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Steve Gallo of USA Today and the huddle.com joins us to talk about the winners and losers in NFL Free Agency

Eric Galko Dir. Of Scouting for OptimumScouting.com joins us to talk about the WRs that will be available after round 1 for the Browns.

Cleveland Sports legend Bob Karlovec joins us to talk about the Browns and Cavs.

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At least we can be thankful that the polls don’t determine the college basketball champion.

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BCS Every Game Counts

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The people that voted a 3 loss Texas team #2 over the previously unanimous #1 Ohio State team should lose their votes and be banished to watching the Golf Channel and listening to karaoke for eternity.

I don’t really have a problem with moving a 1 loss Kansas team over OSU despite the fact that they are not nearly as good a team as the Bucks. Kansas proved that by promptly losing to unranked 9 loss Kansas State. K State won for only the 2nd time since Moses was a young boy.

But what were the voters thinking by putting a 3 loss Texas team #2? Maybe the question should be are the voters capable of thought?

Texas lost at home to #4 Pitt then to an unranked USC on their floor. On Jan. 8th they lost at home again to #9 UConn. My question is this. How would you feel if like the joke of a “system” like the BcS decided the NCAA Basketball Champion?

The champion will be decided on the field just like every national college championship for every sport except BcS division football. But it will be interesting to see how the pin head voters pick a #1 team now that Kansas choked. Do you want to bet they put a 3 loss Texas team #1?

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 a non-fiction work will be available soon at http://www.merriam-press.com/. He edits . Also listen to the best Sports Talk anywhere on the Internet and hear his sports show Monday-Friday 8-10 EST on http://www.cleveland.com/dsn/index.ssf/2010/11/dsn_video_live_stream.html

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The final USA/Coaches Poll votes will not be made public!

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American Football Coaches Association announced Wednesday that the final vote by individual coaches for the USA/Coaches Poll will not be made public. The ONLY vote of coaches that is made public is the final poll. The other polls really don’t care to anyone anyway.

AFCA executive director Grant Teaff said the change will contribute to “making our poll the best poll it can possibly be.” The USA/Coaches poll helps decide which 2 teams play for the BcS Championship will not be released. According to a study done for the organization by Gallop, the votes for the final poll should be kept private to help promote accuracy in the result. WHAT?

I thought that the secret ballot was the very seed of evil. That’s why the President and Congress are so intent on making workers vote for or against unionization in public including union “organizers” with the so called Employee Free Choice Act.

Seriously, the coaches want cover from the criticism that has resulted from their previous votes. Several SEC coaches at their league meeting have already spoken out against the change. That list includes Steve Spurrier (South Carolina) and Mark Rick (Georgia). This change will take effect in the 2010 season unless the decision is reversed.

This is just another step further away from anything that has a sliver of legitimacy of a true national championship. It is pure arrogance because the coaches don’t want to be criticized for their vote. Even worse, it makes a system that is devoid of benefit to the fans who are the customers of college sports even more worthless. Even if there was not collusion between voters to fix the game, this move indicates that they are looking to do that in upcoming years.

The fact is that the ONLY way fans are ever going to get a true playoff in division 1 football is for the big contributors to colleges around the country to cut off their donations until the pinhead president of the school stops voting against a playoff and becomes a supporter. The only thing that college presidents understand is money. Money is the only thing that will get them to change their minds.

I personally stopped tradition of call ins to the Ohio State president during the half time of OSU football games. After Pres. Gee had decried the lack of money from the taxpayer via the Ohio Legislature, I asked him why he didn’t help erase the deficit by cutting his salary in half. He refused to answer the question. The radio station that carried the OSU games never had a call in segment to him at half time again.

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 .

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Major League Baseball gets “BALCOed” right between the eyes

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Major League Baseball gets “BALCOed” right between the eyes

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The second worst thing that could have happened to MLB was that their all time home run king Barry “I never saw a steroid I wouldn’t use” Bonds was found to have gotten many of those home runs by use of the clear among other things. That put a whole new meaning to the phrase “juiced up baseball.”

Now the worst thing has happened—Alex Rodriguez has admitted he used steroids too. This is a horrible disclosure for a number of reasons. Baseball was hoping that ARod would pass the permanently stained Bonds to save baseball from the insult of having the top record in the game held by a drug user. As bad as things are now, they will get worse. ARod was one of 104 players that tested positive. You can bet that the names of the others will be leaked one or two at a time. SI has gotten the list and they will use it to sell as many magazines as possible.

It was bad enough when Jason Giambi admitted using steroids in May 2007 when he told USA Today he was wrong for using the “stuff.” Now things have gone from worse to irreparable. The admission by ARod has been the deepest possible wound to baseball. Many other stars have admitted or been proven to have used steroids as well.

The BALCO scandal has done what most baseball experts felt was the impossible—give credibility to Jose Canseco’s claims in his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big. With every new disclosure, Canseco becomes more and more believable. That is a scary thing for the sport.

But baseball didn’t do this all by themselves—they had help from the Players Association. The results of a “survey” of players in 2003 done by MLB to determine if a full testing program would be necessary were leaked to Sports Illustrated. In addition, the article that named ARod as one of the players on the list that was found to have tested positive for steroids claimed that the players were tipped off about tests ahead of time.

Monday, Donald Fehr, Major League Baseball Players Association’s executive director, said that the results were not destroyed due to a subpoena from a federal grand jury for the information. He also denied that the association ever warned players about tests.

So what if anything should be done about the official records surpassed during the Roids era by suspected or proven users? As always, I have an opinion. Don’t put an asterisk next to Bonds and who ever else has been proven to use juice. Instead use white out and wipe the record off the book entirely. In my opinion and that of many baseball fans, Hank Aaron is the all time home run leader. I don’t care if ARod or anyone else hits 1000 home runs—they don’t count for me and never will.

As far as the Baseball Hall of Fame, I am still willing to have ARod considered based on his play before whatever date the study finds was the real beginning of the steroid era. But no records should count. If you don’t do it honestly, you don’t get credit for 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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