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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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Gordon Locke’s Jersey Number

At the risk of causing a bit of embarrassment to the school I love, I think it’s important to mention an error I noticed when I was back in Iowa City for the University of Iowa Wall of Honor ceremony.  Let me be clear…I’m thrilled that the university chose to recognize the accomplishments of nine past Hawkeye legends with a place on their Wall of Honor.  Unfortunately, even great ideas like that can sometimes go awry…and it appears that former Hawkeye great Gordon Locke’s jersey number has thrown a monkey wrench into the proceedings. Hawkeye Greats and Their Jersey Numbers…

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