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TALKIN' SPORTS NOW WITH PAT LIVE CHAT

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Talkin’ Sports
With Pat

Doug Buffone
     Who played linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 1966-1979 passed away on April 20, 2015.  He played alongside Dick Butkus and had more than 1,200 tackles.  Going over 100 tackles in seven seasons.  He also was the defensive Captain for eight seasons.  He also had 24 interceptions his first two were off of Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas both Hall of Fame Quarterbacks.  When he retired he was the last active Chicago Bear player to have played for George Halas.      As a Bear player he played in the third of the most games at 186.  Still holds their record for most career interceptions at linebacker (24) and most sacks in a season (18) in 1968.  Even though I am a Packer fan, Doug Buffone was a heck of a player and stayed in Chicago after his playing days were over.

AIRBORNE: THE COMBAT STORY OF ED SHAMES OF EASY COMPANY

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AIRBORNE: ED SHAMES OF EASY COMPANYIAN GARDNER Posted:  April 23, 2015
Colonel Ed Shames is that rare man who can call himself a true warrior. A member of Easy Company of Band of Brothersfame, Shames saw combat in some of the most ferocious battles of World War II. From jumping behind the lines of Normandy on D-Day with the 101st Airborne Division, to the near victory of OperationMarket Garden, to the legendary stand at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, Shames fought his way across Europe and into Germany itself. In Airborne Shames and writer Ian Gardner (Tonight We Die As Men) tell the gripping true story of what it was like to be at the spear point of World War II in Europe. Neither the book nor TV series of Band of Brothers ever showed the real Ed Shames. Although he started as a private, combat soon forged Shames into a tough and inspired leader who would win a battlefield commission in Normandy. Seeming always to be where the fighting was, his two goals were to prevail in e…

REBEL YELL

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REBEL YELLS.C. GWYNNE
Posted:  April 23, 2015

From the author of the prizewinning New York Times bestsellerEmpire of the Summer Mooncomes a thrilling account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.

Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country’s greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Jackson’s strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future.

In April 1862 Jackson was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. By Ju…

ON THE CLOCK: THE STORY THE NFL DRAFT

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ON THE CLOCK: THE STORY OF THE NFL DRAFTWILNER & RAPPOPORT
Posted:  April 23, 2015

The National Football League (NFL) draft features no action on the field. No passing, running, tackling, or kicking. Hey, there isn't even a field.

Yet the draft has become more popular than many other sporting events, including the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) playoff games, against which it goes head-to-head for viewers. In fact, the draft has spawned its own cottage industry in which names such as Gil Brandt, Mel Kiper, Jr., and Mike Mayock become as well-known as any of the first-round selections.

In On the Clock, Ken Rappoport and Barry Wilner chronicle the history of the proceedings. The veteran sports writers take you from the first grab bag in 1936, when Philadelphia chose Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago and saw him decline to play in the NFL, to the 2014 draft—considered one of the deepest in talent ever.

Along the 7…

HONOR AND BETRAYAL

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HONOR AND BETRAYALPATRICK ROBINSON
Posted:  April 23, 2015

THEY JUST CAPTURED IRAQ’S MOST WANTED TERRORIST.
NOW THEY HAD TO DEFEND THEIR HONOR.

On a daring nighttime raid in September 2009, a team of Navy SEALs grabbed the notorious terrorist Ahmad Hashim Abd al-Isawi, the villainous “Butcher of Fallujah,” mastermind behind the 2004 murder and mutilation of four American contractors. Within hours of his capture, al-Isawi, with his lip bleeding, claimed he had been beaten in his holding cell. Three Navy SEALs—members of the same team that had just captured the notorious terrorist—were charged with prisoner abuse, dereliction of duty, and lying. On the word of a terrorist!

The three Navy SEALs were placed under house arrest and forbidden contact with their comrades. Despite enormous pressure from their commanders to sign confessions to “lesser charges,” the three resolute and fearless SEALs each demanded a court-martial. They were determined to prove their innocence.

When Fox News broke the …