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We Lost a Friend


Please forgive the non-sports interruption.

Draft Day Suit lost a friend today. The wife of contributor Phenom lost her courageous battle with melanoma, leaving behind her husband, two young sons, and a large extended family. Our hearts go out to all of them.

If not for his posts here, I might never have “met” Phenom or Dawn. It was back in 2009 when he was ranking baseball stadiums he would like to visit. I commented, followed on Twitter, and the rest. Though I’ve never met them in person, through our many conversations I know they are good people and the world is a lesser place without Dawn in it. Read more…

Modell Built the Factory of Sadness

Get your hands off my Super Bowl trophy.

My grandfather had the right idea about Art Modell.

Modell bought the Cleveland Browns in 1961, and it didn’t take long for the contrasting personalities of the team’s flamboyant new owner and its staid founder, coaching legend Paul Brown, to boil over. In spite of Brown’s impeccable record — four All-American Football Conference championships, an NFL title as an expansion team in 1950 and two more NFL titles — Modell fired him prior to the 1963 season.

My grandfather, who had been a Browns fan since the team was founded in 1946, was incensed. And when Brown founded the Bengals in Cincinnati five years later, announced that he would follow his state’s new football team, rather than follow the one led by Art Modell.

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Arkansas Player Uekman Dead at 19


Arkansas tight end Garret Uekman was found unresponsive and in cardiac arrest in his dorm room Sunday morning. He was later pronounced dead at a Fayetteville hospital

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Smokin’ Joe Frazier Dead at 67


Heavyweight champion boxer  Joe Frazier died Monday night of liver cancer. He was 67. His family released a statement Monday:

We The Family of the 1964 Olympic Boxing Heavyweight Gold Medalist, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Member Smokin’ Joe Frazier, regrets to inform you of his passing. He transitioned from this life as “One of God’s Men,” on the eve of November 7, 2011 at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We thank you for your prayers for our Father and vast outpouring of love and support. Read more…

Dan Wheldon Dies In Crash At Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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Dan Wheldon, the 2011 winner of the Indianapolis 500 has died after a 15-car crash this afternoon at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The crash came after just 11 laps were finished in the final race of the 2011 IndyCar series.

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