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Modern Family: Season 4, Episode 24 – “Goodnight Gracie”

KIP MOONEY: It’s been a little more than two months since my grandfather passed away. I miss him every day, some days more than others. What usually makes me sad are the fragments of things he said that come to…

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Trayvon Martin Thoughts

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AKIE BERMISS: By now the Trayvon Martin movement has become something of a mainstream story.  I doubt there is an American who watches the news that doesn’t yet know all about the Florida shooting of…

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Kansas Hires Charlie Weis

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: So apparently Kansas’ main priority in hiring a new head football coach was to find someone who would fit into Mark Mangino’s old coaching gear.

CHRIS PUMMER: Kansas wanted to make a flashy hire, and the did it with Weis. But we all know the big name isn’t always the best pick. Continue reading

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Texas A&M and the SEC

CHRIS PUMMER: As they say, the grass is always greener. That’s how Texas A&M feels about trying to move from the Big 12 to the SEC. And maybe if the grass isn’t, the money just might be. Continue reading

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College Signing Day

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: I’ve had the Signing Day discussion with several colleagues and coaches, and we all agree it’s getting out of hand.

MIKE CUMMINGS: I live in Alabama, which, it could be argued, is currently the center of the college football world. That also makes it the center of the craziness that has come to define National Signing Day. In Alabama, as in other places around the country, what was once an interesting day for college diehards now borders on — and often crosses over into — the creepy, sad and even dangerous. Continue reading

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A Meek Endorsement: Enough for Crist to Win?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I guess it doesn’t matter- it isn’t happening. Kendrick Meek is clearly in this race until the end. With early voting already underway, Bill Clinton stumping for him, President Obama recording ads- Meek is not leaving this race.

And that’s a shame, since his exit is likely the only way a Democrat wins this seat.

JESSICA BADER: I’ve seen the poll numbers. My nostrils still flare a bit when I think of the special election in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District a few months ago, where a Republican won a D +11 district with less than 40% of the vote because neither of the Democrats would drop out of the race and throw their support to the other. So why do I disagree so strongly with Howard on this? Continue reading

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LSU-Florida: What We Learned

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: I have to say I was completely shocked by the fact that LSU even won that game, much less that they won it the way they did. And maybe Les Miles finally took back the play-calling duties from his clown of an offensive coordinator, Gary Crowton. After all, the Tigers’ offense did finally get moving to the tune of 385 total offensive yards — outgaining Florida by 42 yards — and they were in the game the whole time despite several stupid penalties and turnovers. The fake punt he pulled out at the end of the game wasn’t anything too surprising, considering it’s the same one he ran against South Carolina in 2007, and the last-ditch pass into the corner of the end zone was very reminescent of the win against Auburn that same year.

SHANNON MCCARTHY: If there’s one lesson to be taken after the Tigers stomped on the F in the Swamp, it’s that the Mad Hatter still has his lucky horseshoe firmly in place.

Well, that and maybe Florida should have kept those orange jerseys tucked away a bit longer.

Another thing this game made painfully clear is that their play in the season opener was not the anomaly for the Gators – that distinction instead goes to the Kentucky game. Aside from that one contest, Florida’s offense, especially in the first half, has been a mix between a complete mess and a complete bore. Continue reading

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College Football Top Five

BRAD GOLDBACH: College football is just around the corner. A lot of big name quarterbacks like Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy are gone, and although there will be some new faces taking the field this season, one name stands above the rest: Alabama. Here’s how I see the top five shaking out right now:

ALEX PREWITT: Trot out the goofy mascots and let’s charge through the tunnel, because it’s time for college football season. There’s a jumbled mess atop the preseason rankings, a convoluted pile that doesn’t figure to sort itself anytime soon. Here’s my take on the top five entering 2010-11: Continue reading

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For Dems: Crist or Meek?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Charlie Crist’s plan is clear. He hopes to combine independent votes with Democratic votes to capture the 2010 Senate seat in Florida. And he’s well within striking distance to do so.

So where does that leave Kendrick Meek, the presumptive Democratic nominee? And more importantly, where does that leave the Democrats? Probably with little choice but to back Crist, if they want to win this election.

CHRIS PUMMER: While the Democrats certainly don’t push party purity like conservative activists do within the GOP, base Dems probably deserve a candidate more in line with their beliefs. Continue reading

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FL-SEN: Kendrick Meek’s To Lose?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Conventional wisdom has an independent bid for Florida’s U.S. Senate race by Charlie Crist as a godsend for Kendrick Meek, the Democratic nominee. In fact, many believe that the race is Meek’s to lose once Crist enters the fray as an independent.

But lose it he might. There still may not be room for Meek in this race.

CHRIS PUMMER: If Meek can in fact consolidate Democratic support — and I see no convincing reason why he won’t — he stands to be the winner of the Republican Party’s civil war for Florida. Continue reading

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