• DICKSON: Working toward a healthier me

    As I worked out Friday at Planet Fitness in Fort Walton Beach, I thought about what a difference a year makes. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Pitfalls of Florida student-athlete transfers

    There has been a lot of discussion lately, locally and statewide, about school choice — student-athletes' right or opportunity to transfer from one school to another just to play for a certain team. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: The magic of baseball

    The Major League Baseball season opens Sunday, when the Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals in a battle of National League Central Division teams. I imagine I’ll watch the game, because that’s what baseball fans do. But I believe the professional game has lost some of the glamour it had when I was a kid. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Swinging a Louisville Slugger

    Sitting in a corner of my living room is an old, beat up piece of wood that I’ve had since I was 9 years old. That piece of wood — a baseball bat — has made the journey from boyhood to manhood with me. It has gone to college with me and every home I’ve had along the way. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: The best day of my life

    If I had to pick the best day of my life, it would be a warm Saturday in March of 2002. My dad; nephew, Stuart Maddox; and I spent it in Viera at a spring training baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Florida Marlins. Stuart was 9, a few months away from his 10th birthday. Dad was a healthy 69, still preaching full time with his 70th birthday seven months away. READ MORE


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