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By Peter B. Gallagher Peter B. Gallagher is a writer of story, song, poem and legend who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has documented his experiences in the Old South, where he was born, and in the New South, where he lives now, since the 1960s. When Seminole medicine man Bobby Henry has to … Continue reading Bobby Henry: Seminoles’ Main Man of Medicine

When Terry Bradshaw elected to say that Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin was “not a great coach,” it stirred a firestorm among Steeler fans. Tomlin fired back that he was a Dallas Cowboys’ backer anyway and also grew up a Hollywood Henderson fan. Terry tells Buddy Martin that he meant nothing by the comment, “and I really … Continue reading Bradshaw on Tomlin: In his defense I would say ‘touche’

We’re gonna need a bigger dishwasher – to deal with all the bowls we have this holiday season. Not counting the three bowl games that will decide the eventual national champion, there are 38 other postseason games in the Football Bowls Subdivision (FBS for short). Double that and add the four teams playing in the … Continue reading We don’t need more bowl games — we need more Tupperware

Ali, Howe, Summitt and Palmer – now that’s a sports Mount Rushmore if ever there was one. All overcame humble beginnings to become greats in their chosen professions as well as human beings.

Just a couple of days after the gleeful leap of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott into the Salvation Army bucket in the end zone at AT&T Stadium, Steve Spurrier was walking into a Gainesville restaurant when he noticed a bell ringer. Spurrier, always known as a thrifty man, reached into wallet and found five … Continue reading Ezekiel Elliott’s jump one giant leap for the Salvation Army

MOCCASIN GAP — Frank Bradley credits his long life to hard work, homemade sausage and buttered grits. At 84, he is still willowy, still a tough old cob with a bone-crushing handshake. • Sometimes, just to keep his cardiologist happy, he eats Cheerios for breakfast. But not every day. He’s a Florida boy. One day … Continue reading At the old-timey Bradley’s Country Store, the grits are fresh and Florida history keeps turning

Charlie Strong’s patience could have cost him a chance to become a head coach. And probably so did his skin color. Otherwise, what took him so long to become a head coach?

Strong got passed over more times than an airport tower. His career began as a graduate assistant at Florida in 1983. It took him 27 years before he finally became a head coach at Louisville.

A tip of the hat to ESPN for its recent “30 for 30” documentary titled “Catholics vs. Convicts,” which told the story about the Oct. 15, 1988 football game at Notre Dame Stadium between two football teams which didn’t like each other – No. 1 Miami and No. 4 Notre Dame. Lou Holtz’s Irish won … Continue reading ‘Catholics vs. Convicts’: A couple of things you might not know and should

It’s been a rough five months for Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly, who will be back in 2017 despite a 4-8 finish by the Irish. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick, who extended Kelly last January through the 2021 season, gave his beleaguered coach a vote of confidence during the season. Swarbrick then re-emphasized his … Continue reading Cue Glenn Frey: The Heat Is ON at Notre Dame for Brian Kelly

A day after we remembered that day which has lived in infamy for 75 years now, America lost a true hero from that greatest of generations. Godspeed, John Glenn. When the news alert came across this computer announcing the Thursday afternoon death of the 95-year-old Glenn, a fighter pilot in two wars, an astronaut and … Continue reading No getting the lead out for a real American Hero, John Glenn