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Tonight A LIVE Browns Draft on NNR

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Tonight I will release my Browns drafts including what I think they should do and what I project what they will do.

Join my host Dactar and me at 6PM EDT at .

You can be part of the show by calling the NNR Hotline at 216-539-0607 with your questions.

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 and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits .  Listen to the archive of the show 12 hours after the broadcast on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ .

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Want to know how American Football got started?

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1946 Chicago Bears Championship Team

1946 Chicago Bears Championship Team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How American Football Got Started

Our good friend Evan Weiner of NewJerseyNewsroom.com has written an E-Book entitled America’s Passion: How a Coal Miner’s Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century.  Here is an excerpt:

The National Football League is the premier sport in the United States. But it always wasn’t that way. Author Evan Weiner takes us back to the days when the NFL was a mom and pop store operation with the players and others who witnessed the league’s growth first hand. The game started in the coal mines in western Pennsylvania and is a multi-billion dollar business today.

The NFL started in 1920, teams came and went. That history would repeat itself in the 1930s and the 1940s. Stability finally occurred in the 1950s with the arrival of television. Television transformed North American sports. In 1950, Baseball, Boxing and Horse Racing were among the most popular sporting events in the country. Within 10 years, football, the NFL, would begin its ascent and by 1965 become the country’s most popular sport.

In the old days, you could find Chicago Bears owner and coach George Halas at the Chicago Bears offices in the fall and part of winter, the rest of the year he would be in his Chicago sporting goods store. Andy Robustelli is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his work with the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants. Robustelli was a star with Los Angeles between 1951 and 1955 but requested a trade to New York because he could not be away from his thriving Stamford, Connecticut businesses and the Rams accommodated him. As Hall of Famer Artie Donovan once told me, his NFL of the 1950s bares absolutely no resemblance to today’s NFL.

The National Football League was in the right place at the right time. There is no better TV game than football. A viewer can see everything as it develops on the field, the line of scrimmage, the quarterback handing off or passing the ball and the receiver catching it. It’s an easy game to watch and it didn’t hurt that the New York Giants won a World’s Championship in 1956 and played in the “Greatest Game of All Time” in 1958, losing in the NFL Championship game to Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts. That game started the lasting love affair between Americans and football. The Giants became the darlings of Madison Avenue, led by the handsome Frank Gifford and football gained acceptance. By 1960, the CBS show “20th Century” hosted by Walter Cronkite caught the football bug. The CBS weekly documentary ran a program entitled, “The Violent World of Sam Huff.” Huff, the Giants middle linebacker was profiled and miked during a pre-season game to give the viewers an inside look during an NFL game.

The move from the mom and pop operations, the old football families, the Maras in New York, the Rooneys in Pittsburgh, Halas in Chicago to today’s corporate status did not come overnight. The NFL had to fend off a rival league between 1946-49, taking in three All American Football Conference franchises in 1950, and continued to be plagues by franchise failures until 1952. The NFL enjoyed some franchise success between 1953 and 1956 and started to make plans to expand with the goal of adding teams by 1961. The Giants-Colts 1958 Championship Game changed football. Dallas businessman Lamar Hunt, who struck in his attempts to move the Chicago Cardinals to his home city talked to Houston businessman Bud Adams in 1959 about starting a rival league after Adams failed to purchase the Cardinals and move them to Houston.

In my opinion it is a must read for any NFL fan. The E-Book is available at the following sites:

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Americas-Passion/book-YVIBgJtJuE6LPKUdXzQ73Q/page1.html?s=atJ2A6g-jka2uJsNWWmhYA&r=1

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/americas-passion-how-coal/id595575002?mt=11

It is a bargain at just $2.99

 

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

 

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/Author.cfm?AuthorID=1003  and edits .

 

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Art Modell: Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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Cleveland sports legend Bob Karlovec joins us to talk about the Browns 2012 prospects and the death of Art Modell.

Tony Williams Giants and Knicks beat writer for Metro New York Paper joins us to talk about last night’s game.

Dave Stoessel editor of eaglesaddict.com joins us to preview the Browns Eagles game.

Doug Upstone of ImpactWageringSolutions.com  and www.3dailywinners.com joins us to preview my Golden 5 picks.

I will also be on a podcast with Howard Bloom at 7:35 tonight talking about the death of Modell.

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.5/?page_id=21.  If  you cannot hear the show when Moo ends, press the join event button to hear the show and be able to ask questions written of Papa or his guests.

The complete archive of the show is available on the Mooheadradio.com front page an hour after the show ends.  The individual interviews are available the following day at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

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 and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits .  

 

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Samantha Bunten: Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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Brent Sobleski of ESPN and Draftinsider.net joins us to preview the Pac 12, Big East, and independents Notre Dame and BYU

Tim Bielik OSU and Browns beat writer for the Loraine Morning Journal joins us to talk about both teams.

Samantha Bunten joins us to talk about the Browns.

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.5/?page_id=21.  If  you cannot hear the show when Moo ends, press the join event button to hear the show and be able to ask questions written of Papa or his guests.

The complete archive of the show is available on the Mooheadradio.com front page an hour after the show ends.  The individual interviews are available the following day at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

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 and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/. 

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Bowl Championship Series RIP

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The College Presidents’ Oversight Committee has approved a four team seeded playoff.  It is WAY overdue.

It is hard to understand why it took the ivy covered college presidents so long to realize their dream of squeezing more money out of the sport of football.  Any form of playoff would automatically generate a lot more money than the BcS ever did.  While this plan is a major step forward, I still have a lot of questions.

My first question is why did this take so long?  We hear that the Bowl system had to be protected.  Who among us did not shed a tear when the Poulan Weedeater Bowl went belly up?  I have more to say about the Bowls later.  But when a team must only win 6 games to qualify, how important can the bowl be?

Then there was the argument that a playoff would negatively impact the student-athletes.  But those same educators have no issues with the basketball players missing 3 weeks of school for the NCAA basketball championships.  And those require teams to visit 3 different cities.

 

Second it will not start until the 2014.  WHY?  Because none of the supporters of the BcS can admit it was a quick fix that lived far beyond its useful life, we are stuck with it for another couple of miserable seasons.

 

Third, will Notre Dame leadership please excuse themselves from any discussion of college football playoffs.  ND has not been a factor for years.  It is not likely to be a factor any time soon despite hiring a really good head coach.  They have their own deal with NBC.  But other than an occasional game against a football power in which they are regularly crushed, their schedule includes a lot of games against the Sisters of the Perpetually Miserable.  They have no business having a voice in this decision.

 

Next, where is the money going?  These are public universities supported in part by taxpayer money.  We, the tax paying public, have a right to full disclosure on what is done with the money.  The current bowl system is riddled with problems.

Many schools that go to lower level bowls lose money.  That is right they lose money.  The bowls require a school to buy between 35 and 45% of the tickets.  When the school’s fan base is less than thrilled to be going to the Podunk bowl in outer Nowhereville, the payout for the bowl falls short of covering the ticket cost, let alone the cost of taking the team and equipment, or the cost of housing and food.

In addition there are reports of bowl executives being over paid and the charities that the bowl is supposed to support getting a small percentage of the total income.  Every state has laws limiting the percentage they can take of money generated.  Bowls are under no such restrictions.

 

Perhaps the biggest question is how will the final four teams be selected?  We are told it will be a combination of a computer system and a committee of “experts.”  We will not know who will make those picks or how the computer system will rank the teams for a while.  I have one piece of advice for the NCAA.  Whatever system they design must be transparent.  Make the votes of the committee public.  Publish a clear account of the factors involved in the computer system and the weight assigned to each.

 

That’s what I think.  What do you think?

 

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. Join Bill and his guests for some of the best Sports Talk anywhere on the Internet on News, Notes and Rumors Monday-Friday 6-7:30 PM EDT on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.   You can be part of the show by calling our SportSims.net Hotline at 216-539-0607.

He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on
and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  He edits .

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Men’s Passion for NFL – Sports and Stuff!

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For some people, following sports developments is a life passion. In the States (and even in some parts around the world), this passion translates into the NFL. For these individuals, NFL is so much more than just watching a few games.

Even if it’s not NFL season, you can probably spot people wearing their favorite team’s colors or insignia. Just walk down the street or go to the local grocery and you’ll probably see a person wearing an NFL jer

A photo of the Logo of the National Football L...

A photo of the Logo of the National Football League (NFL) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

sey. These days you can find almost all sorts of paraphernalia related to NFL like mugs, stickers, caps, t-shirts, pins, pillows, and even desktop wallpaper. But NFL jerseys are by far the most favorite stuff for guys who love NFL.

If you’re not sure what to give your NFL-loving boyfriend, brother, or husband for his birthday, then consider an NFL jersey of his favorite team. However, make sure that you do your research about this beforehand—the worst thing that you could do is to unwittingly purchase the wrong team, especially if it happens to be the hated rivals. Even if a shirt doesn’t have a specific team name or logo, don’t just grab it without evaluating its color. Different NFL teams are recognized by their team colors so you also need to take this into consideration.  If you really don’t know your man’s favorite team, then your best bet is to just buy a shirt with the official logo of NFL.

You can buy these at retail stores or you can also order online. There are even some sports memorabilia websites which sell items that are autographed by NFL players. Of course, these tend to be more expensive than just stock items. If you do want to make your gift more special, an autographed gift will certainly please any fan—just make sure that you are getting authentic signatures, not mock-ups or standard embossed stuff.

If authentic NFL memorabilia is too expensive for your budget, you can save some money if you exercise a little creativity. Go online and look for wholesale shops which put up items at cheaper prices. eBay and Craigslist  are also possibilities, as there are some people who choose to list their sports items up for bidding. You might luck out and get an NFL item at a steal.

You can also improvise on your gift idea by making it personal: search the internet for pictures of the NFL logo, (try Google Images printed) and have it printed on a shirt, or a pillowcase, or even a towel or a blanket. You can even print two matching NFL shirts – couples’ shirts for him and you. Wear yours and hand him his while watching the NFL opening day and you’ll surely make his day.

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