Scott Raab in a happy podcast about the Browns and Tribe! – WFNY Podcast – 2013-09-30

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WFNY Podcast LogoScott and Craig have their first of (hopefully) many really happy podcasts. I admit that I was practically giddy talking about the Tribe game on Wednesday.

Can Scott Raab be happy when Cleveland sports enables him to do so?
Criticism vs. love and all the emotions in between
The amount of hate in love and lifelong commitment
“Please stay away, don’t come back”
Interviewing Patrick Stewart and racing home for the Tribe game
Scott streamed the Browns even though he swore them off
The Muni Lot and the the 7 AM opening time
Tailgating in your living room the night before the game
The “here we go Brownies” chant and how it’s been a parody because the team hasn’t won
Brian Hoyer and his overwhelming competence on the field
Brandon Weeden and the position he was put in
The effect of confidence and calmness
Naming the starting quarterback for Thursday
Trying to find long-term referendums from short-term results
Holding the front office accountable for the Trent Richardson trade
I guess I shouldn’t try to talk anyone out of being optimistic
Craig thinks he was wrong about Buster Skrine
Danny Salazar starting the Wild Card game
The Jason Giambi era in Cleveland
Terry Francona pulling all the right strings
Chris Perez talking to the press yesterday
Trying to defend Chris Perez and how he’s just immature in Craig’s opinion
We all know we have holes in our game
Justin Masterson as a weapon in the bullpen
Six seasons is a lifetime in baseball
Cleveland is not St. Louis, but it’s definitely not Tampa either
The Indians sold out the Wednesday Wild Card game
The loss of big name players and how they haven’t been replaced
Scott prefers that the Indians get Texas over Tampa
Chris Antonetti and giving him credit for once
Francona and Brian Hoyer showing extreme competence
Stipe Miocic’s tweet to end the podcast

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  • Du

    In all respect to you all at WFNY, really not a fan of Scott Raab and not sure why you guys waste your time talking to him. To hear him getting on one of the most respectable Cleveland writers a couple weeks ago, taking personal shots at his faith, and doing it with deplorable language, is really bothersome.

    I truly appreciate the hard work you guys put in to make WFNY so great. But sorry, podcasts with Scott Raab are at the bottom of my list of ways to spend my time.

  • Steve

    Amen. Amen. Amen.

  • Craig Lyndall

    That’s fine. Please don’t take this as snide, because I am not saying any of the following with malice or in any kind of sneering way.

    I honestly understand that my chats with Scott aren’t for everyone. He is polarizing. You don’t have to listen to them. I love talking to Scott. I know he can be abrasive, but I think his perspective is valid, valuable and largely interesting. I get a lot of positive feedback too. I don’t agree with everything he says either.

  • Steve

    “Polarizing” and “abrasive” are about as generous as it gets when describing Raab. The guy can barely go a few minutes without hurling a personal insult. He gives Cleveland fans a bad name.

  • Chuck Hardy

    Maybe he is “polarizing” and “abrasive” but he’s also a very astute and intelligent observer. If this embarrasses you as a Clevleander then I don’t know what to say. Myself I look forward to Scott’s Monday morning podcasts. Terry Pluto, not so much,

  • Steve

    He’s not “polarizing” and “abrasive”, much less “astute” and “intelligent”. He’s “hate-spewing” and “big-timing”. He talks to Craig here because Craig goes with everything he says like a lapdog. If one were to challenge Raab on anything, he devolves into a whirlwind of curses and insults. He acts like he’s Mr. Hardcore Fan, but he admitted to giving up on even watching the Cavaliers last year, and the Browns this year, but that doesn’t mean that will stop him from telling you that you don’t know what you’re talking about, and should defer to him.

    He’s embarrassing to Clevelanders because he acts like he’s the shining example of a Cleveland fan whenever he can get a chance to stick his mug in front of a microphone, but he’s thin skinned, gives up on his teams, and is looking to insult you before anything else. That’s not the type of fan I want proclaiming he represents my town. That’s not even a fan at all. I don’t even understand why the guy pretends to enjoy sports. He doesn’t. He enjoys complaining about them.

  • Craig Lyndall

    I implore you not to listen and not to complain about it here then. I mean, do what you want, but follow your own advice. You seem to love to complain about a podcast you hate.

  • Du

    I get it Craig and in no way is what I said an attack on you. I respect and appreciate all you do at WFNY, and it benefits all of us both as Cleveland fans and readers of this blog.

    I just got frustrated when listening to him hate on Terry Pluto, who I have met several times and respect greatly. And maybe I am reading into it too much, but the fact that Scott’s hate likely stems because TP is a Christian, really really gets to me. To me, a lot of Scott’s opinion is subjective and ill-conceived.

  • Craig Lyndall

    It’s weird because I love both guys. I’m a giant Terry Pluto fan too. Scott’s take on Pluto isn’t always a comfortable one, but he’s entitled to it. and it’s at least interesting to think about the Cleveland sports media from a different perspective. I think Terry can take it and it doesn’t change my view of Pluto, personally. I read all his articles and listen to his podcasts. I let Scott know that on the podcast as well.