FSU coach Fisher has a lot of unhappy fans

December 1, 2017 Florida State University

Thursday, 1 a.m. A coach loves his fans, of course. Except of course, when one of them dares to yell down that the school needs new coaches. Then, they aren’t so lovable. And so it is that one of the lasting images of this football season was coach (for now) Jimbo Fisher, jawing at one […]

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Winston back, but his offensive line is rebuilt

November 30, 2017 general

Thursday, 2 a.m. When quarterback Jameis Winston returns to the field Sunday, he might not recognize all the faces in his huddle. Gone is center Ali Marpet (injured). Gone is tackle Demar Dotson (injured). Gone is tight end Luke Stocker (released). Gone may be running back Doug Martin (concussion). And so it goes. The NFL […]

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Lightning starts slow, falls to Bruins

November 30, 2017 general

Thursday, 1 a.m. Suddenly, the wins aren’t coming. Not only that, but for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the shots aren’t coming, either. The Lightning lost for the fourth time in six games Wednesday night, falling 3-2 to the Boston Bruins. The Lightning fell behind 3-0 in the game before losing 3-2. Tampa Bay got off […]

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Is Mullen’s task harder than Spurrier’s?

November 29, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 4 a.m. You are Dan Mullen, Boss Gator. And where do you start? You are Mullen, the guy who finally didn’t say no. Chip Kelly is off trying to spell UCLA. Scott Frost will soon be trying to make Nebraska relevant again. But you are here, and as unimpressed as some may be with […]

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Vasilevskiy’s shutout helps Lightning win again

November 29, 2017 general

Wednesday, 2 a.m. Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightining are winners. The Lighting, 17-5-2 on the season, snapped a two-game losing skid with a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night. The game was the sixth career shutout — and the second game this season — by goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Vasilevskiy won his 16th […]

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Looking back at the Bucs’ loss to the Falcons

November 28, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. 5 Observations 1. A lot of the problems with this year’s Bucs, frankly, are because of  last year’s Bucs. At least, the parts that fooled the bosses. Looking at the way the defense closed in the second half of last year, I think the Bucs believed they were in better shape. The […]

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Bucs go for it, and fail, in loss to Falcons

November 27, 2017 general

Monday, 3 a.m. The statistics say it shouldn’t have been close. Logic tells you it shouldn’t have come down to a single play. Basic eyesight tells you it shouldn’t have depended on one decision and one throw. And yet, there they were. With 7:05 to play, the Tampa Bay Bucs still had a puncher’s chance […]

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Bulls stop scoring, drop game to Eastern Michigan

November 27, 2017 general

Monday, 2 a.m. USF was cruising along Sunday afternoon. Then it ran out of gas. The Bulls, 4-3, saw Eastern Michigan pull away for a 65-47 victory. There for a while, things were going well for USF. The Bulls led 37-29 with 16:04 left in the second half. But USF would go eight minutes without […]

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Random thoughts: Predicting the Hall of Famers

November 26, 2017 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. An early guess for who makes the Hall of Fame this year: 1. Ray Lewis; 2. Randy Moss; 3. Terrell Owens; 4. Tony Boselli; 5. John Lynch. – Ranking the college football teams, in advance of the playoff poll: 1. Wisconsin: The Badgers are unbeaten, which should erase the weak schedule questions. […]

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FSU wins forgettable game against Florida

November 26, 2017 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. When they talk about the all-time classic football games in college football history, this one will not be mentioned. Neither quarterback hit 50 percent of his passes. Neither team ran for 100 yards. Neither team passed for 200. All that happened Saturday was that Florida State beat Florida, 38-22, to make their […]

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