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
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
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!
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
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,” but … Continue reading ESPN The Massacre: The Land of Broken Dreams
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
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
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
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
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.
Nice to see that the National Football League is concerned about the safety of its players, and thinking about a rule change to prohibit players from leaping over linemen while trying to block field-goal and extra-point attempts. The league now feels the player is too dangerous. “The issue, we’ve looked at a lot of tape … Continue reading The NFL (No Fun League) Tries To Clean Its Image
Saying good-bye is never easy, especially when it’s someone you may never have met but who in some way touched your life and put a smile on your face. Such was the case this week with the deaths of Chuck Berry, Jimmy Breslin, Jerry Krause, Chuck Barris and Dallas Green. No one influenced American rock … Continue reading We’ll see them in our dreams: Remembering Berry, Breslin, Krause, Barris and Green
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. And I mean everyone. So put everything aside that divides us, leave all the world’s troubles in the gutter to be picked up by the street sweepers after the parade, and let’s celebrate our life on Mother Earth. That’s what my dear mother, the late Florence Riley Fineran, would want … Continue reading Every Day … EVERY DAY … Is A Great Day for the Irish
Time to find a blank bracket (they’re all over the internet) because the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket will be announced Sunday. CBS Sports will televise its Selection Sunday Show from 5:30-7 p.m. Last year, CBS Sports doubled the Selection Sunday Show from one hour to two hours, probably because to accommodate all … Continue reading IT’S MADNESS … (MARCH) MADNESS
You be the judge. It sure does look as if Warren Beatty left his co-presenter, Faye Dunaway, on the running board of that machine-gun-bullet-riddled car from their movie of 50 years ago, “Bonnie and Clyde,” when the pair presented the Best Picture Oscar award at the conclusion of Sunday night’s Academy Awards show in Los … Continue reading As Oscars Showed Us, Sometimes There Is No Place To Hide
Analyst Darrell Waltrip’s famous words to start each NASCAR race televised by Fox Sports will be heard Sunday, Feb. 26 when the green flag drops at 2 p.m. for the 59th Daytona 500. Here’s Waltrip at the start of last year’s race and following it are three of my favorite race, two of which I … Continue reading Boogity, Boogity, Boogity … Let’s Go Racing!!!
With pitchers and catchers reporting to training camps in Arizona and Florida, the 2017 Major League Baseball season is once again upon us. For fans of the 30 clubs across the country, there is hope that sometime in late October or early November that their team will hoist the World Series trophy. None of them … Continue reading Baseball Is Back, Ba-Bee!!!
Routinely, baseball gets blasted for its games being too long. Basketball hears it all the time about how the last five minutes of clock time generally take roughly the length of a Presidential election cycle. God help us. Now, it’s time to take college football to task. Seriously, is the National Championship game over yet? … Continue reading SHORTEN FOOTBALL GAMES; WE HAVE LIVES TO LEAD!
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?
By WOODY PAIGE WoodyPaige.com Thursday Night Football is killing the NFL. It’s the golden goose corollary. Economists claim that a “continuing source of profit will be exhausted if overused.” This simpleton prefers to suggest that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. One summer while in high school my daughter worked at … Continue reading How much football is too much? Maybe that could never happen!
By WOODY PAIGE WoodyPaige.com In a quirk of providence, the Denver Broncos and John Elway came to life a week apart 56 years ago. Elway was born in Port Antonio, Wash., on June 28, 1960, and the Broncos opened their first training camp in Golden on July 4, 1960. Fluke or fate? Now, Elway has … Continue reading John Elway and the Denver Broncos are intertwined, for their betterment
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – During the summer of 2015, the first bear to be documented in Indiana in more than 140 years wandered across the state line from Michigan near Elbel Golf Course northwest of the home of the Fighting Irish football team of the University of Notre Dame.
This bear, which meandered through northern Indiana for most of the summer before crossing back into Michigan to hibernate, left evidence of its arrival about five miles west of the home of the coach whose Fighting Irish twice spoiled the national championship dreams of the Crimson Tide of Alabama and another “Bear” – Paul Bryant.
If the officials had not made the error in the Central Michigan game, the Cowboys would be an 11-1 conference champion.
The Miami Dolphins braintrust (insert joke here) can’t possibly think there is any other conceivable way to proceed after the first five games of this season, right? A blunt but fair question to ask, how many starters on the Miami Dolphins are as good or better than their counterparts on the other 31 teams?