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By ROGER SIMON | January 30, 1991
Red Grange just would not say the words."Naw, naw," he kept telling me. "Aww, naw."C'mon Red, say it. We all know it's true. So just say it."Nope, not me," he said. "Uh-uh."So I said it for him: Red Grange made pro football. If it weren't for what he did more than six decades ago, we would have no choice but to spend our Sundays watching men in pastel sweaters holding thin sticks and hitting dimpled white balls into little holes.Back in 1925, no Goodyear blimps floated over huge crowds packed into gargantuan football stadiums.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2000
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Art Modell takes the first formal step toward passing the Ravens' torch to their next owner, Anne Arundel County businessman Stephen Bisciotti, at the annual NFL owners' meetings today. After the league's powerful finance committee unanimously recommended yesterday that the league approve the sale of 49 percent of the Ravens to Bisciotti, Modell will introduce Bisciotti to the full membership today. He is expected to have no trouble getting approved. The deal gives Bisciotti, who will pay $275 million to become minority owner of the Ravens, the option to buy the rest of the team for $325 million in four to six years.
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By VITO STELLINO | October 31, 1993
If you have a mortgage at NationsBank, you should call your friendly banker and tell him you want the Charlotte deal.NationsBank apparently restructured the debt to make the Charlotte deal work and is going to subsidize losses. Even Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass (who'll be on the CBS-TV pre-game show today) said he would have voted for Charlotte as long as it has a bank to guarantee it.As Rankin Smith, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, said: "They have a good bank." This is a new era in which having a bank is the criterion to getting a pro football team.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | January 20, 1995
NEW YORK -- From that automobile showroom -- selling the best in Hupmobiles -- in downtown Canton, Ohio, and also where franchise in the then-newly formed National Football League cost $100, to the Marquis Hotel and a $1,000-a-plate dinner, dramatically demonstrates what evolved in the 75-year history of a sport that has attained the ultimate in affluence and influence.It was in an auto dealership where the NFL held its charter gathering because it didn't have any other place to meet. Be it ever so humble.
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By MIKE ROYKO | January 11, 1993
What a disappointment. Was that really Mike Ditka, with the tears in his eyes and a lump in his throat, acting like a guy who has just been given a pension and an engraved watch for loyal service to the company?I'm sorry, but as someone who has admired Ditka since his days as one of George Halas' most fearless players, I don't rate his exit speech as one of his better moments.What should he have said? Let's give it a try:"I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that I've just been fired by this weenie.
SPORTS
January 12, 1991
Site: Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.Line: Buffalo by 6 1/2 .TV: Channels 2, 4, 12:30 p.m.Last meeting: Buffalo won, 24-14, Dec. 23 and clinched the American Football Conference East title.The series: Miami leads the series, 35-14-1. The teams split their two meetings this season. Buffalo clinched the title in the game mentioned above. But Miami routed Buffalo, 30-7, in the second game of the season.On the sidelines: Miami coach Don Shula is in his 28th NFL season, his 21st with the Dolphins.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | January 20, 1995
NEW YORK -- From that automobile showroom -- selling the best in Hupmobiles -- in downtown Canton, Ohio, and also where franchise in the then-newly formed National Football League cost $100, to the Marquis Hotel and a $1,000-a-plate dinner, dramatically demonstrates what evolved in the 75-year history of a sport that has attained the ultimate in affluence and influence.It was in an auto dealership where the NFL held its charter gathering because it didn't have any other place to meet. Be it ever so humble.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2000
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Art Modell takes the first formal step toward passing the Ravens' torch to their next owner, Anne Arundel County businessman Stephen Bisciotti, at the annual NFL owners' meetings today. After the league's powerful finance committee unanimously recommended yesterday that the league approve the sale of 49 percent of the Ravens to Bisciotti, Modell will introduce Bisciotti to the full membership today. He is expected to have no trouble getting approved. The deal gives Bisciotti, who will pay $275 million to become minority owner of the Ravens, the option to buy the rest of the team for $325 million in four to six years.
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By Chicago Tribune | March 13, 1992
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka underwent total replacement surgery on his left hip yesterday in Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital eight years after undergoing a similar procedure for his right hip.Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop performed the hour-and-20-minute operation. Sheinkop performed the original operation on the Bears' coach in 1984."It went very nicely," Sheinkop said. "The surgery was uneventful and uncomplicated. He was speaking with his wife afterward and wide awake."The doctor said Ditka's condition was caused by arthritis not uncommon in football players.
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By Orlando Sentinel | January 21, 1993
MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, who probably will become the winningest coach in NFL history next season, has told several friends and members of his coaching staff that he will retire after the 1994 season, according to a report published yesterday.Shula, whose team was knocked out of the playoffs Sunday in the AFC championship game, would neither confirm nor deny the report in the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post. It has long been speculated that Shula would retire after 1994."It's something I have to consider and will think about for some time," Shula said yesterday.
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By VITO STELLINO | October 31, 1993
If you have a mortgage at NationsBank, you should call your friendly banker and tell him you want the Charlotte deal.NationsBank apparently restructured the debt to make the Charlotte deal work and is going to subsidize losses. Even Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass (who'll be on the CBS-TV pre-game show today) said he would have voted for Charlotte as long as it has a bank to guarantee it.As Rankin Smith, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, said: "They have a good bank." This is a new era in which having a bank is the criterion to getting a pro football team.
NEWS
By MIKE ROYKO | January 11, 1993
What a disappointment. Was that really Mike Ditka, with the tears in his eyes and a lump in his throat, acting like a guy who has just been given a pension and an engraved watch for loyal service to the company?I'm sorry, but as someone who has admired Ditka since his days as one of George Halas' most fearless players, I don't rate his exit speech as one of his better moments.What should he have said? Let's give it a try:"I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that I've just been fired by this weenie.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | January 30, 1991
Red Grange just would not say the words."Naw, naw," he kept telling me. "Aww, naw."C'mon Red, say it. We all know it's true. So just say it."Nope, not me," he said. "Uh-uh."So I said it for him: Red Grange made pro football. If it weren't for what he did more than six decades ago, we would have no choice but to spend our Sundays watching men in pastel sweaters holding thin sticks and hitting dimpled white balls into little holes.Back in 1925, no Goodyear blimps floated over huge crowds packed into gargantuan football stadiums.
SPORTS
January 12, 1991
Site: Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.Line: Buffalo by 6 1/2 .TV: Channels 2, 4, 12:30 p.m.Last meeting: Buffalo won, 24-14, Dec. 23 and clinched the American Football Conference East title.The series: Miami leads the series, 35-14-1. The teams split their two meetings this season. Buffalo clinched the title in the game mentioned above. But Miami routed Buffalo, 30-7, in the second game of the season.On the sidelines: Miami coach Don Shula is in his 28th NFL season, his 21st with the Dolphins.
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By CANDUS THOMSON'S | January 16, 2009
Big-game sportsmen talk about a trophy hunt. Big-time AFC teams talk about the Hunt trophy. Lamar Hunt. Sounds like the product of a marriage between movie star Hedy Lamarr and Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt. But in reality, new Ravens fan, the Lamar Hunt Trophy is what your team is playing for Sunday. Hunt was a sports giant who founded the American Football League, the upstart organization that forced a merger with the NFL in 1970. The 10 AFL teams (along with the NFL Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns)
NEWS
September 26, 1991
Virtually nothing springs as eternal as soccer fanatics' hopes that the international game will catch on big-time in the United States. The latest off-shoot is the vision of Baltimore Blast coach Kenny Cooper and others that it might be feasible to include two English teams in the Major Soccer League -- and maybe a team or two from Mexico.Fanciful stuff? Perhaps. Yet why not a team or two from Canada as well? That would make it a four-nation league.The MSL still is tottering on the edge of extinction.
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