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It’s hard to believe that it has been 32 years since I met the best friend I’ve ever had in the sports media business. I can’t recall if it was the Tuesday or Wednesday leading up to the 1985 Masters, the first one I had ever covered. It was about 5 in the afternoon that … Continue reading My Buddy: A Friendship Forged Among Attic Rats At Augusta National

Nice to see that the National Football League is concerned about the safety of its players, and thinking about a rule change to prohibit players from leaping over linemen while trying to block field-goal and extra-point attempts. The league now feels the player is too dangerous. “The issue, we’ve looked at a lot of tape … Continue reading The NFL (No Fun League) Tries To Clean Its Image

NEW YORK – The “Garden Party” for the Florida Gators will stretch into Sunday afternoon thanks to the heroics Chris Chiozza early Saturday morning. With his team trailing after two free throws by Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes with four seconds to go, the 6-foot junior Chiozza got an inbounds pass, dribbled down the center of the … Continue reading Chiozza’s OT buzzer-beater extends Gators’ Garden Party

Saying good-bye is never easy, especially when it’s someone you may never have met but who in some way touched your life and put a smile on your face. Such was the case this week with the deaths of Chuck Berry, Jimmy Breslin, Jerry Krause, Chuck Barris and Dallas Green. No one influenced American rock … Continue reading We’ll see them in our dreams: Remembering Berry, Breslin, Krause, Barris and Green

College basketball, once a staple in the city that never sleeps, returns to New York in a big way this Friday night when the NCAA throws a Garden Party that even the late Rick Nelson would appreciate. There will be Gators, Badgers, Bears and Gamecocks on the floor this weekend where lions, tigers and elephants … Continue reading College basketball’s Garden Party features Gators, Badgers, Gamecocks and Bears oh my

With a little assist from Thomas Edison, Mike White can suddenly see the light at the end of the tunnel — and that light is cast a little differently on his team’s future. A few days ago, White’s Florida Gators didn’t exactly look like Sweet Sixteen material after their swan-song finish to the season. Thanks … Continue reading New light cast on Gators and why I made a bold Peanuts-vs.-Cheese wager

Remembering Jimmy Breslin (1930-2017) RIP to one of my journalistic heroes, a friend and former colleague. Our offices were across the hall at the New York Daily News. My dad, also a newspaper guy, always claimed he had met Jimmy. One summer, months before dad’s visit to New York, I said, “Jimmy, could you humor … Continue reading They Can Close The Doors and Turn Out The Lights at Old-School Journalism U

A Garden Party is next for the Florida Gators in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. The No. 4 seed Gators (26-8) will meet No. 8 seed Wisconsin (27-9) in New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden in an East Region semifinal at 9:59 p.m. on TBS. The opener will send No. 7 seed South … Continue reading Gators’ Garden Party Friday vs. Wisconsin tips off just before 10 p.m.

The Florida Gators are off to the Big Apple. The Florida State Seminoles, meanwhile, choked on one. Holding fifth-seed Virginia to a season-low 17 first-half points and 29.6 shooting for the game, coach Mike White’s fourth-seeded Gators advanced to the East Region semifinals Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York after a 65-39 victory … Continue reading Florida headed to New York; FSU headed home

The Miami Hurricanes found themselves downgraded Friday as the first round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament was completed. Michigan State, the No. 9 seed in the Midwest Region, eliminated Miami, 78-58. Among the winners Friday were No. 1 seeds North Carolina and Kansas, No. 2 seeds Duke, Kentucky and Louisville. Both Florida … Continue reading Miami surprised by Spartans; top seeds advance

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