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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. And I mean everyone. So put everything aside that divides us, leave all the world’s troubles in the gutter to be picked up by the street sweepers after the parade, and let’s celebrate our life on Mother Earth. That’s what my dear mother, the late Florence Riley Fineran, would want … Continue reading Every Day … EVERY DAY … Is A Great Day for the Irish

The Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles used a little home cooking to move into the second round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament Thursday. Florida, the fourth seed in the East Region, turned a one-point halftime lead into an 80-65 victory over 13th-seed East Tennessee State in the second of four games Thursday … Continue reading Florida, FSU start Madness on right foot

One spring-like Monday in late February on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in northern Indiana, two students walked back to their car parked near the usually frozen Saint Mary’s Lake carrying their fishing equipment. “Catch anything?” I asked the two students, who shook their heads negatively. “Not much in there to catch,” … Continue reading It’s time, Notre Dame, to finally ‘Win One for Lefty’

Villanova, which won the 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I basketball championship last season on a buzzer-beating shot over North Carolina, is the overall No. 1 seed for this year’s tournament that begins Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. North Carolina, Kansas and Gonzaga earned the other top seeds. Here’s the tournament schedule complete with tipoff times and … Continue reading March Madness: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Time to find a blank bracket (they’re all over the internet) because the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket will be announced Sunday. CBS Sports will televise its Selection Sunday Show from 5:30-7 p.m. Last year, CBS Sports doubled the Selection Sunday Show from one hour to two hours, probably because to accommodate all … Continue reading IT’S MADNESS … (MARCH) MADNESS

Sometimes life imitates art, despite what the folks in real-life La La Land want us to believe. There’s a scene in the movie “Forrest Gump” in which the hero, played by Tom Hanks in an Academy Award-winning performance, is asked by a bumper-sticker salesman for a slogan just before they run through a pile of … Continue reading Racer Jigger Sirois Qualifies Helping Others Who Stutter

From 1938 and “Cannonball” Clyde Crabtree, to the 1950s era of Haywood Sullivan, to the Steve Spurrier days in the 1960s, right through John Reaves of the 1969 SuperSophs, to the SEC championship 1990s of Shane Matthews and right through to national title of Danny Wuerffel in 1996 and the national titles of Chris Leak … Continue reading From ‘Cannonball’ to Franks & Trask: It’s always about the QB at Florida

You be the judge. It sure does look as if Warren Beatty left his co-presenter, Faye Dunaway, on the running board of that machine-gun-bullet-riddled car from their movie of 50 years ago, “Bonnie and Clyde,” when the pair presented the Best Picture Oscar award at the conclusion of Sunday night’s Academy Awards show in Los … Continue reading As Oscars Showed Us, Sometimes There Is No Place To Hide

Analyst Darrell Waltrip’s famous words to start each NASCAR race televised by Fox Sports will be heard Sunday, Feb. 26 when the green flag drops at 2 p.m. for the 59th Daytona 500. Here’s Waltrip at the start of last year’s race and following it are three of my favorite race, two of which I … Continue reading Boogity, Boogity, Boogity … Let’s Go Racing!!!

Sometimes it takes a well-thrown sneaker to the back of your head to remind you the things that are important in life. That toss took place years ago on I-465 as the Fineran family mini-van was in the midst of its more than 1,200-mile journey from southwest Florida where my meager earnings as a sports … Continue reading There is no ‘Milan Miracle’ without Marv(elous) Wood

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