NFL MADE THE WRONG CALL

Having served 33 years as a Groundskeeper at Veteran’s Stadium where the playing surface was Artificial Turf I believe the National Football League could have played its’ Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Sunday August 7th. From what I read on various media sites and what I saw on TV , including the playing field the reason the game was cancelled was because the wrong paint was used which made some area’s of the field slippery. I also heard on TV that the NFL knew there was a problem a few hours before kickoff. I don’t know who was in charge of the playing surface or even if a Head Groundskeeper is employed at that stadium but if there was an individual there that had some knowledge of turf and paint then the problem could have been solved. Turf fields have been subject to many stains, including leaking grease or oil from vehicles being on the field, paint spillage and tobacco stains. How do you clean this mess as well as the hardened paint in Canton ? Simply use a High Pressure Washer or fire hose along with a tractor with a brush attached which will help remove the paint along with the power washer. I know that more than one hose and washer would have been needed, but as soon as the problem was noticed it should have been all hands on deck . Of course everyone recalls the cancelled Pre-Season game in Philadelphia but the problem there was that new turf was put in that year starting with baseball in April ,but the football field was never laid out completely before it was rolled up and stored away until that first pre-season game. When it came time for football it was like trying to put a puzzle together. The company that sold the turf was contracted to complete the full conversion to football for the first game. What they failed to realize was that a baseball game was played the night before and there was not enough time for them to complete an NFL approved conversion of the field. Now back to a situation on day the Phillies were scheduled to play that could have been applied in Canton. Most vehicles that came onto the Veteran’s Stadium field drove along the rubber warning track. However there were times that driving on the field was unavoidable. On this particular day a vehicle had dropped both grease and oil in numerous wide area’s on the field. It was slippery as hell and panic was setting in. No problem. The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Recreation Staff who were the owners of the stadium got out their pressure washers but knowing they didn’t have enough equipment called in good old “Stanley Steamer”. I kid you not. Well Mister Steamer and company brought in about six or seven vans to wash away the grease and oil and the game was played that evening with no problem.  Removing oil and grease is much more difficult than removing paint from the field. If something such as this had been done in Canton, the field may have not looked pretty in some areas, but the game could have been played.

Reynolds should be a Target for the Heisman !

Navy Quarterback Keenan Reynolds recently broke the All Time NCAA Career Rushing TD record of 77, held by Monte Ball, when he scored 4  against SMU a few weeks ago.  This record started getting some legs last year when it was apparent that Reynolds, if healthy would indeed break it. It has been mentioned in every type of media outlet all over the country.  Reynolds isn’t being viewed  as a legitimate candidate for the Heisman Trophy but he really should be and here’s why. Recently I sat down and did a little homework and came up with some staggering numbers. We are all aware of the triple or read option offense that is run by the Midshipman. What is tremendously overlooked in my opinion, is that Reynolds is a target on every offensive play that he is on the field. When Reynolds decides to keep the ball, obviously he is hit several times before he is tackled. He is also a target when he drops back to pass, although passing is not the way Navy chooses to march down the field.  Reynolds holding  the ball until the last second before either handing it off or pitching it out he is again a target and is hit with or without the ball. Keenan Reynolds has played four years of college football and if Navy goes on to play 13 games this year he will have played 50 games in his NCAA career. After doing extensive research and averaging out a few numbers I would hope those in the media would take a serious look at Reynolds arithmetic . At the conclusion of this season, Navy will have averaged 900 offensive plays per season. Multiply that by four and you see what I am getting at. Three Thousand Six Hundred offensive plays that Keenan Reynolds was a target. He was the main target on 975 rushes and 455 pass attempts which adds up to 1,430 plays. Ouch. However, that is not the end. You see Navy ran the ball an additional 2,170 times and the main distributor of the pigskin was Keenan Reynolds. I am sure he was hit thousands of times on those handoffs. So you want to talk tough. Talk, Keenan Reynolds. Give him his just due. He may not have the sexy numbers of Alabama’s Derrick Henry or Ohio Sates Ezekiel Elliott and a few others. What he does have though is a heart as big as the country he will serve after his football career. Navy  is currently ranked 23rd in the country according the  latest College Football Rankings and Reynolds is the main ingredient towards that number. Reynolds has been named the American Athletic Conferences Player Of The Year. He also is a finalist for the Manning Award, which is named after Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.  With two more games to play, against Army and then the Military Bowl in Annapolis  Reynolds so far in his career has rushed 932 times for 4,279 yards for a 4.6 yards per carry average. 83 of those totes were for Touchdowns.  Just for fun he has passed 431 times while completing 227 for 3,762 yards and 29 Touchdowns for a rating of 144.5.  Keenan Reynolds deserves an invite to New York as a legitimate candidate for the Heisman. As of now Reynolds is on the outside looking in. To leave him stranded on an island would be a grave injustice to a man whose name now is mentioned along with Navy’s other Heisman Trophy QB winner Roger Staubach .

Dick Allen Hall of Fame Rally

As everyone know, we’re having a rally/news conference on Friday, July 25 to kick off our campaign to get Dick allen elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Over the last few months, we’ve spent countless hours collecting statistics, stories, and testimonials to prove that one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history deserves to be enshrined in the hall the result is a 55-page presentaiton that makes a powerful case.

Feel free to download, then come to our rally on Friday!

Dick Allen Presentation

WHY Dick Allen IS A HALL OF FAMER !!

Since the late former Chicago Cub and White Sox star Ron Santo, who was recently inducted into Baseball’s Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, the question arises; how come Dick Allen isn’t in ? Well let’s compare the numbers and you will notice that Dick Allen should be a Hall of Famer if Ron Santo is. Santo was a 9 time All Star, who had a .277 career batting average, 342 Home Runs and an OPS+ { adjusted on base plus slugging % } of 125. Santo received No Post Season Awards ! Dick Allen was a 7 time All Star, had career batting average of .292 with 351 Home Runs and an OPS+ of 156. Allen also was the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year and the 1972 American League Most Valuable Player. Santo also had 1,811 more At Bats than Dick Allen. Dick Allen was credited with saving the White Sox franchise from relocating. When Allen arrived in Chicago attendance almost doubled. The Santo comparison clearly shows that Allen had better numbers than Santo. But this was just a one on one comparison. Now lets move on to the more complex statistics that voters use as a gauge for a players entrance into the Hall Of Fame. This statistic was brought up by Bill James, the baseball stat guru who doesn’t believe Dick Allen is a Hall of Famer because of his off the field issues, but James admitted with this statistic that Allen probably should be in the Hall of Fame. James compares two different era’s, the first from 1975 to 1984. That is a 10 year playing span. That era was also considered the live ball era. To be included on this list a player must have played at least 1,000 games. The leading OPS+ player during that time frame was Mike Schmidt with a 155 OPS+. Second on the list was George Brett with 145, followed by Eddie Murray 143 and Dave Winfield with 140. Others on the list include Reggie Jackson with 135 and Jim Rice at 134. Now James takes us 10 years back. He starts from 1964 through 1973 and also uses the same criteria as the other era. The 64-73 time frame was considered a dead ball era. The Pitchers mound was 15 inches high to give the pitcher a big advantage over the hitter. Finally in 1969 or ’70 the mound was lowered to 10 inches. Here’s where Mr. Allen hits his longest home run. His OPS+ of 165 led ALL OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ! James states that Allen was ahead of 17 Hall of Famers. Here are a few and their numbers. Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey and Frank Robinson all numbered at 161. Next in line was Harmon Killebrew and Willie Stargell both with 152. At 151 was Roberto Clemente’, Willie Mays-148, Carl Yastrzemski-145, Billy Williams 139 and Ron Santo at 136. So as you can see, Allen had a higher number than Mike Schmidt 165 vs. 155, in an era where pitching dominated.
I didn’t even get into the other racial issues that Allen had to go through, we will save that for another day. There are many other stats out there, but the fact that Bill James would reveal such a stat in support of Dick Allen proves to me that Richard Anthony “Dick” Allen is a True Hall of Famer.

Co-Host on WCHE Radio 1520 West Chester

On July 10th I was proud to be a guest co-host with Bill Werndl on WCHE Radio in West Chester. If you you like to listen to the show just click on the Sports Chatter link. I was on the air for one hour. At the 15 minute mark former University of Delaware football caoch KC Keeler was a guest for 15 minutes. After his interview it is just Billy and myself talking baseball. Bill was a former TV producer at both channel 6 and 10 in Phila before moving out to San Diego to host a radio show for a number of years. Bill is now back in the area and is know as “The Icon”.

Radio Interview

On Tuesday May 8th I was a guest on WCHE radio in West Chester. The host of the show called ‘Sports Chatter” is former channel 6 and channel 10 TV Sports Producer Bill Werndl. Bill later mover on to San Diego and was part of a Sports Talk Show called “Loose Cannon’s” which was the number one rated sports talk show in the country. The Delaware County native has recently moved back to the area and is finishing out his career in the area. If you would like to hear the interview just click on the right side of the page where it says Bill Werndl Interview. Also, while I was on the show I mentioned that my book “Hardball and Hardship” could be purchased through this site. However there was a problem at the time which has since been rectified and the book can now be purchased by just clicking on to the book also on the right hand side of the page. Don’t forget Father’s Day is coming up and the book is an affordable gift. Thanks Frog

Bring Back Iverson

The Sixers can’t seem to figure out who should get the ball at crunch time. Doug Collins blames himself for the teams inability to score at the end of close games. Maybe he is right. Total confusion that looks and is real ugly to watch. Collins can motivate and throw all them statistics at you as good as anyone. But he can’t draw up a play when it’s needed the most. Perhaps the Sixers should bring back Allen Iverson. There would be know doubt, give him the ball and let the play develop. Shoot, pass when double teamed or draw the foul. He would be well rested since he would be needed only at crunch time… ha

Wilt Chamberlain

Just wanted to acknowledge the recent anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point night in Hershey,Pa in 1962. Wilton Norman Chamberlain the GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME !!!

I Can’t Believe My Baseball Ears !

I know that I haven’t posted anything for quite some time, but what I’ve been hearing from some so called baseball experts has really set me off. First it was pitch count which I am totally against and now it’s this ridiculous phrase, ” He’s not pitching to contact” in other words the batter isn’t putting the ball in play enough. Why isn’t he putting the ball in play ? Well because the pitcher is striking him out. Isn’t that the objective of the pitcher. It sure as hell was when I was playing. The more the batter puts the ball in play the higher percentage he will have of getting on base. Isn’t the pitcher supposed to keep the opposing team off the base? The best way of doing that is striking the batter out. However in the world of baseball we live in today everyone wants to save the pitchers arm. But saying it is a “BAD THING” to strike a batter out is totally ludicrous. Yes that’s what they’re saying about Cliff Lee 107 K’s, the National League leader and right behind with 106 Roy Halliday.
Maybe there’s some kind of conspiracy behind this. The numbers are down across the board in all offensive categories so let’s just let the batter hit the ball. Why not just tell him what’s coming ? Maybe they can throw the ball underhand. How about lowering the mound again. Ah what the heck, just pitch off a flat surface. Do you have any suggestions? Let me know what you think.

Take Away Title’s

Wow ! What if Major League Baseball did what the NCAA does to the school’s that use players who have done something illegal. Take away all their teams wins and championship’s or title’s. Could you imagine MLB commissioner Bud Selig holding a news conference and making an announcement that he was taking away a World Series Crown from The New York Yankees. That’s right baby.. Forfeit everything. You Lose, you or one of your players cheated. You had an unfair advantage. You didn’t play by the rules. Do something at a level such as that and then none of those steroid Home Run Bombers would ever gain consideration for Baseball’s Hall of Fame. That’s what is needed to be done to really understand the severity of the problem.

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