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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Episode 45: St. Bonaventure Basketball PA Announcer Adam Bennett

Marcus Posley exploded for 47 points against St. Joseph's and could make the Bonnies a tough out come March Madness.  (Getty Images)

Marcus Posley exploded for 47 points against St. Joseph’s and could make the Bonnies a tough out come March Madness. (Getty Images)

In the wake of St. Bonaventure men’s basketball winning 9 out of their last 10, Marcus Posley scoring an incredible 47 points and with the NCAA Tourney on the horizon it was the perfect time to have Adam Bennett back on the podcast with Mike and Evan. You may know him from his exploits with @HFSCleveland, but he also works with St. Bonaventure as their PA announcer and knows this squad inside and out. What makes this team so special, will they make the tourney, St. Bonaventure’s connection to Buffalo and much more were discussed.

We finished the show chatting with Adam about the unrest going on with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the lack of leadership in the Cavaliers organization. Looking at you LeBron.

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Through His “Answers,” Pettine Showing He Has No Answers

By Adam Bennett, @HFSCleveland

So I decided to use the bye week to decompress from one of the most depressing Browns seasons in recent memory. I was going to cool down, enjoy the fact that we can’t lose this weekend, and take a break.

The “decompression period” lasted for a few days, before I stumbled upon the Mike Pettine Coach’s Show on WEWS. I figured I’d give Pettine a chance, now that everyone’s mind is clear, to hear what he has to say away from the immediate emotion of a loss.

Mike Pettine (Ohio.com photo)

Mike Pettine (Ohio.com photo)

I really tried to give Pettine every benefit of the doubt, but the more I listened to what he had to say, the more I realized that he’s lost. This team has serious problems, and he doesn’t know how to fix them. Here are some examples:

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HFS Cleveland Podcast – Episode 7 with Kevin Kleps

Adam Bennett sits down with Kevin Kleps of Crain’s Cleveland to discuss just about all of the big-ticket topics in Cleveland sports.

Kevin Kleps

Kevin Kleps

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The two discuss:

  • Will the Browns fire both Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine after the season?
  • What role does Alec Scheiner play in this process?
  • What has happened to Mike Pettine?
  • Can the Browns attract high-quality candidates?
  • Will the Indians take a different approach to the offseason?
  • Renovations at Progressive Field
  • Cavaliers ownership and Dan Gilbert’s spending

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HFS Cleveland Podcast – Episode 6 (Cavs Edition)

Everyone’s tired of the Browns, so we devote an entire podcast to the Cavs, their 4-1 start, an outlook on the NBA season, and positive Cleveland sports talk.

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AP Photo

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Adam Bennett, Mike Arnold and Evan Sally discuss:

  • Production from the Cavs bench early in the season
  • David Blatt
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the Cavs moving forward
  • Forecast of the Western Conference
  • MVP Candidates
  • AND MORE!

 

53 Man Analysis: Who’s Improved and Who’s Regressed Under Pettine’s Leadership

So I threw this question out on twitter this morning: Has anyone who played for Mike Pettine last year and is still playing for the Browns this year made an improvement from year one to year two?

Have players improved under Mike Pettine's leadership? (AP Photo)

Have players improved under Mike Pettine’s leadership? (AP Photo)

The obvious answer is yes, there’s some player that’s improved somewhere. Travis Benjamin and Gary Barnidge are two examples of that. But if we dive deep into the roster, and look at every player who was in Cleveland last year and still playing for the Browns this year, which ones improved and which ones have regressed? Well, let’s find out:

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HFS Cleveland Podcast – Episode 5 – Browns Edition

Mike Tolsma and Adam Bennett try to sort out depression over the current state of the franchise.

Josh McCown is hurt physically. Browns fans are hurt emotionally. (NEOMG Photo)

Josh McCown is hurt physically. Browns fans are hurt emotionally. (NEOMG Photo)

They tackle all the big issues:

  • Should Jimmy Haslam blow it up?
  • Do the Browns have anything to build around?
  • Is there a rift between Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer?
  • Is this the worst time to be a Browns fan in recent memory?

Mike and Adam also answer twitter questions and try really hard not to cry over the current state of affairs.

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Playing Not to Lose Bites Browns Again

By Adam Bennett, @HFSCleveland

Josh McCown winces in pain during the Browns' 34-20 loss to the Cardinals in Cleveland on Sunday. (NEOMG Photo)

Josh McCown winces in pain during the Browns’ 34-20 loss to the Cardinals in Cleveland on Sunday. (NEOMG Photo)

CLEVELAND — So there the Browns were, after forcing another Arizona turnover, up 20-7 with the ball and 1:20 on the clock in the 2nd quarter. They were deep in their own territory, but they’d also moved the ball up and down the field at will in the first half.

The 2-5 Browns had a chance to score again and put even more pressure on the Cardinals heading into halftime. Plus, the Browns got the ball to start the 3rd quarter. The offense was clicking, Josh McCown was in rhythm, and there was a real chance to take a three-possession lead into the locker room.

What did head coach Mike Pettine elect to do? Play not to lose, of course.

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Hard Foul NBA Roundtable

Who will challenge the defending champion Warriors this season?

Who will challenge the defending champion Warriors this season?

To kick off the NBA season, Mike Tolsma, Evan Sally, Steve Stich and Zack El-Sharif got together to preview the league. Midway through the podcast we were joined by Adam Bennett from Hard Foul Sports Cleveland. It was a fun conversation going all over the Association.

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HFS Cleveland Podcast – Episode 4

It’s Episode 4 of the HFS Cleveland Podcast. This week, Mike Tolsma, Adam Bennett and Mike Arnold discuss:

  • Should the Browns blow it up or is continuity needed in the front office and with the coaching staff?
  • Should the Browns turn to Johnny Manziel to look toward the future?
  • Cavs season preview – Eastern Conference edition.

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Ray Farmer, Jimmy Haslam and Alec Scheiner (photo from NEOMG)

Ray Farmer, Jimmy Haslam and Alec Scheiner (photo from NEOMG)

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For The Browns, Continuity Is No Excuse To Keep Decision Makers

By Adam Bennett, @HFSCleveland

So we’ve reached the point where we’re being owned on every side of the football by the St. Louis Rams. The same Rams that can’t finish over .500 and make the playoffs to save themselves. It’s officially become draft season for Browns fans again.

Photo via @WFNYScott

Photo via @WFNYScott

The Browns will play out the last nine games of the season, and then another brutal campaign will finally pass. We’ll begin talking about college quarterbacks and “playmaking” talent and we’ll dream of the Browns finally getting it right. Maybe next year will be the year it all turns around.

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