Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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 Tony Williams, Giants and Knicks beat writer for the Metro New York Paper joins us to talk about the NFC East draft and the Knicks playoff run.

Dave Kay, basketball editor for waterfootball.com joins us to talk about the NBA Draft and the playoffs.

Samantha Bunten feature writer for the Bleacher Report on the Browns and Indians joins us to talk about the Browns draft and Indians start to the season.

NOTE:  There will be no NNR show tomorrow.  Join us again on Monday, May 7th for our regular schedule.

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.  Press the Green arrow at 6 for NNR.

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

The archive of the show is available the following day at https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

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 https://fryingpansports.com and was a senior writer for http://NFLDraftDog.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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National Football League Draft

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We continue on the path to the NFL Draft tonight.

Pete Matarazzo feature writer for the Cowboys joins us to talk about the team and their plans for 2012.

Tony Williams beat writer for the Giants and Knicks for Metro New York Paper joins us to give a national perspective on the draft.

Oren Shiri, Senior Editor/Writer at Pro Football Zone and CBS Sports Interactive joins us to talk about his latest mock draft.

Our NNR Sportsims.net football league will start on May 2.  The league is free to our listeners and readers.  Email me at [email protected] to register.  The draft order will be determined by the date of registration.

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.  Press the Green arrow at 6 for NNR.

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

 

 

The archive of the show is available the following day at https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

 

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 https://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/.

He edits .  

 

The Making of a Die-Hard Knicks Fan

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My husband, a loyal, die-hard Knicks fan, can tell you most every fact about the Knicks dating back to when he first became a fan back in the 1980’s.  I recently asked him what solidified him as a fan for life.  He said it was when the Knicks drafted Patrick Ewing in 1985.  He gets all nostalgic and goes on to tell me how, back then, defense was their game and for 12 years they made the playoffs.  He boldly states that if not for Michael Jordan, the Knicks would have had a chance at the championship title.  The drafting of Patrick Ewing made my husband a Knicks fan for life.

Now, some 25 years later, the next generation of Knicks fans in our family experienced a player acquisition that had the same effect, but quite a different outcome.  My oldest son has followed in his father’s footsteps and is a die-hard Knicks fan.  For several months he told me how the Knicks were going to win it all next year because the Knicks were going to acquire LeBron James.  Now, granted, we are a sports family so I knew who he was talking about but, even if you weren’t a sports fan, after all the fanfare this summer, you would have to live in a box in a remote country not to know who LeBron James is.  My son talked about nothing else for months.

When July finally rolled around and the big announcement was due, we were away on vacation.  Ironically, we were vacationing with family from Cleveland.  We all watched the news reports and listened to the speculation for days prior to the announcement.  As the day drew nearer, and my oldest son waited with the rest of the world, he remained confident that LeBron would seal the deal with the Knicks and bring his favorite team a championship title.

Throughout all the hoopla, my youngest son, who had not yet shown a big interest in all-things basketball and the Knicks, got caught up in the excitement. He listened adeptly as his father and brother talked about the Knicks’ bright future.  He eagerly awaited the big announcement and excitedly shared his enthusiasm with his friends. Then, the unthinkable happened.  LeBron James made the decision not to come to New York and play for the Knicks.  My oldest son was in shock.  He was angry, disappointed and frustrated.  LeBron was somewhat of a hero and he had let him down – big time.  Seeing and feeling his big brother’s pain, my youngest son rallied around his brother and against LeBron James.  He now declares that name cannot be spoken in our home.  And he also declares his die-hard loyalty for his New York Knicks.  They are no longer just his dad and brother’s team, they are his team.  LeBron’s disloyalty led him to be a loyal, die-hard fan for life.  Just like his dad and his brother.  Two generations, two players, with two very different outcomes, created two Knicks fans for life.

Kathy Rothaar is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and a writer on online colleges and universities for the Guide to Online Schools.

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The 08-09 Cavilers are not your father's team.

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The 08-09 Cavilers are not your father’s team.

By Bill Smith

I will admit a bias toward the Cavs. I spent many an interesting night in the old downtown Coliseum with Walt Westley and the crew. I was there the night the Cavs won their first game against the Lakers. They almost needed a new arena after that game because the stomping by the fans in support of the ugliest uniforms in the league almost caused the building to implode.

I also bought 10 shares of stock in the Cavs when they sold shares to raise money. But I have to admit, this team is not anything like that team was.

On Sunday and Monday, the Cavs did something they could not do just a year ago—win 2 tough back to back road games with 4th quarter comebacks against really good teams. The maturation of LeBron James is a big part of the improvement but it was the addition of Mo Williams that put the team over the top.

In both games the Cavs were behind in the 4th quarter and came back to win against Atlanta and Miami respectively. This was without their inside defensive force Ben Wallace. The Cavs showed a toughness and grit that was missing from the team just a year ago. It might be enough grit to make a run at another NBA final series.

Against the Hawks, the Cavs were down 5 points with less than 2 minutes left. Williams got a 3 point shot that tied the score and then the Cavs got a stop. James drove to the basket and got fouled with 1.6 seconds left. He made the second free throw to win the game.

The next night at Miami, the Cavs were behind by 11 in the 4th quarter. James told Williams “it’s up to us.” Williams responded by scoring 15 of his 30 points in the final 7:14 of the game to salt it away.

In previous years, the Cavs won at home but struggled on the road particularly in back to back road games. This year is different. Now, given the loss of Wallace, there are rumors that PF Joe Smith may be on the way to Cleveland. The Oklahoma Thunder bought out Smith’s contract making him a free agent. Even if that does not happen, the Cavs have something very special going on this season.

My Analysis:

This team is mentally and physically tougher than any Cavs team in the history of the franchise. These two wins show that. Williams has added far more than just a great player, he is the other major scoring threat that the team desperately needed. When teams face the Cavs now, they have to consider doubling Williams at times in addition to James.

Given this teams improvement, when Wallace gets back, he could be the final piece that is needed to make the Cavs a real threat for a championship. That is critical. James wants to win. If the Cavs show him that he has a better chance to win multiple championships in Cleveland than in New York or elsewhere, I am convinced he will stay.

That would be a gift for a city and a state that really could use one.

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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