Buddy Martin Media Sports Blog

Years ago when I was trying out this profession for a living, I came upon a favorite football coach of mine at a favorite place of mine. The late Glenn Edward Schembechler Jr. – known better as “Bo” – was playing in a summer golf alumni outing for his employer, the University of Michigan, at … Continue reading Memories of playing and hanging around special people at America’s top golf courses

I felt a profound sadness and deep sense of loss when I opened my Facebook Page last Friday to learn that Edwin Pope had died of cancer at 88. And after reading Greg Cote’s fine tribute to his former colleague, I wept. The world has lost a wonderful writer and even better man. To read … Continue reading Remembering Edwin Pope: He played typewriter keys like Ray Charles played piano

Like any loyal fan of the Chicago White Sox, outgoing President Barack Obama couldn’t resist throwing a high, hard one at the Chicago Cubs when they visited the White House Monday to celebrate their World Series championship. “They said this day would never come,” Obama said. “Something none of my predecessors ever had a chance … Continue reading Obama and Cubs reveal why sports is good for our nation’s soul

Forty-eight years ago, I wanted to be Joe Namath. Sunday, I wanted to be Aaron Rodgers. It was 48 years ago last Thursday that Joe William Namath delivered on his pre-game “guarantee” and left the Orange Bowl in Miami waving his right index finger following the 19-point-underdog New York Jets to a 16-7 victory over … Continue reading Rodgers works different magic and conjures up titles from yesteryear

Which College Coaches REALLY Earned Their Money in 2016-2017?   I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that any coach in college football other than Colorado’s Mike McIntyre should have even been considered for Coach of the Year – an award he won. Of course, the College Football Playoff coaches didn’t arrive their via some … Continue reading Which College Coaches REALLY Earned Their Money in 2016-2017?

On the same day this week when it was announced that Steve Spurrier had become only the fourth person to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Game as both player and coach he was jeered. You think that bothered him? As he walked on the field for the national championship game coin toss … Continue reading Ah, the sweet music of those boos to Spurrier

It was more about the Tigers than the Zebras, but if Alabama had beaten Clemson in Monday Night’s Title Fight we’d have been talking more about the officials’ seeming reluctance to call targeting on the Crimson Tide. Luckily, Clemson’s steely resolve and unwillingness to be denied makes for a more positive story line for this … Continue reading One flaw in an otherwise spectacular evening of college football

We shouldn’t have worried about Alabama-Clemson II living up to Alabama-Clemson I. As it turned out, it was better. A 21-point fourth quarter, culminating with offensive MVP Deshaun Watson hitting Hunter Renfrow on a 2-yard scoring pass with one tick left on the Raymond James Stadium clock, gave No. 2 Clemson a 35-31 come-from-behind victory … Continue reading Some rematches work, some don’t; Alabama-Clemson II did — and then some

Coker, Drake and Henry are no longer around and neither is Kiffin, who since the “mutual” parting has been refused admittance to the Alabama coaching box by Saban to help his friend Sarkisian communicate with freshman Hurts. And that’s why it’s not hard to pick Clemson in the rematch.

Aside from Nick Saban, the most talked-about, high-profile player or coach in the arena Monday night for college football’s national championship game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson will be a guy who’s not even there. His first name is Lane. His daddy is Monte. Their last name Kiffin is part of football … Continue reading No Kiffin on Raymond James throne Monday: Saban’s banishment shows that Lane and Monte are nothing at all alike

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