Columbus radio host fired over Desmond Howard death remark

Sports talk radio host Scott Torgerson was fired by 97.1 The Fan in Columbus Ohio, the company announced via Twitter today.

Torgerson, the co-host of “The Common Man & The Torg” show was initially suspended on October 17 after he tweeted that he wished ESPN Gameday’s Desmond Howard would “get fired or die” so he could watch Gameday again. Being on the flagship station for Ohio State Buckeyes sports, he was making a desperate on disgusting appeal to the worst elements in Buckeye Nation.

He has since deleted his Twitter account. What a repulsive thing to say about the former Michigan Wolverines star.

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Desmond Howard to be Honored at Halftime of Wolverines-Notre Dame Game

Desmond Howard will be jointly honored by the National Football Foundation and the University of Michigan September 10 with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute during halftime of the game between Michigan and Notre Dame. The most iconic player in Wolverines history and the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner, Howard became the first receiver in history to lead the Big Ten in scoring while helping the Wolverines to three conference titles and two Rose Bowls during his time in Ann Arbor.

He’s forever known for his trademark Heisman pose, but his recent ESPN Gameday “that’s not a purse, it’s a man satchel” ad with Erin Andrews is pretty awesome. Watch it after the jump

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Michigan’s Desmond Howard Leads 3 Big 10 Players into College Hall of Fame

He’s one of the most iconic players in Michigan Wolverines history. Make that college football history. Desmond Howard, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner and 1997 Super Bowl MVP with the Green Bay Packers headlines the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame class.

Joining Howard at the enshrinement festival today were two fellow Big Ten players, Wisconsin Badgers Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, who played at Nebraska at served as an assistant at Notre Dame. It was his coaching accomplishments in Madison that earned him this accolade however.

Completing the B1G Ten troika was Purdue Boilermakers QB Mark Herrmann, the first quarterback to throw for 8,000 and then 9,000 yards in CFB history. (The game was very different 1977-80).

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Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez Will Soon Join the College Hall of Fame

University of Wisconsin Athletic Director and former Head Coach, Barry Alvarez is set to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame on July 15-16.

The festivities will take place at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana where 19 other football standouts will also be joining Alvarez in this prestigious honor.

“Barry Alvarez took a program that had won six games in the three seasons prior to his arrival and turned them into a perennial powerhouse for more than a decade.  There was never a doubt that he was headed to the Hall of Fame,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell.  “He’s the ultimate competitor, recruiter and tactician, and he has been a great mentor to a slew of current head coaches.” [Read more…]

Rosters for Michigan Wolverines Alumni Flag Football Game

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The University of Michigan Wolverines announced the teams for the third annual alumni flag football game; which precedes the Mott Spring Game at Michigan Stadium Saturday. The Victors Classic alumni game will begin at 10 a.m. and features over 85 players from five different decades of Michigan football.

Following are the two tentative team rosters for the game:

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Your Guide to the Michigan Wolverines Spring Football Game

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The 2011 Mott Spring Game featuring the University of Michigan Wolverines football team and its alumni is less than three days away and the program hopes to exceed the estimated crowd of 50,000 fans that watched last year’s final practice at Michigan Stadium.

The spring game is free to the public, but the football team and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital have partnered in a fund raiser for the new hospital scheduled to open in Fall 2012.

The 132nd team in school history will take the Big House field for warm-ups at approximately 11:20 am. The final spring practice will start at noon EDT and will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network.

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Phil Simms Threatens to Fight Desmond Howard at Super Bowl


As if this Super Bowl needed any more distractions to take focus away from the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. We’ve had the #snOMG blizzard, Ines Sainz, Roethlisberger’s fake chance at “redemption” now we have a 7th grade style “I’m going to kick your ass,” tiff between two big time NFL journalists and former Super Bowl MVPs.

Apparently, Phil Simms, one of the biggest names in football media, really wants to fight Desmond Howard in Dallas. Now word yet if he wants to throw down at recess in the playground; or wait till after the school day ends and meet him where the buses line up.

Check out Desmond Howard’s tweets:

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NCAA College Football Fun Police Getting WAY Out of Control


As we are currently deep in the heart of BCS bowl season, we’re witnessing a new college football protocol even more nonsensical than the BCS; the arbitrary and capricious enforcement of their “no fun league” rules.

Let’s start with the flagging of K-State wide receiver Adrian Hilburn in the Pinstripe Bowl. He was penalized for merely saluting the crowd. What if he had done this in the Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl, or the Northrup Grumman Military Bowl? Are you allowed to salute in one of the military-industrial complex bowls? This is the first bowl season featuring all three service academies. Would a referee dare penalize a player on Air Force, Navy or Army for a hallowed gesture of reverence and respect?

I hope not. But then again the NCAA is being extremely arbitrary and capricious here. In the same exact game, Tennessee QB Tyler Bray did the Brian Wilson-in-the-World Series style “throat slash” gesture to celebrate a touchdown. He was not flagged.

By Paul M. Banks

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Desmond Howard MCs Nike Uniform Unveiling in Cowboys Stadium (Videos)


Last week, Nike took the evolution of college football uniforms another quantum leap forward. The world’s leading sportswear concern unveiled its next generation of Nike Pro Combat uniforms and cleats that top collegiate teams University of Oregon, Boise State University, and University of Florida are expected to wear as they take the field in this season’s upcoming bowl games.

NFL players Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions), Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers), Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs), Felix Jones (Dallas Cowboys) and Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams) were also on hand at iconic Cowboys Stadium (site of the next Super Bowl) to introduce the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon cleat and the 2011 Nike Pro Combat uniforms to several hundred guests and media.

“NIKE, Inc. is the leading, most innovative football company in the world and the top choice of football athletes at every level,” said Kris Aman, Vice President of Athletic Training. “Our success is based on creating breakthrough products and experiences unmatched in our industry, helping write the next chapter for Nike Football.”

The event was MCed by Michigan Wolverines icon Desmond Howard. The current ESPN analyst is one of only four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP; Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, and Marcus Allen are the others.) Howard was famous for his “Heisman pose” in his final regular season at UM.

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Desmond Howard’s College Football Hall of Fame Speech


Perhaps no college football Heisman winner is more iconic than the Michigan Wolverines Desmond Howard. Before going on to have a rather pedestrian NFL career (well he was voted the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXI and is the only special teams player to win the award. Making him one of only four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP; Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, and Marcus Allen are the others.) Howard was famous for his “Heisman pose” in his final regular season at UM.

In his 11 NFL seasons, including a few with both the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, Howard caught 123 passes for 1,597 yards, rushed for 68 yards, returned 244 punts for 2,895 yards, and gained 7,595 yards returning 359 kickoffs. He also scored 15 touchdowns (7 receiving, 8 punt returns). Overall, Howard gained 12,155 all-purpose yards.

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College Football Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

Deion Sanders, Eddie George, Desmond Howard among others eligible for highest honor

DALLAS-The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today the names of 77 players and seven coaches who comprise the 2010 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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