Saturday, May 4, 2019

Wild Bill Winters-Tribune Profile

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

Sometimes fate works in mysterious ways.

This time it worked well in landing one of The Sports Exchange's Best Guests.

I got a Facebook Friend Request from Bill Winters and accepted it.

We started chatting and then we started talking on the phone.

I practically burned out my battery on the first conversation and enjoyed every minute of it.

The 64-year old offensive lineman was born in Asbury Park, NJ on July 22, 1954.

Winters had an interesting rise into Pro Football.

He's played in the NFL, CFL and the USFL.

His stops include the Washington Redskins, NY Giants, Montreal Alouettes, BC Lions, Tampa Bay Bandits, San Antonio Gunslingers and Portland Breakers.

With Montreal, Winters played in the 66th Grey Cup.

His Pro Football career spanned from 1976-1985

Winters was an undrafted free agent who played at Princeton in the Ivy League.

On Thursday's edition of The Sports Exchange on https://www.weinetwork.com/, I had one of my occasional rants.

I was furious that with all of the indigent announcers that are on network television, why is Winters not on National TV?

Bill deserves to be on these broadcasts.

If I were a play-by-play announcer, Winters would be my color analyst!

My mouth when it comes to promoting makes me admire the work of Boxing Promoter Don King, who was brilliant when it came to talking about his fighters.

Nevertheless, from our standpoint, the local business guests that are in the studio rave about Winters Football knowledge.

My aspiring journalists are ecstatic when they can learn from Bill and are thrilled to be on the line with him asking questions.

In addition to his experience on the field, he has an eye when it comes to judging talent and more importantly, when he comes on the air, Winters is extremely prepared by doing his homework.

As I create the foundation for the Sports Exchange, I'm working diligently to find dependable experts in every sport.

Thus far, Winters has risen to the occasion and is willing to grow with us. He understands what he has to gain right now is exposure and I've guaranteed him, he'll get plenty of it!

When I need a guest on short notice, I generally turn to Winters. He also does his best to promote on social media.

If you're looking for an Old School Football Mind, Winters is it!

What I have created is an excellent friendship with him and I was adamant that if he's loyal to me, I expect to add him on all my media platforms.

The only thing left for Bill and I is the eventual face-to-face meeting as we'll take our fair share of photos together, talk football, future broadcasting plans and about life.

We'll continue to enjoy the ride we're going to have with each other for years to come.

Meanwhile, thanks to Social Media and in this case Facebook, this friendship is a blessing!

Scott Morganroth can be reached at Scottbm33@gmail.com.

Twitter: Scoop33333
Instagram: southfloridatribune

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Jacksonville's Hidden Gems?

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH
JACKSONVILLE, FL

If common logic had anything to do with the draft process, there would be no such thing as busts in any draft, especially the NFL Draft.

But that's not the case and I'm not going in that direction.

In the last article, I summarized all of the Jaguars draft choices.

Top pick DE Josh Allen seems like a good prospect.

Jacksonville traded up with the Oakland Raiders in the second round, 35th overall, to select Jawaan Taylor, who played for the Florida Gators.

This seems like an excellent move as the tackle should be able to protect free agent QB Nick Foles.

At 312 pounds, Taylor could be my body guard.

After these two picks, the intrigue starts.

As I took the five hour trek back home on I-95 South, the three picks which standout in my mind are TE Josh Oliver (San Jose State) who was selected in round three.

Fifth rounder RB RyQuell Armstead (Temple), should bolster Jacksonville's running back position.



QB Gardner Minshew III (Washington State) was selected in the sixth round, 178th overall.

Instead of throwing out zillions of statistics and attempting to convince you this prospect is good, I'll let the key individuals explain the thought process behind the selection.

Let's start with Oliver, who played with multiple QB's last season at San Jose State. For the Spartans, he caught 56 passes for 709 yards, and four TD's. He averaged 12.7 yards per catch and his longest reception was 70 yards.

Oliver was third nationally among FBS tight ends and led the team with 56 receptions.

Thirty eight of his 56 receptions resulted in a first down.

His 709 receiving yards was fifth nationally among FBS tight ends.

At 6-5, 249 pounds, he's a tall target for Foles.

General Manager Dave Caldwell said that Oliver "is an extremely athletic guy with a lot of production. I know it was really frustrating for him because he really wanted to win. I think he made the most of it, but it was impressive how he kept his head up and kept playing hard and playing at a high level."

Executive VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin was also pleased with Oliver.

"We've been talking about a tight end forever and not done anything about it," Coughlin said. "Josh Oliver is a guy that can run. He's a run after the catch guy. People knock him a little bit for blocking, but I think as a move guy and as a detached guy, motion guy in the backfield, I think he can handle all of those types of runs. The screen blocking, etc. He can reach (block) and put his hat on the outside and make people run with him and that kind of thing."

In the 2017 Draft, Jacksonville selected RB Leonard Fournette in the first round, fourth overall out of LSU.

In an effort to shore up their running game, the Jags added Alfred Blue (formerly of the Houston Texans) then drafted RyQuell Armstead in the fifth round, 140th overall. Now the Jags have a solid running back room.

He's 5-11, 220 pounds.

These are the types of selections that make scouting and personnel departments look like geniuses. As I found out during these two days, the evaluation process of a player can have as many as 10 people involved.

There are coaches, scouts, player personnel as well as the executive brass looking at film, attending the scouting combine, College All-Star Games, etc...

I also found out that the wonderlic timed test which determines IQ is somewhat important, but during the evaluation process, talent evaluators acknowledge that players learn visually as well.

These individuals admit that they'd be nervous about taking such a test. Yet, as I mentioned, it's still part of this process.

Nonetheless, the deeper into the draft, this is what leads to Super Bowl contenders.

I left Jacksonville turning my head on a few players and Armstead could cause defensive coordinators tons of headaches.

Armstead had 210 carries for 1,098 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He became the 11th player in Temple History to eclipse that plateau.

He was 10th in the nation in rushing TD's with 13 and averaged 115.8 per-game.

Jaguars Assistant Director of Player Personnel Andy Dengler talked about the guy who played up I-95 North in Philadelphia.

"He's really fast, you can see it on tape," Dengler said. "He ran a 4.45, 22 reps on the bench. He's been a really productive player at Temple. He'll provide a lot of good depth for us. Explosive and he's good in pass protection as well."

Coughlin said he received positive vibes from former Temple Coach Matt Rhule who is now the head man at Baylor University.

"Matt Rhule texted me right away when we took him and said, 'Yes, sir. He's a winner.' We're excited about that. A guy who is tough and has the ability to make that one cut and get to the goal line. He will be 222-223 pounds when he gets here. Runs very well."

In the 2000 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots drafted Michigan QB Tom Brady in the sixth round, 199th overall. Brady is 6-4, 225 pounds and he's a classic example that you don't need to draft a franchise QB in the first round.

I want to make one thing very clear.

I'm not putting the pressure on Minshew III to live up to what Brady accomplished.

But Minshew was selected 178th overall and in the sixth round.

Period.

In 2018, he threw for 4,779 yards, 38 touchdowns and just nine interceptions for Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach, an offensive mastermind.

He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

While I won't put too much pressure on Minshew III, that didn't stop Coughlin from gleaming about this guy especially his intelligence.

"When we interviewed him in Indianapolis, he came in and said, 'Yeah, I know I'm too short, too slow and my arm is not good enough. But I just went to Washington State and won 11 games.' Not bad. As a matter of fact, he probably should have won 12 because they got beat by USC along the first part of the year, and had a chance to drive the ball at the end of the game and win, and they weren't able to do that. He is a really interesting kid."

Coughlin continued to rave about Minshew III as he talked about the impressiveness to process information.

"Wow. Can you imagine that? He is headed for Alabama and as you guys have noted, he's thinking of his first step into coaching," Coughlin said. He goes out to Washington State in the summer. He has nothing else going for him, he doesn't know anything about anything. He studies, he's in the weight room.

"What he is, is a gym rat. He's hanging around, he's doing this and that. You watch him play and it looks like he's been there forever. As I said, the real thing about this guy is the competitiveness. He's very smart, he's very sharp. He loves the game, he loves the study part of the game. He'll be a great guy in the classroom with the coaches. He will suck up all that information up and then based on what we have seen, he will go onto the practice field and carry it with him.

"Some guys can't do that, or don't do it as fast. They don't process. They're not as quick. I think this guy will be quick. Now does he have to learn some things? Yeah, because he's going to be up under center. He's not going to stand back there in the shotgun the whole time. If you were to tell me that you don't think the guy can throw play-action passes from the tackle box, I don't believe that.

"I think he can do that and do it well. We're excited about the competition that will now take place with those three young guys that play behind Nick (Foles). It will be a great situation for us."

For a guy that has two Super Bowl Championships with the New York Giants pairing with Eli Manning, Coughlin knows what he's talking about.

On Friday Night, Caldwell was pleased with what the Jaguars accomplished with his first three picks.

"We wanted to come out of our first three picks with a pass rusher, an offensive tackle and a tight end and then a linebacker with our next one," he said. "So we felt like we checked the box on all four of those and we're happy with how that happened. Our last pick was Quincy Williams out of Murray State."

I asked Coughlin if there were any guys they drafted that he was surprised that they fell to the team. "The first guy. Then we took the first guy, the second guy (laughs)."

As for Coach Doug Marrone, the evaluation process really begins.

After the seven players were drafted, Jacksonville went on to sign 21 undrafted free agents on Sunday.

The parking lot at TIAA Stadium will be busy over the next several months as rookie mini-camps, mini-camps, off-season training activities, training camp and pre-season games will take place.

Jacksonville finished the 2018 season with a 5-11 mark and failed to reach the playoffs, amid high expectations following an AFC Championship Appearance which left them short of making the Super Bowl.

To say that the 2019 season is pivotal would be mildly stating the obvious.

Owner Shad Khan has been patient and has invested money to put a winner on the field.

The NFL Draft reminds me of Spring Training as everybody is happy that they have a new season and lease on life.

I'm glad this is over because now it's time to evaluate players and get to the nitty gritty.

During my 40 years of covering sports, I've covered them on all levels.

From collegiate sports, to the minor leagues, etc...I've always been intrigued by the process.

But it doesn't take a genius to figure out that you can't teach hard work and gauge or measure what's in a person's heart.

Yes, players better be talented as well but don't overlook the other intangibles.

We'll find out in time whether this cat will prowl it's way back into the playoffs with a newly revamped roster.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at scottbm33@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Old And New Draft Memories

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH
JACKSONVILLE, FL

The first drafts I covered were back in 1982-83 when I was a writer for the Hallandale Digest.

As a young student learning on the job, I have to admit that working with Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula was quite intimidating.

But as I got to know Shula, especially during training camp, I became more comfortable and he eventually warmed up to me.

I also used to cover the NFL Draft on a regular basis at the Pontiac Silverdome as a writer for the Detroit Monitor covering the Lions during the 1990's.

I'd spend all day Saturday and Sunday going through tons of player notes on paper, talking to assistant coaches and of course the head coach had his meeting with us after each pick.

I learned a lot about football talking to these coaches.

My work bag was filled when I left the stadium and I didn't even own a laptop computer at that time.

The Lions PR People Bill Keenist, Mike Murray, James Petrylka Sr. (whose is picture with me on the right) made sure we had everything we needed.


These three guys were like a Dream Team and I've maintained these friendships throughout the years!

The two head coaches I worked with were Wayne Fontes and Bobby Ross.

The one draft that stood out was in 1993.

The Lions traded their first round pick, to the New Orleans Saints for Pro Bowl Pass Rusher Pat Swilling. This pick was the eighth overall.

On the surface, the trade looked good for the Lions as Fontes raved about how happy he was that he could give opposing QB's nightmares.

Fontes was smoking his cigar because he had his marquee pass rusher.

Detroit would go to the playoffs in both of Swilling's two seasons only to lose to the Green Bay Packers twice. He went to one Pro Bowl for the Lions.

But the Saints would make out like bandits.

They selected offensive tackle Willie Roaf out of Louisiana Tech.

Roaf would play for the Saints from 1993-2001.

During his nine seasons, he made seven Pro Bowls. He was inducted into the Saints Hall Of Fame and Ring Of Honor.

After Roaf left New Orleans, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs and added four more Pro Bowls from 2002-2005.

Roaf was elected to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame on February 4, 2012.

There were 12 rounds over two days.

Teams had 15 minutes in the first round and 10 minutes in the second and third then five minutes for the rest of the draft.

I would spend an average of about 15-18 hours at the Pontiac Silverdome on Saturday and Sunday.

The Lions fed us real well!

As I cover my first draft in 2000's, so many things have changed.

The Draft is in PrimeTime on Thursday and Friday then it wraps up on Saturday. The draft is only seven rounds.

It also rotates to a different city each year and draws hundreds of thousands of people which is a boon for the local economy. This year's host Nashville had over 600,000 people attend the event.

This year's draft was watched by a record 47.5 Million viewers.

ABC aired the coverage for the first time in primetime.

The ratings increased by 5% from 2018.

Ironically, the Lions had the eighth overall pick in this draft, but this time they kept it.

It turned out to be Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson.

But now I'm in a new stadium. It's called TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Once upon a time, it was called The Gator Bowl, the home of the Florida/Georgia Football Game border war as well an annual Bowl Games.

It's changed names a couple times since I've covered games writing about the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The main PR People are Dan Edwards, Tad Dickman, Amanda Holt and Andy Esworthy.

There are no completed round-by-round draft sheets or bios of every player.

This place is practically paperless and everything is found online, just a finger click away.

If you want up to the minute updates then go to the internet where you can find anything you want, who, what, when, where and why, all within minutes.

Everything is always on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc... not the case in the 1990's.

There were no sign of assistant coaches.

The main individuals handling the press conferences were Coach Doug Marrone and GM David Caldwell.

Tom Coughlin had a press conference at the end of the draft.

I didn't know a single beat writer by name although I recognized the faces when I saw them covering the team during previous regular seasons.

Yet, they and all the other media members were all pleasant to work with.

I feel like I'm one of the elder statesmen in the room which is kind of neat.

I was unable to cover the First Night on Thursday because Peter Wein and I were broadcasting 'The Sports Exchange' on the https://www.weinetwork.com/.

But I've always believed that Super Bowls are won beyond the first round.

Days Two and Three dictate more as teams attempt to find their hidden gems.


On Friday, the Jags introduced Defensive End Josh Allen, their first round pick to the media.

Allen was selected out of Kentucky with the seventh overall selection.

I asked Allen did his selection bolster Kentucky's credibility when Kentucky is considered a basketball school?

"I did everything I could to change the program," Allen said. "I just did my part. This just came with the success. Kentucky is on the right track. We won 10 games. Hopefully we will win the same or more next year. I wish them nothing but the best, but I left my footprint on my teammates.

"Hopefully, they understood what I did, what I sacrificed and hopefully they can do the same thing and become a great team."

Allen is only the second Wildcat ever drafted by the Jaguars, and the first since Jacksonville selected safety Marlon McCree in 2001 in the seventh round.





The Jags struck again by nabbing another SEC player. This one was two hours down the road and played in Gainesville, FL.

Jacksonville traded up with the Oakland Raiders in the second round to land offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor from the Florida Gators.

He declared for the NFL Draft following the season.

He played in all 13 games and started 12 at right tackle. Florida's offensive line allowed just 18 sacks over the course of the entire season, which ranked 20th in the country and third among SEC teams.

As for Caldwell, since he began his tenure as the Jaguars GM in 2013, Jacksonville has selected a player from the SEC in the first round in five of his seven drafts.

After Taylor, Jacksonville landed TE Josh Oliver in the third round out of San Jose State.
Jacksonville's final pick in the third round was linebacker Quincy Williams out of Murray State.

The small schools finished out the second night.

On day three, Jacksonville didn't have a selection in the fourth round.

But with the second pick overall in the fifth round, running back Ryquell Armstead gets to make the trek down I-95 South as the Temple product will start his career in Northern Florida.

Last year QB Nick Foles played in Philadelphia for the Eagles and now Armstead will follow Foles to town.

Armstead is 5-11, 215 pounds that could be a good combination back as a receiver and a runner.

The later the draft the more interesting it became.

Round No.6 enabled Jacksonville to land QB Gardner Minshew II of Washington State.

The 6-2, 220 pound signal caller finished fifth in 2018 Heisman Trophy voting....won 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation's top senior or fourth year junior QB). He was named finalist for Walter Camp Player of the Year and Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top quarterback).

He was set up for success by playing for Washington State Head Coach and offensive mastermind Mike Leach.

In 2018, he was second in the country in passing yards (4,779), and total offense (376.8), fourth in TD Passes (38) and third in completion percentage (70.7%), each are Pac 12 bests.

He also set Pac-12 Conference and WSU single season records in passing yards (4,779) and completions (468). Add to the fact that he amassed 38 TD's and was the only player in the country with six 400-yard games and 11 300-yard games and you have a potential steal at the end of the draft! He only threw nine interceptions.

Jacksonville's seventh round and final selection in the draft produced defensive tackle Dontavius Russell out of Auburn.

When it was all said and done, Jacksonville selected four players from Power Five Conference Schools. Three came elsewhere.

Before this weekend, the team made changes to upgrade their roster and went into the draft looking for ways to give newly acquired QB Nick Foles some help to get themselves back into the playoff picture.


Time will tell which of these players make an impact.

But of these picks, I will admit, the ones that intrigue me the most are Armstead and Minshew II.

It doesn't matter when you're covering a draft, the theme is consistent.

These guys are just prospects!

Nobody knows how they're going to turn out until you see them on the field, study film and actually find out how much talent they really have.

Throughout the weekend, I continued to learn more from the individuals made available at the press conferences.

They all bring something to the table.

But when I turn back the clock back to the 1990's and work in this millennium, I'm amazed at how much the news cycle has indeed changed.

Therefore, in the end, it was an opportunity to think about the old and now new memories.

As always, the Jaguars PR Staff treated me great this weekend! I can't ask for much more than that.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at scottbm33@gmail.com.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Detroit Sports Perspective

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH
PHOTOS BY CANDICE EBLING

I'll never forget the time when my longtime colleague and close friend George Eichorn asked me to write a few paragraphs about all of the Detroit teams when they were struggling in the late 1970's for the Detroit Monitor.

This happened to be the first time that I was published.

I impressed My Lakeland High School English Teacher Mrs. Ann Nozewski, who wanted every student to make an attempt to do this.

Fortunately, my second time getting published was a short story on the US Not Boycotting The 1980 Olympics, which President Jimmy Carter wanted us to Boycott The Olympics.

That would later backfire as the Soviet Union Boycotted the Olympics in 1984 at Los Angeles which I attended.

Nevertheless, lets move the clock forward to 2019 and while Nozewski certainly provided the impetus for me to get published, 40 years later, I'm still going strong!

Back in the 1970's all of the Detroit Teams were struggling.

Here in 2019, they are once again.

But at least during that time period there have been some championships along the way.

The Tigers 1984 Season produced a World Series Championship along with three Hall Of Famers. Those include Manager Sparky Anderson, Shortstop Alan Trammell and Pitcher Jack Morris.

The Pistons won three World Championships which has produced Hall of Famers and retired jerseys in the rafters. In the Bad Boys era of the late 1980's, those included Coach Chuck Daly, Guards Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and forward Dennis Rodman. Dumars was an executive when the Pistons won another title in 2004.

The Detroit Red Wings made it to the playoffs 25-straight years and won four Stanley Cup Titles.

The rafters are getting crowded with more retired numbers in addition to the championship banners. Two Hall of Famers and former Captains are Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom.

And the Lions....they've won one playoff game and Barry Sanders made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

I enjoyed covering Barry from my Pontiac Silverdome Press Box vantage point watching him rise to being the third leading rusher in NFL History.

There was a period of time that I covered all 16 games at home and on the road.

To this day, I'm convinced that if Fontes was not fired and replaced by Bobby Ross, Sanders would be the all-time leading rusher as Barry viewed Wayne as a father figure.

Whether Calvin Johnson gets there remains to be seen.

The fans are waiting for QB Matthew Stafford to be surrounded by a good supporting cast that will at least get him a playoff win.

It's an eyesore when Sanders and Johnson retire in their prime because of the losing culture.

Unfortunately for Lions fans, they're one of two members in the 0-16 club and haven't won a championship since 1957.

Time will tell whether the Patriot Midwest Way anchored by Coach Matt Patricia and President/GM Bob Quinn can duplicate itself in a football starved town which is looking for any kind of success it can get.

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Now the present:

1. The Detroit Red Wings--living in South Florida, the Panthers made a coaching hire I hoped the Red Wings would have made in the Motor City by landing veteran coach Joel Queeneville.

The former Windsor Spitfires coach is second all-time in regular season wins with 890 and 118 more in the playoffs, plus three Stanley Cup Championships with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Red Wings future just became much brighter when they hired Steve Yzerman as Executive Vice President and General Manager on 4-19-2019, Good Friday. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets made the obvious happen by sweeping Tampa Bay 4-0 in their opening round series.

Yzerman had successful stints as being an Executive Director for Team Canada and The Tampa Bay Lightning. 

There is no reason to think he won't be able to get the Red Wings on the right track in time.

Yzerman will have former GM Ken Holland by his side as he was named Senior Vice President as a major resource.

Holland does has a proven track record guiding the club to Stanley Cup Championships.
I hope his patience is rewarded as he extended Coach Jeff Blashill by two additional seasons.

I think it's smart that Yzerman will honor the Blashill extension.

He worked well with another young coach in Tampa Bay. That being Jon Cooper who led the Lightning to the President's Trophy.

There is no reason to think Yzerman won't work well with Blashill.

But the key to any turnaround while Detroit is in a massive rebuild, the Red Wings must continue to hit on their draft choices.

I respect them for not tanking in an effort to get the No.1 pick in the NHL Draft as they ended up sixth.

I'll continue to invest in the Center Ice Package hoping the younger players ultimately start maturing. But let's face reality, the 2019-2020 season will be the most pivotal one in the direction of this proud Original Six Franchise which owns 11 Stanley Cup Championships.

2. The Detroit Tigers--also owned by the Illitch family are also in rebuild mode.

We get the MLB Package and while the Tigers are trying to develop from within, they're slowly freeing up money from undesirable contracts.

For a team that has made it to the World Series twice under retired Skipper Jim Leyland only to come up short, can another veteran Manager Ron Gardenhire see this project through and reap from the benefits in the next couple of years?

Time will tell as to what comes up from the farm.

But like the Red Wings, patience is something Owner Chris Illitch doesn't seem to lack as he remains loyal to his key front office people.

The one thing about baseball is teams can turn their losing fortunes around in three years and go from worst to first quite quickly as we've found out from the success of the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs that ultimately led them to World Series Championships.

Just build a good young core of players and lock them up to long term contracts. Then keep building their farm systems.

The Tampa Bay Rays seem to make a lot out of nothing because of strong player development then find solid veterans to blend in.

3. The Detroit Pistons--had the distinction as the first team to play a playoff game in Little Caesars Arena (LCA).

During the regular season, the Pistons were swept 4-0 to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The same held true in the playoffs as Milwaukee won all four contests in the playoffs, all by double digits.

As a result, Detroit now owns the longest playoff losing streak in NBA History with 14.

Despite Griffin playing in two games, it never mattered, and after the season was over he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Milwaukee is considered favorites to win their first NBA Title since 1974.

But getting rid of Stan Van Gundy was a positive step last season. He trades the team's top draft choice to the LA Clippers who had a 48-34 mark in the Western Conference. Like the Clippers, the Pistons are the eight seed but compile a 41-41 mark.

Had Blake Griffin been healthy towards the end of the regular season, they wouldn't have drawn the match-up they ended up with.

Nevertheless, I do believe that Dwane Casey was a coaching upgrade over Van Gundy.

But until the Pistons get financial flexibility and start hitting on their draft choices, it wouldn't matter if they are playing downtown at LCA or the Palace Of Auburn Hills, the fans won't fill the stadium until they're convinced they're a legitimate entertainment option.

4. The Detroit Lions--There isn't much to say about this franchise except that I hope they don't waste away the career of another star player.



Contrary to what people say about Stafford, I do believe he's the best QB the Lions have had since Bobby Layne. He's the all-time leading passer in franchise history with 38,526 yards and 237 TD passes.

The team was relevant when Wayne Fontes was the head coach.

Does anybody remember the last QB to win a playoff game?

Erik Kramer.

He eventually left to play for the Chicago Bears.

In 1987, Jerry Vainisi was the Vice President of Player Personnel and when he departed to create and head the football operations of the World League of American Football (NFL Europe), the Lions haven't been relevant since in the front office.

He was a key contributor in the Lions success which produced a 38-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys as Detroit reached it's lone NFC Championship Game only to get clobbered on the road to the Washington Redskins 41-10.

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Unfortunately, I can't offer a guess as to who will break through and will create Metro Detroit's next championship wave of success.

If I was so smart, I would be working in the front offices of these teams.

So I'll hang out at the beach in sunny Florida and still cover these squads when they come here, when I'm in Metro Detroit, or if they play in a place I travel to get answers like the rest of us.

I do watch the Lions at Duffy's Sports Bar in South Florida.

In the meantime, I'll pull out my Rubik's Cube and try to conquer that puzzle.

But in the spirit of Mrs Anne Nozewski wherever you are, at least more people have heard about me because of my lengthy tenure in the media, my additional platforms, along with people trying to google my name.

Once upon a time at the beginning there was the Detroit Monitor. Now I've created an online publication, https://southfloridatribune.com/.

Now, I still have Eichorn around and there is Cyber Space which enables me to write on numerous platforms.

Stay Tuned.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at southfloridatribune@gmail.com.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Faith Day At The Ballpark

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH
PHOTOS BY CANDICE EBLING
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL

Happy Palm Sunday Everybody from the Sunshine State filled with Palm Trees.


I've seen a lot of promotional days throughout the years covering baseball as well as other sports, but this one is different.

I've seen Bat, Glove, Ball Day, etc... but Not Faith Day, until today.

Today Candy Ebling and I took our act on the road to begin our first trip to see the Florida State League as we expect to see all 12 teams home games.

This road trip was 185 miles from our home in Deerfield Beach, FL which took close to three hours.

During the 2019 Season, we'll be providing material for the South Florida Tribune and interviews for the Sports Exchange which airs on Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7 ET  on the weinetwork.com.

Today's column is the first of those 12 stops and we'll also be covering the FSL All-Star Game from June 14-16.

There will be a future interview with retiring FSL President Ken Carson on a future edition of the Sports Exchange.

At the end of the season, we'll issue a Final Grade for each club that will be based on the environment as well as the Media Relations Department's ability to deliver human interest stories in an effort to see how well they promote their ballclub.

I'll be doing my best to notify FSL Media Relations Directors hoping to get return communication in an attempt to make our job easier when we get to the ballpark to avoid an unsatisfactory outcome.

Throughout the years I've always enjoyed covering the Advanced A Florida State League because  teams top prospects perform in the same ballpark which houses the Major League Club.

During the 1980's, I covered the Fort Lauderdale Yankees and The Tampa Tarpons (Reds).

In  addition to producing players, the FSL also produces managers and coaches, many of whom have been former MLB Players or have had lengthy Minor League Careers who didn't reach the Big Leagues.

There are many great players and managers that ultimately made it to the Major Leagues one way or the other and there are too many to mention.

At any rate, today's game is different as the game started at 10:30 am. Today's early start reminds me of our time in Hawaii when we were at my nieces wedding, and baseball games on the East Coast would start as early as 8 am.

Get them over early and you have the rest of the day for yourself.

John Vittas, who is the Broadcasting & Media Relations Manager for the Charlotte Stone Crabs said, "It's our second year partnering with Awaken Church, who hosts a non-denominational church service from 8:40-9:40 am at the ballpark.

"Members of their congregation are encouraged to stay at the stadium following the service to enjoy the baseball game."

This is a very smart concept.

The attendance of the game was 1,974.

Todays festivities at Charlotte Sports Park included free admission and free parking.

This makes it more affordable for the fans as they'll have money to buy souvenirs at the gift store.


The Stone Crabs offer their community Free Sunday's presented by King Plastic Corporation this season.

Prior to all Sunday games, fans are permitted to play catch on the field before the game, creating their own "Field of Dreams."

As for the game itself, one of the few teams which actually uses the name of it's parent club is the Palm Beach Cardinals.

The Stone Crabs lost 5-3 to the Cardinals.

The loss was the fifth in a row for the Stone Crabs. They dropped to 3-8.

After the contest, I was hoping to speak to Pitching Coach Steve "Doc" Watson and Coach Ivan Ochoa and General Manager Jeff Cook, but none of those conversations transpired.

The game was three hours and ended at 1:32 pm ET.

You can hear my entire interview with John Vittas on a future edition of the Sports Exchange.

For updates on this and future stories, you can like the South Florida Tribune and Sports Exchange Pages on Facebook.

On Twitter, look for Scoop33333 and on Instagram, Follow southfloridatribune and look for my name.

Meanwhile, Happy Easter and Passover to Everyone.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at www.scottsports33.com.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

My March Madness

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

The NCAA Final Four is all set and college basketball's March Madness is in full swing.

Now that I'm on the air broadcasting The Sports Exchange from 5-7 PM ET on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Peter Wein on the weinetwork.com, there was a greater urgency to get the best material possible to keep things entertaining for our growing fan base.

During the month of March, I drove over 3,500 miles in a 24-day span compiling material for the Sports Exchange as well as building relationships to grow the South Florida Tribune, My Online Publication.

During this span, I even had a chance to visit a friend that I've known for 15 years and we finally met in person in Central Florida.

Here is an overview of my adventures and travels during "My March Madness" and I hope you enjoy what you're reading as I look to not only build my media ventures, but reinforce the passion in life that you live everyday as if it were your last.

On March 2, 2019, I commuted to Southwest Florida where I finally had a chance to meet My Childhood idol, 1968 World Series MVP Mickey Lolich, of the Detroit Tigers, at his home.

It was a two hour drive each way as I had him sign a four books that I purchased then gave him the game plan about being on the Sports Exchange, a week later.

We spent over an hour together talking about baseball.

I returned to Deerfield Beach to pick-up my wife Candy and we drove to the Tampa Bay Area that night which was another four hour drive.

Little did we know that finding a hotel would be extremely difficult because the Strawberry Festival was in town and finding a room would be much tougher than we imagined.

We did land in Clearwater, FL.

On Sunday, March 3, 2019, we covered the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees at George M Steinbrenner Field.

The highlights of the day were reunions with former New York Yankee Manager Stump Merrill, who piloted the Fort Lauderdale Yankees when I covered them in 1983. It was also neat to see Yankees legend Willie Randolph.

The cities I hit this month were Naples, Tampa on two occasions, Indian Rocks Beach, Bradenton, Miami, Sebring, Lakeland, Kissimmee, Port Saint Lucie twice, and Fort Pierce.

I would see my good friend former Detroit News Tigers Writer Tom Gage in Indian Rocks Beach, the Detroit Pistons facing the Miami Heat in Miami, commuted three days from Deerfield Beach to Sebring and had my first experience with Endurance Racing at The Sebring International Raceway.

The Sebring Experience was from March 14-16. The Pistons played on March 13 in downtown Miami.

This month seemed like Endurance Racing in it's own way to me.

The average drive from Deerfield Beach to Sebring is close to three hours each way with a lack of hotels.

There was no direct way to get to the race track as I had to use four different roads which at times were quite challenging at night, especially those that had only two lanes.

We covered the Detroit Tigers vs Toronto Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL which is completely renovated on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

I covered two New York Mets games in Port Saint Lucie in the beginning and the end of March. Ninety minutes to me was an absolute cake walk, but the New York Mets were fantastic as I compiled lots of excellent material for the show.

One of my trips to Tampa was designed to get the South Florida Tribune on USF's distribution list so we can keep the alumni base in our area updated on Bulls' Sports.

How can I forget that the one Sunday we were in town, my wife Candy and I covered the Detroit Red Wings vs the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, FL.

There is a reason that my wife calls me a "Crazy Man" because I just enjoy driving, especially long trips.

But when you have an aggressive agenda and I use driving as a way to meditate to clear my mind, I wouldn't live life any other way.

During these final two days of March, I rewarded my wife by taking her to Deerfield Beach so she can take pictures of sunrises which are beautiful in these parts.

I'm already getting restless and am ready to take another trip in Florida as some of the things I plan to do is see one of my contributors Xavier McKnight in Bradenton.

I'll also be covering lots of Class A Florida State League Games around the state as my wife and I plan to hit the rest of the Grapefruit League Parks we haven't seen a game in yet.

I'm sure that there will be other trips in the state that are not sports related somewhere along the way.

But it was a blast!

My time at Sebring was phenomenal as I did a live broadcast with my wife and Wein in the studio.

Initially, we were supposed to cover the NHRA Gator Nationals in Gainesville, FL, but that situation fell through while Sebring fell into our lap.

When people think of Florida, they often hit the beaches, Busch Gardens in Tampa, Disney World in Orlando and many other tourist attractions.

I'm amazed at how many different sports there are in the state in the various cities. One that stands out is the Daytona 500.

A person can create a bucket list of their own here in the Sunshine State.

Mine is far from completed, but over the years, I'd say that I've covered a lot of ground.

God willing, if I can get through the neck issues I'm experiencing and  if I can maintain solid health over the next year, March of 2020 will have an Arizona and Florida Flavor to them.

But I'm very pleased at what got done here and hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing this story.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at www.scottsports33.com. He is the CEO and Founder of The South Florida Tribune.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Profile, Mel Farr Jr.

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

On tonight's edition of the Sports Exchange, we welcome back Mel Farr Jr.

Farr is a former running back for the LA Rams from 1989-1990.

He also played for the Denver Broncos in 1988.

His father Mel Farr Sr. was a running back for the Detroit Lions in the 1970's.

After Farr Jr. retired from football, he worked with his dad in the car business.

He's been a tremendous asset to the Sports Exchange by coming on the program multiple times.

Tonight, Mel will be promoting http//www.georgiashowcase.org/students.

I encourage you to read up on this to understand what this event is about that will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

We also have a press release on The South Florida Tribune that you can read as well.

I've interviewed thousands of prominent figures over my 40 years in the industry, and try to do my very best to begin and nurture those relationships.

While it would be neat to bring many of our guests on the show on more than one occasion, unfortunately it doesn't work out that way which is fine because we're grateful of the time these individuals give us.

Then there are others like Mel, who are very kind and generous with their time, that are readily available, even on short notice.

Potential sponsors enjoy interacting with him as well.

Mel is definitely involved with his kids lives, and resides in The Metropolitan Atlanta Area.

It will be neat when I return to Atlanta, GA., which is conveniently off I-75, to have the chance to finally meet him in our travels back and forth to Detroit.

I have some other good friends in the Atlanta Area, and it would be nice for those people to meet Mel as well, and who knows, they too can become friends.

But there is nothing better then to get to know an individual then finally meet that person.

On tonight's show alongside of my co-host Peter Wein, our guests will include Jack Stern and Rick Curti.

In the studio Rick Tobin will be talking with Mel during our second hour.

Tobin will be in the studio for the entire broadcast.

So join us tonight at 5 ET on the weinetwork.com in what figures to be an excellent group of people that are not only here to entertain, but to inform you on the latest in sports, but the causes they promote and the businesses they represent.

We continue to look forward to Mel participating in future shows and enjoy his desire to help the Sports Exchange become a nice show to listen to, in addition to becoming a part of The South Florida Tribune for years to come.

When the time comes, and there are other shows, you can rest assured that Mel will be invited to be on those programs.

I'm very proud to call Mel a colleague, in addition to becoming a great friend!

Thanks to LinkedIn, which is a valuable tool for professionals to promote their businesses, you can meet class acts like Mel Farr Jr!

Scott Morganroth can be reached at www.scottsports33.com and is a member of Detroit Sports Media.

He is a Co-Host of the Sports Exchange on the weinetwork.com as well as the Founder/CEO of The South Florida Tribune.

Here is the link below.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Final Takes On Super Bowl LIII

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

As Atlanta, GA. goes back to normal and their tourists depart from The Super Bowl, I want to take the time to write a brief story on what turned out to be the lowest scoring game in the history of this mega contest.

Here are some key things that stood out during the past week.

* During the Super Bowl Icons Story, I want to make a correction on Jerry Green's age. The majority of the facts on the internet are accurate.

I found out from my colleagues back in Detroit, Green's age is 90, not 89.

Nevertheless, it's still impressive that he's covered all 53 games and I hope he covers many more.

It's my responsibility to get these facts correct otherwise own it and that's what I'm doing.

I'm glad that I had the opportunity to recognize a legendary colleague and a truly great friend!

With all of the history Jerry has witnessed over the years, now he can say he's watched the lowest game in Super Bowl history as the New England Patriots topped the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.

QB Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick guided the Patriots to their sixth title in franchise history. Congratulations to the New England Patriots and kudos to Jerry Green.

* Wide receiver Josh Gordon now has a championship ring and there are reports that he could be reinstated during the off-season. I believe that with all the suspensions he's received under the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy he should be permanently banned from the league.

But, Josh is with the right team and if any organization can rehabilitate him, it's New England. He's a talented player in his prime and there is no better QB that he can flourish with than Brady. I do have a heart for the kid, so it's hard to not root for him.

* On Tuesday's Edition of the Sports Exchange, I tried so hard to get Mel Farr Jr. to go out on the limb to give us a score. He didn't and said he was rooting for Brady because it's hard to root against greatness.

Mel did give us an over/under and it was 45.

I thought about him during the game as he must have known something that all of us didn't.

Kudos to you Mel, who is in the photo.

* In the past few years, I've worked diligently to stay away from watching the hype for all the Super Bowl coverage because I don't care for too much conversation for just "A Football Game."

Before I got sick with diabetes, I used to fast on Yum Kippur because it was something I was committed to and it was the right thing to do.

During the week, I attended to my business with the Sports Exchange, networking to find sponsors for the program and trying to recruit writers for the South Florida Tribune, in addition to writing content.

The weekend saw me watch the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Ottawa Senators 2-0 along with watching crime shows with my wife Candy. I even watched reruns of Gilligan's Island.

* This is probably been mentioned often but the New England Area gets the best of Los Angeles for the second time within six months.

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series and now the Patriots topped the Rams last night. In light of history, it's time for another Boston/New England Tea Party.

So what's ahead in sports?

There will be no drop off with football as the Alliance of American Football kicks off this week. There are a lot of big NFL names that are backing this league.

Games will be televised on the NFL Network and CBS Sports Networks. The league will play games into April and is basically a developmental league for the NFL. I'll talk more about this in the coming months.

I'm looking forward to covering another Red Wings Game in Sunrise, FL, The NHRA Gatornationals in March as well as Spring Training here in the Grapefruit League.

I'll announce more assignments as the year progresses.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at www.scottsports33.com.

He's a member of Detroit Sports Media.

He's the Founder of The South Florida Tribune and co-hosts the Sports Exchange on weinetwork.com with Peter Wein on Tuesday's and Thursdays from 5-7 pm ET.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Tribune Profile, Coach Mike Jarvis

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

I've met a lot of coaches in Sports Media throughout the years.

There are some that I've maintained good friendships with.

Those include former FAU Coaches Howard Schnellenberger (Football), Kevin Cooney (Baseball), and Mike Jarvis (Men's Basketball).

Another coach that has been a big help is former University of South Florida Head Baseball Coach Eddie Cardieri.

The only situations I believe in are win-win.

If these guests come on the Sports Exchange at least once or possibly more and they're selling a book, I will promote them with my various media platforms.

The Tribune profile goes beyond selling a book. We can talk about what they're doing now and promote that or any cause they wish.

That's now the case with Coach Jarvis.

I once met Jarvis at the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach, FL.

In 2008, we would finally get a chance to work together as I covered the FAU Owls Men's Basketball Team for the Deerfield Beach Observer.

I've been friends with Jarvis for around 12 years.

When he appeared on the Sports Exchange, he provided answers to the simpler and tough questions.

He just released a book called "The Seven C's Of Leadership."

It's about Fulfilling Your God Given Call To Inspire, Influence & Serve.

It's written by Coach Jarvis and Chad Bonham.

It can be ordered at www.coachmikejarvis.com.

Look for Jarvis' occasional appearances on the Sports Exchange.

He's a class act who had a very successful career as a head coach in Men's College Basketball which spanned over 25 years.

In addition to his book, he serves as an adjunct professor for the South Florida Bible College in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at www.scottsports33.com. He's a co-host with Peter Wein on the Sports Exchange Radio Program, which can be found at www.weinetwork.com and Founder of The South Florida Tribune. He's also a member of Detroit Sports Media.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

National Drama League (NDL)

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

Within the next 48 hours, there will be a new champion in the NFL.

While there have been many storylines during Super Bowl Week, including which sport Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray will play, baseball or football, there is one sport which is producing too much drama.

You guessed it, the NBA.

When I lived in Metro Detroit, it was great covering the Pistons during the "Bad Boys Era" championship run.

They played good old fashioned Blue Collar Basketball, led by Coach Chuck Daly, who handled his locker-room masterfully.

Nowadays, I really struggle to find motivation to go to NBA Games.

When the Pistons played The Miami Heat and Orlando Magic in the playoffs during the early part of the decade, you never heard of players making public trade demands or networking with others to try to form super teams.

Hearing Anthony Davis attempt to force his way out of New Orleans, and now Boston's Kyrie Irving potentially seeking an exit strategy is a bunch of nonsense.

Then again, it was Irving who demanded to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lebron James to lead his own team and hasn't won anything on his own with Boston.

These players are so darn stupid that once upon a time the NBA Finals used to be played in Tape Delay at 11:30 pm ET following the local news on CBS.

The league was practically broke!

When Magic Johnson and Larry Bird joined the NBA in the fall of 1979, this leagues' fortunes began heading in a positive direction.

After Johnson and Bird, the emergence of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing began to make the league more interesting when you blend them with holdovers Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Julius Erving.

Former Commissioner David Stern did a tremendous job adding a salary cap and striving for competitive balance. He was a genius with marketing the league, leading it to a billion dollar industry.

The reality of today's NBA can be broken down in the following ways.

1. It's become a jump shooters, three point shooting league with the rules designed to de-emphasize physical play, holding and hand checking. If I want to watch a bunch of overpaid millennials take jump shots, I would go to the community basketball courts and do it myself.

I have no problem with the NBA All-Star Game being an offensive showcase because it's always been that way.

There is no question the league has the best athletes of the four major sports.

But to emphasize offense when in reality defense really wins championships goes beyond my yesteryear thinking.

2. There are a lot of players that I couldn't stomach in the league. Former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen was at the top until LeBron James overtook him.

First of all, James had to leave Cleveland to piggyback with Dwayne Wade to win a pair of titles with the Heat.

His "The Decision" Show was the worst piece of PR I've ever seen!

To compound that, he gets on a stage with Wade and Chris Bosh to talk about how many titles they would win estimating way more than the two they won.

The trio already had a bullseye on them.

I think James' biggest accomplishment was ending Cleveland's half century title drought and winning one for the Cavaliers.

The only negative about this, is it came with Tyron Lue as the coach, not David Blatt, who was run out of town by James, despite taking the team to an NBA Finals.

Blatt was a defensive minded coach and James didn't like it. Blatt has been a legendary coach overseas.

Now I hear James is having issues with Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton.

If LeBron has issues with Walton then he should be a players coach like Celtics Hall of Famer Bill Russell was. Then he has himself to blame if things go wrong. Don't hold your breath on James being a head coach.

If Walton were to get terminated, he'd get hired with the snap of a finger and his phone would be ringing off the hook.

Could James have played in the good old days where if you drive the lane you get leveled?

I'd say he would be an excellent player because he's such a great physical specimen.

But he would take a beating and would really need to recharge at the end of the season because of the pounding he would take.

Although James has three NBA Titles and has made numerous finals appearances, his legacy in the world of social media goes beyond his accomplishments on and off the floor.


While I respect his charitable work, I don't give a damn about his social or political views! His responsibility is to play basketball.

There is no question he's done well with his endorsement opportunities and in preparing for his post basketball career.

3. I'm glad that the NBA put a stop on players missing games to rest on back to back nights which deprived fans for seeing a superstar on a given day. The problem became so bad that the players were missing nationally televised games.

4. A coaches job description is to coach and not talk about politics and social issues. If you want to do this then run for political office when you're done coaching. Other coaches and athletes have had great careers outside of sports.

I could careless about what Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy have to say!

What the NBA needs are more stories like the one that is developing at the All-Star Game on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, NC.

Miami Heat Guard Dwyane Wade and Dallas Mavericks big man Dirk Nowitzki were added to the team as "special team roster additions."

Both are playing in their final seasons and it's an opportunity to pay tribute to their careers.

This is what the league needs!

It doesn't need, where will the most selfish non defensive player Carmelo Anthony land?

Who cares about where these kids fathers want there kids to play or where they won't play.

Today's players make an excellent living and should appreciate those who grew the game before them. They should understand the great history the NBA has!

Not use their greed and idiotic attitudes to tarnish the league.

But once again, as I struggle to decide to go back and see an NBA game these days, which is sad because I've so many great memories with this sport, it's tough to get motivated with the millennials that don't appreciate how far the league has come which allows them to make a great living.

On December 27, 2018, former NBA player Roy Hinson appeared on the Sports Exchange.

We had a blast going down memory lane talking about the good old days compared to where the league is now.

There might be that rare instance when I invite an NBA guest on. 

And I mean rare only because it's our responsibility to cover all sports.

When the time comes and the drama goes away, then I'll watch more games on TV and attend more contests.

The league has to get me motivated again.


Perhaps, the only possibility is covering an occasional Detroit Pistons Game against the Miami Heat, by which time I would catch up with some old colleagues.

But unfortunately, the NDL isn't the game I was fortunate to cover throughout my Sports Media career.

All I can do at the present time is just read the news and nod my head.

Occasionally, I will listen to TNT's Charles Barkley because he generally says what's on my mind. Kudos to Barkley.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at www.scottsports33.com.


He's a member of Detroit Sports Media, Co-host of the Sports Exchange with Peter Wein on the weinetwork.com which airs 5-7 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays and Founder of The South Florida Tribune.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Super Bowl Icons

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

While the main story-line heading into Sunday's 53rd Super Bowl is former Michigan QB Tom Brady appearing in his ninth championship game; there is another man who is one of three writers that's covered all of these contests.

His name is Jerry Green, a long-time columnist of the Detroit News. Green is age 89 and is a very good friend of mine. Green has been a colleague of mine in Metro Detroit for years and is a journalism icon back home.

When I was growing up in Detroit, Green and the late Joe Falls were the best one-two punches when it came to credible columnists whom informed readers and provided credible opinions. These guys did things the right way and I'm very proud of the fact that I know and knew both of them!

Falls was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Green was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

While I've had the great privilege of covering four Super Bowls and am very proud of that, I hope Green can reach at least 60.

In sports there are many records that will never be broken, Green is doing something more special that unless you're in Sports Media, you'll never really appreciate what Jerry has really accomplished.

The players make the news, but without great journalists like Green writing the news, nobody would know the news. I'm looking forward to updating this in a year when Jerry reaches No.54.

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The most interesting part of Sunday's Pro Bowl was watching Jalen Ramsey catching a touchdown pass in the final minute of the game. I have to wonder whether the Jags might consider using Ramsey as a wide receiver in periodic situations.

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Speaking of the Pro Bowl, the AFC won it's third straight All-Star Game 26-7, all at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL.

New York Jets Safety Jamal Adams and Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes won Co MVP Honors. Each of them got a luxury vehicle.

Meanwhile, the AFC players earned $67,000 for the win which is $8,000 more than the guys who lose in the Super Bowl on Sunday in Atlanta, GA. The Pro Bowl losers earned $39,000.

Nonetheless, not a bad days work if you can get it.

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Finally, New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon remains at an inpatient drug treatment facility in Florida after he was suspended in December for multiple violations of his reinstatement under the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy, a source told NESN's Doug Kyed.

Kyed adds that Gorden's suspension was triggered by diluted drug test samples. It's his fifth since 2012 and his third indefinite ban.

The Patriots are reportedly paying for the receivers treatment.

If New England defeats the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, Gordon would receive a Championship Ring. He caught 40-68 targets with the Patriots for 720 yards and three touchdowns over 11 games after being acquired from the Cleveland Browns.

Have to wonder what former Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino is thinking that Gordon could get a championship ring, and he was shutout in the jewelry department.

MY SUPER BOWL PREDICTION:

While I'd like to see the Rams win the Super Bowl, I have to agree with recent Sports Exchange Guest Mel Farr Jr.

It's tough to bet against greatness as in Tom Brady.

The Patriots will not lose two Super Bowls in a row.

New England will defeat the Rams 33-28. Tom Brady gets it done again and makes the Michigan Wolverines alumni base very proud.

Scott Morganroth can he reached at www.scottsports33.com and is a member of Detroit Sports Media.

He is a Co-host of the Sports Exchange with Peter Wein which airs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 pm on the weinetwork.com and is Founder of The South Florida Tribune.

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