Gator boyz will be missed

It was late and she was tired, but she was also listening as her mother and I discussed the Florida-UCLA game. Saturday had already turned into Sunday and Kelsey had already had a full day. Her...

Supporting the Gators

Urban Meyer is in the house. The Florida football coach flew up to Atlanta with assistants Charlie Strong and Billy Gonzales as well as Meyer's son Nate to see the Final Four. They made it in time...

Checking out Atlanta

The bad thing about Florida playing so late is you have deadline issues.The good thing is that you have the day free. So the Dooley family went to an oxymoron of sorts " an...

UF assistant enjoying the moment

Lewis Preston was sitting on a chair at the media table soaking it all in. "My first one," he said. "I've been to Sweet 16s before, but this is my first Final Four."Preston has been to Final Fours before...

Unique practices at Georgia Dome

Practice is different at the Final Four. When the practices are open at the regional sites, you get a handful of fans watching. In New Orleans and St. Louis, you could hear every drill barked out by coaches and...

How to beat Florida

Now that Florida has reached a second straight Final Four, I've been asked one question over and over and it's not about Billy Donovan and Kentucky. It's this - how do you beat Florida? And I have the answer, even...

Who is playing the fiddle?

Who is playing the fiddle?Not surprisingly, I think I've done 109 radio shows since Florida advanced to the Final Four and Billy Donovan to Kentucky rumors began to sprout like dandelions. One of the questions I get all the...

It’s a small world

You know what we're seeing a lot of here in St. Louis? Kansas fans. I ran into a couple of them at the hotel and they said they bought their tickets a year ago assuming the...

Postseason perfection

We've talked often about how special this time has been for the Gator Nation. All you really need to know is this fact -- Florida has won 17 straight post-season games in football and basketball. Even during the...

Meet me in St. Louis

My only trip to St. Louis was a quick one for the Bucs-Rams NFC championship game back when the Bucs were actually a competitive football team. So on Thursday, I decided to take a walk through downtown to see...

A Day in the Life

How the Gators spent Saturday at the NCAA Tournament (all times Central): 11 a.m. " After a late night because they played the last game of the first round, the players don't have their first meal...

How Florida matches up with Purdue

The Boilermakers are far from the tallest team Florida has played this season. Carl Landry is the inside presence and goes 6-foot-7. But he is one of those players who imposes his will on you. I talked to...

Nevada forward not overly impressive

We tend to get provincial covering the SEC so Friday was a chance to see a highly touted player from another part of the country - Nevada's 6-foot-11 forward Nick Fazekas.I had been warned by a Nevada beat writer...

Horford is coming around

I'm watching practice at the New Orleans Arena, but mostly I'm watching Al Horford. After suffering another ankle tweak against Arkansas on Sunday, Horford is one of the big questions for the Gators. But I can tell...

Tourney not buzzing yet in New Orleans

The first time you walk into the site for an NCAA Tournament first round is still exhilarating. You have no idea how long the ride will last, which is part of the thrill. The city has little buzz...

Ah, The Big Easy

It wasn't until I started walking down Bourbon Street that it hit me howlong it has been since I've been to New Orleans. The media that coversFlorida used to be here all the time. I made trips here...

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

On a radio show I was on the other day, someone was making fun of Joakim Noah's looks, which bugs me for a lot of reasons. I went all sensitive on the dude and told him there is more to a...

Breaking down UF’s bracket

The No. 1 seed overall and a top seed for the first time in school history, the target on their backs won't be anything unusual for these Florida Gators. I was talking to one of UF's assistants during the SEC Tournament and...

Dancing with the stars

Florida's best in the NCAA Tournament POINTS Player Gms. Pts. Udonis Haslem 12 157 Brett Nelson 11 121 Vernon Maxwell 5 118 Mike Miller 9 112 Corey Brewer 8 103 Joakim Noah 7 97 REBOUNDS Player Gms. Rebs. Al Horford 8 69 Mike Miller 9 68 Udonis Haslem 12 60 Joakim Noah 7...

It’s a family affair

I think she's crazy. But she was right. At halftime of Florida's semifinal win, my wife packed my daughter in the car and headed for Atlanta, figuring that if Mississippi rallied she could turn around north of Lake City. That wasn't necessary. So she...