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  1. That's an impressive list of offers. I don't know why he didn't get the ball more in the championship game against Beechwood.
  2. oldgrappler

    My Dog

    So, would this allergy be to all dogs? There are a few breeds that are hypoallergenic, like Bichon Frise. If I recall, the main reason to have a dog was as a companion for your son. If your present dog was good for your son, this may be an option. But yeah, sorry this one didn't work out.
  3. Thank you for your testimony and how you are able to cope.
  4. 2. I was a freshman. I had some caps that were made to be thrown. They had like a BB in the end so that when they landed on a hard surface the cap would go off. I had Mrs. Sander's science class after lunch. She was usually a little clueless, but not this day. Just before class I was out in the hall and I threw one of the caps down the hall (actually several). Mrs. Sanders hadn't been in the class yet. Unfortunately, she was on her way and saw me throw the cap. When I saw her coming I went in the class quick and sat down trying to pretend that nothing had happened. She grabbed me by the upper arm and in spite of my protests took me down to the Principal's office. I asked her to let me stop by my locker on the way but she would not. You see, I had a small box of Swisher Sweets in my back pocket which I got at lunch. We were allowed to leave the school. I knew if I were to get a wack, I would have to empty my back pockets. The Principal, Mr. Moeller, had me sit down in his office. Then, unexpectedly, he excused himself and left. I couldn't believe my luck. I quickly took out the pack of cigars and stashed them in the bottom of his trash can. Mr. Moeller came back in and sat down in his chair. Then, inexplicably, he started to search through his trash can! I was sweating bullets. If he saw the pack of Swisher Sweets in there he didn't pull them out and he didn't say anything about it. But he did proceed to tell me that those caps had become a problem and he demanded to know where I got them. I wouldn't tell him. I think he assumed some student was making them. I actually bought them at the local department store. My Mom was with me. Any way, he saw it was futile to get me to divulge my source. I don't know why I felt some code of ethic to not tell on the Department store. But any way, true to Mr. Moeller's reputation, he got out his paddle and let me have it. He had a pretty solid swing. I took my lumps and went back to class.
  5. Let's see, where do I begin? 1. Study hall was in our cafeteria. The Wrestling Coach was in charge. He allowed students to get a coke from the machine that dropped down a paper cup and shot a mix of soda water and syrup into the cup. I sat at a table full of ornery boys. When his back was turned we would try to stomp on the cup to make a bang. I tried it from a seated position about three times and they all were duds. Someone gave me another empty cup so the fourth time I stood up and stomped really hard. There was an explosion of sound that echoed throughout the cafeteria. The Coach came purposely towards our table saying through clenched teeth, "Who did it? Who did it?" We all just sat there looking straight ahead. Nobody would have told on me but Coach wasn't giving up. So, I fessed up. He said, "Okay. You made a bang, now you're gonna get one! Meet me after school in the Principal's office." That was a loooong afternoon. When the last bell rang I made my way to the Principal's office met by Mr. Mowry. He had me place my hands on the seat of a chair and he gave me a couple of firm wacks. I made it to my bus before it left and I recall sitting down rather gingerly. Mr. Mowry was my wrestling coach. He told me later he had to do something because that was a table full or ornery boys. I was part of Mr. Mowry's wrestling team that won 50 duel meets in a row over several seasons, which was then a record in the state of Ohio. He showed no favoritism.
  6. So, the Miami of Ohio grad is willing to rework his contract so the Steelers have more cap space to sign their upcoming free agents like Ju Ju Smith-Schuster. President Art Rooney II said: “Ben Roethlisberger and I met [Tuesday morning] and we had a productive meeting,’' Rooney said in a statement released by the team. “We were able to discuss a lot of things that relate to where we are and where we went to go. Ben assured me that he is committed to coming back to help us win, and I told Ben that we would like to have him back to help us win a championship,” Rooney said in a statement released Wednesday morning. “We both understand that the next step is to work out Ben’s contract situation.’' We, meaning the Cleveland Browns team, media, and fans, thought we had seen the last of Big Ben in the Steelers playoff loss to the Browns. When I saw him sitting on the bench after the game with Center, Maurkice Pouncey, and tears running down their cheeks, I figured they knew that it was the end of an era. A few weeks off and Ben is ready to try again. My thought is that the Steelers are only prolonging the inevitable. See the full article here: Big Ben Is Back
  7. As you can imagine, I could go on and on about the prowess of Jim Brown on the football field. Suffice it to say, on his 85th birthday, I think he is the greatest RB to ever play the game and perhaps the greatest football player, period. I have data to back up my opinion. But that would make for a very long entry. So, I will just include 3 numbers that speak to his greatness. These numbers are: 5.2, 104.3, and 0. 1. 5.2 is his yards per carry. No one could match that figure during the era when football was about the run and every defense lined up to stop him. He just would not go down (or step out of bounds). This toughness was part of the reason he held the record for rushing TDs at 106 for so long. As Eagles Iron Man Chuck Bednarik once said, "Nobody drug more men into the end zone from 2 yards out than Jim Brown." 2. 104.3 is the number of yards he averaged per game throughout his career. No other player is above 100 yards per game. Barry Sanders is at 99 yards per game. Jim Brown gained over 100 yards in 58 of the 118 regular season games in which he played. Keep in mind, the first 4 seasons of his career the league played 12 games in a season. The last 5 were 14 game seasons. He only missed gaining 1,000 yards in a season his rookie year (942 yards) and in 1962 (996 yards) when he was hampered by an arm injury (though he kept playing). His 12,312 career yards stood for a looong time. 3. 0 is the number of games he missed in his 9 season career. It is also the number of practices he missed in his career. This is an astounding number considering the punishment he delivered and took on almost every carry. He was mentally tough, to say the least. It is why he made his way to his feet and back to the huddle slowly after every play. He didn't want the opposing players to know when he was hurting. He showed no weakness. He also refused to miss practice because he didn't want his teammates, who were counting on his 104.3 yards per game, to lose confidence if he were injured. He kept it to himself. The last thing I would point out is that in an era when racism was more overt than now, Jim Brown demanded to be treated like a man. He has spent his life trying to help young men make good choices about their future and achieve their full potential. See his Amer-I-Can program. If you would like to read more about his remarkable accomplishments and some other interesting facts concerning his life, movies, etc., go to this link: Interesting Info Re:Jim Brown
  8. Marty's "coaching tree" includes four who won Super Bowls: Bruce Arians (this year with Tampa Bay), Bill Cowher (Pittsburgh), Tony Dungy (Colts), and Mike McCarthy (Packers). I think it likely that Marty would have had one at Cleveland had Modell gotten out of the way. Modell wanted to fire some of his assistants and Marty ended up resigning in 1988. Modell and Marty disagreed over the direction of the offense. Another pivotal move interfered with Schottenheimer getting to the Super Bowl. Lindy Infante came to the Browns as Offensive Coordinator in 1986. He teamed up with Bernie Kosar, Ozzie Newsome, RBs Kevin Mack and Ernest Byner to effect a potent offensive attack to go along with Schottenheimer's defensive prowess. In 1987 the Browns had the second highest scoring offense in the AFC. Had Schottenheimer, Infante, and Kosar been able to stay together... one can only dream. You can't blame Infante, the Packers came calling to make him their Head Coach in 1988. Schottenheimer's .613 winning percentage is good for 6th place among coaches with 20+ seasons in the league. He only had two losing seasons in 21 years. Tony Dungy and Bill Cowher, two of his assistants, had fewer head coaching wins than Marty but each have a Super Bowl win. They are also in the Hall of Fame and Marty is not. Let's hope the HOF's Senior Committee rectifies this error in 2022 (we'll also put in a good word for LB Clay Matthews Sr.).
  9. What will be the use? Is it just for transportation or will you use it for light work and/or hauling? I have a pickup because, well, I'm a country boy and pickups were always useful for hauling. The most use I got out of the bed of a pickup truck was hauling my dirt bike to the strip mines to go hill-climbing. But gravel, corn, and stuff to the dump made the old truck handy to have. Now I get a couple loads of mulch each spring, maybe some gravel for the drive, moving stuff for myself or friends, pulling a camper, loading it down with camping gear, hauling the stuff for my kids' dorm rooms, etc. Heck, when I was a kid my Dad would back up to a slight incline, and the pony would walk up and into the bed of the truck and we'd take him from the farm to our house so we could ride him. He'd just stand there looking content and lean into the curves like he was on a motorcycle. 😄 In addition, my sister and I, and all of our friends, would pile into the back of the pickup and go to town or the lake or whatever destination. Or we'd haul coal for my Grandma's coal furnace. A pickup is just a very useful tool. I sure missed it when I was without one for several years. If you're just going to use it for transportation, then buy a car... unless you like the height of a truck. I know I prefer getting in and out of my truck to my wife's Ford Fusion or my son's Honda Civic. It's just a lot less effort. And you can see the road ahead a lot better when you're sitting up a little, esp. in traffic. I've had really good service out of a Ford F-150. That thing ran like a top. I could also recommend my current 2008 Chevy Silverado. And I'm with @theguru, I like the looks of a GMC a little better than the Chevy and a whole lot more than a Nissan or Toyota.
  10. I always liked my alma mater's logo during the football season. Not for the visual, but I loved hearing the PA announcer or the radio announcer calling out: "Touchdown Tornadoes!" Or "It's another Tornadoes touchdown!" Nearly perfect, I'd say.
  11. Seems like I am the bearer of bad news today. Due to complications from Alzheimer's Disease, Schottenheimer has been moved to a hospice facility near his Charlotte North Carolina home. Marty is the last Browns coach to have sustained success, making it to the AFC Championship game two years in a row. But for John Elway, the Browns may have a Super Bowl win during his years and much success for a lot of their star players, perhaps some more in the Hall of Fame. Schottenheimer earned my respect when he was the coach at Cleveland. He and Bernie Kosar teamed up for some exciting wins. I have a warm spot in my heart for him and I hate this for him and his family. It must be noted, he coached in KC for 10 years, Washington 1 year, and 5 years in San Diego. He had 44 wins in 5 years with Cleveland. Praying for you coach! Article from Cleveland.com
  12. The Cleveland sports scene has lost another long-time media personality to complications from Parkinson's Disease and Diabetes. Les Levine was 74 years old. Known for his kindness and his humorous puns, his daily show was called, "More Sports and Les Levine." He recently tweeted this concerning the naming of the MLB Cleveland baseball team: "If its the Spiders the the team should have a great website." Cleveland sports journalists are mourning the loss of a long-time mentor and friend. His career spanned 50 years beginning in small-town radio in Indiana. My condolences to his family.
  13. Very sorry, @PP1. 🙏
  14. I just saw this thread. I recently sold my entire collection of 10,000 cards, all collected when I was a kid in the 70's. I had baseball, football, and basketball. My oldest Baseball cards were 1933 Goudey, I had quite a few from the 50's, including Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente. Stars and Hall of Famers from the 60's including Mantle and the aforementioned guys, plus Gibson, Koufax, Rose, Bench, etc. plus all the stars in the 1970's. My last cards were complete sets in 1978, 1979, 1982. Football cards starting with 1948 Leaf. I had many in the 50's, more in the 1960's, and most in the 1970's. The one card I didn't have from the 70's was the Walter Payton Rookie. I did have several Jim Brown. Butkus and Sayers rookie, OJ rookie, etc., etc. I did have the Namath Rookie that is the most valuable football card of all. My basketball cards were not as numerous with my best card being a 1970 Topps of Lew Alcindor. I loved collecting sports cards when i was a kid... probably too much because i handled them a lot. Here's what I learned from my recent sale... 1. condition is where the value lies. PSA 10 Namath rookie is worth $250,000. Price drops drastically as condition goes down. This is true with every card. The one I had was probably worth between 1-2 thousand dollars retail. 2. The cards worth anything must be mid1970's and older. Most collectors only interested in 1960's and older but will buy later ones. After the late 1970's the only way they are worth anything is if they are rookie cards of stars and then they must be in mint condition. 3. If you are selling them you must know how you want to sell them? How fast do you need money? How involved do you want to be? You can set up an ebay store and sell them that way. But you have the hassle of dealing with every question on every card and trying not to get ripped off. If you want to get rid of them fast, you can contact a big dealer and let them take a look at your collection and they will make an offer. This way is the quickest and involves you the least. But be prepared, they won't give you anything close to what they are worth because they have to make a buck and they know they will be holding on to some cards for a loooong time before they find a buyer. They will give you less than you think, even when making allowances for their need to make a profit. It is hard for someone not in the business to be able to fairly evaluate condition. You basically have to take their word for it. There are some other ways to sell them. Do an internet search for how to sell card collection and you will find a lot of advice. For me, I finally decided to sell the collection that I've held on to for 40 years because I figured I would get more enjoyment out of the thing selling them would afford me than keeping them on a shelf in my closet and occasionally looking at them. I was right about that. Take a look at my new-to-me-motorcycle in the Great Outdoors forum
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