Coaches, rivalries and flag-plantings: How Florida finally found their man (Thank goodness!)

Dan Mullen was pulled aside by an ESPN sideline reporter right after his Gators had sealed a victory against instate rival Florida State.  Mullen was elated about the win, until…. Mid-question, on live television, Mullen spotted one of his players Continue reading

My Sports Week, Part Two: Vandals Descend Upon the Motherland

9 o’clock came early Saturday morning but my driver wanted to get a jump on things.  The Gator game started at noon and the rest of the boys making the trip would be eagerly awaiting our arrival with drinks already Continue reading

SportsChump makes joke at University of Miami’s expense; Gators, Seminoles laugh while Canes lament

I worked a 14-hour day last Saturday.  That’s nothing for this fifty-year old who spends most of his time either walking the numerous, lush golf courses of Central Florida or on his feet graciously serving the thirsty patrons of Tampa Continue reading

Brushes with Sports Greatness, Vol. 8: USF Head Football Coach Charlie Strong

I had lunch with Charlie Strong the other day. Don’t get me wrong.  Coach Strong and I weren’t kicking it at the local Applebee’s over burgers and beers talking about the state of college football.  For one thing, Charlie Strong Continue reading

The never-ending regret of premature debarkation

“If you leave me now, you take away the biggest part of me.  Ooooh, baby, please don’t go.” -Chicago “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” -Lenny Kravitz citing Yogi Berra   It was 2004 and I was living in Orlando.  Continue reading

Florida mull(en) over coaching choice. Now for what’s required.

I just got done watching a horrible movie.  It featured bad casting in the lead role and shoddy production value.  There was limited character development, the dialogue was non-existent and the director was fired right in the middle of filming. Continue reading

Rick Pitino ends coaching career with an ‘L’

I saw Rick Pitino coach in person quite a bit back in the early 1990s.  That was one of the perks of attending a school in the Southeastern Conference.  College athletics was a healthy, even historical, distraction. Back then, SEC Continue reading

A bothersome tennis fan in king football’s court: A tale of misplaced priorities and tested patience

Let’s speak hypothetically for a moment. Let’s pretend this event that’s about to unfold didn’t actually happen.  I mean, because it didn’t.  It couldn’t possibly have. Let’s pretend for one second that on college football’s opening Saturday that a theoretical Continue reading