SEC ballot, Phase One

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I'll get to the preseason All-SEC teams later in the week, but the easy thing to do (no research required) is to pick the order of finish on my official SEC ballot here at Media Days.Both divisions are difficult...

Happy to be in Hoover

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HOOVER, Ala. " My wife and I on Monday were talking about my surprisingly good mood. I was not depressed which I usually am in the days following the Bob Dooley Invitational. Typically, the...

Something in common with Tiger

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I'm feeling a real kinship with Tiger Woods this week. You know, we both have sculpted bodies, perfect golf swings and 12 majors. OK, well, we both have daughters. As Ben Folds sang: "I know That I am,...

Battle for Couch and Woods

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While most of the fans were either perched on the 17th hole or following either Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson on the back nine, yours truly was walking the front nine with former Gators Chris DiMarco and Chris Couch....

Tim Tebow sighting

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Hey, a Tim Tebow sighting. The Florida quarterback, who played quarterback at Nease which is a few miles down the road from the site of The Players Championship, was at Wednesday's practice round until the rain came down....

Tiger disses island hole

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Listening to some of the sports talk radio shows in Jacksonville, you'd have thought someone called Lynyrd Skynyrd overrated. There's a lot of anger being directed towards Tiger Woods because on Tuesday he said the famous 17th hole was...

NFL Draft Day

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NFL Draft Day used to be one of the biggest days in my life when I covered the NFL. This was before ESPN super-sized it and turned it into an all day for the suckers. I'd hunker down in...

Spurrier can’t hide glee

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Gator fans were still buzzing about the basketball team's back-to-back-to-back national titles in basketball and football Tuesday morning. That includes the one in Columbia, S.C., who was getting ready to tee it up when he called both Florida...

Gators are everywhere

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Florida fans were the loudest group on the first night of the Final Four, in part because they had better seats than Ohio State fans. But the lure of watching another Florida team possibly win a national title added to...

That’s what he said

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Ron Lewis has us all confused. Was he trash-talking or giving Florida respect on Sunday? Maybe a little bit of both. The Ohio State guard said he considers the Buckeyes to be a great team. Florida,...

Gator boyz will be missed

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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...