News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Metro RTA

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Sports


HOF game means nothing in the record books, but a lot to Canton and the NFL
The game is the first step for 2014, though the weekend is devoted to the best of the past
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
National media covering the first game of the NFL preseason, the Hall of Fame game in Canton.
Courtesy of M.L. SCHULTZE
Download (WKSU Only)

The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend wrapped up with the first preseason game of the 2014 NFL season with a 17-13 win by the Giants over the Buffalo Bills that will mean nothing in the record books. Still, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that it was a New York matchup that drew fans to Canton from as far away as California.

LISTEN:HOF weekend wraps up

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:45)


LISTEN: From California to Canton

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:27)


The Bills and Giants took to the field in Fawcett Stadium, with New York blue dominating the colors in the stands.

Still, 24 hours after they were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the images of Michael Strahan, Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed and Aeneas Williams remained the centerpiece of the night, with on field introductions, massive banners dangling from the top of the stadium walls, video images of their enshrinement speeches interspersed throughout the game.

Leonard Perez’s sons --- Leonard and Daniel – got him to Canton from Bakersfield, California.

Because this was on my bucket list for the last 12 -15 years, they decided this was it. The induction of Ray Guy, who’s the first punter to ever be inducted into the game, and as a Raider fan, that was really important. And Michael Strahan was also inducted, so this turned out to be a perfect year.”

It's simply a perfect season of the year for people like Edward O’Neal and his son Moses.


“I like football and it’s that time of the year. And when it’s that time of year, you get an itch to see a football game. So preseason, scrimmage, whatever it is, it’s OK with me."

Scalpers were buying, as well as selling, the $69 tickets to the game, and parking spots on front yards were going for as much as $20. 

And the stadium was packed, capping off a weekend that – besides the enshrinement – included a special lunch, dinner, roundtable, autograph sessions, ribs, concerts, tailgate parties – and dedication of a new work of public art themed around -- what else? -- football.  

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio becomes first in the nation to dump PARCC testing
Best test to use for elementary schools is the old pre common core Iowa test of basic skills. This test measures apples to apples and tests the skills appropri...

Ohio is moving forward with new standardized tests
Mr Chow, Nice piece on testing. Should not Ohio go to an open bid process for the new assessment contract? Ohio has stayed with a "connected" DC non-profit fo...

The Surpreme Court gay-marriage decision plays out in Ohio Amish country
Keep in mind that the majority of the people residing in Holmes County are Amish, a church people who do not vote because they do not believe in governmental ru...

Akron council committee recommends Forney for its opening
Which committee member voted for Wilhite?

Nearly a dozen Cuyahoga gay couples get licenses to marry after the Supreme Court ruling
Presiding Judge Anthony J. Russo a graduate of Chanel High School and supposed member of St. Francis Parish in Gates Mills has just excommunicated himself. As ...

Canton Youth Symphony is named orchestra of the year
This is what makes CSO the hippest small town orchestra in America!

What can be expected if Ohio's tobacco taxes increase?
let's face it! The increase has little to do with smoking cessation

Rare Cleveland Indians photo from 1911 hits the auction block
Paddy Livingston, who cut his teeth on a Louisville Slugger in Kent, Ohio was one of the immortals that played in that game. He was the catcher. Ty Cobb actuall...

Nexus denies Green's request to relocate its planned gas pipeline
These people have so much power. Too much. They could care less about the people they leave when it is done. Spectra does not, and admits, they do not do the...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University