April 18, 2014

About

WaitingForNextYear (WFNY™) is an independent website dedicated to Cleveland and Ohio State sports, owned and operated by Waiting For Next Year, LLC. It was formed in January 2008 when the authors of three of Cleveland’s finest sports blogs decided to combine their efforts into one cohesive site to better serve the readers and fans of the area’s sports teams. WFNY’s mission statement is to provide fans with unique perspectives and insights, daily news briefs, recaps and previews as well as entertaining and informative special features and columns. If you have any questions, comments, complaints, praises, concerns and/or issues about this site, its authors or anything else pertaining to WFNY, please feel free to either use the comments section below or drop an email to any of the authors and we will be more than happy to listen to whatever it is you have to say.

Co-founders/Editors

Rick Grayshock (rick@waitingfornextyear.com)

Some kids had fancy posters of Walter Payton and Jerry Rice hanging on their walls as a kid. Rick used to cut out pictures of Browns’ defensive linemen from the newspaper and tape them to his. That will probably tell you more about him than anything else a bio ever could. Rick is originally from Akron, Ohio. He grew up memorizing stats for names such as Sipe, Byner, Kosar, Swindell, Tabler, Carter, Price, Daugherty, Nance, etc. Every Friday night he went to a high school game. Every Saturday afternoon was Ohio State football. The Browns ruled Sunday. During the winter, when there was no football to watch, he cut his teeth on a crappy Cavs team that eventually gave the Bulls a run for their money. The Indians were a summer fling until the Browns were kidnapped in the middle of the night. Then the Indians were the only game in town, and he learned how exciting the whole baseball season could be.

“When the Browns had Denver pinned at the 2-yard line, my dad called me screaming from work. He said we were going to hop on a plane and get tickets to the Super Bowl.” Rick is still waiting…

Scott Sargent (scott@waitingfornextyear.com)

Born and raised in northeastern Ohio, Scott has been through the same thick and thin that the majority of his generation has endured. Too young to remember most of the Kardiac Kids, but old enough to recall the exact words that came out of his father’s mouth during The Fumble.

Said words are not suitable for WFNY print, however they have instilled the spirit of Cleveland fandom that he still holds to this day. Whether it is Mesa blowing a save, Ehlo not having six-foot long arms, or John Elway being John Elway…It’s all fuel for what ultimately comes out every day on this site. A bitter fuel, but one that will make that championship that much better once it arrives. Whenever that may be.

In March 2010, Scott was voted “Ohio’s Best Sports Blogger” by FOX Sports Ohio, the flagship television network for the Cleveland Cavaliers. His work has been featured on Cleveland.com, FoxSports.com, SBNation, ESPN.com, Yahoo! Sports, SI.com and various other sites throughout the Intrawebs.

Andrew Schnitkey (andrew@waitingfornextyear.com)

Andrew grew up in a small town in northwest Ohio, where his father passed on to him the love of both Ohio State and all Cleveland sports teams. This love of Ohio State sports is part of what drove Andrew to attend The Ohio State University from 1998 to 2003, where he was fortunate enough to see the basketball team make a terrific run to the Final Four in 1999 and the football team win a miraculous national championship in 2002 (well, technically 2003). Upon graduation from OSU, Andrew landed a job in Columbus and resides there today.

Andrew’s first memories of sports include debacles such as The Drive, The Fumble and The Shot. Later memories include The Jose Mesa debacle, multiple crushing loses to Michigan, the 1998 Michigan State game, the Modell move, the 1999 AL Divisional Series loss to Boston, the 1995 World Series spanking, the 2007 ALCS, two straight football national championships losses, the basketball national championship loss, the 2007 NBA Finals sweep, the 10-6 failure and the 2003 AFC Wild Card loss to Pittsburgh. It was in this climate and under these conditions that Andrew decided he needed an outlet for his frustrations and perspective on these teams, and so in October of 2007 he started the Cleveland Sports Authority site. Now, Andrew intends to continue providing the same kind of well-researched, in-depth coverage that he did at CSA to this site.

Contributors

Craig Lyndall (craig@waitingfornextyear.com)

Craig gained his love for Cleveland sports, like most Cleveland fans, at a very young age by way of his father. But Craig didn’t gain a true perspective of what it means to be a Cleveland fan until he left the friendly confines of northeast Ohio for Boston University. There Craig met many East Coast sports fans and learned a lot about what it means to have pride in a disrespected city. If Craig seems argumentative sometimes, it is because he has had a lot of experience arguing, most commonly with Yankees and Red Sox fans.

Craig is now back in the safe haven of the Cleveland’s eastern suburbs where he enjoys many hobbies including music and pretending to be a real sportswriter. As a blogging veteran who now concentrates on sports, Craig is a generalist, but the Indians are probably most securely in his wheelhouse. He doesn’t believe in curses — except when he does. He is not superstitious unless the seat he is sitting in feels unlucky. Consistently inconsistent would be a fair description of Craig, but he would certainly argue the point.

TD Dery (td@waitingfornextyear.com)

On an early morning in March 1976, a beautiful baby boy was born at the McDonald House in Cleveland. What spawned was a unique brand of Cleveland sports fan. TD came out of his mother’s womb with a full head of hair and was immediately wrapped in an Indians Oscar Gamble jersey on instead of a blanket. The rest, as they say, is history. He is a dyed-in-the-wool Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers fan as well as a loyal follower of the University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball program. He has seen his fair share of sports disappointment. TD’s earliest childhood memory is watching Ahmad Rashad catch a Hail Mary from Tommy Kramer to defeat the Browns late in the 1980 season and seeing his father kick one of his toys across the room. He was in Section 37 for The Drive. He saw The Fumble. He was in attendance for The Shot. He watched Mike Hargrove allow Jim Poole to make a failed bunt attempt and then give up the World Series-deciding home run to David Justice in Atlanta. He was relegated to vomiting profusely in his Lawrence, Kan., apartment as Edgar Renetria’s single went just past Charles Nagy’s glove. In his four years at KU, he watched a 60-0 home record, three No. 1 seeds and a No. 2 seed crash and burn miserably with no Final Four appearances. All of this has helped his craft as a realistic and sometimes bitter columnist. You may have read his stuff at The Cleveland Fan, My Teams are Cursed, Dump David Dellucci and The World According to TD. Now you can find him here at WFNY.

Jacob Rosen (jacob@waitingfornextyear.com)

Jacob is a weekend editor for WFNY and a recent graduate of the University of Dayton. There he majored in applied mathematical economics while serving as sports editor and editor-in-chief of his school newspaper, Flyer News. Jacob is an Akron native who also worked in the Akron Aeros media department for three years, including as interim media relations director in 2010. For several years before joining WFNY in 2009, he maintained an email-based Sports Report where he analyzed the world of sports from a statistical perspective. Back then, he usually focused his sports articles on the Cavaliers, Indians, Buckeyes and his Dayton Flyers.

Growing up in the ’90s, everything in Cleveland was about the Indians and they were his first love of any kind. Over the ensuing years, his passion for college football led him to create his own college football ranking system imitating the initial design of the Bowl Championship Series. Now a college graduate with various writing experiences, he loves analyzing the wide world of sports, but he still uses tons of statistics to back up his sports arguments. His favorite sports memories include witnessing the Buckeyes 42-39 victory over Michigan in 2006 en route to the national championship, and hearing “Eric Snow for MVP” chants after the Cavaliers Game 6 victory in the 2006 playoffs against the Wizards. On the flip side, his most depressing sports moments are being at Game 5 against the Red Sox in 2007 and attending the 2010 Game 2 against the Celtics.

Kirk Lammers (kirk@waitingfornextyear.com)

A Cleveland sports fanatic from the beginning, Kirk was raised in northcentral Ohio on the Marblehead Peninsula. There he began ritually browsing the Plain Dealer for Tribe box scores and statistics while helping his father run his fantasy baseball team from age 7. Guided by his grandmother, father and uncles, his fanhood only increased, as he attended dozens of games at The Jake and embraced the new Browns despite their ineptness. He was at Bottlegate, and to this day he has never been happier to be in the top row of the upper deck.

While baseball was his first love, Kirk’s greatest love is hoops. Playing in high school, his claim to fame was that he was one of the fiercest screeners to ever put on a Danbury Laker uniform. In college (at The Ohio State University), he took an officiating class and officiated one memorable season of Ohio State intramurals. He recently graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science.

In 2008, Kirk and two of his friends started Curse Of Cleveland, which was a labor of love for two years until other commitments limited their blogging. With the sports writing bug still present, Kirk has contributed to the Cavaliers blog Stepien Rules. While fair and willing to listen to all sides, Kirk is a fierce and loyal defender of Cleveland’s sports teams and his Buckeyes.

Ben Cox (ben@waitingfornextyear.com)

Ben is a weekend editor at WFNY and a sometimes blogger at BenBlog.net. Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Ben fell in love with basketball and the Cavs during their 1991-92 run to the Eastern Conference Finals and hasn’t looked back. Not that he doesn’t love the other Cleveland teams (he stayed for the Tribe’s 12-run comeback versus Seattle), but the Cavs are his first love.

From 2001-2006, Ben studied music history at The Ohio State University and developed a love for writing while a columnist for their student paper, The Lantern. Out of all his Buckeye-related memories still with him, nothing quite beats rushing the field after beating Michigan in 2002 (and rushing back into the stands to avoid the cloud of pepper spray).

From 2007-2008, Ben studied library science at Kent State University, because apparently companies aren’t enthusiastically looking to hire music historians.

Words that Ben has typed have appeared at his blog Random Thoughts (now defunct), TheClevelandFan.com, RealCavsFans,com, and LandLoyalty.com (formerly LeBrownsTown).

Ryan Jones (jones@waitingfornextyear.com)

Ryan’s earliest sports memories begin with the rocking Indians teams of the ‘90’s. The Tribe was winning, Hootie and the Blowfish were playing and life couldn’t get much better for this young sports fan. Then came David Justice’s Game 6 home run in the ’95 World Series, and Joe Table’s blown save in ’97. The stage had been set for a lifetime of heartache. Attending his first Browns game in ’99, Ryan got his first real dose of being a Browns fan as Akili Smith drove the Bengals 80 yards down the field for the winning score in the final seconds. Through attending countless Browns, Indians and Cavs games with his father, Ryan grew into a typical, diehard Cleveland fan: loyal, passionate, self-loathing and extremely quick to overreact to the slightest bit of success (his dog is named after the great Sasha Pavlovic).

As he grew older, he was able to take to the fields and courts himself, playing football and basketball for Hudson High School. If rooting for teams named the Indians, Cavaliers and Browns weren’t bad enough, Ryan was now an Explorer. Living by the mantra, “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good,” Ryan was shocked that his appropriate number of wristbands, stylish cleats and fly gloves did not land him any scholarship offers. Instead, he turned his efforts to Miami University and graduated in 2012. His greatest sports memories are the goal-line stand against Mike Vick in ’02, LeBron’s buzzer-beater against Orlando in the Eastern Conference Finals and Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup.