Can I borrow your towel for a sec? My car just hit a water buffalo.

February 7th, 2014 @ 7:47 am
Friday Five: Favorite Collegiate Sports
  1. Football
  2. Basketball
  3. Crew
  4. Gymnastics
  5. Swimming

The Book of Tebow

December 1st, 2013 @ 7:48 am
Incredible Iron Bowl

In FBS history, a missed field goal has only been returned for a touchdown four times. There [had] never been a walk-off field goal return — scoring the winning touchdown on the last play, much less the last play of the biggest game of the year, between teams ranked No. 1 and No. 4, with […]

Yours Truly, Dr. Z.

November 15th, 2013 @ 6:32 am
Friday Five: Bull Durham Quotes

Bull DurhamFive of my favorite lines from the movie Bull Durham:

  • “I told him that a player on a streak has to respect the streak.” — Crash Davis
  • “I want to give him the heat and announce my presence with authority!” — Ebby Calvin LaLoosh
  • “In the show, everyone can hit heat.” — Crash Davis
  • “The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self awareness.” — Annie Savoy
  • “Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls – it’s more democratic.” — Crash Davis
October 25th, 2013 @ 4:55 am
Friday Five: Football Stadiums

Ben Hill Griffin StadiumMy five favorite football stadiums:1

  1. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field – Gainesville, FL
  2. Superdome – New Orleans, LA
  3. Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
  4. Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
  5. University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ

1 at which I have attended at least one game

He decided to do one of those very nice things you sort of hope someone will do when you cover a story about a legless vet missing out on thousands of dollars because he was looking after his octogenarian nana.

Snap. Hold. Kick. All in the Blink of an Eye.

October 2nd, 2013 @ 9:54 am
Football for the Troops

“A government shutdown means overseas troops could miss baseball playoff games and favorite NFL Sunday showdowns …” Stars and Stripes Regardless of how you feel about Obamacare or Congress or the President, you’ve got to admit it’s absurd that our armed forces should be denied the privilege of watching sporting events during the shutdown. If […]

September 27th, 2013 @ 8:07 am
Friday Five: Top College Football Twitter Accounts

TwitterHere are my favorite Twitter accounts to follow for news about college football:


August 9th, 2013 @ 2:43 am
Friday Five: Favorite P90X Routines


  1. Kenpo X
  2. Plyometrics
  3. Core Synergistics
  4. Yoga X
  5. Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps
July 19th, 2013 @ 7:30 am
Friday Five: My Favorite Athletes

Ted Williams

  1. Ted Williams
  2. Bo Jackson
  3. Tim Tebow
  4. Carl Yastrzemski
  5. Tom Brady
July 12th, 2013 @ 5:31 am
Friday Five: Favorite NFL Teams

New England PatriotsMy NFL team is the New England Patriots. It always has been and it almost certainly always will be. To have five favorite NFL teams seems irrational, because only one can win the Super Bowl each year. But you’ll notice that they are all NFC teams, with the potential exception of the team using my favorite player of all-time, which gets a spot on the list just below my team.

My mom raised me to be a Pats fan and we rooted for them through all the dark years. (We were long-suffering Red Sox fans as well. Aside from the Celtics, and until I got to college at the beginning of the Spurrier tidal wave of championships, sports to me meant futility, failure, and sadness.)

  1. New England Patriots
  2. Whatever Team Employs Tim Tebow
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. New Orleans Saints
April 29th, 2013 @ 7:08 am
It Ought to Be Easier

It’s really hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that Tim might not make it in the NFL. It seems absurd to me. When my alarm rang at six this morning, there was a text waiting for me that read, “Heard Tebow was cut from NPR before ESPN.” My first thought was […]

April 19th, 2013 @ 8:19 am
Friday Five: Sporting Events

SEC CG 2006My favorite sporting events:

  1. SEC Championship Game
  2. College Football National Championship Game
  3. Summer Olympics
  4. The Masters
  5. Super Bowl
March 31st, 2013 @ 7:35 pm
When You Love Someone But It Goes to Waste

After eating a lot of chocolate and hunting all over the house for eggs and a brunch at Lakeside which included a pretty strong Bloody Mary and watching a crushing Gators loss in the Elite Eight, I needed to hit the road. I gave myself a solid couple of hours to digest and then knocked […]

February 6th, 2013 @ 3:58 am
The Offseason

I’ve been reading Gregg Easterbrook for more than fifteen years. He writes the Tuesday Morning Quarterback (TMQ) column for ESPN. (He has also written for Slate and The Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications. And he’s a very good author.) Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Easterbrook delivers incredibly detailed analysis of (almost) every […]

February 1st, 2013 @ 10:10 am
Stretch, Run, Stretch

About two weeks ago, on January 17th, Dr. Sohail Shayfer told me I was suffering from iliotibial band syndrome. He told me to take a break from running so much, to take two Aleve naproxen sodium tablets every twelve hours for four weeks, and to stretch, stretch, stretch. I’ve never stretched before or after a […]

December 9th, 2012 @ 9:45 am
2012 – 2013 iCal College Bowl Schedule

Update: Visit to subscribe to the latest college football bowl schedule! Between December 15th and January 7th there are 35 bowl games. That’s way too many to try to manage in your day planner on your own. You want to have all those games in your personal calendar, don’t you? That way you can […]

November 23rd, 2012 @ 9:27 am
Clear Eyes.

“The show will be remembered more as one about a marriage than one about football.” I don’t know how I missed this article at Grantland: An Oral History of Friday Night Lights. It’s great fun for anyone that loved the show. I was thrilled to read that the actor Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor) gave a […]