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Give all fall athletes some props

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

Rick Pedone Sports Editor “What About Bob?” is a forgettable 1991 movie that starred Bill Murray playing a psychotic patient of egomaniacal psychiatrist Richard Dreyfuss. This is not relevant in any shape or manner from this point on, except that the title of that movie reminds me of the status of high school fall sports other than football. For example: “What about volleyball?” Or, “What about cross country?” Or, swimming,

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  • Ex-Preds coach will be missed

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber I received word last week that Coach Perry Moss was not doing well.  His son Les called to let me know. And now the old coach was dying and I knew that I both wanted and needed to go pay my respects. I met Perry in the summer of 1993 when I was hired as public relations director of the Orlando Predators of the

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  • 8 people you meet at the gym

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette About four or five times a week for the last three years, I trudge to a gym in St. Cloud for a workout.  Has it done any good?  Well, I guess it depends on how you look at it.  I still eat way too much and drink way too much beer, so my 5-11, 230-pound frame is anything but impressive. On the other hand,

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  • Football practice is a slow roll

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor As the calendar moves toward August, football talk heats up. (Of course, what in Florida at the end of July doesn’t get toasty?) High school football practice kicks off Monday with the season openers looming Aug. 28 and 29. But, in reality, football practice, as in actual contact, won’t begin until Aug. 9. The Florida High School Athletics Association put into place last year a protocol

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  • There must be fans … right?

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Fans. Sports teams can’t exist without them. (Well, unless you are the WNBA). Fortunately, most are civilized. Unfortunately, the fans that are, shall we say, overzealous, are a major problem. We need look no further than Orlando City soccer’s tumultuous fan base to see what a problem unruly patrons can be. Several were ejected from a match at Tampa last month and more than a dozen

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  • U.S. soccer fans have a lot to learn

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor One week removed from Team USA’s exit, soccer enthusiasts are upbeat about the sport’s future here. Why not? Fans around the nation are all over the World Cup. The TV ratings are gonzo. In Orlando, the USA-Belgium Round of 16 match July 1 produced a 10.6 rating. The World Cup ratings have exceeded those of the World Series and the NBA Finals. There’s no question that

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  • Five star spangled sizzlers

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Rick Pedone Sports  Editor In the spirit of this Fourth of July weekend, let’s turn on the memory bank and choose five significant United States sports triumphs. This means victories with international impact, so we won’t be listing Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win or the work of the 1927 Yankees. Here we go: No. 5: Team USA women’s soccer FIFA World Cup championship, 1999: This proved that the American

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  • 3 words: Walk It OFF!!

    Posted on June 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Having witnessed a considerable portion of the 2014 World Cup, I have one suggestion for the participants: WALK IT OFF! The way the players have flopped down and writhed on the turf the past two weeks, it looked like the zombie apocalypse struck Brazil. Not only do they crumple to the turf at an absurdly high rate, but they stay there like someone Velcroed their shirts

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  • Success of local teams this spring astounding

    Posted on May 23, 2014 at 10:06 am

    There’s never been a spring season like this one for local high school athletes. Not one, not two, but three – three! –  Osceola County teams advanced to state tournaments. Harmony’s softball and flag football teams, and Osceola High’s baseball squad, all qualified for the Florida High School Athletic Association state finals. That is a remarkable feat, especially since Osceola County is by no means a population giant. Only seven

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