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Joe Henderson: ESPN changes announcer because of his name? Come on, man!

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People go to sports for escape, entertainment, wagering (hey, it happens), or any number of other reasons. I’ve been around sports all my life and covered a wide variety of them for 40-some years as a newspaper hack.

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Florida State star Jonathan Isaac has the talent to overcome rare mistake

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Jonathan Isaac is a unique talent in the world of college basketball. Unfortunately, those talents are likely to be on display in Tallahassee for only two more months, or however far Florida State goes in the NCAA Tournament. Isaac is destined for the NBA, where he will likely excel. The 6’10” 5-star forward from Naples and the IMG Academy would be there now if the league did not require at least one year of college (that’s another story). His talent…

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Building a new ballpark in St. Petersburg: Throwing good money after bad

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St. Petersburg is a lovely, vibrant city that is getting better by the day. I love its waterfront and its eclectic, revitalized downtown. So I hope my friends there don’t this personally when I ask: Have your city leaders lost their minds? I refer to the “Baseball Forever’ push to a build a stadium that will keep the Tampa Bay Rays within St. Pete city limits. This includes a recently released pitch by superfan Dick Vitale, who routinely drives from…

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Dick Vitale joins St. Pete’s ‘Baseball Forever’ campaign

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Dick Vitale has signed on to St. Pete’s “Baseball Forever” campaign. The campaign is designed to convince the Tampa Bay Rays that their current site, reimagined and redeveloped, remains the best location for Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay. To that end, Vitale is featured in a YouTube promotional video. In the video, Vitale, a longtime Manatee County resident, discusses the benefits of having Major League Baseball in St. Petersburg as well as the benefits of having a new Tampa…

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Despite being unranked, FSU/UF a compelling matchup

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Tuesday is a huge day in college basketball. Eight teams ranked the Associated Press Top 25 are in action, including top-ranked Michigan State and No. 13 Miami, who hosts Princeton. One of the best games between unranked teams tips off at 7 p.m. in Gainesville. Florida (8-3) and Florida State (9-2) meet on the basketball hardwood for the 67th time. It is a big enough game for ESPN2 to dispatch PTPer (Prime Time Player) Dick Vitale as part of the…

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Continuing coverage of Bobby Bowden’s retirement, final game at the Gator Bowl

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Bobby Bowden’s legendary coaching career at Florida State University is retiring. Bowden announced his resignation by way of a statement released Tuesday. As part of his retirement, Bowden is expected to be offered a non-coaching position at FSU for an unspecified amount of time. In addition to any settlement compensation that may be negotiated as part of his retirement, Bowden is also entitled to $1 million upon his retirement as part of a clause in his coaching contract that was…

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