Monday Morning Quarterback for February 3rd

Last Saturday, the National Football League announced its current Hall of Fame Class.  Among the class, one player sticks out in my mind more than anyone else on the list.  That player is former Oakland Raider Punter Ray Guy.

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When I starting following football as a kid, my favorite team was the Oakland Raiders. They had great players.  One of my favorites was QB Kenny “The Snake” Stabler.  I am left handed, like Stabler, and I used try to be like him when I played football with my friends.  Other great players included Kenny King, Cliff Branch, Dave Casper, Mark VanEagen, just to name a few.

Then there was punter Ray Guy.  The kicking game was not like what is today, so specialized.  Guy was the first of his kind.  Great yardage on his kicks, placing the ball inside the 20 yard line of the other team and one of the greatest hang times a punter every had, which allowed the Raiders to have great coverage on their punts.  The Raiders were a great team in the 70’s and early 80’s and Guy was a big part of that success.

Ray Guy had a great career, but at the time, a kicker, let alone a pure punter, was never considered for the Hall of Fame.  Several decades past and still punter was elected to the Hall of Fame.  All I have to say that it is about time that a pure punter is a Hall of Famer and that Ray Guy was the first.

Have a Great Week!!

Monday Morning Quarterback for January 6th

Bengals

This will be short this week.  I just got finished watching the Cincinnati Bengals lose their 3rd first round playoff game in the last three years.  Being a Bengal fan, we do not have much to cheer for, but things had been looking up recently.  I want to be an Andy Dalton fan, but he makes it hard for me to do so.  I was scrolling through twitter today and saw an article posted from ESPN’s Jason Whitlock on what could have been.  I will let you read it for yourself here.

On a brighter note, the show returns this week with our 13th Region Basketball Showcase.  Listen in on Thursday at 7pm est.

Have a good week.

The Top 3 Sports Books of All Time

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I love to read! It was my favorite subject as a child and teenager. I do think it is hard to write a good sports book, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, or an autobiography. It is difficult to keep the reader attention, especially when the author replays sporting events play-by-play. All of these books are available in The Steve Black Show Store.

3. Bo Knows Bo

A lot of athletes think they are a top college recruit, but Bo Jackson was a top college recruit. He recalls the stories of university helicopters landing on his street during recruiting visits. The details about the trickery of sports agents which cost Jackson college eligibility are included.

 

2. Playing for Pizza

The best author in America in my opinion is John Grisham. He has written 3 novels about sports fiction and by far the best one is Playing for Pizza. It revolves around a former NFL quarterback who gets cut for the final time in the pros. He decides to take a starting QB job for an Italian football team.

 

1. Friday Night Lights

Clearly the best sports book ever written. A true story about the Odessa Permian panther’s football team in the 1980s and their quest for a state title. Booster donations help the team fly to games, coaches’ real feelings with harsh words about players are included, and the pressure from the town to win at all costs is detailed in the player’s lives.

 

Monday Morning Quarterback for October 7th

Here is the latest edition of Monday Morning Quarterback.

Sometimes a person can get writer’s block.  I am sure that could think of many things to write about.  A lot is going on this week in sports.

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For example, the MLB Playoffs began this week.  I am, of course, left disappointed once again with my Cincinnati Reds.  They lost to Pittsburgh in the NL Wild Card this past Tuesday night.

Then later in the week, the Reds decide to fire Manager Dusty Baker after 6 years at the helm.  Dusty guided the Reds to three 90 win seasons and three playoff appearances, as well as two NL Central Titles.

That is great results, but the problem was not making it past the first round of the playoffs.  They were swept by the Phillies in 2010 (including a no hitter in game one).  Last year, they took the first two games against the Giants before failing to win one of the last three games of the series at home that would have sent them to the NL Championship Series.

The Reds have the talent, but they fall flat at the wrong times.  I liked Dusty, but a change needed to be made.  Here is hoping that the next Reds Manager can get the team over the hump of the first round of the playoffs.  The Reds should be back of the thick of it again in 2014.

Bengals

Speaking of Cincinnati,” WHO DEY!!  WHO DEY!!  Who Dey think gonna beat them Bengals?”  Chicago and Cleveland did!!  With the Bengals, you don’t know who you’re going to get.  The Bengals that lost to Chicago and Cleveland, or the Bengals that have score big wins over Green Bay and New England?  The Defense has played great, but the Offense, and more importantly Andy Dalton, need to pick things up.

This looks like a week to week thing with Cincinnati, so what will next week have in store when the Bengals travel to Buffalo?  Stay tuned.

I still have some writer’s block, so I though I would share some football blooper videos that I found on YouTube!!     Video 1    Video 2    Video 3

That is it for now.

Enjoy your week.  I know I will.  I have visions of Oklahoma blowing out Texas this Saturday in the Red River Rivalry!!!

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Oklahoma_Sooners BOOMER SOONER!!!!!!!

 

 


Monday Morning Quarterback for September 23 2013

This week’s edition of Monday Morning Quarterback is all about the last few days in the life of Steve Black.

Thursday, September 19th

After working the day job, it was a chance to make final preparations for what may have been the BIGGEST Steve Black Show ever since my co-host JT Elliott and I decided to start this show in August of 2012.

Guests on the show included Mr. Brian Milam.

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I was familiar with Brian’s work at WYMT TV out of Hazard, KY with Sports Overtime.  He is currently at WKYT in Lexington.  I consider him one of the biggest guest we have ever had on the show and he did not disappoint.  I hope he enjoyed being on the show, as we did having him on the show.

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We also were going to have both coaches Wayne Mills and Scott Russell on the show at the same time.  It did not look like they were going to call in.  I was about defeated, until I was able to contact a friend of mine, the KY Stud. The Stud called into the show and bantered with me, JT and Jon North.  As a result of the Stud’s great mic skills, I was able to make a final contact with both coaches.  I was prepared to go overtime on the show (we normally go an hour, but I schedule the show for 90 minutes, just in case).  Long story short, both coaches called in and I had a great time talking to them both.  Wayne and Scott are the best of friends whose teams were going to play the next night, which make for a good interview.  Special shout out to the Stud for filling that gap and making the show, told to me by several people, the best show yet!!!  If you have not listened to the show yet, you can check it out here.

 

Friday, September 20th

After working the day job, it was on the road to Barbourville for the big game with Knox Central and Bell Co.  since I am on assignment in Lexington/Winchester with the day job, I have not been available for my PA duties with the Panthers.  I was not going to make this game originally, but a favorable schedule at work and to help out new Panther AD Jeff Canady, I made the trip.  I was ready to get back in the press box for the Panthers.  This was the day that KC would get that WIN against Bell Co.  It looked good in the beginning, but it became very apparent that Bell Co. isn’t a traditional power for nothing.  Bell at 2-2 coming into the game after losing to Middlesboro, was in danger of losing 2 in a row for the first time in forever,  Bell took on the challenge and had their way with the Panthers in a 34-12 victory.  Needless to say that I was disappointed with the Panther’s performance on this night.  KC has lost 2 in a row now themselves, and this did not look like a team that was coming into this game at 3-1.  I hope the Panthers turn it around before District play.

 

Saturday, September 21st

I was going to drive back to Lexington after the KC/Bell game, so I decided to stay the night in Barbourville.  Saturday brought a trip to Union College for their game with Webber International.  As I arrived at the ball field, the nicknames for me were flying around.  I was dubbed by Union Athletic Director Tim Curry as “The Curse of Panther Nation” and “Black Death” in regards to my return to the press box for the KC/Bell game (all in jest, of course).  We had a great laugh about the whole thing.  Curry had another nickname waiting on me.  It was “O-fer”.  If Union loses to Webber International, I would be 0-3 as a PA guy this season.  This game would be a battle of two teams who are not very good, but someone had to win, right?  Union scored in the 4th quarter to go up 19-13.  It looked like I would be spared of that new nickname, until the Warriors scored a TD with 28 seconds to go in the contest for a 20-19 win.  Crushing defeat for the Bulldogs, who fall to 0-3 on the season.  Just call me O-fer!!

At least the Oklahoma Sooners were idle this weekend.  If they had played, the way my luck was going, they would have lost too.  Let’s beat Notre Dame next weekend!!  BOOMER SOONER!!!!

bob stoops  Can Stoops become “Big Game Bob” one more time next week at Notre Dame?  That is why they play the games!!

 

Sunday, September 22nd

My hope for a winner this weekend was in the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals, but it was not going to be easy.

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They hosted the Green Bay Packers.  Things started great as Cincy started out with a 14-0 lead, but Green Bay rolled off 30 straight points to take a 30-14 lead in the second half.  Long story short, the Bengals become the first team in NFL history, a team wins a game after up by 14 and then down by 16.  What a great finish in Cincinnati, as the Bengals come back for a 34-30 win!!!!  At least a team that I root for came away for a win.

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By the way, the Cincinnati Reds crush Pittsburgh to take 2 out of 3 from the Pittsburgh this weekend!!!!

Needless to say that I am needing a little rest after a long last few days.  Another big week at work this week!!

You all have a GREAT WEEK!!!!!


2013 NFL Draft by Conference

The 2013 National Football League Draft has come and gone.  Which conference sent more players on the the NFL via the draft this year?  Well, not a hard guess, but here are some numbers for you anyways!!

SEC  Once again, the SEC is one top with 63 total players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. 

 

Pac 12  The PAC 12 came in 3rd with 28 players drafted.

Big 10  The Big 10 had 22 players drafted.  As so did the……..

Big 12 The Big 12 Conference.  And of the 6 BCS Conferences, bringing up the rear was the……..

Big East  Big East with 19 players drafted.

How good are the SEC’s numbers?  24.8 percent of those drafted this year came from the SEC.  33 of the first 99 players selected were from (you guessed it), the SEC.  It is the 7th straight year that the SEC has lead all conferences when it comes to NFL draft picks.  How many BCS titles have the SEC won in a row?…………..wait for it…………..Right!!!  7 in a row.  Is there a connection here?  You tell me.