Who am I?

Addison and North Sheffield – I know ’em well. I spent fifteen summers there. Seven years in a row I received MVP votes – but never finished higher than fourth. On defense I earned five Gold Gloves. On offense I did a little of everything – led the NL in OBP twice, walks – four […]

Tuesdays with Smitty: Inaugural mailbag

Ladies and Gentlemen – tonight is the first edition of the Tuesday with Smitty mailbag.  This mailbag seems to have a World Series theme to it. Which leads me to the question – What is up with World Series games starting at 8:37 PM EST? Seriously? If they started any later I might even miss […]

Who am I?

Hopefully, you won’t run into me in my present line of work as Illinois Supreme Court Justice for the Second District. If you do, it may be hard to imagine that I worked on the gridiron for a couple of decades. My sports career began in Rochester, New York where at McQuaid Jesuit High School […]

Who am I?

I spent my college years on the gridiron in the ‘Show Me State’. I kinda spent my professional career living that mantra. After a first round selection I showed folks there was a different way to play my position. Prior to me people viewed the position as a pass blocker and short yard gainer. I […]

White Hart Lane and the Importance of Frugality

The only objection I have against European club football is not having playoffs. As an American sports fan, this is a hard concept for me to grasp. Despite no postseason, relegation encompasses all the anxiety and excitement of a playoff. As the regular season winds down, the bottom of the table plays out like the […]

Performance of the week (POTW) 10/20-10/26

Another week and another batch of great performances. I am giving my nod to the Penn State Nittany Lions. With their venerable head coach, Joe Paterno, in the press box, and their starting QB on the sidelines after a nasty hit, the Lions put together a drive from mid-field and took one in the ‘Shoe. […]

Notre Dame Trounces Hapless Huskies

Saturday evening, Notre Dame moved to 5-2 after dominating the Washington Huskies by a final score of 33-7. The game was not as close as the score may have indicated. Okay, the Huskies are one of the weaker teams on the schedule to date, but the Irish played their most complete wire-to-wire game of the […]

Who am I?

My career in sports has known few boundaries. After working on the family farm in Georgia I shuffled off to the Marines before landing at Washington State University. I have worked with the likes of Joe Paterno, Woody Hayes, Bob Griese, and Dan Fouts. I was there when Spitz won 7, and Heiden skated to […]

Saturday with the cards – the ugly jersey ball

With hallow’s eve less than a week away let’s pay tribute to those costumes of a scary appearance. These ghoulish garments are the kind only a mother could love. Oh for the love of God! Eeeeek!!!! Did someone lose a bet? Why?!?!?! Craig – the next time you get dressed, turn on the light! Now […]