The merits of technology, Derrick Rose’s memorial, and trading Kevin Durant, While We’re Waiting

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Happy Tuesday WFNY! I was out of town over the weekend, and when I returned home on Sunday, I came back only to find that my TV and internet were both down. I made a quick call to AT&T’s customer service1, they ran some tests on their end, and they found they couldn’t ping a signal


Sports media, MKG, and Larry Sanders, While We’re Waiting


Happy Tuesday WFNY! So what is the role of media in sports today? The concept of sports journalism was born purely out of necessity. Before the days of cable packages and Sunday Ticket, League Pass, and Extra Innings, people weren’t able to watch every second of every play of their favorite teams. This issue was


Durant on Waiters: “We’re going to make him feel wanted”

Cleveland Cavaliers guards Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters had plenty of chances to shine in Cleveland, but apparently the perception is that he was persona non grata in the Cavaliers locker room. When asked about how he plans to integrate Waiters in to the Oklahoma City Thunder offense following Monday night’s trade, reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant had the following to


LeBron James a game time decision with knee soreness

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are into the general grind of the regular season now, but tonight is a marquee matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was supposed to pit LeBron James against Kevin Durant for a larger national TNT audience, but it appears that the Cavaliers could be without the best basketball player in the


Cavs Kicks by Crown Royal: Melo, KD, Harden and a chance to win a $100 gift card


Our great friends at Crown Royal have decided that the Reign On Spotlight which ran every Sunday during the 2013 NFL season could use a counterpart on the hardwood. Thus, over the course of the second half of the NBA season, we, as a part of Crown Royal’s Center Court program, will be featuring another spotlight of


Cavs vs. Thunder Behind The Boxscore: HUH?!


On the second night of a back-to-back against the best of the West following a tough loss to the Raptors, I gave the Cavaliers virtually no chance of competing tonight, let alone winning. But, they did exactly that, it was a star-studded effort for Kyrie Irving, who trumped the duo of Durant and Westbrook with


2013 NBA Draft – All you need to know about the Cavs from Joe Kotoch – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-25

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I was very happy to be able to get Joe Kotoch to join me a few days before the NBA draft. You should know Kotoch from his website and also his work at and his twitter account @probballdraft. Joe Kotoch and where he came from Sports law and agency work and their


Another Cavs blowout brings more ‘fire Byron Scott’ murmurs

Chris Grant, Kyrie Irving, Byron Scott

Any time your team is having a 22-47 season, it’s certain to elicit negative reactions from fans about the organization’s head coach. But it’s a very nuanced type of negativity when it deals with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott. Multiple times this year — notably, after the team started 5-23 — fans have questioned


Thunder, Lightning, and Kyrie: A Storm Of Epic Proportions At The Q


We all know how difficult the weather can be to predict. Who hasn’t been caught on a seemingly bright and sunny day without an umbrella when the skies suddenly open up? The Oklahoma City Thunder strolled into snowy Cleveland winners of 35 games in their 46 attempts this season. Meanwhile, the Cavs were less than


WFNY Stats & Info: Comparing Cavs’ momentum to the Thunder’s

Yesterday, we started off a new series in the WFNY Stats & Info column. Today, I follow up on some of the same themes. After looking at breakdown of the Cavs relatively improved play in their last 15 games, I couldn’t resist looking into how it compared to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008-09. As


Silver lining on the Varejao injury, the rebuild moves forward

Anderson Varejao

It’s hard not to feel some pain for Anderson Varejao after hearing the news that his knee contusion was in fact a torn muscle in his leg. Memories of Andy winning the game with a buzzer beating 3-pointer against Atlanta, and giving Ray Allen the business during a national televised game against the Celtics are two


NBA Playoffs Showing Cavaliers How Hard Building a Championship Team Really Is

Even with Kyrie Irving in place, the Cavaliers still have much work to do

With the NBA Finals drawing near, it’s only natural for fans of teams not currently playing basketball to look on from a distance, wondering what it must take to be one of the teams representing their conference in the Finals. Make no mistake about it, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a very long way away from


What kinds of fans is the NBA catering to now?

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I want to root for the Cavaliers and the Cavaliers only. I’ve stated that a lot of times over the past year. I don’t want to watch superstar matchups on TNT and crack about Craig Sager and the boys back in the studio unless the Cavaliers are playing. This season that meant that I didn’t


Cleveland Sports Quick Hitters

What do you do with those little pieces of news and information that really don’t warrant a full blown post? You bundle ‘em. I give you my Cleveland Sports Quick Hitters for the week- – Josh Cribbs is in the local news again, for comments about being sick of losing after the Cincinnati game. This


David Bazan, LeBron James and Strange Negotiations

I kept true to my word last night for what turned out to be the final game of the NBA season, and I didn’t watch.  I had an exceptionally good distraction as one of my favorite musicians, David Bazan, was in Akron to show off his latest batch of songs.  Admittedly, David Bazan doesn’t care


Big Sunday in the NBA: OKC / Memphis Game 7, Chicago / MIA Game 1

It all comes down to this. Win or go home.  Who wants it more?  These cliches and many others like them, while annoying, are to be expected frequently today from television pundits everywhere.   Whenever Game Seven’s emerge, like today’s when Memphis travels to OKC for a winner moves on tip at 3:30, these are the things people say to describe the event.  All true


Kevin Durant is “Doing Things the Right Way”

In Cleveland, it is a rarity of epic proportions for a visiting team, player or fan to get applause from those in attendance. Shaquille O’Neal received some applause during his introduction on Cavaliers opening night.   Bernie Kosar’s Dallas Cowboys jersey may have sold more units in Cleveland than it did in Dallas. Omar Vizquel could


Thunder Rebuild a Process to Follow but Comparable Results Unlikely

Among NBA media and fans, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been the popular model for building a successful franchise for years now.  With the Thunder visiting the Q tonight, fans and media alike hope that watching this team gives Cavs fans a light at the end of the tunnel to believe in.  It’s common knowledge