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America’s Passion: How a Coal Miner’s Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century

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English: Arlington, Va. (Aug. 11, 2003) — National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame quarterback, Terry Bradshaw signs the guest book at the 911 Memorial for America’s Heroes inside the Pentagon. The Fitz-Bradshaw NASCAR Busch Race Team owned by Terry Bradshaw and Armando Fitz brought along NASCAR race driver Casey Atwood to the Pentagon for an autograph session and to promote their Navy sponsored team. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Johnny Bivera. (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like the NFL you should check out America’s Passion: How a Coal Miner’s Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century

 
This book was written by our good friend Evan Weiner, TV and Radio pundit, newspaper columnist and public speaker.  The book is filled with stories and interviews of some of the greatest players in the history of the league.
The book traces the league from a meeting in a Canton car dealership to the multi-billion dollar business it is today and Evan provides analysis of exactly why the NFL grew when so many other sports leagues failed to do so.
It is a fascinating work that every NFL fan that has an interest in the history of the game should read.
     The National Football League (NFL) is the premier fan sport in the United States. But it wasn’t always like that. 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 of football started in the dark coal mines in western Pennsylvania (PA) and is today a multi-billion dollar business.
The work is available at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/268077 for only $2.99.  It is a steal and is a great gift for any NFL fan.  You might also be interested in Evan’s other works including From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-so-Stern NBA, and The Business and Politics of Sports which are both available at smashwords.com as well.
That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.
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How to start your own sports team in five easy steps

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Sometimes, it has to be said, organizing team raiding sessions in World of Warcraft doesn’t really fulfill all your social needs. You love the taste of victory, or crushing an enemy and leading your comrades to triumph, but it somehow seems hollow when, afterwards, you’re still sat at your laptop with only half a bag of Doritos and a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Due to celebrate.

If you want to combine that feeling of victory and comradeship with being in the same room as other people, it may be that starting your own sports team is the thing for you. Starting a sports team, whether it’s for a five-a-side football tournament, beach volleyball, bowling or even motorsports is a great way to spend some time with your mates and get a bit of exercise.

To do this, however, you must first complete several important steps, and they will all be (slightly) harder than the montage in that underdog sports movie you love so much.

Step One: Assemble the guys!

You can recruit players from a bunch of different places. Once you’ve press ganged everyone you can from you World of Warcraft guild and your drinking buddies at the bar, you can also recruit players at the local park and stick posters up at the leisure center, town hall and local businesses for tryouts.

It’s not essential, but if you can find a once legendary player who’s since fallen on hard times and hit the drink, for whom this team might be his one last shot at redemption, then that’s definitely a plus.

Step Two: Financing!

Yes, the chances are everyone will have to pay money to join your team of sports legends. Most leagues will charge you an entry fee to take party. You’ll also need to buy equipment and uniforms. Once you’ve worked this out it will be the last bit of maths you have to do for this project, I swear.

Step Three: Pick a name!

The name of your team should strike fear into the hearts of your enemies, while inspiring your supporters. It will be a name whispered down the generations as people tell the tales of your team’s mighty exploits. So try not to make it too silly. When it comes to picking a team name, there are two main schools of thought.

School one is to think of an animal, then prefix that animal’s name with the verb “Fighting”. The Fighting Badgers, the Fighting Iguanas, the Fighting Anteaters- it works for literally anything.

School two is to take the name of the place you live in, and suffix a noun verb that sounds vaguely threatening. The Cambridge Destroyers, the Leicestershire Usurpers, the Southampton Shouters. I’m sure your suggestions will be better than mine.

Step Four: Get a uniform!

The uniform is what brings you together, turning you from a ragtag bunch of misfits into an actual team.  Think what the Storm Troopers in Star Wars would be without their distinctive white robot suits, or what Hipsters would be without their tiny mustaches and thick rimmed spectacles.

You needn’t go quite as extreme as full body armor or irritating facial hair however. It’s surprisingly cheap to get specially embroidered polo shirts, for instance. To bring your team colors to perfection, however, you’ll need a team logo. A symbol that describes everything your team is and aspires to be. If you went with School One of team name, this will be extremely easy. Just a picture of your animal of choice, fighting or looking like it’s about to fight. At this point, it’s a good idea to find your friend who’s a graphic designer and get them to help you out.

Step Five: Train!

This is the really hard bit. Now that you’ve assembled your team, picked an intimidating name and designed some really stylish uniforms, you’re actually going to have to get good at the sport you’ve chosen to play. So, good luck with that!

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Swing Perfect Golf Swing

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Anyone that loves golf is most likely familiar with the perfect golf swing. Many often wonder how professional golfers do it. If you want to know exactly how to swing perfect golf swing, this guide will help you to learn the technique correctly and improve your game.

1. A trainable person is a must. Being able to swing correctly needs commitment and training. What training you ask? It means to keep your mind open to the many techniques of instruction and absorb the information correctly. If you learn how to do things and never change your ways you must retrain yourself to understand the learning process. A person that wants to learn tips on golf swing should be easily trainable. Doing so will allow you to learn this technique quickly.

2. People should have technique. A professional golfer can easily teach this technique to you. It is impossible to learn the technique correctly by yourself. A local professional can be hired to teach you this professional technique to swing perfect golf swing in your game. The accurate and expert advice provided by your pro will improve your playing technique and increase your overall ability. This method may cost more money, but it is most definitely worth the time and expense. A local pro can be expensive and if you cannot afford a pro the advice can be learned from experienced professionals that have played the game of golf.

3. Regular practice will help you develop your skills and techniques. Routine practice helps you develop a faster understanding of the techniques used for perfect swinging.

Golf does not have to be difficult, but some people find it to be challenging. Finding the best way to improve your game is easier than you may think. The motivation and determination involved takes time and patience. By using these techniques, you should relax and learn slowly and apply the skill taught to swing perfect golf swing in your game.

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THE Game turned into THE SHAME–Heat 118 Cavs 90

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The entire NBA world was watching THE Game last night. The fans were great. They cheered their guys and booed with vigor the traitor James. The fans had great and creative signs and despite the national media praying for violence or an act of stupidity by the fans, those that were there did themselves and their city proud.

However, the team that they paid so much to see laid down, rolled over and stuck their feet in the air like a road kill groundhog at the side of the highway. The team and Coach Scott disgraced themselves beyond anything that I could have even believed was possible.

Let me state my bias up front. I have been a Cavs fan since the city was granted a franchise. I was in the old downtown barn the night they beat the Lakers for the first time. When they sold stock to the public, I bought some to support my team. Even through the bad years, and there were a lot of them, I never turned my back on my team. I also never thought they would turn their backs on the fans but that is exactly what they did last night.

The Cavs showed no support for their owner, their fans, or their city. Worse yet, they proved to everyone that LeBron was justified in leaving them because it is impossible to win a championship with these guys. The problem with that is this roster was put together with LeBron’s consent if not approval because Owner Gilbert handed LeBron the keys to castle and told him to invite whoever he wanted to join him on the floor.

What was the ultimate stab in the heart of the fans was the vision of the spurned Cav players joking and chatting up LeBron like he was a long lost brother rescued from a reality show. The Cav players looked like they were hoping LeBron would pick them as a dance partner next year to play in Miami. But by their sickening play, they cut their trade value by 2/3rds. Right now the Cavs couldn’t get a bag of used balls for Gibson, Williams, or even the young Hicks.

The funny part of that is that it is not inconsiderable that LeBron will leave Miami next season. The team is not playing well with all three big names on the floor. HC Spoelstra played a lot of the first half with either LeBron or Wade on the bench. That move allowed the Heat much better spacing on the floor and eliminated the other 4 standing and watching the 1 play against the opponent by himself. The problem with 3 high priced players on 1 team is that the salary cap leaves little room for the 9 other players. Championships require a strong bench and the Heat do not have that.

Time after time, the Cavs let the Heat leisurely stroll to the bucket and score at will. LeBron had a career night and the game was over at halftime. Owner Gilbert left at half time. He just couldn’t take any more. I spent the evening celebrating one of the greatest days of my life, the birth of my daughter Kristina. It was her birthday so being with her made even this debacle tolerable. I gave up on the team and left her house mid way through the 3rd quarter.

I was particularly disappointed in Coach Scott. He never struck me as a coach that would allow the team to snuggle up to LeBron. Reportedly, one of the assistant coaches told LeBron to leave the Cav players alone. But Scott never took control of the situation. He also did not get the Cavs mentally ready to play this game despite knowing how much media interest the contest would get. That is inexcusable. The championship Lakers teams he played on never would have put up with Bird chatting the bench up during the game. But then it would never have occurred to Bird to do that. He was a great competitor and would never have even tried such a punk act.

The question is where do the Cavs go from here?

Gilbert has to blow this team up. The way this club rolled over for the Heat indicates to me they will have a high draft choice next year. They should also look to move anyone that has any value left. There are a few guys around the league that could help this pathetic roster that other teams might be willing to trade. In addition, Gilbert might hold an open tryout to replace those Cavs that have 0 value and must just be released.

It will cost Gilbert a ton of money because NBA contracts are guaranteed but unless he does make major changes on the Cavs roster between now and the trade deadline, he will lose the majority of his fan base. That base backed Gilbert against the world when he issued the famous email criticizing LeBron. Now he has to show the fans that he has their back and take some significant actions to correct the situation and punish those that contributed to the debacle.

If Gilbert does nothing, the fans should stay away from the Q. By continuing to support this team as it stands now makes the fans accessories after the fact. Cleveland fans have been enablers for bad teams for years. It is way past time that we stop enabling and start voting with our hard earned dollars for effort and pride and against meritocracy and gutless players.

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

and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org.

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Rocky Mountain Broadheads

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These rocky mountain broadheads are an essential for anyone that would like to hunt in the upcoming season, these are different than other choices on the market today because of the fact that they are expandable and razor sharp. I have purchased them from this website in a three pack, I wanted to try them out in order to kill some deer. I found that they would well, they were accurate and hit the animal very fast. This is what would make them a great choice for the hunting season, there is no reason to go with anything else on the market today.

Additionally, rocky mountain broadheads can be purchased here at some very low prices, for around twenty dollars you can use a pack of three of these that are expandable. They will help you kill deer and save money on wasted ammo, one of the things I hate most is wasting money on bullets and missing the animals I am trying to kill.

These rocky mountain broad-heads are great because you will be able to kill the deer with just one shot, this will limit the amount of money that you spend when you go hunting. Another one of the things that I love about this product is the bone shattering tip, this means that you will be able to kill the animal without having any hesitation, it is gentle for the animal and makes hunting more enjoyable.

One of the things I love to do is take my son along for the hunt, but this is hard when you are killing animals that take forever to die. With the rocky mountain broad-heads, the animals dies quickly and this will allow you to take any young adult that enjoys this sport. These are the right choice if you are wanting a product that will give you more kills.

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What happened to Brown QB Anderson?

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In business competition is necessary to insure the best performance. Anywhere there is no competition like in education, the results seem to decline with time. But a QB competition for the starting spot on an NFL team nearly always ends in disaster.

Anderson rode into the stadium on a white horse to pick up the pieces of Charlie Frye that were scattered all over the field after the first half of the Steeler game to open the 07 season. We found out later that Frye had been traded away between the 3rd and 4th quarters of that game.

He ended 07 with a slightly above average QB rating but there were signs of trouble for anyone that was watching. In the last 5 games of the 07 regular season he threw 7 TDs but 8 picks. When the pressure was on to make the playoffs with a win over the Bengals, he threw 4 picks and lost the game. He got his pro bowl status only after a gaggle of higher rated QBs backed out of the post season exhibition. The league had figured him out even if the Browns leadership had not.

But compared to the dismal QB play the team had suffered through since home town hero Bernie Kosar was released, Anderson looked like the second coming of Otto Graham. He was given a new deal and the team thought it was set at QB.

What happened to Anderson was simple. He was the victim of a pair of drive bye QB competitions. He developed a stiff neck looking over his shoulder at QB Quinn who the team had traded back into the first round of the 07 draft to take. Coach Crennel told the media he had “flipped a coin” to decide who would start at QB.

In the early games of 08, Anderson’s interception problems continued. When the bye came in week 5 he had thrown 3 TDs but 6 picks. For the rest of that year he and Quinn traded injuries and starts. The season was such a disaster that HC Crennel was fired and 5 minutes later Mangini was named the new football Czar.

The beginning of the 09 season was a disaster. It was a pre-planned 4 alarm fire because no one including the new HC knew who was going to start at QB. Quinn and Anderson split snaps during training camp and starts in the preseason. In game 4 in order to keep the Vikes guessing who would win the horse race for QB, Mangini didn’t play either one. That was a mistake but not as much as just picking one and giving him the best chance to succeed by giving his choice as many reps as possible prior to the first game.

Mangini proved to be a lot more patent than his predecessor. He started his choice–Quinn–for the first 2 games before pulling the plug. Anderson went in and continued to complete a high percentage of his passes. Unfortunately for the Browns he seemed to find defenders as often as he did his team mates. After the bye in week 9, Quinn was back and Anderson was an after thought. He did come back only when Quinn was hurt to play toward the end of the season but everyone in Cleveland knew his time there was over. He is not a has been. He is a “never was.”

Anderson is not the first QB to be ruined by a QB controversy. When there is an open competition, the locker room is automatically divided between the two guys. Some back each one. That is a formula for disaster. One of my favorite players of the “new” Browns, QB Kelly Holcomb, was also ruined by a QB competition. In 02, the Browns made the playoffs but starting QB Couch was hurt. Holcomb came in and threw for 429 yards against the Steelers in Pittsburgh in the wild card game. He ended up in that game with a 107 QB rating and the season with a 92.9 QBR. That was the beginning of the Couch/Holcomb QB competition and the end of both QB’s careers.

New football Czar Holmgren said that he will not allow a QB controversy but both Quinn and newly arrived former Seahawk Seneca Wallace both believe they will be the starter. We will have to see what happens.

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

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