Random thoughts: Jones makes even Goodell shine

by Gary Shelton on November 19, 2017 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 4 a.m.

By and large, I agree that Roger Goodell is overpaid. But I think Jerry Jones needs a fresh set of Pampers.

– When it comes to prospective Gator coaches, Chip Kelly has the biggest splash factor. But if Jim McElwain wouldn't play well with others, you wonder. Will Chip?

– Tom and Katie divorced. Jennifer and Ben divorced. And now Mike and Mike? Who gets to keep the blender?

– Terrell Owens said he'd rather play with Carson Wentz than Donovan McNabb. McNabb would probably rather play with Roseanne Barr than Owens. Just saying.

–  Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, it is rumored, wants to be in Arkansas. Which makes the lifetime total of people who actually wanted to be in Arkansas one.

–  Simple reason the Bills are benching Tyrod Taylor: The Bucs aren't in town this week.

– Does it occur to anyone else that the NFL could pay Roger Goodell $16 million a year — a fortune — and save $1 million per owner, and $1 million for you and I, and we'd all have a nice Christmas. Dilly, dilly!

– Does anyone think that John Ross, the ninth overall pick, will catch a pass this year? Two?

– In mentioning the one move that the contenders should make, Bleacher Report says the Chicago Cubs should trade for Chris Archer. It also says that the Milwaukee Brewers should trade for Chris Archer. And that the Seattle Mariners should trade for Chris Archer. So everybody doesn't hate Chris, after all.

– I kind of like Miami's turnover chain, the gaudy necklace that gets passed around when the Canes take the ball away. What's next, though? A sack bracelet? A tackle for loss set of earrings?

– Ha-Ha Clinton Dix says that Martellus Bennett quit on the Packers. I'm sorry. But can you take seriously anything said by a player named Ha-Ha.

– I'm sorry that Danica Patrick is retiring. NASCAR will just have to find someone else to finish 37th.

– Are you as weary as I am at the annual Jimbo Fisher-makes-a-lateral-move rumors? One of these days, FSU's just going to say, "Hey, if you need to go, then go."

– Did you hear that a Jon Gruden lookalike was eating with a Peyton Manning lookalike at a Knoxville barbecue restaurant. Forgive onlookers. In Knoxville, no one knows what a real coach looks like.

– Charles Manson, evidently, is at death's door. Asked for comment, Manson simply said "Go, Cowboys."

-- Baker Mayfield got confused. He thought grabbing one's crotch was, in fact, the Heisman pose.

 

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Lightning finally cools in loss to Islanders

by Gary Shelton on November 19, 2017 · 0 comments

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Gourde scored twice in the third period./JEFFREY S. KING

Gourde scored twice in the third period./JEFFREY S. KING

3:30 a.m.

Yep. Losing still feels as bad as it ever did.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL's best team through the first quarter of the season, were finally cooled off Saturday night in a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders. The Bolts, 15-3-2 on the season, fell behind 4-0 before coming back to within a goal. New York scored an empty netter at the end for the final margin.

"We’ve had one hell of a start,” Lighting coach Jon Cooper said. “It’s frustrating, yes,

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Miami comes from behind to beat Virginia

by Gary Shelton on November 19, 2017 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 2 a.m.

The University of Miami, a week after one of their biggest wins, seemed to be on their way to one of its most disappointing defeats.

And once again, a turnover made all the difference. Chain and all.

The Hurricanes trailed Virginia by two touchdowns in the first half. Defensive back Jaquan Johnson sparked a comeback with a 30-yard interception return, and the Hurricanes slowly took over. They scored the final 30 points of the game in a 44-28 victory..

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Florida finally snaps losing streak in win over UAB

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Feleipe Franks threw for only 30 yards in the loss./STEVE MUNCIE

Feleipe Franks threw for two touchdowns in the win./STEVE MUNCIE

Sunday, 2 a.m.

It meant nothing beyond the game. And maybe, it didn't have to.

When Florida beat UAB, 36-7, on Saturday, it didn't mean anything to the AP Top 25, which doesn't include Florida. It didn't mean anything as far as the upcoming bowl season, which will go on without the Gators. It has no effect on the SEC title game.

It just meant that the Gators won a game for the first time in a while.

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FSU clobbers Delaware State in bad season

November 19, 2017 general

Sunday, 1 p.m. Before you ask: No, FSU can’t go back and add points to its loss to Miami. Or Clemson. Or N.C. State. Still, sometimes a win can be a balm. It was that way Saturday when FSU beat Delaware State (who?), 77-6. FSU scored 56 in the first half, and quarters were shortened […]

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Ugly accusations follow Winston once again

November 18, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. The lesson is this: Charges are forever. They do not wear out. They do not go away. No one forgets, and no one forgives. The headlines just settle down for a while, and then they are back, as vicious as ever. For all of the conclusion-jumping out there, we do not know […]

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USF women blow away Arkansas State

November 18, 2017 general

Saturday, 1 a.m. They started strong. They finished strong. And in the middle, the USF women were pretty strong. As a result, the 22nd ranked Bulls blew away Arkansas State, 98-55, Friday night to soar to 3-0 on the season. The Bulls got 25 points from Kitija Laksa and 19 from Maria Jespersen. Jespersen also […]

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Bull dozers: USF falls asleep but beats Tulsa

November 17, 2017 general

Friday, 2 a.m. Oh, I get it. The plan was to make Central Florida overconfident. That, and to get a good night’s sleep while waiting. The University of South Florida Sleepwalkers set up next week’s gigantic showdown with UCF Thursday night, midnight-strolling their way to a 27-20 victory. It was 21-7 after one quarter, and […]

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Bolts blast Bishop in 6-1 win over Dallas

November 17, 2017 general

Friday, 1 a.m. Nice to see Ben Bishop again. It was even better to see the puck on the other side of Ben Bishop. The Lightning welcomed home their former goaltender Thursday with a half-dozen goals, winning an easy 6-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. Tampa Bay remains the hottest team in the NHL and […]

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Fitz hopes to improve in his second start

November 17, 2017 general

Friday, 1 a.m. In the career of Ryan Fitzpatrick, there have been a lot of “next weeks.” But in this particular next week, Fitzpatrick expects to be better. He won his first game as a Buc Sunday. That wasn’t bad. But this time, against the Dolphins on Sunday, Fitzpatrick hopes to be a better quarterback. […]

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