- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 21, 2008

It’s a shame the Arena League is being forced to shut down for a year. I mean, the NFL was all set to demote the Lions.

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And it’s not like the CFL can take Detroit in. They’ve already got the British Columbia Lions.

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There’s no room at the zoo, in other words.

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From the “What’s he smoking?” department: In an interview with CNBC’s Darren Rovell, the COO of the proposed United Football League, Frank Vuono, said, “The truth is that the NFL could expand by eight or 10 teams, and we’re going to take advantage of the talent that is out there.”

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Now there’s a brilliant idea. Imagine if the NFL went to 42 teams next year. For starters, the Lions would only get the 11th pick in the draft.

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Four bits of minutiae about Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, who died last week at 94, you won’t find anywhere else:

1. He licked his fingers before every play.

2. A sculpture of his right hand sat on the desk of Redskins owner George Preston Marshall.

3. He had a great rivalry with Bears quarterback Sid Luckman. In 1943, for instance, he set a league record by throwing six touchdown passes against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Two weeks later, Luckman threw seven against the Giants.

4. He agreed to coach the New York Titans of the fledgling American Football League in 1960, but only after owner Harry Wismer paid him his $28,000 salary up front - in cash.

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