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Insightful commentary from our sports columnist

We’ve got a track record

In anticipation of the SEC releasing how the media predicted the races in the divisions and who will win the championship, let’s look at how badly we’ve guessed. And let me say this — I think one reason is that too many media members vote based on what they remember of a team from the previous season or how it did in its bowl game. In 23 years of voting, we were right five times. A 5-18 record puts you… Read More »

SEC Media Days opening blog

HOOVER, Ala. — Usually here in the land that sidewalks forgot we are told what time Florida’s early games will be played. But this is the new SEC with a one-year old network so that news broke a couple of weeks ago. So when I went downstairs to get my credential and SEC media guide, the accompanying early TV schedule got tossed to the side. But I did notice that the SEC has two scheduled doubleheaders on CBS for Nov.… Read More »

A final Dooley-Vettel collaboration

It started the way so many of these lists start, two friends sharing beverages and scribbling them down on a cocktail napkin. In this case, it was a going-away meeting with Larry Vettel, the longtime Gator broadcaster who is moving to New York City. He mentioned that last year’s Florida-Georgia game was the most unexplainable result in all of his years of covering the Gators. I couldn’t agree more. But we didn’t stop there. After all, we had a history… Read More »

Prime time penalties

The announcement last week that Florida’s first three games of this football season are at night was certainly good news for those of you hoping to avoid heat stroke in September. The times — 7:30, 7 and 7:30 — are also good for those of you who plan to tailgate. But for someone who has to work the game and also loves college football, it was bad news. Here are just some of the games I will miss all of… Read More »

Chambers Blah

A Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there. Nothing we do is more important than being a good father. Unfortunately, with one daughter in Los Angeles and the other on a singing tour, I’ll be without my children on this Father’s Day. So I’ll just do what I do every Father’s Day and watch the U.S. Open. In theory, it should be great with so many players who have a chance. But Fox’s coverage and Chambers Bay… Read More »


OKLAHOMA CITY — I am freezing and I’m not complaining. It is about an hour before the Florida-Auburn game here Sunday and we are sitting outside in our press seats. It is 66 degrees. It has been this way all week and I certainly didn’t pack for this weather. I think Oklahoma City in late May and early June and I think about beads of sweat running down the side of my face and major pit stains. But this week… Read More »

Ranking SEC schedules from opposite divisions

We all know that things can change as a season goes along, especially in the volatile SEC. But a team’s chances of winning its division often depend on which teams it plays from the other side and where they play them. It’s the preseason, so this is how we rank the schedules from the other divisions heading into the season. 1. Georgia: At Auburn, Alabama. Nobody can complain about the Bulldogs having an advantage this year. 2. Kentucky: Auburn, at… Read More »

Win-win situation for Billy

There have already been some negative stories and comments coming from Oklahoma City and some national outlets about the hiring of Billy Donovan by the Thunder. The basic reason is because the Thunder are in a “win-now” mode because they could lose Kevin Durant after the next season and Russell Westbrook a season later. People close to the negotiations told me that Thunder GM Sam Presti has a plan no matter what happens with the two superstars and that helped… Read More »

Fun in Fort Worth

For several years, he was just a voice on the other end of the phone or an occasional text message. But on Thursday, I finally met Gilbert Little, a big Florida Gator fan who was Hal Sutton’s agent for 15 years. He called me one day many years ago about a column I had written and we stayed in touch. He moved to Fort Worth seven months ago and I showed up here for the NCAA Gymnastics. Little gave me… Read More »

Hard to find good SEC non-conference games

If the SEC doesn’t get a team into the second College Football Playoff, it only has itself to blame. The conference is still the best in the land but the non-conference scheduling is pretty pathetic. Four SEC teams don’t play a non-conference game against another Power Five conference team. Only South Carolina plays against two of them. It’s slim picking when we look for the best non-conference games in this conference, but we’ll try to rank the top 10. 1.… Read More »