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Special NFL Draft podcasts of News, Notes and Rumors

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Check out the first two NFL and Browns draft podcasts already up on the radio page.  To find the podcast you want enter the title listed below in the search box.

News, Notes & Rumors 02-25-2013 Samantha Bunten – Samamtha and I talked Browns organization, the draft and a little Indians as well.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-11-2013 Jon Dove – Jon and I talked NFL draft, strongest areas of this pool of players and some free agency.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-17-2013 David Kay – Dave, the basketball Guru for Walterfootball.com,  and I previewed the NCAA Brackets and Ohio States’ chances of winning it all.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-25-2013 John Turvey – John, the draft analyst for theHuddle.com, and I talked about all aspects of the NFL Draft.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-27-2013 Ken Becks – Ken, the owner of 1stdownscouting.com/1st down, and I talked about the Browns needs, the top prospects and the top 10 picks we expect to be made in the draft.

Thanks to all our guests and good listening.

The podcasts and be heard at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro football 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 also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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Special edition of News, Notes and Rumors Monday 6PM EDT

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Jon Dove

Jon Dove

Jon Dove, our Sunday NFL Analyst joins us to talk about free agency.  Next Monday, Dave Kay will join me to preview the NCAA tournament.

You can listen to the show live at and listen to the archive of the show the next day at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro football 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 also 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 http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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The NFL is stupid to enforce the NCAA’s inconsistent suspensions

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NFL Commissioner Goodell decided to enforce the 5  game suspension of former OSU QB Pryor in his league.  This not only sets a very dangerous precedent  it ties the credibility of the Commissioner, the league and his power to deal  with off field behavior of the players and coaches to that of the NCAA.  The issue is that the NCAA has done  everything it can to destroy whatever credibility it still had.

Pryor who sold a legal item that belonged to him for  a legitimate market value.  He got a 5 game suspension. Under the US Constitution not even the federal government can penalize someone for selling a legal product that belonged to them.  What gives the NCAA that power?  I have said several times that if one of the  players had been my son, I would have sued the NCAA for every dime it ever even  dreamed about seeing.

Then the same  power that gave Pryor and other Buckeye players a 5 game suspension faced
another issue.  University of Miami QB Jacoby  Harris and others got gifts of thousands of dollars from a convicted felon and  he got a 1 game suspension.  WHAT???????

U of M has had a history of major violations and yet  they get 1 game for their key players?
WHAT 2 ???????????

If the NFL Commish had any doubts about following  the NCAA off the cliff, this latest decision should cause him to take a step  back from the ledge.

What about players like North Carolina DL McDoo who  was permanently suspended for among  other violations committing academic fraud.  Mr. Goodell, would under your Pryor ruling be prohibited from EVER  playing in the pro league?  Of course  not.  So what is the difference?  We are all waiting for an explanation.

This is a stupid and dangerous precedent that  Goodell will come to regret.  He is  following the lead of a group that has less credibility than promised spending  cuts from Congress.  You cannot get much  less credibility than that.

That is what I think.  Tell me what you think.

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For replays of recent shows, check out archives of  our shows on the VoiceBase player at http://fryingpansports.com/ .

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 the host of a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com.  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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The NFL Draft VS The NBA Draft

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The NFL and NBA drafts are often the most talked about and publicized events in professional sports. They certainly bring more media attention compared to other professional leagues like the NHL of MLB. So what makes the NFL and NBA so popular, with the best TV reviews? Is it just the brand name athletes? Whats more interesting to watch, the NFL or NBA draft?  Maybe, it is the style in which the drafts are being orchestrated. Lets break down the two different drafts to see what all the fuss is about.

First lets take a look at what allows one to be eligible for a draft into one of these prestigious leagues.

NFL- Any high school player who has been graduated for three or more years is eligible to enter the draft. Of course most players attend some form of college before they are ready to make the leap into the NFL. Players can also be drafted from other leagues like arena football and the CFL.

NBA- For the NBA  a player must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. A player who attended an American high school must be at least one year removed from graduating high school. There are a number of restrictions for players signing with an agent and most of those are implemented by the NCAA not NBA.

Ok, so not that much of a difference there. Lets take a look at the length of the actual draft now, from time between picks, to time it takes to get through all the rounds.

NFL-The NFl draft currently is composed of 32 teams, lasts seven rounds, and plays out over a period of three days. The first round, which is obviously the most anticipated has a time frame of ten minutes between each pick.

NBA- The NBA draft currently has two rounds for 30 teams, and is over within the day. The first round for the NBA has 5 minutes between draft picks.

Well, there is obviously some differences here. More time to break down picks for the NFL, and quicker results in the NBA. in both instances I can see how you would enjoy breaking down the draft with more time to debate, and also I can see getting impatient to see what “your team” is going to decide. When it comes to your viewing pleasure we can call that one a tie.

So what sets the two drafts apart? I got it, it must be the draft format.

The NFL breaks down the picks like so:
Non-playoff teams 1-20
Eliminated in the Wild Card round 21-24
Eliminated in Divisional round 25-28
Eliminated in Conference Championships 29-30
Super Bowl losing team 31
Super Bowl Champion 32

The NBA breaks their draft picks down like this:
Missed Playoffs 1-14 (Draft Lottery)
Made Playoffs 15-30

Seems pretty similar, until you break down the draft lottery which can leave an team expecting the #1 pick with a #6 pick. Some people often feel that this system is pointless and probably rigged. Supporters say that the system is in place in order to keep teams from throwing games. The NFL draft rarely ever gets any complaints, most think that the way it’s done is as fair as can be, and perhaps most are right. Lets give the draft format victory to the NFL, based on the common thought that it has less chance for discrepancies.

Finally lets take a look at the players the two organizations are drafting.

With the NFL people can certainly be more attached to the players coming in. having seen them play for at least three years plays a major role , not to mention the fact that you can usually find contributions from everyone on a football team. Seeing a player grow over the course of his college career can give the fans a lot more to talk about.

When comparing this to the NBA and a large portion of the players being one and done, you don’t have much to base your opinion on at times. A player such as Kyrie irving, who is a projected Top 3 pick, has only been seen for, what, 11 games this past season? Not to say he won’t do well. But, often times you can see a top pick go off and not make any substantial contributions to the team that they are drafted to.

So which one is better? You can always continuously argue based on how a draft pick performs each year, but that is always subject to change. That is why I tried to leave out names because for everyone person that succeeds, there is one that fails, and vise versa. The NFL draft wins in my book when you place them side by side like this. Draft makes more sense, and the players you are watching seem to mean a whole lot more. Although at the end of the day it all comes down to being a bigger fan of the NFL or NBA.

 

This article was written by Anthony Benedict. By day Anthony helps to run and maintain AcneCentre.com. A Website that helps guide people to the best Acne products.

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What makes the Masters so Unique?

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I was in my local watering hole the other day for a pleasant Friday afternoon pub dinner, only to find a golf tournament being shown on the big screen slightly surreal but none the less enjoyable. It seems that every time the PGA or European tour come through, not too much attention is paid to these relatively high stakes competition but when the Masters comes along even the most passive of a Golf enthusiast are truly engrossed in the four day tournament this year held in Augusta.

As I found myself enthralled by the amazing shots and the drama of the game at hand it caught me unaware that an hour had passed and I hadn’t taken my eyes off the screen, watching each and every lusciously carved shot by Schwartzel.

Obviously it is a Major Tournament and the golfer is judged on how many Majors they win over the course of their career, but there always seems to be an extra feeling of urgency when it comes to each player’s shot. On paper it is just another major and the money would pale in significance to what I feel is the major factor that inspires the pressure and excitement.

The competition itself is steeped in tradition and has many different awards for the players that happen to perform exceptional feats during the tournament. The main privilege of winning the Masters is that you are presented with the hallowed Green Jacket, the symbol of Golfing stardom.

As a casual golfer and a “part-time” of golf tables, the controversy surrounding some well known wild cat named golfers and the fresh faces of the European golfers has stimulated a world wide interest in the game and long may it continue.

Europeans such as Lee Weswood and Rory McIlroy have gone a long way to stimulating the interest in the sport, with McIlroy leading the standings after the first day it was thought that a European might find himself wearing the green jacket, being the first European to win the tournament for 15 years, since Nick Faldo won his third Masters Title since 1996. This would have gone a long way to re-igniting the spark for European golfers but like all competitions talent needs to be weighed in relation to keeping a calm head and the tournament favorite McIlroy failed to capitalize on his leading position and dropped to seventh at the closing of the competition, instead handing the competition to South African Charl Schwartzel after some stunning shots on the final day, including a 20 foot sink on the last hole to finish the day six under par.

Overall the competition this year was an exciting spectacle of grit and determination and as golf tournaments go, one of the best in recent years with its fair share of ups, downs, birdies and the odd eagle.

Andy is more enthused with the technology in place on the golf course and works on behalf of a golf trolley battery shop selling a variety of golf batteries and other leisure batteries. Follow him on Twitter @andym23.

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