A trick play, an interesting fact and stepping aside …While We’re Waiting


Perhaps you’ve seen this making the rounds. Arkansas State tried a fake punt against Miami. It was one of the least successful fake punts you will ever see. The first time you watch it, you will of course follow the path of the ball and see what a terrible pass it is. After the first viewing, turn your attention to the receivers at the bottom of the screen.

That was hilarious. What in the world was he doing? Well, someone found out

“Because of the formation we were in for that fake punt, Booker was covered up and couldn’t go downfield, or it would be a penalty,” Anderson told College Football 24/7. “So we said, ‘What do we want to do with him? Do we want to bubble him or peel him out?’ Someone said let’s just let him be a fainting goat. I loved it, so we just put that in. His job on that play was basically to not get a penalty by going downfield, because the fake was on the backside of the play. These kids have had five head coaches in five years, so we try to let them have fun.”

The best part is that after the interception, the WR was drilled.


 Your uni-nerd news of the week.

Here’s a job I would love. Some may say it is boring. Not this uni-nerd.

Also, there was more scuttlebutt on twitter Tuesday that the Browns are going to go with a logo on the helmet. This would go completely against everything they have told us. I’m not buying it.


Found this to be a very interesting stat

“Not only did Colston go without a catch for the first time in 86 games, he was in on 59 percent of the Saints offensive snaps but not once did Drew Brees throw a pass in his direction. Though much was made of Jimmy Graham’s 10 catches and two touchdowns, the Browns secondary actually did an outstanding job of limiting the New Orleans passing game and holding them to just 24 points.”

In the second half, I would argue that Brees had no reason to go anywhere but Graham’s direction, but not even a target for the whole game? Does he have an injury that is slowing him down? Anyone watch the game again and notice Colston open but Brees ignoring him? Could the Browns have been that good against him?


You should know Brendan for his work at Stepien Rules, and if you have been around WFNY for a while you will remember him as one of our weekend editors. Really happy to see Brendan get rewarded for his good work with SLAM, and can’t wait to see what he does with the opportunity.


That leads me to my final item for the week.

Just about seven years ago now, I sent an email to Scott and Andrew. The three of us were writing our own individual Cleveland sports blogs. I asked them if they might be interested in collaborating on a new joint venture. At the end of January 2008, we launched WFNY. It has been quite a ride from that first month.

Today, I am stepping away from Waiting For Next Year.

Life situations and circumstances change, and I feel privileged to have been on this ride for so long. The site has given me more opportunities than I ever thought I would have. If you don’t already know, I have been working part time for FOX Sports Ohio.com since March, and am looking forward to increasing my opportunities there over the coming months. It has become too much for me to juggle jobs, family and WFNY. So I will be stepping away.

I know the site will continue to thrive. There are more writers now than ever, and I know Scott, Craig and Rock will guide the ship in the right direction. The door is open for me to contribute whenever I want, which I appreciate.

I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the site, whether a writer or the community of readers and commenters here. It has been my honor. I treasure the relationships I have made through the site, and I know those will last long after I have typed my last on these digital pages.

Here’s to hoping next year happens soon. Until then- I thank you.


  • DonDelcoOBR

    Good luck, Rick! Stay in touch!

  • Pat Leonard

    It’s been a pleasure, Rick. We certainly appreciate the great work you’ve put on the site and the idea you shared with Andrew and Scott that turned into the best Cleveland sports site on the web. Godspeed.

  • Harv 21

    Aw, Rick, so sorry you’re leaving this site. So appreciated the different voice and skill set you contributed. Maybe Fox will at least let you contribute an occasional guest Film Room? Good luck!

  • Harv 21

    WFNY, thanks for adding a link to Recent Comments, and for clearly laying out podcast locations and other goodies. I’m slowly getting acclimated to this new format. Now, if I can only figure out why I can link to the most recent articles from Twitter so much sooner than they appear on the site home page …

  • It has to do with the cache the site uses. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil for us. Without it, we would go way over our allotted bandwidth and we just don’t make enough money to pay for that level of service.

    Twitter and Facebook are excellent resources for getting links to articles ahead of the cache refresh.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Oh, and here I thought it was my browser cache and couldn’t understand what was happening! Thanks for the explanation.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Aw, another early WFNYer going? 🙁 Rick, you’ll be missed… now who’s going to break down film for us!? Good luck in whatever you do!

  • DJ

    Never thought I’d see a day where a founder (could argue THE founder) of WFNY would step away before Next Year arrived. But congrats Rick on building such a terrific repository for local and displaced (like me) Cleveland sports fans, and for parlaying that into a great opportunity at FS. Good luck, and hope to see you around for the occasional editorial piece.

  • boomhauertjs

    Best of luck! Thanks for all your hard work.

  • Harv 21

    thx for the explanation, makes perfect sense.

  • mgbode

    I have to say I was anticipating it when he handed over his Film Room articles to Colin and Joe. I was hoping that by anticipating it that it would lessen the blow, but it’s still a sad day.

    Rick, thank you for all of your work that we have seen on these pages and all of the work that went unseen from us to help make WFNY the best digital home for Cleveland sports in the world.

  • mgbode

    On the trick play, it is just bad design/coaching. The WR falls after the snap, which means that the defenders who actually matter (those on the top of the screen) would never see him and never be affected by his fake-faint. If the coaches actually want that to be successful, then he needs to faint just BEFORE the snap. As long as he’s falling backward and noone else is moving, it is legal motion.

  • Can’t pull the wool over your eyes Michael…

  • Harv I seem to remember that we were supposed to watch a Browns game together somewhere. Needs to happen. Shoot me an email and we’ll get together for one.

  • mgbode

    The itchiness is a dead giveaway 🙂

    and, one cannot use such a phrase in your parting post without the etymology:

    “Giveaway” in the sense “inadvertent betrayal or revelation; something that gives [the game] away” is US slang dating from 1882. “Dead” has here the sense “absolute, sure”, which was used in many phrases coined around that time – e.g. dead ringer, dead centre, dead earnest, dead certainty.

  • MrCleaveland

    Rick, I love your stuff and I’ll miss it a lot.

    Go get ’em!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Rick – your welcome! J/K Good luck Brian Windhorst Jr..

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The NFL HOF should think about creating a wing for incarcerated ex-players because “business is about to pick up” as they say!

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  • humboldt

    Rick, you will be missed, but thanks for what you’ve helped build here. Best of luck

  • SummitOmar


    You will be greatly missed as you always brought a interesting and unique perspective to WFNY. Never forget what a great community of fans you helped to create here. I know I only come here for my cleveland sports news because of the quality that you all put out. The stars in this universe will shine a little less brightly without you my friend. Hopefully, you will still attend the get togethers at the Rubber Duck games and Disc Golf outings etc. You truly are a gentleman and a scholar, I wish you the best!

  • Hard to see such a strong contributor go, but great to see you getting new opportunities out there. Your Film Room work has been must-read and must-share stuff, and I’ve always found your opinions well-reasoned, even those times I found myself on the other side of the issue. All the best to you In future endeavors, Rick, and hope to catch you around these parts when the opportunity arises. Thanks for all you’ve helped to build here.

  • Harv 21

    For sure.

  • deebo

    Good work and good luck!

  • Garry_Owen

    I’m a day late, and more than a few dollars short, but just wanted to join the throng in wishing farewell. Thanks, Rick. Your articles were the first that I enjoyed reading at WFNY a couple/few years ago, and they’re the ones that drew me in. The drop-off in the last year or so has been noticed, and your writing presence has been missed – as it certainly will be going forward. I’ve said this many times before, but WFNY is on many days the only website that I visit (period), but I do so many times on those days. I appreciate what you (and Scott and Andrew) created.

    Best of luck to you. Enjoy your work. Enjoy your family!

  • CK1

    Best wishes. They are lucky to have you!

  • Omar you don’t get rid of me that easy…

  • Thanks B-bo. Always appreciated the discussion.

  • Thanks Garry.