The Cleveland Browns logo, the sports media in Cleveland and beyond, and Kendrick Perkins–EHC Podcast 12–2/24/2015



WFNY’s &’s Rick Grayshock joins the show with our first podcast talking Cleveland sports. We dive right into it, talking how the sports media portrays Cleveland, why the Browns should (or shouldn’t) change the logo, the role of Kendrick Perkins, Josh Gordon, and whether or not J.R. Smith can keep it together in 2015 and beyond.

Rick was a co-founder at WFNY, along with Scott Sargent and Andrew Schnitkey. Make sure you check out all of their stuff at There isn’t a better all-encompassing Cleveland sports website on the interwebs. You can also check out Rick’s work at

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The Cleveland Indians starting rotation battle–EHC Podcast 11–2/13/15


Carlos Carrasco looks to build upon his 2014 breakout season

The Cleveland Indians rotation.

It almost needs a line all to itself.

Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber helped morph a “rag-tag” group of unproven starters into one of the best rotations in the league, and heading into 2014, it looks like the Indians boast one of the best rotations in baseball.

The top three of the rotation look locked behind Kluber, with Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer looking to build upon a season in which they took definitive steps in their growth as potential aces in their own right.

Carrasco finally shook the baggage that he’d been carrying since the Indians acquired him in 2009 in the Cliff Lee trade, and nearly matched Kluber’s numbers start-for-start during the last eight weeks of the season. While he still has a long way to go to prove the consistency that goes along with the term “ace,” he certainly has the pedigree and stuff to do just that. The only question with the fireballing righty is his head, which has gotten in the way in the past. Continue reading

Cleveland Cavaliers bolstered by Kyrie Irving–EHC Podcast–2/01/15

LeBron reacts to Kyrie's three-pointer

LeBron reacts to Kyrie’s three-pointer

The Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to look like a team to beat in the East. If it weren’t for the Atlanta Hawks 19-game win streak and their 40-8 record, most eyes would be focused on the team playing their home games at Quicken Loans arena.

The Cavaliers sport a 10-game win streak of their own, and thanks to some fantastic trades pulled off over the past month by general manager David Griffin, the team is finally starting to mesh together.

At the forefront of this big move by the Cavs is the “Big 3.” Over the past three games, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love have all carried the offensive load in an important game.

On Wednesday night, the LeBron-less Cavs won a huge game against the Portland Trail Blazers with Kyrie Irving’s historic performance. His three-pointer with six-seconds left gave the Cavs a 97-94 lead, and gave Irving an NBA leading 55-points this season.

For the first time in his young career, the 22-year old grabbed the team but the scruff of their neck, and dragged them to the win-column. It was something to behold, and a long time coming. Continue reading

Francisco Lindor: how he will effect the Cleveland Indians line-up–EHC Podcast 10–2/1/2015

(Francisco Lindor  photo courtesy of Lianna Holub Photography & Design)

(Francisco Lindor photo courtesy of Lianna Holub Photography & Design)

The Cleveland Indians have a problem on their hands: What are they going to do with shortstop extraordinaire Francisco Lindor if he forces his way in the Indians line-up?

I didn’t say it was a bad problem, did I?

Lindor has been a staple at the top of both the Indians’ prospect charts as well as the major minor league prospect charts since he was drafted in 2011. With Lindor a fixture at Columbus, it’s likely that he won’t spend another year listed as a “prospect.”

The Indians have handled him with kids’ gloves from the start. He’s spent time at each minor league level over his past four seasons, and while he hasn’t spent a full season at each stop, he’s had to earn his promotion every year.

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Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon are complete idiots–EHC Podcast 8–1/25/2015

Two idiots

Two idiots

Saturday started off as an innocent enough day for the staff at Everybody Hates Cleveland. The three #EHC founders got together to talk a little bit about about Johnny Manziel.

My, oh my, how things can get complicated.

What was supposed to be a fifteen minute podcast discussing Jeremy Fowler and Pat McNamanon’s ESPN piece in which 20 “Browns’ sources” threw darts at Manziel’s unprofessional and moronic behavior, it turned into a 30-minute rant on Manziel, Gordon, and the future of the franchise.

Seems pretty prophetic at this point.

On Sunday, reports began surfacing that Josh Gordon failed yet another drug test, which would put him in line for a 16-game suspension. Yesterday, Steve, Mike and I talked about what the Browns should do with Josh Gordon prior to the suspension.

Gee, I wonder what we’d say now?

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The Cleveland Cavaliers go streaking–EHC Podcast 7–1/25/15

1If there’s one thing that EHC’s Steve Orbanek, Mike Hattery and I have been discussing a lot over the past several months, it’s, “Who exactly are the Cleveland Cavaliers?”

You would think this would be easy, right? The Cavs sign LeBron James, re-sign Kyrie Irving and trade for Kevin Love; that’s a trio of moves that should make a team really good, right?

You would think.

In the wake of the roster upheaval that took place this past offseason, the Cavs were left with some really good parts, that played with absolutely no cohesiveness whatsoever.

The team started off 1-3, and the spin cycle began to grind early, pondering whether or not Kevin Love would stay in Cleveland, or head off to the West Coast to join L.A. at season’s end.

The Cavs then ran off a streak of four-in-a-row in which they scored 110 points or more in all four games, culminating in a 127-94 shellacking of a pretty good Atlanta Hawks team, and all was right in the world again. The Cavs could score, and while they certainly weren’t clicking on all cylinders, they seemed to be further along then people thought they’d be after eight games.

Then came another four-game losing streak in which they didn’t score over 100, which was followed by an eight-game win streak, then a 1-3 stretch, then a 4-1 stretch, then a 1-9 stretch, which leads to our current 5-0 run.

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EHC The Podcast #6: The Cavs dismantle the Hawks, and the Browns take on the Texans

1The Cleveland Cavaliers created the latest version of the NBA Super Team this past offseason when they signed free agent LeBron James, re-signed Kyrie Irving to a max extension, and traded Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love. While most experts, and LeBron James himself, preached patience, most fans of the team were expecting the Cavs to be a fine-tuned machine right out of the gate.

Then came the 1-3 record, which seemed to magnify all of the perceived issues that this team had, even with the Super Team mantra.

They couldn’t play defense.

They couldn’t protect the rim.

Kyrie and LeBron were isolationists.

David Blatt was in over his head, and couldn’t coach in the NBA.

Kevin Love had inflated numbers in Minnesota.

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The Cleveland Sports Guyz talk Hoyer, Manziel, Waiters, Bron and Kluber

In today’s edition of The Cleveland Sports Guyz, Jim and Steve kick things off with the Cleveland Browns, as they look closely at how good (or bad) Brian Hoyer has been this year, and whether or not he will make it through next week, let alone this year. Hoyer has been everything that you want in a consistent quarterback, but there have been some instance of stagnancy that are troubling. The big question with regards to Hoyer is in today’s era of the NFL, is a player that can lead the Browns on a consistent basis, or is he a quarterback that will always somewhat fall short ever so often? Continue reading

EHC 4: The Browns opener, the Indians rotation and the run to the playoffs

1EHC: The Podcast is back and better than ever. The boys have returned to the airwaves with a ton of changes, talking about the Browns second half comeback that fell just a little bit short. How good was Brian Hoyer, especially considering he lost two of his most effective weapons in Jordan Cameron and Ben Tate to injuries? Is Terrance West a guy that can carry the load, and is Isaiah Crowell a player that can add much needed depth with or without Ben Tate moving forward? Steve Orbanek, Jim Pete and Michael Hattery delve into the Browns loss to the Steelers, the potential of Josh Gordon returning, and what it all means for the rest of their 2014 season.

The boys also talk about the Indians rotation, their chances for the playoffs, engagement, and the beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer!!!

EHC The Podcast #3: #KeepWiggins and the #Klubots

imageI heard you missed us…we’re back….. rejoins the airwaves with their first podcast in over a month, as Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek wax poetic about the Cleveland Cavaliers Minnesota Timberwolves first round draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, and the likelihood that Steve Orbanek will get more wear out of the Cavs #21 jersey than Wiggins will.

While Kevin Love could give the Cavaliers an untouchable “Big 3”  along with Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, are there more potential risks than are being publicized by the mainstream media? What about a Cleveland Cavaliers team with LeBron, Kyrie, Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, and three first round picks on their way?

Jim and Steve rationalize the irrational, while #EHC proudly waves the #KeepWiggins banner…for better or for worse, and no doubt…with some folly. Several sources are reporting that the Cavs and the Timberwolves have a handshake deal already in place.

This should be a fun month.

Steve and Jim also talk about the #Klubot, Corey Kluber, who went 7-plus innings for the fourth straight game, for the fifth time in six games, and for the seventh time in the last nine games. Brantley also enters the equation, and Kluber and Brantley are doing their best impressions of Cy Young and MVP candidates.

The boys also sneak in some Browns scuttlebutt at the tail end of the pod…that’s worth a listen…

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