7 Questions with John Caparulo

If the Cap fits … John Caparulo.

by Ryan Meehan

Comedian John Caparulo is perhaps best known as the under-dressed everyman on the E! hit show, Chelsea Lately. Cap, as he’s known by his friends and fans, has also made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Next Generation of Blue Collar, and as a standout performer in Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show. His first 1-hour special, Meet Cap, was released in 2009 and premiered on Comedy Central the same year. More recently, in addition to touring as a popular national headliner, Cap appeared as part of Ron White’s Salute To The Troops on CMT, a network on which he became well-known as the host of the surprisingly hilarious Mobile Home Disaster. Caparulo’s stand-up comedy has become a favorite for SiriusXM fans, which led to his former radio show The Mad Cap Hour, and currently, the Domestic Disputes podcast, which are both available on iTunes. His newest stand-up special, entitled “John Caparulo: Come Inside Me,” launched on Netflix September 5th 2013, with DVD and CD versions following shortly after. Cap has also begun an innovative adaptation to the current media trends with Caplets – monthly clips of fresh stand-up comedy that can be viewed for free on his website.  I am honored to have John Caparulo as my guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

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FOH MLB Predictions – American League

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By Coach Ryan and Cal Meacham,

With Major League Baseball’s Opening Day upon us it is time to dust off the old grey and Chief Wahoo ball caps and strap in for 162 games of baseball, baseball, baseball.

While some professional prognosticators would have you believe that they have a clairvoyance on par with Dr. Manhattan, others just cover themselves on both ends (here & here) so that they can say that they were right.  We at FOH can tell you up front that we claim to be neither of those things.  Instead we have derived a formula that involves equal parts baseball knowledge, love for our hometown teams and Yuengling.

The more Yuengling and craft beers we drink the more we like discussing our predictions and takes on everything you can find on our site. For Cal and myself, seldom do topics get us debating as much as baseball. We both are fans of the AL Central, and although we may root for different teams we still try to be somewhat realistic with expectations as we praise or critique players and teams around the league.

Today, we bring you our predictions for the AL Central along with the rest of the American League: Continue reading

2014 Cleveland Indians Season Preview (Part 3 of 3: The X Factors)

By Coach Ryan

Going into the 2014 season seems to carry with it the same feelings of doubt and skepticism that went into last season. The pitching staff is young and unproven while the lineup lacks pop, and is hoping that older players will find be able to bounce back from miserable seasons. Looking at the Indians doesn’t seem to bring much hope on paper, yet last year essentially this same group of players managed 92 wins, a spot in the postseason, and finished only one game behind the Tigers. What is it that the Indians possess that could make all that possible again and will it? Let’s take a look at what magical ingredients could turn this team from 90 losses to 90 wins in part 3 of the 2014 Cleveland Indians Preview: The X-Factors. Continue reading

2014 Cleveland Indians Season Preview (Part 2 of 3: The Lineup)

By Coach Ryan

One of the most remarkable parts about the 2013 Cleveland Indians is how they managed to have such a strong record without having amazing hitting or pitching. I’m not saying the Tribe didn’t have good numbers but they really didn’t have that “oh no here comes ______ to the plate” type player. The Indians relied on key moments from every possible player, from Jason Kipnis to Jason Giambi there was a different hero every night. As  non-intimidating as the Indians hitters appeared to be they did exactly what they were supposed to, beat the teams they were better than. What hurt them in the end was how they fared against the top tier teams. The best example of this can be summed up looking at their record against the White Sox (17-2) vs. their record against the Tigers (4-15). Much like the pitching staff the Tribe’s brass didn’t feel the need to completely retool the batting lineup, adding only a few sabermetric players like David Murphy and Jeff Francoeur while extending one of their best players in Michael Brantely. Even without bringing in the big splash hitter the Indians still have some interesting options and story lines going into this season (especially at third base). Let’s break down the lineup and check out some of the story lines across the field in part 2 of the 2014 Indians Preview. Continue reading

2014 Cleveland Indians Season Preview (Part 1 of 3: Pitching)

By Coach Ryan

2013 was a magical season for Chief Wahoo’s Tribe up in Cleveland that unfortunately ended all too suddenly in their one game playoff loss to the Rays. Since then, fans in Cleveland had been hoping for another off season like 2012 that produced players like Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to beef up the roster. However, the Indians stayed mostly quiet on the free agent market only bringing in players like David Murphy and John Axford to compliment the already existing roster. Although the batting lineup will look very similiar a lot of questions center around Cleveland’s pitching staff due to losing so many key pieces without bringing in new talent.  In their defense when there’s teams handing out record deals to second basemen and giving under performing pitchers like Ubaldo Jimenez $50 million contracts it’s hard to make a big splash in free agency, especially with starting pitching. This year the Tribe is bringing primarily the same lineup to bat along with a young, inexperienced rotation to the mound, but will it be enough? Spring Training is officially underway and nobody is more excited than I am about the upcoming season. This year I’d like to bring you a three part series examining different parts of this Indians team, up first are the pitchers.

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