Friday, August 22, 2014

Regardless of what day it is, I always have Friday on my mind.  TGIF.  Here’s the blog.

Later in this blog, I will bring you my top ten teams in NCAA football this season.  Next week, as the college football season kicks off, I will bring you an in-depth look at the state of Florida teams.

Here we go . . . .

After splitting a pair of games with the Rangers, sandwiched in between two days off, the Marlins are in Denver for a three game series this weekend against the Colorado Rockies.  A .500 record (63-63) at this stage of the season is nothing to sneeze at, especially when we realize that they have already exceeded last season’s victory total (62) with 36 games left to play.  They are still in the hunt for a playoff slot, although, realistically, I don't see them as a true playoff team.  But, this is baseball, and you never know.  

Here are the starters for the series with the Rangers:

Fri            8:40 pm       Henderson Alvarez vs Franklin Morales
Sat           8:10 pm       Tom Koehler vs Jordan Lyles
Sun         4:10 pm Brad Hand vs Christian Bergman

The Fish will continue the road trip in Anaheim, as they face Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  That three-game series starts on Monday.  The Marlins will again have this Thursday off, as they travel back east to Atlanta, to play the Braves in a weekend series.  They will open the month of September in Miami, with two three-game series, first against the Metropolitans and then the  Braves will invade Marlins Park. 

For the latest Marlins news and stories, follow make sure you follow my good friend Larry Walansky on nbcmiami.com. 


The Yankees’ blog is here, thanks to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News:


The waiver trade period ends on August 31st.  Here are the rumors around baseball, up to the minute.



Click below for yesterday’s recaps and results in the major leagues:



Here are the standings in MLB:


Here are the individual leaders in the majors:


TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION:  You might as well put Clayton Kershaw’s name on the Cy Young award this season.  The Dodger lefty continues to rule the world, and is sporting a nifty 15-3 record, with a microscopic 1.82 ERA so far this season.  Since 2011, Kershaw leads the major leagues with eight shutouts.  Who is second in that time frame, with six?  The answer comes later, alligator.  (HINT:  The answer will shock you!)

In news around baseball, the Boston Red Sox opened their wallets once again, signing Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract.  Castillo, 27, is 5’9” and weighs 185 pounds.  He has been compared to Andrew McCutchen and Yasiel Puig, with his combination of power and speed.  Only time will tell, buy look for Castillo to join the Red Sox quickly and get immediate playing time at the big league level.  It's hard to do, going from last place to first place and back to last place in three consecutive seasons.

Angels’ pitcher Garrett Richards tore the patella tendon in his knee, and will be out from six to nine months, a HUGE loss for the Angels.  The team said yesterday that Richards should be at 100% for 2015. After sweeping the lowly Red Sox in a four-game series this week, the Angels find themselves in first place in the AL west, two games ahead of the Oakland A’s.  The Angels and the A’s will play each other ten more times this season, starting with this weekend’s three-game series in Oakland.

What has happened to the A’s?  In case you're wondering, they’re 8-11 since trading Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester.  

How about the Detroit Tigers?  They're 10-10 since their trade deadline deal to get David Price.  Goes to show you that midseason trades don’t always work out immediately.

By the way, David Price was brilliant last night in his return to Tampa Bay to face his former team for the first time.  Price gave up an unearned run in the first inning, allowing only one hit.  Finished the game with a one-hitter, but lost 1-0.  Not very often that a pitcher throws a one-hitter, gives up only one unearned run, and loses.  Baseball is a funny game.

Will the Washington Nationals ever lose again?  The Nats have stretched out their lead in the NL East to seven games over the Braves, after winning 10 games in a row.  Five of their last six wins have been walk-off wins.  They are definitely clicking on all cylinders.

The Angels pulled of a trade with the Chicago White Sox, obtaining second baseman Gordon Beckham for a player to be named later.

Let’s go to the hardwood, and here is Ira Winderman reporting on the Heat and the NBA in the South Florida Sun Sentinel:


Let’s go check out the Dolphins and the NFL.

The Dolphins continue their pre-season slate of games on Saturday, as they take on the Dallas Cowboys at the Seven Names Stadium.  Game time is at 7pm, and all of the Dolphins preseason games will be broadcast on Channel 4, CBS in Miami.  

QB Ryan Tannehill has looked good in running the new offensive scheme brought in by new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.  Look for Tannehill to try and hook up with WR Mike Wallace on Saturday.  The third preseason game is usually the last dress rehearsal for the regular season, and I don’t expect to see a lot of Tannehill in the preseason finale next Thursday.  In fact, I don’t really expect to see him against the St. Louis Rams at all.  We should also keep our eyes on the offensive line as the team tries and figure out who will be starting when the regular season opens against New England.  

Here is next weekend’s complete NFL schedule:

Thu   Aug 21    Eagles 31 Steelers 21

Fri    Aug 22    Jaguars @ Lions             7:30 pm     
Fri    Aug 22    Panthers @ Patriots       7:30 pm 
Fri    Aug 22     Giants @ Jets               7:30 pm
Fri    Aug 22     Raiders @ Packers         8:00 pm      CBS
Fri    Aug 22     Bears @ Seahawks       10:00 pm      NFL Network

Sat   Aug 23     Buccaneers @ Bills         4:30 pm      NFL Network
Sat   Aug 23     Titans @ Falcons             7:00 pm
Sat   Aug 23     DOLPHINS @ COWBOYS    7:00 pm     CBS 4 (Miami)
Sat   Aug 23     Redskins @ Ravens           7:30 pm
Sat   Aug 23     Rams @ Browns                8:00 pm
Sat   Aug 23     Saints @ Colts                  8:00 pm     CBS 
Sat   Aug 23     Vikings @ Chiefs               8:00 pm
Sat   Aug 23     Texans @ Broncos             9:00 pm
Sun   Aug 24     Chargers @ 49ers             4:00 pm      FOX
Sun   Aug 24     Bengals @ Cardinals         8:00 pm      NBC

Remember that the NFL Network carries all the games on a delayed basis as well.

What are the Dolphins up to?


Miami Dolphins blog from Armando Salguero:


Chris Perkins and Omar Kelly bring us their Dolphin blog:


Here are both the Preseason and Regular Season schedules:

2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS Preseason schedule: 

Aug. 8         at Atlanta Falcons            L, 10-16
Aug. 16       at Tampa Bay Bucs           W, 20-14
Aug. 23       Dallas Cowboys                (Sat)     7:00 pm
Aug. 28       St. Louis Rams                 (Thu)    7:00 pm

2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS Regular Season schedule:

Sep. 7         New England Patriots                    1:00 pm
Sep. 14       at Buffalo Bills                              1:00 pm
Sep. 21       Kansas City Chiefs                         4:25 pm
Sep. 28       at Oakland Raiders  (London)         6:00 pm
Oct. 5         BYE
Oct. 12       Green Bay Packers                         1:00 pm
Oct. 19       at Chicago Bears                            1:00 pm
Oct. 26       at Jacksonville Jaguars                  1:00 pm
Nov. 2        San Diego Chargers                         1:00 pm
Nov. 9        at Detroit Lions                              1:00 pm
Nov. 13      Buffalo Bills              (Thu)              8:25 pm
Nov. 23      at Denver Broncos                           4:25 pm
Dec. 1        at New York Jets      (Mon)              8:30 pm
Dec. 7        Baltimore Ravens                           1:00 pm
Dec. 14      at New England Patriots                  1:00 pm
Dec. 21      Minnesota Vikings                           1:00 pm
Dec. 28      New York Jets                                 1:00 pm

For more news from around the NFL, here is NFL NATION:


Of course, we can all continue to sleep at night, knowing full well that Aaron Hernandez remains in jail, where he belongs. 

As promised, here are my picks for College Football this season.  This is what the top ten will look like after the season is over (before the Bowl games, etc.)

1.   FLORIDA STATE        
      Too much talent to overlook, but there could be some   
      hurdles along the way.

2.   ALABAMA
      Best program and best coach in college football.

3.   OREGON
      Meet 2014 Heisman Trophy winner - QB Marcus Mariota. 
      They will be tested early, as they take on Michigan 
      State on Sept. 6

4.   OKLAHOMA
      Bob Stoops has the Sooners back in contention

5.   UCLA
      Lots of talent here, but they have a very tough 
      schedule.  Watch out.

6.   SOUTH CAROLINA
      The old ball coach will have the Gamecocks ready for 
      the new playoff system

7.   STANFORD
      The Pac-12 will be considered the best conference in   
      college football within the next two years.  Best 
      conference game - Stanford vs Oregon.  Should be a lot 
      of fun to watch.

8.   WASHINGTON
      New head coach Chris Petersen will make a difference 
      and will surprise some people

9.   GEORGIA
      Coach Mark Richt and the Bulldogs are flying under the   
      radar and have the potential to surprise. 

10. MARSHALL
      There is always that one team from a "minor" 
      conference who will crash the party.  The Herd could 
      end the regular season unbeaten, so they should be the 
      surprise top-ten entry this year. 

Could sneak in to the top ten:  Michigan State, Iowa, and USC, although the Trojans may be a year away.

Next week, I will bring you in-depth analysis of the Florida teams.

From around the Florida universities,

Manny Navarro and Susan Miller Degnan have all the latest news from the University of Miami.


From FIU, David J. Neal of the Herald has the latest in his blog. 


Here’s the latest from Tallahassee and the Seminoles:


From Gainesville and the University of Florida:


The Central Florida Knights are in the house:


+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

THE ANSWER TO TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION:  You might as well put Clayton Kershaw’s name on the Cy Young award this season.  The Dodger lefty continues to rule the world, and is sporting a nifty 15-3 record, with a microscopic 1.82 ERA so far this season.  Since 2011, Kershaw leads the major leagues with eight shutouts.  Who is second in that time frame, with six?    

The answer will definitely surprise you.  Former Marlin Jason Vargas is second behind Kershaw with six shutouts since 2011.


Behave yourselves, and always remember that tomorrow will bring us a brand new day.  Have a GREAT weekend!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, Monday.  So good to me.  Let’s get ready to rumble.

Later this week, I will bring you my top ten teams in NCAA football this season, as well as an in-depth look at the state of Florida teams.

The Dolphins continue their pre-season slate of games this weekend, as they travel to AT&T Stadium just outside of Dallas to take on the Dallas Cowboys.  Game time on Saturday is at 7pm, and all of the Dolphins preseason games will be broadcast on Channel 4, CBS in Miami.  More on the Dolphins and the rest of the NFL later in the blog. 

Let’s go to the diamonds first.

The Marlins have been playing very good baseball, and they are back at the .500 mark at 62-62, after taking two out of three against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park over the weekend.  The 62-62 record for the Fish is significant, as the team finished 62-100 last season.  That, folks, is quite an improvement.  Kudos to the players, manager Mike Redmond and his coaching staff, who are doing more than most people were expecting.

We know that Giancarlo Stanton is having a MVP-type season.  After Jose Fernandez went down with the season-ending elbow injury and Tommy John surgery, it has been The Entertainer, Henderson Alvarez, who has kept the Marlins’ pitching staff afloat.  Since May 22, Alvarez has a 1.70 ERA.  Only Clayton Kershaw (1.39) has a better ERA than Alvarez during that span.  Alvarez has gone seven or more innings ten times, and leads MLB with three shutouts this season.

This week, the team will enjoy a day off on Monday, before taking on the Texas Rangers in a brief two-game interleague series.  On a side note, the Rangers will have Belen High School product Nick Martinez on the mound on Wednesday afternoon in a 12:40 pm encounter.  They will then also have an off-day on Thursday, as they head out to Denver for a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies.

Here are the starters for the series with the Rangers:

Tue            7:10 pm      Miles Mikolas   vs   Jarred Cosart
Wed 12:40 pm Nick Martinez  vs   Nathan Eovaldi

The Fish will continue the road trip in Anahaim, as they face Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  The Marlins will again have that Thursday off, as they will travel back east to Atlanta, to play the Braves in a weekend series.  They will open the month in Miami, with two three-game series against the Metropolitans and the Braves. 

For the latest Marlins news and stories, follow make sure you follow my good friend Larry Walansky on nbcmiami.com. 


The Yankees’ blog is here, thanks to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News:


Even though the trade deadline has come and gone, the waiver trade period is upon us.  Here are the rumors around baseball, up to the minute.



Click below for yesterday’s recaps and results in the major leagues:



Here are the standings in MLB:


Here are the individual leaders in the majors:


Things I’m watching and following in MLB:

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention other teams that have shown dramatic improvement over last season.  The Houston Astros won their 52nd game of the season on Sunday, surpassing last year’s win total.  The last time the Astros won more than 56 games was 2010.  The Milwaukee Brewers won 74 games all of last season, and this year they have already won 70.  The Seattle Mariners own 71 games last year, they have won 67 so far in 2014.

Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies is quietly becoming the best defensive third baseman in the National League, if not in all of baseball.  I sincerely hope that the people that vote for Gold Gloves include his name on this year’s ballot.  Make sure you don’t miss this guy when the Fish take on the Rockies next weekend.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION:  Staying with the Colorado Rockies theme, OF Michael Cuddyer returned to action after a 2 ½ month stint on the DL with a fractured shoulder.  Cuddyer came back with a vengeance, and became the first player this season to hit for the cycle.  In doing so, he is now only the third player in major league history to hit for the cycle in both leagues.  Who are the other two players on this elite list?  The answer comes later, alligator.

I told you last week about Cubs prospect Javier Baez.  He got off to a rousing start after being called up to the major league team, blasting three homers in his first two games.  He still has a lot to learn, but this young man has the potential to be a great one.  His swing does remind me a little bit of Gary Sheffield’s stroke.  It will take some time, but the Cubbies are going to be very good in the the not to distant future.  

Another young stud to look at in Chicago is White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia.  Garcia, who came over to the Sox in the three-team trade that also saw pitcher Jake Peavy go to the Red Sox and SS Jose Iglesias go to Detroit, has missed the entire 2014 season so far after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in April.  Garcia returned way ahead of schedule, and after hitting .340 in 50 at bats during his minor-league rehab stint in AAA Charlotte, joined the White Sox this weekend and went 3 for 7 with two doubles in his first two games.  

Former White Sox great Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso was hospitalized this past weekend after falling off his boat on Friday.  The 88-year old known as "The Cuban Comet" during his playing days, was pulled from the water and rushed to an area hospital in Chicago.  Thank God, he is reportedly doing fine.  The nine-time all-star made his major league debut in 1951, and played in his final game in 1980.  Tell me again why Miñoso is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  

Yankee pitcher Masahiro Tanaka continues to rehab his torn elbow ligament.  He threw 25 pitches off a mound, all fastballs, on Saturday.  He felt no pain or discomfort afterwards, and will do it again this week, while incorporating some breaking pitches in his session.  

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman continues to be one of the NL’s premier players, and the two-time all-star is hitting .292 so far this season, and hitting .368 so far in the month of August.  The incredible stats to look at are his numbers this year against the Marlins.  Freeman has only three hits in 51 AB’s against the Fish so far this season, a .059 batting average.  Freeman is hitting .320 against the rest of MLB in 2014.

At the beginning of the year, I thought that the Detroit Tigers would be the runaway winners of the AL Central, and I did’t think that the KC Royals were going to be able to improve on last season’s 86-76 record.  I still think that the Tigers will end up winning the division, but hats off to the Royals for their performance so far this season.  They lead the division by 1 ½ games over the Tigers, and by 6 games over the Cleveland Indians, who have struggled to play better than .500 baseball so far this season.  

Another surprising team this season . . . the Baltimore Orioles . . . . continue to lead the AL East, and by a whopping 7 games over the depleted NY Yankees.  Great job by O’s manager Buck Showalter.  Consistency at the top usually ends up bringing positive results in the long term.  The Blue Jays are just a half-game behind the Yankees, and the surging Tampa Bay Rays are now just three games out of second place in the division, two games under .500.  The Red Sox being in last place in the AL East  is surprising to a lot of people, but it doesn’t really shock me. However, has there ever been a team in MLB that went from last to first to last in three consecutive years?  Methinks not.

Out west, I knew that the Angels would bounce back and compete after a horrible 2013 season, but all the teams in the AL West have surprised this year . . . the A’s have been in first place pretty much the entire season, although after a four-game losing streak, they now find themselves in a virtual tie with the Angles.  The Seattle Mariners, who are only 5 ½ games off the pace, and lead the race for the second wild card team.  Their starting pitching has been incredible, with a team ERA around 2.95.  The Texas Rangers, who occupy the cellar, even behind the Houston Astros, have been the negative surprise this season. 

Not that many surprises so far in the NL.  In the East, I figured it would be a two-team race between the Braves and the Nats, with the Marlins improving to around the .500 mark.  So far, so good for those predictions.  In the Central, I thought it would take a dramatic improvement in their pitching for the Brewers to overtake the St. Louis Cardinals, and, so far, it has, as the Brew Crew holds a three-game lead over the Cards.  Out west, I saw a two-team race between the Dodgers and the Giants, and that is what we have seen in 2014.  

My pick for NL MVP at the beginning of the season was Giancarlo Stanton, and he has held up his end of the deal quite nicely, leading the NL in homers with 32, and in RBI with 88 so far this season.  The Marlins are going to have to continue to play reasonably well and stay in the running for the post season in order for the Man-Child to win the award.  My pick in the AL was Miguel Cabrera, with his biggest competition coming from Mike Trout.  Can’t go wrong with either one.  

Speaking of surprises . . . . . the leading hitter in the American League is Jose Altuve, the Houston Astros’ 5’4” second baseman.  In the National League, former AL MVP and now Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is leading the way.  Did anyone out there see that coming?

If someone other than Jose Abreu wins the American League Rookie of the Year . . . in fact, if the vote is not unanimous, I am going to demand that MLB launch an immediate investigation.  Abreu’s stats line so far this season:  in 109 games (426 at-bats), the Cuban rookie has a batting average of .305, 31 home runs and 869 RBI, a slugging percentage of .596, and an OPS of .958.  By the way, Abreu was named the AL player of the month AND the AL Rookie of the month in both April and July, the first rookie to receive the player of the month award twice in the same season.

In the rookie award in the National League, Braves second baseman leads an undistinguished list of first year players.  La Stella came out of nowhere to replace the released Dan Uggla and is hitting .273 in 70 games (249 AB’s) and has been playing a terrific second base.  The 25-year-old has struggled so far in the month of August, hitting only .182, dropping his batting average from .296 at the end of July.

Let’s go to the hardwood, and here is Ira Winderman reporting on the Heat and the NBA in the South Florida Sun Sentinel:


Back to the Dolphins and the NFL.

What have I seen so far for the Dolphins this preseason?  QB Ryan Tannehill has looked good in running the new offensive scheme brought in by new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.  If there was any question as to who the Fins’ backup QB would be, the ever-present Matt Moore answered that question against the Buccaneers this past weekend.  Believe me when I tell you that a quality second-string QB is much more than just a nice commodity in today’s NFL.  Although connections with WR Mike Wallace have been few and far-between, WR Rishard Matthews continues to look good in the offense.  Rookie wideout Jarvis Landry has impressed me a lot, as well.  The offensive line continues to be a work in progress, and they need to figure out what is going to happen at the center position and at right guard, where Dallas Thomas has been less than under-whelming.  He got physically abused by the Bucs’ first and second team D-Line.  Rookie third-round pick Billy Turner will probably get a chance to start.  Turner has shown he is a very good run-blocker, but needs to continue to improve in pass protection.  Another area of concern has to be who will hold down the center position until Mike Pouncey returns from his hip injury.  The signing of Samson Satele is nothing more than a stop-gap, so the Fins are counting on Pouncey to return before expected.  Pouncey is almost ready to resume practices.  On the defensive side of the ball, I know it is preseason, but the D-Line has looked very good against the run so far, a problem area last season.  Linebackers Dannell Ellerbe, Koa Misi, and Phillip Wheeler all showed signs of life.  Cornerbacks Brent Grimes, Cortland Finnegan, Will Davis, and Jamar Taylor have to step it up a bit, as do safeties Jimmy Wilson and Louis Delmas, especially due to the fact that Rashad Jones will be out the first four games of the regular season because of his suspension for use of PED’s. 

In the NFL, in today’s edition of Monday Night Football on ESPN, we’ll get the opportunity to watch Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns take on Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.  Game time is 8:00 pm.

Here is next weekend’s complete NFL schedule:

Thu   Aug 21    Steelers @ Eagles          7:30 pm      NFL Network
Fri    Aug 22    Jaguars @ Lions             7:30 pm     
Fri    Aug 22    Panthers @ Patriots       7:30 pm 
Fri    Aug 22     Giants @ Jets               7:30 pm
Fri    Aug 22     Raiders @ Packers         8:00 pm      CBS
Fri    Aug 22     Bears @ Seahawks       10:00 pm      NFL Network

Sat   Aug 23     Buccaneers @ Bills         4:30 pm      NFL Network
Sat   Aug 23     Titans @ Falcons             7:00 pm
Sat   Aug 23     DOLPHINS @ COWBOYS    7:00 pm     CBS 4 (Miami)
Sat   Aug 23     Redskins @ Ravens           7:30 pm
Sat   Aug 23     Rams @ Browns                8:00 pm
Sat   Aug 23     Saints @ Colts                  8:00 pm     CBS 
Sat   Aug 23     Vikings @ Chiefs               8:00 pm
Sat   Aug 23     Texans @ Broncos             9:00 pm
Sun   Aug 24     Chargers @ 49ers             4:00 pm      FOX
Sun   Aug 24     Bengals @ Cardinals         8:00 pm      NBC

Remember that the NFL Network carries all the games on a delayed basis as well.

What are the Dolphins up to?


Miami Dolphins blog from Armando Salguero:


Chris Perkins and Omar Kelly bring us their Dolphin blog:


Here are both the Preseason and Regular Season schedules:

2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS Preseason schedule: 

Aug. 8         at Atlanta Falcons            L, 10-16
Aug. 16       at Tampa Bay Bucs           W, 20-14
Aug. 23       Dallas Cowboys                (Sat)     7:00 pm
Aug. 28       St. Louis Rams                 (Thu)    7:00 pm

2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS Regular Season schedule:

Sep. 7         New England Patriots                    1:00 pm
Sep. 14       at Buffalo Bills                              1:00 pm
Sep. 21       Kansas City Chiefs                         4:25 pm
Sep. 28       at Oakland Raiders  (London)         6:00 pm
Oct. 5         BYE
Oct. 12       Green Bay Packers                         1:00 pm
Oct. 19       at Chicago Bears                            1:00 pm
Oct. 26       at Jacksonville Jaguars                  1:00 pm
Nov. 2        San Diego Chargers                         1:00 pm
Nov. 9        at Detroit Lions                              1:00 pm
Nov. 13      Buffalo Bills              (Thu)              8:25 pm
Nov. 23      at Denver Broncos                           4:25 pm
Dec. 1        at New York Jets      (Mon)              8:30 pm
Dec. 7        Baltimore Ravens                           1:00 pm
Dec. 14      at New England Patriots                  1:00 pm
Dec. 21      Minnesota Vikings                           1:00 pm
Dec. 28      New York Jets                                 1:00 pm

For more news from around the NFL, here is NFL NATION:


The NFL’s experiment with moving back the extra point attempts back to the fifteen-yard line is over for now.  They’ll probably re-visit it next season.  Obviously, they wanted to make it less of a “freebie” than what it has been.  Last season, the conversion rate was 99.6%, this preason, the success rate was 93.7.  If what they’re trying to do is get coaches to try two-point conversions from the 2-yard line instead of kicking from the 15, it hasn't shown up as the reason this year.  Most of the two-point attempts these past two weeks were to avoid ties or build or cut a lead to three points.  Time will tell, and I can probably guarantee that they will try it again.

Of course, we can all continue to sleep at night, knowing full well that Aaron Hernandez remains in jail, where he belongs. 

From around the universities,

Manny Navarro and Susan Miller Degnan have all the latest news from the University of Miami.


From FIU, David J. Neal of the Herald has the latest in his blog. 


Here’s the latest from Tallahassee and the Seminoles:


From Gainesville and the University of Florida:


The Central Florida Knights are in the house:


+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

THE ANSWER TO TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION:  Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer returned to action after a 2 ½ month stint on the DL with a fractured shoulder.  Cuddyer came back with a vengeance, and became the first player this season to hit for the cycle.  In doing so, he is now only the third player in major league history to hit for the cycle in both leagues.  Who are the other two players on this elite list?    

Bob Watson did it with the Houston Astros in 1977, and then again with the Boston Red Sox in 1979.  John Olerud hit for the cycle with the New York Mets in 1997, and again while playing for the Seattle Mariners in 2001.  Cuddyer had previously hit for the cycle in Minnesota in 2009 while with the Twins.


Behave yourselves, and always remember that tomorrow will bring us a brand new day.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Let’s do it!  Here’s today’s blog.

As promised, today I will bring you a look at the AFC teams as the first full week of preseason games kick off, including the Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons coming up on Friday at 7:00 pm in Atlanta.  All of the Dolphins preseason games will be broadcast on Channel 4, CBS in Miami.  I’ll keep the NFC peek in today’s blog as well, in case you missed it. 

Let’s go to the diamonds first.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION:  The Yankees are playing the Detroit Tigers this week in a three-game series in Yankee Stadium.  They beat Max Scherzer on Monday, face David Price on Tuesday, and Justin Verlander on Wednesday.  When was the last time that a team faced the last three Cy Young winners in their league in three consecutive games? The answer comes later, alligator.

First, this breaking news story . . . . . Anthony Bosch, the ring-leader of the Biogenesis “anti-aging” clinic in Coral Gables was arrested today and will declare himself guilty of distributing steroids to high school, college, and pro athletes, including Alex Rodriguez.  Four other persons were arrested, including A-Roid’s cousin Yuri Sucart, Carlos Acevedo, Juan Carlos Nuñez, Jorge “Oggi” Velazquez, and Lazaro “Laser” Collazo, the former University of Miami pitching coach and former head baseball coach at Gulliver High School in Miami.  Here are the stories from the Miami Herald and ESPN



The Marlins cannot beat the Cincinnati Reds, and ended up losing three out of four to the Red Stockings, and they have lost eight out of the last nine against them.  The Fish wasted some very good starting pitching, with the exception of the game on Sunday, when Jacob Turner got rocked.  Turner replaced Henderson Alvarez, who ended up going on the 15-day disabled list with some shoulder soreness.  All reports are that the injury to “The Entertainer” is not serious, and he should be back in two weeks as planned.  

After 17 games in a row after the All Star break, the Marlins looked like they needed a day off yesterday, and are now in Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates.  The Pirates also got some bad news on the injury front, as the reigning NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen, suffered a serious oblique injury and is also on the DL.  The Pirates didn't need this now, as they are in a three-team dogfight in the Central Division with the Cardinals, Brewers, and the Pirates are all bunched up within 1 ½ games of each other.  Lurking behind are the Reds, who are only 4 ½ games behind.

Here are the starters for the series with the Pirates, and the series with the Reds starting on Friday:

Tue         7:05 pm      Brad Hand vs Charlie Morton
Wed        7:05 pm       Tom Koehler vs Jeff Locke
Thu         7:05 pm      Jarred Cosart vs Edinson Volquez
Fri 7:10 pm Nathan Eovaldi vs Mike Leake
Sat 7:10 pm Jacob Turner vs Alfredo Simon
Sun 1:10 pm Brad Hand vs Johnny Cueto

The Fish will fly home after Sunday’s game, and will welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to Marlins Park for a three-game series and then the Arizona Diamondbacks will be in town for a four-game set.

In other Marlins news, the team designated struggling starter Jacob Turner for assignment.  In 47 games with the Marlins, Turner went 8-19, including 4-7 this season with an ERA of 5.97.  Another prospect that came from Detroit who ended up being nothing.  Dave Dombrowski continues to fool the Marlins and dumping the Tigers’ “prospects” on them.

For the latest Marlins news and stories, follow make sure you follow my good friend Larry Walansky on nbcmiami.com. 


The Yankees’ blog is here, thanks to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News:


Even though the trade deadline has come and gone, the waiver trade period is upon us.  Here are the rumors around baseball, up to the minute.



Click below for yesterday’s recaps and results in the major leagues:



Here are the standings in MLB:


Here are the individual leaders in the majors:


Things I’m watching and following in MLB:

The Cubs brought up their top prospect, Javier Baez from AAA Iowa.  In his last 30 games with Iowa, the middle infielder hit .310, with 12 homers and and 1.063 OPS.  His swing reminds many of Gary Sheffield.

The other Cubs top prospects, Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant are tearing up AAA pitching as well and should be called up maybe as early as next month to the big club.  You never know with prospects, but these guys, along with SS Starlin Castro and 1B Anthony Rizzo can potentially become one of the best lineups in the majors.  If the Cubs could only get some quality pitching . . . .

One of the best-kept secrets in MLB is starting pitcher Garrett Richards of the LA Angels, who shut out the Dodgers on Monday night.  Richards improved to 12-4, with a 2.58 ERA.

The other very well-kept secret is Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber.  Kluber dominated the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, and is now 12-6 with a 2.55 ERA.  

If someone other than Jose Abreu wins the American League Rookie of the Year . . . in fact, if the vote is not unanimous, I am going to demand that MLB launches an immediate investigation.  Abreu’s stats line so far this season:  in 98 games (384 at-bats), the Cuban rookie has a batting average of .307, 31 home runs and 86 RBI, a slugging percentage of .628, and an OPS of .991.  By the way, Abreu was named the AL player of the month AND the AL Rookie of the month in both April and July, the first rookie to receive the player of the month award twice in the same season.

The Atlanta Braves have been struggling on this west coast road trip, losing six in a row - three to the Dodgers, and three to the Padres.  It doesn't get any easier, as they are now in Seattle to take on the Mariners in a three-game series.  First up - Felix Hernandez.

Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka threw on Monday and felt “good” after the session.  He tossed a ball 25 times in the outfield as he tries to avoid Tommy John surgery and return later this season.  Another Yankee starter, Michael Pineda, is scheduled to get two more rehab outings in the minors, before possibly returning to the rotation in two weeks, more or less.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig continues to exhibit highs and lows like only he can.  He can wow you on one play, then embarrass himself totally a little later in the game.  Such was the case on Monday night, against the LA Angels.  Here is video of the highlight and the lowlight:


A better part of the lowlight is Vin Scully’s description, as he called it “gathering wool”.  I looked up the expression “woolgathering” in dictionary.com, and here is what I found:

wool·gath·er·ing [wool-gath-er-ing]
noun
1.
indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness: His woolgathering was a handicap in school.

This is yet another example of why Vin Scully is the best in his profession, and is still at the top of his game.  It is also another example of why major league managers go prematurely gray or just lose their hair as a result of their job.

Let’s go to the hardwood, and here is Ira Winderman reporting on the Heat and the NBA in the South Florida Sun Sentinel:


From the NBA, Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski, who is coaching Team USA, is raving about Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose:


Let us now move on to the Miami Dolphins and the NFL.

As promised, today I bring you the first team-by-team breakdown for the AFC.  The NFC peek, which I published last week, is here as well, in case you missed it.  Agaibn, teams are listed in alphabetical order, with last year’s record in parenthesis.  Predictions for the season will come just before the regular season begins.

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills (6-10)

Make it nine straight losing seasons for the Bills last year, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  QB EJ Manuel missed six games due to injuries last year, but he is back.  Adding veteran WR Mike Williams and explosive rookie Sammy Watkins will help their offense, which finished 29th in the league last year.  They are much improved on the offensive line, and the addition of RB Bryce Brown may make a big difference.  On the defensive side of the ball, the loss of LB Kiko Alonso is a step backwards.  This team should be much better than last year.

Miami Dolphins (8-8)

The Fins needed to win just one of their final two games last season to advance to the playoffs, but fell flat on their collective faces, losing by a combined score of 39-7 against the Bills and the Jets.  After the fiasco that was the offensive line last year, a new and revamped (hopefully new and improved) O-line is here, including first-round draft pick Ja’Wuan James.  Second-round pick WR Jarvis Landry has made quite an impact during training camp, time will tell.  New offense (AGAIN) for QB Ryan Tannehill to have to adjust to, but it is an offensive scheme that he could thrive in.  The offensive line is going to be the key.  Watch for RB Knowshown Moreno to push Lamar Miller.  If the Fins do not improve and reach the postseason, coach Joe Philbin’s third season with the Dolphins will be his last.

New England Pats (13-5)

The best coach in the AFC just reloads and retools every year.  Even with a ton of injuries, including those to Rob Gronkowski, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly, were tough to overcome.  After surrendering over 500 yards to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game, they added Darrell Revis and Brandon Browner to the secondary.  As long as Tom Brady is there, they will win their sixth straight AFC East crown.

New York Jets (8-8)

Every year, we hear that this is the year for Gang Green.  There is optimism, as the Jets won three out of their last four games last year, and possibly saved Rex Ryan’s job.  I’m going to go on the record and say that I think Ryan is good for the game.  His honesty and bravado is a welcome change from all the “politically correct” and vanilla comments from the rest of the head coaches around the NFL.  However, he still has to deal with the fact that his starting QB is Geno Smith.  The question of whether or not this guy is a true NFL QB will be answered this season.  If he’s not, we may see Michael Vick.  The addition of WR Erik Decker from Denver and RB Chris Johnson from the Tennessee Titans may be what they need to get them over the top.

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens (8-8)

The Ravens suffered through post-Super Bowl Champions Syndrome last year, losing six of their first ten games, and were not able to recover and get back to the postseason.  Happens a lot in the NFL.  Head Coach John Harbaugh brought in a new offensive coordinator, one of the very best in Gary Kubiak.  They added WR Steve Smith from Carolina as a free agent and TE Owen Daniels.  Rookie LB CJ Mosley will be a stud.  The off season was not good for RB Ray Rice, who will be suspended to start the season after his wife-beating incident.  Regardless, they will be a contender for the division title.

Cincinnati Bengals (11-6)

Three consecutive playoff appearances and a new contract extension for QB Andy Dalton are good news, however, Dalton is still looking for his first postseason victory.  Coach Marvin Lewis got a one-year extension through 2015, but he needs to not only get back to the playoffs, but also win a game or two to maybe keep his job.  This team has the talent on both sides of the ball to do this.

Cleveland Browns  (4-12)

The “Johnny Football” era begins in the “Mistake by the Lake”. The Browns started the season 3-2, but ended up losing 10 out of their last 11 contests. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will keep it simple for Manziel, and new additions on offense such as RB Ben Tate and WR’s Miles Austin and Nate Burleson would make a positive impact.  All-pro WR Josh Gordon led the league in receiving yards, but he may up leading the league in games suspended this season.  New head coach Mike Pettine has a difficult job ahead.

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)

A 2-6 start sent them on their way to a second straight .500 season.  WR Antonio Brown turned into the real deal last season with 110 catches, and RB Le’Veon Bell is rapidly growing into his role.  QB Ben Rothlisberger will have some help from the recently acquired RB LeGarrette Blount and WR Lance Moore.  The defense is looking to improve to the usual Steeler level after a poor season in 2013.

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans (2-14)

A true “riches to rags” story last year for the Texans.  Rebuilding begins now.  They still have RB Arian Foster, but he needs to come back 100% healthy this year.  Who is going to play QB this year?  They will probably have journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm until they feel that rookie Tom Savage is ready.  Their defense will still cause headaches, with LB Brian Cushing, DE JJ Watt, and the first pick of the draft, Jadeveon Clowney.  Former Dolphin Chris Clemons joins the secondary.

Indianapolis Colts (12-6)

Andrew Luck has really proven to be the real deal, leading the Colts to their first playoff win without Payton Manning at the controls in almost 20 years.  To boot, Luck brought the Colts back from a 28-point deficit to beat the Chiefs.  They couldn't do it against the Patriots the following week, and went back to the drawing board.  They got some help on defense, and they look like their ready to challenge for the AFC Championship this year.

Jacksonville Jags (4-12)

New GM and new head coach last year, but the Jags lost their first 8 games, all by double digits.  They improved and went 4-4 the final 8 contests.  This year marks the beginning of the Blake Bortles era, as the UCF quarterback moves up the road to Jacksonville.   Look for WR’s Marquise Lee and Allen Robinson to form a good combination with Bortles in the immediate future.  They will have to replace long-time RB Maurice Jones-Drew and may keep Bortles as the understudy to former Dolphin QB Chad Henne as he (Bortles) goes from a spread offense to a pro offensive scheme.

Tennessee Titans (7-9)

New coach Ken Whisenhunt inherits a team that missed the playoffs for their fifth consecutive year in 2013.  Losing all-pro RB Chris Johnson to the Jets in free agency can’t possibly help.  RB’s Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey brought in to try and fill that void.  Doesn't look good for the Titans in 2014.

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos (15-4)

This is Payton Manning’s world, the rest of the NFL just gets to live here.  After having the best season of his career, the Broncos got pounded by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.  This season, it is Super Bowl championship or bust for Manning and the Broncos.  They helped themselves on defense this offseason by adding DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, and Bradley Roby.  They need to replace departed WR Erik Decker and RB Knowshown Moreno, who took his talents to Miami.  

Kansas City Chiefs (11-6)

After going 2-14 in 2012, the Chiefs won the first nine games of 2013 on their way to the playoffs, where they blew a 28-point lead to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.  Regardless, a very impressive turnaround in a very competitive division.  They added some beef in the offensive line and some more help in the defensive secondary.  However, they lost three Pro Bowl players to free agency, along with three offensive linemen and some key veterans.  It may not be easy for the Chiefs to match what they did last season.

Oakland Raiders (4-12)

The Raiders of 2014 have been totally revamped from the Raiders that took the field the last two seasons, both seasons ending with identical 4-12 records.  QB Matt Schaub will provide the veteran leadership, with rookie Derek Carr getting ready in the wings.  WR James Jones comes over from Green Bay, and RB Maurice Jones-Drew travels cross-country to Oakland.  The defense gets help, with LB’s Khalil Mack, DE’s Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley, and DT Antonio Smith, and DB’s Tarell Brown, and Carlos Rogers.  This edition of the Raiders could show some improvement this year, especially if Schaub returns to the form he showed in his hey days in Houston.

San Diego Chargers (10-8)

The Chargers won their final four games last year to reach the playoffs and beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round before losing to the Denver Broncos.  QB Philip Rivers won the Comeback Player of the Year award, and still leads a potent offense, one that was able to add RB Donald Brown from the Colts.  They loaded up on defensive players in the draft and in free agency.  

HERE IS THE PREVIEW OF THE NFC:

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys (8-8)

The NFL’s worst defense last year.  They added some beef on the defensive line, abut lost LB Sean Lee and DE DeMarcus Ware, among others.  It there is no improvement on that .500 record, head coach Jason Garrett will be looking for a job.

New York Giants (7-9)

Lost the first six games of the season, ended up winning 7 of the last 10.  Not enough.  Eli Manning led the league with 27 interceptions, and the running game was virtually non-existent.  They brought in a new offensive coordinator to replace Kevin Gilbride in Ben McAdoo to straighten out Manning and the offense.

Philadelphia Eagles   (10-7)

The team to beat in the NFC East.  QB Nick Foles was outstanding last year, with 29 TD passes and only 2 interceptions in 11 games as a starter.  Can he repeat or even come close to this numbers?  LeSean McCoy had another great season, and the Eagles got him some help in Darren Sproles.  WR DeSean Jackson is gone, and they're hoping that it is addition by subtraction.

Washington Redskins (3-13)

New head coach Jay Gruden comes with an impressive offensive resume.  He will help Robert Griffin III a lot.  They ended up getting WR DeSean Jackson, and even though his attitude is questionable, he may be the answer in Washington.  

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears  (8-8)

Head Coach Marc Trestman improved the offense in his initial season with the Bears last year, but it was a defense that ranked next to last in the league that prevented the team from being a powerhouse.  They added DE Jared Allen and S Adrian Wilson.  Will that be enough?  QB Jay Cutler cannot take a step back after signing a long-term deal.  RB Matt Forte is the real deal.

Detroit Lions  (7-9)

Big year for QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson.  The addition of WR Golden Tate and TE Eric Ebron will help.  Another solid year from RB Reggie Bush and his running mates is imperative for the team’s success.  DT Ndamukong Suh’s is in his final season of his contract.  Something to watch for. 

Green Bay Packers (8-8-1)

Aaron Rodgers is the straw that stirs the drink, and the emergence of RB Eddie Lacy last year was pivotal for the Pack.  Rodgers missed half the season in 2013 with a shoulder injury, he needs to be healthy in 2014.  The defense must improve, they added DE Julius Peppers and my favorite name in the NFL draft, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.  

Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1)

The Vikings will be a very interesting team to watch in 2014.  After a 1-7 start last year, they went 4-3-1 to close out the season.  The Vikings had the lead in the final minute of FIVE GAMES last year, lost four of them and tied the other one.  New head coach Mike Zimmer will have his work cut out for him, but should improve on that statistic.  They added some talent on defense in the offseason, and also got their QB of the future, Teddy Bridgewater.  This team could show drastic improvement immediately.  They are better than last year’s record indicates.

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals  (10-6)

Lot of talent at the “skill” positions, with QB Carson Palmer, RB Andre Ellington, and WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.  They got a lot better as the year went on in first-year coach Bruce Arian’s system.  They narrowly missed out on the playoffs last year in that very difficult division.

San Francisco 49ers  (14-5)

Colin Kaepernick’s end zone interception in the final minute of the NFC Championship game vs Seattle kept the Niners from advancing to the Super Bowl.  The addition of WRs Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd will make an impact, along with a healthy Michael Crabtree and the ever-present Anquan Boldin.  We’ll see how former Dolphin OT Jonathan Martin fits in to that locker room.  

Seattle Seahawks  (16-3)

Can the Seahawks be the first team in more than a decade to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.  Methinks not.  QB Russell Wilson joined the group of elite QBs last year, and along with RB Marshawn Lynch lead a very prolific offense.  All-pros Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are the stars on the best defense in the NFL.  It is very, very difficult to repeat.

St. Louis Rams   (7-9)

Another seven-win season in Jeff Fisher’s second year as head coach, a season that was totally disrupted after QB Sam Bradford’s season-ending injury in week 7.  RB Zac Stacy came out of nowhere to rush for almost 1,000 yards, and DE Robert Quinn had 19 sacks to lead the defense.  They need some help in the secondary, a unit that struggled last year.

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons  (4-12)

Injuries, injuries, and more injuries derailed this team last year. The Falcons were the worst team in the NFL running the ball, and they were second to last in defending the run.  Bad formula if you want to win in the NFL.  They will have to recover from the retirement of future HOF tight end Tony Gonzalez.  Love the addition of former UM star Devin Hester.  

Carolina Panthers  (12-5)

The loss of WR Steve Smith to free agency will hurt, but the Panthers are hoping that rookie Kelvin Benjamin from FSU and free agent Jerricho Cotchery help soften that blow.  The secondary was also hard hit with free agent departures.

New Orleans Saints  (12-6)

Great comeback season for the Saints and head coach Sean Payton in 2013.  Drew Brees threw for over 5,000 yards and 39 TD’s.  You can’t stop him, and you can’t even contain him.  The defense went from last to fourth last year, under the leadership of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who still needs a haircut.  They will contend for the Super Bowl as long as Brees is there.

Tampa Bay Bucs  (4-12)

New head coach Lovie Smith has a lot of work to do, and he brought in two new coordinators - OC Jeff Tedford and DC Leslie Frazier.  QB Josh McCown is expected to lead the offense this year, and watch new receivers Mike Evans and Louis Murphy.

Here is next week’s complete NFL schedule:

Thu   Aug 7      Colts @ Jets               7:00 pm
Thu   Aug 7      49ers at Ravens          7:30 pm     NFL Network
Thu   Aug 7      Patriots @ Redskins     7:30 pm
Thu   Aug 7      Bengals @ Chiefs         8:00 pm
Thu   Aug 7      Seahawks @ Broncos    9:00 pm
Thu   Aug 7      Cowboys @ Chargers   10:00 pm   NFL Network
Fri    Aug 8       DOLPHINS @ Falcons    7:00 pm   CBS 4
Fri    Aug 8       Bills @ Panthers           7:30 pm
Fri    Aug 8       Bucs @ Jaguars            7:30 pm
Fri    Aug 8       Eagles @ Bears             8:00 pm
Fri    Aug 8       Raiders @ Vikings         8:00 pm
Fri    Aug 8       Saints @ Rams              8:00 pm   NFL Network
Sat   Aug 9       Browns @ Lions             7:30 pm
Sat   Aug 9       Steelers at NY Giants     7:30 pm
Sat   Aug 9       Packers @ Titans            8:00 pm
Sat   Aug 9       Texans @ Cardinals        8:30 pm

Remember that the NFL Network carries games on a delayed basis as well.

What are the Dolphins up to?




Miami Dolphins blog from Armando Salguero:


Chris Perkins and Omar Kelly bring us their Dolphin blog:


Here are both the Preseason and Regular Season schedules:

2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS Preseason schedule: 

Aug. 8         at Atlanta Falcons           (Fri)      7:00 pm
Aug. 16       at Tampa Bay Bucs           (Sat)     7:00 pm
Aug. 23       Dallas Cowboys                (Sat)     7:00 pm
Aug. 28       St. Louis Rams                 (Thu)    7:00 pm

2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS Regular Season schedule:

Sep. 7         New England Patriots                    1:00 pm
Sep. 14       at Buffalo Bills                              1:00 pm
Sep. 21       Kansas City Chiefs                         4:25 pm
Sep. 28       at Oakland Raiders  (London)         6:00 pm
Oct. 5         BYE
Oct. 12       Green Bay Packers                         1:00 pm
Oct. 19       at Chicago Bears                            1:00 pm
Oct. 26       at Jacksonville Jaguars                  1:00 pm
Nov. 2        San Diego Chargers                         1:00 pm
Nov. 9        at Detroit Lions                              1:00 pm
Nov. 13      Buffalo Bills              (Thu)              8:25 pm
Nov. 23      at Denver Broncos                           4:25 pm
Dec. 1        at New York Jets      (Mon)              8:30 pm
Dec. 7        Baltimore Ravens                           1:00 pm
Dec. 14      at New England Patriots                  1:00 pm
Dec. 21      Minnesota Vikings                           1:00 pm
Dec. 28      New York Jets                                 1:00 pm

For more news from around the NFL, here is NFL NATION:


Of course, we can all continue to sleep at night, knowing full well that Aaron Hernandez remains in jail, where he belongs. 

From around the universities,

Manny Navarro and Susan Miller Degnan have all the latest news from the University of Miami.


From FIU, David J. Neal of the Herald has the latest in his blog.  However, in a move that cannot be explained by rational minds, FIU’s coaches and players are not giving any comments or news on the team as they hit the practice field this week in preparation for the season.  Did someone forget to tell them that most people in the media universe rank them as one of the worst five football programs in the nation?  


Here’s the latest from Tallahassee and the Seminoles:


From Gainesville and the University of Florida:


The Central Florida Knights are in the house:


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THE ANSWER TO TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION:  The Yankees are playing the Detroit Tigers this week in a three-game series in Yankee Stadium.  They beat Max Scherzer on Monday, face David Price on Tuesday, and Justin Verlander on Wednesday.  When was the last time that a team faced the last three Cy Young winners in their league in three consecutive games?    

Sorry.  I couldn’t resist.  It is a trick question.  IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME.


Behave yourselves, and always remember that tomorrow will bring us a brand new day.