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I am a freelance writer and self-published author. My first book titled 'Sports Talk Radio Is A Waste of Time (And so is this book) was released in October of 2010 and can be found on Amazon. I have a website titled Sportscommonsense.com where you will find my blog 'The Games We Play.' I write content for Yahoo!, Examiner.com. Suite101, Infobarrel and Hubpages. Sports is my strong suite and I have much experience. I have participated in sports as player, coach and game official at all levels since the age of 10. I love all sports, but pro football and basketball are my favorites.


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The man who made my father a football fan won the Heisman Trophy in 1963. Quarterback Roger Staubach of the United States Naval Academy was named the best player in college football that season with his daring feats of running and passing. It was a memorable year for Staubach, the Naval Academy and the United States in ways magic and tragic.

Roger Staubach Navy

My father always had respect for Staubach as a player. As a Washington Redskins fan, he watched as "Roger the Dodger" tormented his team while playing for their bitter rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. When Staubach was on the field, no lead was safe and no game over until the final seconds ticked off of the clock. I always thought that my father hated Staubach until he told me the story of seeing him play for the first time.

After Staubach retired in 1979, my father was watching some of his highlights and suddenly mentioned how it was Roger who made him a football fan. My father told us a story of how he happened to come across a football game on television in which Navy was playing. Since baseball and boxing were my father's sports he hardly watched football. The fact that his family didn't have a television set made it even harder to watch a game.

This day, he happened to be somewhere that had one and Staubach just happened to be playing. My father told us how much of a kick he got out of watching Staubach run around while his opponent's chased him in vain. He immediately became a fan of the Navy Midshipmen and their quarterback.

Staubach Life Magazine

Staubach made a lot of fans in his four years at the Academy, especially in 1963. He led the Midshipmen to a 9-1 record which earned them a trip to the Cotton Bowl. Many people forget that Navy lost that game to Texas, but everyone remembers that Staubach won the Heisman Trophy. They also remember that he won it during a year in which the United States suffered the unspeakable tragedy of a President being assassinated. In the same city, Dallas, Texas, where Staubach would lose the Cotton Bowl in January, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed the previous November.

The assassination bumped Staubach from the cover of "Life" magazine and led to the Army-Navy game being moved back a week. When the two academies met, they played one of the most memorable games in the series with Staubach's Midshipmen holding on to win 21-15.

Another thing that many people do not know is that Staubach had a chance to become the first man to win the Heisman twice as he won it as a junior. However, 1964 was not as magical as the previous year. The Middies finished out of the bowl picture and Staubach was beaten out for the Heisman by quarterback John Huarte of Notre Dame.

By that time, it did not matter what Staubach did as he had already left his mark on college football. To this day, he is revered as the Navy's last Heisman winner and a peerless leader of men. Staubach is in the pro and college football halls of fame.

Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy in 1963 and made my father a football fan. Fifty years later, there is still no quarterback that my father holds in higher regard.

There is nothing like looking at old NFL Films highlight and seeing the goal post on the goal line. It probably seems strange to those who aren't old enough to remember them being there, but for those of us who do goal posts on the goal line are a cherished memory.

Super Bowl V

I began watching NFL football as a kid in the early 1970's. At the time, there were many rules in place that have been changed. Defensive players could hit receivers as often as they wanted until the ball was in the air. Offensive linemen could not use their hands and holding was a 15 yard penalty from the spot of the foul even if it was behind the line of scrimmage. Missed field goals were like punts. If they landed in the field of play, the receiving team took over where the kick ended. If they went into the end zone it was a touchback and spotted on the 20 yard line. And the goal posts were on the goal line.

By the time that I began watching NFL football, the league was using the tuning fork goal post that we see today. I remember plays in which receivers would use the goal post as a pick and run the defensive back right into it so that they could get open. I remember players running smack into the pole which held the uprights in place. I remember quarterbacks throwing passes into the crossbar upright. There were times when the goalpost was the 12th man for the offense or an extra defender for the defense. One play that everyone remembers is Washington Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer hitting the crossbar with a pass in Super Bowl VII.

When the goal posts were on the goal line a 50 yard field goal seemed really long, because the kicker lined up on the opposite side of the field to kick it. Seeing the number 50 in chalk in front of them made the posts seem like they were a mile away. Always remember that when New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey kicked the longest field goal in league history, he did it from his own 37 yard line.

Tom Dempsey

The funny thing is that I thought the goal post was on the goal line at every level of football. I hardly ever watched college football and didn't know that high school even existed. It was not until looking at films years later that I knew that the NFL was the only level where goal posts were not on the end line.

This season marks the 40th anniversary of the last year when the goal posts were on the goal line. In 1974, they were moved to the end line and have been there ever since. That Christmas, I got my first Super Bowl electric football game. It had a field with the goal posts still on the goal line. To this day, I kick myself for not keeping that game.

Electric Football

Oh well. At least every time that I see an old highlight film where the goal post is on the goal line I know that the game was played before 1974.

The 1986 NBA All-Star game is being replayed on NBA Network tonight. It is a reminder to all who watched basketball during the 1980's that it was the best decade in NBA history.

Magic Johson. Larry Bird

Before the 1980's, the NBA had great teams and players. The Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1950's and 60's is the ultimate in basketball history. Men such as Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Julius Erving, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor could play in any decade. During the early 1970's, the New York Knicks were considered the ultimate in team basketball. That decade was one where parity reigned as no team repeated as champions and eight different organizations won it.

But the 1980's were the decade. It was the one where men were men, players were leaders on and off of the court and coaches trusted them enough to get out of their way and let them play. Teams would do anything to win and no one gave their opponent any respect. It didn't matter how big of a star you were you had to prove it on the court night after night, season after season. If you won a championship it was because you had the best team, not the biggest star.

1983 76ers

The decade began with Magic Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird's Celtics the dominant teams as L.A. won five championships and Boston three. It ended with Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons having dethroned them both. Erving's Philadelphia 76er's battled Boston and Los Angeles as well and took home a title in 1983. What each of these teams had in common is that they wanted what the other had and would sacrifice anything to get it.

After Magic and the Lakers won it all in 1980, Bird got his first the next season. After losing to Los Angeles and the Celtics for three straight years, Philadelphia traded for All-Star center Moses Malone and took it all in 1983. The Celtics and Lakers took their rivalry to a new level as they alternated championships from 1984 to 1987. Three times they met in the finals with Boston winning the first and Los Angeles the last two. The Pistons became more than jealous. They finally got past Boston in 1988 only to lose to the Lakers. In 1989, they settled all family business by knocking off the Lakers.

1989 Pistons

Meanwhile a young man by the name of Michael Jordan watched and learned how cutthroat the NBA was. Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls in 1984 and spent the rest of the decade scoring a ton of points while his elders racked up titles. By the end of the decade there were some who thought that Jordan would never win a championship. It seems just as absurd writing that now as it did reading it 25 years ago.

Jordan did win his titles, six of them to be exact. He did not win any until age caught up with the dominant teams of the 1980's. When this happened, the Bulls took over and all challengers cowered to them. The 1990's were a far cry from the 80's as teams and players seemed more worried about image than winning. Instead of players and teams rising up to challenge the Bulls, they sat back and sang the praises of Jordan. They still do. If one does not believe it think of this:

Whenever those who played for the Lakers, Celtics, 76er's and Pistons talk about their decade, none of them will concede that the others were better. All of them take glee in talking about the times that they won and still hurt from the losses. Many of them hold grudges to this day.

Whenever those who play in the 1990's talk, all they do is exult the praises of Jordan. Most of them simply concede that he was the best player of all-time and they simply couldn't beat him. None of them seem to show any hatred towards him or feel that he took something from them.

Michael Jordan

Meanwhile, Jordan laughs in their face. He knows that the lessons learned from losing to Magic, Bird, Isiah and Erving in the 80's helped him dominate the '90's.

Jordan became king, because he was blooded during the best and most competitive decade in NBA history, the 1980's.

This is hard to believe, because they played against each other so much from 1969 to 1980, but the Ohio State Buckeyes and Southern Cal Trojans have not met in the Rose Bowl since New Year's Day 1985. Each team has played in the game multiple times, but for almost 30 years not against each other.

Rose Bowl

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The 1985 Chicago Bears are considered to be a legendary defense. They ran roughshod over the NFL on their way to an 18-1 record and victory in Super Bowl XX.

Chicago Bears

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When a team has high expectations like the 2013 Washington Nationals and things don't go right everyone begins to look for answers. There is a saying that players and managers under analyze things when they win and over analyze when they lose. The Nationals and their fans are doing a lot of over analyzing this season. So much so that the Nats fired their hitting coach Rick Eckstein on Monday.

Washington Nationals

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I was thinking the other day about NFL players who began their careers with a team, left to play elsewhere and then returned to finish where they started. I'm not talking about guys who signed contracts with their original team so that they could retire with them. I'm talking about men who actually played a season or more when they came back. Here are a few that come to mind:

Fran Tarkenton

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When I began writing my Washington Nationals journal back in April they were considered to be the best young team in baseball and a World Series contender. Two and a half months later, the Nats are hovering around .500 and in second place six games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. If the season were to end today, the Nats would be out of the playoffs.

Ian Desmond

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Not every great NFL player gets to end their careers playing for one team. In the age of free agency it rarely happens. All one has to do is look at quarterback Peyton Manning for proof. As recent as two years ago, very few people thought that he would not end his career with the Indianapolis Colts. Due to uncertainty after he had neck surgery in 2011, the Colts released him and now Manning is a member of the Denver Broncos.

joe namath

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The 1983 Georgia Bulldogs saw their chances of winning national a championship all but disappear when star running back Herschel Walker decided to skip his final season and sign a pro contract with the New Jersey Generals of the new United States Football League. The Bulldogs were national championship contenders all three years that Walker played for them. They would have been again if he had returned for his senior season.

Herschel Walker

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Comment by TimmyH6
on In Memory of Steve Sabol: My Top 10 NFL Films Productions

September 26th 2012 03:52
Yeah they do. All of sports does. Just about every production you see today is influenced by Sabol and NFL Films.

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on College Football has Grown Stale

September 21st 2012 21:42
The tradition and loyalty have been replaced by TV dollars. I miss Penn St-MD though the Terps always lost.

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on Baseball Needs to Bring Back the Doubleheader

September 21st 2012 21:41
Tis true. Late starting times, TV timeouts. Anything for the buck.

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on Week One NFL: By January We Will Have Forgotten it All

September 11th 2012 13:41
Yeah I will too. I almost wrote that at the end. Thanks for reading and commenting Tooms. LOL!

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on My 10 Favorite Helmet Logos of all Time

September 3rd 2012 20:34
Thanks. If you are interested I'm part of an NFL Films music group on Yahoo. Check it out.

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on The Unique Helmet of Willie Lanier

September 3rd 2012 20:32
Thanks. I suffered five concussions myself. Two really bad ones.I remember the helmet and reading why Lanier wore it and like you wonder why others don't.

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on Joe Namath Sees What Everyone Else Sees With Jets

September 3rd 2012 20:27
If healthy (and that's a big IF) I think he would have been fine. No one can touch the quarterback today and receivers are allowed to run free. A lot of passing stats were lower then.

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on Week One College Football

September 3rd 2012 20:23
That IS funny. I live in Maryland. Terps barely beat William and Mary. They keep recruiting local high school talent hoping they will win. I officiate high school. Nothing against the kids who play here, but Md has to go elsewhere for top notch talent.

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on A Dynasty Usually Comes out of Nowhere

September 3rd 2012 06:12
Thanks. I try to dig deep. I stumbled upon that one on google. And like you for the life of me I don't know why people don't want to acknowledge anything that happened before ESPN was born.

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on NFL Rumors: Green Bay Packers Could Sign Vince Young

August 29th 2012 18:03
Young is not a good passer. He is a wildcat quarterback at best.

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