The phone rang, and when I picked it up, I could almost hear the grins of Steve Spurrier wafting over the AT&T airwaves when I said: “So, you’re a Head Ball Coach again! Congratulations. I’m so happy for you.” In case you missed the announcement March 20, the Alliance of American Football, an eight-team development … Continue reading The Real Reason Steve Spurrier Chose To Be The HBC Again
What the Florida basketball team needs is a closer. Maybe Scott Stricklin should hire Mariano Riviera as a consultant to Mike White, because right now the Gators couldn’t close the door of a barn if you spotted them a 150-mph Kansas tornado at their back. Yet another game got away on Saturday as the Gators … Continue reading ‘Here Lie Mike White’s Gators’ – Or Do They?
We gotta stop this stuff, Gator Nation. We’re getting all mushy about Dan Mullen, who has been on the job less than three months. He hasn’t called a play yet for Florida, let alone won a game. He just simply can’t be that good, can he? Part of this is the “Love At First Sight” … Continue reading How Mullen Resembles Gators’ Two National Championship Coaches
Buddy Martin’s Stocking Stuffers: 1. Why do I keep hearing about Percy Harvin sightings on the Florida campus and suggestions that he has been retained in some capacity as a member of Dan Mullen’s staff? Seems to me Percy’s relationship as a player with Mullen’s trusted offensive assistant Billy Gonzalez was anything but stellar. Things … Continue reading Mercy, Mr. Percy — Can These Rumors Possibly Be True? Dilly Dilly & Merry Merry!
Where I grew up, the incoming Florida quarterback was always going to be the next Crown Prince. It’s been that way all the way back to the dark ages of Gator football, when I first heard the names Angus Williams and Haywood Sullivan. There’s always been an implied birthright – right through the Tim Tebow … Continue reading College Football Recruiting Just Got A Whole Lot Worse
Florida fans can exhale now and be thankful that it’s so much greater to be a Gator than a Vol right now – not to mention a Seminole. Hard to believe it hasn’t even been a week since Gator Nation felt like its world was spinning out control, Tennessee style, after they were jilted by Benedict Arnold Kelly. On … Continue reading The Mullens Are Bringing That Old-Time Family Feeling Back To Gainesville
Somehow, I inadvertently inherited the Chip Kelly Watch and I would like to get off the train as soon as possible to enjoy my “Thankmas” celebration. As my family of journalists from three states understands from all their past experiences, however, I just can’t let go of this story until a resolution is reached and … Continue reading Florida’s Undercover Mission: The Silence Is Deafening, But We Hear You and See You, Chip Kelly
The University of Florida is seeking a new head football coach. Four million people know the right guy to hire, but there are 15 different “right” answers. Welcome to the Blood Sport of Hiring & Firing College Football Coaches. Everybody knows, but nobody knows. Radio Silence. Whereas the stillness gives us respite, the roar … Continue reading Florida’s Next Coach? You Think You Know Who It Is? Chances Are You’re Going To Be Wrong
The Florida Gators need to find a coach in a hurry because it’s getting darn-right ugly out there. It sure doesn’t feel so good to see Humpty Dumpty – the Florida Gators – appear to be crashing right in front of your eyes. It sure doesn’t feel so good down here near Rock Bottom … Continue reading It’s Getting So Ugly Maybe Florida Should ‘Drain The Swamp’
Jim McElwain was not the right coach. It almost felt like he was a Nick Saban Wannabe in a Gator costume. For a while he fooled himself — fooled all of us, including me. His tenure was a rocky road from the start, however, and the potholes only got deeper with time and circumstance. Jim … Continue reading So Long Mac. Thanks. And Looking Back, It Never Really Was A Good Fit.
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?