Fear the 'Fro: A Cleveland Cavaliers Podcast

Fear the 'Fro: A Cleveland Cavaliers Podcast

A Cleveland Cavs and NBA-centric basketball podcast from lifelong Cavaliers fan, Bob Schmidt. Reach Bob at bob@fropod.com, or @fearthefropod on Instagram, and X (Twitter).

Episodes

February 22, 2024 24 mins

Fear the 'Fro is back after the All-Star break, as Cleveland, playing without Donovan Mitchell, falls to the Orlando.  The Magic outmuscled the Cavs, as their bench and an unusually good shooting performance led them to victory.  Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, sulks and then revisits Tim Bontemps appearance on Cleveland Sports Radio (92.3 The Fan).  Then we hit an audio mailbag. 

(0:00) Cavs vs. Magic - Breaking Down Whe...

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Fear the 'Fro returns as Bob is back from his Superbowl journey to talk Cavs, as the winning streak that was snapped against Buddy Hield and the Sixers.  But with Mobley's aggression on the rise, and Garland starting to impose his will on the game, the Cavaliers have set themselves up for a happy all-star break.  Then we Jarrett Allen's ascent to the #2 spot in DPOY odds.  Do positionless All-NBA teams help or hurt the Cav...

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Fear the 'Fro is back after the Cavs win their 6th straight.  Evan Mobley and Darius Garland are acclimating just fine, as the Cavs keep the momentum and the wins coming.  Mobley gives us a Domas-light outing, Max exploded in the third quarter with shades of Jose Alvarado, and Donovan's MVP mentions have seen an uptick nationally.  We revisit our enemy of the pod, Mr. Bontemps, after his take ended up on life support after...

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Fear the 'Fro is back talking the Cavs continued winning ways, ugly or not.  Then we touch on a question from listener Ben regarding Darius Garland, and the anxieties his return has created.  Finally, you'll get a crisp 15 on Draymond Green's take on the Joel Embiid injury, and the NBA's 65-game threshold for awards.

(0:00) Intro and Grizzlies talk
(9:30) Audio Mailbag: Ben wants to discuss Darius's return and the surrou...

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Fear the 'Fro is back in advance of Evan Mobley's return and a Cavs-Clippers showdown.  Bob is joined by Adam Auslund, pre and postgame host of the LA Clippers Audio Network, to discuss the parallel hot streaks of Cleveland and Los Angeles, the All-Star Voting results, a historic Saturday evening showdown between the Lakers and Warriors, and why Tim Bontemps is still living rent free in Bob's head.

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(0:00) The Formal Apology Of The Pod: Justin Rowan
(2:20) The Formal Enemy Of The Pod: Tim Bontemps
(12:45) Cavs Beat The Bucks And Split Season Series 
(15:57) Dame Starting All-Star Game, Donovan Is Not
(18:44) The Defensive Effort And Allen's Year Vs. The Bucks
(25:33) Audio Mailbag: Jeff From Alabama On The Core Trade Suggestions

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January 23, 2024 28 mins

Fear the 'Fro breaks down another blowout win as the Cavs notch 8 in row, and 13 of their last 16.  Sam Merrill came out swinging, leading the way with 8 threes, Donovan Mitchell was brilliant and Jarrett climbed into sole possession of a franchise record.  Plus, Bob takes aim at a fellow podcaster who stands in the way of the Cavs and basketball immortality.

(0:00) Bob Addresses Some Hard Truths About This Cavaliers Winnin...

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Fear the 'Fro is here to celebrate what will forever be known as "The Niang Game".  The minivan had a career night, Donovan and the 'Fro were stellar, and Okoro's defense was stifling.  Then we talk trades, cause tis' the season, and what else should we be doing after a 40-point win over an Eastern Conference contender.  The Audio Mailbag returns with a question from Brian about a three-way Cavs trade.

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Fear the 'Fro is back as the Cavs held off the Chicago Bulls despite a late 25-3 run from Chicago.  Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, breaks down the win.  The bench was heroic in the first half, and some late game heroics from Donny, Caris, and Dean helped the good guys pull away.  The 'Fro pod audio mailbag is back with a questions from Anna regarding the drippiest of all movable contracts... Mr. Dean Jackson Wade.

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Viva la France!  Fear the 'Fro is back on the eve of a midday showdown with the Brooklyn Nets in Paris.  Bob Schmidt ,of Fox Sports Radio, is joined by Spencer Davies to talk about the Cavs and the race for seeding in the Eastern Conference.  We touch on the positive developments with Jarrett Allen and the three point shooters, the glut of competitors in the 4 through 9 seeds, the officiating grievances of the Toronto Rapt...

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Off to France!  The Cavs notch their third straight victory, while Jarrett Allen and the bench hold off the Spurs, despite a solid outing from Wemby.  Sam Merrill continues strong play, and Caris Levert vaults his way back into the sixth man of the year conversation.  Ricky Rubio reaches a buyout, and the Nets await in Paris. Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, discusses it all.


(0:00) Intro
(4:50) Cavs Topple The Spur...

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Fear the 'Fro returns with a special guest... Mack Perry of the "It's Cavalier Pod".  Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, and Mack discuss their feelings on the current state of the Cavs, discuss how blame is attributed for Cavalier shortcomings, the rotation issues that await when the Cavs get healthy, and then they dive into some Simmons-esque hypotheticals about Kyle Kuzma and the woeful Wizards.  

(0:00) Intro
(8:43) I...

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Fear the 'Fro takes on the big trade in the NBA, as OG Anunoby heads to New York, and Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett head to Toronto.  How does this impact the Cavs?  Are the Donovan to NY rumors officially dead?  And the debut of the new 'Fro feedback segment, featuring a comment from BP in Pepper Pike.  Finally, Simmons is back on the Jarrett Allen to OKC nonsense.

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We lost.... but did we really?  Jarrett Allen goes for a career high 30 points, Donny and Sam return, CPJ puts together a magical 4th quarter, and if not for building a gigantic wall of bricks from outside the arc, the Cavaliers gave all of us a great ending to 2023.  Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, reacts to it all.  Plus, some molester talk.  Happy New Year!

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Fear the 'Fro is back on the heels of the best 'Fro game of the season.  Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, is back after the Cavs comeback from 20 down on the shoulders of our franchise big man Jarrett Allen, undrafted rookie Craig Porter Jr., Isaac Okoro, and 4th quarter hero Caris Levert.  5 wins in 6 games and we keep it movin'....

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Fear the 'Fro returns for a Christmas week rant.  Darius Garland and Evan Mobley are out for several weeks, and of course, the "trade Donovan" stories have taken over.  Joe Vardon, Bill Simmons, Tim Bontemps..... all of them have ramped up the rumors & speculation.  Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, addresses that along with the 2 victories the Cavs have compiled since the unfortunate news.

(1:20) Garland and Mobley los...

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The road trip is on, and the Cavs begin a back to back with a loss to the Magic.  Fear the 'Fro breaks the Cavs loss to the Magic, and where it went wrong.  Plus, some musings on the reaction to Lakers winning the In-Season Tournament. 

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Fear the 'Fro returns after a fantastic victory over the Eastern Conference early season cinderella, the Orlando Magic.  Behind a stifling defensive outing from Evan Mobley, and the dual-headed monster that was Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell, the Cavs rode hot shooting to prevail over Paolo Banchero's 42-point night. 

(0:00) Intro
(2:00) A Tale Of Zeros - The Cavs Stifle the Magic
(4:14) Franz vs. Mobley.... How'...

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Fear the 'Fro returns to talk Cavs at 25% of the season in the books.  Bob talks JB's future and his doubts that an in-season change makes sense.  The Cavs have some fun statistical achievements in this early portion of the schedule.  Then Jonathan Osborne, of the Sixth Man Podcast, joins to discuss the Cavs next opponent, the Orlando Magic.  Is Franz heating up?  Cole Anthony and Mo Wagner are leading an improved bench at...

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Fear the 'Fro is back on a night I think we'd all rather forget.  Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, is hear to break down a crushing second half outing as the Blazers bench unit defeated the Cavaliers, virtually at full strength.  Then Bryce Simon, of the Pistons Pulse joins to discuss the upcoming game against Pistons, a redraft of the 2021 draft class, and his questionable stance about Macaroni & Cheese.

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