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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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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Episode 147 – John Telich on a career covering Cleveland sports

Longtime Fox 8 sports director John Telich joins the show for a wide-ranging conversation that delves into why he recently decided to launch a podcast, how he has navigated an evolving media landscape and the ways in which ultra marathons have helped shape his perspective on covering Cleveland’s athletes. Plus: The career path that took Telich through South Dakota, Iowa and Buffalo before a move for another sportscaster familiar to Clevelanders opened the door for Telich to return home to Northeast Ohio.


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Friday, April 5, 2019

Episode 146 – Celebrating the 30th anniversary of ‘Major League’

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of ‘Major League’ hitting theaters. The guys look back at the Cleveland classic, from Bob Uecker’s legendary (and largely unscripted) performance in the booth as Harry Doyle to the athletic abilities (or, in one notable case, lack thereof) of the players. Does ‘Major League’ still hold up in 2019? How would it be remembered with its originally planned ending? And why wasn’t Willie Mays Hayes running on the brushback pitch to Jake Taylor?

Also covered: The quintessentially ’80s American Express commercial, Randy Newman’s “Burn On,” and the licensed “Major League” video game (?!) that was only released in Japan.


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Monday, April 1, 2019

Episode 145 – Talking about how we talk about the Tribe

On the eve of the Indians’ home opener, the mood is anything but festive in Tribetown. An ugly, abrupt postseason, followed by a winter of inaction and a series of interviews with ownership that focused more on lamenting finances than chasing pennants have left Indians fans on edge as they return to the gates of Progressive Field this week. But is the criticism fair? The guys explore the weird position Tribe fans find themselves in: fully expecting a fourth straight division title, but largely frustrated and unsatisfied with the state of their club as a window of contention starts to close.


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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Episode 144 – Buffalo and everyone else: MAC men's tournament preview with Jason Arkley

The Mid-American Conference men’s basketball quarterfinals tip off on Thursday at The Q, and all signs point to top-seeded Buffalo having its fourth NCAA tournament appearance in five years locked up regardless of what happens in Cleveland. Still, seven other schools arrive looking to pull an upset and give the conference two bids in the NCAAs for the first time in 20 years. Jason Arkley, Ohio University beat writer for the Athens Messenger, is in town and back on The Nail to preview this weekend’s games and players to watch.

Plus, he dives into the Bobcats' disappointing season that ultimately led to the contract of likable, but embattled head coach Saul Phillips not being renewed on Wednesday.


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Episode 143 – OBJ to CLE! NY Daily News Giants beat writer Pat Leonard on the Browns' new star

As you may have heard, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is headed to Cleveland. Pat Leonard, who covers the Giants for the New York Daily News, joins The Nail to discuss the Browns’ newest superstar, including the circumstances around his departure from New York, his fit within the Browns’ emerging offense, and how the Browns are now being viewed outside of Cleveland in light of their latest big acquisition.

Read Pat’s story on the OBJ trade here: Inside the Giants, Browns trade that left Odell Beckham stunned


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