August 15, 2014

Talking Cleveland sports with Mike Burgermeister (@jimkanicki) – WFNY Podcast – 2013-08-22

WFNY Podcast LogoOnce upon a time this podcast would have been called a “commenter interview,” but Kanicki started a great site. Craig and Mike Burgermeister (@jimkanicki) talked about lots of things from the Cleveland Browns to Soccer and the UFC. If you want to get in on the Cheddar Bay competition this year, please go to the site.

  • Talking Browns football with Jim Kanicki – Mike Burgermeister
  • Jim Kanicki’s actual history with the Browns
  • Why did Mike start his own site?
  • The Art Modell hall of fame post on Kanick’s website
  • Sports talk radio and how everyone becomes a critic of the medium
  • WEEI in the rockstar days in Boston
  • Talking UFC on WFNY
  • Mickey Ward vs. Arturo Gatti
  • UFC vs. Nascar vs. Soccer
  • Twitter criticism is fair, but doesn’t need to be sent directly to an athlete
  • Mike’s take that the Browns have too much cap space
  • The Browns had six holes and Browns addressed one of them
  • Could the Browns have invested more to winning this season?
  • The defensive line physicality at the point of attack is legit
  • Josh Gordon looking lazy because of his stride
  • Comparing Josh Gordon running to Terrelle Pryor
  • Davone Bess and how he might never be able to get through the diva act of his young receiving corps
  • Josh Gordon having a bullseye on his back
  • Cheddar Bay and the rigors of being involved
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WFNY Curates: Top Albums of All Time

WFNY Podcast LogoIn the latest of our episodes discussing music, Craig and Andrew decided to take some time to talk about our favorite albums of all time. As always, these are just our own personal picks and not so much a declaration of the universal best albums of all time. With that in mind, we thus implore you guys to leave us some comments with your personal favorite albums of all time. We hope you enjoy.

Craig’s Top Ten (In no particular order):

  1. Radiohead – “OK Computer”
  2. Mineral – “End Serenade”
  3. Acid Bath – “When the Kite String Pops”
  4. Pearl Jam – “Ten”
  5. Death Cab For Cutie – “Transatlanticism”
  6. Nine Inch Nails – “The Downward Spiral”
  7. Tool – “Undertow”
  8. Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon”
  9. Smashing Pumpkins – “Siamese Dream”
  10. Sigur Ros – ( )

Andrew’s Top Ten (In somewhat of an order)

  1. Pearl Jam – “YIELD”
  2. Titus Andronicus – “The Monitor”
  3. Radiohead – “Kid A”
  4. Nine Inch Nails – “The Fragile”
  5. Soundgarden – “Down On The Upside”
  6. Rancid – “…And Out Come The Wolves”
  7. Dead Confederate – “Wrecking Ball”
  8. Weezer – “Pinkerton”
  9. The Thermals – “The Body, The Blood, The Machine”
  10. Drive-By Truckers – “The Dirty South”

Last 5 Out:

  1. Refused – “The Shape of Punk To Come”
  2. The Stooges – “Funhouse”
  3. Queens of the Stone Age – “Songs for the Deaf”
  4. PJ Harvey – “Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea”
  5. Jerry Cantrell – “Degradation Trip Volumes 1&2″




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WFNY Podcast – 2013-03-01 Craig and Andrew Discuss MIT Sloan Conference, Dion Waiters, and more

WFNY Podcast LogoCraig is in Boston this weekend for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, but that didn’t stop him from calling me up for another podcast episode.

Admittedly, I like most of my fellow WFNY writers are pretty envious that Craig is lucky enough to take in this impressive and prestigious sports media conference in person, and so we started off spending a couple minutes talking about the conference. And from there, the conversation kind of went all over the place.

Here’s just some of the things we discussed…

  • MIT Sloan Conference
  • Our strange inability to remember other writers’ names
  • What do we make of the Shaun Livingston resurgance? Is it luck?
  • What happened in Washington?
  • Coming back from catastrophic injury and overcoming the mental and physical setbacks
  • Polarization on the internet
  • Eric Mangini and the internet muscles on both sides
  • Should the Cavaliers wait until 2014 or should they make a move for someone sooner?
  • Dion Waiters, improvement, and confirmation bias

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WFNY Podcast – 2013-02-02 – WFNY Curates: Deftones

WFNY Podcast LogoFirst off, a warning. This is not a sports podcast. However, with things being kind of quiet in the sports world right now (it’s not like there’s a big game this weekend or anything, right?), and it being the weekend and all, Craig and I decided to try something a little different.

One of both of our favorite bands is the southern California metal band Deftones. So we set out on a task to discuss the band in great detail and talk about some of our favorite songs.

If you’re not a music fan at all, this may not be for you. If you’re Deftones fan, it’s definitely for you. If you like music and are either unfamiliar with the band or don’t necessarily care for it, I suggest giving a quick listen and seeing if we can help articulate what it is that we think is so great about this band.

To bring you to speed on the Deftones, here are our playlists with our favorite Deftones songs.

First, Craig’s:

And here’s mine:

If you notice, we both picked the same song as our favorite Deftones song. Here’s the music video for that song:

And finally, a couple live videos of the band:

We really hope you guys enjoy this, and we’ll probably be doing some similar music themed podcasts in the future.


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WFNY Podcast – 2013-01-31 – The Art Modell Episode

WFNY Podcast LogoThe Art Modell talk has been going strong lately, and in this episode Craig and I discussed the former Browns owner’s upcoming consideration for the pro football Hall of Fame.

We tried as much as possible to not rehash all the excellent pieces that have been written on the subject lately, but some of the topics we discussed include:

  • Is it possible to discuss this issue without bias as Cleveland fans?
  • Is the argument against Modell more about Art himself or about the Hall of Fame itself?
  • Ozzie Newsome’s guest column in the Plain Dealer
  • The perspective from neutral observers on this subject
  • Is there any real chance Modell actually gets in?
  • Much much more…



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WFNY Podcast – 2013-01-22 – Craig and Andrew Talk All Things NBA

WFNY Podcast LogoCraig has had a pretty long string of guests on who, when talking about the NBA, have prefaced their opinions with a disclaimer that they don’t really follow the NBA much. So I begged Craig to let me come on and talk about the sport. He was nice enough to oblige. Some topics we touched on:

  • Post-LeBron NBA hangovers
  • Did the old system fail?
  • Will the new system work?
  • The disgrace that is the potential move of the Sacramento Kings
  • Will Byron Scott be around when the Cavaliers make the playoffs?
  • Where the Cavaliers are in the rebuilding process
  • And more

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WFNY Podcast – 2012-12-31 – Top Albums of 2012

‘Tis the season for Year-End Best of 2012 lists. Here at WFNY, we’re doing the Top Sports Stories of 2012, but in today’s podcast, Craig and I veered off sports a bit to talk about some of our favorite music of the year. We recognize that this only reflect our own personal interests, but we hope you’ll find the discussion interesting.

Also, we sincerely want to hear from you guys. What were some of your favorite bands and artists of 2012? Let us know in the comments below.

I’ve also included a Playlist I made of some of my favorite songs from some of my top albums of the year. I hope everyone finds something they enjoy on the list.

Craig gave his nod for two of his favorite albums of 2012. One of them is a band called Now, Now and their album is “Threads” and the other one is Of Monsters and Men – “My Head Is An Animal”.

I discussed my Top 5 albums in the podcast, but if anyone wants to see my Top 20 through 6, I’ve listed that below as well. Enjoy!

20. Frank Ocean – “channel ORANGE”
19. Nadja – “Dagdrøm”
18. The Men – “Open Your Heart”
17. Freshkills – “Raise Up The Streets”
16. A Place To Bury Strangers – “Worship”
15. Ty Segall – “Twins”
14. Passion Pit – “Gossamer”
13. Deftones – “Koi No Yokan”
12. Gallows – “Gallows”
11. Bob Mould – “Silver Age”
10. Sleigh Bells – “Reign of Terror”
9. Dirty Projectors – “Swing Lo Magellan”
8. Ceremony – “Zoo”
7. Mark Lanegan Band – “Blues Funeral”
6. Titus Andronicus – “Local Business”

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WFNY Podcast – 2012-11-08 – Rick and Craig are at it again

Bye week banter with a case of election hangover. Craig and Rick talk about some of the following.

  • Things like elections and superstorms can make writing about sports seem pretty silly and irrelevant
  • The Browns on their bye week
  • All fourth downs are not created equally
  • The new Cavaliers and how exciting Dion Waiters’ Clippers game was
  • Tyler Zeller and his cheek fracture / concussion
  • Tribe time and what it means to break up a 68-win team
  • WFNY t-shirt and a Terry Francona sighting

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WFNY Podcast – 2012-11-01 – Meeting the new guy Ryan Jones

Newest member of the WFNY team Ryan Jones joined me a couple nights ago to talk about the Browns and the Cavs and what it’s like to be a Clevelander transplanted into the heart of Texas.

  • Dallas fans and their relationship with Tony Romo
  • Is it a football fan’s worst nightmare to have to rely on Tony Romo who is just good enough not to be replaced?
  • Anderson Varejao and his amazing opening night performance
  • Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and what it’s like to try to be an NBA fan in this day and age
  • Talking Browns vs. Ravens and how much the matchup changed since these two teams last played

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WFNY Podcast – 2012-09-11 – Browns, Buckeyes, Suspensions and 2-point Conversions

Rick and Craig are back at it again and no we still don’t have an opener. Sorry, I was too busy bringing a new child into the world. Excuse me. Get off my back, ok?

Anyway, Rick and I talked about the Browns and Buckeyes mostly. As soon as I get TD or Jon on we’ll get some Tribe in the action. Scott will make an appearance soon too, I’m thinking.

  • Joe Haden’s suspension
  • Pat Shurmur and the 2-point conversion decision
  • Brandon Weeden’s tumultuous first week
  • Colt McCoy and Weeden sharing wide-eyed first moments in the new system
  • Buckeyes offensive regression from week 1 to week 2
It went a bit long this time nearing 30 minutes. That’s a bit too long for what we want to do, so we’ll try to tighten it up a bit going forward. The good news is that it at least means we’re having fun talking. Hopefully that translates into some good listening. Then again, Brandon Weeden claims he was having some fun last week against the Eagles, so we’ll just have to see what kind of podcaster rating we get. Hopefully at least as high as Mike Vick.
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WFNY Podcast: Holmgren’s Presser and Cavs .500 Start

They’re back: WFNY podcasts with the ever-great folks over at

Today, Dan Labbe and I sit down to rehash what was said by Browns President Mike Holmgren; who willl be calling plays next season; what’s the future of Peyton Hills; where can this team still improve on defense?

Following the lengthy Browns-related discussion, we turn our attention to the 3-3 Cleveland Cavaliers who will tip-off their second game of this epic road trip. When can we expect this team to be in contention once again?

As always, feel free to head over to to listen, download the mp3 file directly or click on our next level audio player located after the jump.  Do enjoy. [Read more...]

WFNY Podcast: Tressel and Tribe Troubles

Hey, did you hear about Jim Tressel?

Well, with Craig, Rick and Andrew offering their most-excellent thoughts on all things Ohio State earlier this week, TD and I pulled up our respective e-chairs with Dan Labbe over at to discuss our takes on the matter as well as the future for one Luke Fickell.

If college football isn’t your bag, other topics of discussion ranged from Grady Sizemore’s spot in the batting order (surprise!), who or what is our biggest concern – defense versus pitching – and just who in Double- or Triple-A do we feel will make an impact with the big league squad before the season is all said and done.

As always, you can listen to the podcast over at, download the mp3, or catch in our fancy embedded media player after the jump. Do enjoy. [Read more...]

WFNY Podcast: Cavs’ Draft and Indians’ Future

Another Friday afternoon, another WFNY Podcast ripe for your respective cochlea.

This time around, Craig and I sit down with’s Dan Labbe to discuss a bevy of C-town topics:

- What if the Cavs do not get a top-two pick in the upcoming draft? 
- Is there a future for Daniel Gibson in Cleveland?
- What – if anything – does Anthony Parker bring to the table beyond last season?
- Will Alex White go back to Triple-A upon Mitch Talbot’s return?
- What’s wrong with Shin-Soo Choo?

As always, you can catch the podcast over at, download the mp3 file directly, or catch it immediately after the jump. 

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WFNY Podcast: Tribe’s Success, Browns/Cavs Draft Talk

In our latest edition of the WFNY podcast recorded by the lovely folks over at, Craig and I discuss all three teams – a rarity these days that all three squads have something worth discussing!

Was there any way to read between the lines with Tom Heckert?  Will the Browns trade down? What new player(s) will we be discussing come this time next week?

What about the Cavaliers and their two picks? Do we have an international flavor?

And can the Indians sustain their present level of play? What about when Lonnie Chisenhall and Alex White arrive?

All these topics and more can be found here in mp3 form, here at, or after the jump in our nifty audio player.  Do enjoy. [Read more...]

WFNY Podcast: Loving the Tribe and Rooting for the Cavs

In the latest edition of the WFNY podcast Craig and Scott are back to talk Cleveland sports. Producer Dan Labbe asks questions about…

-Rooting for the Cavs to lose?

-Is Irving the right man for the Cavs?

-Could the Cavs make the playoffs next season?

-How bad will the Cavs attendance drop next year?

-Can the Indians keep this up?

-Will the fans come back to see the Tribe this season?

As always, thanks to and producer Dan Labbe for the opportunity. Listen live here or download the MP3 at



WFNY Podcast: Cavs Trades and Spring Training

In the latest edition of the WFNY podcast Scott and TD talk Cavaliers and Indians. Producer Dan Labbe asks questions about…

- What did this team do differently on Wednesday night against the Lakers?

- Do you expect the Cavaliers to make a trade by the deadline?

- Will the Indians focus on power arms pay off?

And oh so much more!

As always, big thanks to Dan and for the opportunity. You can download the mp3 or listen with the player below. [Read more...]

WFNY Podcast: Cavaliers Slide Continues

In the latest edition of the WFNY podcast DP and Andrew talk Cavaliers and losing streaks. Producer Dan Labbe asks questions about…

-The Detroit game and player’s efforts.

-Will the streak end soon?

-How much value does Antawn Jamison have left?

-Which current players are part of the future for this team?

-How much does the streak matter?

As always, big thanks to Dan and for the opportunity. You can download the mp3 or listen with the player below. [Read more...]

WFNY Podcast: Browns Coaching Search, Some Tribe

Now that the Browns are done and moving on to a very important matter of hiring a coach, TD and I sit down with’s Dan Labbe to discuss a variety of Browns coaching search-related topics.

Is Mike Holmgren coming down to the sidelines? Is this search Jon Gruden or bust? What about Marty Morninwhig? What about some of the “not big name” candidates, like, say, Mike Mularkey? Speaking of the Browns and, don’t forget to check out Craig’s new piece on Rob Ryan’s Best Quotes.

As an added podcast bonus, TD and I pull a head-fake and try to get you ready for some… [gulp] exciting Tribe baseball in 2011!

You can catch the full audio at the link above to Craig’s post, or can get your fill immediately after the jump.  Do enjoy. [Read more...]

WFNY Podcast: The Future of McCoy, Mangini and Holmgren

Coming out of the bye week, TD and Craig chat with’s Dan Labbe about the Browns and only the Browns.  A midway point assessment of sorts, the three guys talk about the past seven games and what the next nine may provide. [Read more...]

WFNY Podcast: Cavaliers and Steelers Week

Who should start for the Cavaliers? Would you bring Jamison off the bench? How about Mo Williams? Is Andy Varejao trade fodder? What about the Browns, do they have a shot against Pittsburgh this week? Can Colt McCoy take the starting job away with a strong performance? Did Jerome Harrison get a fair shot?

Thanks to Dan Labbe from as always for the opportunity. Andrew and I dive into these questions and more on a 25 minute podcast.

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