Wednesday, March 15, 2017

03/23 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC, ROGER GOODELL TO IMPROVE GAME PACE, OAKLAND RAIDERS MOVE TO LAS VEGAS, NCAA MATCHUPS, PLAYERS AND STORY LINES

Former All-Pro NFL defensive end Fred Dryer and Mike Horn talk sports!


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WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC 2017: USA VS. PUERTO RICO 



ROGER GOODELL OUTLINES CHANGES TO IMPROVE GAME PACE



OAKLAND RAIDERS CLOSING IN ON POTENTIAL MOVE TO LAS VEGAS



TOP NCAA NEWS




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03/15 A-ROD ON TV, DODGERS KENLEY JANSEN AT WBC, WARREN BUFFETT'S $1 MILLION FIRST ROUND CHALLENGE, NASCAR KYLE BUSCH FIGHTS

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A-ROD SOON TO BE ALL OVER TV



DODGERS CLOSER KENLEY JANSEN TO PITCH FOR NETHERLANDS AT WBC



THE ODDS OF WINNING WARREN BUFFETT'S FIRST ROUND CHALLENGE



KYLE BUSCH FIGHTS LOGANO AFTER SPIN OUT



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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

03/08 TONY ROMO, TIM TEBOW STRIKES OUT, 2017 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC, LAKERS DRAMA

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TONY ROMO WILL BE RELEASED THURSDAY BY COWBOYS



TIM TEBOW STRIKES OUT TWICE IN SPRING DEBUT



2017 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC 



LAKERS BUSS FAMILY DRAMA



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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

03/01 TOM MCEWEN, 2017 GOOD VIBRATIONS MARCH MEET

TOM MCEWEN JOINS THE SHOW TO TALK ABOUT THE 2017 GOOD VIBRATIONS MARCH MEET THIS WEEKEND IN BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA




Tom McEwen, (born 1937) is an American drag racer, who won the NHRA U.S. Nationals during part of his 45 year career. He is listed as number 16 of the 50 most significant drivers of NHRA’s first 50 years. He received the nickname "the Mongoose" in 1964 from engine builder Ed Donovan. It was largely originally used as a device to entice Don "the Snake" Prudhomme into a high-exposure match race. McEwen won only five NHRA national events during his 45-plus-year career, but McEwen’s gift for gab and promotional ability made him one of the sport's most influential and controversial figures.

As stated by Roland Leong, “McEwen was the smartest of the bunch. When he came up with the Hot Wheels deal using the Snake and Mongoose characters, it shook the world of drag racing big time. He produced a sponsorship package that allowed him and Prudhomme to buy the best equipment, pay expenses, make money and sell their image all over the United States. I hate to admit it but McEwen and Prudhomme showed us the way to the future. They were a lot smarter than most of us who didn't see past the end of the quarter-mile.”

Early Career
McEwen gained his early experience in a variety of rides, beginning in 1953 with a '53 Oldsmobile at Santa Ana Dragstrip in Irvine, California. He then went on to race a '54 Olds at Lions Dragstrip in Long Beach, California.

He went from the stock ranks to gas coupes, altereds, and eventually dragsters and funny cars. Among the cars he drove were the Stone-Woods-Cook '50 Olds fastback, the Bader & Ferrara Cadillac-powered Crosseyed Crosley, Art Chrisman's Hustler II, the Bud Rasner and Gary Slusser Fiat coupe, Dick Rea's Chrysler-powered blown gas dragster, and Gene Adams' Albertson Olds.

1960's
McEwen continued his relationship with Adams for several years. In 1962, he drove Adams' Shark, which was one of the first dragsters to use a streamlined body with an enclosed parachute pack. This would turn out to be one of McEwen's best known rides.
In 1963, McEwen achieved his greatest success at the time when he posted a runner-up finish against Art Malone at the Bakersfield March Meet in California in the Broussard-Garrison-Purcell-Davis car. He also drove Donovan'sDonovan Engineering Special dragster, and it was in this car he first raced Prudhomme.

McEwen won his race against Prudhomme at Lions Dragstrip on September 12, 1964. He overcame Prudhomme's bright-orange edition of the famed Greer-Black-Prudhomme car in two straight sets, inspiring what may be the most famous match-race pairing in the history of drag racing.

Later in 1964, McEwen drove Lou Baney's Yeakel Plymouth-sponsored dragster to victory at the 32-car UDRA meet at Fontana Raceway in Fontana, California. He also took Top Fuel titles at Lions Dragstrip and Pomona Raceway.

Because their first get-together had received so much attention, two more races between McEwen and Prudhomme were staged at Lions Dragstrip in 1965. McEwen drove the Yeakel Plymouth dragster past Prudhomme and his new ride, the Leong-owned Hawaiian, two rounds to one in the first, then lost in two straight sets in the second.

Because McEwen confined his racing to the West Coast, he and the touring Prudhomme raced each other only once in 1966, at the Winternationals, site of their first national event meeting. There, Prudhomme in the B&M Torkmaster Special took the win, with a 7.59 e.t. to McEwen's 7.69. They would not meet again for the rest of the decade.

McEwen won the 1966 Hot Rod Magazine Championships at Riverside Raceway and then went on to win the 1968 Stardust National Open in Las Vegas. He also recorded the lowest ever elapsed time to date with a blistering 6.64 at the Orange County PDA Meet in 1968.

The Promoter
McEwen also continued to build on his reputation as a colorful promoter. The Plymouth Hemi Cuda he unveiled in 1965 was featured in every major car magazine. He convinced the Southern California Plymouth Dealers Association to support him and displayed the car all over the West Coast.

In 1967, McEwen took the same approach with one of drag racing's great one-shot wonders: Ford Motor Company's Super Mustang. When it made its highly anticipated debut at the Winternationals, it generated significant publicity.

McEwen's strong promotional talent and Prudhomme's success on the racetrack eventually led to the formation of a national touring team sponsored by Mattel and, in mid-1969, McEwen and Prudhomme corporately became Wildlife Racing.

The Mattel deal ran from 1970 through 1972, and in 1973, Wildlife Racing secured Carefree sugarless gum as a sponsor. McEwen and Prudhomme dissolved their corporation at the end of the 1973 season.

1970's
In 1972, McEwen won his first major event when he dominated the Top Fuel field at the Bakersfield March Meet. A year later, he scored his first NHRA national event victory by topping the quickest funny car field in history at the SuperNationals at Ontario Motor Speedway.

He went on to win four more national events, including his dramatic U.S. Nationals funny car victory over Prudhomme in 1978, following the death just a few days earlier of his son, Jamie.

Later Life
He won the prestigious Big Bud Shootout in 1984 and won Top Fuel at the 1991 Summernationals. Tom McEwen retired in 1992. He currently works in ad sales for a small magazine publishing company in Southern California.

Snake and Mongoose Movie
A movie portraying the story of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen was released in the summer of 2013. It follows the story behind the rivalry of the Southern Californian racers.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

02/22 STOLEN BRADY JERSEY FIRST-DEGREE FELONY, COLTS FOR 'HARD KNOCKS', LAKERS, MAGIC JOHNSON, SPRING TRAINING

Former All-Pro NFL defensive end Fred Dryer and Mike Horn talk sports!


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POLICE LIST STOLEN BRADY SUPER BOWL JERSEY AS A FIRST-DEGREE FELONY



COLTS FOR HBO'S 'HARD KNOCKS'?



LAKERS NAME MAGIC JOHNSON PRESIDENT OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS 



SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE



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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

02/15 VINCE FERRAGAMO

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Vince Anthony Ferragamo (born April 24, 1954) is an American former gridiron football player. He played professionally as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL).

EARLY YEARS
Ferragamo was born in Torrance, California. An All-American high school quarterback while at Phineas Banning High School (1969–1971) in nearby Wilmington, he was selected as that year's Los Angeles City Schools Most Valuable Player. Ferragamo was heavily recruited by colleges, and he accepted a football scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley.                        

College football
Ferragamo got considerable playing time while playing for Cal in 1972 and 1973, but eventually lost the starting job to teammate Steve Bartkowski in that 1973 season. Ferragamo chose to transfer to top-ranked Nebraska in 1974. As a Nebraska Cornhusker, he lettered in 1975 and 1976. During his senior season he was All-Big Eight Conference, All-American and also an Academic All-American.

Nebraska was ranked No. 1 to open the 1976 season but managed only to tie LSU, 6–6, in a game at Tiger Stadium on September 11. The two teams were said to have waged "unrelenting trench warfare". Ferragamo capped his college career by leading the Cornhuskers to a victory over Texas Tech in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl in the Houston Astrodome.

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL CAREER

National Football League
Ferragamo played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Rams (1977–1980 and 1982–1984), Buffalo Bills (1985) and Green Bay Packers (1985–1986). After leading the 9–7 Rams to road victories over the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1979–80 NFL playoffs, Ferragamo started for the Rams in Super Bowl XIV, making him the first quarterback to start a Super Bowl in the same season as his first career start,[3] in which the Rams led after three quarters of play before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19.
Ferragamo enjoyed his best statistical season in 1980 in which he threw for 30 touchdowns, tied for second most in the NFL. The Rams again made the playoffs, but were defeated by Dallas, 34–13 in an NFC Wild Card Playoff game.

Canadian Football League
Ferragamo played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) for just one season in 1981. He was signed to a large contract by both CFL and NFL standards at the time ($600,000, compared to $250,000 the Rams offered him, and the $47,500 they had paid him for 1980.) However, Ferragamo had a difficult time adjusting to the style of Canadian football. Montreal went on to win only three games against 13 losses (but did reach the playoffs due to weak East Division that season). He was demoted to backup to Gerry Dattilio in the latter half of the season and then third string quarterback for the final three games after Ken Johnson arrived in a trade. Ferragamo's last game in the CFL was a loss to the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Eastern semi-final which he watched from the pressbox. His stats during his one season in Montreal were 175 of 342 passes completed (51.2%) for 2175 yards, with seven touchdown passes and 25 interceptions.

Return to NFL
On December 26, 1982, Ferragamo threw for 509 yards in a game against the Chicago Bears, at the time the second highest mark for passing yards in a game in league history behind former Ram Norm Van Brocklin. It was the third time in league history that a quarterback had passed for over 500 yards in a game, following Van Brocklin in 1951 (554 yards) and Y. A. Tittle in 1962 (505 yards). Subsequent to his return, Ferragamo led the Rams back to the NFL playoffs during the 1983 season behind the running of rookie Eric Dickerson. After beating the favored Cowboys in Irving in the wild card matchup 24–17, Ferragamo and the Rams were drubbed by the defending Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl-bound Washington Redskins by the score of 51–7.

In 1984, Ferragamo again started out as the Rams' starting quarterback. But in a 24–14 loss at Pittsburgh in Week 3, Ferragamo broke his right hand and did not return to the lineup for the remainder of the season. He would never play for the Los Angeles Rams again, playing the next two seasons with the Buffalo Bills and the Green Bay Packers.

He has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice, once in 1980 and again in 1981.

Career after football
Ferragamo owns Touchdown Real Estate in Orange County, California and Ferragamo-Migneco Vineyards in Santa Maria, California. He is the chairman of the Vince Ferragamo Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization began in 1996 that focuses on raising donations for children's organizations such as the Special Olympics, the Speech and Language Development Center and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

02/08 Sports stories, headlines, stats and schedules with Fred Dryer

Former All-Pro NFL defensive end Fred Dryer and Michael Horn, talking sports! 

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