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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Episode 154 – Pro Football HOF ready to shine on enshrinement weekend

In less than three weeks, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton will welcome its Class of 2019 during its enshrinement weekend. Brock Richards, Pro Football Hall of Fame vice president of sales and marketing, joins the show to discuss the year-round work that goes into getting ready for the Hall’s big showcase, and he previews all of the events that will be happening around the main ceremonies.

Plus: A look at the ongoing construction and development in and around the HOF, the creation of new exhibits to keep fans coming back, and how technology brought John Madden’s theory of the Hall of Fame busts talking to each other to life.

For more information on the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony and tickets, visit: ProFootballHOF.com/tickets


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Friday, July 12, 2019

Episode 153 – Uncorking the second half of the Indians’ season

After a successful week of hosting All-Star festivities, it’s back to business for the Indians, who open up the second half of the season with a big series against AL Central-leading Minnesota. Jim Ingraham, a long-time Tribe beat writer and current sports columnist for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and Medina Gazette, joins the show to recap the Indians’ weird first half, discuss the emergence of All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber and rookie outfielder Oscar Mercado, as well as the surprising year for Roberto Perez. Ingraham also weighs the pros and cons of dealing Trevor Bauer or Brad Hand for an impact bat and explains why the elimination of the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline could make the end of July extra busy around MLB this year.

Plus: Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Albert Belle's corked bat being confiscated, leading to pitcher Jason Grimsley crawling through the air ducts of Comiskey Park and breaking into the umpires’ locker room to retrieve the bat, securing a place in baseball lore. Ingraham, who was in the press box that night, shares his recollections from a wild scene in the Windy City.


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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Episode 152 – Cleveland sports biz headlines with Kevin Kleps

Kevin Kleps of Crain’s Cleveland Business is back on the show to run through the sports biz items making news in Northeast Ohio. The guys discuss a pair of big events coming to town: the MLB All-Star Game (and all of its related activities) this weekend, followed by the NFL Draft in 2021 (actual stage location to be determined). Plus: The Browns scaling back their crowd sizes at training camp to create a better fan experience, the future of their local media deals, and the financial challenges along the Cavs’ long, slow road to rebuilding.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Episode 151 – Picks & possibilities: A Cavs/NBA Draft preview

The Cavs enter the NBA Draft on Thursday night armed with the 5th and 26th picks in the first round, as well as a whole lot of options. Evan Dammarell, who covers the team for Forbes and Fear the Sword, joins the show to discuss the players in the mix for the Wine & Gold, odds of the Cavs trading either (or both) of their picks, and the unique (and very tradeable) contract of JR Smith. Plus: Big happenings around the league, such as the trade that will send Anthony Davis to the Lakers, that could have a trickle-down effect on what the Cavs want to do.


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Friday, May 31, 2019

Episode 150 – What the sale of STO and FSO means for Cleveland sports fans

No matter how they’re doing in the standings or at the gate, the Indians and Cavs have proven to be a winner year after year in the local TV ratings department. So, when news about the channels that air their games breaks, it’s a big deal. Earlier this month, Sinclair Broadcast Group reached a deal to acquire 21 regional sports networks, including Fox Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio.

What will that ultimately mean for Northeast Ohioans when they turn on their TVs at 7 p.m. each night to watch their teams? Awful Announcing contributor Holly Wetzel joins the show to explain how Sinclair ended up with channels that started moving in a deal between Disney and Fox and what we can expect with Ohio’s regional sports networks under new ownership.

Plus, early impressions of the ESPN+ subscription service and the best bang for a sports fan’s buck when it comes to picking a streaming alternative to traditional cable.


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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Episode 149 – Catching up on the Cavs, John Beilein and the NBA’s self-inflicted lottery problems

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for the Cavs with the hiring of a new head coach and the lottery securing their position in next month’s NBA draft. Jeff Nomina joins the show to discuss the Cavs getting the fifth pick in the draft, whether the league did more harm than good with its overhaul of the lottery odds, and who the Wine and Gold might target in the draft.

Plus, the out-of-nowhere hiring of John Beilein as head coach, his track record of developing players, embracing advanced stats and adaptability, and the role he’ll have to play as the Cavs continue with building not only their roster, but their organizational culture.


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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Episode 148 – Finding seats on the Columbus Blue Jackets bandwagon

Don’t look now, but Blue Jackets playoff games have become appointment viewing for sports fans from Columbus to Cleveland and beyond. The guys jump on the bandwagon to talk about the thrills of playoff hockey, the buzz around town in the state capital, the play of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets’ suddenly dominant power play, and the ... highly dubious tactics of Boston’s Brad Marchand.


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