Buddy Martin Media Sports Blog

Lebron or Michael? Chamberlain or Russell? Nicklaus or Tiger? Brady or Bradshaw? They say disagreements inspire horse races, and so it goes with the competitiveness of sport. However, it’s futile to argue the greatness of coaches or players of different eras, given the differing variables. I really don’t want to tee up this debate over … Continue reading Please Don’t Make Me Compare Bryant And Saban

Back in the day, all this reporter needed to cover the annual NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting – i.e. “The Draft” – was a big, comfortable bed on which to lay research material, notebooks and pens, a television set connected to cable network ESPN, a good telephone and a Hibachi grill. In 1982, a good … Continue reading I’ll Take Old Days Any Day When Covering NFL Draft

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7MMJGRUzcg Ever been fired or laid off? Ever been in a company where friends and colleagues got axed? Ever had to lay somebody off because you were ordered to do it? Almost all of us fit that category. I fit all three. And it sucks, on all counts. They may tell you “it’s just business,” … Continue reading ESPN The Massacre: The Land of Broken Dreams

A gentle, early-morning breeze from the Gulf of Mexico swayed the palm trees illuminated by the downtown Tampa streetlights as I walked to my car on June 8, 2004 with my boss and good friend, Buddy Martin. We were still pinching ourselves about our good fortune. “Buddy, we just covered the seventh game of the … Continue reading The Many Faces and Places on Lord Stanley’s Cup

Pedestrians are used to hearing the horns and dodging yellow taxis during weekdays in midtown Manhattan. But even they must admit that was one strange-looking yellow car pulling up outside the Fifth Avenue offices of the National Basketball Association. Actually, the car was a replica Indy racing machine and even stranger was the guy crammed … Continue reading A Big Yellow ‘Taxi’ Driven By A Big Bird

Recently I awakened one morning only to see a YouTube highlight package texted from my friend John. I wondered aloud, “What’s he doing sending me this video of Aaron Hernandez?” John had worked with me on a book which involved my interview with the former Florida Gators tight end. For a moment I flipped through … Continue reading The confusing case of Aaron Hernandez: Football star, dad, brother, son, murderer and maybe more

There is perhaps no more famous sports venue address in the world. 1060 West Addison Street. Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Check that – Wrigley Field, home of the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Yes, after 108 years, those loveable losers have finally become loveable winners. Depending where you were for Game … Continue reading Wrigley Field now ‘Friendlier Confines’ after World Series Win

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

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