A thank you to the readers and those that comment.

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A thank you to the readers and those that comment.

By Bill Smith

I wanted to take a day to tell you how much I appreciate every reader and every comment. It is not easy posting a new topic 6 times a week. Knowing that there are a number of people that enjoy reading it makes it worthwhile.

Any help you can give us in spreading the word about fryingpansports.com would be greatly appreciated as well.  Your support will help us keep this site active.

While football has been the focus for the fall and winter, we will be covering other sports and issues as the year rolls on. I invite you to email me with comments, suggestions, or topics.

My email is [email protected]

Thanks again. I hope that I can find topics that are worth your time reading. Your support is very much appreciated.

Bill Smith

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 https://fryingpansports.com. He has also Read more at FryingPanSports

WR Cris Carter deserves to be elected to the NFL Hall of Fame

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WR Cris Carter deserves to be elected to the NFL Hall of Fame

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By Bill Smith

Technorati Tags: NFL, NFL Draft, Carter, NFL Hall of Fame, College Football, Ohio State, High School, Ohio, Eagles, Vikings, Drugs

In the voting announced on Saturday, Cris Carter was omitted from the list of inductees to the NFL Hall of Fame. That is really a shame. He deserves to be in the Hall but not just because of his numbers. The story of Carter includes his time at a crossroads of his life where he could have taken the low road to drug abuse and ruin or the hard path to success and fame. He chose the harder path and has made every effort to help others find themselves and that path up to success.

Carter was highly recruited out of Middletown Ohio High School where he played both football and basketball. He went to Ohio State he explained because his Mom was an Buckeye fan.

He was drafted by the Eagles in the 4th round of the 1987 supplemental draft. He was very successful in Philly catching 11 TDs in 1989. But he got in with wrong crowd and … Read more at FryingPanSports

The NFL and NFLPA must keep negotiations out of the press.

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The NFL and NFLPA must keep negotiations out of the press.

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Roger Goodell

By Bill Smith

Technorati Tags: NFL, NFLPA, labor agreement, strike, negotiations, press, owners

The NFLPA issued a statement that it has built a 118 million dollar strike fund.

On Jan. 29th at the NFLPA annual press conference, it released to the media a report that NFL teams were making an average of 24.7 million a year and owners had no reason to opt out of the current agreement.

Then NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went before the media at the Super Bowl and said the following:

“That report is not accurate. We are very clear. We understand our numbers. The ownership spent a tremendous amount of time evaluating the Collective Bargaining Agreement. I think they came to the conclusion that it was better to terminate that agreement and go into a negotiation where we could work to try to come up with something that would work for all clubs and our players rather than continue on with that system.”

I have no idea if that report commissioned by the players association is accurate or not. I do know one thing. IT DOESN’T MATTER! The fact … Read more at FryingPanSports

Will Vince Young ever be an NFL quality QB?

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Will Vince Young ever be an NFL quality QB?

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Kerry Collins and Vince Young

By Bill Smith

Technorati Tags: Collins,Young,Titans,NFL FOotball,Fisher,Texas,Longhorns,college football,NFL Draft

This week head coach of the Titans Jeff Fisher said that he wants Kerry Collins, the 36 year old free agent, back as the starter in 2009. That was bad news for Vince Young.

Collins played well but not spectacularly in 08 leading the Titans to the best record in the AFC with a QB rating of 80.2. He threw 12 TDs and 7 interceptions but managed the game very well taking maximum advantage of one of the top running games in the league. He had threatened to retire unless he was “promised” a starting job. He has never been a top QB and has a career passing rating of only 73.8.

Young was the 3rd overall pick in the 06 draft. He took over the starting QB spot in the 4th game of 06 and led the team to an 8-5 record including 6 wins in a row. The wins overshadowed a less than acceptable performance by Young. He had a QB rating of just 66.7 with 12 touchdowns but 13 … Read more at FryingPanSports

The NHL takes itself WAY too seriously.

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The NHL takes itself WAY too seriously.

By Bill Smith

Technorati Tags: NHL, All star game, Vs Network, Blue Jackets

The NHL owners passed a rule to be implemented for the first time this season that if you are too injured to play in the mid season all star game, you will be suspended for the first game back in the regular season after that game.

Now, let’s be clear about the NHL. This is the league that brought us flaming puck. The league would be taken a lot more seriously if it actually was popular enough to get a TV contract. When your local team is shown on any channel on Dish network that has a number in the 400’s only when the girls field hockey team is not playing, you have no business getting snippy about your all star game. In central Ohio, we are really jazzed about the NHL. The league tells us in the next decade we will get an NHL team. So far, we have only a minor league team called the Blue Jackets.

When your all star game is on the Vs network, it will be watched by every player’s mother … Read more at FryingPanSports

The NFL and NFLPA had better make sure that Tom McHale didn't die in vain.

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The NFL and NFLPA had better make sure that Tom McHale didn’t die in vain.

By Bill Smith

Technorati Tags: NFL,NFL Football,NFLPA,Upshaw,McHale,Ditka,Bears,Eales,Buccaneers,Dolphins,CTE,chronic traumatic encephalopathy

You may not recognize the name Tom McHale. He played as an offensive lineman in the NFL for 9 seasons with Tampa, Philadelphia, and Miami from 1987-1995 starting 23 of the 87 games in which he played. He died last May at the age of 45 from an accidental overdose of oxycodone and cocaine according to police. Tom was one of a large number of NFL players that suffered multiple concussions during his career. He was one of six players examined by researchers as part of the Sports Legacy Institute for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — and the sixth whose diagnosis was confirmed by a postmortem study of his brain.

McHale had his own demons including three stints in drug rehabilitation. His wife told the New York Times that he was in constant pain and was taking pain killers all the time. But his death along with the deaths of the other 5 players all have been in vain unless the NFL and the NFLPA do something about the problem. The larger issue is … Read more at FryingPanSports