Bolts beat Buffalo on a shot by … Paquette?

November 30, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. As a player, he is best known for blood on his knuckles. Usually, it is not his blood. Cedric Paquette is the instigator, the pest, the irritant. He will shove, and he will slash, and he will venture in the corners where the faint of heart dare not go. He knows his […]

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Is Evans having the best season of his career?

November 30, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. If you want, you can define him by his position. Mike Evans is a wide receiver, and a good one. He lives in heavy traffic, and because of it, he makes difficult catches. He resides at the other end of the first-down marker. He gains yards. He scores touchdowns. Or, if you […]

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Pierre-Paul and the pursuit of passers

November 29, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m It isn’t that hard, really. A quick start. A strong move. A bit of closing speed. The offensive tackle flinches, and you are past him. The quarterback holds the ball too long, and you close in. The receiver runs a sloppy route, and you are there. A few more feet to the […]

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Looking back on the weekend in college football

November 29, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 4 a.m. 5 Observations 1. They weren’t Chip Kelly bad. They weren’t Chad Morris bad. But you could certainly list FSU as among the nation’s most disappointing teams. Why? From 2014-2017, the Seminoles were 4th, 3rd, 3rd and sixth in the nation in recruiting. That ought to translate into something, shouldn’t it? 2. I […]

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Once again, Lightning struggles to overtake Miller

November 28, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. For the first time, the Tampa Bay Lightning missed their goaltender. Unfortunately, it came on a night when the Lightning faced another hot goalie. Tampa Bay saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday night in a 3-1 defeat against the slumping Anaheim Ducks, who were led by longtime Lightning […]

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Looking back on the Bucs’ victory over the 49ers

November 27, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. 5 Observation 1. Jameis Winston isn’t perfect even when he’s not throwing an interception. Lifetime, he is 9-11 in the games where he hasn’t thrown a pick. But the Bucs are far more competitive when he’s safer. It has to start there. 2. Oh, so that’s what Vita Vea looks like. It […]

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Bucs beat 49ers as Winston plays clean game

November 26, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. They didn’t reach the playoffs, okay? They didn’t guarantee themselves a winning season, or a break-even one. They didn’t end their misery, and they didn’t cure their defense. They didn’t change their season. All they did was win. And for now, that’s enough. They didn’t put the Pro Bowl on alert. They […]

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Point scores twice as Lightning runs away

November 26, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. They are tough enough in the second period. They are dangerous in the third. They can be a handful in extra time. But when the Tampa Bay Lightning attacks in its first period, it is something to behold. For the second straight game, the Bolts jumped their opponents from the time the […]

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Random Thoughts: Florida picked the better coach

November 25, 2018 general

Random thoughts: Maybe it’s just me, but I’m watching the Florida-FSU game, and this occurs to me. would the result have been different if Dan Mullen went to FSU and Willie Taggart to Florida? I think it would have been. — Phil Mickelson, old guy, beating Tiger Woods, old guy, was the biggest farce since […]

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State roundup: Gators finish FSU’s lousy season

November 25, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 4 a.m. It was bad enough that FSU was beaten. It was worse that they were clubbed with history books. — It had been five years since the Seminoles lost to Florida. — It had had bee 10 years since FSU gave up at least 40 points to Florida. — It had been 36 […]

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