WSGW Morning Team Show: October 11, 2017

A wet Wednesday with Charlie and Dave and YOU on the WSGW Morning Team Show…..

Lots of green on the AccuWeather radar screen.   We could use a drink of water.

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The “Potluck Showdown” is today!   This is a fun cooking competition with the WSGW Listen to the Mrs. Show (weekdays 10-11:30am on WSGW 790am).   Eight contestants will cook up their recipes at The Maytag Store, 3800 Tittabawassee Road in Saginaw.

Art Lewis will broadcast at The Maytag Store starting at 9am when the “Potluck Showdown” begins.   Ann Williams joins Art at 10am on Listen to the Mrs.   Terry Henne will broadcast his Farm Show, too.

The judging is at noon with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prizes awarded by The Maytag Store ($200, $100, $50).   All participants receive an apron from Pioneer Sugar.

Here are the”Potluck Showdown” finalists and their recipes:

  • Pam Ill of Vassar, “Pam’s Lasagna-Style Spaghetti Pie”
  • Donna Mueller of Bay City, “Fall Squash”
  • Maureen Thurlow of Gladwin, “Delicious Baked Beans”     (SECOND PLACE)
  • Tim Donovan of Saginaw, “Tater Tot Hot Dish”
  • Carol Socier of Bay City, “Wet Burrito Casserole”
  • Joan Gerhardt of Saginaw, “Philly Cheese Steak Casserole”
  • Errol Burton of Saginaw, “Hot Zesty Corn Appetizer Salad”     (THIRD PLACE)
  • Cheryl Williams of Bay City, “Fabulous Fall Pumpkin Delight”     (FIRST PLACE)

(after judging is complete, we will update this post with winner information, which should be available by about 1pm)

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We thought we would lighten things up on the poll this week asking you how you think our Wings and Pistons will do this season?

WSGW OnLine and App Poll: Wings and Pistons and Playoffs?

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You want your delivered pizza hot and you’ll get it hot, 15 degrees hotter, so says Pizza Hut.  

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The NFL and the Star Spangled Banner:  President Trump wins as evidenced by Roger Goodell’s message.   Charlie and Dave reviewed it, and you can review it by listening and reading below (3:48)

To: Chief Executives/ Club Presidents
From: Commissioner Goodell
Date: October 10, 2017
Re: Fall Meeting/National Anthem

We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.

I’m very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue.

Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.

Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. We want to ensure that any work at the League level is consistent with the work that each club is doing in its own community, and that we dedicate a platform that can enable these initiatives to succeed. Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.

I expect and look forward to a full and open discussion of these issues when we meet next week in New York. Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country. The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified. In that spirit, let’s resolve that next week we will meet this challenge in a unified and positive way.

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(Charlie Rood)  More NFL related stuff from a couple of different angles regarding Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys.

First, a labor union that represents workers in Texas has filed charges alleging Jerry Jones, the owner fo the Cowboys, has violated the National Labor Relations Act with threats to discipline players if they protest during the Star Spangled Banner.   The union has wants to “prevent illegal firings of players”.   Interesting as Jones has not threatened to “fire” players.   He just suggested they wouldn’t play if they didn’t stand for the national anthem.   How about Jones counter sues to force players as employees to do what the employer asks.

Secondly, the Reverend Al Sharpton is accusing Jerry Jones of a “plantation mentality”.   Well that’s not inflammatory, is it?   Reverend Sharpton is calling for the suspension of ESPN’s Jemele Hill to end.   You might remember from yesterday the stories we posted about Hill suspended after suggesting a boycott of advertisers.

My thoughts about both stories?   Let me get this straight.   The union is unhappy because the players are being told to do something or they face consequences.   Reverend Sharpton thinks “plantation mentality”, I’m guessing because Jerry Jones “owns” players and tells them what to do.

It’s all about FREEDOM, right?   I say, think about it.   All NFL players are hardly “free” to do what they want.

  • It’s an organized team sport based on rules and regulations. The game itself constrains every player. And every player willingly participates.
  • The game is played and governed by the use of hired officials on the field. You do something wrong, something against the rules, and you and your team face a penalty. You are not free to play the game as you think it should be played.
  • Most every minute of most every player is accounted for at the stadium. A player is told when to be dressed (how to dress), when to attend pregame meetings and warmups, and when it’s time to start the game, the game starts, ready or not.
  • Players are required to the playbook, to practice, to work, and to be prepared to perform properly.
    All teams must wear uniforms. Uniforms approved by the league and subject to a code. You violate the code and you are fined.
  • Most teams have a dress code for what players wear to and from the stadium. If not for home games, generally for away games.

And all players get paid well for listening and doing their jobs as they were hired to do on their own accord, not forced.   What to you think?

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Wake Up Song of the Day:   Gin Blossoms “Follow You Down“.   Guitarist Scott Johnson is 55.

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