From the 55 Yard Line show

From the 55 Yard Line

Summary: From CFL America Radio, sports journalist Scott Adamson, along with fellow enthusiast and armchair historian Greg James, take a hot read with guests on the history, remembrances, culture, lore, legends and meaning of pro football around the world. Every few weeks the pair will sit down with authors who, through their books, have given all of us a close up look and perspective at the game we have grown up with and enjoy no matter where on the map we may call home, be it in Tokyo cheering for the Roughriders, in America's south rooting for the J E T S, or in Chicago cheering for Da Bears. What has brought Scott and Greg together has been their love of professional football not just in America, but in Canada where Americans make up many of the players and who for too long have gone unrecognized in their native land. In their podcast they will take on a global view of the game and seek to entertain and educate on what the game means to those who have the same passion as they do and also in the larger context of history and sports economics in the 21st Century. Host- Scott Adamson Scott Adamson hails from Birmingham, Alabama, known as the "Football Capital of the South" and a place that has hosted more pro football teams than just about any other city, none of which have been in the NFL and all that have failed. Quickly. As veteran sportswriter he can attest that being a fan, no matter the brand of team is the triumph of hope over experience. Having decided at an early age that tackle football was the greatest sport man had yet to invent, Scott took on a fan's-eye view of life with Brand X football in his book "The Home Team: My Bromance with Off-Brand Football," which is a funny, somewhat tortured, journey of a fanatic's lifelong quest for a hometown team of his own. Host- Greg James Greg James hails from Chicago, Illinois, which he describes as the "Pro Football Capital of America" as it was where the NFL's oldest teams were birthed on the dirt infields of Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field. Unlike Scott, Greg is far from a professional sportswriter, but he is an armchair pro football historian who aspires in his retirement to be a sports journalist and tell the stories yet untold of gridiron football around the world. Greg is a big fan of Howard Cosell who in his own 25 year career as a navy intelligence officer made a concerted effort to emulate Howard in "telling it like it is." Additionally, Greg is an avid computer simulation football enthusiast who has found in the game a way to keep the past truly alive.

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 (Presented by Row One Sports) - Christmas Eve at the Guardian - Orville Mulligan: Sports Writer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:06

Orville Mulligan: Sports Writer is part of the https://sportshistorynetwork.com/ (Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear). NETWORK SPONSOR https://sportshistorynetwork.com/row1/ (Row One) - the vintage shop for sports history fans! Orville Mulligan: Sports WriterA Different way to hear sports history. I am Orville Mulligan and yes the career journey I took was as a Sports Writer. My story will fill the listener’s ears with my journey of perhaps the greatest time in sports history, the roaring 1920s. I was fortunate enough to rub elbows with the greatest legends of sport in the era and attend some of the most iconic events in sports history. The tales are complete with the music, people, places and slang used at the time to place the listener into the feelings that we experienced as I started my epic career. Join us in the adventure of a lifetime, Orville Mulligan: Sports Writer, found here on Sports History Network, on https://orvillemulligan.com/ (OrvilleMulligan.com) or your favorite podcast provider. Head to the https://orvillemulligan.com/ (ORVILLE MULLIGAN OFFICIAL WEBSITE) for more information.

 True Double Blue- Paul Woods, John Candy And The Year Of The Rocket | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:10:25

On the eve of the Grey Cup, author Paul Woods returns to talk about his best selling book, https://www.amazon.com/Year-Rocket-Gretzky-Craziest-Football/dp/1989555446/ref=asc_df_1989555446/?tag=hyprod-20andlinkCode=df0andhvadid=532827132690andhvpos=andhvnetw=gandhvrand=4206343703365750222andhvpone=andhvptwo=andhvqmt=andhvdev=candhvdvcmdl=andhvlocint=andhvlocphy=9021513andhvtargid=pla-1367018272532andpsc=1 ("Year of the Rocket,") about that one time in CFL history where the league upstaged the NFL and with a trio of celebrity owners set about making the CFL cool again. The book tells the story of how Rocket Ismail came to Canada and signed the largest contract in sports, and also how John Candy became the unofficial commissioner of a league that in the 21st Century could use some of that celebrity magic and cache to help it become relevant and cool again. With history as our guide we also talk about the future of the league, American press coverage of it, and how the lessons of the past apply to the CFL today.

 (Presented by Row One Sports) - Marla Recalls A Football Game - Orville Mulligan: Sports Writer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:53

Orville Mulligan: Sports Writer is part of the https://sportshistorynetwork.com/ (Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear). NETWORK SPONSOR https://sportshistorynetwork.com/row1/ (Row One) - the vintage shop for sports history fans! Orville Mulligan: Sports WriterA Different way to hear sports history. I am Orville Mulligan and yes the career journey I took was as a Sports Writer. My story will fill the listener’s ears with my journey of perhaps the greatest time in sports history, the roaring 1920s. I was fortunate enough to rub elbows with the greatest legends of sport in the era and attend some of the most iconic events in sports history. The tales are complete with the music, people, places and slang used at the time to place the listener into the feelings that we experienced as I started my epic career. Join us in the adventure of a lifetime, Orville Mulligan: Sports Writer, found here on Sports History Network, on https://orvillemulligan.com/ (OrvilleMulligan.com) or your favorite podcast provider. Head to the https://orvillemulligan.com/ (ORVILLE MULLIGAN OFFICIAL WEBSITE) for more information.

 (Presented by Row One Sports) - Orville Impresses Marla - Orville Mulligan: Sports Writer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:17

Orville Mulligan: Sports Writer is part of the https://sportshistorynetwork.com/ (Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear). NETWORK SPONSOR https://sportshistorynetwork.com/row1/ (Row One) - the vintage shop for sports history fans! Orville Mulligan: Sports WriterA Different way to hear sports history. I am Orville Mulligan and yes the career journey I took was as a Sports Writer. My story will fill the listener’s ears with my journey of perhaps the greatest time in sports history, the roaring 1920s. I was fortunate enough to rub elbows with the greatest legends of sport in the era and attend some of the most iconic events in sports history. The tales are complete with the music, people, places and slang used at the time to place the listener into the feelings that we experienced as I started my epic career. Join us in the adventure of a lifetime, Orville Mulligan: Sports Writer, found here on Sports History Network, on https://orvillemulligan.com/ (OrvilleMulligan.com) or your favorite podcast provider. Head to the https://orvillemulligan.com/ (ORVILLE MULLIGAN OFFICIAL WEBSITE) for more information.

 A Conversation With Rich Podolsky- The Bombers' Indian Jack Jacobs and The NFL Today On CBS | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:27

On the eve of the Grey Cup semi-finals Scott and Greg sat down with Rich Podolsky, author of the best selling book https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Looking-Live-Revolutionized/dp/1493061410 ("You Are Looking Live!: How The NFL Today Revolutionized Sports Broadcasting") to discuss with him his reflections and remembrances of his time at CBS Sports on the ground breaking pregame show where he was a writer. They talk about Brent Musburger and the entire NFL Today team, including Jimmy The Greek and Greg's school boy crush, Jayne Kennedy. In addition to the NFL Today, Rich also talks about Winnipeg Blue Bomber great and CFL Hall of Famer, https://soonermag.oufoundation.org/stories/indian-jack-jacobs (Indian Jack Jacobs), whose talents are indeed remembered by Oklahoma University were he was a star, and whose achievements were profiled by Rich in an amazing article he wrote for the Oklahoma University Foundation's Sooner Magazine.

 Ron Snyder and The Baltimore Stallions, America's CFL Champion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:23

On the day the USFL was "rebooted and reimagined," Scott and Greg sat down with sports historian and Baltimore native https://twitter.com/ronsnydermedia (Ron Snyder) to discuss his book on the CFL Colts/Stallions entitled https://www.amazon.com/Baltimore-Stallions-Brilliant-Champion-Franchise/dp/1476678413 ("The Baltimore Stallions: The Brief, Brilliant History of the CFL Champion Franchise,") as well as the rich legacy of football in Baltimore and how the departure of the NFL Colts opened the door for the team to claim the unofficial title of "America's CFL Team." Not only are the Stallions and football history of Baltimore discussed, but they also embark on a conversation about the future of the sport, through the lens of learned history and knowledge gained (through amazing books like Ron's) that provide lessons on how leagues can avoid the mistakes of the past in starting up and also older leagues looking to expand beyond their borders.

 The USFL and Football For a Buck, With Jeff Pealman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:47

Scott and Greg put on their parachute pants and fire up the Commodore 64 as they sit down with prolific sports author https://twitter.com/jeffpearlman (Jeff Pearlman) to talk about the United States Football League and stories from his book, https://www.amazon.com/Football-Buck-Crazy-Crazier-Demise/dp/0544454383 ("Football for a Buck," )about the wild times of a league that left us way to soon and whose impact has gone beyond the field and with us still today, be it in the form of an attempted coup or the two point conversion. We do discuss, albeit briefly, the topic of the new Fox Sports league coming in 2022 that is planning on using the USFL's logos and names. During the conversation Scott represented his Birmingham Stallions, and Greg his Chicago Blitz, as Jeff tells tales of a league that, had the owners not listened to one thinned skinned man and foolishly sued the NFL and put a drunk Howard Cosell on the witness stand, at least a few of the teams might still be around today, except for teams like definitely neither the New Jersey Generals or "the Gunslingers of San Antoin..." The book, as Jeff tells it, was inspired by a high school term paper project, which goes to show that no matter our age, football truly is a sport that keeps all of us fans forever young.

 Plaay Classic (Official SHN Sponsor) - Interview With The Founder (and His Son) - Keith and Sam Avallone - SHN Showcase | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:17

Sports History Network partners with Plaay Classic, a sports simulation board game company. This is the interview with the founder and his son. Keith and Sam Avallone. You can catch the full interview over at the SHN Showcase podcast.

 Ottawa Football and Canadian Sports History With Howie Mooney | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:03:07

In this episode Greg sits down for a conversation with Ottawa sports historian https://twitter.com/howiemooney (Howie Mooney), co-author of https://openlibrary.org/books/OL8560106M/Third_Long_%28The_Proud_History_of_Football_in_Ottawa%29 (Third and Long: The Proud History of Football in Ottawa), co-host of https://www.facebook.com/groups/229732834811814 (The Sports Lunatics) podcast, and feature writer with the http://firedupnetwork.ca/ (Fired Up Network), to talk not just Rough Rider, Renegade, and RedBlack history, but also the sports landscape in Canada. Howie tells a number of stories and the two also talk about the world of podcasting. Lastly, the delve in and geek out with a talk about simulation sports, as both Greg and Howie are both avid board and computer gamers.

 North America and Britain's Games With Michael MacCambridge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:56

In the episode Scott and Greg sit down with noted professional football historian https://michaelmaccambridge.com/ (Michael MacCambridge), whose award-winning book "America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured A Nation" is widely considered the definitive modern history of pro football in America. We discuss his current book, which is devoted to professional football in England, entitled "Red Letters: Two Fervent Liverpool FC Supporters Correspond through the Epic Season That Wouldn’t End," his thoughts on the state of professional football and fandom, as well as his upcoming future book about professional sports in the America of the 1970s.

 Sports History Network Presents: Wrestling With Heels On (Trailer) - SHN Trailers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16

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 ThriveFantasy (Official SHN Sponsor) - Interview With The Founder - Adam Weinstein - SHN Showcase | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:47

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 ThriveFantasy (Official SHN Sponsor) - Interview With The Founder - Adam Weinstein - SHN Showcase | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:46

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 Bryant Turner, Jr., True Blue Bomber | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:12

Scott and Greg are joined by https://twitter.com/blitz_turner (former CFL All-Star Bryant Turner, Jr.,) who talks about his love for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, his best memories from his playing days and how important fan/player relationships are in professional football. From 2011 through 2015 Bryant spent five seasons in blue and gold, followed by two seasons in with the British Columbia Lions. During his time in Winnipeg, as a defensive tackle, he appeared and started in 71 games, in which he recorded 26 sacks, five forced fumbles and 75 total tackles. He also appeared in three playoff games for the Bombers, including the 2011 Grey Cup.

 African Americans in the CFL | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:09

Scott and Greg are joined by fellow Sports History Network member, Dana Auguster, of the https://sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/historically-speaking-sports/ (Historically Speaking Sports podcast) to talk about the important role African Americans have played in Canada, both on the field, as well as in the front office. Beginning with Robert "Stonewall" Jackson and continuing to the present with Clarence "Pinball" Clemons, the three talk about their contributions and look back at the greatest players many Americans may never have heard of or seen play.

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