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I had the extraordinary experience of going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon with my father today.  It was a great time with some great old guys.  The speaker today was Sean Lewis the new Head Football Coach at Kent State University, my alma mater.  Coach Lewis is 31 and his background includes playing at Wisconsin for Barry Alverez.  He got his first full-time coaching job at Eastern Illinois with Dino Babers, and stayed with Coach Babers at Eastern Illinois, Bowling Green, and also at Syracuse before coming to Kent State.  He talked about his plan with regards to how he was going to build Kent into a winner.  He talked with enthusiasm and passion and how he plans to build the program up with kids from right here in Northeast Ohio.  I am super excited to watch the Golden Flashes in action this fall.  I think Coach Lewis will bring an exciting brand of offense to Dix Stadium and finally we can take part in the #MACtion unlike the 10 points a game that we have been averaging the past few years.  I remember November 23, 2012, the day after Thanksgiving watching the people pile into Dix Stadium to support the Flashes as they wrapped up the Eastern Division against the Ohio University Bobcats.  What a sight it was and also a shame that the alumni and supporters of Kent State have only been a part of three winning seasons in the last 30 years and two bowl games in last 46 years, 1972 and 2012.  One day soon I would like to get Coach Lewis on the blog as an interview guest to fully explain his vision and plan for the program.  In the meantime, Spring Practice starts March 6th and the Spring Game is April 14th at 11 am, so mark your calendar’s and I’ll see you there at Dix Stadium.

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Today is the first workout for the full squad at Spring Training for the Cleveland Indians.  I love this for two reasons, one is that I think it is going to be another fun summer in downtown Cleveland and two it is that much closer to spring and getting out of the doldrums of winter.  In my opinion, the Indians have been the smartest team in baseball in the last few years by locking up their good young players in multi-year deals before they can hit free agency.  Also, they very rarely overpay for a veteran and opt for developing a younger player instead which has led to some subpar seasons but we are reaping the fruits of that system now.  Not to mention we have beyond a shadow of a doubt the best manager in the game of baseball, Terry Francona.  Since he has gotten here our August/September’s have been incredible, to include winning an AL record 25 games in a row last year.  I do believe that we will miss the loss of our pitching coach Mickey Calloway, who went on to be the manager of the New York Mets, coincidentally my favorite team in the NL.  Our pitching staff is second to none led by returning Cy Young Award winner Cory Kluber, and if we can muster an above average offense the Indians will once again win the Central Division and 100 games again.  Here is to another season of fun in the sun and watching the Indians dominate the American League.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers made some moves before the trade deadline and one of them seems to be injecting some energy into LeBron James.  The Cavs got rid of six players Isaiah Thomas, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose, Channing Frye, Jae Crowder, and Iman Shumpert and got younger and more athletic with the additions of Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson.  The last four games they won before the All-Star break included blowing out the Boston Celtics and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road.  The whole Cavs organization seems to be revitalized and I for one cannot wait until they embark on the “second half” of the season, which is really only 28 games.  As of today, the Cavs sit at 34-22 and in third place 6.5 games behind the Raptors and 4.5 games behind the Celtics.  I think the only real threat to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference is the Celtics, but we have the best player in the game and will win that series in 4 or 5 games.  The Cavs also have two roster spots open for bought out veterans from other teams to help in the playoffs and against whoever comes out of the West.  This summer is going to be awesome watching the Cavs in the finals again and the Indians marching to the playoffs.

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So at the Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon today, of course, they served lunch if you could call it that.  It was baked fish, a triangle of fish and an acute triangle at that, a 1/2 scoop of mashed potatoes, and some vegetables and a bun.  For dessert, wait for it now a scoop of chocolate ice cream unless you ask for vanilla then they will get it for you, so nice of them.  Lunch isn’t much when they get into the program for the day that is when the real fun starts, according to the regulars they try to have a video every week and it never works, but today it did work except that it was the video from about four weeks ago, fail.   They do send the week’s video in an email to all of the members which is nice, here’s to hoping all of the 70+-year-old members can open the video from their email or open their email at all or remember their email to open it.  The speakers and the camaraderie at the luncheon are well worth the price of admission and of course my father is the center of his table and all the guys love him.  On the Shamrock scale, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon gets ☘️☘️☘️☘️ for the speakers and the members the lunch not so much.  Next week Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, and Bob Brazile will be there representing the Hall of Fame Class for this year along with John Fankhouser the Head Football Coach at Walsh University.

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National Championship Game is Here!

The weather in Northeast Ohio is something, I am having my third calamity day in a row.  Thursday and Friday it was brutally cold. Betsy Kling, chief meteorologist at WKYC, called it that we would get snow Monday as it warms up.  Right again!  This morning crisis averted when we woke up and went to turn on the “Today” show, no signal from the satellite!  I called Direct TV and they gave me some BS and would need to send out a technician, but not until tomorrow!  I can’t wait till this contract is up and I can cut the cord next September.  I was obviously distraught since tonight is the All-SEC National Championship Game from Atlanta.  After the call, and I’m sorry I hung up preemptively on the person, I went outside and wiped the dish off and voila it works!  So now I will watch ESPN all day and get talked into Bama winning by 40 and then Georgia winning by 40, they say the same stuff all day long but everyone says it a little different.  I wish we were back in school, but at the same time glad we have today off it feels like Super Bowl Sunday!

Right now on Golic & Wingo, that is still weird to see in print, David Pollack is eating a doughnut to pay off a bet.  He said he would eat a doughnut if Georgia made the NC game and he just ate one.  The reason this bet is so important is Pollack hasn’t had an artificial sweet in 10 plus years.  Gosh darn, I love the 12 hour pregame for a big game!

Yesterday was a rough one for the Peters’s household!  Saturday night we went out to celebrate our neighbor and friend Sam’s birthday.  Oh, boy, did we celebrate!  Even Hank was tired yesterday. I quickly discovered I am not 25 years old anymore and felt it the next morning.  People often ask me how old I am and my response is, “depends on the time of day.”  As they look at me puzzled I explain, “when I wake up I usually feel about 75, but as the day goes on I get a little younger!” It was a great time celebrating a great friend!  Happy Birthday, Sam!

James stop reading!

Wild Card weekend was a series of ups and downs.  It started Saturday afternoon with the Titans upsetting the Chiefs in KC.  My good friend James is a huge fan of the Chiefs, so skip this paragraph buddy,  and I actually do like to follow them since former Willoughby South Rebel running back Kareem Hunt is a huge star for them.  The Chiefs were up 21-3 at the half and looked well on their way to moving on to the next round.  Then Marcus Mariotta took over the game as he threw a Touchdown pass to himself. Mariota made play after play in the second half and the Titans roared back to win 22-21.  The first drive Mariota threw the TD pass to himself and then the Chiefs drove the ball and missed a FG and the Titans seized control of the game.  Anyone that says momentum in a football game is not real is crazy, looking at you Matt Kalbfell!

Ok, James, you can continue here.

The second game saw the Falcons upset the Los Angeles Rams 26-13.  The Falcons are peaking at the right time.  The Rams were scoring points in bunches, they have a great young QB and a great young Coach that can be special for a long time together.  Atlanta completely shut them down and looks like a team to be reckoned with in the NFC playoffs.  I believe that they had a Super Bowl hangover at the beginning of the season which is the reason they had to sneak into the playoffs, but at the end of the season they got hot and made it and are rolling now.  They remind me of the two Giants teams that beat the Patriots when they met in the Super Bowls.  They got hot at the right time and rolled through the playoffs, a good defense and a good veteran QB with some weapons could equal Super Bowl for the Falcons.

Yesterday’s games were two completely opposite games.  The first game saw Bills Mafia roll into Jacksonville.  This game set football back at least 2 maybe 3 decades.  Neither QB could hit a wide open receiver and the game was 3-3 at the half and Jacksonville won this game 10-3.  Jacksonville does have a great defense and it showed against a bad Bills offense.  Jacksonville is traveling to Pittsburgh next week to face the Steelers, here is hoping Bortles will have a better game so that the game will be watchable.

The last game of the weekend was probably the best one, the Saints vs Panthers in the Superdome.  The reinvention of the Saints and Head Coach Sean Payton has been incredible.  The Saints for years have been a high flying outscore you, type of team that played zero defense.  Now they have a good defense that sacks the QB and will cause turnovers, they run the ball and do not just rely on Drew Brees pushing the ball down the field and outscoring their opponents.  The Saints beat the Panthers 31-26, as they sacked Cam Newton on the final play.

Rough start to the playoffs for FF&E as we went 1-3.  We have the National Championship game tonight to get back in the win column.  My prediction coming at the bottom.

Tonight’s game features two powerhouse programs that you will hear from for a long time coming.  Georgia and Alabama are two blue-blood college football programs with rich history and tradition.   Two years ago Georgia fired their coach who routinely won nine games a year, Mark Richt.  In steps, former Georgia player Kirby Smart plucked right from the Nick Saban coaching tree.  In two years Kirby has taken Georgia from good to elite, going 12-1 and a date in the NC game.   It is cool to watch as Smart has pretty much duplicated what Saban has in Alabama, a large staff that recruits their tails off and gets the athletes to play hard.  Earlier last week Smart was asked what he looked for when he was evaluating coaches, 1) Can he recruit and 2) will his players play hard for them.  If you watch these two teams they play similar they are going to run around and make plays on defense and play ball control on Offense.  The big advantage I see in this game is that Alabama’s QB Jalen Hurts was here last year as a freshman and Georgia is starting a true freshman in Jake Fromm at QB.  The early question that will need to be answered is “Will the stage be too big for a Freshman?” and “Will Georgia still be in the game when he does settle in?”  A big key for tonight will be can Georgia establish its running game early to allow Fromm to settle in?  If Michele and Chubb can get rolling that will enable Fromm to run some play action and get easy completions instead of being asked to make plays down the field in 5 and 7 step passes.

Alabama is who Alabama is they are going to run the ball and play great defense.  Although, I think that is Alabama’s mantra they always have a great wideout that goes unnoticed.  They started with Julio Jones, then Amari Cooper, and now it is Calvin Ridley.  Look for Alabama to make a concerted effort to get Ridley the ball tonight to make plays on the outside.  Georgia has the best front seven in the nation so Bama will need to make plays on the outside to win.  I feel like this is going to be a great chess match between the two coaching staffs, which will lead to a couple epic Saban blowups on his OC.

My prediction for tonight is if Georgia can get their Freshman QB settled in early they will keep it close, and Georgia will win on a FG by their stud kicker, Rodrigo Blankenship, and his hipster glasses.  If you look at some of Alabama’s recent losses have come when they get outplayed on special teams, remember the kick six? I think Georgia wins this game and the National Championship by a score of 24-21. Take Georgia to win, cover and the under. Let’s go 3-0 and make up for a subpar wildcard weekend!

One thing that I have to admit, even though it took forever and I believe they lucked into it, I think Kent State University Athletic Director Joel Nielsen got it right by hiring Sean Lewis.  I have been watching his social media posts, although he needs to change his twitter handle, and I love it!  Also, he has had at least two great hires with great ties to Northeast Ohio, Tom Kaufman and Brian Cochran, his DC and defensive line coach respectively.  I am looking forward to this spring and watching the spring game and maybe some spring practices and seeing how it takes shape in the fall.  Still trying to talk my wife into season tickets, but I will be at more than a few games.  #FlashFast

That is all for today, happy National Championship Game Day!!  See you Friday with a divisional round preview, a recap of tonight’s game, what’s on the grill this weekend as the weather warms up, and if I can get a hold of this guy an interview everyone will enjoy.

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