indians playoff hunt
  • Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Abe Almonte and his contributions without playoffs
  • Coco Crisp is exactly the kind of player the Indians should have kept forever
  • Michael Brantley being out
  • Yan Gomes throwing out runners and how electric it is
  • Kids being aware of sports
  • The game theory of taking kids to Tribe games
  • Dressing up for sports is cosplay
  • The Cavaliers following up their Finals win in 2016
Aug 25, 2016

Ben Axelrod (twitter) is one of the best guests on the WFNY podcast. He's a sports guy, but he can talk about anything. He's willing to throw questions back at me and challenge me on things. We laugh about stuff usually. This time was no different.

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  • The Cleveland Browns traded Barkevious Mingo
  • Barkevious Mingo was drafted in his slot
  • Browns instability making players worse
  • Trent Richardson getting out of the Browns and not working
  • Barkevious Mingo joins Jabaal Sheard in New England
  • Could the Cleveland Browns have ruined Khalil Mack?
  • Danny Shelton and what his future holds
  • Is Danny Shelton just a guy?
  • Johnny Manziel is no longer a Cleveland Browns story
  • Setting expectations for the Browns' potential win total in 2016
  • Are the Cleveland Browns tanking?
  • Terrelle Pryor switching positions this late in his career is unprecedented
  • Will the Browns be better by the end of the season?
  • Is the sports world selling J.T. Barrett short?
  • Is this J.T. Barrett's last year at Ohio State?
  • Trying to think about the Oklahoma matchup before the season begins
  • Urban Meyer is undefeated as an underdog since coming to Ohio State
  • Trying to figure out the big surprises in the Big 10 for 2016
  • Michigan State being "off the radar" is pretty crazy
  • The Miz and what happened with Daniel Bryan
  • CM Punk and The Pipe Bomb promo
  • Brock Lesnar breaking open someone's face
  • Hulk Hogan, Peter Thiel and the shutdown of
  • Freedom of speech and whether it's under attack
  • Being stunned that Hulk Hogan even won the case
  • Freedom of speech and where the line is
Aug 24, 2016

We've long talked about having an owner's podcast and now it finally happened. Prior to a WFNY owner's conference call, we talked about a whole host of things. We talked about WFNY. We talked about where we've been, where we're going and what we think about when we're planning for the future.

No conclusions. No breaking news, but it should be an interesting listen for the long-timers.

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