Monday, September 16, 2013

When TV gives you a noon kickoff, fry eggs. And chicken.

By now you've heard the kickoff time for the UCF-South Carolina game at Bright House Networks Stadium as finally been set.

And you've groaned that, as dictated by the TV networks, it's going to be a noon kickoff. In September. In Orlando, Florida. (I'm groaning again.)

Take it as it comes, Knights fans. C'mon, would you trade a 3:30 or 4:30 or 7 p.m. start for the win Saturday at Penn State? Thought not.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

City of Orlando as big a winner as Orlando City

The Orlando City Lions looked good ... real good ... 7 goals good ... in winning their 2nd USL Pro League championship in three seasons. Dom Dwyer scored four goals and Oviedo's Dennis Chin added two more as the purple-clad lads defeated the Charlotte Eagles, 7-4.

But to me, the real winners were the fans and the Orlando soccer scene. A crowd of 20,886 -- yes that is a crooked first number in a five-digit total -- came out either to support their team or to check out what all the hype was about. And, note to the Orlando Sentinel, there legitimately 20 thousand folks there, I was stuck behind every one of them trying to reach the media lot.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A bona-fide championship on the line tonight at Citrus Bowl.

Yes, I understand there is football on today, and the SEC Game of the Century of the Week (South Carolina at Georgia) kicks off soon. But is anybody playing for a championship today?

A purple clad team is playing tonight right in your backyard, Orlando, and either the Orlando City Lions or the Charlotte Eagles will walk away with USL Pro League trophy.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Inaugural 2013 football column: Presenting the Picks of the Weak

We've heard about football just about long enough.
More specifically, we've heard about people who play football doing things that aren't football.
Aaron Hernandez. Riley Cooper. Johnny Manziel.
Snap the damn ball already!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A 'slam dunk' for Orlando sports NOT delivered by the Magic

Orange County and Orlando city leaders have curried favor with those who control the purse strings on the county's Tourist Development Tax money. That industry will be funding added improvements to the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and renovations to the Citrus Bowl.

Oh, you thought that it was only Orlando City Soccer Club approaching politicians with their hats off and hands out asking for public money for their playpens?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Riley Cooper: victim?

That's right. I'll be the first person in the country, after the Philadelphia sports blog created a viral stir posting a video of Eagles' WR Riley Cooper dropping the n-bomb at a Kenny Chesney concert, to attach the word "victim" to his name.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Welcome Williams and rake the Leafs

Today at a little shindig at the Amway Center, the Orlando Solar Bears did two things: they officially announced a bit of news that they already told us two months ago ... then they hit us with something unexpected that came right outta, well, Ontario.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

UCF's '13 schedule is the Big LEAST

UCF's 2013 football schedule, its first in the Big Whatchamacallit Conference, to me is like buying me a shiny new sports car, telling me all about it, and then when you give it to me at the end of the week, you tell me I have to sit in the back seat and have you drive me around.

Does that suck? So does the football schedule.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Just testing a feature ...

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Solar Bears, Olando honor town's last championship

The Orlando Solar Bears gave a nod to their lineage on Saturday by -- finally -- honoring the 2001 International Hockey League champions with a championship banner at the Amway Center.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Solar Bears honor Orlando's 2001 champions Saturday

The Orlando Solar Bears will close out the week on Saturday by hosting the Trenton Titans, but that's not why it's a big night for big fans of the team edition we've come to know as Solar Bears 1.0.

Oh what a night ... May 26, 2001.
The team will -- finally -- unveil the Turner Cup championship banner, the spoils of winning the International Hockey League title on May 26, 2001. There was no ceremony back then because, thanks to the movement of several IHL teams to the American Hockey League following the season, and the demise of a handful of others, the IHL folded about 20 minutes after the ice was cleared that night. The Turner Cup will be in the building; fans will have an opportunity to take pictures the Cup on the concourse level (although reps from the Hockey Hall of Fame will be chaperoning it, kids, so don't do something stupid like pour your $7.50 Miller Lite in the top and try to have a swig).

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Solar Bears win twice in impressive home stand start

And now for a post that will mention neither Lance Armstrong nor Manti Te'O (damn, too late) ...

Who are you and what have you done to the Orlando Solar Bears?

The revived hockey club, essentially an ECHL expansion team, had just come off a six-game road trip that had gone badly -- 1-5, losers of the last four and the last three by the combined score of 18-5.

What's worse, some of the team's best talent had been summoned to Houston of the American Hockey League (Nick Petersen) or to St. Louis of the NHL (Ryan Reaves). Continuity was not on the side of Coach Drake Berehowsky and his staff, but on the bright side the schedule will be.

Thursday, a stretch of 21 home games in 33 dates started ... and boy did it ever.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I said MOVE ON.

Top 2 topics on ESPN and Yahoo! Sports this morning .... Manti Te'O and Lance Armstrong.

News because the gorillas of sports journalism said so. It's all garbage. So I urge everyone to avoid all headlines about these issues and just move on. MOVE ... ON.

(Hey, if you need something to do while waiting for tomorrow's AFC and NFC Championship games, the NHL season finally starts today!)
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