STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 16

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John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

GLUTEN FREE PODCAST TALKING POINTS

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Ray McDonald’s next stop…How about jail?
– Chargers new stadium
– America has a stadium problem
– Steelers Schedule & OTA’s
– Pirates playing .500 ball

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 23:07
– Baltimore sees its most violent month
– Percentage of gays heavily overestimated.

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 37:10
– The women’s room sign logo…IT WAS NEVER A DRESS
– The USDA wants to change the S’mores recipe.
– Iraq vet declared a threat after a simple, logical request

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” Starts at 47:15
– Stag in his living room… “Texas Rising”

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HOW TO SAVE BASEBALL

I’m here to save baseball.

No, not Major League Baseball. Despite the ridiculous economic disparity that still stacks the deck in favor of teams from major TV markets, it continues to fill parks and make billions.

I’m talking about the sport, which, according to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal, is struggling to find kids who want to play.

In 2000, more than eight million kids ages seven to 17 participated in youth baseball. By 2013 that number had dropped to 5,3 million.

So, how to fix it:

1. Teach kids how to play before giving them a uniform and expecting them to perform in a game. The average baseball fan –who’s over 50, by the way — learned how to play the game before he signed up for Little League. In 2015, kids are handed uniforms and then taught the game.

2. Use a ball that little kids can catch.

The days of kids playing pick-up games in their back yards or at the neighborhood field are over.

Before a kid plays in a baseball game with a real baseball or even with one of those slightly softer youth baseballs, he should show an ability to catch a nerf ball, tennis ball or rubber ball.

I know the parents like to see their kids playing pretend baseball, but they would learn how to catch and throw a lot quicker if they played with a ball that didn’t hurt them.

3. Forget the six-inning games for six, seven and eight year-olds.

Kids that age have the attention span of a gnat.

Why would you expect them to enjoy standing in the outfield for two hours waiting for a ball or two that they have no chance of catching?

They like soccer and basketball because they’re always moving and it’s simple – run and kick or shoot the ball into the net.

Since they don’t come to youth baseball with the skills that kids in the dark ages used to hone in their back yards with a whiffle ball or a tennis ball, make learning how to play fun.

Devise skill competitions. Yeah, that’s right. Competition.

Little kids, especially boys, love to compete.

Let them wear their uniforms and participate in catching, throwing and hitting competitions. Keep score and post the scores.

Declare a winner at the end.

These competitions could be going on at different parts of the field to keep as many kids moving and competing as possible.

Unlike standing at home plate worrying about getting hit with a pitch thrown by a kid who has no business pitching, the skills could be practiced in back yards.

After the kids have had, you know, fun, competing in games that they can actually be expected to master, let them play a two inning game.
And they shouldn’t play with a baseball until they’ve shown an ability to catch a ball that can’t hurt them.

The most important thing should be making sure the ball is put into play as much and as quickly as possible.

If that means a tee, fine. Remember you’re competing with soccer, Lacrosse, basketball and maybe hockey.

Keep the standing around to a minimum.

If you’re going to have a pitcher, only let the kids who can pitch pitch. Seventeen kids shouldn’t be expected to enjoy standing around watching another kid learn to pitch.

Don’t put the kid on the mound until he proves he belongs there.

The parents may be deprived of seeing a structured facsimile of a baseball game, but their kids would be having fun and learning how to play.

There are very few things more excruciatingly boring than watching seven, eight and nine year-olds playing “baseball.”

Ten and 11-year olds aren’t much better.

And, please, if you have a kid playing on a travel team, this isn’t for you. Your kid is an exception.

I have four grandsons, ages 11-13. They all started playing baseball when they were six or seven. Only one is playing this year. They play hockey, basketball and football. Ask them why they stopped playing baseball and they’ll give you a simple, honest answer.

“It’s boring.”

I blame that on the adults.

STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 15

STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 15

Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

GLUTEN FREE PODCAST TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– NFL Extra Point / Extra Stupid
– Stats: Field Goal MISSED inside 50 yds
– Stats: 1975 – 8 NFL teams did not make a FG longer than 50 yds
– Stats: 1975 Total of 9 FG’s made over 50 yds in 37 attempts
– 3 of 5 highest scoring seasons in NFL history were 1948, 1965, 1951
– Kraft Caves
– Pirates Talk
– Caps Collapse…AGAIN!

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 23:07
– MRS. Clinton finally speaks
– Republicans gutlessly running away from Iraq War
– DEM QUOTES: Iraq War

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 33:36
– Boy Scouts ban water guns
– Choral parody takes aim at Oberlin, mocks political correctness

– NO “STAG AT THE MOVIES” – John did not see any movies this week.

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STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 14

Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

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TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Deflategate
– Boston Herald Embarrassment
– Pirates
– Stanley Cup Playoffs

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 25:45
– George Stephanopoulos discloses Clinton contribution

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 35:46
– Title IX
– Patriots Fund

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” Starts at 45:24
– Avengers: Age of Ultron

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NFL STILL MISSING THE POINT

The NFL continues to miss the point.

Wait. Don’t stop reading. This is not another Deflategate story. It’s about what happens on the football field. No police blotter stories. Just football and how the NFL could make its games better.

It’s a dead horse that I’ve been beating for a while in this space, but I’m still holding out for a Lazarus moment when at least one of the owners wakes up and realizes that field goals are ruining their sport.

The owners will hold their annual Spring Meeting in San Francisco next week and the word is that, when they’re finished, we will have a new extra point.

There are three proposals and they’re all stupid and a waste of time.

The Patriots’ proposal would have the ball snapped from the 15-yard line for a one point kick and the ball would be put at the two yard line for a two point attempt.

Last season the 32 teams missed a total of 27 attempts between 30 and 39 yards and, of course, many if not most of those misses were probably from farther than 32 yards. (Too tired to look it up.)

So, kicking from the 22 won’t change the extra point attempt from a signal that it’s time to go to the bathroom. It’ll still be all but automatic.

The Eagles are proposing snapping from the 15 for the kick and from the one for the two point try, but they want to allow the defense to score on any two point try if there is an interception or a fumble.

The NFL competition committee has the third proposal which is the same as the Eagles’ proposal except that the ball would be snapped from the two yard line on two point tries.

The owners would be better of spending time filling paper bags with water and throwing them put their hotel windows than wasting it on any kicking discussion that doesn’t include making field goals less likely to be attempted.

The only way to accomplish that would be by making them harder to convert.

There are 32 teams in the NFL. They each play 16 games. Do you know how many field goal attempts from inside 50 yards were missed last season?

Ninety-five.

That’s an average of 2.97 field goals missed from zero to 49 yards per team per season.

And the NFL owners think the extra point is a problem?

The Falcons and Ravens didn’t miss a field goal from 50 yards all season long.

The Patriots, Colts and Steelers missed one.

If you’re a kicker, call the Detroit Lions. They missed nine. The Dolphins were the only other team to miss more than four.

Remember, that’s all season long.

The actual act of kicking the field goal is boring enough, but that’s not the biggest reason for making them harder to make.

It’s what the inevitability of the three points does to the coaches. It makes them play too conservatively when they get inside the 40-yard line.

Teams trying for touchdowns and not making them is a lot more exciting than a 32-yard field goal.

At least I think so. Maybe there’s somebody out there who would rather see that than a team going for it on 4th and five from the 15. If so, we haven’t met.

Jan Stenerud is the only place kicker in the Football Hall of Fame.

He retired 30 years ago with an accuracy rate of 66.8%.

Last season, NFL kickers made 58% of their kicks from 50 yards and beyond and 88% overall.

And they’re going to spend more than a minute and a half trying to add excitement to the game by changing the extra point?

More proof that owning a monopoly can be a wonderful thing.

STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 13

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Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

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TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Pirates
– NFL Draft
– Terrell Pryor
– Mayweather / Pacquiao

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 21:16
– Baltimore Riots
– Republican Candidates
– Bubba

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 26:26
– Kent State 45 years ago
– Students demand greater mascot diversity
– When yes means no

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES”
– John did not see any movies this week.

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GRIP IT AND RIP IT

Tom Brady should be suspended.

Let’s get that out of the way right off the top.

He cheated.

The Clintonian defense put up by his agent and his father only make him look more guilty and more pathetic.

But Brady should never have felt the need to cheat. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Brady not only knew about the game balls being deflated by Patriots’ equipment guys, he most likely requested it.

And not only for the AFC Championship game last January.

Common sense and several pages of text messages between Brady and the Patriots’ equipment managers tell you that it was an ongoing practice.

Brady pushed hard back in 2006 for the NFL to change the rules and allow each team to provide game balls.

And remember the Tuck Rule Game?

That was way back in January of 2002. The divisional playoff game was played in the snow and Brady’s apparent fumble, that would have given the win to the Oakland Raiders, was overturned by an obscure rule and called an incomplete pass because Brady was pulling the ball back in after attempting a pass and trying to tuck it away.

The rule was abolished in 2013.

But it seemed to have had an effect on Brady. Losing that ball could have cost the Patriots a trip to the Super Bowl. It’s not outrageous to suggest that, because of the Tuck Rule Game, Brady became more concerned than the average NFL quarterback about gripping the football in bad weather.

My guess is that Brady has been keeping his eye on weather forecasts and having the equipment guys adjust the balls accordingly for a long time.

The forecast for the AFC Championship game last January, according to AccuWeather, was for “heavy rain throughout the game as a storm rides up the coastline Sunday into Sunday night. The wind will be a problem throughout the game as Foxborough will see 15 to 20 mile per hour sustained winds.”

If you don’t think that having a softer football helps a quarterback, his receivers and the running backs in weather like that, then I’d be willing to bet you’ve never thrown a 20-yard spiral.

My friends in the media who dismiss that advantage should be required to demonstrate their passing ability.

So, it would be nice if Brady, the Patriots and their cheerleaders in the media would stop insulting our intelligence by suggesting that it was the football equivalent of rolling through a stop sign.

And what should the NFL do after it suspends Brady (4 games has a nice ring to it) and takes a draft pick (2nd or 3rd sounds about right) away from the Patriots?

It should stop testing the game balls.

Why shouldn’t each quarterback decide how the footballs he’ll be using are inflated?

The NFL is all about maximizing offense.

The millions of people, who tuned in to see Brady vs. Andrew Luck last January, wanted to see an air show.

Watching football in the rain used to be fun when it was a battle in the muddy trenches, but that was before running the ball became an afterthought and mud was all but eliminated from the game.

It’s only an advantage to one team if only one quarterback can adjust the grip for bad weather. So let both of them play with a ball they can grip and rip.

Did you know that in the first NFL-AFL Championship Game -before it was known as the Super Bowl – the Green Bay Packers used the official NFL ball and the Kansas City Chiefs used the official AFL ball?

The AFL was a much more pass happy league and used a ball that was, you know, easier to throw.

Brady and the Patriots cheated and should be punished, but if the cheating results in the elimination of a stupid rule, maybe their legacy will be a little less tarnished.