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Fans demand perfection from coaches

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette  When did it change? Once upon a time in college football, when your team won seven games and went to a bowl, it was considered a good season.  Not anymore. Now 10-2 seasons in some circles are considered “failures,” if not outright “disasters.”  Hiding behind the anonymity of message boards, fans scream for the head of the coach after a couple of losses and

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    Posted on October 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor If St. Cloud has an emotional hangover after seeing its perfect record erased by rival Harmony, 14-2, last week, then it had better find the cure in a hurry. Unbeaten South Lake, 5-0, travels to Gannarelli Field Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a non-district contest. The Bulldogs, 5-1 and 2-1 in 7A District 6, saw their postseason chances take a hit because of the loss

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  • Picks of the Weak

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Can Snook replace Redskins? Rick Pedone Sports Editor We’ll cut it short this week since Dan Pearson’s Under The Bobber  column is making an appearance. He’s talking about snook, a critter that doesn’t seem to infatuate institutions seeking an inspirational mascot. Somewhere, there’s probably an athletic team called the Fighting Snook, but there isn’t a lot of resonance there. It probably would be a safe moniker to use in Washington,

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  • This is an ‘A’ game weekend

    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor You know what we have here? An ‘A’ game football weekend, that’s what. And, it’s about time. What constitutes an ‘A’ game weekend, as opposed to, say, last week’s near total-fail ‘D’ grader? First, we need a couple of big-time college matchups, preferably involving state teams, and that’s we have with Clemson visiting FSU and the Gators rolling out to Alabama. Both games are heavy on

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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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