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  • Published: Apr 24th, 2014
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Thanks NFL, you screwed Columbus Ohio again!

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The NFL fans in Columbus have been screwed again by the NFL schedule makers. Columbus is the only major city that has fans from 2 teams in the same conference. New York has two teams but in different conferences thus on different networks.

It is always a struggle between Browns and Bengal fans for CBS local affiliate to cover “their” game. In previous seasons the NFL has tried to stagger the games on other networks so that each team would get at least 8-10 games shown on local TV. That is not the case this season.

The NFL had several chances to give Columbus viewers the ability to see both teams but it ignored the issue and screwed both teams’ fans. The Browns play Cincy on the NFL network. Had they played any other team, that would be one more game for both teams. Week 2 both teams host NFC teams. Since the visiting team determines the network, both games at 1PM will be on Fox. Again a chance missed to allow both teams fans to see their game. Both teams have week 4 as their bye. One more chance lost due to the NFL ignoring one of the best football markets in the country.

Because the Browns have been struggling, the majority of Bengals games are shown. This year the Browns will likely have only 5 to 6 games shown. The league either doesn’t care about fans in central Ohio or the goal of the NFL was to get more people there to sign up for the NFL package on Direct TV.

When in doubt follow the money!

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

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Saturday Niblets from around the net for 03/28/09

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Saturday Niblets from around the net for 03/28/09

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By Bill Smith

Best comment of the last 2 weeks:

Acai Burn’s comment on Don’t get too excited about a 3 team deal involving Jay Cutler and the Browns.

The Browns have two serviceable quarterbacks on the team at this time and to make a move at the qb position when they have other needs is a waste.

The problem is that in a three way deal, there is no way to compensate the Browns for the loss of Quinn. The Broncos will demand more than Quinn in return for Cutler. The question I posed boils down to where will the draft choice(s) for the Browns come from to compensate them for giving up Quinn?

Updates on previous columns:

Thoughts about the first 2 rounds of the NCAA Tournament. – CBS has done a little better job limiting the switches in games. The officials must be reading my site. There have been very few visits to the scoring table replay TV since I commented on the issue. The top seeded teams are still in control of the bracket although Xavier gave Pittsburgh a tough game on Thursday night. In my opinion a 3 winning over a 2 is not an upset. The quality of play was still way below average even in the games between 2nd and 3rd seeds. The experience of Missouri was too much for 2nd seed Memphis. The Missouri pressure cause both forced and unforced turnovers by the younger Memphis players. Shot selection is a totally unknown concept in college basketball today.

Owens going to Buffalo says most about the BillsOur favorite drama queen Terrell Owens did not report to the voluntary workouts in Buffalo. That is an indication that he is not overjoyed at being forced to sign with the NFL equivalent of Siberia. Supposedly, Coach Dick Jauron told TO it was alright to miss the workouts. However, TO has to earn the support of the Bills’ locker room. Avoiding workouts with the team is not the way to do that. The Bills’ organization is going to have to put TO on a VERY short leash.

Fresh Niblets:

The NFL is considering a developmental league. Given the current economic downturn, that would not be on the radar without the United Football League starting play in 09. Keep checking this site for updates on the UFL.

Curt Schilling retires. Schilling is a shoe and a bloody sock in for the Hall of Fame. While his regular season numbers are good, his performances in the playoffs and the World Series puts him in. The very best players want the ball when the season is on the line. He wanted it and was at his best in the biggest games.

Patrick White West Virginia QB refused to do WR drills at his pro day. The NFL scouts wanted to see White catch the ball and demonstrate his abilities at WR. White wants to play QB and given the number of teams in desperate need of a QB, I think he has a chance. He will probably be as good a wildcat formation QB as any in the league. But he has the chance to develop into a Mike Vick type QB without the dog fighting baggage.

The NCAA is investigating possible recruiting violations at Univ. of Connecticut. Coach Jim Calhoun was under fire for his reaction to questions by a reporter about his salary. This should add to the heat considerably. Although the player in question never played for UConn, the best way to defuse the issue is to win the championship.

Miguel Tejada sentenced for lying to Congress about steroids – Since it can’t seem to convict the users, the US Congress is going after those that refused to name names. Now, if we could just get those in Congress to admit their guilt for the housing and economic crisis, …

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones lifted the gag order on HC Wade Phillips for the owners meetings—Opps! – Phillips said it takes 4 years to tell if a HC can do the job. No Wade, we knew you were a dolt by the third game in your first HC job. You have been fired twice since then and should have been let go after last years disaster.

People wonder why Jones keeps Phillips as HC. Admittedly, trying to coach the Cowboys is like trying to herd cats—it just is not possible. It is not that Jones can’t see Phillips’ short comings. Phillips keeps his job by letting Jones call all the shots. The reason that Jimmy Jones and Bill Parcells are no longer in Dallas is they would not put up with Jones’ constant interference.

The Blue Jackets look like they are going to make the playoffs for the first time. It seems silly to play 82 game to find out which half of the league is not going to the playoffs. Even so, the CBJ have never made the post season. For fans of Columbus, all I can say is IT’S ABOUT TIME!

The Browns signed UFA alleged OT John St. Clair to a 3 year 9 mill contract. YUCK! St. Clair is a turnstile at tackle. If they play him at guard, he might be an adequate reserve. But at tackle, St. Clair has left more broken QB’s on the ground behind him than Mean Joe Greene.

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 published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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Thoughts about the first 2 rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

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Thoughts about the first 2 rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

By Bill Smith

College basketball has been hurt by the lack of upper class stars.

The quality of play has degraded over the last few year. Part of that is due to a lack of upper class stars from big schools. One of the reasons that small school teams are competitive with much bigger schools is that small school players tend to be more experienced and older.

College basketball suffers from a lack of fundamentals.

If you follow College BB, you must have noticed the explosion of unforced turnovers and the poor shooting percentage in mid range shots and at the free throw line. This is a lack of fundamentals. Players in todays game are much more athletic and rely on that quality to make up for poor technique.

Many players can not even dribble at full speed, let alone pull up and hit a 12 foot shot consistently. College coaches just don’t have the time to work on fundamentals the way they would like due to restrictions on practice time. As more and more players leave after 1 year, that will only get worse.

The players experience shows most clearly at the end of games. Way too many times teams with a 5 point lead try to milk the shot clock too far and end up forcing a bad shot rather than working for a good shot. That cost more than one team a win in the first two rounds of the tournament.

It is time for college presidents and the press to quit complaining about basketball graduation rates.

One and done is a problem for everyone involved. There is no other business except sports that prevent a young man or woman from earning money at their given line of work. In my opinion, the NFL rule (out of high school for 4 years or completion of a college degree) has much more logic than the NBA one and done rule. All but a thimble full of high school football players would be at risk if they tried to play in the NFL. However, we have enough experience in high school players going directly to the NBA and being competitive that this rule should be eliminated.

A lot of really good players just are not college material but could help themselves and their families by going directly to professional ball. While they can play in Europe for a year, they should not have to.

By accepting the one and done rule, colleges are accessories after the fact to falling graduation rates. So shut up about it or drop the one and done rule.

As I predicted, the top seeds are the best bets.

Except for a few fraudulent seedings like Wake Forest, the top teams are moving on. Last year for the first time in the history of the seeded tournament, all 4 1 seeds made the final four. We could easily see that same situation this year. In all four regions, the top three seeds have advanced.

That proves that the committee got it right.

Basketball is the hardest sport to officiate but that is no excuse for what we have seen.

Unfortunately, the officials are not getting it right. Last year on another site I wrote a column titled Please excuse the officials from the Big 10 and Pac 10 from the NCAA Tournament. The officiating this year has not improved. Calls are missed; the refs can’t seem to make any call without a conference or visiting the TV replay. They also don’t seem to be consistent at all. All any player asks is make the same call the same way all game long. That is not happening. I don’t believe that the refs are favoring one team over another. The calls are just inconsistent. As player get more athletic, the officials MUST improve mechanics and work together.

The there was the missed time out call in the Gonzaga vs. Western Kentucky game. There is NO EXCUSE for the refs missing the call. It very likely would have changed the game. The refs claimed that they missed the signal from the bench. But how do you miss a player calling the time out? If you clowns can’t do the job, call somebody that can.

The replay system is not a system at all.

Let refs in the booth overturn calls when asked. Don’t send the refs over to the scorers table to check every play. It takes too long, steals momentum from the teams, and creates too many commercial time outs.

Let someone in the booth check close calls. Hold up the throw in for just a second while the official in the booth checks the play.

Will somebody please take the remote out of CBS’s hand!

CBS changes games faster than a 4 year old switches channels looking for Sponge Bob. The coverage on NCAA.COM is greatly appreciated by all BB fans. CBS made one cut as a ball was released so that we couldn’t even tell if the shot went in. Worse yet, the switch of games went to another team shooting free throws.

Nobody minds showing a last second shot when that shot can change the outcome of the game. But those can be shown in replay in a break in the action of the game we are watching. That is what REPLAY is for—use it!

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 published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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