The cr(AP)py Poll

Can someone please explain to me the thought process that goes on when picking the top 25 teams for the AP poll each week?

Year after year, week after week, I am dumbfounded with certain decisions that are made and I am sure I’m not the only one…

Let’s back up a little bit.
The 2017 season started off with what was supposed to be one of the biggest games in all of college football – #1 Alabama vs. #2 Florida State. This game was to set the whole season in motion and a loss for either team did not put them out of playoff contention. As we all know, Alabama came out victorious and FSU lost their starting quarterback to a devastating knee injury. The Seminoles held The Tide to only 24 total points, which is pretty impressive considering this is the lowest score for Bama we’ve seen through the first 7 weeks. With heavy hearts, Seminole fans all over the country carried on with their lives that following Sunday, waiting for good news and optimistic about the remainder of the season. That is, until the AP poll was released. FSU dropped 8 spots to #10, despite multiple reports stating that it wasn’t over and they are still a very powerful team. Granted, FSU has definitely not proven to be a top 25, let alone a top 10 team, but during week 1, a loss to the #1 team in the nation shouldn’t be the end-all be-all for ANY team.

Fast forward to week 7…with no top 25 matchups, honestly on paper this weekend didn’t look to be very impressive or entertaining. As a diehard football fan, I knew this could only mean one thing; UPSETS GALORE! What I didn’t know was that it would start on Friday night with #2 Clemson falling to unranked Syracuse. This was probably the most unexpected loss for me, personally, but since I graduated from FSU in May, I was not sad to see one of our rivals lose. I woke up Saturday morning to the news that Cal not only upset #8 Washington State, but ran all over them. Now, this is where things got interesting. Michigan pulled off an important win in OT, Miami barely skated by to an unranked team for the 2nd week in a row, #10 Auburn gave up a 20-0 lead and ultimately lost to LSU, Florida wore the ugliest jerseys of all time and still walked away with a loss at home, USC BARELY outlasted Utah on a failed 2-pt conversion to avoid OT, and Boise State and Arizona State handed San Diego State and Washington their first losses of the season, respectively.

All in all, this ultimately became one of the most exciting football Saturdays I’ve seen in recent years, so imagine my disappointment when the AP polls were released this afternoon.

Michigan WON and dropped 2 spots, the Miami Hurricanes moved up 3 spots after a 2nd last minute win against an unranked team, Clemson dropped 5 spots to #7 (WHAT? Need I remind you that FSU dropped much farther after a much more impressive loss??), USC moved up 2 spots, Washington State is still in the top 15 after an atrocious loss to an UNRANKED TEAM, and Georgia stomped all over Mizzou and only went up one spot. Penn State had a bye week this week so they were unable to prove their worth and with one of the toughest remaining schedules in all of the NCAA I don’t see them staying up there for much longer, so why didn’t UGA get the coveted #2 spot in the poll? Recent experience (when FSU didn’t play due to a hurricane and still descended down the polls) shows that bye weeks don’t stop the committee from dropping teams when others do well. With a true freshman starter and arguably the best running back duo in the country, I think the Bulldogs should be right up there with Alabama, who also show no signs of wavering any time soon.

Hopefully these upcoming weeks will be less controversial, and I will be the first to admit that I love upsets, but for the love of god, BE CONSISTENT. If a team loses to a someone ranked higher than them, there isn’t much surprise and they shouldn’t be punished too greatly for it, but when you have SEVEN top 25 teams lose to unranked opponents in the same weekend, maybe you should reassess your poll standings.

Annual Redfish Spot Fishing Tournament September 19th

Press release by Dickie Anderson – The Amelia Island Guides Association (AIGA) and Amelia Island Marina (formerly Amelia Island Yacht Basin) will co-host the 2nd Annual Redfish Spot Fishing Tournament on September 17, 2016 to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Folds of Honor, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is committed to the families of the armed services who have been wounded or killed while serving our great nation and to ensure no military family is left behind or forgotten. Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded more than 10,000 scholarships to children of fallen or disabled military men and women in all 50 states. You may make a donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation directly on their web site at www.foldsofhonor.org.

The tournament is open to all anglers fishing from powered boats, sail boats, kayak, canoe, the shore, bridges, piers, etc., with 100% of the entry fees paid out in prize money. The Captains Meeting will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016.

The public is invited to listen to live music and watch the anglers present their fish to spot counting beginning at 2:00 pm.

Additional information can be found on the AIGA website at www.ameliaislandguidesassociation.com. If you would like to donate to the raffle or silent auction or have a booth at the event, please contact Capt. Scott Thompson at 904-430-6014.

The Amelia Island Marina, formerly Amelia Island Yacht Basin, is located at 251 Creekside Drive, at the foot of the Shave Bridge.

New Vessel Law helps Officials Manage Florida’s Waterways

Press release – A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law (F.S. 327.4107) allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk” of becoming derelict.

“This law allows officers to take action before a vessel crosses that line between at-risk and derelict, and hopefully prompts the owner to rectify any issues with the vessel before it reaches a state of disrepair,” said Phil Horning, FWC’s derelict vessel program administrator. “Prior to this law being enacted, officers had to wait until a vessel met the legal criteria for a derelict vessel before beginning any sort of official interaction with the owner.”

Under the new law, a vessel is deemed to be “at-risk” if any of the following conditions is observed:
-The vessel is taking on or has taken on water without an effective means to dewater.
-Spaces on the vessel that are designed to be enclosed are incapable of being sealed off or remain open to the elements for extended periods of time.
-The vessel has broken loose or is in danger of breaking loose from its anchor.
-The vessel is left or stored aground, unattended in such a state that would prevent the vessel from getting underway, is listing due to water intrusion, or is sunk or partially sunk.

If an officer observes a vessel with one or more of these criteria, a non-criminal citation may be issued that requires the owner to correct the problem or face stronger penalties after 30 days have passed. If problems are not fixed, non-compliant vessel owners can face additional fines issued every 30 days until they are.

Officials expect that this new law will decrease the number of vessels becoming derelict, a problem which continues to burden the state’s public waterways.

“Our goal is to keep Florida’s waterways safe and protect their environmental stability,” said Horning. “We are committed to protecting this valuable resource for the people of Florida and its visitors.”

Vessel owners are also reminded to sell their vessels properly.

“Many owners don’t realize that not only is the buyer required to get the vessel retitled in their name, but the seller is also required to notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles within 30 days that they have sold their vessel,” said Horning.

Failure to do so is a violation and may cause the prior owner of record legal troubles should the vessel become derelict at a later date. The FWC will be assisting state and local governments with derelict vessel removal grants that will be available soon. The grant funding was also approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session. Interested applicants may contact the FWC Derelict Vessel Program office at 850-617-9540 or email DVGrant@MyFWC.com for more information.

Florida leads the nation in family fishing and boating spots

Here is some interesting information that hit my in-box from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about Florida being a great place for family fishing and boating. With the 4th of July just around the corner, and anyone that lives here already knows, “Yes, it is a great place for activities on the water.”

Florida swept the Take Me Fishing™ 2016 “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list, hosting the top four locations with nine locations on the list in total—more than any other state. Recreational boating plus saltwater and freshwater fishing contribute more than $20 billion annually to Florida’s economy.

The top four locations on the list are:
No. 1 Everglades National Park;
No. 2 Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys;
No. 3 Blue Springs State Park, St. Johns River; and
No. 4 Lake Kissimmee State Park.

The additional five Florida locations on the list are: No. 12 Suwannee River; No. 21 Hickory Point, the Harris Chain of Lakes; No. 44 Lake Osborne, Lake Worth; No. 52 Lake Okeeheelee, West Palm Beach; and No. 92 Katheryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville.

“Fishing and boating are dynamic activities that bring families together and get more people active and outdoors,” said Tom Champeau, director of FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries. “Our state’s ranking on this list further proves that Florida truly is the Fishing Capital of the World. The FWC is dedicated to and will continue to provide great fishing and boating opportunities.”

More than 100 state parks offer fishing as a family-friendly activity. To find one in your area, visit FloridaStateParks.org. Some parks also offer fishing piers along the coasts, rivers, lakes and springs.

“Florida State Parks are an outstanding resource for Floridians and visitors,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “Fishing and boating opportunities are abundant in many of our 174 state parks, trails and historic sites, and I am thrilled to see that three of our parks are considered among the best in the nation.”

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing™ campaign initiated a nationwide vote to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a recommended list of the best family-friendly places to experience the joys of boating and fishing. Criteria for the top places to fish and boat included having a public body of water within driving distance of a major city, good fishing opportunities and family friendly amenities. Approximately 35,000 different anglers and boaters cast nearly 650,000 votes to support their favorite fishing and boating locations.

“The best way to enjoy fishing and boating is to find a special place to fish with family and friends, so we’re thrilled that so many people shared their favorite place to engage in this national pastime,” said RBFF President and CEO, Frank Peterson. “If you and your family haven’t tried fishing, we hope you’re nearby one of the Top 100 spots to cast away. It’s a great way to enjoy, conserve and restore our nation’s aquatic natural resources.”

View the entire “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list at www.takemefishing.org/blog by clicking on the featured article.

Operation Dry Water Makes for Safer Waters

Operation Dry Water Makes for Safer WatersAs the summer recreational boating season gets into full swing, the FWC Law Enforcement Division is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on boating under the influence.

The annual three-day, heightened awareness and enforcement campaign, Operation Dry Water, focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out in force June 24-26, looking for boaters who choose to boat under the influence, and then removing them from the water. Increased awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence, along with officers focused on identifying impaired operators, aim to drastically reduce the number of accidents and deaths due to impaired boating.

“It is our job as law enforcement officers to identify and remove impaired boaters from the water so that everyone else can continue to have an enjoyable boating season and not become a victim of boating under the influence. Protecting the public goes to the heart of our mission,” said Maj. Richard Moore, FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section Leader. “Our agency is participating in Operation Dry Water, and joining thousands of law enforcement officers nationwide to decrease the number of accidents, injuries and deaths that come as a result of boaters who choose to drink and boat.”

In Florida it is illegal to operate a vessel with a BAC level of .08 or higher. The FWC wants to remind boaters to stay safe this summer by staying sober on the water. Alcohol use is one of the leading contributing factors in recreational boater deaths. During the national weekend of heightened awareness and high-visibility enforcement, boaters can expect to see an enhanced law enforcement presence and increased messaging about this dangerous and preventable crime.

Triathlon Comes to Amelia Island June 18, 2016

There may be as many as 600 athletes on Amelia Island this Saturday, June 18, 2016, swimming, biking, and running their way in this exciting triathlon.

Basic Course
SWIM ¼ mile in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean (beach start) with a fresh water shower into transition #1. Swim caps are provided in your race packet and are REQUIRED during the swim.
BIKE 16 miles flat, fast, out & back course along the coastline of scenic Amelia Island on Northeast Florida’s beautiful Atlantic Coast.
RUN 3 miles out and back with water available at mile markers thru the North Fletcher island community.

Olympic Course
SWIM 1.5k [0.93 miles] In the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean (beach start) with a fresh water shower into transition #1. Swim caps are provided in your race packet and are REQUIRED during the swim.
BIKE 40k [24.7 miles] Flat (Except for the bridge), fast course thru the scenic Amelia Island on N.E. Florida’s beautiful Atlantic coast.
RUN 10k [6.2 miles] Out & back with water stations at mile marks. The run course is through the North Fletcher island community.

Here are the day of event times:
6:00 AM Registration Opens; Day of Race registration (if available), check-in, packet pick up.
7:30 AM – First Wave Start
10:00 AM – Awards Ceremony (time is approximate)

This race is LIMITED to 600 athletes, so be sure to register early to reserve your slot. Race entries are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Projected water temperature is estimated at 83 degrees.

This is a USAT Sanctioned Event
Great competition, refreshments, music and more… (Shirt guaranteed to pre-registered participants only.)

Day of Race Registration will only be available if the event is not already full:
Sprint – Individual $105.00
Sprint – Relay Team $210.00
Olympic – Individual $125.00
Olympic – Relay $250.00

USAT athletes must provide a valid USAT# and present their USAT card & photo ID at registration. A $50 Annual license can be purchased at www.usatmembership.com (For athletes under 17 years of age, price is $10 for an annual membership) Non-USAT licensed athletes must purchase the $15 one-day license. This is available during on-line registration.

The USAT Age rule requires that all participants race by birth year rather than their age on race day. This means your race age will be the same for all sanctioned events for an entire calendar year. The age group of a participant will be determined by age on Dec. 31 of the event year, not by age on race day. For example: If you turn 25 years old in July, you will race and be ranked in the 25-29 age group for the entire season.

Awards
Top Overall First Place Finishers Male / Female
Top Overall Masters (40 and up) Male / Female
Awards 5 deep in 5 year Age Groups (14 & under thru 85 & up) , Clydesdale (Men 220+lbs), Athena (Women 165+ lbs), Physically Challenged, Military/LEO/PSO, Novice (Sprint Only), Fat Tire, AquaBike, and Relay Teams.

Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic

Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf ClassicSaturday, October 17, 2015, is the Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic at the Amelia River Golf Course.

This is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida’s biggest fundraiser of the year for Nassau County. It is held annually in memory of Reggie Hunt, a remarkable student athlete and six-year participant of the BBBSNEFL program.

Registration and breakfast are at 7:30, with an 8:30 am shotgun start. Awards and a prime rib dinner begin at 1:00 pm.

Contest include: Hole-in-one, longest drives, closest to the pin on four, par three holes; a “beat the pro” and a putting contest.

Prizes are awarded to top low gross team and top three low net teams. Individual prizes are awarded to the top three fundraisers.

For more informaton or to sign up please visit www.bbbsnefl.org, or call Rainey at (904) 485-0126 or Larrie at (904) 556-6903.

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New FBHS Golf Tournament Uses Soccer Balls

New FBHS Golf Tournament Uses Soccer BallsThe First Annual Pirate Soccer Golf Tournament benefitting the FBHS Men’s Soccer Team will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Check-in begins at 2:00 pm, with a literal kick-off at 3:00 pm. The cost is only $20 per player, or $10 for children 10 and under.

Here is a quick video explaining the game:

You can pick up registration forms at Fernandina Beach Middle School or Fernandina Beach High School and payment can be made at the high school’s front desk in cash or by check. Forms will also be available at Current Running, or online by download at: http://1drv.ms/1NdWLz6

For more information please contact Katie Combs at katiemcombs@yahoo.com or Shirley Collins at shirley0130@yahoo.com

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Different Kid’s Sport Accessories Parents Must Have

Different Kid's Sport Accessories Parents Must HaveChildren’s sports have gained in popularity and are now played at national and international levels. Kids and teens, as we know, are full of high energy and enthusiasm. Parents, too, are very supportive when their kids decide to play sports.

I would like to give parents a list of some of the items they must surely have if their kids’ are practicing sports.

Helmet
We all know the importance of safety and among all kinds of safety equipment, there is something crucial one cannot afford to not have and that is helmet. Because, head injuries could be dangerous; some could be fatal as well. So, it is a very necessary for parents to have a helmet which suits the kind of the sports their kids are into. Many state and local laws require the use of helmets in children’s sports.

Sport shoes
Sport without the proper sport shoes is incomplete. They give sportsmen the grip and control while doing vigorous activities in the field. Such shoes also comfort the feet of player after it gets tired. Above that, it also protects the complete sole and upper part of the feet.

Water bottle
Long hours of continuous sports activities can be tiring. They might lead to a lot of sweating, especially in Florida. Without water the body may dehydrate. So, it becomes important for parents to add water bottle as an essential for their kids’ bag when they are out to play.

Stop watch
Many of the sports games are completely dependent on time-keeping, so a stop watch is essential. It can also track individual practice time which will help you and your kid to exercise periodically in order to increase stamina.

Jersey
A t-shirt made from special material of wool, cotton and other synthetic fiber can be used by kids on a field for two reasons. One, the comfort level is high which would provide more liberty to perform and stretch the most. Two, material of this kind absorbs sweat and keeps the coolness flowing in.

Other necessary items
Other important things like socks, inners, gloves, goggles, sports bag (for keeping essentials like food, drink, towel and other gear) and more are also on the list.

Some, health and body related things to keep kids fit and fine are Kids’ Sunscreen (to keep their skin protected from sun), and energy drinks (to help increase glucose reserve in body), may be added by parents to help keep their children safe.

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8 Flags Playscapes and the Palace Saloon Charity Golf Event

8 Flags Playscapes and the Palace Saloon Charity Golf EventSunday we have a very fun event in town that needs our help. The Palace Saloon (i.e. Amelia Island Hospitality Group) puts on a charity golf outing at Amelia River Golf Club for the last few years. It has gotten big! They use their influence with the beer and liquor distributors to put on one heck of an event.

Last year, this event raised over $10,000 for 8 Flags Playscapes. It was one of the largest donations to fund Pirate Playground. That single donation really helped put us over the top and allowed us to increase the size of the surfacing. We are very thankful for that donation and for AIHG to partner with us again this year to build Egans Creek Park’s universally accessible kayak launch and dock.

We need a good number of volunteers across two shifts on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Palace Saloon Golf Classic!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps
1. Copy and paste into your browser: http://vols.pt/76Q6QK
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

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Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K is April 25, 2015

Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K is April 25, 2015When it comes to the upcoming Micah’s Place, Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K/Fun Run & Kid Zone, it doesn’t matter whether you run, walk, roll, trot or prance! It just matters that you show your support for Victims of Domestic Violence in Nassau County.

Enjoy Food Trucks and vendors, FREE Kid’s Zone with no entry fee, Beer and Wine Tent, Hula Hooping, and lots of live music by local musicians, including Dan Voll & Michelle, Jim Barcaro, and Julia Savage. John Drew will emcee the event.

The 1Mile Fun Run begins at begins at 5:00 PM and is just $10. The first 50 kids can expect a free “Swag Bag” which includes a coupon good for a free slice of pizza & soft drink, courtesy of Townies – and 1 free round of golf courtesy of Putt-Putt at the Beach.

The 5K Run begins at 5:30 PM, is $30 in advance and $35 on race day. The first 200 5K runners will get a commemorative Race Day Shirt!

This great event takes place on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM, at Central Park in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Register online at http://www.1stplacesports.com/endabuse5k.html.

Packet pick up will take place on Friday, April 24th from 11 AM – 6 PM at Current Running in Fernandina Beach, and on race day at the event beginning at 3:00 PM.

All proceeds will go to Micah’s Place to assist victims of domestic violence in Nassau County.

Micah’s Place nonprofit is the only Certified Domestic Violence Center serving Nassau County, Florida. Its mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education and awareness within the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence.

Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence.

All services are free and confidential. For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at 904-491-6364 or our Hotline call (800) 500-1119.

Sponsors & Community Partners include:
DTW Research, Inc
Scott & Sons Jewelry
KK Marketing
Johnny’s Electric
Antisyn IT
Molina Healthcare
Nassau Health foods
Brett’s Waterway Café
CBC National Bank
Farmand, Farmand & Farmand P.A.
Call Construction
Brightway Insurance
Prime Lending
Donna Lynne Custom Homes
Gorham Custom Builders
Coastal Concierge Services
Merry Maids
California Pizza Kitchen
Care Spot
Compass Group
Flash Foods
Current Running
Azaleum Creative
Celebration Party Rental
Let’s Roll
Fast Signs
Putt-Putt

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