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I don’t want to put too much pressure on an 18-year-old who skipped his prom at Blount High School in Eight Mile, Ala., just so he could enroll in Jim McElwain’s Spring School for Florida Quarterbacks. But take a moment and write down the name Kadarius Toney, who on Friday night provided the most fun … Continue reading The kid from Eight Mile, Alabama, is quite a trip

Nick Saban just can’t seem to get out of his own way or stay out of the news. He admits it. This week Alabama’s tempestuous coach opened his press conference by pleading: “Will y’all cooperate with me so I don’t get on SportsCenter tonight?” Well, yes, Nick stop being a bully. Quit erupting over innocuous … Continue reading Who is Nick Saban and why is he saying all those flattering things about Steve Spurrier?

Thursday’s first-round pairings and Friday’s second-round pairings (tee times in parentheses) for the 81st Masters golf championship at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. All times are EDT. Retired champions Gary Player of South Africa and Jack Nicklaus of the United States will drive ceremonial golf balls off the first tee Thursday at … Continue reading MASTERS TEE TIMES / First and second round

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well then, here’s 21,000 or so words … Oh, and here’s five more words: Thanks, Arnie. Rest in Peace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f2Qn-pMwUY The trouble with trying to determine a Mount Rushmore of anything is finding a mountain large enough for all the heads you need to sculpt. Gutzon Borglum and son Lincoln, the sculptors, determined Mount Rushmore, the famous national memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota, was just the right size to honor four … Continue reading On Masters Eve, My Mount Rushmore Fore!-some

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

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