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Niblets for September 2009


Best comment of the month: The Browns lack of offense rests primarily on a defective O line.


So Will,let me get this straight once again Cleveland sports fans have coaches/gm’s, scouts, that can’t scout and review talent? WHAT is it going to take to get more then one sports team to play well in this city? The 90’s we finally had a good baseball team. The Browns had one playoff game with a not so great team. Now the Cavs are the talk of the NBA,( For being good not for having the league stop them from making trades because they were making a mockery of the league..good ole Ted Stepien),anyway back to the Browns and the Indians two “PRO “teams that can’t seem to be a good judge of talent to save themselves or the sanity of Cleveland sports teams.

Thankfully the Cavs start playing soon…C’Mon LBJ AND SHAQ!

P.S. Keep guns away from the rest of the team…for more info look up Delonte West. Thankfully we have Mo and other guards.

One of the things I have never been able to figure out is why a new regime insists on cutting every player they did not pick. The Browns who are desperate for TE help just cut the Browns 2nd pick in the 08 draft Martin Rucker (4th round pick 111). He was a great prospect that never got a chance. I would bet that if he had played for Mangenous at NY, he would be a starter. I will have more on this issue below.

Updates on previous columns:

What does the Williams’ case mean for the NFL’s drug policy?

Not only the NFL is concerned about the ruling by the federal court. Both the NBA and MLB are studying the impact on their drug programs. In addition look for Congress to become involved again should another case invalidate the drug policy of baseball.

Another issue is the concept of a league and the union agreeing to the ability to suspend players for other issues. DeMaurice Smith, Ex. Dir. of the NFLPA, said again last week that he wants to include the issue of discipline in the negotiations for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. He has said he wants an independent arbiter to decide those issues.

What to look for this weekend (yesterday)

Florida has several players including QB Tebow that have been sick this week. Don’t expect that to have much to do with the game. They still should win easily.

The Jets have some explaining to do.

Mangini was fined a reported $25K for not reporting the Favre injury. The team was also fined.

Niblets fresh from the cob:

The 49ers still have not signed their #1 choice WR Crabtree (Texas Tech).

They have started to take money off the table equal to 2 of the game checks that would have been earned. The reality is that Crabtree is hurting himself more than the team. If he goes back into the draft, he will be at best a 2nd round pick because teams will not want to risk using a 1st round pick on a head case. He has branded himself that due to his stupidity.

The Browns are exposed as the fraud they are.

Mangini stuck with St. Clair at RT and no one by yours truly seemed to have a problem with it until last week. Now everybody has seen “the statue” watch DEs and OBs go around him like a traffic circle on their way to the QB. I feel sorry for both Quinn and the D because they are not getting any help from the O.

Mangini could have had a couple of NFL starters as UFAs but chose to go with his guys. I hope that Quinn has his health insurance paid up. He’s going to need it.

I called SEIU to ask them to unionize the Big 10 football officials.

I was hoping that they would go on strike so we could get some guys that know the rules and aren’t 100 years old and 50 lbs overweight. The Big 10 officials are the worst in college football. I told a semi-pro official once that if he moved the ball again before he took the 1st down measurement, … you will have to wait for the rest of the Almost Pro to see what happened.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library/Contemporary/Author.cfm?AuthorID=1003 and edits

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