Here is why players signing memorabilia is a big deal to the NCAA.

Here is why players signing memorabilia is a big deal to the NCAA.

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Clearly the NCAA views an athlete being paid to sign memorabilia is one of the biggest sins in any NCAA sport. When a QB steals crab legs he gets a half game suspension. When he spews obscenities in public, he gets a full game suspension. Even when a player is accused of sexual assault the NCAA seems to turn the other cheek. But when someone is paid for signing memorabilia, the NCAA comes down hard.

The answer is simple. There is no more greedy or selfish an organization in the world than the NCAA. They are so upset when an athlete is paid for anything because it takes money out of their pockets. The NCAA needs to be knocked down several pegs to become what it claims to be—the portal to allow even playing field for amateur sports. But somewhere it lost its way. It has become a focused on growing its power and income.

The growth of super conferences will eventually take the power and money away from the NCAA. The Big 5 power conferences don’t need the NCAA. The sooner they learn that the sports they play and the fans will be better off.

Until then the NCAA will continue to steal money from the colleges and universities around the country.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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Browns win over the Steelers was great but….

Browns win over the Steelers was great but....

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No question that the Browns fans, the city of Cleveland and the team needed a win over the hated Steeler Nation. They not only got it but did it in style with the 31-10 victory in Cleveland yesterday.

But there were extenuating circumstances that took a lot of the luster off the win. Of course the season ending injuries C Alex Mack and DE Armonty Bryant took some of the joy out of the win.

But the win had far more to do with offensive and defensive breakdowns by the Steelers than great play by the Browns. That is not to say that the Browns played poorly. That is not the case. But on both sides of the ball the Steelers made mistakes that allowed the Browns to score and prevent scores by Pittsburgh.

The both the long passes to TE Jordan Cameron were blown coverages by SS Troy Polamalu. In each case he chased a player that was not his responsibility rather than covering Cameron who was his charge.

The Steelers have struggled for more than 2 years in the red zone. Their ineptness was a major contributor to failing to make the playoffs. The blown field goal attempt ignited the Browns O explosion. That led directly to the Browns TD.

The Browns took advantage of the Steeler mistakes but that has not happened often in this “rivalry.” QB Brian Hoyer threw only 17 passes and the Browns still beat them. But all the stats were nearly identical. The Steeler errors were mostly responsible for the Browns win.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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Why The NFL Doomed Thursday Night games.

Why The NFL Doomed Thursday Night games.

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As usual the NFL has no one to blame but themselves for the sting of blowouts on their Thursday Night schedule.

First, they designed the series to allow every team to have a prime time game. That is fine. But when you schedule the lowest teams there will be as much fan interest as there is in watching the grass grow.

That part of NFL policy has doomed some of the games to blowouts. And in previous seasons we have seen that. But this year they decided to double down by making these games between teams in the same division.

Then in a move that came from the greed of the league, they wanted an over the air network to broadcast the first half of the season. They found the sucker of the week in CBS. But paying through the nose for the right to have those games CBS wanted at least some good teams scheduled.

That meant that the NFL was forced to often schedule the best team in a division against the worst. That is why we have seen so many blowouts.

So what is going to happen? The NFL will sell the second half of Thursday night games to another sucker network soon. Why would anyone buy them? Because despite the blowout nature of these games, NFL football is far better and will get more ratings than the simulated “real life” programming that most networks have scheduled.

But until the league gets off of the Divisional policy in scheduling the games, we will see blowout after blowout. I would be much more interested in seeing two teams of equal strength (or weakness) play each other. That would at least provide competitive games. But Greed Rules.

At least one group rebuffed the greed of the NFL. It found out that quality performers will not be willing to pay the league to preform at the Super Bowl half time show.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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It was a nervous Roger Goodell that ended the owners’ meeting.

It was a nervous Roger Goodell that ended the owners meeting.

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You could literally watch the beads of sweat form on the slightly challenged hair line of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as he addressed the media after the fall owners’ meeting. His voice was irregular and he sucked on his bottled water often.

Goodell should be nervous. He has not been having a very good year. The Ray Rice debacle started his fall from grace. Then there was Tape-Gate. What everyone wanted to know was what did he know and when did he see the elevator tape. Then back to back came the Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson issues.

Instead of making a hard call on those problems, Goodell kicked the can down the street by putting both on double secret probation. By preventing them from playing while they go through the judicial process, Goodell has opened himself and the league up to more problems in the future. Even if they both are found guilty, the issue of double jeopardy will be brought up.

The key to Goodell’s survival will be the Mueller report. If he is found to have seen the elevator tape before its general release by TMZ he is history. If the NFL office never got the tape, he is safe. Anything in between puts his job in the hands of the owners. Don’t forget there are several new owners that do not have a long relationship with Goodell. A couple of others have been hit hard by recent Goodell decisions.

As Mark Anthony said of his fallen leader The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;” So let it be with Goodell.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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Browns comeback is not what it seems.

Browns comeback is not what it seems.

Yes, the Browns staged the greatest comeback for a road team in NFL history overcoming a 25 point deficit. And yes, the defense looked great in the second have holding the Titans scoreless. And the offense moved the ball seemingly at will. But the real story about the game is not in the statistics or in the game plans of both teams.

The story is simple. When Titan QB Jake Locker went out of the game with the thumb injury, the game was effectively over.

It seems I am the only one that remembers just how bad a QB Charlie Whitehurst really is. Assuming Locker is going to be out a while, the only hope the Titans have to win games is the 3rd string QB Zack Mettenberger.

Meanwhile the Browns have a ton of issues that must be resolved before they can become a factor in the AFC North.

The biggest one is the defense. The front 7 was pushed around Sunday like a pile of loose dirt by a bulldozer. Often the good but not great O line of the Titans pushed them 6 to 8 yards off the line of scrimmage. That is not acceptable. I did not notice DE Phil Taylor until he went out with an injury.

The D backfield is no better. It looks to me like they are thinking too much rather than having the defense down and reacting to what they see. In the NFL if you take a half a second to think about what you should do, you are done. The NFL game is too fast for those that must think about what to do.

Some of the new D requires a combination of man and zone. The team looked confused as to which side was man and which was zone.

The O was helped by the Titan D letting down after they lost their QB. Make no mistake. QB Brian Hoyer did a remarkable job. But when Locker went down, the air came out of the Titan D. That is the real story behind the big win.

For more information about the game check out the pod cast “Browns Titans review.”

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors podcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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Now is time for Ohio State to leave the Little 10!

Now is time for Ohio State to leave the Little 10!

On Dec. 5 2013 I asked the question was it time for Ohio State to leave the Big 10. I wrote “All we have heard since the middle of the 2013 season was that Ohio State had no business being part of the BCS Championship discussion.  “They don’t play anybody.  The Big10 is worse than the American Conference formerly known as the Big East.  The Buckeyes have been blasted by SEC teams when they have backed into the Championship game.”

But things have changed for NCAA football and the Little 10. There is now a 4 team playoff system.  That is positive.  But in the case if the league the changes have not been for the better. The league has added Rutgers and Maryland. Neither of those teams are considered “power” teams.

Despite what University of Michigan people say, if you bought 2 two Coke products you got a pair of tickets to the Michigan Minnesota game at the Little House last Saturday.

Nebraska is the best addition the league has made but has not been a major power for years. Penn State was beginning to rebuild but then was hit with unprecedented penalties by the NCAA. And Iowa can’t even seem to beat Iowa State.

The Buckeyes are the only team in the league that seems to be on the rise. And few college teams have the fan base of the Buckeyes. That fan base alone is enough to build and support a TV network deal. Leaving the Little 10 would also allow the Bucks to replace Minnesota, Purdue and the rest of the leagues’ Sisters of the Perpetually Miserable with good teams with a national reputation.

It is now the time for the Buckeyes to seriously consider leaving the Little 10 and striking out on their own. The writers and pollsters seem to love Notre Dame. The Bucks could win a lot of points by beating ND year after year.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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News, Notes & Rumors for Week 3

News, Notes & Rumors for Week 3

News:

We heard from both NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. Both took questions but neither got high grades for their answers. Bisciotti said it never occurred to him to ask for a copy of the elevator tape of Ray Rice hitting Janay. My question is how did he ever make enough money to buy an NFL franchise with that small a level of curiosity?

Lots more injuries this week.

Redskins lost CB DeAngelo Hall for the season with an Achilles inury.

Ravens lost TE Dennis Pitta for the season with a dislocated hip.

Chargers lost RB Danny Woodhead for the year with a broken Fibula.

Steelers lost LB Ryan Shazier with a sprained MCL and CB Ike Taylor with a broken arm.

Bucs lost QB Josh McCown to a thumb injury.

Vikes lost QB Matt Cassel to a broken foot and TE Kyle Rudolph to a sports hernia. Cassel has been put on IR.

On Monday the Panthers lost 2 running backs.

The Titans will start QB Charlie Whitehurst because of the injury to Jake Locker. That is the wrong choice. Whitehurst is a decent backup but 6th round pick Zach Mettenberger is the real deal. If Mett is healthy, he should be the starter. He lead the NFL in preseason yardage and completed 70% of his passes. Whitehurst has not thrown a regular season pass since 2011 and has a QB rating of just 64.6.

Notes:

Saints 20 Vikes 9 – The Saints are going to be fine. They are in a weak division and will make the playoffs. I will be very interested to see what Vikes QB Teddy Bridgewater can do. I projected him as the most NFL ready and wondered why the Vikes would not start him over Cassel.

Giants 30 Texans 17 – Giant fans should enjoy this win because there won’t be many the rest of the year. Both of these teams are frauds. The 2-0 record of the Texans was exposed by the G men.

Lions 19 Packers 7 – The Packers are wasting QB Aaron Rodgers by trying to protect him with “has- beens and never-wases.” The line can’t block for the run or the pass. Lions need to continue to keep a lid on penalties. Lots of talent in Detroit that has been wasted by bad coaching. We will see how the new staff does.

Pats 16 Raiders 9 – This was my only loss with 6 wins against the spread. Pats seem to play down to competition. The thought in NE has always been “We can turn it on for the playoffs.” But they have not won a Super Bowl in 10 years.

Falcons 56 Bucs 14 – This game said a lot more about how bad the Bucs are than how good the Falcons are. Neither team is going anywhere. The Falcon D is not NFL quality. The Bucs are a couple of good drafts away from contending for a playoff spot.

Cardinals 23 49ers 14 – I said last week that the issue of the 49er O line would come back to bite then in the posterior. It did against a good Cardinals team. QB Colin Kaepernick just can’t trust the O line to protect him. The run has disappeared from the playbook. The 49er D is not nearly as strong as it was last year. They are very likely not making the playoffs.

The Cards are winning despite a nerve issue for their starting QB

Ravens 23 Browns 21 – Check out my article about this game Browns: Better but not good enough. http://wp.me/p2d2Uz-2Ed on fryingpansports.com.

Rumors:

There are calls for NFL Commissioner Goodell to resign or at least fine himself a substantial amount of money. Since the league paid him 44 mil last year to be a deterrent to further missteps it would have to be very substantial. He loves his power and the owners will have to yank the emperors’ crown out of his hand.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti held a presser on Tuesday that did not go over well. ESPN OTL issued a report that Bisciotti and others in the organization tried to influence both the NFL and law enforcement to reduce the charges against Ray Rice. If it can be proven that Bisciotti was successful in influencing Goodell to issue a 2 game suspension, it could lead to both being out of the league.

Several teams are thinking about changing QBs.

The Dolphins are not that satisfied with QB Ryan Tannehill. The issue is not his turnovers but rather that he doesn’t make the plays that are available to him that win games. Too often Tannehill will check his first read and then watch the rush. His replacement would be long time backup Matt Moore.

The Jags are also not happy with starter Chad Henne. They drafted Blake Bortles in the first round (2nd pick overall) in 2014 and want to see if he can turn the team around. He won’t be able to and they risk burning him out.

The Jets are seriously thinking about benching QB Geno Smith in favor of Mike Vick. Smith looked bad in the Monday night game and has not progressed. In fact the team believes he has regressed. The coaching staff is on the hot seat and are looking at Vick to turn the team around. In my opinion the staff should be fired for not installing Vick as the starter day 1.

It is unlikely that Robert Griffin will get his QB job back any time soon. Kurt Cousins is a better fit for the Skins’ offense and seems to be more durable. The most valuable ability in the NFL is availability. No player does the team any good in the training room.

Don’t expect to see Vikes QB Matt Cassel any time soon despite his broken toes. Once the team sees Teddy Bridgewater play Cassel will be super glued to the bench. His 4 TO game in week 2 did not help his cause.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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