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January 12, 2009

The dawn of a new day for Jacksonville runners

Next Monday, January 19th will be an exciting day for the Jacksonville running community. That's the day Owen and Jo Shott, along with Ted Devos, open the Jacksonville Running Company. Jacksonville is already fortunate to have a great running store with 1st Place Sports. I think the addition of JRC will strengthen the running community, much like the multiple bike stores we have in town.

Good luck guys!

UPDATE: Looks like the opening has been pushed back to January 31.

Directions to JRC...
From I-95 South exit 344/ Butler Blvd. and go east. Travel 2 miles to Southside Blvd./ FL115 North exit. At first traffic light, Gate Parkway, turn right. Turn right at first traffic light, Deer Lake Drive. Second left on Deer Lake Dr. is the entrance to Tapestry Park. Jacksonville Running Co. is located 2nd door from end on right off the main road.

January 9, 2009

Head over to AC's blog and sing the UF Alma Mater with him

Florida Gators - National Champions AGAIN!!!!

October 31, 2008

Go Gators! Beat those Dawgs!

August 1, 2008

Interesting TDF comments

Competitive Cyclist TDF Observations

The folks at Competitive Cyclist have posted a bunch of comments and links regarding the 2008 TDF.

July 9, 2008

Today's Tour stage was 1,141,732 burritos long

Don't believe me? Check out at the Chipolte website.

And if anyone is missing the Saab Fly to the Finish keywords for the last 4 days, they are:
Echelon
Aerodynamic
Efficiency
Born From Jets

Anyone have the keyword for Day 1? And does anyone really win this game?

July 8, 2008

Team Garmin is posting Tour data on Motionbased

Garmin-Chipolte is posting the information for one rider daily on the Motionbased website. Here is David Millar's data for yesterday. Would be really cool to see his information for today's time trial.

The other cool thing the team is doing is sending Twitter SMS updates during the stages. I think Jonathan Vaughters, team CEO and race director, is sending out most of the updates. The funniest one was today:

Ooops... I just dropped the F-Bomb on Versus, live. Sorry to all the parents out there. It was just really intense today... JV

April 29, 2008

Sounds like as much fun as a root canal

I get beat up enough trying to survive the swim in triathlon. This is not the sport for me.
A Bruising New Olympic Sport - Long Distance Open Water Swimming

July 3, 2007

Coincidence?

Pipe Bomb-Like Device Explodes at Disney

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A device similar to a pipe bomb exploded in a trash can early Monday at a remote parking lot at Walt Disney World, authorities said. No one was injured and no serious damage was reported in what officials called "an isolated incident."

Orange County sheriff's deputies responded to a 12:30 a.m. call from Disney. An employee heard a loud noise and saw white smoke coming from the can near the Downtown Disney shopping and entertainment district, Sheriff Kevin Beary said.

Several recent FSU recruits were unavailable for comment.

April 4, 2007

He said it, Part II

""We've kind of turned Ohio State into Runner-up U., haven't we?""
- Steve Sprurrier, 4/3/2007

April 3, 2007

He said it

"We're a basketball school again."
- Urban Meyer, 4/2/2007

Those Gators are wasting taxpayer dollars

The Florida DOT just put this sign up along I-75. With the win by the Gators last night, it already needs to be replaced. I hope we waste more DOT money and that sign gets bigger and bigger!

March 18, 2007

Florida 74, Purdue 67

I just told Karen to add Sweet Sixteen donuts to the grocery list!

March 12, 2007

Good news, bad news

The good news is the Gators are the overall number one seed in the NCAA tournament. The bad news is bracketologist Joe Lunardi, who picked the Gators to be a #2 seed before the brackets were announced, is now saying they are going to win it all.

Here's my final four and champion, before we wrap it up: Florida, Kansas, Georgetown, and Texas A&M, with Florida over Georgetown for the title.


There's the jinx. Couldn't he just leave well enough alone and pick Ohio State, Texas or North Carolina? Sheesh!

February 26, 2007

It's a sad day at the Cardozo house

Amid investigations, ex-Tour champ Ullrich retires
Not sure who will be more sad, James or Molly.

November 12, 2006

Gators beat Spurrier

Gators beat Spurrier

Was much closer than I would prefer, but thankfully we won. Nothing like a blocked field goal on the last play of the game to get your heart racing.


November 6, 2006

Boy, am I glad I added an extra seat last year

Big money talks in the Swamp

Under an increasingly competitive system, big-time Gator boosters are quickly chomping up every seat that becomes available in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. This year, about 450 season tickets became available in the 90,000-seat stadium, and every last one of them went to UF's biggest contributors, Gator Booster officials say.

I thought this might be coming with the excitement around Urban Meyer so I added a seat for Karen before the 2005 season. Luckily, I didn't have to pay anywhere near what the tickets are going for this year.

September 29, 2006

Gators v. Alabama tomorrow

Karen and I had the misfortune of going to Tuscaloosa for last year's debacle. We had a nice trip except for those 4 hours on Saturday afternoon.

Tomorrow, we will head to Gainesville and treat their fans with the same hospitality they showed us last year. The Tide fans really were pretty nice and there wasn't too much trash talking after the game, although they certainly were entitled.

At the same time, I also hope our team reciprocates and gives Alabama a smackdown like the one we delivered my senior year when we won 35-0.

Go Gators!

September 16, 2006

Can't blame them, that's how they were taught

Two of the three defenders fined by the NFL for illegal hits on quarterbacks last week were graduates of FSU.

Detroit rookie linebacker Ernie Sims, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett of Arizona and strong safety Roy Williams of Dallas were each fined $7,500 for excessive contact against quarterbacks in opening-week games, ESPN.com confirmed through league and team officials.

I guess the NFL hasn't heard of that nuanced rule interpretation often cited in Tallahassee called "the echo of the whistle." Were they even contrite about their actions? Sha-right!

[NFL senior vice president of football operations Ray] Anderson noted that, while Detroit defensive lineman Cory Redding leaped to avoid contact with the Seattle quarterback, Sims "drove his helmet into the quarterback." The contact by Sims elicited a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.

Sims said that, while he will be more careful when encountering sliding quarterbacks in the future, he will not permit the incident to reduce his zeal on the field.

"I've got to be a smart ballplayer," Sims said. "But at the same time, I can't let [something like this] take away from my game."

The play by Dockett, who dove at the legs of Alex Smith after the San Francisco quarterback had thrown an incomplete pass and was out of bounds, also drew considerable scrutiny from the league. San Francisco officials complained after the game about the play, but Dockett countered that his play was simply an aggressive one and that he did not regret it.

Mickey Andrews must be so proud.

July 22, 2006

Landis takes yellow jersey after penultimate stage

Heh-heh. I said "penultimate." How many times have we heard Paul Sherwen say that the last 3 weeks?

What a great race this was. Before the race started, folks weren't sure what to think with Ullrich and Basso getting tossed. It turned out to be a terrific drama. And while it is fun to wonder "What if?", I certainly don't think Floyd's victory should be tarnished or receive the dreaded asterisk because the pre-race favorites didn't get to compete.

I am anxious to see how many Phonak jerseys appear in the group rides. I for one will consider getting one.

Looking forward, it will be interesting to see if Floyd gets a chance to defend his title with the hip replacement looming. But, after watching Stage 17, I don't think there is any doubt this guy is a fighter, will never quit, and will be back. Go Phloyd!

July 20, 2006

Great quote by Landis

Active.com | le Tour de France | Martin Dugard: Personal Favorite

Landis often races like a mountain biker, elbows angled outward and totally self-dependent. That sort of independence pervades so much of his life. When he met John Kerry shortly after the 2005 Tour, where Armstrong whipped Landis soundly, Landis informed Kerry that they had something in common. "What's that," asked Kerry. "We both got our asses whipped by a Texan," chortled Landis. For the record, Kerry laughed.

Go Phloyd

Wow! What a stage! Floyd Landis was absolutely unbelieveable today.

I was really bummed yesterday when Landis blew up spectacularly. And then reading the stories and watching the video clips online, it was amazing to see him *smiling* while being asked dumb questions like "What happened?" He really is an easy guy to root for.

I was mildly curious to see how he would bounce back. Would he win the stage today? Could he cut into the lead? Answers: Yes and yes. Watching him tear the field apart like he did leaves you absolutely speechless. Martin Dugard has a terrific recap of today's events entitled Chasing Floyd.

I can't wait until Saturday's time trial!

July 3, 2006

I know it's an old joke by now. . .

Thor Hushovd had his arm gashed at the finish of yesterday's stage, resulting in the loss of quite a bit of blood. I wonder how hard the Tour doctors had to look for some fresh blood?

For those who may not be familiar:

Police searching apartments and clinics used by members of the doping ring reportedly found anabolic steroids, human growth hormones, the endurance-boosting substance EPO and about 100 bags of frozen blood, many marked in a secret code that identified professional cyclists.

The blood doping reportedly involved drawing oxygen-rich blood at high altitudes to obtain a concentrate of red blood cells, then injecting them back into riders before a race to boost endurance.

My only question is if the bags were marked in a secret code, and one of the bags was marked 'Jan', either these guys suck at creating secret codenames, or the Spanish police weren't given the memo that secret codenames are being used and someone is letting Ulrich take the fall by using his name as the codename.

April 11, 2006

FSU is always trying to one-up the Gators

No charges will be filed against any players involved with a misfiring of a rifle outside former Dee Webb's apartment. WR Kenneth Tookes is said to have accidentally shot into the apartment of a neighbor. Nobody was injured.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for former FSU defensive back Lee Paige after his accident involving a firearm.

DEA Agent Who Shot Self In Foot Sues Uncle Sam

The videotape of the incident is surreal. He continues the presentation after shooting himself! As the Black Knight would have said "It's just a flesh wound."

April 7, 2006

Proving me wrong?

Magnitude Of The Moment Doesn't Sink In For UF's Noah

(At the White House Thursday) Florida was the last team introduced and Joakim was the last Gator to appear. His teammates had dressed like they thought they were doing something important, but Joakim sauntered down the steps like he was headed home from a big night in Vegas.

He had his arm around two women, and his shirt tail flapped in the breeze, unfettered by a belt or the waistband of his pants.

Tim Keown was three days premature with his article. The day after I defend the Gators as being classsy, Yoakim Noah somewhat validated Keown's argument that these guys are immature. Maybe the entire team shouldn't be painted with the same brush, but it does seem like the label fit Noah yesterday.

Maybe part of the blame can be applied to Donovan as well?

Donovan was asked if he dictated a dress code for the occasion, and the answer basically was no.

"I just wanted them to look neat," he said.

He didn't see Noah before he marched in?

However, one player's lapse in judgement won't tarnish this team's image. Let's just hope that it doesn't become a habit. If they want a legitimate shot at repeating, this attention grabbing behavior will have to be squelched.

April 5, 2006

Hey jealousy

DISCLAIMER: I am a Gator homer. And I can't believe I'm wasting my time even addressing this.

ESPN.com: Page 2 : Florida fell short in final moments

From Taurean Green's hip-shaking dance in the face of UCLA in the final seconds to Joakim Noah's facial contortions and trash talking, a little bit was enough.

This is really pathetic. You expect to find this stuff posted by trolls on the message boards, but for a senior writer at ESPN.com to spew this kind of vitriolic copy is a disgrace. He could have the decency to provide a disclaimer at the beginning of the column that he is a West Coast homer.

So he's not happy with Taurean Green shaking his butt for 5 seconds at the end of the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME? Gee, I guess Keown thinks they should have met with the UCLA players at center court after the game and sang kumbaya.

And what do journalists who cover the Gators for more than one game a season say about Noah? Here's a good example.

Teammates say Noah doesn't seek the spotlight -- "He'd rather it be all about the team," said sophomore forward Al Horford -- but Noah didn't look uncomfortable Sunday. Tampa Tribune columnist Joey Johnston calls Noah "the most compelling player ever to play in the Final Four," and he might be right. Noah is thoughtful like Shane Battier, enlightened like Lew Alcindor, rebelliously curious like Bill Walton.

I'm also surprised that he didn't complain about the majority of UF's field goals coming by way of layup or dunk. How disrespectful of them to not do the honorable thing and try more difficult shots?

He speaks of the almighty "tournament moment" being when one UCLA player helped another UCLA player up at the end of an emotional win. Obviously, being a West Coast snob, he watched all of the UCLA games. By the same token, based on his nearsighted assessment of the UF team's character, he didn't watch too many other Gator games during their improbable run. If he had, he would have seen the way the UF players gave new meaning to the term teamwork and unselfish play.

The bottom line? It's scary, but a bunch of folks that I know that can't stand the Gators (most as a result of various intense football rivalries), have said how impressed they were with this group of basketball players. The usual descriptions I have heard include humble, respectful, team-oriented and classy. In his column, Keown makes a snap judgement on a fine group of 20-somethings who just won the arguably toughest championship to win in collegiate athletics. Tsk tsk.

Photo by chasingfun.

Time to buy the Video iPod

by Apple Computer

I told myself if the Gators won the National Championship, I would have to buy a video iPod so I could buy the CBS Season Pass to the tournament for $19.99. Well, they won (pretty convincingly), so now I need to pony up.

April 1, 2006

Gators in the championship!

George Mason did their best to stop the Gators by defending the paint and trying to keep Noah and Horford from getting their points. That's OK. Lee Humphrey, Corey Brewer and Taurean Green ate them alive from the perimeter. And the Patriots are supposed to be a good outside team? Well, they made 2 of 11 from beyond the arch. Admittedly, those 6 points caused some Gator heartburn because they were part of a run that cut the lead to 9, but it was too little too late. And what the heck was up with the technical foul on Taurean? He was getting roughed up by the GMU defense, but he runs his mouth (probably saying "Look at the scoreboard"), and gets T'd?

Ding dong. The big hand and the little hand are both pointing to the 12.

GO HOME CINDERELLA!

GO GATORS!

March 27, 2006

What do they know anyway?

ESPN.com - COLUMNIST/FORDE - Forde: Green Gators now team to beat

"If we worried about the things you guys [the media] worried about, our heads would really explode," said Joakim Noah, the best pony-tailed baller since Bill Walton (who didn't grow his hair out until he went pro). "I think we realized that we can't worry about what people are saying and we just have to stick together and play basketball the way we are capable of playing."

I'm glad they aren't paying attention to sportswriters. These are the guys that picked the Gators to finish 5th in the SEC, and 75th in the country. I guess it's safe to say sportswriters don't have a future as NBA scouts. Then again, the Vegas sportsbooks had the Gators at 75-1 to start the season.

Nonetheless, sportswriters should always be ignored. Specifically, the always pessimistic, don't ever want to be confused as a homer, glass is always half empty, permanent sufferer from a Napoleon complex Times Union beat writer Mike Dirocco. I learned to discount anything I read in his columns a long time ago. Now, whenever the Gators have any kind of good news, the challenge is to guess how Dirocco is going to add his negative spin.

March 25, 2006

Elite Eight reflections

I have very distinct memories of the last two times the Gators advanced to the Elite Eight. OK, make that the only previous Gator teams to make the Elite Eight considering this is only the third time.

1994
I went down to Gainesville that Friday night to watch the biggest game in UF's history with my friend Britt Scott. It looked like we were going to lose, but UConn's Donyell Marshall inexplicably missed two free throws at the end of the game. Either one of them would have won it for UConn. The Gators went on to win in OT. The town was nuts. We headed to the Purple Porpoise for an insane post-game party. Saturday afternoon, I convinced Britt and my friend Jennifer Crockett that we were waking up at 5 am the next morning to drive down to Miami to see the Regional Final. There was much griping and moaning. Needless to say, after watching the Gators take care of Boston College to advance to their first Final Four, everyone agreed it was a good idea. Watching guys like Dan Cross, Craig Brown, Andrew DeClerq, and Dametri "Da Meat Hook" Hill cut down the nets was an amazing experience.

UF lost to Duke in the Final Four semifinals. Grrrrr, that @#$! Christian Laettner.

2000
We beat #1 seed Duke to make the Elite Eight. It was Saturday morning and I was at the dining room table, drinking coffee, reading the newspaper and extremely happy. Then the cell phone rings. I assumed it was my friend AC calling to chat about the game. Instead, it was the CIO of one of our clients.

A project wasn't going well, and he was calling to tell me that we had better do something about it because in his words "(The project sponsor) isn't going to fall on the sword for this project." Man, talk about a mood swing. The project was failing because the client had a set of requirements that were in constant flux. However, because of the importance of the client to our company and too many cooks in the kitchen, we were never able to make them sign off on a set of requirements and hold their feet to the fire. That project gives me a headache every time I think about it. There was even a second version of the project where the client assumed they knew what they wanted, we were able to get them to sign off on requirements, and they still weren't happy. Not sure who hated that application more, our company or the people who had to use the application.

Back to the tournament.

Being the incessant homer, I had picked the Gators to win the tournament. I was in prime position to win the pool. Vicki and Michael Kilmer-Rinker hosted a party to watch the championship. Vicki would win if Michigan State won. Of course, UF ran out of gas and MSU won, but what a run!

2006
Anybody see a pattern here? In 1994 we make it to the Final Four. Six years later in 2000 we make it one game farther to the championship game.

Six years later in 2006 we ...

Elite Eight baby!

Elite Eight baby!

Florida 57

Georgetown 53

(FINAL)



Not sure I can handle another game with Jim Nantz and Billy Packer. I'm definitely going to have to simulcast Sunday's game with Mick Hubert on the radio. JimBilly will drive you nuts.


March 24, 2006

Afternoon at the TPC

My sister Betsy and I went to the TPC this afternoon. At the entrances, they had a looped recorded message that made it perfectly clear that you couldn't bring in cell phones, cameras, TVs, or radios. I thought it would be fun to wear my Garmin GPS watch and track where we walked around the course. The security guard and his assistant with the metal detector wand smelled blood when they saw me walking up to the entrance.

Guard: What is that?!? (pointing at the watch)
Me: A watch.
Guard: Is it a phone?
Me: No.
Assistant: Does it beep?
Me: No. (a little white lie)

This is what I wished I could have said:
Guard: What is that?!?
Me: A bomb! Praise Allah! Praise Allah!

Somehow, I think I would have missed the tournament. They also freaked out when they saw my circuit board business card case. I was expecting another game of 20 questions. Opening it up to show them real business cards sufficiently satisfied their curiosity. I bet the apes who danced around the obelisk at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey were relatives of theirs.

We made our way to the course and walked around a bit. People watching at the 17th hole was very entertaining. Mini skirts, 2-inch heels and designer sunglasses are available in every golf course pro shop. We followed Jim Furyk and Davis Love III around some. Apparently, we left that group right before Davis carded a 9 on the 9th hole. When we saw him, on 4 and 5, the wheels were already coming off. At that point he was already 6 or 7 over for the round (he started off on the back nine for the day).

We ultimately ended up again at 17 and watched Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and some others come through. No one plopped one in the water for us. We did have some lovely commentary at the 17th from what I'm sure are some recent transplants from the fine state of New Jersey. They really knew EVERYTHING.

All in all, a fun day at the TPC. I would like to see Jim Furyk hang on and win. We'll see.

March 23, 2006

Just renewed my Gator football season tickets

The deadline is Friday. I shouldn't be cutting it this close. The consequences of missing the deadline are unimaginable. Seven home games on the schedule this year, including one the weekend before we go to Smellahassee. I think we might go on the road to the Auburn game as well, although my last trip to the state of Alabama for a Gator football game was not much fun.

March 18, 2006

Gators make the Sweet Sixteen!

Gators make the Sweet Sixteen!

I can't believe my good fortune. Went down to the arena to see if I could score a ticket. Wasn't looking good, lots of fingers in the air. Went to the ATM by the park to get some money. I figured if I did find a ticket, it was going to cost me. While in line for the ATM I was still holding up a finger. A lady saw me and said she had an extra. Sold it to me at face value! Found Russell and ended up sitting with him. You would've thought I had found one of Willy Wonka's golden tickets. I was referred to as the guy who found a ticket. Go Gators! Great game.


UPDATE:
Here's the rest of the story (would have taken forever to type all this in the Treo).

I went straight to the arena from the zoo. My neighbor Russell was going to be on the lookout for tickets, as was my other neighbor Robert. As I was walking to the arena, Karen called and said when she got home, there was a message from Jimmy Kelly to call him regarding tickets. I tried Jimmy's cell a couple of times but couldn't get him. Then I called his house and talked to his wife. She said he was going to the Amsterdam for lunch and to try him there. Headed that way and found him. He had sold the ticket 30 minutes earlier. Arrrrgh! That's when I headed to the ATM. On the way there, I saw Robert and his Dad on their way to the game. While talking to them, Michael Corrigan walked by and I told him he needed to get me into the City Council skybox. He said he would get right on it. Haha. I went from there to the ATM.

After getting the ticket, Russell called me on my cell and told me what I already knew. There weren't many tickets. He didn't know I was already at the arena. I told him I was on my way to the arena with a ticket bought at face value. After a moment of silence, he told me to meet him at the Amsterdam. I met up with him and his sister there. We headed to the game and that's when I saw Jimmy Kelly again. He too was amazed I had found a ticket. What a great afternoon! Go Gators!

March 16, 2006

LSU v Iona

LSU v Iona

Betsy and I are watching some NCAA basketball tournament action at the Arena.