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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

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

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