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Flaming Spear ranks highest of the Top 20 college football traditions

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The NFL is a Xerox machine. It is a league where 10-6 teams are trying to copy what 11-5 teams do, and 11-5 teams are working to duplicate what 12-4 teams are doing, and 12-4 teams seek to copy the Patriots. Everyone is trying to figure out a way out of third-and-14. It’s a great game, the NFL. But unless you look closely, it’s hard to tell the Texans from the Titans or the Bills from the Bears. Everyone runs…

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Today on Context Florida: Solving hunger in Florida, coding as a foreign language and updating traditions

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Today on Context Florida: Hunger is a complex problem, says Robin Safley. In order to solve it, we must understand the underlying issues and apply comprehensive solutions to assist those in need. We know that access to a consistent supply of nutritious food is critical to the underlying health of our families and the academic achievement of our children. There’s no better platform to take on those issues than as executive director of the Florida Association of Food Banks (FAFB). Every…

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College football means the return of traditions to fans

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Touchdowns all count the same. Bands often play the same songs. Every school has a funny mascot running around. Cheerleaders wave the pom-poms in pretty much the same fashion. What separates one college football team from another are the traditions. It is there, in the time-honored lore of the game, that the real differences exist between, say, Florida and Florida State, or Texas and Texas A&M. It is there in the weekly rituals that fans find their own identifications. A…

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