Feleipe Franks to Tyrie Cleveland, 63 yards, 0:00 … Florida 26, Tennessee 20 … Walk-off Touchdown … Was it the greatest play ever on Florida Field? Gator fans could chew on this one forever. As a senior observer of football in Gainesville for more than a half century, however, let me go ahead and call … Continue reading Anatomy Of #Hail Mary: Maybe The Greatest Play In History On Florida Field

Sep 18, 2017
Buddy Martin

For Florida Gators fans, this is like watching a new Netflix movie. Season 1 looks interesting. Season 2 you expect a suspenseful plot to unpack and take you somewhere. By the beginning of Season 3 it becomes clear: This thing isn’t going anywhere. We’ve seen this movie of the Florida Gators – Season 3 – … Continue reading We’ve Seen This Gator Movie Before: There’s No ‘There’ There In Offense

Sep 04, 2017
Buddy Martin

Knowing how to navigate around Fake News is mandatory these days. Those of us who follow sports learned a long time ago how to recognize B.S. because coaches exaggerate, athletes lie and well-meaning fans hallucinate. It’s a good thing else we’d never survive Jim Harbaugh’s baloney. Let’s put on those eclipse glasses again and hopefully … Continue reading College Football Circus: Harbaugh’s Roster, McElwain’s Three-Headed QB

Aug 28, 2017
Buddy Martin

Angry Florida Gator fans are demanding swift justice and some even are quick to offer disciplinary solutions to head coach Jim McElwain for trouble-making Antonio Callaway. “Kick him off! Railroad him out of Gainesville on the Midnight Express to Nowhere! Ship him off to Second Chance U!” (My paraphrased fake comments.) These are a few … Continue reading The Crime and Punishment for Antonio Callaway

Aug 16, 2017
Buddy Martin

Once upon a time, I wrote these words in a book I authored titled “The Boys From Old Florida: Inside Gator Nation.” “The magnificent ‘Reaves-to-Alvarez’ play will be treasured forever by all Gators, because it came like a thunderbolt, splitting a blue sky without warning. The 70-yard bomb served notice to Florida’s opponents: You’d better … Continue reading John Reaves’ Life Was More Than Just One Pass

Aug 06, 2017
Buddy Martin

Tim Tebow is a fool. He bought into the American Dream. You know – that myth which they teach us in bedtime stories and nursery rhymes about never giving up and keeping our heads down so that good things will come our way. Dreams? Balderdash! There’s no dreaming in baseball! Even though he’s packing minor … Continue reading The Joke Is On Tim Tebow … Or Is It?

Jul 31, 2017
Buddy Martin

Right off I’m going to confess that I’m breaking my cardinal rule. When asked about Florida’s quarterback recruits at a luncheon last week I answered: “I don’t write or talk about a player not yet in uniform.” I lied. But for a good reason. The Gator Nation is rocking today after the verbal commitment of … Continue reading O.K., Corral No Passing Fancy For Gators But Maybe A Fancy Passer

Jul 24, 2017
Buddy Martin

When I first I heard Jimbo Fisher’s brazen declaration of World Supremacy for the Atlantic Coast Conference, it sounded like something coming out of the White House. “I think we’ve established ourselves as the premier conference in college football,” Fisher said Thursday at ACC Media Day in Charlotte, N.C. Given that Florida State’s coach has … Continue reading It’s time to move over, Jimbo tells SEC

Jul 16, 2017
Buddy Martin

ON THE ROAD TO HOOVER – We awakened Monday to discover the arrival of a summer sweet spot on our doorsteps and computer screens: SEC Media Days, sort of a soft opening for the 2017 college football season. The first wave of around 1,400 media types descended upon this suburb of Birmingham, Ala. — perhaps … Continue reading A heat-seeking missile from LSU-Florida rivalry fired prior to SEC Media Days

Jul 10, 2017
Buddy Martin

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

Jul 02, 2017
Buddy Martin