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DJ Lagway is exciting, but UF’s future is in Graham Mertz’s hands | Commentary

GAINESVILLE — This timeless phenomenon is as old as college football itself: Fans, almost without fail, will embrace the potential and promise of the future more than the steadiness and stability of the present. They want to play with their new Buzz Lightyear action figure while casting old reliable Woody, the pull-string cowboy doll, into the deepest recesses of the toy box. Who cares if Florida Gators senior quarterback Graham Mertz led the SEC with a 72.9% completion rate and had a 20-to-3 touchdown-to-interception comparison last year? Who cares if he has 43 college starts on his resume? Who...

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Questionnaire: Ryan Boylston, candidate for Delray Beach mayor

Name: Ryan Boylston Age: 41 Website: BoylstonforMayor.com What distinguishes you most from your opponent(s)? My extensive local, regional and professional leadership experience. As a Commissioner and Vice Mayor, I’ve initiated projects that fed thousands during the pandemic, saved historic landmarks and managed the budget responsibly. My campaign has received broad support, including hundreds of residents, five former mayors, police/fire/service-workers unions, community leaders and state/county elected officials because they trust that I can deliver on our community’s vision for a better Delray...

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Questionnaire: Tom Carney, candidate for Delray Beach mayor

Name: Tom Carney Age: 69 Website: tomcarneyformayor.com What distinguishes you most from your opponent(s)? My background and experience, both on the Commission and off. What the others do not have and what I have is an actual working knowledge of working with the Commission and staff in front of the dais, representing clients with matters in front of various boards and the Commission. Until you actually have to take a project from inception through approval in the city, working with the various departments, staff and boards, you never really understand how the city really works. I do. And I...

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Questionnaire: Maria Rodriguez, candidate for Pembroke Pines City Commission District 3

Name: Maria A. Rodriguez Age: 28 Website: mariaforpines.com What distinguishes you most from your opponent(s)? It is essential for our government to be representative of the electorate – and as the only Hispanic, only female, and only liberal candidate in this race to represent a district which leans toward all three of these demographics, this makes me a stand-out choice for Pembroke Pines City Commission, District 3. My age and local government experience are advantages for our community, providing a unique perspective and familiarity with the challenges faced by younger constituents and young...

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Questionnaire: Misael “Ace” Almeria, candidate for Pembroke Pines City Commission District 3

Name: Misael “Ace” Almeria Age: 58 Website: Acealmeria.com What distinguishes you most from your opponents? I have been a resident of my district for the last 24 years and owned a business here for the last 24 years. I’m exposed to people having my embroidery shop, which is open to the public. I’m offering myself to be accessible to anybody so that everyone can be heard and all issues will be addressed. Without bias, bring it to commission meetings to resolve every issue for the benefit of all well-being. My oldest son has been in the United States Coast Guard since 2007. And my other son Rendell...

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UCF coach Gus Malzahn needs to make up his mind about calling plays | Commentary

Head coach Gus Malzahn created quite a flood of discussion and debate a few days ago when he revealed that he will go back to being the chief offensive play-caller next season for UCF. Personally, I don’t understand why there is so much debate about this. Malzahn, after all, has been one of the great offensive minds in college football over the last two decades. However, I do have one question: Why does he keep giving up the play-calling duties and then changing his mind? I hearken back to something another renowned college football play-calling head coach, Steve Spurrier, once told me when...

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College ADs cower in the presence of coaching super-agent Jimmy Sexton | Commentary

Who do you think is the most powerful person in college football? SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey? Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti? NCAA President Charlie Baker? College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock? Influential ESPN commentator Paul Finebaum? Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong. You’re not even close. It’s college football coaching super-agent Jimmy Sexton, the man who has literally and legally convinced college athletic directors to sign away mega-millions, if not billions of dollars, in one-sided coaching contracts to his grateful clients over the years. Sports agent Jimmy...

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If FSU and other college stars are getting paid, then they should play in bowl games | Commentary

With apologies to the the legendary Simon & Garfunkel and their iconic song Mrs. Robinson: “Where have you gone, Charlie Wysocki? A college football nation turns its lonely eyes to you — woo, woo, woo.” As I sat in the press box for the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl matchup Monday between Iowa and Tennessee, I thought back to the first bowl game I ever attended in this same stadium more than four decades ago. I was a wide-eyed teenager as I excitedly watched the Charley Pell-coached Florida Gators play the Jerry Claiborne-coached Maryland Terrapins in the 1980 Tangerine Bowl. I don’t remember a whole...

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College Football Playoff Committee: ‘Undefeated ’72 Dolphins don’t pass our eye test’ | Commentary

Running off at the typewriter. … Breaking news: The College Football Playoff Committee has reconvened and has unilaterally decided to go back in time and strip the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins of their perfect season and Super Bowl championship. “In hindsight,” CFB Playoff Chairman Boob Corrigan says, “the ’72 Dolphins, much like this year’s Florida State team, were just not the same after quarterback Bob Griese broke his leg and was replaced by aging backup Earl Morrall.” But, Mr. Corrigan, even though the Dolphins were in the bottom half of the league in passing offense back then, they went...

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Here’s hoping UCF isn’t ducking USF in a bowl game | Commentary

Let’s get right down to it, shall we? UCF and USF should play in a bowl game. We want them to play in a bowl game. We need them to play in a bowl game. Any bowl game. Preferably right here in Orlando at the Avocados From Mexico Cure Bowl, which has raised millions of dollars over the years for cancer research and is actually played in UCF’s home stadium. UCF-USF would sell out the Bounce House and raise even more money to help cure cancer. A good game for a great cause. Or if USF doesn’t want to play a bowl game in UCF’s home stadium then play the game in the Gasparilla Bowl at USF’s home field...

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