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Scott Raab on the Cavs championship, Browns draft, and his book

Scott Raab has followed up his book, The Whore of Akron with a championship book called You’re Welcome Cleveland. I put out a call to see if he would come on the podcast and Scott was willing. We are forever indebted to Scott for the weekly appearances he made on the WFNY Podcast and it’s always great to catch up.

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Here’s what else we talked about.

  • You’re Welcome Cleveland
  • Are you still feeling the championship love?
  • How long will the championship feeling last?
  • Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson talking about the difference between the regular season and the playoffs
  • LeBron saying he’s addicted to the process
  • Waking up and not liking football
  • Expecting pro athletes not to feel real life
  • Kyrie Irving flat earth and J.R. Smith
  • When athletes and celebs go direct to the fans, what role does media have
  • Figuring out how to add value in 2017
  • What’s left of the newspaper?
  • When was the last time you knowingly clicked on an ad?
  • When will we talk about the death of radio?
  • The Browns and trading down
  • Finding talent period
  • What’s the difficult thing to do as the HBT?
  • Who would we take instead?

 

  • Steve

    Oh we’re back to Raab pretending to be a friend of the site in order to shill his book again? Fun.

    How in the world this guy got the forum to be the voice of Cleveland fans, the world may never know, but the sooner he goes away the better.

  • JM85

    What are we thanking him for again?

  • I asked him to come on, not the other way around.

  • Steve

    Yeah I read that. I’m sure he’s glad to hear that you’ll shill for his book too. When he wants to contribute anything past “buy my book!”, let me know.

  • Chris

    Scott definitely has a thing for subtle titles.

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  • Saggy

    I joined “The Athletic,” which has to date been not much more than Jason Lloyd, Zuppe’s excellent Tribe work, recycled text, and force-fed Scott Raab. I celebrate this dude’s fandom and I respect his journey and opinion but I just don’t want to have people think that he represents my feelings about Cleveland sports in general. Not a bad guy at all, just not my style.

    Folks like Garry, TB2, bode, Harv, RGB, Nank, Neids, nj, jake, Chris, and even Steve and more are who I’d rather represent my feelings. Basically, reading The Athletic – and Raab in particular – has only emboldened my feeling that WFNY is the top of the mountain when it comes to Cleveland sports reporting and, most importantly, opinion. I’m not saying this guy shouldn’t be welcome here – he absolutely should – but that I just don’t appreciate him doing the rounds and expecting me to care.

    But please don’t feel this is an assault on bringing him back any time, Craig. If you think it’s important I’ll read it/listen to it.

  • Saggy

    I joined “The Athletic,” which has to date been not much more than Jason Lloyd, Zuppe’s excellent Tribe work, recycled text, and force-fed Scott Raab. I celebrate this dude’s fandom and I respect his journey and opinion but I just don’t want to have people think that he represents my feelings about Cleveland sports in general. Not a bad guy at all, just not my style.

    Folks like Garry, TB2, bode, Harv, RGB, Nank, Neids, nj, jake, Chris, and even Steve and more are who I’d rather represent my feelings. Basically, reading The Athletic – and Raab in particular – has only emboldened my feeling that WFNY is the top of the mountain when it comes to Cleveland sports reporting and, most importantly, opinion. I’m not saying this guy shouldn’t be welcome here – he absolutely should – but that I just don’t appreciate him doing the rounds and expecting me to care.

    But please don’t feel this is an assault on bringing him back any time, Craig. If you think it’s important I’ll read it/listen to it.

  • Harv

    Raab sort of touches on something I truly believe: trading away the #1 overall would be a fear move. It means the HBT doesn’t trust its ability to identify the nation’s dominant, transcendent amateur player, and would rather take smaller, multiple bites at that apple in the hope of increasing the talent influx or increasing its chances of hitting gold.

    But Sashi is wrong if he thinks trading away the #1 will kick evaluations of his career as a football guy further down the road, if he thinks he’ll buy more time to try and learn the ropes. This is the year he must parlay all these high picks into an engine powerful enough to climb that hill. You’re on the clock, Sashi. Nothing but accrual of excellent NFL players will or should save you. Not more average NFL players, not accrual of future picks. Your future is April 27 and 28. DePodesta can toss out endless thought experiments from Silicon Valley and always return to baseball. You? You’re staring at the grinding life in a big law firm. Don’t go there, Sashi, the managing partner will make the Haslams seem like Mr. Rogers. Pick Myles – the life you save may be your own, at least for another year or two.

  • Harv

    I adore Raab’s writing, but he is better on a pod when focused on an issue – any issue – rather than general philosophizing. This pod did indeed feel mostly like a book shill.

  • RGB

    This year Sashi has a huge war chest, a deep draft class, and a wealth of draft picks.
    It’s time to show he’s more than just a highly educated bean-counter, whose talent evaluation skills are limited to perusing PFF charts.

  • BenRM

    I join you in your distaste of Raab. It’s unfortunate that he appears to be accepted the national voice of the Cleveland sports fan. It’s not a great voice to have out there…

    …I guess, at least he’s not Rizzo?

  • tsm

    Agree. The whole point of acquiring numerous daft picks is to turn them into actual, productive football players. At some point in time you must go “all in” and obtain some superior players. This is one of those times.

  • Garry_Owen

    Aw, shucks. Top billing, too.

    http://mrwgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Bashful-Old-School-Movie-Scene-Gif.gif

    Feeling’s mutual, though. I don’t mind Raab, but he doesn’t speak for me as a fan. You’re welcome to do so. (Just keep it clean, huh?)

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