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May the ‘Madness’ be with you

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Rick Pedone Sports Editor Putting the finishing touches on your NCAA mens basketball bracket sheet? Let me guess: You’re still agonizing about that West Regional matchup between No. 6 Baylor and No. 11 Nebraska, right? Or, you’ve switched your pick in the Midwest Regional between No. 10 Arizona State and No. 7 Texas for the fourth time. And you might do it again. Face it, for some of us, there

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  • What is happening to specs?

    Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber When the weather turns cooler in Florida, fishing for specs (black crappie) gets hot.  Or does it? Relying on observational evidence, it appears that spec fisherman in Central Florida are not having near as much fun as they had a decade ago.  And for every fisherman complaining about the decline in spec fishing, there are just as many different explanations as to why it

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  • What a run for Lady Longhorns

    Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor One of the most successful basketball eras in county history came to an end Saturday when Harmony played for the Class 7A girls basketball state championship at the Lakeland Center. Wekiva won, 59-48, over a Lady Longhorns squad filled with steely, hard-nosed battlers. Senior starters Julia Ingler, Rebekah Fitzpatrick, Regan Dotson and Stephanie Baur played for the last time Saturday and they left a legacy that

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  • Food makes the Super Bowl

    Posted on January 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

    As we’re doing this Super Bowl thing for the 48th time now, it long ago became apparent that Super Bowls are about much more than football. The Super Bowl is an event, a holiday, that employs football as the excuse. So, if the Super Bowl isn’t about football, then what is it about? Gambling? Sure. Commercials? Yeah, can you believe it? But, above all else, the Super Bowl is about

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  • NFL’s final four is spot on

    Posted on January 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Whether by karma or simply good fortune, the NFL’s Final Four Sunday is perfect. The best teams from the AFC and NFC will play for their spot at Super Bowl XLVIII. The conference collisions Sunday also highlight the best of the “old guard” quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, and two of the premier “new blood” signal callers, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. During the preseason

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  • Postseason games have been great

    Posted on January 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Has this been a great football postseason, or what? FSU’s 34-31 win over Auburn for the BCS championship Monday capped a tremendous week of football. All five BCS bowl games were entertaining, and the championship game, after clunkers the past two years when Alabama dominated, was the best since Auburn’s win over Oregon in 2011. There are a dozen NFL teams who would start FSU quarterback

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  • UCF had a better year than we did

    Posted on January 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor It will be very difficult for the new year to get any better for jubilant UCF football fans. A 52-42 BCS Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 6 Baylor? Really? The Knights had a season that not only was the best in the program’s 34-year history, but one that would be considered wildly successful even at the state’s three other football factories: Miami, UF and FSU.

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  • Fins look good for playoffs

    Posted on December 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    While waiting for the prime time college bowl games (and Santa Claus) to roll around, the NFL has center stage for its penultimate weekend. Miami is suddenly an AFC wildcard favorite after it upended New England last week, but the Fins can’t afford to let up on the gas. If they win their next two games, they’re in. The Fins have spent almost as much time in the great white

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  • Bowl game pairings, good & bad

    Posted on December 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Ken Jackson Staff  Writer Tuesday was the first night in a while without a live football game. Waiting for the NFL weekends, after seeing the college kids define the whole season over the last two weeks, feels like someone’s holding out on us. It gets worse. It’s about three weeks until a decent bowl game, unless you can get excited about the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Buffalo and San Diego

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