Clemson’s Watson just too good for Alabama

January 10, 2017 Alabama

    Tuesday, 4 a.m. In the back offices of Penn State, someone smiles. On the practice fields of Texas A&M, someone nods. In the recruiting offices of Oklahoma, someone told someone else so. There is a new hope everywhere, from the fields of Auburn to the offices of FSU, from the dorms at Colorado […]

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Lessons from college’s first weekend

September 5, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Monday, 6 a.m. Oh, the things we learned… We learned that Les Miles not only eats grass, he may be smoking it. Four quarters in, and we’re right back at where we were in LSU, with influential boosters looking for a closet where they can keep Miles safe away from the play-calling. We learned that […]

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Random Thoughts: Belichick picks a winner

January 17, 2016 general

Sunday, 6 a.m. Hello, I’m Bill Belichick. And it would be much easier to believe that I was a genius if I didn’t have my finger up my nostril. – Doctors are going to examine Lawrence Phillips’ brain. My guess it’ll be in great shape, having never been used. – Wow, Two thoughts about  last night’s Cardinals-Packers […]

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Saban to Bucs? Sounds like dreaming to me

January 13, 2016 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. If you are going to dream, dream big. If you are going to imagine, imagine wild. If you are going to try to make up a rumor, well, make one up that will get some buzz, right? All of which explains the brand new Nick-Saban-to-the-Bucs reports that seem to be making the […]

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Alabama adds one more title to its dynasty

January 12, 2016 Florida State University

Monday, 6 a.m. Start with the coach. In college football, you always start with the coach. This one is a small, aging man who is constantly in a bad mood. In fact, it has become a bit of a punch line what a grump Nick Saban is and how seldom he seems to get a […]

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Alabama keeps adding titles to its legacy

January 11, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Monday, 6 a.m. The University of Alabama invented the idea of fourth-and-one. Also, it invented the idea of going for it. And so it goes. There are stories and myths, fables and lore. There are invented championships and reworked history. There are great moments and great fabrications. This is a football program that seems like […]

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Alabama’s Saban has surprised even Bear Bryant

January 1, 2016 College football

Friday, 6 a.m. If Bear Bryant were coaching today, this is how he would have spent his Saturday night. He would have lit a cigarette and drawn from it. He would have sipped deeply from his bourbon. He would have sighed heavily. Then he would have said this about Alabama. “Damn, but those boys are […]

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One man’s thoughts on the Alabama-Florida rivalry

December 2, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 6 a.m. To a boy with a reporter’s pad, he was the largest man on earth. His skin was leather. His voice was gravel. He spoke slowly, seriously, and you dared not interrupt. He was Bear Bryant, and he was a legend long before the boy got there. It was 1978, and he was […]

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