From the 55 Yard Line

Sports journalist Scott Adamson, along with fellow enthusiast and armchair historian Greg James, take a hot read with guests on the history, remembrances, culture, lore, legends, and meaning of pro football around the world. Every few weeks the pair will sit down with authors who, through their books, have given all of us a close-up look and perspective at the game we have grown up with and enjoy no matter where on the map we may call home, be it in Tokyo cheering for the Roughriders, in America’s south rooting for the J E T S, or in Chicago cheering for Da Bears.

What has brought Scott and Greg together has been their love of professional football not just in America, but in Canada where Americans make up many of the players and who for too long have gone unrecognized in their native land.  In their podcast, they will take on a global view of the game and seek to entertain and educate on what the game means to those who have the same passion as they do and also in the larger context of history and sports economics in the 21st Century.

Host - Scott Adamson

Scott Adamson hails from Birmingham, Alabama, known as the “Football Capital of the South” and a place that has hosted more pro football teams than just about any other city, none of which have been in the NFL and all that have failed. Quickly. As veteran sportswriter he can attest that being a fan, no matter the brand of team is the triumph of hope over experience.

 Having decided at an early age that tackle football was the greatest sport man had yet to invent, Scott took on a fan’s-eye view of life with Brand X football in his book “The Home Team: My Bromance with Off-Brand Football,” which is a funny, somewhat tortured, journey of a fanatic’s lifelong quest for a hometown team of his own.

Scott’s website – Adamsonmedia.com

Host - Greg James

Greg James hails from Chicago, Illinois, which he describes as the “Pro Football Capital of America” as it was where the NFL’s oldest teams were birthed on the dirt infields of Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field. Unlike Scott, Greg is far from a professional sportswriter, but he is an armchair pro football historian who aspires in his retirement to be a sports journalist and tell the stories yet untold of gridiron football around the world. Greg is a big fan of Howard Cosell who in his own 25 year career as a navy intelligence officer made a concerted effort to emulate Howard in “telling it like it is.” Additionally, Greg is an avid computer simulation football enthusiast who has found in the game a way to keep the past truly alive.

You can find Greg at www.cflamerica.ca

On the day the USFL was “rebooted and reimagined,” Scott and Greg sat down with sports historian and Baltimore native Ron Snyder to discuss his book on the CFL Colts/Stallions entitled “The Baltimore Stallions: The Brief, Brilliant History of the CFL Champion Franchise,” as well as the rich legacy of football in Baltimore and how...
Scott and Greg put on their parachute pants and fire up the Commodore 64 as they sit down with prolific sports author Jeff Pearlman to talk about the United States Football League and stories from his book, “Football for a Buck,” about the wild times of a league that left us way to soon and...
In this episode Greg sits down for a conversation with Ottawa sports historian Howie Mooney, co-author of Third & Long: The Proud History of Football in Ottawa, co-host of The Sports Lunatics podcast, and feature writer with the Fired Up Network, to talk not just Rough Rider, Renegade, and RedBlack history, but also the sports...
In the episode Scott and Greg sit down with noted professional football historian Michael MacCambridge, whose award-winning book “America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured A Nation” is widely considered the definitive modern history of pro football in America. We discuss his current book, which is devoted to professional football in England,...
Scott and Greg are joined by former CFL All-Star Bryant Turner, Jr., who talks about his love for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, his best memories from his playing days and how important fan/player relationships are in professional football. From 2011 through 2015 Bryant spent five seasons in blue and gold, followed by two seasons in...
Scott and Greg are joined by fellow Sports History Network member, Dana Auguster, of the Historically Speaking Sports podcast to talk about the important role African Americans have played in Canada, both on the field, as well as in the front office. Beginning with Robert “Stonewall” Jackson and continuing to the present with Clarence “Pinball”...
Scott and Greg are joined by retired New York firefighter and Vietnam veteran Billy O’Connor, and television producer (four time Emmy nominee) Frank Pace, co-hosts of the A Mick A Mook and a Mic podcast to talk about their new book, “Lamar’s Gamble: A Tale of the AFL-NFL Merger.” The authors discuss, in addition to...
Scott and Greg discuss with Joe Ziemba, noted author of When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL and Cadets, Cannons and Legends: The Football History of Morgan Park Military Academy, the impact of Chicago in the formation of American professional football, and how it was the Cardinals and not...
On the cusp of the long awaited 2021 CFL season, Scott and Greg sit down for a lengthy conversation with Canadian football legend, two time Grey Cup champion, author, hall of famer and all around great guy, Matt Dunigan. We talk about his long and storied career, his first years in Edmonton, his time in...
On what is our tenth interview show (remember, the first 55 Yard Line show was just Scott & Greg, so that doesn’t count) on the Sports History Network and CFL America Radio, from Vancouver, Jim Mullin, the president of Football Canada, host of Gridiron Nation on TSN, and member of the Canadian Football Hall of...

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