Published: September 21, 2011, 11:24 am
Ok people, we took a little summer vacation but now I'm back and I have a few things to say.
You can start checking back again on a regular basis.
We'll have a few football selections and maybe even a couple of stories.
For today, I'm taking some time to answer the hundreds of question you guys have sent in.
So check out the Q and A section for some new stuff.
Published: September 21, 2011, 11:10 am
Just want everybody to know I bought a two year old horse along with Wayne Lukas and a couple other buddies.
The horse comes from some great blood lines and with the training of the GREATEST HORSE TRAINER to ever walk this earth, I think we may have a shot at the Derby down the road!
I will keep you all informed of the horse's progress.
Published: September 1, 2011, 10:33 am
Ok people, we took a little summer vacation but now I'm back and I have a few things to say.
You can start checking back again on a regular basis.
We'll have a few football selections and maybe even a couple of stories.
For today, I'm taking some time to answer the hundreds of question you guys have sent in.
So check out the Q and A section for some new stuff.
Published: April 15, 2011, 8:07 am
Just so everybody knows, I had a knee replacement about 8 weeks ago and it's going great. I'm already feeling much better and I'm very glad I had it done. I was walking with a cane two days after it was done. The things they can do these days?
Published: April 15, 2011, 8:07 am
The NBA, the NHL, even College Basketball ...they seem to go on forever now! It's getting to the point where the only sport I really like to follow (other than football of course) is golf.
These other sports have too many rounds of playoffs. Everybody seems to make the playoffs!
Published: April 4, 2011, 11:10 pm
Cam Newton is easily the best player in this year's draft.
If any team is even THINKING about passing on him, they'll be sorely mistaken.
This kid is a physical dream. He's so big and strong and has such a great arm....how can you possibly pass on him?
I know everybody is saying that the teams are worried about QBs not being able to talk to their coaches with the lockout and all.
Please...so what if Newton misses some pre-season it just doesn't matter. He could be your QB for 10 years.
Published: April 4, 2011, 10:55 pm
The team I respect most in this year's NCAA tournament is the Princeton Tigers.
Can you imagine???....not ONE single player on the whole roster and they still take a team like Kentucky down to the wire?
You can't get better stuff than that.
Published: March 23, 2011, 3:30 pm
Well, I was disappointed to see the ND Basketball team get bounced out of the tournament. I really thought they had a chance to go far.
It looks like the entire Big East Conference is the one who should be embarrassed. They get 11 teams in the thing and drop like flies.
I was most impressed with the Princeton team who only lost by two points to Kentucky. Here's a team that doesn't even give scholarships going toe to toe with one of the greatest programs in the history of the game. Great job Princeton.
I guess I will have to root for Kansas so my good friend Gale Sayers will be happy.
Kansas is the one team that has been the most impressive and consistent lately. They really are very good...maybe even champs?
Published: February 28, 2011, 11:23 pm
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Published: February 10, 2011, 1:01 pm
I have been telling anybody that would listen that Aaron Rodgers is the most accurate passer in the game. How the guy wasn't the NFL MVP I don't know.
The Green Bay team deserved to win the Super Bowl. With all of the injuries, it's scary to think how good they could be next year too!
Published: January 8, 2011, 8:39 pm
It looks like the Paul Hornung Award is coming down to being between Owen Marecic of Stanford and Randall Cobb of Kentucky.
In case you didn't hear about the award, it's the first year for this and we hope to establish a long tradition. The award goes to the "Most Versatile Player" in the college football.
Which player would YOU vote for?
We should have a winner next week!
Published: January 8, 2011, 8:35 pm
Is there really any good reason that all of these Top 20 teams have to play "Division 6" teams during the first 10 games of the year?
I realize they need to pad their schedule with a cupcake here and there, but it's gotten ridiculous. It's a joke.
I used to like going to see the Louisville Cardinals play. But after I saw who they played, I decided it wasn't worth my time let alone the money they want to go watch that garbage.
I'll just go to the games when they play Big East teams.
And I know the Big East has a very difficult regular season, but you still need to play teams that can challenge you.
It will help your team in the long run and people will respect you for doing it.
Northern Kentucky? Kentucky Wesleyan? Gardner-Webb? Drexel? I mean c'mon.
No offense to those schools, but that's ridiculous. And Louisville isn't the only school to do this crap. They ALL do it.
Get a backbone and play a tough schedule for goodness sakes.
Published: January 8, 2011, 8:25 pm
I have a friendly wager with my agent (Bill Mattis). I get my beloved Packers and 2 1/2 points against his Eagles. The wager is for dinner the next time we're together.
The only catch is that I know he'll be taking me to McDonald's if he wins!
Billy is from the Philly area just like my wife Angela.
At my house on Sunday we're having Philly Cheese Steaks and Soft Pretzels thanks to Angela's sister. So you can see there's a lot on the line for this game!
It's definitely going to be a great game and I can't wait.
The first time they played back in week one of the season, Clay Matthews caused all sorts of problems to the Philly QB.
The problem for the Packers now is that Mike Vick is going to be back there instead of Kevin Kolb.
Vick has had the best season out of anybody this year. If he doesn't get MVP something is very wrong.
But I like my guy, Aaron Rodgers. If I had to start a team today and pick a QB it would be Rodgers. He's the most PURE QB out there. He's accurate, has a strong arm, and doesn't make mistakes.
If the Packers can keep Vick from scrambling across the line of scrimmage they will win.... and I will get some Chicken McNuggets!
Published: January 8, 2011, 8:12 pm
Do we really need 700 bowl games? There are teams who are 6-6 who are playing in bowl games?
Do teams that go 6-6 really need to be rewarded with a trip to a bowl game? It's kind of crazy if you ask me.
Of course it's all about money.
Back in the day, there were 6 or 7 bowl games and EVERY single one of them actually meant something. These days, only the game with 1 vs. 2 matters.
I know the players have fun and the alumni like to take the trip, but let's face it..the Rose Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and all of those bowls that USED to be HUGE games just aren't important any more.
Published: January 8, 2011, 8:02 pm
Hope you guys don't mind, but I have a few problems I need to talk about. I'd like to hear your opinions too!
Also, I know there are a bunch of questions that have come in to the site. I will try and get to all of them next week...I promise!
Published: November 27, 2010, 9:42 am
I'm thinking you have Brady, Rodgers, Ryan and Vick as potential winners at this point of the season.
If the season ended today you'd HAVE to give it to Michael Vick. He has been incredible.
All of the reports I have seen make it seem like he's learned his lesson regarding his legal issues. That's the best news involving this story.
Published: November 27, 2010, 9:38 am
I'm sorry to see the way Brett Favre is going out. But then again, when you stick around for 40 years you're bound to eventually have a bad finish.
His WR's just aren't that great and every team in the NFL knows all you have to do is blitz the heck out of him.
The Vikings are in a bad way, and I'm pretty sure Washington will beat them Sunday too...
Published: November 27, 2010, 9:34 am
We actually had a pretty good record last week. Let's see if we can't going.
Purdue -3 over Indiana
Tennessee -2 1/2 over Kentucky
Ohio State -17 over Michigan
Miami -11 1/2 over So Florida
Florida +2 1/2 over Florida St.
Wisconsin -23 over Northwestern
Vanderbilt -6 over Wake Forest
Oklahoma +2 1/2 over Oklahoma St.
LSU + 3 1/2 over Arkansas
USC -3 over Notre Dame
Washington -1 over Minnesota (UNBUCKLE!)
NY Giants -7 over Jacksonville
Chicago + 3 1/2 over Philadelphia
Green Bay +2 over Atlanta
San Diego +3 over Indianapolis
Published: November 19, 2010, 12:02 pm
Last week (two weeks ago)
Penn State -10 over Indiana
Michigan State -20 over Purdue
Notre Dame -8 over Army
Tennessee -9 over Vandy
Michigan +5 over Wisconsin
Stanford -7 over Cal
LSU -16 over Mississippi
Texas -21 over Florida Atlantic
That last one is an "unbuckle" pick. Might be the best bet of the year!
Cincinnati -5 1/2 over Buffalo
Pittsburgh -7 over Oakland
Houston +7 over NY Jets
Dallas -6 1/2 over Detroit
Green Bay -3 over Minnesota
San Francisco -3 over Tampa Bay
San Diego -10 over Denver
Published: October 29, 2010, 10:40 pm
I have a ton of questions to get to. I promise I will answer all of them over the next few days, so STAY TUNED!
Published: October 29, 2010, 10:39 pm
Two college Coaches you need to keep your eye on...Charlie Strong of Louisville and Jim Harbaugh of Stanford.
Charlie has that Louisville program going in the right direction again. I think he can make them a really good team.
Jim Harbaugh might be THE BEST Coach in all of college football.
My guess is that you'll see him in the NFL very soon unless Stanford unloads a bank worth of money on him.
I tried to get Notre Dame to take a look at him a while ago. He was one of the few guys I really wanted to see coaching the Irish back before and during the Charlie Weis era.
Published: October 29, 2010, 10:34 pm
I wish everybody cared a little bit less about Brett Favre.
If he can play, he'll play. If he can't, he won't.
I seriously doubt if Brett will risk his entire season to save a record. If he's not right, I'm sure he'll do the correct thing and sit a game or two out until he's closer to 100%.
Then again, he probably won't be very close to 100% at any time soon.
Published: October 29, 2010, 10:31 pm
It was such tragic news to hear about the student who died in an accident while filming a Notre Dame football practice.
I can remember the days when Coach Lombardi had somebody up there filming our practices. Whenever he thought there might be any wind at all, he'd be sure to get them down.
My heart goes out to the family. It was such awful news.
Published: October 29, 2010, 10:27 pm
Not a great week last week. We're going to play a bunch of games this week and get it going in the correct direction.
This week's picks:
Illinois -17 over Purdue
Louisville +9 1/2 over Pitt
Notre Dame -8 1/2 over Tulsa
Michigan St. +6 1/2 over Iowa
Auburn -7 over Mississippi
Texas -7 1/2 over Baylor
Iowa St. -19 over Kansas
Stanford -7 over Washington
Nebraska -7 1/2 over Missouri
Navy -13 1/2 over Duke
Michigan -3 over Penn St.
Cincinnati -2 over Miami
San Francisco -1 over Denver
NY Jets -6 over Green Bay
Oakland -2 over Seattle
New England -6 over Minnesota
Published: October 23, 2010, 9:18 am
I was happy to attend the grand opening of the KFC Yum Center in Louisville the other night. What a building!
The place is absolutely gorgeous and state of the art. 22,000 seats and every one of them was full.
The Eagles played a tremendous concert. I think they were on stage for over 3 hours.
This arena is going to be bringing lots of great events to Louisville. I'm hoping that we might get a Final Four in the near future, but who knows.
The Louisville Cardinals will play their home games there and it should become a very comfortable home for Rick Pitino and his boys.
Published: October 23, 2010, 9:11 am
Last week was much better. Let's see if we can keep it going!
This week's picks:
Notre Dame -6 1/2 over Navy
Ohio St. -23 1/2 over Purdue BEST BET!
Georgia -4 over Kentucky
Wisconsin +6 over Iowa
West Virginia -14 over Syracuse
Texas -21 over Iowa St.
Oklahoma -3 over Missouri
Tennessee +11 over Alabama
Pittsburgh -3 over Miami
Washington +3 over Chicago
New Orleans -13 over Cleveland
Seattle -5 over Arizona
Minnesota +3 over Green Bay
Dallas -3 over NY Giants
Published: October 15, 2010, 11:39 pm
This weeks picks:
South Carolina -6 over Kentucky
Notre Dame -22 over W. Michigan
USC -2 over Cal
Texas +9 over Nebraska
Oklahoma St. -6 over Wisconsin
In the Pros
New Orleans -4 over Tampa Bay
Baltimore +3 1/2 over New England
Published: October 9, 2010, 10:12 am
One of my proudest athletic achievements involved the great George Blanda, who passed away this past week.
What a great player he was. To play as long as he did, and to keep coming back to training camp and going through all of that had to be a very difficult thing to do.
A long time ago there was some TV show that would fly a pair of sports celebrities down to Martinique to pair up with a couple of pro golfers for a competition.
This particular week it was me and George Blanda. Our pros were Joanne Carner and Judy Rankin.
When I got there, I was told I'd be playing with Carner who was considered to be the slightly better pro at the time.
Joanne Carner could drive the ball 50 yards past most male golfers.
They put me with her because they knew Blanda was a better player and this would make it more fair. George was a legitimate 2 handicap while I was a pretty solid 10.
Well, when we got to the course Blanda must have paid somebody off and the next thing I knew I was playing with Judy Rankin.
It was alternate shot, and Judy and I got out driven every hole by about a 100 yards.
But we hung in there all day and on hole 18 I slopped in a putt from about 40 feet to win the match.
Nobody thought we even had a chance, including Judy and me! It was quite a feeling to make that putt and win the day.
Every time I saw Judy Rankin after that, we always exchanged BIG smiles. We knew we had pulled off quite an upset.
Published: October 9, 2010, 10:01 am
We need to get this thing going more in the right direction...here are this weeks picks...
Ohio State -22 over Indiana
Louisville -17 over Memphis
Notre Dame -6 over Pitt
Minnesota +22 over Wisconsin
Florida -6 over LSU
Miami (FL) -6 over Florida State
USC +9 1/2 over Stanford
KC +8 over Indianapolis
Cincinnati -6 1/2 over Tampa Bay
St. Louis +3 over Detroit
Chicago +1 over Carolina
Green Bay -2 1/2 over Washington
Tennessee +6 1/2 over Dallas
San Fran -3 1/2 over Philly
NY Jets -4 over Minnesota
Published: September 22, 2010, 2:44 pm
As most of you know, we buried Ronnie last week.
Bart Starr, my wife Angela, and I flew up to Detroit to attend the memorial service.
When we arrived at the service, Ron's son Kurt came straight up to me and kissed me right on the mouth.
I was a little bit startled, but Kurt stepped back and said "Dad told me that when I die, the next time you see Hornung I want you to kiss him right on the mouth for me, and tell him I told you to do it."
I completely lost it and started crying like a baby. We all did. I didn't care that there was probably 250 people watching me.
When he told me that it ripped my heart out and I knew right then how much I was going to miss him.
Later, I had to shake my head and laugh....and cry again. It was just so much like Kramer to do something like that. It was perfect.
Published: September 22, 2010, 2:29 pm
I was reminded of a story involving a couple of the greatest Yankees of all time.
I was at the Dinah Shore classic one year with my wife Angela.
Angela is quite a golfer and I was able to get her entered into one of the different phases of the tournament that had, and her team won.
As we were sitting in the clubhouse restaurant, I noticed Joe DiMaggio sitting all alone in the corner. The place was pretty much empty at the time.
I was good friends with Mantle, Maris, DiMaggio and all of those guys.
Joe had always been one of my favorites. I took number "five" at Notre Dame because of Joe DiMaggio. He was always very honored about that.
Joe did a very rare interview on my show "Greatest Sports Legends." I don't know if he did any other interviews like that.
Before we started taping, he just had one request. "Please don't ask me about Marilyn" he said. I can remember it clear as day. Of course I agreed.
Anyway, I went over to Joe's table and said hello and then came back to our table.
A couple seconds later, Reggie Jackson throws a napkin over his arm and grabbed a pot of coffee and headed over to Joe's table.
With a loud voice Reggie tapped him on the shoulder and said, "Coffee for Mr. Coffee?"
Joe whirled around and gave a big laugh when he saw Reggie, and everybody laughed along.
In case you're too young Joe was known as "Mr Coffee" from his many commercials selling the coffee makers called "Mr. Coffee."
Joe was always very quiet guy and it was nice t see him enjoy that moment that I will never forget.
Published: September 22, 2010, 2:18 pm
It was very nice to see the Yankees honor George Steinbrenner with a memorial plaque in Yankee Stadium.
Did you know he bought that team back in 1973 for about $9 million dollars from CBS?
What a bunch of idiots CBS was at that point. I was working for CBS at the time of the sale and I had a feeling that was a steal.
In fact, I remember talking to friends at the time saying that I should call George and see if he wants a partner. I sure do wish I made that call!
George became a great friend of mine. He used to come to every Kentucky Derby and we'd spend lots of time talking about horses.
Lots of people aren't crazy about George and the way he was "no nonsense", but he sure did know how to run a baseball team.
Money was no object because he just turned every dollar he spent into $2 anyway.
Published: September 22, 2010, 2:03 pm
- The best payer in the NFL right now if Michael Vick. He is the best athlete in the league and is playing better than anybody.
- The Packers are lucky as heck to have Aaron Rodgers. The kid is a sure cinch Hall of Famer if he stays healthy long enough. Green Bay can beat anybody if they play up to their potential.
- The best player in college football is the Michigan QB Denard Robinson. I'm not sure where he'll play in the NFL but he will definitely be there in a few years.
Published: September 22, 2010, 1:45 pm
Between my attending the Ron Kramer funeral and having to be Wisconsin over the weekend, I was not able to get my picks posted last week.
You probably won't believe me, but last week I would have CLEANED UP!
Two weeks ago was a mixed result. We did great in the colleges, but not so great in the NFL.
Let's see what we can do this week...
Record so far
In the colleges this week:
Pitt +3 1/2 over Miami (Thursday)
Purdue -13 over Toledo (BEST BET)
Notre Dame +4 over Stanford
Kentucky +14 over Florida
Michigan -24 1/2 over Bowling Green
Penn State -16 1/2 over Temple
Maryland -11 over Fla International
In the NFL:
New England -13 over Buffalo
Miami -1 over NY Jets
Philadelphia -3 over Jacksonville
Chicago +3 over Green Bay (Monday)
That Purdue pick is just a "Best Bet" which is not to be confused with an "Unbuckle". But it is a good one!
Published: September 14, 2010, 3:32 pm
We didn't just lose a good one when Ron Kramer died earlier this week, we lost one of the best.
Everybody that knew Ronnie will tell you that.
My two best friends during my playing days were Max McGee and Ron Kramer. It's not the same without them.
Ron was such a great athlete. He never really got the notoriety he deserved on a national basis. The people in Michigan know how great he was.
He won 9 varsity letters at Michigan and had been called the greatest player ever to play at Michigan by Bo Schembechler.
Ronnie would bleed Michigan Blue. He loved that school.
Many people don't know he could have been a star in the NBA if he had wanted to. He used to practice with the Pistons during the off season to stay in shape. Only problem was that he beat them up too bad.
We were both drafted by the Packers in the first round of the 1957 draft. We broke into the pros together.
Me, Ron and Max were roommates for three years. Ron was like the "Mom" of the house for us. He always did the cleaning and cooking and he always watched out for us.
He was such a tough son of gun.
When people talk about some of the tight ends who are in the Hall of Fame, I shake my head and think "they weren't no Ron Kramer".
And that's not being disrespectful to the other guys, I just know how good he was.
You can also ask the New York Giants about Ron Kramer. He dominated them in the 1961 championship game.
Let me put it this way... Coach Lombardi is considered one of the greatest Coaches ever, if not THE greatest. His signature play was the power sweep.
that play doesn't work without the tight end taking out the strong side linebacker, and that was Ron Kramer's job.
Jim Taylor and I got to score the touchdowns, but we couldn't have dome it without Kramer and the other guys. But Kramer's block was always the key to springing it.
Ron used to come to the Kentucky Derby every year with me. I think he made it to 50 straight. He didn't even like the horses, he just liked being around the guys.
As I said before, everybody loved him.
He was a special guy, and I will miss him very much.
Published: September 9, 2010, 5:50 pm
Based on their performances in week one games, the following players were selected as "Paul Hornung's Most Versatile Performances of the Week."
East Carolina’s Dwayne Harris
Rutgers’ Brandon Bing
Tulsa’s Demaris Johnson
Boise State’s Austin Pettis
Oregon’s Kenjon Barner
Kentucky’s Randall Cobb
LSU’s Patrick Peterson
Troy’s Jerrel Jernigan
TCU’s Jeremy Kerley
For week 2:
For the second consecutive week, Randall Cobb, Derrick Locke and Bobby Rainey are featured in matchups involving players on the watch list.
· Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010: Demond Washington (Auburn) vs. Leon Berry (Mississippi State) at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
· Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010: Greg Reid (Florida State) vs. Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma) at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
· Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010: Graig Cooper (Miami) vs. DeVier Posey and Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State) at 3:40 p.m. ET on ESPN
· Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010: Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers) vs. T.Y. Hilton (Florida International) at 8:00 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010: LaVon Brazil (Ohio) vs. Eric Page (Toledo) at 7:00 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010: Brandon Boykin (Georgia) vs. Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN2
· Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010: Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke (Kentucky) vs. Bobby Rainey (Western Kentucky) at 7:30 p.m. on CSS
For the full article, click on this link to take you to the official Paul Hornung Award website.
Published: September 9, 2010, 5:05 pm
Well it's that time of year again....week one of the NFL. That means it's time for me to make my selections.
But first, I want all of you to remember that I am NOT a big fan of gambling especially when it comes to football. Just kidding.
I'm putting these picks out here and expect to win every single game, but please don't come whining if you lose your house betting on a team I said would win and it doesn't.
Be smart about this, it's just for fun...sort of.
Ok, I had some winners in last week's college action but forgot to call Billy in time to have him post it up for you. So I'm the only one who knows how good I did last week!
Officially the record stands at 0-0. Everybody is tied again.
This week take the following:
Michigan +3 1/2 over Notre Dame
Alabama -11 over Penn State
So Carolina -2 1/2 over Georgia
Florida -16 1/2 over So. Florida
Iowa St. +13 1/2 over Iowa
Oklahoma -9 over Florida State
In the pros...
New Orleans -5 over Minnesota
Philadelphia +3 over Green Bay
Carolina +7 over NY Giants
Miami -3 over Buffalo
Dallas -4 over Washington
Chicago - 6 1/2 over Detroit
New England -4 1/2 over Cincinnati
No "Unbuckles" in week one. It's just too early to do an unbuckle yet. Maybe next week.
Good luck everybody and enjoy the weekend!
Published: September 9, 2010, 4:55 pm
Everybody wants to know what I think about Reggie Bush and whether I think his Heisman should be taken away.
First of all, it's not my decision. Obviously Reggie is at fault here, but he's not the only one.
I can't believe that NOBODY at USC knew anything was going on!?
I hear the kid was living in a $750,000 house, and drove a different new car to practice on a monthly basis.
You're tellin me the coaches didn't know? His teammates didn't know he was getting money and gifts? The athletic department didn't know?
It's either the DUMBEST school in America, or it's the most crooked. Heck, the basketball team had the same thing happening there too!
Here's the thing...ho do they take away the Heisman from Reggie if they still haven't taken away OJ's? It's a little bit hypocritical.
My wife can't understand how they haven't taken it away from OJ, but I guess it's because he won it on the field? I don't know.
They should probably take them away from both of them I guess.
But do me a favor, do NOT give the Heisman years later to whoever came in second place. I know Vince Young would probably have won the thing if Reggie wasn't eligible, but that's old news now.
I know USC was given penalties, but they weren't severe enough. Because it's pretty obvious that everybody involved with the program HAD to know what was going on, they should have been slapped even harder.
How else do you stop it from happening again (to that level) somewhere else?
Published: August 30, 2010, 3:38 pm
I've seen the polls, and I'm telling you..these people who didn't vote for Notre Dame for the Top 20 don't know what they're doing.
I know the Irish aren't ready to win a National Championship yet, but they aren't going to be a bad football team.
Evidently, they are going to be better than everybody thinks.
This kid Dayne Crist looks pretty good from what I have heard. I'm anxious to see how he handles Brian Kelly's offense.
The Irish have a tough schedule, but I still think they will be ranked at the end of the year.
Published: August 30, 2010, 2:53 pm
Kenjon Barner, a sophomore running back and return specialist at Oregon, has been added to the Watch List for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award, it was announced Monday by the Louisville Sports Commission.
Barner set a school record for the Ducks with 1,020 kickoff return yards in 2009 and compiled 420 all-purpose yards in the final two games of the 2009 season. He finished 2009 with 1,553 all-purpose yards, ninth on the school’s single season list. Barner becomes the fifth player from the Pac-10 to earn Paul Honrung Award Watch List honors and the 49th player overall.
Rankings Have Hornung Flare: The individuals selected to the 2010 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award provide a showcase of the nation’s most versatile players and come from many of the nation’s top teams. Eight of the individuals selected to the Watch List are from teams that are ranked in the top 10 of the preseason poll released by the Associated Press recently. Overall, 20 players on the Watch List are represented in the top 25 while 28 of the 49 players on the list are on teams that received votes in the preseason rankings from the AP.
Week One Features Six Games Featuring Head-to-Head Hornung Award Watch List Matchups: The first week of the 2010 college football season features six games that will see student-athletes on the 2010 Paul Hornung Award Watch List face off in head-to-head action over a three-day period. Included in the list is one game with three candidates.
· Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010: Niles Paul (Nebraska) vs. Bobby Rainey (Western Kentucky)
· Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010: Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb (Kentucky) vs. Douglas Beaumont (Louisville)
· Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010: Jeremy Kerley (TCU) vs. James Rodgers (Oregon State)
· Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010: Damaris Johnson (Tulsa) vs. Dwayne Harris (East Carolina)
· Monday, Sept. 6, 2010: Torrey Smith (Maryland) vs. Ricky Dobbs (Navy)
· Monday, Sept. 6, 2010: Doug Martin (Boise State) vs. Dyrell Roberts (Virginia Tech)
Published: August 17, 2010, 11:52 am
I'm very proud to announce that the Louisville Sports Commission has created "The Paul Hornung Award" which will be given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
Please go to www.paulhornungaward.com to check out the "watch list" of great college players who are early candidates to win the award....
Also on the website you can find more information about the award, the banquet, and lots of other great info.
Feel free to let me know what you think and who YOU think should win the award, and why!
Published: July 16, 2010, 7:35 pm
We lost a great one this week.
Whether you liked the Yankees or hated the Yankees, you had to respect the way George Steinbrenner was so passionate about his team. and the game of baseball.
I was fortunate to know George. He made it to Churchill Downs every year for the Derby.
In fact, I think George had six horses run in Derbys over the years.
Many people don't know that George was an assistant football coach at Purdue. He told me that one day and I had no idea.
He was there at the same time as Len Dawson.
George took care of his people. I've talked to Hop Cassady many times about how great George was to him. Hop's worked with the Yankee organization for years and years.
George always told me.."Stay at the Regency when you're in New York, it's the best." It was also one of the most expensive too.
People put Ruth, DiMaggio, and Mantle at the top of the all-time Yankees list. But it's not a far drop to George Steinbrenner and the contributions he made to that organization.
Published: July 16, 2010, 7:19 pm
I used to spend one month a year in Hawaii doing radio shows for Jantzen.
We had all of the greats on the show..Gifford, Cousy, Bobby Hull, Ken Venturi...you name him, we had him.
We had Jerry West on the show one time too. I remember while he was with me, we stopped at a basketball court where I challenged him to a game of "one on one"....and I won!
Many of you may not know that I played basketball in high school and then played my sophomore year at Notre Dame too.
I was good enough to keep playing but they thought it might be too much strain on my grades so they made me quit basketball.
Anyway, against Jerry West I got to take the ball out first. I dribbled around the outside a little bit and thought "Oh heck, why not".
I launched a shot from straight away and banked it in.
As Jerry went to retrieve the ball and take his turn, I walked off the court.
That was it...I beat the great Jerry West 1-0.
Published: July 4, 2010, 9:50 am
It's not a done deal yet, but there's a chance I might be doing a 15 minute call-in each Monday after the Packers game on a radio show with Gary Ellerson.
I think the radio station is 1250?
We'll see...it could be pretty popular. What do you think?
Published: July 4, 2010, 9:45 am
A note to LeBron...can you please end this whole escapade and just re-sign with Cleveland already?
You'll get more money that way, plus you won't break the hearts of all of those Cavaliers fans who are praying you spend your entire career there.
I know you want to be in the spotlight and you like the idea of the New York or Miami glamor, but you can have that anytime you want anyway. You don't have to play there.
Take it from me...I had plenty of good times in both of those cities and I never had to play there.
Plus you get something like $130 million? Geesh. That's really tough.
Let's just get this done so we can all move on and not have to listen to all of the speculation any more? I'm already sick of it.
Published: July 4, 2010, 9:34 am
Today Summerfest in Milwaukee is run by my good friend Don Smiley. Don is a great guy and he really does a tremendous job here in Milwaukee.
For those of you who aren't aware of Summerfest, it's just like a big State Fair that mostly features different music acts performing for about 2 weeks.
It was started with the idea to make it like "Oktoberfest".
Back in the early 1070's a guy named HENRY JORDAN took over as President of Summerfest.
Many of you know that Henry and I played at the same time in college. He was at Virginia and played with me at the college all-star game.
We were both drafted in the 1957 draft. Henry was picked by the Cleveland Browns. I couldn't believe he lasted until the 5th round!
A couple of years later, Henry was traded to the Packers and we played together for about 8 years.
Henry was later elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. He was a great, great player and a great man.
Anyway, after his career was over Henry got the job to run Summerfest. This was probably around 1970.
Henry didn't know a whole lot about entertainment those days, so who do you suppose he called for advice? That's right. Yours truly.
I remember him saying, "Paul, I'm thinking of hiring this one act that is supposed to be pretty good. Have you ever heard of them? They're called the BEATLES".
He was serious.
I couldn't stop laughing and said, "Henry? How much money do you have to pay them?"
He said, "I was going to offer them $15,000 or $20,000". I couldn't stop laughing again.
"Henry, you'll need to pay them MILLIONS!"
I'll never forget that phone call.
Henry died a few years later while working out at the Milwaukee Athletic Club. That's the same place I'm staying this weekend.
I just thought that was a funny story.
Published: July 4, 2010, 9:18 am
Summerfest has been REALLY slow. The economy is just killing the people, especially here in the midwest. They did have about 150,000 people come for the fireworks last night (saturday).
I was going to try and get out of here this morning (Sunday), but there aren't any flights. I'll go back to Summerfest for one more day and then catch my flight around 6.
Published: June 28, 2010, 1:14 pm
You don't too many opportunities in life to meet yourself.
But that's kind of what happened this past Saturday.
Bill Dawes is an actor that is playing me in the Broadway Show called "Lombardi". The show is scheduled to open sometime in September.
Bill Mattis (my agent) called me and told me that Dawes had contacted us through our new facebook page and was hoping to schedule a meeting as he traveled through the Louisville area.
So, Saturday morning Bill Dawes and his buddy met me and we went to breakfast at the Marriott in Louisville.
After that I took them back to my office where we took some pictures, and I gave Bill two of my books.
I told him, "You better read these because when I see you on Broadway, you better be good or I'll kick your butt!"
Published: June 21, 2010, 1:48 pm
Notre Dame fans can feel happy again. This Brian Kelly is going to get things done. I haven't had the chance to speak with him or meet him yet, but everything I have heard is good. It will be nice to see Notre Dame back on the right track again. Coach Kelly has my support, that's for sure.
Published: June 21, 2010, 1:47 pm
Can you imagine teams playing for a tie? That's why soccer will never cut it in the US. Baseball has extra innings, Football and Basketball have overtimes. This is ridiculous. Can you imagine being a fan of England and traveling all the way to South Africa to see a scoreless tie?
Published: June 9, 2010, 12:01 pm
Well I see we have 15 fans of the Facebook page so far! I guess that's not bad. I'd like to get that up to 1,000 by the end of the year.
Published: June 1, 2010, 10:52 am
I just wanted to let you know that you can find me on Facebook now!
When you sign on to your facebook page, do a search for "Paul Hornung" and you should be able to find it.
Be sure to click on the "like" button. I'm interested to see how many of you fans are out there!
Let us know through this website if you have any trouble at all.
Bill Mattis will be the one doing all of the administration, but all of the content will be coming from me.
Stop by the page and say hello on my wall!
Published: May 27, 2010, 11:46 am
I'm watching TV one night... I guess it was the NFL network, I'm not sure.
But they're showing this program on the "Top 10 most versatile players of NFL history".
As they are going backwards from number 10 down, I'm thinking to myself... "I think I might be in the top 5? If not, I need to go to NJ and beat the crap out of Steve Sabol!"
Sure enough they had me at #2, which I believe is one of the greatest things that can ever be said about me and my playing career.
I always appreciate it when people take notice of the different ways I was able to help the team.
Sammy Baugh was #1. Boy, he sure was a good one. Funny thing is, he really did "SLING" it just like his nickname says. He had this kind of sidearm type of throw that looked a little weird but he sure was good.
Here is the list (I think I got it right).
#10 Tom Matte
#9 George Blanda
#8 Brian Mitchell
#7 Mike Vrabel
#6 Kordell Stewart
#5 Troy Brown
#4 Chuck Bednarik
#3 Deion Sanders
#2 Paul Hornung
#1 Sammy Baugh
There's a few guys on there that I'm not really sure belong. But that #4 is a good one.
Chuck Bednarik was one real tough son of a gun.
Published: April 23, 2010, 3:05 pm
I placed my wager in Vegas a while ago. The odds aren't as good now as what I got back then.
I got 30 to 1 on DUBLIN, and he's my pick to win the Derby next Saturday.
I think he's on the board now at 9 to 1, which still isn't too bad.
I liked Eskendereya but he's been one of the favorites since the first odds were posted. You just can't take a favorite in the Derby.
A few years ago, I was able to get an early bet on a nice horse at 40-1. That horse was named Barbaro...and he helped me cash a nice ticket that year!
Published: April 23, 2010, 3:00 pm
One thing I don't understand... do they really need to have so many "experts"?
ESPN must have 700 guys on hand to analyze and critique every pick that's made.
I really like Jon Gruden as a Coach, and he's ok on Monday Night football but he isn't going to tell you anything but good things about all of these picks.
I probably won't be watching tonight, but I'll check in to see where Clausen goes. Whoever gets him will get themselves a pretty good QB.
I'm guessing he goes in the first 15 picks of round 2....maybe to Cleveland or Seattle.
Published: April 23, 2010, 2:56 pm
Tebow goes to the Broncos at 25. At least SOMEBODY agrees with me. But I think he should have gone higher.
All these teams that need a QB are crazy to let this kid go by. They need to stop listening to the hype and go talk to the kid himself. If you saw the interview with Tim after being chosen, you can tell he is going to totally dedicate himself to doing whatever it takes to win.
The team I think really messed up is the Rams.
It's kind of tough to screw up the first pick, but I think they may have have done just that.
This kid Suh from Nebraska is so good, you can't let him go by if you have a chance to take him.
I know they need a QB, but heck look, it's day two and Clausen and McCoy and a bunch of other QB's are still out there!
I'll tell ya what, I think Clausen is just as good as Bradford, and St.Louis spent a #1 on Bradford.
Detroit got themselves a stud with the number 2 pick.
I was glad to see the Packers pick a lineman. The Iowa tackle is a big kid for sure. He should help protect Aaron Rodgers for a few years to come.
Published: April 22, 2010, 7:08 pm
Well, here we are...it's draft night.
It's a crapshoot, but it sure is a big deal isn't it?
Some of the teams picking at the top of the draft really need to nail their pick to help turn their teams around. They don't want to be drafting there again next year!
All I keep hearing is about Tebow and Clausen and wondering if they're going to be good enouogh to play in the league.
Listen, Tebow is such a leader...he's my guy. He's the one I'd want if I needed a QB.
I really think his mobility and his leadership skills are SUCH a plus, I'd take him number one.
Jimmy Clausen is going to be a very successful pro too. I think he's got the best passing game, plus he played for Charlie Weis in a pro style offense.
Bradford and McCoy are both pretty good, but I'd list them behind Tebow and Clausen.
This NFL draft is so big now. 3 days now? Geesh, they sure know how to get the most money from the advertisers!
Published: March 17, 2010, 1:27 pm
The publicity surrounding Tim Tebow is terrible.
The people who are saying Tebow can't play QB in the NFL are crazy.
I'm sure the kid from Nebraska is going to go #1, but if I had the second pick I'd take Tebow for sure.
This kid gives you something you rarely see in players of that age...he's a winner. He's not concerned with all of the other garbage. He just wants to win.
I like Clausen and Bradford is good too, but Tebow is the one I'd want calling the plays in my huddle.
Published: February 4, 2010, 6:48 pm
I'm going to be in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl this year.
I have a feeling the Colts are going to win the game pretty easily. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest of All-Time. I think he would have been great in any era.
Not only that, but he's a model citizen too. You wish all of your players acted as professionally as he does.
Just because I THINK the Colts are going to win, that doesn't mean I'll be rooting for them.
I have ties with the Saints. Did you know I was drafted in the 1967 Expansion draft by the Saints?
I never played for them because my neck injury forced me to retire. But I did work for the Saints for a few years broadcasting and doing other stuff.
New Orleans was a fun town...too much fun for me! The night life and all was right up my alley and I wound up getting divorced down there. Talk about trouble...
But I'm rooting for New Orleans. They will need to play a perfect game. They won't stop Peyton, but they need to create a few turnovers and don't make any mistakes on offense.
If they play the same game they did against the Vikings this Sunday, they'll get murdered.
Published: December 29, 2009, 10:49 am
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everybody.
I was a little disappointed with the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. It didn't look like they knew if they wanted to go for an undefeated season or if they wanted to rest their starters.
It's almost as if they were in the middle of the two ideas.
You have to commit yourself 100% one way or the other, otherwise it creates some doubt within the team, and maybe even some other problems.
They really need to get their running game going or we won;t be seeing Peyton Manning and his friends in the Super Bowl.
Speaking of Peyton Manning, he's obviously a Hall of Famer and one of the best ever.
If his brother Eli also makes it to the Hall, they really should admit their father Archie too!
Heck, besides being a pretty good QB himself he raised two HOF'ers too!
I have to talk about Aaron Rodgers. The guy is having a tremendous season. He might be the MVP of the league.
He has basically put the Packers on his back and carried the team back to the playoffs.
I know everybody is thinking Brett Favre would be the favorite for MVP, but I think Aaron is the more valuable to his team.
The Packers and the Eagles are RED hot! And it looks like the Saints and Vikings might be scuffling a little.
Toss in the Colts loss even if it was because they rested players, and you have one big mess to figure out who is going to win this thing.
It's usually whoever catches fire at the end, so watch out for the Packers and the Eagles. I'm going to guess that one of those two teams will go to the Super Bowl for the NFC.
Published: December 23, 2009, 5:11 pm
I just want to thank everybody for wishing me a Happy Birthday today!
I just can't believe I'm finally turning FIFTY years old!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to everybody out there. Thanks for checking out my website and my blogs.
Published: December 18, 2009, 11:57 pm
Here are all of the Bowl game picks:
Fresno -11 1/2 vs. Wyoming
Rutgers -2 1/2 vs.UCF
So. Miss -3 1/2 vs. Middle Tennessee
Oregon St. -2 1/2 vs. BYU
Cal -3 1/2 vs. Utah
SMU +15 vs. Nevada
Ohio -2 vs. Marshall
Pitt -3 vs. North Carolina
BC +9 vs. USC
Kentucky +7 vs. Clemson
Texas A&M +7 vs. Georgia
UCLA -4 vs. Temple
Miami (FL) -3 vs. Wisconsin
Idaho +1 vs. Bowling Green
Nebraska +1 1/2 vs. Arizona
Navy +6 1/2 vs. Missouri
Houston -6 1/2 vs. Air Force
Stanford +8 vs. Oklahoma
Iowa St. +2 1/2 vs. Minnesota
Tennessee +4 1/2 vs. Virginia Tech
Auburn -7 vs. Northwestern
West Virginia -3 vs. Florida St.
LSU +3 vs. Penn State
Ohio St. +3 1/2 vs. Oregon
Cincinnati +10 1/2 vs. Florida
South Florida -6 vs. No. Illinois
UConn +4 1/2 vs. South Carolina
Oklahoma St. +3 vs. Mississippi
Arkansas -7 vs. East Carolina
Michigan State +8 vs. Texas Tech
TCU -7 vs. Boise St.
Iowa +4 vs. Georgia Tech
Central Michigan - 3 1/2 vs. Troy
Alabama -5 vs. Texas
Published: December 18, 2009, 11:43 pm
A BIG card this week...let's play them all!
Dallas +8 at New Orleans
Green Bay +1 at Pittsburgh
Tennessee PK vs. Miami
New England -7 1/2 at Buffalo
Arizona -12 at Detroit
SF +8 at Philadelphia
Baltimore -11 vs. Chicago
KC -1 1/2 vs. Cleveland
SD -7 vs. Cincinnati
Denver -14 vs. Oakland
Seattle -7 vs. Tampa Bay
Carolina +9 vs. Minnesota
Washington +3 vs. NY Giants
Published: December 17, 2009, 5:03 pm
Last Week (From 12/12-12/14):
Thursday Night Football...take...
Indianapolis -3 over Jacksonville
Published: December 12, 2009, 7:33 am
Last Week (From 11/27-11/28):
Navy -13 1/2 vs. Army
Indianapolis -7 vs. Denver
Houston -6 vs. Seattle
Oakland +2 vs. Washington
NY Giants -1 vs. Philadelphia
Arizona -3 1/2 at San Francisco
Published: December 3, 2009, 11:06 am
Last Week (From 11/27-11/28):
I need to get my college picks moving this week. I'm over .500 but not enough. There are some very EASY games out there, so here we go:
In the colleges take...
Pitt +1 1/2 vs. Cincinnati
Wisconsin -12 at Hawaii
Alabama +5 1/2 vs. Florida
Texas -13 1/2 vs. Nebraska
In the pros take...
NY Jets -3 vs. Buffalo
Indianapolis -6 1/2 vs. Tennessee
Washington +10 vs. New Orleans
Chicago -9 vs. St. Louis
San Francisco PK at Seattle
NY Giants +2 1/2 vs. Dallas
Baltimore +3 at Green Bay
Published: November 30, 2009, 1:04 pm
That Bret Favre is amazing. Have you taken a look at what he's done this year?
He's having the best year of his CAREER! And the Vikings have to be considered one of the top 5 teams in the NFL.
If Bret can find a way to win a Super Bowl this year, he may go down as the best ever.
It's VERY easy to turn down a job you haven't been offered yet. But what happens when you actually get offered the thing? Will you turn it down then?
Urban Meyer is saying he isn't going anywhere, but I'm not sure that's a sure thing yet. He needs to keep his team on track for the National Championship. Of course he's going to say that.
I'm hearing the same thing everybody else is saying...Brian Kelly of Cincinnati. But if somebody else more exciting comes around, you watch...it could be somebody else.
You know Urban was offered the job before Charlie Weis? That's what I hear. And I hear he turned it down because Notre Dame told him they wouldn't take transfers.
I also hear Charlie Weis has already cleaned out his office without being officially let go?
People are saying Notre Dame should be worried about all the money they will owe Charlie? The fundraisers could make about 10 phone calls to gather that money together. People will line up to pay to see him go.
Time to move on.
Do you know who I think is the best passing QB in college? Yep, I'm a homer. It's Jimmy Clausen.
The kid is going to the pros early. I really believe he will. If he does, he'll be walking away from a Heisman Trophy. He would EASILY have been one of the favorites next year.
I hope he stays, but I doubt he will.
This whole Heisman Trophy voting has gotten so screwy it's ridiculous.
To vote before Championship weekend? To vote before Bowl games? They mean SO much these days, it's stupid that we have to vote now because the Heisman people are afraid they won't be able to sell tickets to the dinner in January.
Things have changed since the old days. Why can't everybody wait until after the season to pick a Heisman?
This year I'm picking the same guy I have picked the last two years. The best player BY FAR in all of college football. He's NO DOUBT the best player and his name is Tim Tebow.
Tebow is a man among boys. The way he carries himself, his beliefs, his faith in his teammates, the way he NEEDS to win are all what you look for in a true champion.
And that's why he's my pick.
Nothing against Colt McCoy, Toby Gerhart, or Mark Ingram. These guys are all incredible players.
My guess is that Tim may not win because he's already won once and there seems to be a problem winning a second one since Archie did so back in the day.
I'll tell ya what...if I had the #1 pick in the NFL draft next year, I'm picking Tebow. You cannot go wrong with this kid. What a tremendous player and person.
Published: November 26, 2009, 12:51 pm
Happy Thanksgiving to everybody!
I hope you are able to spend some time with loved ones and watch a little football today.
Published: November 20, 2009, 9:25 am
Last Week (From 11/14-11/13):
Here's what you do...if you know of some sorts reporter at a small town newspaper..tell him about my blog and my picks.
For a couple of weeks, I'll let him make his picks here on the blog, and he can use my picks in his newspaper.
Let's make him famous!
Ok, a BIG week in football.
You can really do well this time of year. Some teams are still working and others are making plans for the off season.
And I have an UNBUCKLE pick for you this week! That's when you are SO SURE that you're going to win a game that you just sit back in your chair, relax, and UNBUCKLE as you watch your winner.
In the colleges take:
Boise St -23 at Utah St.
Ohio St. -12 at Michigan
Iowa -10 vs. Minnesota
South Florida -11 vs. Louisville
BC -3 1/2 vs. North Carolina
Texas -27 vs. Kansas
Miami (FL) -19 vs. Duke
Florida -45 vs. Florida International
NOTRE DAME -6 vs. UConn
In the pros take:
Jacksonville -8 vs. Buffalo
Indy +1 @ Baltimore
San Francisco +7 @ Green Bay
New Orleans -11 @ Tampa Bay
Philadelphia -3 at Chicago
Good luck and enjoy the BIG football weekend!
Published: November 13, 2009, 8:12 pm
Last Week (10/24-10/25):
At 21-12 on the year I have to be the greatest expert on football games against the spread in the entire COUNTRY!
I'm still waiting for the New York Times or ESPN to come to me to ask me to do a special for them each week.
Maybe your local paper wants me to pick some games for them? Let me know!
Ok, this weeks winners...
In the college take...
Kentucky -3 at Vandy
Pitt -6 1/2 vs Notre Dame
Iowa +17 at Ohio State
Michigan +9 at Wisconsin
Nebraska -3 1/2 at Kansas
In the pros take...
Detroit +17 at Minnesota
St. Louis +14 vs New Orleans
Dallas -3 at Green Bay
Indianapolis -3 vs New England
Let's see how we do and maybe I'll have another winner for you Monday night.
Published: November 13, 2009, 7:54 pm
Best Dressed Men on TV
Larry Kudlow- and he might be the brightest guy on TV too.
Bill O'Reilly- even though he gets his clothes for free! He wears Jack Victor sports coats which are the best.
Brian Williams- he has the BEST ties.
Smartest Women on TV
Well, you can start by eliminating any of the women who are sideline reporters.
I think all of the women on CNBC and the Bloomberg News are incredible.
I can't watch MSNBC or CNN, they are just too liberal. I'm strictly a Bill O'Reilly guy. I think Bill needs to have me on his show, and I will have him do some stuff for my blog.
Best Dressed Man in the History of Sports
...has to be D. Wayne Lukas. Lukas is the greatest trainer of all-time. Always wears the best clothes.
Todd Pletcher has taken after D. Wayne. He is NOW the best trainer in the game, and he also dresses top notch.
Published: November 13, 2009, 7:41 pm
A great person retired from the Packers front office after last year, and hardly anybody has said much of anything about it.
As the President of the Packers, Bob Harlan did a great job.
Of course, I always kidded Bob that he had the easiest job in America!
The Packers organization is top notch from top to bottom. The season tickets are sold out for years to come, with a waiting list as long as a phone book. the fans are the best in the world.
Heck, my agent in Philly could run the Packers from PA.
I have a funny story that only Bob Harlan can confirm. I remind him about it every time I see him.
Bob invited me down to Lambeau Field one day. So my French Bulldog Louie and I headed down to the stadium.
There we were standing on the field at Lambeau, just the three of us...Me, Bob, and Louie.
The stands were empty. The field was perfect. I stood there on the 30 yard line looking around the stadium. It was all so quiet.
Next thing I know, Louie pulls up and takes a poop on the 30 yard line.
I have to believe that my dog Louie is the only dog to ever dump on Lambeau.
Whenever I reminded Bob of that day, he would just shake his head.
Bob Harlan is a great man and he will be missed. The Packers will miss him, although I'm sure Mark Murphy will do a good job.
Thanks for everything Bob!
Published: October 27, 2009, 4:25 pm
(this blog is not from Paul, it's from Bill Mattis)
Please click on the "merchandise store" section along the left side of this page, and check out the new autographed "Touchdown Sunday" limited edition print now available.
What a tremendous item!
On December 12, 1965 Paul Hornung and Gale Sayers combined for 11 touchdowns for their respective teams.
Paul scored five against the Colts, while Gale scored six against the 49'ers.
This print commemorates this very special historical day. The print is titled "Touchdown Sunday".
This is a limited edition, and very special, autographed item featuring Paul Hornung and Gale Sayers. They are numbered out of 2500 and come with a special certificate of authenticity.
It measures 16" x 20" and is professionally printed on photo paper stock.
The picture (which is not great) shows one that is not signed, but yours will be signed by both Paul AND Gale and both will have the "HOF" inscription too.
If you have any questions, please contact Bill Mattis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't miss out on this very special item. It would make the perfect gift fro the true football fan on your gift list!
Published: October 24, 2009, 11:17 am
Today in the Colleges:
Cincinnati -17 over Louisville
Kentucky -14 over LA-Monroe
Michigan +4 1/2 over Penn State
BC +7 1/2 over Notre Dame
Sunday in the Pros:
Chicago E over Cincinnati
Pittsburgh -5 over Minnesota
NY Jets -7 over Oakland
Atlanta +4 1/2 over Dallas
Arizona +7 over NY Giants
Good Luck everybody!
Published: October 19, 2009, 2:58 pm
I've got a couple of projects I'm working on in case you're interested.
First of all, I'm going to be in Chicago on Friday night 11/20 at the Mounted Memories Show in Rosemont.
I think I'm part of the "Rollback the Prices" deal they have there and they are selling autograph tickets for $29.
My friends Ron Kramer, Boyd Dowler, Carroll Dale, Willie Davis, Jerry Kramer, and I think Bart Starr will all be there Saturday too.
Sounds like the place to be if you're a Old Packers fan.
Second project: Gale Sayers and I have this special 16" x 20" print we're selling. It's called "Touchdown Sunday" and it commemorates the day I scored 5 TDs against the Colts while Gale was scoring 6 TDs against the Niners.
It's a really great item and we're going to make it exclusive. These things pretty much have to come from us.
We will have them on the website store so you can see them very soon.
The last project: I'm trying to bring together me, Gale, Butkus, Ditka, Bart Starr, and maybe a few others to Chicago in December from the 12th almost right up until Christmas.
We'll be signing autographs for a fee at Nordstroms right there in downtown Chicago. I've already talked with them and they love the idea.
I'll let you know when I have more details.
Published: October 19, 2009, 2:50 pm
Sorry we didn't get any picks up for Saturday and Sunday, but I was on the road and completely forgot.
It's probably a good thing too because I think I would've gotten clobbered!
Monday night, let's give the Denver Broncos a shot. They're getting 3 1/2 at San Diego and I think they can win the game. They're definitely the hotter team.
Take Denver +3 1/2 over San Diego.
Next week, we'll get back at it again on Saturday and Sunday.
Published: October 10, 2009, 7:45 am
Last week was a pretty good week. I even got a couple of college games right.
This week I'm picking LOTS of favorites. All 3 of my pro games are teams that are favored. Let's hope the points don't get in the way.
This week I like the following college games:
Mississippi State -2 1/2 over Houston
Michigan State -4 over Illinois
Pittsburgh -7 over Connecticut
Alabama -5 over Mississippi
LSU +8 over Florida
Michigan +8 over Iowa
In the pros:
Buffalo -6 over Cleveland
San Francisco - 2 1/2 over Atlanta
Indianapolis -4 over Tennessee
Maybe we'll do something with the Monday night game when that gets a little closer.
Have a good weekend everybody.
Published: October 5, 2009, 2:30 pm
This will be the number one rated TV show in the HISTORY of Wisconsin.
Every television in the state will be tuned to Monday Night Football to see their old buddy Brett Favre quarterbacking against the Packers.
I don't blame Brett. First of all, that's a lot of money. $18 million, or something like that? Money isn't everything, but you have to think about it when it's numbers like that.
Let's face it. Ted Thompson felt like Brett was done. Having an Aaron Rodgers to turn to made the decision a little bit easier.
But if Minnesota wins the division and beats the Packers twice because of some old Brett Favre magic, and the Packers fans have to watch him on TV in the playoffs while their team is out...oh boy.
TONIGHT...let me first say...I'm rooting for the Packers. I hope they win the game.
I'm also rooting for Brett Favre. I hope he has a great game ...and the Packers win by one.
But for my wagering friends out there, I say take the Vikings and lay the 4 1/2 over Green Bay.
It's a big home field advantage. The Vikings are a very good team and that Peterson is really something special.
I look for Peterson to have a really big night and that will only make Favre more effective.
These are the types of games you NEVER bet against Brett Favre.
Take the Vikings at home -4 1/2 over the Packers.
Published: October 5, 2009, 2:17 pm
I hope you all caught some of Ray Lewis' remarks about the referees favoring the QB's to much.
Why?, Because he's RIGHT. He's 100% right.
Tom Brady and every other QB out there definitely need to take off the skirts.
They call this game FOOTBALL. If you don't want to take the risk of getting hurt, go play something else. It's ridiculous.
Maybe they should start protecting the Linebackers more from blockers?
Seriously though, it's football. You're supposed to get hit. Sometimes it will be high, sometimes it will low.
I can remember picking up Bart Starr off the ground while his eyes were still rolling around his head. He was a lot tougher than most people think. You had to drag Bart Starr out of a game.
Do you think they protected the QB's back then? Heck no.
Listen, you want to be sure to be ok at the QB position? Then go get yourself a guy that can take a hit, and have two more just like him ready to go.
QB's these days are huge compared to the old days, they should be able to take it. If not, oh well! Bring in the sub!
Boy, Tony Romo is in big trouble huh? He doesn't look anything like he did the past couple of years.
I'll tell ya what...that Dallas team goes as far as Romo can take them. Right about now, that doesn't look so good.
Denver really did a nice job yesterday. They made Old Tony look pretty bad. Of course, Tony did a good job of that by himself.
Better keep an eye on that story. You don't want to have a losing season the first year of a gazillion dollar stadium! Just ask Jerry Jones.
How bout those Niners? I keep tellin ya. I have people I see most every day and I told them before the season that Singletary would get it done out there.
Now these people are coming to me to tell me I was right.
Check the old blogs. You guys know I loved them before the year started.
He's Coach of the Year right now.
Can somebody please tell me why Coaches are stopping to talk to reporters before the game, and at half time?
Do you think Vince Lombardi would have wanted to talk strategy with some gorgeous blonde 5 minutes before kickoff? Heck no!
I guess it's all about money? The TV networks run the game I guess. They are the ones putting the big money in the owners pockets, so I guess the coaches do what they're told.
Of course, I don't think I've seen Belicheck do one of those interviews....have you?
In the beginning of the season I picked Tim Tebow to win the Heisman. Yu all know how much I like that kid. I think he should be the #1 pick.
If they didn't protect QB's like they do, you'd definitely want a kid like Tebow running your offense. He does NOT wear a skirt.
But guess who should be the #1 early candidate for the Heisman? Yep, that would be Jimmy Claussen of Notre Dame.
He's been incredible. He's had a few really huge games and the Irish are 4-1.
Of course, the Irish don't get the votes from the other Coaches around the country. You're telling me they aren't worthy of being in the top 25? C'mon. I can pick about 6 teams they would definitely beat that are ranked.
Back to the Heisman, I've always said if you win the Heisman and come from Notre Dame, you must really have had a heck of a year.
There's so much bias and jealousy towards Notre Dame in National voting, that you have to get votes from everywhere.
Start thinking about this Claussen kid. He could be the #1 pick overall in two years.
Published: October 3, 2009, 11:56 am
I'm not saying it's true.
I'm not even saying it MIGHT be true.
But I just heard from somebody that Jon Gruden has been looking to possibly buy a home in the Louisville, KY area.
Draw your own conclusions from that rumor.
Again, I'm not certain it's true, but it is an interesting story, isn't it?
Published: October 2, 2009, 1:58 pm
We're going to start out Friday night in the college ranks.
It will make my good friend Billy Mattis happy to know I'm picking his alma mater Pittsburgh to stomp all over the Louisville Cardinals.
I live in Louisville so I know a few things about this team and it isn't the same since the days of Brian Brohm and Michael Bush.
Take Pitt -7 on the road at Louisville.
Sorry to say but I'm picking against another home state team in another game too. I really think Alabama is a great football team this year.
Despite being at home, I don't think Kentucky can hang with the Tide.
Lay the -16 with Alabama at Kentucky.
I also like BC +4 at home over Florida State, and I lke Michigan +3 1/2 at Michigan State, even though they didn't cover for me last week!
Hopefully we can get that college record of mine going in the proper direction this week.
Pitt -7 over Louisville
Alabama -16 over Kentucky
BC +4 over Florida State
Michigan +3 1/2 over Michigan State
Let's move to the pros...
I REALLY like this Baltimore team. I think they can beat the Patriots outright. So getting the +2 is a bonus I hope we won't need. Take Baltimore over the Patriots in Foxboro.
I talk about the Niners and I back it up. They will blow out the Rams. Lay the 10 and cash in at halftime. Take SF -10 at home against the Rams.
The Steelers are such a solid team. I think the Chargers still have some issues. I like the Steelboys -7 at home over San Diego.
And then there's Monday Night Football. Minnesota vs. Green Bay in the first edition of the Brett Favre Bowl.
You can get my pick right here first thing Monday!
Here are the pro picks again:
Baltimore +2 over the Patriots
SF -10 over the Rams
Pittsburgh -7 over San Diego
Published: October 2, 2009, 1:40 pm
What was Urban Meyer thinking?
I think most people know how much of a fan I am of Tim Tebow. I think he's incredible.
For him to be in the game when the score was way out of reach was ridiculous. He put the program's season in jeopardy.
I know Tim would never want to come out of the game, but he needs to be smart too. It's a long year and anything can happen....AND IT DID!
I hope Tim is back on the field next game and is back to 100%.
Urban Meyer, if you're listening...you get up by 21...take Tim out!
I'm going to keep telling you...watch out for those San Fran 49'ers. Mike Singletary is my early leading candidate for Coach of the Year.
He has taken a team that is known for it's finesse and passing game, and has now got it playing some great old style TOUGH football on both sides of the ball.
I hope Frank Gore isn't too banged up because he's definitely one of their leaders.
Coach Mike definitely has got it going, and I'm sure we're not done hearing from the Niners. Stay tuned.
Somebody at ESPN needs to take a hard look at the way they do things.
Do you know they invited Bart Starr and me to Minnesota for the HUGE Monday Night Football Matchup with the Packers and the Vikings and our old buddy Brett Favre.
It would have been great to have had the chance to share my perspective on the situation with America, and to have heard what Bart thought too.
I'd imagine they'd probably also have a couple Vikings old timers on too.
You would think that they would be able to offer SOMETHING in the form of pay to do this?...a pretty special deal here huh?
Nope...nothin. They wanted me and Bart to come up there for FREE! I wonder if they were going to have FREE commercials for their sponsors that night too? Or maybe their other announcers were working for free that night?
I doubt it.
They didn't even offer to make a donation to our charity or anything. Can you imagine?
Who is making that call at ESPN? That just isn't the right way to do business.
And while I'm on the subject of TV announcers... Can anybody out there tell me why all of these people have to make all of these annoying noises in the background while they are showing highlights for games?
Some of the people on these studio shows are the most overpaid people in the country. Cause if they're getting ANYTHING it's just too much!
They sound like a bunch of jerks whooping, laughing, and yelling while some poor guy has to read the highlights script. It's one big wild party. Is that what the producers are going for?
You know who is probably the most embarrassed? It's Mike Ditka. He has to put up with some of these guys, and he's the one that knows as much about the game as ANYBODY.
I'll bet he sits there thinking..."What is going on?"
If you want to learn something about the game, you go talk to Mike Ditka for a couple of hours. There is one man who will give you a lesson you won't forget.
Published: September 28, 2009, 3:53 pm
Well, the colleges weren't so good to me. I squeaked out a win with Iowa State, but the other two picks were real clunkers.
But 3-0 in the NFL isn't too shabby. My friend Bill (who runs this site) said..."Wow 3-0 in the NFL! That's pretty good."
I said..."What did you expect?"
I'm not playing tonight's game, sorry about that. But if I had to, I think I would take Carolina +8 1/2.
I just think 8 1/2 is too many. Jake Delhomme just isn't as bad as everybody thinks. He's due to have a good one and it just may be tonight.
We'll take our winnings this week and tuck 'em away until next week.
Published: September 26, 2009, 9:13 am
Well, it's probably a good thing I didn't pick last week after all, I'd be deep in the hole already!
Sorry for these being right up against kickoff on Saturday morning, but we'll try and get these to you a little sooner next week.
In the colleges, there's always lots of games to choose from.
I like Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech laying the 2 1/2. They have really looked strong this year so far.
I think Michigan is going to want to run up the score against Indiana. They're undefeated and I think they want to show everybody they are back.
Here are my three college picks:
Miami (Fl) - 2 1/2 at Va Tech
Iowa St -10 vs. Army
Michigan -20 1/2 vs. Indiana
In the pros, we all need to watch those Ravens and the 49ers. I told people before the season that those two were going to surprise people. I really respect that Mike Singletary and I just know he'll make them a winner.
They travel to Minnesota this week and are getting 7 points. I like that!
Baltimore is home against Cleveland and laying 13 1/2. That might seem like a lot, but it won't be. It'll be 17-0 at halftime.
I'm not picking the game, but it will be interesting to watch how the Eagles use Mike Vick today. I know Kevin Kolb is starting, but if Vick has early success, you watch, he'll be running the show the rest of the game.
Missing one of the best QB's in the game (Donovan McNabb) is tough, but that Mike Vick is one of the great athletic players around.
Here's who I'm taking in the pros:
San Fran +7 at Minnesota
Chicago -2 at Seattle
Baltimore -13 1/2 vs. Cleveland
Let's see how we do and maybe we'll do something for Monday night.
Have a great weekend everybody!
Published: September 26, 2009, 9:00 am
Last week I spent some time back in Green Bay. Each year the Packers bring back the ex-players for Alumni weekend.
It's really a great event and lot's of people attend the different functions all around the area.
There must have been about 700 people at the fish fry on Friday night. The fish fry is a tradition in the Wisconsin area.
At the Packers game on Sunday, they introduced us all at halftime. Bart was introduced last, and I was introduced second to last.
When they called my name and I walked out, I held up a Max McGee jersey and the crowd went crazy. Max's wife was in the stadium and I think she liked that.
All of the guys signed the jersey and we gave it to the family later that night.
It was nice to remember my old friend.
Published: August 20, 2009, 12:52 pm
I probably should wait a couple weeks before saying what I REALLY think...
But I just cannot believe he's going to play for the Vikings. And that whole process was such a joke!
I guess he's going to make them a better team, but I'm not sure HOW MUCH better. He'll definitely sell lots of tickets, that's for sure.
My friend asked me if he'll get a standing ovation when he gets introduced in Green Bay. I told him..."They're not going to introduce the offense that day! That would be stupid!"
I feel pretty sure that he is going to be booed and he is going to be booed LOUDLY when he comes back to Green Bay as a Viking.
Oh sure, there will be some that will cheer. I would say it will be 5 boos to every one cheer.
Published: August 20, 2009, 12:48 pm
Not that I am REALLY concerned with what happens with Mike Vick, but I was really hoping he'd end up with the San Francisco 49'ers.
First of all, I thought he'd have a chance to play right away with the Niners. I don't understand why he'd want to go to the Eagles? It's not like he's going to beat out Donavan McNabb?
Maybe if something bad happens to McNabb he'll get a chance. But I just don't see why it wouldn't be better for him to go to a team where he could play right away.
The other reason I wanted the Niners to get him is Mike Singletary. I think Singletary is a great man and is going to be a really great Head Coach. You watch, he'll make that team a winner in no time.
He's such a tough son of a gun that he won;t accept anything less than winning from his players. I just thought that would be the kind of Coach that Vick needed to be around too.
I'm sure we haven't heard the last of it all.
Published: July 24, 2009, 10:39 am
I could not believe when a few friends of mine told me that one of my helmets and one of my game jerseys were up for sale, and that they were going for so much!
It was on some website, and the jersey was going for $18,000 and the helmet was selling for $7,000!
I’m not sure whether they are my real stuff or not, but for $18,000 I wish I had saved some of them for myself! Then I would have put them up for myself.
Unbelievable. I could have raised a bunch of money for my own charity for heaven sakes.
I didn’t even know you could buy REAL game used jerseys. Can you imagine what a Michael Jordan game used jersey must go for?
Published: July 2, 2009, 7:24 pm
Hi again Gang,
Maybe I'll see you in Wildwood NJ? Ron Kramer and I will be there 4th of July weekend.
I'm there on Saturday (the 4th) 1-3 with Ronnie, and then he goes back for a second day on Sunday, but I can't make it Sunday.
Herb Adderley, Dave Robinson and Tom Brown are all supposed to be there both days too.
It will be lots of fun to see you guys at the show!
Published: July 2, 2009, 7:17 pm
Back in 1967, I was still trying to play. I was the top expansion pick for the new team in New Orleans in ‘67 but I wound up never playing for them after all.
The Saints also picked up Jimmy Taylor later. So they had both Hornung and Taylor from the old Packers on their roster.
I saw some doctors at the Scripps Medical clinic before the season, and they said “whoever told you could keep playing is crazy. You have a severing of three vertebrae. You get hit again and you’re really don.”
So I decided to retire and go into broadcasting instead of playing. I stayed down in New Orleans for a couple years. I also wound up getting single again in New Orleans.
I had been married in LA the Wednesday after the first Super Bowl.
My new wife Pat was from Green Bay. She had graduated from Northwestern and wanted to write a few books and get into movies herself.
We got along good for awhile, but then living in New Orleans just ruined me and the marriage. I wasn’t too good of a husband, and married life wasn't easy living in that city.
But the first year of the Saints franchise was one of the most unusual I had ever seen in professional football. The Saints fans were very unique. That first game is the weirdest thing I had ever seen in my lifetime in football.
The opening kickoff was returned 94 yards for a touchdown by a rookie named John Gilliam. The game was at Tulane Stadium because the Superdome hadn’t been built yet.
Tulane stadium was so wild, it was unbelievable. They held up the game for 20 minutes. The crowd cheered so long and so loudly that nobody could hear anything. You couldn’t hear the signals, you couldn’t hear anything until the place got quiet.
Those fans in New Orleans were really incredible, and they still are today.
Published: June 10, 2009, 12:15 pm
With his glory in Super Bowl I, Max McGee was on a real roll and it continued that next week.
He had told me that a guy had called him and asked him to take my place in the Bob Hope Pro-Am Classic the next weekend. I couldn’t do it because I was getting married and would be on my honeymoon in Hawaii that weekend.
We were all in Beverley Hills at the wedding reception. I had picked up the whole tab at Max’ wedding back in Green Bay when he had about 100 people.
My reception was at a famous restaurant in LA called Chaissons. My Mom was there and we had about 12 people. Max told me he wanted to pick up the check. I said, “Ok.”
For twelve of us it was about an $800 bill. Back in the ‘60s that was a lot of money.
They gave the bill to McGee and he quickly gave them his credit card. They didn’t take credit cards. McGee said, “What? You better take credit cards or show me where to start washing dishes!”
They agreed to take a check and Max gave it to them. When we walked out, Max turned to me and said, “That check’s no good. I don’t have any money in my account either.”
I told him not to worry about it and we called the bank to let them know what happened and that he’d take care of things when he got back to Wisconsin. The bank covered the check.
McGee takes my place in the Bob Hope Pro-Am and after the first round he and Donald O’Connor are leading the tournament!
Max was the best putter I have ever played with, a possible exception being Jack Nicklaus. I’ve played with a lot of great golfers.
I’m sure you’re going to read lots of stuff on hear about Max. Maybe you have a story about meeting Max? Let me know. I’d love to hear it!
Published: June 5, 2009, 1:26 pm
You know we lost Max McGee two years ago.
Max McGee is close to being as popular a football player as there ever was in Green Bay. One reason for that is that he also did the color commentary on the radio for 25 years.
I loved Max. Max and I were like brothers. We roomed together for ten years. Every year since my rookie year in 1957, Max and I were roommates. He was my best friend. I was Godfather to his son.
Max and I had a lot in common. We both liked the streets, there was no question. Lombardi thought it was a joke.
I really think Lombardi would have loved to go out WITH us a couple of times. After a night where Max got caught and I didn’t, he fined McGee $5,000. In front of a team meeting, he told Max “McGee, next time, if you find somebody WORTH $5,000 let me know. I want to go with you.”
I don’t think that would have ever happened, but it sure broke up the whole team meeting with laughs.
We snuck out by ourselves. We got caught. We were fined more than anybody else on the Packers. Lombardi would keep all of the fine money until the end of the year and we’d have a team party.
I don’t have to tell you, Max and I paid most of the money for that party. So basically, we threw the party!
Actually, I think Max went out more than me. One year he was engaged to Doug Sanders’ (the golfer) ex-wife. Max snuck out EVERY single night during training camp! I didn’t go with him every night, just a couple.
They used to keep all of the single guys in the dorms on weekends during training season. I thought that was ridiculous. They’d let the married guys go home to be with their wives and families on the weekends. Back at camp they’re locking me and McGee up each night!
I used to tell Coach, “This is ridiculous. We want to go out and have a beer and relax a little bit.”
Well, he didn’t like that at all, me going up against him like that. Of course he knew we snuck out a few times and let us get away with it. There were other times though that he caught us!
Every time we got caught we had to pay the fine. And we didn’t like it either. Lombardi always bitched at us enough that he really made an example of us to the other players.
As I said before Max was a great broadcaster. They loved his style. He never studied the teams. Hell, he didn’t even know who the Packers were playing half the time until he got the ballpark.
Max would get to the stadium early, look through the information and stats, and he’d be ready for the game. He was partnered with Jim Irvin. Jim was the play by play guy. Jim loved Max but he was completely different than Max.
Jim’s tighter than a three dollar dead heat and Max, if he had $700 in his pocket he’d find a way to spend it all.
Super Bowl I against the Kansas City Chiefs was one of the greatest moments of all-time for Max McGee.
We were sitting together on the bench. I wasn’t going to play. I had a severe injury to my neck. At the time I had no idea how serious. But I was dressed and ready to play if I had to. Vince asked me before the game “How do you feel?”
I said “Uhh…Ok, Coach.” Thank God I didn’t have to play.
Late in the game, after the game was decided, Vince called me to the sideline and asked me if I wanted to go in for a play or two. I said, “No thanks Coach.”
Besides being hurt, I was a good friend with Hank Stramm (Coach of the Chiefs) and I didn’t want to make it look like we were doing anything to show them up.
Meanwhile, back on the sideline earlier in the game sat Max McGee. Max just KNEW he wasn’t going to be getting any action, so he had gone out the night before.
He wanted me to go with him! I said “Max, I can’t go!”
He said “C’mon, this girl has a girlfriend and she’s a knockout. Let’s go!”
I said, “But Max, I’m getting married next week! What the hell are you talking about?”
And I did, I got married the next week to a girl from Green Bay. We got married in Beverley Hills, just days after the Packers beat the Chiefs in the first Super Bowl.
So Max had been out all night and he’s sitting on the bench not feeling so well. There goes Boyd Dowler down with an injury in the first quarter.
Lombardi instinctively calls, “McGEE! Get up here!”
Max turns to me and says, “Is he calling for me?”
I said, “Hell yeah!, get your ass up there.”
Max goes to grab a helmet, and he didn’t have one. He didn’t even pack his helmet! So he grabs Dave Hanner’s helmet (a defensive tackle), puts the helmet on and goes into the game.
I’ve always kidded Bart Starr. Considering what happened and the amount of playing time McGee had all season, I always thought he should have been voted the MVP of the first Super Bowl.
Of course that honor went to Bart Starr and he deserved it too. Actually Bart won the second one too against the Raiders.
McGee was phenomenal that day. Just think, Max hadn’t played all year.
You really have to tip your hat to Lombardi. He called on Max instead of others that could have filled the spot. Somehow, he just knew Max would make the big plays.
And that’s sure how it all worked out.
Published: June 1, 2009, 2:03 pm
I’m really going to enjoy talking to you guys. I want to answer your questions and hear what you think. I want to hear YOUR stories about the Packers and Notre Dame.
If you see me at an appearance and you take a picture, send it in. We’ll put it up somewhere on the site.
This is meant to be fun. So let’s make the fun happen!
I’m not exactly sure what we’re going to be doing with this blog and this website. I’m going to have to get with my man Bill Mattis from Philadelphia. He’s been kind of leading me through these things on here.
We’re going to be selling all kinds of stuff eventually. We’ll have jerseys including Green Bay #5 jerseys, Notre Dame jerseys, we’ll have photos, photos with me and Lombardi, me and Max McGee, bobbleheads, and all sorts of stuff.
We’ll also have books. I’ve written three books. The first one was in 1961 call “Football and the Single Man” by Paul Hornung. It was the first football book that they took two chapters from and put into LOOK Magazine.
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The second book I wrote was an autobiography called “Golden Boy”. It sold very well. I really enjoyed that book. I enjoyed writing it. Also, I got A LOT of money for writing that book. I got over $250,000 for writing it. I’ll tell you the truth.
And that was a lot of money then.
The third book was “Lombardi and Me.” And the “Me” wasn't just me. It was Max, it was Bart, it was Sam Huff, it was Frank Gifford, it was Sonny Jurgenson.
Boy, Sonny loved Vince. And Vince just loved Sonny as a Quarterback.
That book sold very well.
I told my publisher I’m going to do one more book. It’s going to be called “McGee and Hornung: Run TIL Daylight.”
Lombardi had a very successful book called “Run TO Daylight”, meaning his offense was explained very simply. The running backs were told to “run to daylight.”
Obviously the new book title is a play on the words based on the adventures of Max and me.
I think this book is going to be huge. And I’ll tell you what. I don’t care about selling the book in Chicago. I don’t care about selling the book in Philadelphia.
I’m going to stay in Wisconsin for six months and stop in every city. These are the people who will want to read this book. I’ll probably sell 100,000 copies to all of the Packers fans who loved McGee too.
What do you think?
Published: May 28, 2009, 8:25 am
For the last couple of years I have become pretty close with a football player I played against. I have always said that he could have been the greatest football player of all-time.
His name is Gale Sayers.
Gale of course is the great Chicago running back who came out of school as a number one pick out of Kansas. He played at a time where the “other” best football player of all-time was Jim Brown.
But Gale was different. I’ve never seen a runner like him SINCE, and I don’t think I’m ever going to EVER see another running back who has the moves that Gale had.
And I’ve been lucky enough to get pretty close to Gale. We’ve done some appearances together, and we’ll do some more. We’re going to be back up in Green Bay Sept 11-13th when the Bears play the Packers. We’ll be at an Indian Casino up there.
I love to do these signings with Gale because he’s great. He’s delightful, he’ got a great sense of humor, he’s serious about his business.
He’s a helluva businessman too. I think he’s saved every quarter! We don’t need to be taking up a collection for Gale. He’s done very well for himself.
Published: May 25, 2009, 10:43 am
“What about Notre Dame!!!!??? What about their season? What’s going to happen?”
Everywhere I go, these are questions I hear all of the time.
Look, they have twelve games. Four of them are HUGE football games. If they can win all four of these big games?...Well, you could be talking about a possible National Championship.
But boy, is it tough!
You’re talking about at Michigan (September 12th), home against Michigan State (September 19th), home against USC (October 17th), and then Boston College comes to Notre Dame (October 24th).
Those four games will dictate the type of season Notre Dame will have. They have to improve on last season and they have to win at least three of these four BIG games.
There have been a lot of rumors about Charlie Weis. People call me up, “Are they gonna fire Charlie?”
I don’t know if they’re going to fire him. I doubt it very seriously. I think Charlie is GOING to be the coach there.
Jimmy Clausen (the quarterback) is really the question mark of the season. This kid can really throw it. He has a great arm. If he has a sensational year, they have a shot at a National Championship.
But no matter what they do, they will still have to pick up the newspaper every Sunday morning to see what Florida did the day before. I believe the Gators have the best football team in American AGAIN.
Published: April 9, 2009, 10:00 am
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