October 7, 2012 |
Top-ranked Alabama rested at home as four other undefeated top-10 teams from the Southeastern Conference jumped straight to 2014 and staged their own four-team playoff. It's always pre-Copernicus down South, where the sun revolves around the SEC. Highlights from other games — West Virginia at Texas, Miami at Notre Dame, Nebraska at Ohio State — could be revisited on TV wrap-up shows. Geno who? Notre what? Florida State was where? The question we wanted answered Saturday was "Who is No. 2?"
July 30, 2012 |
Talk about adding insult to injury: A Florida tour boat captain whose left hand was eaten by an alligator has been charged with illegally feeding the reptiles. Wallace Weatherholt, 63, now faces a misdemeanor charge of unlawful feeding of an alligator, and is slated to return to court on Aug. 22 to face the charges, according to the Fort Myers News-Press. He faces a fine of up to $500 and possible jail time, the paper reported. The defendant was working for Captain Doug's Everglades Tours last month when he took six tourists out on the water and paused to give them a thrill -- and a photo op. Witnesses say he began slapping the water to attract alligators, using marshmallows and fish as bait.
July 4, 2012 |
The 4th of July must be celebrated with a bit of patriotic music, right? But we can do better than the 1812 Overture or John Philip Sousa: Let's watch alligators singing patriotic music! This video comes to us from reptile expert and conservationist Jim Nesci . It features Nesci's gators bellowing along to country artist Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA. " We just had to call Nesci and ask: How did you train the alligators to do that? Turns out, the gators just did it on their own. Here's the back story to the video: "I happened to be down in the basement one day and I had the radio on. I cranked up 'God Bless the USA,' just because I happen to like that song," Nesci told the Los Angeles Times.
April 12, 2012 |
The return of every starting linebacker and defensive back already figured to make USC's back seven formidable this season. The Trojans got potentially stronger Thursday when the NCAA granted Josh Shaw's hardship waiver, making the Florida transfer immediately eligible. "This is like the happiest day of my life," said Shaw, a third-year sophomore defensive back. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw played in 10 games at Florida last season, starting once. Florida granted the Palmdale High graduate his release to transfer because of his grandfather's and father's health issues, and he enrolled at USC in January.
March 24, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- Rick Pitino coached Louisville past Florida and then, up the ladder, all the way through the net-cutting ceremony. He coached Louisville back from 11 points down, in the second half, and then shouted out the post-victory assignments. After Louisville's 72-68 victory over Florida on Saturday to clinch the NCAA West regional, Cardinals players took turns cutting snips of net at US Airways Center. It came down to one last strand. "All right, Chris," Pitino barked to senior guard Chris Smith, "take it down.
March 22, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- The NCAA West Regional got an unexpected bonus Thursday night with Florida's 68-58 victory over Marquette at US Airways Center. The second semifinal upset of the night sets up a Saturday regional final pitting Florida Coach Billy Donovan against Louisville's Rick Pitino. The pupil vs. mentor matchup was made possible when both lower-seeded schools in the West prevailed. Not long after No. 4 Louisville knocked top-seeded Michigan State out, No. 7 Florida eliminated No. 3 Marquette.