State Your Case: Duke Slater

One of my favorite new radio shows to listen to lately is the Talk of Fame show, hosted by Clark Judge, Ron Borges, and Rick Gosselin. These three voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame discuss pro football history as well as the current NFL, with a focus on potential and future Hall of Fame players. It’s certainly an interesting concept for a show, and the discussions are often very enlightening. One of the best segments of the show, to me, is the “State Your Case” segment, where one member of the show makes the Hall of Fame case…

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The EPIX network recently released a documentary entitled “Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football.” This documentary detailed how Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Bill Willis, and Marion Motley re-integrated pro football in 1946 after a 12-year NFL ban on African-American players. The documentary is, as I expected, a colossal disappointment on so many levels. I guess that means I’m in overall agreement with Variety, which called the documentary “unexpectedly forgettable” and described it as follows: “It’s such a stiff, by-the-numbers approach that ‘Forgotten Four’ provides little insight, feeling like the Hallmark Cards version of an HBO or ESPN ‘30 for…

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The Inspirational Life of Duke Slater

Hello, friends! After several long months away, I’m proud to announce that I’m making a spirited return to my own website! This has been an exciting year in my life. The biggest news I have is that my wife and I recently welcomed our first child into the world! Our newborn daughter, Magnolia June, has been keeping us on the go for the past few weeks, as you might expect. But baby Maggie and my wife are both doing well, so we couldn’t be more grateful. My website also had some hosting issues, resulting in a nearly full-scale crash a…

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