A Page -- July 14, 2010

Bay Village native George 

Steinbrenner, a long-time kind-

hearted man to Student/Athletes, 

will be sorely missed

]July 14, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Some in Northeastern Ohio are mourning the passing away of a great Bay Village native who was alienated by Cleveland business and political leaders because they were jealous over his superior schooling.

Thus he had to go elsewhere (Tampa/NY) to become more highly successful than any of them ever dreamed to be.


Yes, the great George Steinbrenner has gone to that good place in the sky. God bless him; he will be missed.


Of course all the parrots around here in the mainstream media will be doing their Polly-want a cracker on him the next few days and their loyal “sheeple” will repeat their “musings” without of course an iota of added thought value.


In an age when professional sports has become more “professional” at denying the First Amendment exists than anything else (owners getting a PC chastising for calling a spade, a spade i.e. calling “narcissistic” brat a “narcissistic” brat) most will remember Mr. Steinbrenner for not being afraid to speak up when he found it necessary t speak up, and to the public at that.


The record speaks for itself. When Mr. Steinbrenner wanted to buy the Cleveland Indians, then Cleveland owner Vernon Stouffer said no. Of course this was because Steinbrenner previously owned the Cleveland Pipers in the maverick American Basketball League in the early 1960s. As is the general protocol of Cleveland, the status quo could not be tinkered with and anyone with any stroke of individuality had to be placed in the outcast dungeon of Cleveland.

This is exactly what the city leaders did to John D. Rockefeller (young men sudyng at University School can thank hum posthumously for building their great school over 100 years ago) earlier in the century. Government bureaucrats heavily taxed him for his privatization efforts and individual nature, forcing him to pack for New York. Remember: Mistake on the Lake. Business success came through the rail and oil industries the first half of the 20th century and sports through the second half of the century.


This was not the case here due to blown chances. Shall we look at a more recent example?


After over 30 years of having to deal with the miserly and the professionally bankrupt mentality of this locale, Art Modell had enough of it in 1995 and took the high road. It took him only five years to win the Big Prize in dealing with people he could relate to be elsewhere. Here he was demonized by the MSM parrots and subsequently the Sheeple. Enough said on that point.

George Steinbrenner


Let’s set the record straight, Steinbrenner attended Bay City Schools until just prior to becoming a teenager. Hank Steinbrenner, his dad, decided he would grow fast and have an educational advantage if he were to send him to Culver Military Academy, in Indiana. Steinbrenner was a Student/Athlete at Culver and then later at Williams College, gaining the educational advantage through military and East Coast prepping.


Long before the Seattle latte` and the highly commercial Starbucks, Steinbrenner was a successful entrepreneur at Williams, running his coffee cart business, selling java to the students who had to spend a lot of late nights studying (this was long before grade inflation).


Steinbrenner returned to Indiana to be a hurdlers’ coach for Student/Athletes on the track team at Purdue, another upper tier educational institution.


Despite not going all the way through Bay City Schools, which was and still is one of the best public school systems in the area, he never turned his back on the community, nor the public schools.


As an adult, he also lived in Bay and was a long-time friend of the legendary Baymen (later Rockets) football coach Jack Llewellyn.  Steinbrenner was generous with his money to the Bay children and Student/Athletes.  Thanks to Mr. Steinbrenner, the Rocket football team was able to play night games, since he bought the lights for the field with his own money.


If the track team needed a few new hurdles, the school leaders did not want to overburden the taxpayers so Steinbrenner would step in and buy new 20 new hurdles for the school. If the marching band was short six tubas, Mr. Steinbrenner did not hesitate in writing the checks for the new tubas.


He was also a good Christian man. Many observed that there were a lot of zeroes on those bills he dropped into the collection basket on Sundays at Bay Presbyterian Church.


When this writer was working with the East-West Ambassadors, an athletic diplomacy non profit in Sarasota that sent Student/Athletes overseas with full White House backing, Mr. Steinbrenner gave his men full authority to underwrite those youth who might not otherwise have the sponsorship to make the once-in-a-lifetime experience possible.


Finally, he brought pro athletes to the Big Apple after getting suffocated by mediocrity here and opened the doors for them to be winners and champions.

Getting To Know Miami's Brandon   


The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of its preview, the league would like to give an inside look into the lives of its Student/Athletes.


This is the 11th installment in a series of articles on Student/Athletes from the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference 


Jul 14, 2010

By Ken Mather
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Miami starting tackle Brandon Brooks.

2010 Football Summer Preview: Getting To Know...

The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of its preview The MAC would like to give an inside look into the lives of its Student/Athletes. One can find the schedule of Student/Athletes we will preview by scrolling to the bottom of the page or by clicking the "Getting To Know" advertisement on the front of the MAC homepage or football page. Fans can also stay up-to-date with our player features via TwitterFacebook or tje new fan blog at MACFootballNation.com

Be sure to visit www.mac-sports.com on Friday, July 30 to watch live video interviews with the league's head coaches and Student/Athletes as it kicks off the season with the 2010 MAC Football Preview at Detroit's Ford Field.

Getting To Know...Miami's Brandon Brooks

Brandon Brooks is a junior offensive lineman for the Miami RedHawks. Brooks was named Miami's 2008 Freshman of the Year as he started all 12 games at left guard. Last season, Brooks started all 12 contests for the RedHawks at the left tackle position, earning second team All-Mid American Conference honors. Brooks is a native of Milwaukee, Wisc., and is majoring in economics. Below is a closer look at the Miami LT...

1. What are your goals for this season?

My goals for the season have to start off first with winning games. No one comes to Miami to lose, especially with as rich of a tradition as ours. Secondly, a personal goal I have for this season is to become an All-American. Lastly, I want to not just go, but also win a bowl game.

2. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was kid I always wanted to go into either law enforcement or be something like a Navy SEAL.

3. Which two people (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner?

I would invite Terrell Owens and Malcolm X.

4. Who is your non sports hero ... why?

My non-sports hero is definitely my mother. After seeing her go from nothing to doing well, I really look up to her. When I feel like something is too hard, I think of my mother because she made a way when there wasn't one. 

5. What is your favorite TV show? Why?

My favorite TV show is The Boondocks. It always has a great message and pertains to an audience that includes me.

6. Who was your greatest athletic influence?

My greatest athletic influence is a man named Jarrod Johnson. He's like a mentor to me. He played professional football in the early 90's and at the same position. Off the field he was also successful. He's currently a vice president of a hospital in Kentucky.

7. Besides football, what sport would you have pursued for a college scholarship?

I would have also pursued track (shot put) because the one year I did it, I went to state.

8. The artist that takes up most of my iPod...

The artist that takes up most of my iPod is definitely Drake.

9. What is one movie you could watch over and over again and not get sick of?

One movie that I never stop watching is Boyz N' the Hood. I think it has a wealth of truth to it and a great message.

10. If you were a professor, what would you teach?

If I were a professor I probably would teach some form of an English class.

Danny Allie, coach of state champ St. Ed, gets baseball campers ready

Youth campers learn from the best at 

Danny Allie's St. Edward Baseball 

Camp; state champion 

Student/Athletes serve as coaches

July 14, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



BAY VILLAGE – They have been coming this week here in Bradley Road Fields to learn baseball skills but also to learn how to be a champion in the St. Edward Youth Baseball Camp.


Coach Danny Allie and his staff and current Eagle Student/Athletes serving as Student/Coaches led youngsters in grades 3-8 in skill building today in the third day of camp here.

Watch short video of Coach Allie giving talk on importance of legging out infield grounders at the St. Ed baseball camp by clicking and downloading


Just last month the Eagles won the school’s third state championship in baseball and 40th  all-sports state title since 1978. The boys came here because they want to be winners and with a track record like that, it appears they have been coming to the right place.

Rounding third and heading for home

Watch short video of campers learning base stealing skills at the St. Ed baseball camp by clicking and downloading

Campers participated in various baseball skills that included basic base running, reading signs from the third base coach while running, infield situation execution such as what to do with a runner on first base, simulating batting and then jumping out of the box to hone getting quick starts to first base, backing up other fielders, glove placement in scooping up grounders and home run derby competitions.

Watch short video of campers taking the third base sign and executing at the St. Ed baseball camp by clicking and downloading


Learning infield skills from Student/Coaches

Watch short video of campers learning ball-release technique at the St. Ed baseball camp by clicking and downloading


All the Student/Coaches here this week and today are current team members.

Student/Coach Alex Dhillon

Listen to interview of high school Student/Athlete and St. Ed Camp Student/Coach Alex Dhillon conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Alex Dhillon is working in his third Danny Allie baseball camp. A senior-to-be, Dhillon worked the camp two years ago after this freshman season and last year after his sophomore campaign as an Eagle Student/Athlete.

Jacob Allsop

Listen to interview of high school Student/Athlete and St. Ed Camp Student/Coach Jacob Allsop conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Jacob Allsop has been able to see the camp from both ends, having come here as a participant in eighth grade and now working his second camp as a Student/Coach.

 He recalls baseball concepts he might not had a  full grasp of a few years ago, gained the epiphany while here, put it into practice on the Eagle diamond and now has been able to transfer the knowledge.

St. Ed camper Jack Whelan

Jack Whelan, whose father is a baseball coach, is a young boy but certainly not new to these camps. He also is able t articulately explain some of the things he’s been learning.

Listen to interview of grade school Student/Athlete and St. Ed Camper Jack Whelan conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Sean Lavelle 

Soaking up knowledge at age 8 after learning new baseball insights last summer is Sean Lavelle.

Listen to interview of grade school Student/Athlete and St. Ed Camper Sean Lavelle conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading