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Tribute to Summerall– “That’s the thing about the voice of Pat Summerall, who died in Dallas on Tuesday at 82. It became more than an unobtrusive guide to a football game. It became the voice you wanted to hear underlying the utmost sporting drama. Good, true, modest, soothing, maybe even dulcet in the non-ironic sense, it spoke over various sports but foremost as the soundtrack of the American Sunday. Without trying so hard, it came to convey the day of the week, the time of the day, the feeling in the air, the season of the year, the bigness of the game. For Sunday after Sunday, doubleheader game after doubleheader game, dusk after dusk, autumn after autumn, year after year it pleased the ear and built a lasting home in the mind.” [Culpepper/Sports on Earth]
“Defensive Line Domination: Diesel Washington and Noah Spence completely dominated whichever Scarlet offensive lineman lined up in front of them. In a pass-heavy day, the pair combined for seven sacks while prolonging the battle for right tackle (which I’ll get to in a second).
Even more impressive than those numbers was the fact that the two didn’t seem to take any plays off. Braxton, Kenny G, and Cardale Jones felt the pressure on almost every play, even apart from the gaudy statistics.” [Peltier/Eleven Warriors]
The NFL is having team alumni announce draft picks again this year. Good choice for the Browns- “Dick Schafrath, offensive tackle. The six-time Pro Bowl left tackle played for the Browns from 1959 to 1971. Nicknamed “The Mule,” Schafrath reportedly wrestled a bear, ran 62 miles from Cleveland Browns stadium to a high school stadium, and canoed across Lake Erie without stopping.” [Hensley/AFC North Blog]
“In 1911 Standard Oil was broken up. Of course the effect of this was to enrich Rockefeller even more through his ownership of the baby Standards. Point is: let’s not discount the rebate angle of this as insignificant. If you’re offering price A to your consumers, but big customers are getting price-A-less-rebate, then how is a small firm supposed to compete? Are there kickbacks paid from the large trucking firms which incent PFJ to screw the small trucking companies? No… monopolistic rebate practices which screw small companies… this rebate deal is probably not as insignificant as Jimmy would have you believe.” [Kanick]
“The Browns are hoping Kruger can provide the pass rush from the outside as the team switches from 4-3 to the 3-4. He is expected to be lined up as the left outside linebacker. Meanwhile, the team’s leading pass rusher the past two seasons is learning a new position. Jabaal Sheard is being switched from defensive end to outside linebacker. He lined up opposite Kruger as the starter on the right side.
“I embrace (the switch to linebacker),” Sheard said. “I think I’m athletic enough and I wanted to be back there.” Sheard said when he was preparing to be drafted he visited with the Patriots, Steelers and a number of 3-4 teams that were looking at him as an outside linebacker. He said he’s not worried about the transition. Neither is Rob Chudzinski.” [Greetham/The OBR]
Finally, you’re welcome. [ebay]