Rare giveaway by Hedman leads to Lightning loss

November 8, 2016 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Usually, it is the safest place in the world for the puck. It is a mother’s arms in a bank vault in outer space. Once the puck is on the stick of Victor Hedman, the Palace Guard, surely nothing will befall the Tampa Bay Lightning. On the road? It’s okay. In a […]

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Ask Gary: Can the Lightning sign Kucherov?

September 17, 2016 College Sports in Florida

(Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports.  Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, make a comment […]

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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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The state of Florida is the state of chaos

August 5, 2016 general

Friday, 6 a.m. They share a state. And, if you want to know the truth, a certain amount of embarrassment. They are the Dolphins, who were good when TV was in black and white. They are the Bucs, who were nifty when we were all adjusting rabbit ears. They are the Jaguars, who were decent […]

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Is Florida on its way to ruling college football again?

June 24, 2016 College football

Friday, 6 a.m. It was Sept. 23, 2006, for all of you keeping score at home. That’s when Paul Finebaum officially ran out of guests. Finebaum, the king of Alabama sports, has become a media star as of late. Always opinionated, always acerbic, he took his sharp wit and observations about college football to be […]

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Foley made himself into an indispensable Gator

June 14, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Tuesday, 6 a.m. What does an athletic director do, really? Besides direct, that is. He shakes hands. He slaps backs. He hires. He fires. He buys suits. And after that, most of the time, you don’t notice him. Even when an athletic director is as successful as Foley, you don’t notice him for all the […]

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Random Thoughts: Sooners only needed 22 baskets

April 3, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 6 a.m. Hi. I’m the oddsmaker at Bovada. And I have to tell you how disappointing it is to have bet Oklahoma but with only 43 points. – Is it just me? Or when I see that photo of Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez, does anyone else think of gas pumps. Which one is […]

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Who in Florida can win a bowl? Well, Tennessee

January 1, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 8:25 p.m. The home state teams are losing. So why can’t we borrow one. Florida was walloped. FSU was outclassed. USF was beaten. Miami lost. Given all of that, why shouldn’t the state of Florida adopt a team like, say, Tennessee. The Vols blistered Northwestern Friday in the Content beyond this point is for […]

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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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Only four plays separated FSU from Florida

November 29, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 12:54 a.m. If you were a highly ranked athlete in Florida, where would you go after watching FSU beat Florida Saturday night. Depends. Where were you going to go before the game? There have been FSU-Florida games that affected the recruiting race. This wasn’t one of them. Both teams finished with two losses. Both […]

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