We’ve been going through some changes here at WFNY in recent weeks. The latest change is to the format of While We’re Waiting. First, you might notice that I’m not Rick Grayshock. Rick deserves a ton of credit for suffering through WWW for so many years. Some might think it was an easy post to do, just throwing some links together. But it was so much more involved than that—carefully curating tips sent to us, pouring through every last nook and cranny of Twitter for any and every last interesting bit of info to share.
The Cleveland Browns finally found their new head coach, but now the search for Offensive Coordinator is in full swing. We look at the search and how it might impact free agency decisions. Check out the conversation below: [Read more...]
With the rumor, speculation, hysteria, and paranoia regarding the Cleveland Browns search for a head coach ramping up, we decided to look at a few of the issues surrounding all the noise. Check out the conversation below:
Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Given that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover, WFNY writers have been giving their nominees for our own Sportsman of the Year. After an internal vote, WFNY is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural WFNY Sportsman of the Year award.
We’ve received your emails, read your comments and scanned your tweets. Things around these parts look a bit different lately and change can be a scary thing. As we have over the past five years, we here at WFNY strive to not only bring you as much quality content we can on a day-to-day basis, but do so in a manner which not only keeps in line with the ever-changing web-based landscape, but ensures that you, dear reader, are provided with the best in-game experience possible. While we can’t do much in the way of dollar drafts and new scoreboards, we can ensure you that our pages will never be covered in snow when you log in every morning.
So why the changes? What’s different? Who are you guys and what’d you do with my WFNY? Let’s start at the top, shall we?
Grantland’s Andrew Sharp may have just made himself a Clevelander for life.
The do-it-all staff editor, who proclaims his affinity for the Washington Wizards and writes about all sorts of usually whimsical topics at Grantland, paid a visit to Cleveland this week. He said he received an out-of-the-blue invite from a college friend with one ticket to both Wednesday’s Indians game and Thursday’s Browns game. So he did it.
Copied below are two highlights from Sharp’s fantastic article titled “A Field Trip to Believeland“, which is making the rounds among Cleveland fans. Please do give it a full read. It’s an incredibly accurate description of what our shared WaitingForNextYear mentality is all about.
After the end of Wednesday’s Indians loss…
We left the stadium looking forward to some good ol’ fashioned sports fan belligerence in the streets, but instead it was pretty much dead silent. No anger — not even depression, really. At this point Cleveland fans are familiar enough with the stages of grief that I think they just skip right to acceptance.
About how Cleveland fans stay upbeat…
Losing sucks, but most people in this city have a pretty good sense of humor about it. They can complain about everything, but then laugh about it. And win or lose, sports still give everyone a great excuse to get excited about something, ditch work early, show up, and throw a gigantic party.
And man, the final paragraph just gives me goosebumps for being so proud of being a Cleveland fan. Kudos, Andrew Sharp, you’ve won over our hearts.
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.
— Cleveland Chick (@ClevelandChick) October 2, 2013
This should be a nice bonus! Don’t forget about these, tweeps. [Read more...]
“While We’re Waiting” serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at email@example.com.
These might be the uniforms we see at the Horshoe this season: “Columbus-based Ohio State retailer The Buckeye Room posted this photo of a “New twill Nike Limited” Ohio State home football jersey featuring quarterback Braxton Miller’s No. 5. The jersey, which features seven embroidered Buckeye Leafs on the collar – one for each of the school’s seven national championships (or Heisman Trophies) – will set you back $120.” [Eleven Warriors] [Read more...]
The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, The Diff provided an update on the various top Cleveland Indians prospects. This week, I’m covering three varying Cleveland sports topics.
Back in September, I wrote a lengthy article about the worst three-season stretches in Cleveland sports history. The formula was simple: I looked at the longest continuous stretches of last-place finishes for the Cavaliers, Indians and Browns, when all three were active. Barely, by just 2 games over Minnesota, the 2012 Indians stopped a city-record three consecutive last-place streak from occurring. But how do things stack up in using a different approach to Cleveland sports futility? [Read more...]
As always, we have picked a ‘Thirsty Thursday’ night at the game, meaning select cold beverages (aka cheap beer and soda) are just $1.00. These events are always a great time. We’ve met a ton of great people through them, and we want to meet even more. Chat up your favorite WFNY writers, mix and mingle with other great writers and put a face to the name and avatar from the comments.
Tickets are just $6. We have a section reserved, so make sure you follow the ticket instructions.
Our very own Scott was on with Joe Lull of 92.3 The Fan early this morning. They chatted about the latest NBA talk, including the Cavaliers’ options with the No. 1 pick and some of the high-profile trade rumors going out on in the Twitter world.
Take a listen and kudos to Scott for being up and talkative at 8:20 a.m. on a Saturday.
While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nice look at Norv’s past success: “The greatest organizational acquisition of the Cleveland Browns over the past twelve months has been that of their new offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Yes, Turner only reached the postseason 4 times in 15 years as an NFL head coach, with the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers. Of all the head coaches in NFL history with a losing record in their respective careers, Turner has coached the most games. As a head coach, he has been criticized for lacking motivational and emotional leadership skills, exhibiting poor clock management, and being responsible for a series of poor drafts, most notably over his last several years in San Diego. However, his credentials as an offensive coordinator are impeccable.” [Kyle Flippin/Sporting Charts] [Read more...]
In 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):
- Radiohead – “OK Computer”
- Mineral – “End Serenade”
- Acid Bath – “When the Kite String Pops”
- Pearl Jam – “Ten”
- Death Cab For Cutie – “Transatlanticism”
- Nine Inch Nails – “The Downward Spiral”
- Tool – “Undertow”
- Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon”
- Smashing Pumpkins – “Siamese Dream”
- Sigur Ros – ( )
Andrew’s Top Ten (In somewhat of an order)
- Pearl Jam – “YIELD”
- Titus Andronicus – “The Monitor”
- Radiohead – “Kid A”
- Nine Inch Nails – “The Fragile”
- Soundgarden – “Down On The Upside”
- Rancid – “…And Out Come The Wolves”
- Dead Confederate – “Wrecking Ball”
- Weezer – “Pinkerton”
- The Thermals – “The Body, The Blood, The Machine”
- Drive-By Truckers – “The Dirty South”
Last 5 Out:
- Refused – “The Shape of Punk To Come”
- The Stooges – “Funhouse”
- Queens of the Stone Age – “Songs for the Deaf”
- PJ Harvey – “Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea”
- Jerry Cantrell – “Degradation Trip Volumes 1&2″
Craig 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
First 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.
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.
Five years. Wow, where has the time gone?
In late 2007, Rick was running a blog called Halftime Adjustments, Scott was doing the Cleveland Sports Minute, and I was running my own blog called Cleveland Sports Authority (yes, that truly is the worst name for a site ever). It was around that time that Rick approached Scott and I about teaming up together and forming a new site.
It made a lot of sense. We were all covering the same stories and writing about the same things. We were commenting on each other’s posts and linking back and forth to one another. So we all agreed to form a partnership and in late January 2008 we started this little endeavor.
None of our sites were all that popular. Well, at least I know my site wasn’t. I remember the first time 100 people read one of my posts and I thought it was the coolest thing ever that there were 100 people out there interested in something I wrote. So I don’t think any of the three of us really knew what to expect. All we knew was that we shared a vision…kindred spirits who recognized a common bond that we could build something really fun and special around.
And so as January 2008 came to a close, we locked the doors on our individual sites and launched Waiting For Next Year. [Read more...]