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Wednesday, July 16, 2003

ODE TO THE SCHRAMM EFFECT
The death of former Dallas Cowboys exec Tex Schramm prompted a nice little retrospective of his career from Gary Shelton.

It's hard to find a tenure with more significant achievements. Not only did he build the Cowboys into a consistent championship-calibre team from literally scratch (the 'Pokes entered the NFL without the benefit of an expansion draft, ability to sign free agents or a soft schedule, relying only on their first-year draft picks; they went winless their first season as a result), he had a hand in almost any league achievement you can name. Everything from initiating the NFL-AFL merger, to introducing instant replay, to moving the goalposts from the front to the back of the endzone. A true innovator.

As a hockey fan, I'm looking for a Schramm-like innovator to take the NHL by storm.