July 25, 2014

Indians Twitter account gets defensive of ownership’s cheap reputation

The Cleveland Indians ownership has taken a lot of bullets over the years for being “cheap.” While that’s a relative term in a game that is notoriously unbalanced in terms of payrolls, if nothing else, it’s fair to call it a facile and slightly lazy dig at this point. I’m not saying you can’t make the argument that the Dolans are cheap, but it would take far more than 140 characters on Twitter to make that case.

All that said, it only took 140 characters for the Indians’ official Twitter account to fight back a rather trollish tweet directed at Indians ownership.

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And there at the bottom of the screenshot you can see the follow-up response to the guy who was so swiftly repudiated.

Maybe you’ll think twice the next time you tweet straight at the @Indians account with a smart-alec comment.

Cleveland Twitter welcomes Andrew Wiggins

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Say what you want about Andrew Wiggins and his question marks—the other athletes (and various owner types) in the city of Cleveland appear to be fully on board with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ selection of the Kansas product with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Any surprise that Manziel’s was the most re-tweeted? Wiggins will embark upon Cleveland on Friday afternoon and give his introductory press conference, likely the first of many addresses given as the newest member of the Wine and Gold.

Ben Tate is the best


If any outlets are considering running a Best Cleveland Athlete Twitter contest, Browns running back Ben Tate may have sealed his victory just months after becoming a part of the city. Not only did Tate immediately pander to/embrace Cleveland upon signing his contract, he recently used the medium to give away 44 tickets to Tuesday’s Cleveland Indians game wherein the free agent addition will be throwing out the first pitch.

Almost immediately, Tate started receiving submissions. Some were lucky winners while others, well…Take a look.

Tate also gave away a ticket for the best Vine in addition to a handful to the Cleveland Clinic for a few children to attend the game as well.

For what it’s worth, the dude with the “badass cat” made his tweets private following the Tate rejection. The picture, however, was golden.

Twitter stinks, Indy 500, Cloud Nothings and Blossom Time in Chagrin Falls… While We’re Waiting

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It’s the Friday before a holiday weekend and I feel like a teacher that knows everyone’s mailed it in with their minds on the sunshine and cookouts and cornhole. Anyway, try to stay with me for just another 20 minutes. :-)



twitter-featured1Twitter stinks… for many many things. The more we’ve become comfortable with Twitter as a communication medium, the more we’ve come to realize its limitations. Twitter and it’s character limit and rapid style make it an inferior method for having any kind of in-depth conversation. It’s a good way to share links and aggregate content and experience events together, but the minute a topic gets even remotely deep, it must be abandoned. Mark Cuban’s comments are just the latest example.

Mark Cuban’s comments got quoted, headlined, and ultimately tweeted and it was a travesty to the conversation. ABC News’ headline was “Mark Cuban Admits He’s ‘Prejudiced, Bigoted’ in Candid Interview.” The Washington Post preferred to comment directly in their headline saying, “Mark Cuban goes ‘full Mark Cuban,’ talks about Donald Sterling, his own prejudices”. And of course, with just that, people started forming their opinions.

Meanwhile, I don’t even know if I’ve seen the entirety of the interview Cuban did yet, but even the longer clip I saw was four minutes long. In our modern age with unprecedented access to information, we’re also given this unfettered access to communicate and opine in public. The ease of opining has now become easier than it is to consume the media. Twitter is the perfect example of this where it’s much easier to spout an opinion even before reading anything more than the headline.

This happened about a month ago with Chris Mad Dog Russo and the Washington Post. Russo got into a conversation with a caller about the lack of diversity on his staff. Over the course of four minutes, he talked on his radio show about the topic, but a writer at The Washington Post decided to post the video and then “summarize” it.


If you can’t bear to listen, the summary is as follows: Russo said there are no black radio hosts “worthy” of doing the job.  He later backtracks and said that no black radio host worthy of doing the job has applied. Needless to say, perhaps, Russo’s slight rewording did little to remedy some of his listeners and, especially, social media’s outrage.

I admit Russo’s comments sounded a bit awkward as he and a caller were talking over and around each other, but in the end, he didn’t say anything close to what people thought he said based on the author’s one word quote.1 Yet there was Twitter for people to consume less than an infinitesimal piece of the story before dropping intellectual bombs.

I love Twitter. I love tweeting. I love communicating with fellow Cleveland fans that way. Still, it’s really important to understand the limitations of the technologies you love.

You can summarize this post on Twitter and in tweets incorrectly by saying CRAIG LYNDALL SAYS TWITTER STINKS.


indianapolis+500+2014+logoI dislike racing, but I married a girl from Indianapolis… so I’ll be paying a tiny bit of attention to the Indy 500 this weekend. I didn’t get racing at all until I went to an Indy 500 one year. That let me understand just why racing fans love it as much as they do. It didn’t convert me into a racing fan, but it gave me a level of respect for it and allowed me to pretend once a year that I do, in fact, have even a tiny amount of rooting interest in auto racing.

With that in mind, I found Tommy Craggs’ post at Deadspin titled, “How To Watch The Indy 500 If It’s The Only Race You’re Going To Watch,” very interesting.

Since 1911, the Indianapolis 500 has been an American Memorial Day tradition. Like the Kentucky Derby and horse racing, it’s the one event where people who don’t even care about the sport end up watching. The difference? The damn horses don’t go 240 MPH.

So, yeah, you should watch it. This is easily the most entertaining, accessible, and exciting race to watch on Memorial Day weekend. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the 500 to its fullest.


Blossom time Balloon Glow

Blossom Time… Of course, if you’re not in Indianapolis this holiday weekend means a lot of things here in Cleveland. For me it means Blossom Time in Chagrin Falls. I split my time as a youngster between Blossom Time and Chesterland’s famous “Wine and Cheese” festival, which they’ve since rebranded in order to de-emphasize the alcohol, I believe. These are some of the initial beacons of summertime though. When you’re in school, it signals the thawing winter and maybe even trying to make new relationships with a girl as you head into a summer of teenage love and dating.

These carnivals actually stink in so very many ways because they’re kind of low rent and the carnies who work them are weird. But it’s not about the rickety rides or the ripoff games that steal half your wallet. It’s about gathering together with your friends, classmates, neighbors, or whatever. I know that’s a really cheesy paragraph, but I couldn’t be more excited for the weekend and all the cheesiness that these carnivals will deliver because I’ll see a whole bunch of people I know and probably some that I haven’t seen since the weather turned to snow last fall.

And who knows? Maybe this is the year where my kids get to learn the tough lessons of life and death via prize goldfish. :-(


Last but not least, I’m a broken record on Cloud Nothings… I’m still on a music high since I saw Cloud Nothings a couple weeks ago. That in mind, I’m going to include this video because I can’t get this band out of my head still.

Have a great weekend guys! Stay safe!



  1. Also, I can’t prove it, but I swear the second part of that paragraph changed from the one I initially read. []

Twitter reacts to the Cavs winning the lottery once again

For the third time in four seasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA lottery. The most recent iteration comes with the team, who was actually trying to win, having a 1.7 percent chance at coming out with the No. 1 pick. Naturally, Twitter went insane.

Take a look.

Browns tweet out Manziel as the “22th overall pick”


Should we just assume they quickly changed 26 to 22 without paying mind to the ordinal? Maybe whomever was in charge just found the word twenty-tooth funny? Either way, welcome to Cleveland, Johnny.

Browns aren’t quite sure what Kyle Shanahan looks like

Attempting to disseminate an article by ClevelandBrowns.com editor Vic Carruci, the Cleveland Browns’ official Twitter feed decided to do what most do these days—adding a picture to their tweet. The only problem? The image the Browns chose was not of Kyle Shanahan.

The man in the picture above is in fact former quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur. As SBNation’s James Dator writes, with a slew of interviews and various different faces rolling through Berea, it seems that everyone’s still trying to get their feet wet—including the resident tweeter.

Casual Friday podcast talking Browns, music, TV and tech with Jon – WFNY Podcast – 2014-01-16

WFNY Podcast LogoDenny continues to be a doting father and Jon came in to do some podcasting. We talked about a lot of random things.

  • WFNY going viral with Mike Pettine’s daughter’s tweet
  • Baby photos and storage
  • Owning the IT solution vs getting the job done
  • Reading the instructions helps a lot
  • The genius bar and putting fanciness above convenience
  • Buying a touch screen notebook
  • Loving the music from your high school years
  • Listening to music while running
  • Setting up a musical playlist for races
  • The corporate lifestyle and whether you can do it or not
  • Corporate rules to try and make good employees out of bad
  • Short sleeve and tie
  • What is Jon watching?
  • Masters of Sex, Homeland and Walking Dead
  • Shaving and having the five o’clock shadow

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Browns screw job, hate watching The Sound of Music, Eric Wedge’s Mariners – JONCAST – WFNY Podcast – 2013-12-08

WFNY Podcast LogoIt’s a Joncast. What else is there to say?

  • Do the Cleveland Browns losses actually happen everywhere?
  • The great screw job of 2013
  • The referee already had the flag out
  • Should Chud have gone for two?
  • What is a catch in the NFL and how do you decide what is or isn’t?
  • Should the Browns have challenged Rob Gronkowski’s catch?
  • NFL referees are more capable than they’ve ever been
  • The rules themselves are really suffering
  • Losing hurts more than it helps make a draft better
  • What would Pierre Garcon have become if he played with the Browns?
  • What does today’s game say about Rob Chudzinski
  • The moneyball part of football with coaches
  • The first time firing the people you hired
  • The savior complex amongst sports fans
  • Relying on faith as a sports fan vs. looking for tangible results
  • The 2012 first round NFL draft and how far it will set the team back
  • Carlos Carrasco and how he belongs in the bullpen
  • Carlos Carrasco’s personality for closer
  • Can a fan base ever get to know Cody Allen?
  • It isn’t brave to be the Yankees. It is brave to spend like the Yankees in Cleveland.
  • Hate tweeting and hate watching The Sound of Music Live
  • Suffering through “How I met Your Mother”
  • The Eric Wedge Seattle Mariner storyline [Read more...]

Twitter reacts to Brandon Weeden’s horrific interception

What was the sports world thinking when Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden “threw” this history-bound pass? WFNY has you covered, and it may or may not have been just as one would expect. It’s safe to say that Cleveland and NFL Twitter alike saw a considerable spike in activity…

[Related: Cleveland Browns drop embarrassing game to Lions 31-17]

A Twitter-free AL Wild Card Experience

twitter-freeWhile the genesis and timing of the actual decision are still unknown, there was a point leading up to Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card game where I decided that I was going to watch in solitude. Not alone, in a closet, with some tin foil antennae attached to a 16-inch television while I consume beef jerky and water, but free from the thousand-or-so individuals who populate my Twitter feed at any given time1. Though the beef jerky itself sounds delightful, I wanted to be free from the noise—the pitch-by-pitch analysis and valueless play-by-play and electronic onomatopoeias, the “I told you sos” peddled as “truths” and the potential for glass-half-empty garbage that would otherwise take away from the fact that the baseball team I root for had somehow put together a 90-plus win season and was still playing the game I love into the month of October.

I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t curious what others were saying. I’d also be lying if I said that the fact that many of the opinions I valued—the cavalcade of WFNY writers who were inside of Progressive Field, thus likely having trouble tweeting due to depleted cell signal—didn’t help make this decision that much easier. I could hear the crowd, I could see the towels. I knew how electric the atmosphere was; the 5.1 surround sound helped propel the waves into my living room. The last thing I needed was to see some local troll or national pundit spew something negative. As easy as it would be to ignore, why invite any ounce of potential negativity into my experience? My thoughts on baseball in the Information Age are well-documented by this point. If the night-by-night noise was excruciating enough, a minute-by-minute account of what was unfolding would have put me over the top.

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  1. Before anyone wants to cast this as some sort of sign of dependency, Twitter is simply the nature of the beast when it comes to this Internet world we trade in. Not experiencing one of the biggest games of the last several years with those who I interact with on a daily basis is, well, kind of weird. []

Tuesday’s best tweets about the Indians AL Wild Card game

With the Indians hosting the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Progressive Field, I thought it was worthwhile to parse through all of the best pictures on Twitter on Tuesday to share with you on the site. Here, without further bantering, are my favorite 13 best tweets (almost all pictures) from all separate accounts during the day on Tuesday, all about prepping for today’s big AL Wild Card showdown.

This should be a nice bonus! Don’t forget about these, tweeps. [Read more...]

Casual Friday talking vacations, away fans, iPhone announcements and home construction – WFNY Podcast – 2013-09-13

WFNY Podcast LogoAnother week of Casual Friday in the books talking to Denny. We talked about away fans, Apple (the company,) home construction, brand rivalries and preferred vacation styles.

The Browns playing in Baltimore and Denny’s lack of desire to go to the game
Away team gear in a foreign stadium
Away fan cheering and the desire for confrontation
Women walking around without fear of physical confrontation
The chain home depot vs. the neighborhood hardware store
Fixing a cracking roof
Old school roof tarring
Using safety equipment doesn’t make you a wuss
How old is a house with plaster walls?
Plaster is more artistry than it is technical know-how
Vacation preferences… Resort or rental house?
Resort experiences
Acting like you’re a local when you’re on vacation
Watching movies on the way down is selfish for parents
Being underwhelmed by the iPhone announcement and Apple
TV technology will continue to underwhelm
iPad mini and what to get when you get frozen by specs
How important is the retina display?
How much time we spend arguing and parsing technological decisions
Where does the brand rivalry come from and where is it perpetuated?
Totino’s pizza rolls
Having access to a deep fryer in your house
Craig nearly setting his house on fire
J Roddy Walston and the Business [Read more...]

The Twitter Machine


Fail Whale

I learned about the Cavs signing Andrew Bynum while on Twitter.

This is how I get the vast majority of my news. In 140 character chunk.

A few hours after Chris Broussard broke the Bynum news, I called my brother to discuss Chris Grant’s awesomeness and I ended up breaking the Bynum news to him. Same thing happened a few hours later; I met up with some friends to play cards and I ended up breaking the news to them too.

I was stunned. How did you not know about Bynum! It’s been almost two hours! What have you been doing?! I’ve already sent thirty-five snarky tweets about his knees and hair and you don’t even know yet?!


I enjoy it. As frustrating as it can be at times (and we’ll get to that), I get way more frustrated trying to get information out of cable news (both sports and non-sports).

I’ve been on Twitter for four years now and I can’t imagine following sports without it. When a game is on, Twitter is like the worlds smartest sports bar. It can be great. I know social media isn’t for everyone, but how folks can follow sports in 2013 and NOT be on Twitter is one of life’s great mysteries. You can follow Cleveland sports and Chuck Booms is nowhere to be seen!

What’s not to like?

I’ve learned some things in my time on the Twitter.

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Chris Perez: “I want to minimize any potential off-the-field distraction”

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez released an official statement following the much-discussed deactivation of his Twitter account.

“The decision to deactivate my Twitter account was a personal choice I made in order to maintain the greater focus on the success of the team this season and our shared goals moving forward.

We have an extremely positive and supportive group of players, coaches and staff members in our clubhouse and I want to participate in activities and routines that contribute positively to the culture we’re building here.

Out of respect for my teammates, I want to minimize any potential off-the-field distractions so this is the only time I will comment on this topic. Thank you for your understanding.”

Perez deleted his account following Cleveland’s 10-8 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday afternoon. The two-time All-Star allowed his third home run in two consecutive outings which led to a slew of personal attacks via the microblogging platform.

[Related: Indians 10 Mariners 8: Yan Freaking Gomes and the Mariners Defense – a Lethal Combination]

MLB News: Indians closer Chris Perez deletes his Twitter account

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez has had enough. Following Monday afternoon’s extra-innings win against the Seattle Mariners, thus completing a four-game sweep at Progressive Field, Perez deleted his Twitter account largely in part to the barrage of hate-laced tweets being sent his way.

Chris Perez Twitter Feed

Perez, a two-time All-Star with the Indians, has become a bit of a target on the microblogging platform following his comments last season regarding fan support. On Tuesday afternoon, Perez gave up his third home run in what was his last two outings, forcing the Indians to come from behind via the heroics of reserve catcher Yan Gomes.

When Perez allowed two home runs this past weekend, he tweeted out that one of the most useful tools on Twitter was the “block” feature that allows him to not receive messages from select fans. On Tuesday, the closer seemingly had enough of the tasteless barbs being thrown his way, oftentimes anonymously.

Despite saving 90 percent of his chances (81-for-91) since becoming the Tribe’s closer in 2011, a cabal of Indians “fans” have decided to carry along a narrative that Perez “always” blows saves and—despite being just a few saves shy of long-time Indians reliever Doug Jones—has provided no benefit as the anchor of one of the best bullpens in the major leagues. More importantly, he’s a human being.

Perez often used Twitter to interact with fans, hand out free tickets to games, and reveal his “song of the day” each and every morning. It appears that the costs associated with his profile, at this stage, far outweighed the benefits. Tough to imagine why…

[Related: Indians exemplifying “next man up” thus far]

Hooray! NFL Network and ESPN agree not to tip draft picks via Twitter

2013 NFL Draft LogoI was extremely happy to learn that NFL Network and ESPN have decided that they won’t be tipping draft picks via Twitter this week during the NFL draft. Adam Schefter will still be working to break extraordinary news like trades or bold moves, but if there’s just a team sitting in a slot and selecting a guy, Schefter will not be reporting it a minute ahead of time, for example. They’ve also agreed to avoid showing potential draftees on the phone in New York City in order to try and get the pick to the TV audience before it escapes the lips of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. I don’t know if this will work completely to keep from spoiling picks as ESPN and NFL Network can’t control other guys like Jay Glazer who are as plugged in as anyone in the NFL world, but it’s a good idea, I think.

So am I really just advocating for the death of reporting? I don’t think so. I’ve taken the same stance with the NBA draft too, by the way. I just think that while uncovering potential trades and free agency moves is a valuable bit of reporting there’s something really worthless about scooping a live event a mere minute or less before the thing actually happens. If information is measured in value where the amount of time of relevance is determinant of actual value of the piece of info, then info with mere seconds or minutes of “useful” life is decidedly of low value.

All this comes in the same time period where I discussed the value of information on Twitter against the backdrops of the cable news networks with regard to the Boston bombing and subsequent man-hunt. In that case, I prefer the truth and immediacy of Twitter as the events are unfolding. Even taking into account the sheer difference in gravity of the NFL draft and the hunting of a terror suspect, it would seem that what I’m displaying is a hypocritical stance. I guess I’m alright with that in this case. Yes, it takes some work to report on a draft pick before it actually happens, but clearly the entertainment angle is of importance on draft night and shouldn’t be ignored. [Read more...]

Houston’s Daryl Morey digs up Cleveland roots in Twitter Q&A

Houston Rockets number-devouring wunderkind Daryl Morey, doing what social media-friendly executives do, entertained some friendly question-and-answer on Tuesday afternoon. Those who are not well aware of Morey’s roots, graduating from Medina’s Highland High School in 1990, may have been surprised by his responses to a few childhood inquiries.

Morey went from Highland High to Northwestern to MIT to STATS Inc. to general manager of the Houston Rockets in the matter of 16 years. While his career path may not relate to many of us, his childhood heroes sure do.

[Related: The Cleveland Browns and year-over-year quarterback envy]

Miles: Twitter is “the devil,” waste of time

Twitter is the devil. Social media is used the wrong way a lot more than it’s uesd the right way. That’s the way I feel. I feel it’s a bunch of nonsense most of the time. I just laugh at a lot of stuff as I see it — I’m not really on Twitter as much as I used to be. I even deleted it once and came back. I saw it as, ‘I’m wasting time” basically. You could be doing a lot better things — I can be reading a book, shooting more jump shots — a lot of things better than looking at what people are saying that probably isn’t true in the first place.

– Cleveland Cavaliers swingman CJ Miles on social media’s impact on players, specifically around the NBA trade deadline when rumors are abound. The Cavaliers have greatly increased their use of social media with regard to fan interaction. As we have seen all too often, unfortunately, fan interaction with players can occasionally veer toward the negative and dumb.

[Related: To: NBA, From: Kyrie Irving, Subject: Just getting started]

WFNY Podcast – 2013-01-21 – Craig and Denny talk Lance Armstrong, Te’o, the Internets and leaving them

WFNY Podcast LogoI find myself looking for reasons to have certain people on the podcast and Denny is one of those people. This time we middled around the Lance Armstrong topic for a bit before getting into some more overarching themes about the Internet, culture, media, etc. A great conversation as always even if it ended up someplace completely different than Lance Armstrong.

  • Denny’s NYC Marathon as a part of team Livestrong
  • Doping and cheating… What is cheating?
  • Is Craig a cheater using something like Jack3d from GNC?
  • How culture deals with storylines and the hunger for better ones
  • Manti Te’o and parallels between his deception and Lance Armstrong
  • Destinations vs. the trips it took to arrive at them
  • Time spent online vs. time spent off the grid
  • Appreciating time while you have it and not bemoaning its loss when it’s gone

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