Here at WFNY, we have a long-standing tradition of having a Thanksgiving roundtable to help remind ourselves why we are thankful. It’s crazy to think that this year’s holiday marks our ninth Thanksgiving as a website, and ninth such a post on these pages.
As we did last year, we recommend you take a trip back in time to see what we have been thankful for. Here are links to 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. There was a time we were thankful for Braylon Edwards and Shaun Rogers. It’s also fun to look back and see the various members who have comprised our staff over the years, how far we’ve come, how much we’ve grown, and how many of you have been along for the ride.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Craig: I said I wasn’t going to do one of these this year because I’ve kind of said it all before. It’s important to be thankful and grateful all the time, but these posts sometimes feel like going through the motions to me. This year I really am thankful for WFNY as a whole. I’m thankful that it’s a place that people want to visit. I’m thankful for any bit of relevance it gives me and all those who’ve been associated with it because that means what we’re doing here has at least some impact. I think we’re in a special era of WFNY with the people who are contributing here, and despite my reservations of being a broken record, I want to thank all the people in this current iteration of WFNY. Yes. All of you. This is an amazing crew of diverse talents and exceptional people.
Scott: Much like Craig, once you’ve done eight of these, it is tough to come up with new, fresh ways to show how thankful you are. I’ll echo his sentiments regarding WFNY as a community. Nine years is a hell of a long time in this space, and for all of you to come here on a daily basis and discuss the good and bad and wins and losses, it truly is remarkable.
I’m incredibly grateful for the staff here. I’ve said it countless times, but I would put our coverage of the Browns and Indians against any website out there. The additions we’ve made over the last few year shave allowed us to grow in ways I never thought possible. The work these guys do is second to none.
I’m thankful for NBA Finals runs, live music, the WWE, playoff baseball, Barrio tacos, Map Room Pizza, and laughs. For those who know me, 2016 was an incredibly challenging year. This isn’t me being vague; it’s just a peak behind the curtain as I tend to separate life and site. But working for a company that gets purchased in January while not knowing of your future until August is no way to live. I’m incredibly grateful for all of those who provided me with the much-needed support—much like the WFNY staff, my network of friends and family is one I wouldn’t trade for the world. Without them, 2017 would not have been as amazing of a year as it has been. While I’m thankful for getting to watch LeBron James on a nightly basis, it’s the love and comfort and support and encouragement from those closest to me—my family, my friends, my coworkers, my person, and my girls—that provides value that simply can’t be replicated. Thank you all.
Gilbert: I have a lot of things to be thankful for this year. First of all, I am thankful for LeBron James. It is amazing to watch one of the best of all time play each night for my team. That’s something to not take for granted. I am thankful for the resurgence of Arthur, which has made the Cavs rough start better and has brought back fond memories of my childhood. I am also thankful for the Indians’ 22-game winning streak and the young guns that make up the roster. The streak was one of the most exciting regular season stretches I have ever felt in MLB. I am also thankful for the young nucleus that the Tribe has built that will allow the franchise to be good for hopefully many years to come. I am thankful for the 2018 NFL Draft because it is the only thing keeping strong and hopeful through this dreadful 2017 Browns season. But most of all, I am thankful for my family, friends, co-workers and WFNY. My family and friends make my life great. I am so humbled to have such a great family (including my two dogs), who have stayed with me through the great times and the hard times. I am thankful for my co-workers, who make work fun. Lastly, I am thankful for WFNY and the friends I have made at WFNY. The site has allowed me to write about sports and topics that I love and am passionate about. Thank you to everyone in my life!
Jake: 2017 has been a great year for me, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Personally, my girlfriend and I are expecting our first child in March. We are so nervous for what is coming and what this child has in store for us, but we know it will go well. I couldn’t be happier to have her as the mother of my child as her beauty, patience and caring nature will be overwhelming when the time comes. She is my hero. The older I get, the more I just want those around me to be healthy and happy and this year has been all of the above for my family and friends. Lastly, I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to finally begin writing and covering Cleveland sports for WFNY. The site, and those who write for it, are top notch. Embracing me the way they did is something I will never forget, and am beyond thankful. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers.
Josh: First and foremost, I’m thankful for both mine and my family’s health and well-being, along with my friends’ as well. While things haven’t always gone the way I have wanted them to, I will forever appreciate all the people that are around me and who are there for me. In terms of sports, I’ll forever be thankful for both Cleveland and Ohio State sports teams. Although there have been plenty of awful seasons, I don’t know where I’d be without sports in my life. The sports fanatic in me wouldn’t know what to do. Whether LeBron leaves Cleveland this summer is still in question, but I will forever be grateful for the joy and excitement he has brought me and The Land. In terms of the Buckeyes, I just can’t get enough football or basketball. I’m also truly thankful for fantasy football. My love for the NFL has diminished over the years, but due to owning multiple fantasy teams, I still look forward to NFL Sundays even though I would take a College Football Saturday over an NFL Sunday seven times out of seven. Although I’m very thankful for my family, friends, and sports, I can’t fail to mention how grateful I am for Craig, Scott, and Andrew to give me an opportunity at WFNY. I love to write on this blog, but the greatest part about this is the WFNY Slack group. It can be so entertaining, informing, and honestly, I think I talk on that more than I text at times. I hope all of you WFNYers have a great, safe Thanksgiving. Don’t eat too much!
Gage: Primarily, I am thankful for my family. My wife and two sons offer me unmatched support and enjoyment. The five-year-old and one-year-old challenge me to be more patient and attentive, which can be challenging and rewarding, as any of you parents out there can attest. I would not be where I am today without my family’s support. Beyond that, I am thankful to have a steady place to offer my inane opinions on the Cleveland Indians and thankful that WFNY’s readers are willing to hear me out. In 2017, the folks at WFNY, both writers, and readers, have made me feel at home as a contributor.
Gerbs: More than anything, I am thankful for my wife. She is a constant source of support, laughs, care, and overarching love. She allows for the late nights finishing up a story, understands when I watch a game, and has even fallen in love with the Indians as well. I am thankful for WFNY, giving me a place to grow as a writer. I have said it numerous times in tweets and in the Slack, you guys are like siblings and I couldn’t be happier to have you all in my life. I am thankful for team control of the best shortstop in the game. I am thankful to cover the National Treasure Joe Thomas. I am thankful to be able to watch the best basketball player in history. I am thankful to life this life that God has given me.
Bode: I have lived a blessed life and I am thankful for all who have contributed in all facets of it. The Lord has given me so much more than I have earned through any right in my life. I have a beautiful, loving, and caring wife who constantly is not only upholding our family but finding ways to challenge and improve upon it. Our children give us a purpose and despite the normal frustrations of parenthood, have given us countless examples of how they interact with the world around them that our choices with them are working. The entire WFNY community, both readers and writers, have created a fantastic representation of how the internet can be a positive place for interactions (special nod to Andrew, Craig, and Scott who let us write whatever we feel like writing). Love y’all and hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving this year.
Dave: I am going to do it. I’m going to be cliche new dad. I’m thankful for the health of my wife and my beautiful daughter, who just turned 3 months old. I had no idea what fatherhood would be like, but outside of a few “go the f*** to sleep” moments, it has been wonderful. I’m thankful for the people in my life as well. I happen to contribute to a website which has assembled one of the finest groups of people I’ve ever been a part of. I have a great family, a great set of in-laws and great friends. Sports-wise, I’m thankful that I’m a Cleveland fan, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jessica: I’m thankful, as always, for my family. My parents, who still feed me and pack up leftovers for me and let me do laundry in their basement, are the kindest, most selfless people on the planet and I am grateful for them every day. My extended family of aunts and uncles and cousins and babies continues to grow and spread out a little more every year, but we feel closer than ever. I’m so thankful for that. I’m grateful for a circle of friends that remains as close and loving and supportive as always, despite the fact that there are now babies and new houses and in-laws in our lives. I’m thankful for my person, the best boyf on Earth, who makes me laugh and lets me cry and supports me in everything I do. I’ll never understand how I got so lucky as to find him. As I say every year, I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of WFNY. Not only am I in constant awe of the talent, passion and storytelling that happens here— I can’t believe I get to be a tiny part of it. I’m also thankful for #TeamThursday and the never-ending stream of corgi photos shared between Jacob, Kyle and I (in-between trying to figure out whose turn it is to write While We’re Waiting). And finally, I’m thankful for wine (duh), Netflix, Barrio, coffee with a little cream, dry shampoo, Frankie Lindor, chocolate chip cookies, Downtown Cleveland, Amazon, sweatpants and Internet videos of baby animals.
Jim: I could spent 5,000 words to discuss how thankful I am for my wife and kids, my amazing friends, and a life that has so many little miracles, that I can’t imagine that many are left for anyone else. But WFNY is a Cleveland sports site…so…when in a Cleveland sports site, do what a Cleveland sports’ site does (or something like that). I’m thankful for every second of every game that the Cleveland Indians play, win, lose, or draw. I’m especially thankful to Corey Kluber, the best Indians pitcher in the history of my life, and for Jose Ramirez, who has officially made #JRam something that my iPhone doesn’t autocorrect. I’m thankful for Yandy Diaz and Greg Allen, who should end the year in the starting line-up, even if they haven’t yet become one of the #TitoBoyzz. I’m thankful for LeBron James, and all that comes with him…his conversations with the press…his passive-aggressive social media…and his savant-like skill on the basketball court. His title-leading performance 18-months ago has assured me that regardless of what jersey he’s wearing past 2017-2018, I’ll be rooting for him to continue his climb towards whatever unreached peaks he yet desires to attain. I’m also thankful for Kyle Korver’s three-point perfection, and for Isaiah Thomas, whose personality matches his on-court potential. Seriously, how fun is IT going to be when he finally laces them up for the first time? I’m thankful that the Browns continue to make the Indians and Cavs look exponentially better in all facets, as their cavalcade of idiocy on-and-off the field continue to garner way-too-much attention. And good god, I’m thankful for the Cleveland craft beer scene. Finally, I’m thankful to everyone associated with WFNY, from Craig, Andrew and Scott allowing me to write, podcast and vlog, to everyone that writes with us, and most especially to the folks that come to our little corner of the world every day to give us a read, a listen, and/or a comment. HAVE AN AMAZING THANKSGIVING!!!
Mike: I am thankful for so many things because of the blessed life I get to lead. I am thankful for a new home to share with my brilliant and beautiful wife. I am thankful for my community both on the web and off it. When it comes to the internet, I am thankful for this little corner. WFNY has added some phenomenal writers and analysts in 2017, Gage Will, Jake Burns, and Joe Gerberry have all breathed fresh life into this place. I am thankful for the challenging minds in our slack channel and on the comment board. I read the comments every time, and appreciate the criticism and input it provides. It is my sincere hope that upon the realization of our blessings, we would be encouraged to serve and fight for the marginalized, the oppressed. With great blessings come great duty. Happy Thanksgiving!
Corey: I am thankful as could be for my family, especially my wonderful wife who is handling her first pregnancy with as much grace and aplomb as imaginable. The year has brought a number of changes in our lives with relocations, new jobs, and new cats. I’m thankful to have such a sweet and compassionate person with whom to share my life. On the sports front I am immensely thankful for the WFNY community with a special shoutout to our crackerjack Slack channel. I’ve come to really enjoy our discussions on the Cavs, food, politics, and everything in between. On the field, I’m thankful for Francisco Lindor’s enthusiasm, Corey Kluber’s quiet dominance, a 22-game win streak, a pair of Central Division titles, another Eastern Conference title, and Lebron James’ indescribable transcendence. Plus, as always, I’m thankful that I am a Buckeye.