Ohio musings


In Canton this weekend to cover Emmitt Smith’s Pro Football enshrinement. Had a chance to get a few questions in Friday for a story that ran in today’s Sun.

Canton is about the size of Gainesville, and it amazes me how the town pulls together for the event. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is really a weekend festival in Canton, there’s a fashion show, a Saturday morning parade. Different tents are set up along the grounds that sell souvenirs and funnel cakes. It’s located in a residential area, similar to Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, and houses farm out their lawns and parking lots to charge for parking.

TheĀ  Hall of Fame game between the Cowboys and Bengals will be played at Fawcett Stadium, a high-school stadium next to the HOF building. It’s the home stadium for McKinley High, one of the top programs in the state. I was told by an Ohian last night thatĀ  McKinley’s game against rival Massillon is the only high school football game in the country that has a Vegas betting line.

I’m staying at the Cleveland Airport Marriott, about a 50-mile drive from Canton. Had a chance to get into downtown Cleveland on Thursday and Friday night. On Friday, I had a chance to catch my first-ever game at Progressive Field. Great ballpark, and the Indians beat the Twins 7-6 on a walk-off homer from former Gator first baseman Matt LaPorta.