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Dooleys Desk

Insightful commentary from our sports columnist

THE FOUR-POINT PLAY, VOLUME FIVE

The Four-Point Play comes at you in between Gator baseball games and after a wild Saturday of hoop fever. * We were having this debate the other day about who Florida’s best player is and we came to the conclusion the answer is none of the above. Seriously, I don’t think Florida has a best player. And that’s a big reason why the Gators are 22-5. Everyone contributes in their own way and at their own time. KeVaughn Allen carries… Read More »

THE FOUR-POINT PLAY, VOLUME FOUR

The Four-Point Play comes at you after another fun Saturday. Me likey those noon Gator home games and the rooftop at the Social. * Canyon Barry’s free throw streak has been pretty amazing. His goal is to get to 90 percent and by making 39 straight he is now at 89.7 percent. If he makes his next three, he’ll be 90-of-100, which I believe is 90 percent. He also broke Taurean Green’s 11-year old record for consecutive free throws Saturday… Read More »

THE FOUR-POINT PLAY, VOLUME THREE

Today’s BasketBlog comes at you after a wild night at the O-Dome and my ears are still ringing. * Not only did Florida beat Kentucky by the most points in UF history but Florida’s rebounding margin was the most allowed by a John Calipari-coached Kentucky team. By seven rebounds. The previous worst margin came in the Tennessee game the game after Nerlens Noel blew out his ACL in Gainesville in 2013. Six UF players had at least four rebounds and… Read More »

THE FOUR-POINT PLAY, VOLUME TWO

The Four-Point Play comes at you after a long day of basketball although I did sneak in a couple of Mary Tyler Moore Shows. * Look, nobody is suggesting that LSU or Oklahoma are any good. They are not. One is well-coached but lacking in talent. The other is LSU. Still, to do what Florida did on the road this week was impressive. One thing for sure, this a history-making team. It broke the streak for made threes, then set… Read More »

THE FOUR-POINT PLAY, VOLUME ONE

Those of you who check out my Sunday Blog during football season may have wondered why I don’t do the same during basketball season. So did I. So, hoops, there it is. I wondered how far Florida would fall in RPI after that bad loss to Vanderbilt and it wasn’t all that bad. The Gators were 11th on Sunday morning while Vandy jumped up from 83rd to 57th with its road win. Florida could use a sweep this week on… Read More »

THE SUNDAY BLOG, WEEK 14

The Sunday Blog is a lot late because I chose to spend some time with my family in Atlanta and I highly recommend Murphy’s for brunch. And, no, I don’t know where the last three Sunday Blogs went. * It seems like a real shame that the Georgia Dome is coming down. It’s really a nice venue and probably my favorite press box location, low and not in an end zone like so many new stadiums. The chance to make… Read More »

THE SUNDAY BLOG, WEEK 10

The Sunday Blog comes at you from the road and what may well be my last trip to Arkansas considering the two teams won’t play in Fayetteville for at least 10 years. * If this is what the commissioners were shooting for, they achieved their goal with the playoff system. By that I mean coaches going after style points and embarrassing lesser foes. You look at some of the scores from Saturday and you can’t help but think that these… Read More »

THE SUNDAY BLOG, WEEK NINE

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a wonderful weekend in Orange Park, St. Augustine and Jacksonville. And let me tell you, St. Aug is still a mess after Hurricane Matthew. * It almost feels surreal to wake up in a world where Florida is essentially a game and a half ahead of Tennessee and Kentucky in the SEC East race. How do Gator fans feel about Will Muschamp now? That was a big win for the former Florida coach… Read More »

THE SUNDAY BLOG, WEEK EIGHT

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a bye week blowout that included Kobe burgers, a fire in the pit and the Cubs getting into the World Series. * Saturday was a lot of fun, but I know this — I can’t retire. Having two bye Saturdays in a three-week stretch was not healthy. But it was fun. Especially with my wife cheering on the Cubs while I tried to concentrate on football. To be honest, the day games were… Read More »

THE SUNDAY BLOG, WEEK SEVEN

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a couple of late nights because, well, a couple of late nights. * The stat of the day may be that Lane Kiffin’s team has now outscored his two former college football employers by a combined 101-16. Kiffin finished off his night by tossing his visor into the stands to a Tennessee fan. You have to figure that someone will hire Kiffin, but is he interested in taking a lower level job? Right… Read More »