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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Can college football, and all its flavors, get here?

July 24, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 6:15 a.m. Every now and then, college football beats you up. Jimbo Fisher sits the front of the room, talking about his school’s athletes and their problems with violence against women.Not long ago, Nevin Shapiro was making another headline in Miami. Teams quibble over the subjectivity of who gets in the playoffs and who […]

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How do Bucs; receivers stack up as a duo?

July 16, 2015 general

Thursday, 6 a.m. One of them went long. The other one went deep. In the end, both of them made the catch. Yep, it was a fairly rewarding day for wide receivers Wednesday in the NFL. Dallas made Dez Bryant rich, and Denver made DeMaryius Thomas rich. These days, the end zone is lined in […]

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Proposed Olympic sports include chess, Frisbee

June 14, 2015 Florida State University

Random Thoughts: – Here’s the reason Demar Dotson returned to Bucs’ camp. He checked the leverage bowl, and he was fresh out. – Steve Kerr lied to the media? Big deal. If coaches were Pinocchio, they would all look like swordfish. – I guess we can assume that Michael Sam didn’t care much for the […]

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What if the NFL held a free-agent draft?

March 2, 2015 general

Fantasy football is cool…but it isn’t the real draft. Free agency is cool…but it isn’t the draft. The start of a season is cool….but it isn’t the draft. You could even offer up that the playoffs are great, but unless your team is in them, or it’s time for the Super Bowl, the playoffs aren’t […]

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