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Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
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The streak is over!

Woe is he that has to recap that beat down at the hands of the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans.  ‘He’ is Ben Werth and will provide an insightful look at what went wrong when the sun checks in on Europe.

Until then, below is a radio interview from the past – well, just about 30 hours ago, when the Cavs were riding an 8-game winning streak.  Now they’ve lost two straight.  Quite the turnaround.  But let’s soften the blow with the bubble wrap of perspective: the Japanese Navy had a 78-year run of dominance leading up to the Battle of Midway, including the devastation at Pearl Harbor, the anniversary of which we just remembered last week.  And in less than 10 minutes (nary a quarter of an NBA game) three of the four aircraft carriers in the Japanese strike force were engulfed in flames and destroyed.  (the fourth followed later that evening).  The Japanese Navy never conducted a successful offensive again.  THAT my friends, is an abrupt end to a winning streak.  Hastag HistoryLesson.  The Cavs will get back to their winning ways in due time.  They’ve been a bit lifeless and have gotten into some bad habits.  The good news is that Kyrie, Love, LeBron, and most of the rotation is healthy.

I broke it down (the winning streak) with @ESPNMark.

Give it a listen!

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=444726&do=1

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Kyrie Irving’s magical snakeskin-ruby slippers helped the Cavs escape from the clutches of disappointment.  Nate’s going to have an epic recap up in a few hours.

In the meantime, I get on the radio with Mark Neal of Dayton’s Sports Scene every Thursday to talk Cavs and the NBA.  Below is today’s segment.  Give it a listen.

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=443339

Talking Cavs with Mark Neal

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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Every Thursday I chat with my friend Mark Neal, host of the Dayton’s Sports Scene radio show.

In this episode we discuss the Spurs game, the Cavs upcoming schedule, and the early returns on the 2014-2015 season.

http://www.wingam.com/Tom-Pestak-from-Cavstheblog-com-talks-NBA-Cavs-wit/17320024?pid=441197

Cavs: the Podcast 0056 – EMOTIONS!!!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

23_crop_exact-1OH…EM..GEE!  Seriously…OH MY EFFING GEE (Alonzo?).

But seriously, the day has arrived.  After years of speculation, months of discussion, and 15 weeks of pure excitement (not to mention a zillion emails with John, Kevin, Colin, Tom, Nate, Dani, David, Ben, and anyone else I’m forgetting…sorry), the season kick-off has finally arrived.  Tonight, and really today, all eyes will be on Cleveland…Include JT’s, apparently.

All of this, of course, can make a person a little emotional.  What better way to get those pent up feelings out, then hop on the podcast line.  Tom, Nate, David, and I discussed the emotions that will come from the first Cleveland Cavaliers home game, what we plan on doing for the game, what we’ve witnessed from the first two days of NBA basketball, and how we think this season will unfold.  And of course, beer.

Don’t worry guys, I’ll try not to cry.

As always, the podcast can be found on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0056-emotions

or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

Podcast Episode 55: 2014 Training Camp!

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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The Cavs first practice kicked off on Sunday. Kyrie Irving called it “surreal.” We here at at CtB can hardly believe it either. Our first on-the-court glimpse of this Cavs team is only a few days away. Until then, we’ll have to fantasize. While visions of half-court alley oops danced in our heads, Robert, Ben, David and I hopped in the podcast booth for a 2014 training camp preview. Who will lead this team? Are there hidden storylines? Who’s going to start? Who’s going to close? Does Mike Miller have a better ‘do than Andy? We answered all these questions and more.

You can hear us on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/ctb-5/ctb-podcast-55-2014-training-1 .

You can also subscribe to the podcast through iTunes at http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:64011415/sounds.rss .

Cavs: the Podcast 0054 – We’re Back

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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Phew!  WHAT A SUMMER!

Wait, let me say that again…PHEW!  WHAT!!!!  A!!!!  SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!

But seriously, has everyone caught their breath?  I sure haven’t.  And yet, we’re only a few weeks out from regular season basketball, and even fewer from preseason.  Whether we’re ready or not, the dream will soon be a concrete, basketball-playing reality.

To put it all into perspective, Robert Nate, Tom, David, and I hopped on the line to discuss the offseason in general, the best moment of the summer, FIBA, former Cavs players (where are they now?!), Kevin Love, NBA 2k15, beer, and music.

As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0053-were-back

And on iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

Note: This post was originally mis-numbered as podcast 53. It should have been 54.

 

Cavs: the Podcast, Episode 53: Summer League Review, LeBron, and the Madness of Love

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Tom and I attempted to keep this podcast svelt, like a slimmed down Anthony Bennett. Sadly, we failed. This pod was trip to a Las Vegas buffet — we just couldn’t help ourselves: discussing the Summer League, LeBron, Aaron Craft, the melancholy of the the new Cavs era, what’s driving us nuts about Kevin Love trade talk, and so much more. You can listen in on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/ctb-5/summer-league-review-lebron … enjoy.

Cavs: the Podcast 0052 – King Me!

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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#$$%@&@!(#(&(*^&$(&^!!!!!!

Really, I can’t get over it.  I still tear up when I think about the letter;  I get chills when I consider what’s happened; my heart starts racing and my stomach lurches when I imagine next season.  Is this a reality?  Can someone pinch me?!?!  Please, don’t let me wake up from this dream!

LeBron is back, and in the most beautiful way possible.  All, for the time being, is right in the world – the possibilities are endless, the expectations sky high.

Of course, this meant Robert, Tom, Nate, Ben and I all had to hop on the old podcast line and each give our two cents.  We chatted about LeBeron’s return, what this meant for this season and on, whether or not Kevin Love should join force with our big two, and who else the Cavaliers should target now that the King is back.

Enjoy it, guys – for the first time in four years, the Cavaliers are relevant in the most positive of ways.

As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0052-king-me

And on iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

Cavs: the Podcast 0051 — Decision Eve?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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With all the hyperbole, rumor, and silliness floating around, Tom and I went in into the broadcast booth to talk about LeBron and his options. Who’s whispering in his ear? Will he return to Cleveland? Have the opinions of random Northeast Ohioans who have tenuous affiliations with the King reached a critical mass? Will Pat Riley pull off another miracle? Who else could the Cavs add? What if our hopes are dashed? We may know the answers later today.

For now, listen to us while you’re glued to your Twitter feed. We can be heard on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/ctb-5/0051-decision-eve-deja-vu-2014

Talking NBA with Dr. Jacob Loeffelholz – Sports Analyst

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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Dr. Jacob Loeffelholz is the Director of Perduco Sports.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a few times to talk hoops, analytics, fantasy sports, the Browns draft, etc etc.  He rubs elbows with the Daryl Moreys of the world each year at the Sloan Conference and has worked various problems as a consultant for a number of pro teams.  I wanted to get his take on the Cavs, the Finals, the upcoming draft, and to get a sense of how analysts scout the college game.  If you’ve got Wiggins/Parker debate syndrome you’ll find Jacob’s thoughts on what the Cavs should do at the 48 minute mark.

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https://soundcloud.com/tom-pestak-1/cavs-thepodcast-interview-with-jacob-loeffelholz

 Topics:

Podcast Introduction: 0:00-3:26

Jacob’s Background: 3:27-7:30

SportVu Data: 7:30 – 13:04

The NBA is a Business: 13:04 – 15:30

Are they reading blogs?: 15:30 – 16:50

Griff and the Cavs: 16:50 – 18:00

College Analytics: 18:00 – 29:18

Last Year’s Draft: 29:18 – 33:00

Kawhi and the Spurs: 33:00 – 48:00

This year’s draft for the Cavs: 48:00 – 1:02:20

Other guys in this year’s draft: 1:02:20 – 1:06:58

LeBron Sending a Message?: 1:06:58 – 1:11:20

Tom Bragging about his Fantasy Team: 1:11:20 – 1:12:27

 

The Paper that he references (the one that Mark Cuban read) can be found here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/145870374/Predicting-NBA-Games-Using-Neural-Networks