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Thursday, May 23, 2024

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Is chess a sport? What about video gaming? Competitive eating?

What is a sport?

When the UF gymnastics team competes in the NCAA Championships on April 20, you can be damned sure I’ll be watching on ESPN. It’s one of the most entertaining spectacles in college athletics, and you’d be foolish to tune out if you’re not busy.

Craig Sager threw out the first pitch of a Cubs game in June 2016. He was a longtime NBA sideline reporter before his death in December 2016.

An honest assessment of bias in sports reporting

Long after the Florida basketball team’s lifeblood had trickled from its veins on Friday in St. Louis, the Arkansas Razorbacks continued to pound a beaten UF team that just wouldn’t stop trying. That was much to the frustration of one broadcaster on press row, who slammed a table with his open palm and mouthed something under his breath.

The Gators went 4-7 in 2017. 

What if the 2018 Gators football team sucks?

Imagine this scenario: It’s Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. The U.S. midterm elections have rocked the political world one way or the other. You’re probably still stuffed from that huge Thanksgiving feast, yet thankful that you’ve left your weird uncle’s house and returned to Gainesville. And the Gators football team, led by coach Dan Mullen, is floundering down the stretch of a once-promising season. Mullen decides to start Feleipe Franks at quarterback against Florida State after some rough outings from freshman Emory Jones. Mullen still has a shot at a bowl bid in his first season as head coach, but he needs to win against the Seminoles.

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