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Author: Terry Pluto,

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Description and Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto talks Browns, Cavaliers, Guardians and Northeast Ohio college basketball with host David Campbell.

99 Episodes
Highlights: For our 100th episode, we’re asking fans in the expanse of Pluto Nation to tell us where you’re from, where you live, and why you’re a Cleveland sports fan. Email us at and put Terry's Talkin' in the subject line. Speaking of expanse: How often do we think about the Roman Empire? What Kevin Stefanski did right vs. the Titans; Deshaun Watson and whether this is what it’s supposed to look like; It’s only three games, but how good is this Browns defense, anyway? Myles Garrett, Gamewrecker; The Browns’ highest-graded offensive lineman by PFF was ..... Our weekly Dustin Hopkins update; What the Browns’ sideline tells us about the 2023 Browns so far; A listener letter about The Greatest Brown Since 1999: Jim Donovan Terry on what he thinks Terry Francona’s Cleveland legacy will be; Terry provides some updates and background on the rising Guardians minor-league hitters to watch; Are teams limiting pitchers too much? A listener wants to know what we think; Cavs media day is Monday: Here’s what Terry wants to find out when he’s there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: It's the 98th edition of Terry's Talkin', and we want to hear from you as we prepare for No. 100: Email us at, and tell us where you live, and the story behind why you're a passionate fan of Cleveland sports. We'll read as many of your stories as we can on the 100th episode in a couple of weeks; Nick Chubb's injury and why it was so devastating to the Browns and their fans; What Chubb and Jose Ramirez have in common; What's missing in Deshaun Watson's game right now, and can he fix it? The quick, weekly Browns Kicker Review of Dustin Hopkins; The dominant Browns defense and whether it will become the identity of this 2023 team with fans; Why the loss to the Steelers hangs squarely on Deshaun Watson and Kevin Stefanski; Why it might be time to stop comparing Myles Garrett and T.J. Watt; Something we'd like to see the Browns do when they play the Titans on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium; Lucas Giolito's latest outing is another odd occurrence in a strange Guardians season; Who are some core pieces the Guardians can build around in 2024; How good in Steven Kwan, anyway? and what we're eager to see when the Cavs open training camp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Terry breaks down his series of columns about the Browns and GM Andrew Berry, including why they wanted to mature the roster this season; Has Grant Delpit arrived? The Browns absorb a tough blow with Jack Conklin's season-ending injury; Dawand Jones has moved into that spot -- how he's going to do Monday night vs. the Steelers; New kicker Dustin Hopkins takes care of business in a drama-free way; What we thought of Deshaun Watson's play vs. the Bengals; Predicting what we think happens in Pittsburgh on Monday night; The Guardians' bullpen has been put through the wringer -- what should happen next; How the Guardians should use Emmanuel Clase the rest of the season; A listener grades the front office, harshly; We discuss a fan email about whether Jose Ramirez has missed Amed Rosario; and why Tristan Thompson's reunion with the Cavs makes total sense to us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: The Guardians fell 6 games behind the Twins on Monday night with a 20-6 loss. Terry has thoughts with what was the deal with Lucas Giolito; Terry's take on what he's seeing from up-and-comers Gabriel Arias and Bo Naylor; Are Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff regretting any of the deals they made at the deadline and wishing they'd given this team more of a chance to win the division? Some Terry's Talkin' fan questions on Myles Straw's future in center field; whether Josh Bell is producing again because he's a "National League" hitter; and what the Guardians are getting from Kole Calhoun; Was it right for Deshaun Watson to predict "fireworks" when the Browns open the season against the Bengals on Sunday; Why the Browns should be like "sparklers" on Sunday; Terry talks about new Browns special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone and what things will look like under his direction; We pick our X-factors for the season -- players who aren't headliners but could make the difference in the Browns being good or bad; Our 2023 Browns season predictions; and Terry shares his thoughts on Jimmy Buffett, who passed away over the weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: We analyze the Browns' 53-man roster on cutdown day; Cade York: Why it was the right decision to let him go; and what's next for him; What you need to know about new kicker Dustin Hopkins; What we're expecting from Deshaun Watson as the Sept. 10 opener vs. the Bengals approaches; The Browns' most important offensive player for 2023 who's not named Deshaun Watson or Nick Chubb; Tanner Bibee: Why he should be a strong candidate for AL Rookie of the Year; What the Guardians are getting, and not getting, from Oscar Gonzalez and Gabriel Arias; Fan questions about innings limits for pitchers; Steven Kwan's strikeouts; Pat Corrales' passing; and Emmanuel Clase's approach to hitters in 2023 vs. 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Congratulations to outdoors writer D'Arcy Egan, a Hall of Famer; Our trips to the Upper Peninsula and Ireland; Northeast Ohioans are everywhere, even on mountaintops; The Guardians are 59-66 and 6 games behind the Twins. Is it over? Should Guardians fans be upset? And if so, why? The front office is taking the heat -- which is exactly what they anticipated would happen after the trade deadline; Terry visits with Chase DeLauter, the prospect who might just be the Guardians' next big bat; How the Guardians are using Gabriel Arias; Terry says Juan Brito's hitting approach reminds a scout of a Cleveland franchise-great hitter; As Cade York tries to shake off two bad kicks, here's why we think the Browns should sign a veteran kicker; The Browns say they'll play their starters 20-25 plays vs. the Chiefs on Saturday: Is that the right amount? Terry's reflections on his column on Doug Dieken;  A fan question about how much the Cavs will miss Lamar Stevens; and another one on how they should handle Ricky Rubio's absence; And this week's Hey, Terry! letters about Cleveland sports parents; and a Herb Score story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Terry's take on the trade that brought Noah Syndergaard to the Guardians for Amed Rosario; Why the Guardians and their fans should be grateful to Rosario for his contributions; What would make a quality start for Syndergaard in his Cleveland debut Monday night vs. Houston; and why Cleveland is the perfect place for him to be as he tries to settle in on his mechanics; How many passes should Nick Chubb be thrown in 2023? The Haslams have been talking about a new Browns stadium; we compare some of what's going on in Buffalo and Nashville; Who Cleveland should build a stadium for; Darius Garland has been in Africa working with Basketball Without Borders and is building up his body: What should he look like next season physically, and how should that manifest itself in games? Terry's book recommendation for the week; And this week's Hey, Terry questions: One on private coaches; and one on whether MLB should realign divisions to put Chicago teams together with the Guardians and Pittsburgh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Terry's impressions from Browns training camp at The Greenbrier in West Virginia; Why the Haslams are being patient and not "drawing a line in the sand" with expectations; Nick Chubb: The NFL's great underrated player; Bubba Ventrone and Terry talked kickers: Here's what he said; A sleeper Browns player to watch in preseason; A listener question about whether Andrew Berry's front office is in need of a revamp; Is Terry feeling better, worse or the same than a week ago about the Guardians' division chances? The market or Amed Rosario and what might happen if the Guardians do trade him; Who's the next shortstop candidate; "SpongeBob held hostage" ... the saga continues; Why James Karinchak should get called up; What MLB's next rule change should be ... and Terry creates two new stats that could help fix the problem; and Terry has an author recommendation for this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Did Shane Bieber’s injury change everything? How Shane Bieber’s absence may have changed Terry Francona's bullpen approach in Sunday's loss to the Rangers; What Xzavion Curry's role should be going forward; What the Cavs' Summer League title says about the team; The ways second-round pick Emoni Bates improved as Summer League went along; Can Sam Merrill land a permanent spot on the Cavs' 2023-24 roster? A theory on why Greenbrier training camp might be the most important week of the Browns' season; What we expect to see out of the 2023 Browns at training camp and beyond; Is "the Browns is the Browns" still true? Terry discusses his Faith & You column for this upcoming weekend, on what NOT to say at a funeral; And some Hey, Terry emails about Bobby Bradley; and Terry's recent column on Gettysburg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: On Tuesday, July 25 at 6 p.m., Terry will be speaking at the Ritter Library in Vermilion.  The Guardians at the break; The remarkable Naylor family -- on their way to becoming one of the most accomplished families in sports? Shane Bieber's funk and what it means for the Guardians, and his trade value; SpongeBob held hostage ... the saga continues; How Ralphy Valazquez is different from most of the other Guardians position players taken in the 2023 draft; Sam Merrill's summer league showings and his place on the Cavs roster; Victor Wembanyama first impressions; One reason Browns fans should feel good about 2023, and one reason they should be worried; Two books on Theodore Roosevelt and why they're worth reading; Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Terry will make an appearance on Tuesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. at the Lake Community Library, 565 Market Street in Uniontown Terry answers a question about whether he sees some Gaylord Perry in Guardians rookie Gavin Williams; Should the Guardians be buyers or sellers at the Aug. 1 trade deadline? Did Josh Naylor get overlooked for an All-Star Game spot? Grading the Cavs in free agency; What Max Strus and Georges Niang will bring to the Cavs that they sorely need; Emoni Bates' small but noteworthy gesture; Should NBA teams like the Blazers give in to trade requests of star players like Damian Lillard? Which sport is it hardest to be a general manager in: NBA, NHL, NFL or MLB? Why Terry's weekend column on Gettysburg was one of his most read of the year; And a Hey, Terry! email where a listener does his top 10 of the best "Plutoisms." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Terry has a library appearance coming up in a couple of weeks, Tuesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. at the Lake Community Library, 565 Market Street in Uniontown; The Cavs' Caris LeVert dilemma and how it fits into NBA free agency, which starts Friday evening; Why all the gnashing of teeth about the Cavs? Terry's thoughts on Emoni Bates, and why he reminds us of an Andrew Berry-type pick; Terry's happy about the signings of Craig Porter Jr and Pete Nance; It's "SpongeBob time," Terry says, when it comes to Oscar Gonzalez and Gabriel Arias; Why it's important to keep an eye on Shane Bieber's later-inning stamina; Our early impressions of Bo Naylor; It's time to bring back an age-old baseball tradition; What Terry is hearing about Deshaun Watson, the Browns coaches and the positive vibes coming out of Berea; Terry discusses his Faith & You column this week, which is about Gettysburg; And a Terry's Talkin' question about the Guardians' prospects and whether they've given up too soon on some prospects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Terry will be speaking at the Rodman Library in Alliance on June 27 at 6:30 p.m. It’s free The Guardians will be debuting another top-100 pitching prospect on Wednesday night; Is this a lost season for Triston McKenzie after another injury? Inside the surge of Josh Naylor, who's tearing it up at the plate (and on the bases); A listener argues that Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland are doomed to the fate of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in Portland, and that the Cavs should move Mitchell as soon as possible; What Deshaun Watson's honest assessment of 2022 tells us about 2023; Which Browns player can have a breakout season this fall; Why the Browns haven't made a play for Kareem Hunt or Ezekiel Elliott this offseason; Some reader feedback on League Park, the old old home of Cleveland major league baseball; and on Terry's recent tribute column to Jimmy Cannon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Terry will be speaking at the Rodman Library in Alliance on June 27 at 6:30 p.m. It’s free. Don't forget to sign up for Terry's weekly newsletter at It's also free. What's gotten into the Guardians' offense; How much longer before the Guardians promote Bo Naylor and cut ties with Mike Zunino? Is this a "Super 2 Thing" or not? Terry wonders "what-if" about former Guardians Nolan Jones and Owen Miller; What kind of trade partner the Guardians might be looking for with Shane Bieber; What we can learn about the Cavs after watching the NBA Finals; "The P Word"; How a Taco Bell commercial can change a franchise; The Browns have a new alternate logo; And to preview his upcoming Faith & You column, Terry discusses fathers and father figures, and what they can mean to someone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Terry will be speaking at the Rodman Library in Alliance on June 27 at 6:30 p.m. It’s free. Terry's impressions from Tuesday's Browns minicamp session in Berea, including Deshaun Watson, Amari Cooper, Donovan People-Jones and Cedric Tillman; Why one person will be the most important addition to the Browns this offseason; How Andres Gimenez is starting to turn it around for the Guardians; Will Shane Bieber be on the Guardians after the Aug. 1 trade deadline? What's happening to the slumping Francisco Lindor in New York; Who might be a good trading partner for the Guardians, and one name that could be a low-risk addition for the offense; Donovan Mitchell's future with the Cavs; What the Cavs need from Jarrett Allen going forward; A fun Kevin Love fact; And this week's Hey, Terry! questions on Terry's Faith & You column; Tommy John; and the NHL playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: DeAndre Hopkins is on the market. Should the Browns go after him?  Why he would fit in Cleveland's receiver room; Should Kevin Stefanski be so upbeat about Deshaun Watson? Terry reshuffles the Guardians' starting rotation and sends one pitcher to the bullen; What the Guardians should do with the erratic James Karinchak; And how they should handle the offensive struggles of Andres Gimenez; We offer four candidates who could help the Cavs solve some of their 3-point shooting and floor-spacing problems; And this week's Hey, Terry! questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: The NBA coach-firing spree is in full swing. Are the Cavs right to be sticking with J.B. Bickerstaff? We discuss a letter asking whether Dan Gilbert gets enough credit for his time as Cavs owner; One player who could fit the Cavs this offseason that you can still watch in the playoffs; Emmanuel Clase: Is Terry concerned or not about his recent appearances? Whether the pitch clock has anything to do with it; One player the Guardians need to get more out of offensively; When is the right time to bring up Bo Naylor; Reaction to the Browns' trade for Za’Darius Smith; Terry's recent column on Bernie Kosar and his health struggles; And a Hey, Terry email about a T-shirt sighting in Italy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: What's with the Guardians' struggling offense; Is Oscar Gonzalez destined to be a one-year wonder? Why Andrés Giménez is struggling too; How the Guardians should handle the catching chores and Mike Zunino; What the Cavs can learn from the Miami Heat; What Donovan Mitchell gave the Cavs, and didn't give them; The "sneaky" Browns draft pick Terry is eager to see; Can Luke Wypler contribute despite being a later-round pick? This week's Hey, Terry! questions on Emmanuel Clase's velocity and the Cavs' regular-season intensity; and the Guardians TV situation with Bally Sports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: Terry's series of columns on the state of the Cavs; Was the buyout of Kevin Love the wrong move? Why the bench needs an overhaul, and who might go; Evan Mobley:What his game should look like as he continues to develop; Breaking down the Browns draft; Browns go big but say it's not a change of approach, which makes Terry smile; Ferrari or dump truck? Which Browns players should be worried after the draft; Guardians pitching: Their approach and why it's working; Zach Plesac does what well? This week's Hey, Terry! question on Ted Stepien; And Terry's tribute to Gordon Lightfoot, who has passed away at age 84. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Highlights: A plug inviting you to sign up for Terry's free weekly newsletter; What's behind the Cavs' struggles in the series vs. the Knicks and how they can fix it; What Donovan Mitchell should do to shake out of his offensive funk; Will we see Lamar Stephens in Game 5? Why it was a mistake for the Cavs to put Darius Garland on Jalen Brunson; Who's been the best player in the series so far; Why people should take a deep breath and not overreact if the series does end Wednesday night in Game 5; Terry unveils a stunning stat on Oscar Gonzalez; The struggles of Josh Naylor; The new wave of Guardians starters; Looking at the Browns' third-round picks or lower and whether the Andrew Berry front office is having more or less success than the NFL average; Why preparing two quarterbacks, as the Browns did last season, should be a big deal; Terry answers this week's Hey, Terry! question, where he compares and contrasts managers Mike Hargrove and Terry Francona. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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