Buddy Martin Media Sports Blog

It was no small thing. That one elusive missing piece of supremacy finally came to rest in the University of Florida’s sports trophy case. In the aftermath of finally winning the NCAA baseball championship, the accomplishment seemingly looms larger in the days that followed, lighting The Gator Nation in an afterglow. On the night the … Continue reading Yes, Cheering In The Press Box Is Allowed Today

I am a football junkie who watches a half dozen college games plus a couple NFL games a week during the season. As the host of a daily, football-based, talk-radio show and an Internet columnist, watching football is my job. And I just happen to love it. Lately I’ve been trying to find my way … Continue reading ‘Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack …’

There’s a body clock in the mind of most coaches that tells them when it’s time to retire, but the hands move slowly and the outcome is mitigated by time, circumstance and the frailties of mental and physical health. None of those were apparent in the life and career of Bob Stoops. So we are … Continue reading Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer Know Just Why Bob Stoops Is ‘Hanging ‘Em Up’

When you’re bored and feel the need for cooking up something different this summer, try making some fake news. It’s so hip these days. You can make national headlines and go viral before they ever catch you. It’s so easy, sometimes you don’t even have to try. Just ask Terry Bradshaw. After going on Paul … Continue reading Fake News-maker Terry Bradshaw: Hey Alabama, It Was A Joke!

Sunday, Dec. 16, 1974 was not a particularly good day for football fans and sportswriters in Michiana, that area on God’s Great Earth where Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan meet. The Chicago Bears had just finished a miserable 4-10 season with a 42-0 loss to the Washington Redskins in our nation’s capital when I settled … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Coach; The Fire Department Is On Alert

After securing his advancement to the final qualifying stage for next month’s 117th U.S. Open golf championship at Erin Hills northwest of Milwaukee, Brad Gehl walked over to South Bend Country Club head professional Chad Crane and extended his hand in appreciation. “I really enjoyed playing your course,” said the 26-year-old former Oklahoma State golfer … Continue reading A century after it opened, South Bend C.C. still drowning golfers

A few classic episodes and scenes from my favorite television sitcoms (and one movie that inspired one). Thanks for the memories, folks, and our salute to all of you who brought us such joy and much laughter. The Sundance Network on cable (Sundance TV) shows episodes of classic sitcoms Monday through Friday beginning around 6 … Continue reading Laugh(s) … And The Whole World Laughs With You

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

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