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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Gary Webster. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Gary Webster, often where they are interviewed.

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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Gary Webster. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Gary Webster, often where they are interviewed.

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11 - Evil in the Church? - Pr Gary Webster

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Jul 05 2019 · 34mins
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30 - Horizons of Hope - Pr Gary Webster

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Jul 05 2019 · 47mins
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In Between The Niches EP9: Part 2 Gary Webster and Melissa Garretson

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During part two of our conversation with Gary Webster and Melissa Garretson we focus on Melissa’s journey toward a career that fulfills a passion to help others, how she helped Ron with a breakthrough and much more! Finally, we dive deeper into how both Melissa and Gary took that first leap toward entrepreneurship.

Jun 11 2019 · 22mins
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111: Pro Football’s “League That Didn’t Exist” – With Gary Webster

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WKKY-FM radio personality and sports author Gary Webster (The League That Didn’t Exist) helps us return to the curious story of the All-America Football Conference – the well-funded upstart that competed directly with the NFL in the late 1940s for supremacy of the still-fledgling sport of US pro football.

After being rebuffed by the NFL to expand, influential Chicago Tribune sports editor (and baseball and college football All-Star Games’ creator) Arch Ward recruited a who’s who of wealthy businessmen to help form a rival second league that he hoped would ultimately play the senior circuit in an annual championship game similar to the World Series. 

Post-war peace produced a surplus of talent, and the AAFC attracted many of the nation’s best players to its eight inaugural teams in 1946 – including more than three dozen College All-Star Game participants, two Heisman Trophy winners and over 100 players with NFL experience. 

With commercial air travel increasingly viable, the enterprising AAFC placed franchises in burgeoning markets outside of the NFL’s traditional Northeast and Midwest footprint (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami); it also chose larger stadiums in established NFL markets (Chicago, New York, Cleveland) to compete head on.

Despite the NFL’s publicly dismissive tone, the AAFC quickly established itself as a formidable threat – drawing huge crowds and generating significant national publicity.  The quality of play was high (15 AAFC alumni were eventually inducted into pro football’s Hall of Fame), and innovations such as a 14-game double round-robin schedule, zone defenses, and racial integration quickly proved popular and ultimately, long-lasting. 

By 1949, however, nearly every team in both leagues was losing money, as increased competition for players drove salaries higher, while average attendances declined.  By season’s end, the NFL agreed to absorb three AAFC franchises (Cleveland, San Francisco and Baltimore) for 1950; the combined and briefly renamed “National–American Football League” was set – and the AAFC was no more.

Webster joins host Tim Hanlon to recount some of the more notable events during the AAFC’s brief, but impactful history – as well as the befuddling refusal of the modern-day NFL to recognize the statistics and lasting contributions of the All-America Football Conference, despite the continued existence of two of its original franchises (the Browns and the 49ers) today.

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May 06 2019 · 1hr 34mins