the nail in the coffin | A Cleveland sports podcast
By Tom Valentino and Travis Ulle
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An irreverent (and sometimes insightful) weekly discussion about sports in Cleveland. We cover the Cavaliers, Browns, and Indians, and all the little things that go into our experiences as fans.
||ExplicitEpisode 130 – Baker, Browns and big-game uniforms||Ready or not (and judging by the chants at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday night, it seems most people in Cleveland fall into the category of “ready”), the Baker Mayfield show has arrived in Browns Town. The guys relive Mayfield’s electric debut,||9/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 129 – Tom Withers of the AP on covering Cleveland's teams||From Twitter exchanges with LeBron James over potential Browns moves to covering games and chasing down stories for all three of Cleveland’s professional sports teams, there’s rarely a boring day on the job for Associated Press sportswriter Tom With||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 128 – Ben Axelrod on the Browns, Hard Knocks and Ohio State football||Even before the regular seasons for the Browns and Buckeyes kick off, it has been an interesting month for football fans in Northeast Ohio. Ben Axelrod of WKYC has had a front row seat for much of it, and he joins The Nail to discuss the storylines of||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 127 – AP golf writer Doug Ferguson on the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron||Firestone Country Club has played host to professional golf tournaments since 1954, including three major championships, the former World Series of Golf and the current WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. But this weekend, the world’s best golfers will tee||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 126 – No tanks: Scott Sargent on Kevin Love's deal and Cavs not bottoming out||Written off as a potential trade asset since nearly the day he arrived, Kevin Love is still in Cleveland. And with the four-year contract extension he signed this week, it looks like the Cavs are planning to count on him for a long time. Love is well-li||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 125 – Midseason State of the Indians with T.D. Dery||It’s our midsummer tradition: Tribe fan extraordinaire T.D. Dery is back on The Nail to discuss the state of the Indians coming out of the All-Star break. The guys look back on how the team seized control of the AL Central in the first half of t||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 124 – Hurry up and deal: What are the Indians waiting for?||Sooooo...you could say the Indians took care of business on Wednesday night. But 24 hours earlier—you know, back when they weren’t putting up 19 runs—a lackluster start to the 9th inning by closer Cody Allen, a miscommunication between manager Ter||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 123 – Film noir: Dark days for the Cavs as LeBron heads off to Hollywood||On Sunday night, the greatest era in Cavaliers franchise history came to a quiet end with a one-sentence press release announcing LeBron James had agreed to a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. The guys look back on the uneasy alliance between||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 122 – Finals fallout: LeBron, Cavs swept into summer of uncertainty||It was a painful NBA Finals – both figuratively and literally – for LeBron and the Cavs. Dodgy officiating, a killer mental mistake and a punched white board punctuated Game 1, and the Wine and Gold never recovered for the remainder of the series. T||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 121 – Four-gone conclusion? Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals preview with David Zavac||Let’s be honest: The Cavs are facing some of the longest odds in NBA Finals history when they tip off against Golden State for the fourth straight season. But is all hope lost? David Zavac, contributor for The Athletic, is back on The Nail to dive int||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 120 – 48 special minutes: LeBron, Cavs survive Celtics and conquer the East again||LeBron James delivered an epic, wire-to-wire performance, the Cavs’ role players—led by Jeff Green!—provided just enough scoring support, and the Cavaliers are Eastern Conference champions for the fourth straight year after winning Game 7 on Sunda||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 119 – Gloom, doom (but hopefully not a broom): Cavs struggling in ECF||Baffling coaching decisions, blown defensive assignments, bad shooting and a battered jaw for one LeBron James have left the Cavs halfway to getting swept in the Eastern Conference Finals. With the next two games at The Q, the Wine & Gold aren't complet||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 118 – That’s a Rap: Cavs shift focus to Celtics after ending Toronto||With a ridiculous running floater off the glass last Saturday night, LeBron James broke the spirit of yet another Eastern Conference franchise, as the Raptors bowed out meekly on Monday and fired head coach Dwane Casey four days later. A transcendent po||5/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 117 – Cavalry arrives, Cavs survive, can Raps avoid another dive?||It was the most nerve-wracking first round series to ever involve LeBron James wearing wine and gold, but the Cavs survived their matchup with the Pacers. In Game 7 on Sunday, LeBron was LeBron, but his supporting cast finally came through, too. Tristan||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 116 – Cavs (and all of us watching them) feeling first-round stress||A lot of fans figured the Eastern Conference playoffs would be more challenging for the Cavs this season than in recent years, but few could have predicted a full-fledged fight in the first round. Nevertheless, the Indiana Pacers are giving the Cavs all||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 115 – Mike Zavagno on the Cavs and the NBA playoffs (and Taylor Swift?)||Mike Zavagno of FearTheSword.com and the Cavalytics podcast joins the show to help the guys get ready for the NBA playoffs. It was a strange season—or maybe even four or five seasons rolled into one—for the Cavs. But as they get ready for the Pacers||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 114 – Indians/MLB preview with Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com||Ready or not, the Indians begin their 2018 season on Thursday night in Seattle. To ring in the new year, the guys go around the horn on all things Tribe-related with Anthony Castrovince, national columnist for MLB.com and contributor for the MLB Network||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 113 – A stellar night for the Cavs and a salute to Joe Thomas||Down 15 points at the half to the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors. Playing without Kyle Korver, Larry Nance, Tristan Thompson, Rodney Hood, Cedi Osman and head coach Ty Lue. At another point in the season, this was the kind of night in which the Cavs||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 112 – 'Big' decisions: On Larry Nance, Tristan Thompson and the Browns’ first-round picks||Larry Nance Jr. has been everything Cavaliers fans hoped he would be when he was acquired at the trade deadline. Tristan Thompson, meanwhile, hasn’t been quite up to the form he showed in playing an enormous role in the Cavs’ title run in 2016, and||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 111 – Talking #MACtion with Jason Arkley of the Athens Messenger||It’s Mid-American Conference tournament week in Cleveland, and Jason Arkley of the Athens Messenger is back on The Nail to set the stage. The No. 1 seed Buffalo Bulls seek their third conference championship in four years, but the rest of the top team||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 110 – A crash course on Ohio State basketball and the Big Ten tournament||Ready or not, it’s time for the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament, as the conference decided to stage its signature hoops event a week early for the sake of getting to play in Madison Square Garden. The Ohio State Buckeyes, one of the great storie||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 109 – I love these games! Catching up on the Cavs and Olympics||Cleveland is buzzing about basketball again as the Cavs kick off the unofficial second half of the NBA season on Thursday night. As we saw in a two-game preview before the All-Star break, the excitement comes with good reason. LeBron James is engaged, t||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 108 – No half measures: Cavs break from the bad, reload roster||Within the past month, it became apparent that the Cavs were dead in the water as constructed. The only question that remained was how far they were willing to go to change their fortunes. As we found out Thursday, the answer was “pretty damn far.”||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 107 – Rumbles, Rousey, Rejuvenated (?) Cavs and the Relegation of Wahoo||It’s been a busy 10 days since The Nail guys have convened to record a pod. Stipe Miocic successfully defended his UFC heavyweight title and already has another opponent lined up for July. WWE put on a surprisingly great Royal Rumble pay-per-view head||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 106 – Stipe Miocic defends title at UFC 220, WWE Raw turns 25||UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is defending his title against Francis Ngannou on Saturday night, and News-Herald sports editor Mark Podolski is in Boston to cover the fight. Podolski has known Miocic since the champ was a wrestler for Eastlake No||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Please disregard my comment. It was meant for "Cleveland Browns Dumpster Fire". So sorry.
A must listen for Cleveland sports
These guys are great. The pod is like sitting down with your friends and talking sports while having a beer. Definately give them a listen.