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Massillon Tigers

The Massillon Tigers were an early professional football team from Massillon, Ohio. Playing in the "Ohio League", the team was a rival to the pre-National Football League version of the Canton Bulldogs; the Tigers won Ohio League championships in 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906 merged to become "All-Massillons" to win another title in 1907. The team returned as the Tigers in 1915 but, with the reemergence of the Bulldogs, only won one more Ohio League title. Pro football was popularized in Ohio when the amateur Massillon Tigers, hired four Pittsburgh pros to play in the season-ending game against Akron. At the same time, pro football declined in the Pittsburgh area, the emphasis on the pro game moved west from Pennsylvania to Ohio; the team opted not to join the APFA in 1920. During their time as an independent, the Tigers never played against any team in the NFL though several other independent teams did; the Massillon Tigers team name was transferred to Massillon Washington High School, which still uses it today.

The Massillon area had fielded several amateur football teams featuring only local players since the early 1890s. However while some had performed well, the others were more to be defeated when they played their cross-county arch-rival, Canton. Therefore, a group of 35 area businessmen met on September 3, 1903, at the Hotel Sailor in Massillon to form the area's first professional football team. Jack Goodrich, who expected to play halfback for the new team, was named manager. Meanwhile, Ed J. Stewart, a young and ambitious editor of the city newspaper The Evening Independent, was named as the team's first coach. Stewart had playing experience while attending Mount Union College. Apart from being the team's coach, he appointed himself as the team's quarterback. J. J. Wise, the Massillon Clerk of City Council, led a committee to secure the necessary funds for a new football and jerseys that were nearly the same color; the local venders only had a sufficient quantity of one jersey style to outfit an entire team.

Those jerseys imitated the orange and black striped attire of the Princeton Tigers, so the new Massillon team was christened the "Tigers." When the Tigers began play in 1903, several of the expected starters hadn't touched a football in eight or more years. According to locals belief, Baldy Wittman, 32-year-old proprietor of a local cigar store and a spare-time police officer, had never played the game at all. Charles "Cy" Rigler, who became a famous major league baseball umpire started at tackle. Wittman was elected the team captain. Meanwhile, Stewart lined himself up at quarterback; the Tigers first game against Wooster College ended in a 6-0 defeat. A biased official was the excuse for the loss; the Tigers followed their first game with a 16-0 victory over Stewart's alma mater, Mount Union College, a 6-0 victory over the Akron Imperials, a 38-0 over the Akron Blues. After a 34-0 victory over the Dennison Panhandles, the Tigers prepared for their cross-county rivals, a sandlot team from Canton.

Betting on the games, during the early 1900s was common. It is believed; the Tigers held on to a 16-0 score to win the first game between the two clubs. After the Canton-Massillon game, the Tigers began to look at winning the mythical "Ohio League" championship. On Thanksgiving Day 1903, the Tigers avenged their only loss of the season against Wooster College with a 34-0 score; this outcome gave legitimacy to the belief that the Tigers were robbed by a corrupt official in their inaugural game. On December 5, an agreement was signed by the Akron East Ends to play; the contract called with the winner taking the 75 % of the gate. However Massillon soon found itself in a troubling situation due to injuries to several of their star players; the team's management decided to replace the injured players with "ringers". Several pro football players from the Pittsburgh area soon traveled to Ohio to play for Massillon. Among them was Bob Shiring and Harry McChesney, who played in 1902 with the Pittsburgh Stars of the first National Football League.

These player developments did not sit well with the Akron media, most notably the Akron Beacon-Journal. Massillon would go on to win the championship game 12-0, however the Akron Beacon-Journal stated that most of Massillon's 75% gate money went to the Pittsburgh ringers. Plans were soon in the mix for spending $1,000 on a 1904 Tigers team. In 1904 the Tigers repeated as Ohio League champions, it was during this time. Most of these "ringers" were from Pittsburgh. Many players were never signed to any written contract. Ted Nesser, of the infamous Nesser Brothers, played for the Shelby Blues until he was hired to play one game for the Tigers. For the next two season he remained in the Tigers lineup. However, after the Tigers began the 1904 season, many Massillonians were bored with the ease of the Tigers' wins at this early stage; that season the Tigers defeated a club from Marion 148-0. Keep in mind that a touchdown counted only five points until 1912; however under the rules of the time, the team that scored turned around and received the next kickoff.

During the game a Massillon end named. Marion never got another chance to handle the ball, as Massillon took kickoff after kickoff and moved down the field to touchdown after touchdown; the Tigers defeated the Akron East Ends

Darren Clark

Darren Edward Clark is an Australian retired sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres. His personal best time of 44.38 seconds, achieved at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, is the current Oceanian record. This time would have placed Clark in second place in the 2008 Beijing olympics 400 m final. Clark co-holds the Oceanian record in 4 x 400 metres relay with 2:59.70 minutes, established with teammates Bruce Frayne, Gary Minihan and Rick Mitchell at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Clark achieved fourth place in two consecutive Olympics, 1984 and 1988. Clark took a break from the track in 1991, playing a season in the New South Wales Rugby League for the Balmain Tigers. Playing in reserve grade, he played on the Wing, scoring 11 tries, competed in the pre-season World Sevens Tournament. While playing for the Tigers, Clark was billed as the "Fastest white man alive", he returned to the track in 1992 and was selected for the Barcelona Olympic team, but was forced to withdraw due to an Achilles tendon injury.

Clark was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame in 2014. Evans, Hilary. "Darren Clark". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Darren Clark at World Athletics

Comin' Around

"Comin' Around" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Josh Thompson. It was released in December 2011 as his fourth single release, his only release for RCA Nashville, it would have been the first single from his unreleased album Change. "Comin' Around" is about the male narrator. He says that he has realized his past mistakes, is "comin' around" to change them. According to co-writer Rodney Clawson, the idea came about when Kendell Marvel offered the title "Comin' Around", they began discussing a song about "how I didn’t understand all this stuff and I didn’t like all this stuff, but now I’m starting to get it". Giving it 4 stars out of 5, Bobby Peacock of Roughstock said that "the lyrics are some of his best" and that the story line was believable, it received an identical rating from Billy Dukes at Taste of Country, who said that the song showed "honesty without being too preachy". P. R. Brown directed the music video, filmed in Nashville, Tennessee in January 2012