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The Buddy Martin Column: So Long Mac. And Thanks. But Looking Back, It Never Really Was A Good Fit

By BUDDY MARTIN     @BuddyShow     Special to WoodyPaige.com                            Jim McElwain was not the right coach. It almost felt like he was a Nick Saban Wannabe in a Gator costume. For a while he fooled himself - fooled all of us, including me. His tenure...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Searching for “Quarterback U?” – The NFL Should Look Elsewhere To Develop Young QB Talent

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com For many years, Penn State was known as “Linebacker U” because the program consistently produced high quality NFL linebacker talent, from Jack Ham to Shane Conlon to Lavar Arrington and Tamba Hali. The...

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The Buddy Martin Column: There Will Be A Game Saturday At Everbank Field Anyway, Despite Lack Of Interest

By BUDDY MARTIN     @BuddyShow     Special to WoodyPaige.com                             Memo to the Florida Gators football team: Don’t bother going to Jacksonville on Saturday. Just drop by Fed Ex and mail it in. You don’t think for a minute the 92nd (or 93rd?)...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Stand up, Sit Down, Fight Fight Fight – A New Stance On Anthem Protests By NFL Would Have Far Reaching Effects

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com We in the sports media are continually told we should “stick to sports.” That’s pretty much impossible these days, isn’t it? We have a President who likes to pick fights. He does it to feed his ego,...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Popping The Corks…And More Corks…And More Corks – MLB’s Champagne Celebrations Have Gone Too Far

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com Too much of a good thing. No, not Major League Baseball’s post season games. They’re riveting. Baseball has the best post season going and it’s not even close. Starting with a de facto Game Seven,...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Are The Cheaters Done Prospering? There’s An Easy Way To Fix College Basketball

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com Perhaps there’s a Tsunami coming…or perhaps when the confetti settles, college basketball won’t look that much different than it did last week. It’s too early to tell. What’s most likely to happen...

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The Mark Knudson Column: See You In September – Stanton? Blackmon? Goldschmidt? Arenado? NL MVP Will Be Decided Down The Stretch

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com If the Major League Baseball season ended today, the voting for the Most Valuable Player in the American League would be easy. Houston's Jose Altuve would be the runaway choice, based both on his stat...

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The Mark Knudson Column: How Many Top 25 College Football Teams Would Trevor Siemian Start For Today? Not Very Many

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com Comparisons between professional and college football are plentiful, even if they often get ridiculous – like the notion that the best college team could compete with and even defeat the worst...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Power Six Wannabes – 2017 Needs To Be A Huge Season for Colorado State and Mountain West Football

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com Imagine being a fly on the wall in the offices of the Mountain West conference when the folks there first saw the pictures of American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco standing at a podium in...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Calling On The Hoosiers, Huskers and Sun Devils – Where Have These Blue Blood College Programs Gone?…And Why?

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com According to the Urban Dictionary, the term “Blue Blood” derives from the Medieval belief in Europe (among other places) that the blood of the royalty and nobility was blue; since the royal family and...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Sorry East Coasters, Mike And Mad Dog Didn’t Invent Sports Debate Radio…Meet Woody, Irv and Joe

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com Out here in the Wild Wild West, we’ve come to understand that every single good thing in the sports universe got its start on America’s east coast… and remains there. The east coast has the best teams,...

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The Mark Knudson Column: National League’s Top Manager For First Half Of The Season? Hint: He’s Not In The NL West

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to woodypaige.com  The Colorado Rockies shot out of the gate, shocking baseball observers who expected more of the same mediocrity from a team that’s historically been relegated to watching the post season from the couch....

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The Mark Knudson Column: Veterans Not Invited – Home Run Derby Should Belong To Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger And Baseball’s Young Stars

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to woodypaige.com  Rookie sensation Aaron Judge has taken New York Yankees fans on a thrill ride during the first half of the 2017 baseball season. Already with a new franchise rookie-record 30 homers at the break, Judge...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Failing Upward – Tim Tebow Will Never Be A Real Major League Baseball Player

By MARK KNUDSON   @MarkKnudson41                              Special to woodypaige.com  TebowMania is still a very real thing. Tim Tebow, the Heisman winning quarterback – turned first round NFL draft pick – turned NFL starter & play-off game winner – turned NFL...

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The Mark Knudson Column: “The Bumble” – Chauncey Billups Should Not Be Running The Cleveland Cavaliers – Mr. Big Shot Belongs To Colorado

By Mark Knudson   @ Mark Knudson41   Special to WoodyPaige.com Less than a month after the NBA named him “Coach of the Year” in 2013, Basketball Hall of Famer-to-be George Karl was fired by the Denver Nuggets. That came on the heels of the departure of NBA Executive...

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