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Tim Bielik OSU and Browns beat writer for the Loraine Morning Journal joins us to talk about the Bucks win over Indiana.

Samantha Bunten of the Bleacher Report joins us to talk about the Browns, Indians and Cavs.  Check out her article Cleveland Browns 2011 Rookie Report Card.

David Kay, basketball beat writer for Walterfootball.com joins the show to talk about the NBA and the Cavs.

Also check out my latest article Free Agent OT’s Cleveland Should Target  on the Bleacher Report Browns page.

NNR at 6PM EST follows the Moohead show at 5PM.

Join Mr. Moohead  on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/ after early Cavs games for his post-game chat.

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/.

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Cornhole: It’s a Serious Outdoor Sport

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When many people hear about the game cornhole for the first time, the first reaction is often snickering or laughter. While this might seem like just another bean bag toss game with a silly name from the Midwest, cornhole is actually gaining strong momentum as a very serious game. The history of cornhole is a little muddled as no one is quite sure when exactly it started for the first time. Some stories say the original version of this game came from German immigrants in the 1400s, while others have the game as being created in the Midwest around Indiana and Kentucky about a century ago. Whatever the true nature of this game’s history, it doesn’t change the momentum that cornhole has created for itself as a serious pastime.

You might be surprised to know that there is even an additional governing body for the sport. The ACA, American Cornhole Association, is the official governing body of cornhole and creates the standard regulations for the game as well as sets up official tournaments for professional corn toss players. That’s right, there is an official set of rules for informal games as well as an official set of cornhole rules for professional matches. Sponsored cornhole tournaments are not just found in one or two states, either.  It’s not at all unusual for the ACA website to have over a dozen tournaments located in over 10 states at any given time. Stretching from Minnesota down to Florida, the reach of cornhole seems to be growing with each passing year.

The ACA acknowledges in its mission statement the goal of continuing to promote and encourage the game of cornhole until it is a mainstay in all 50 US states. They also stand to serve as a resource for disagreements on rules scoring, since they are now creating the standard rules and regulations that all professionals are using in their tournaments.  This commitment is starting to pay off, and there’s little question that curiosity about the sport continues to rise.

One of the reasons the sport of cornhole is likely to continue to gain in popularity and support it because it is a very easy game to learn and actually makes sense for outdoor get-togethers as well as making a great family game. Add in the natural competitive nature of all the professional teams competing with one another, and you can bet that these competitions are going to continue for years and probably find more more new members along the way.

There is a lot to like about the sport. Cornhole bags are certainly a heck of a lot safer than lawn darts, the simplicity of the game allows virtually anybody to play, and you still have fun as a group while remaining competitive in a good-natured way with one another. Having the actual organization to create a governing body just shows how popular the sport of cornhole has already become. While the name might be funny to some, there’s little question that cornhole is here to stay and that the game will only become more popular over time.

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Things To Do During the Indy 500 Race Season

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The Indianapolis 500-Mile race takes place every year during Memorial Day weekend in Speedway, Indiana. Thousands upon thousands of people show up to experience the joys of car racing at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing in the world. The year 2011 is a special year for the Indy 500 – it’s their 100th anniversary.

Allison Transmission Balloon Festival

In addition to the main race on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the weeks beforehand are filled with events and activities. Many of these events are sponsored by the Indy 500 itself. The fun starts on Saturday, May 7th with the Allison Transmission Balloon Festival. This festival, which was first held in 2009, features 33 hot air balloons that are launched above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the delight of onlookers. The Emerging Technologies Day occurs on this day as well. At the Emerging Technologies event, many innovative renewable technologies for the auto industry will be on display.

Fast Cars = Fun Times

On Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th, Indy 500 marks its 100th anniversary with a celebration of automobiles. 250 contestants will showcase their classic cars as they compete for blue-ribbon awards. There are several open practice days where you can watch hopeful drivers practice in an attempt to win a spot in the race. On May 21st and May 22nd you can watch the thirty three competitors being selected. Then there’s the Firestone Freedom 100, held the Friday before the Indy 500. You can buy tickets to watch both the practice and the actual race. By May 28th, things really start to heat up as it is the day before the Indy 500 race. You can watch the pre-race meeting, get autographs from current and past drivers and check out the memorabilia show. The official race begins on May 29th at noon.

Non-Sponsored Events

The above mentioned events are all officially sponsored by the Indy 500. There are several other events sponsored by others going on during this period of time as well. For example, on the first Saturday in May is the Indiana Life 500 Mini Marathon, where 25,000 people run in the largest half marathon in the entire country. During this 13.1 mile run, runners start downtown, go all the way to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and back. There’s the CARA Indy 500 Fashion Show and Luncheon held on the Thursday before the race and the 500 Snakepit Ball, held on the Friday before the race. The Ball is a black tie gala official race event party where race fans and celebrities mingle. On the day before the race is the IPALCO 500 Festival Parade. More than 250,000 people show up to watch the parade, which includes over one hundred floats, bands and qualifying race drivers.

 

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LeBron could win MVP and Coach of the Year!

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One theory of management is “the level of competence.” That theory says that an organization will promote people based on their ability to do their current job. But at some point they become no longer “promotable” because they are no longer doing an outstanding job. They are in a job one level above their level of competence. Those people should be demoted back to a job that they do well but they almost never are.

I see the Cav’s coach Brown as just such a case. From all reports Brown was a more than competent as associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers and as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. But he is in my opinion not even close to being competent as head coach.

Science tells us that nature abhors a vacuum. Because Brown is incompetent as head coach there is a power vacuum that out of necessity LeBron James has been forced to fill. As good as James is, it is very difficult to get an overview of the game from the court. He is so focused on doing his job that he is not able to see that the offensive flow of the team is sporadic at best and nonexistent at times.

The lack of competence of Brown has been highlighted by his inability to deal with the changes in the roster from the trades and returning players from injury. In a recent interview he admitted he was struggling to re-integrate Williams into the offense. He seems to have no clue how to integrate Jamison into the offense and what is worse, has not even tried to do it. Brown puts guys on the floor and lets James figure out how to use them.

Mike, here are a few things you might try to see in the tapes of recent games.

1. The offense runs very smoothly when it goes through LeBron and a big man. It doesn’t seem to matter if that is Shaq or Jamison because both are more than capable of scoring or dishing the ball to an open player. That will also save James’ energy and make him more effective later in the game.

2. The Brown O seems to be 4 guys watching LeBron take on the 5 opponents. Both he and Brown need to trust the other guys on the team. This is not the 04-05 team with guys like Drew Gooden, Jeff McInnis, Ira Newble and Robert Traylor around James. We have a team that has veteran starting quality scorers. Both James and Brown need to trust them particularly in the last few minutes of a game. In the 3 game losing streak the Cavs O in the last few minutes was 1 on 5 LeBron against the world.

3. It was nice to see Jamison starting. He has to start with Varejao being the 1st off the bench at PF. Hickson is a great kid but he has to be the 3rd option at that position. It will reduce his minutes but that is the way it needs to be to have this team be competitive against the top teams in the league.

There should be no doubt that this team is the most prepared to compete for a championship that the Cavs have ever had. Mike, get your head out of your hind quarters and start coaching. If you can’t figure out how to get all these stars into the O, find someone that can and let them do it. LeBron has enough on his plate.

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

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What to look for in College football (a day late)

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Some people live in the sticks. I live in the leaf stems. One of the disadvantages of living next to a lake is that you always seem to need work around the house. Three days ago while workers were doing something for us, they cut the phone line. Thanks to a great job by my favorite workers ATT I got back my Internet but was out of town all day yesterday.

Note I will put up Niblets for October next week.

The Big East needs to be suspended from BcS games for 5 years for fraud.

The BE should be stripped of any chance to get a team in the top 100. Two years ago West Virginia was in a position to play for a national championship with a win over a badly injured Pitt team. The officials were clearly doing everything they could to make that happen. The calls were horrendous and every bad call went against Pitt and for WV. But the game Pitt team won despite the help from blind deaf and dumb officials. The calls were so bad that the BE should have been laughed out of the BcS.

Last night we saw another ranked WV team on the road get every break the zebras could give them to win. Again it didn’t help and Southern Florida without their star QB Grothe beat WV 30-19.

Cincinnati is currently ranked highly in the BcS and we will be watching to see how much help they get. The key reason that a conference wants their teams to be in the big games is MONEY. I will be keeping an eye on the Cincy games to see if the officials cheat their opponents again. THIS HAS TO STOP or the BE will be seen as a total joke.

Georgia v 1 Florida at Jacksonville

The last 3 years Georgia was highly over rated with Stafford at QB. He is gone and so is the belief in the Dogs as a top power. This season Georgia is 4-3 coming off a bad loss 45-19 to Tennessee. After 3 disappointing seasons, there are rumblings of discontent in Athens.

Not everything is roses and sunshine in Floridaville either. The team has been inconsistent and all everything Tebow has been hurt but is now back. He has not had the kind of success that enjoyed last year. The team just got by Arkansas 23-20 then looked lethargic last week against Miss St. in a 29-19 win. Florida will get back on track and win easily.

3 Texas @ 14 Oklahoma St.

This is the game of the day. The Horns have just 2 tough road games between them and a Big12 Championship game. This is the first of those. Texas is coming off a very impressive win over Missouri. The Horn O is vulnerable to really good Ds and OK St. has a good one.

This is the first game that Texas will face really wide open O because Oklahoma did not have their QB for most of that contest. OkS will take some chances because they want to knock off #3 but it won’t work. I think Texas has a handle on the spread and will win easily.

Indiana @ 4 Iowa

Iowa has a huge game on tap in 2 weeks at Ohio State. They will not look past Indiana and will win but look for them to pull the starters before they build up a big win.

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. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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What did we learn about College ball this week?

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There are only 3 top teams in the NCAA—Florida, Texas and Alabama. And there is a better than average chance that none of them will make it undefeated through the 09 season.

#3 Alabama had more trouble with Kentucky than they should have. Based on Florida coming into tobacco land and wining 41-7, the Bama win of 38-20 was not too impressive. Kentucky scored TDs in the 3rd and 4th quarter but against a mostly 2nd unit team. Florida also had a second unit on the field in the second half. The Gators won’t face Bama except possibly in the SEC Championship game.

#4 LSU got a quality win over #18 Georgia between the Hedges. Any SEC win on the road against a ranked team is impressive. Georgia scored a go ahead TD with 1:09 left. The LSU drive for the winning TD was impressive. They still have to be concerned about the inability to get TDs in the red zone. They were forced to kick 2 field goals in the first half because they couldn’t get to the endzone.

#6 Virginia Tech struggled to beat Duke. That isn’t a surprise because the Duke game was a sandwich road game between then #9 Miami and BC. We will get a lot better idea of how good VT is next week.

#7 USC showed #24 Cal to be a paper bear. The 30-3 win on the road against a ranked (or over ranked) team indicates that USC is done with the OSU hangover and is ready to take care of business in the PAC-10. What had been supposed to be a strong Cal O was able to get just one field goal in garbage time against the USC D.

#17 Miami is a lot tougher at home than on the road. What was particularly impressive was that Miami got 7.2 yards per pass attempt and 4.4 per rush. The Sooners averaged 6.3 and 3.6 respectively. # 8 Oklahoma just has not been able to overcome the injuries. They lost a couple of their key players in this game which will make the Texas game much more difficult if they are not able to play by then.

Both #9 Ohio State and #10 Cincinnati were solid in league wins on the road. OSU will face Wisconsin in the Shoe next Saturday which will be a much better gage of where they are than Indiana was.

#13 Iowa suffered a major letdown after winning at Penn St last week. They struggled to win at home against Arkansas St. which just became a 1A level team a couple of seasons ago. They get Michigan at night next week then travel to Wisconsin after that. They are going to have to get their feet back on the ground if they want to be a factor in the Big 10 race.

#15 Penn St. was slow getting started but looked good overall against a pretty good Illinois team. Their only shot at getting back to the top 10 will come when they welcome Ohio St. They need to play better than they did last week against Iowa to have the OSU game mean anything.

The Board of Trustees want Florida State coach Bowden to retire.  They have no power in that decision.  It should be Bobby’s decision and no one else.  Let him coach as long as he wants because the FSU program was a shipwreck before he took it over.

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. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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