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.

Iowa Hawkeyes Team Huddles on Amelia Island for 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

Iowa Hawkeyes Team Huddles on Amelia Island for 2015 TaxSlayer BowlAmelia Island, FL – Amelia Island will be hosting the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from the University of Iowa as they travel to Florida for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl on January 2, 2015 at Jacksonville EverBank Field. In addition to enjoying the award-winning accommodations at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the Iowa Hawkeyes team will be practicing at Fernandina Beach High School in preparation for the game against the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

“As part of an agreement with Gator Bowl Sports, Amelia Island will be the home base for TaxSlayer Bowl teams for the next six years,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the destination to the teams and encourage additional fans to stay on island during the bowl game weekend.”

According to Langley, the CVB has been successful in promoting the destination as an ideal home base for visiting fans attending the bowl game and other events at Jacksonville EverBank Field. The new agreement will expand that effort and, as a bonus, will help local high school football players. Fernandina Beach High School is using the TaxSlayer Bowl’s facility rental fees to upgrade the football practice facilities, where the Hawkeyes will train in preparation for the game. The renovated facilities will take two years to complete and will be available to the high school’s football team.

“This is a big deal for our school,” said Ken Roland, Athletic Director of Fernandina Beach High School. “We are very excited to host the Iowa Hawkeyes. They have a great tradition of football and we are looking forward to seeing this Big 10 power in action.”

The CVB has created a special landing page, taxslayerbowlgetaway.com, for visitors to register to win a trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl, as well as view accommodation packages and weekend events.

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Amelia Island Blitzing Football Fans for 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

Amelia Island Blitzing Football Fans for 2015 TaxSlayer BowlAmelia Island, FL – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island is preparing for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl, which is scheduled for January 2, 2015 at Jacksonville EverBank Field. Football fans from around the country will gather to watch the Tennessee Volunteers face-off with the Iowa Hawkeyes in an exciting football showdown. With breathtaking natural beauty, world-class resorts, delectable dining and more. Located just 45 minutes from the stadium, Amelia Island is the perfect game day home base for players and fans of the TaxSlayer Bowl.

This year, the Iowa Hawkeyes are staying at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in preparation for the big game, and Amelia Island is rolling out an assortment of special deals and packages for visiting fans.

As an added bonus, the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving one lucky fan a four-day, three-night trip to enjoy the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. The trip includes two tickets to the TaxSlayer Bowl, accommodations at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, two passes to the TaxSlayer Bowl Touchdown Party, and a $500 travel voucher (in the form of an American Express or Visa gift card). To enter for a chance to win the trip, visit taxslayerbowlgetaway.com.

Several of the island’s award-winning resorts and hotels are offering discounted specials and packages for the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Offers are listed below:

Amelia by the Sea
TaxSlayer Bowl guests can enjoy a 20 percent discount when staying at Amelia by the Sea. The guest must mention the TaxSlayer Bowl discount when calling to make reservations.
800-335-0984, ameliabythesearentals.com

Amelia Hotel at the Beach
At Amelia Hotel at the Beach, guests for the TaxSlayer Bowl can enjoy rates starting at $99 per night, which include the hotel’s standard amenities, such as Hot & Healthy Breakfast buffet, a wet bar, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker with Starbucks coffee, HBO and Wi-Fi. The Rate Code with this special is “GATR”.
877-263-5428, ameliahotel.com

Amelia Island Hampton Inn at the Beach
The Amelia Hampton Inn at the Beach is offering a TaxSlayer Bowl Staycation with two options. Fans can reserve two nights (Dec. 31 through Jan. 2) starting at $109 per night (plus tax), or four nights (Dec. 31 through Jan. 4), with rates starting at $99 per night. Both packages include complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. Reservations must be made by calling the property directly.
904-321-1111, ameliaislandhamptoninn.com

Days Inn and Suites Amelia Island
With the Days Inn and Suites Amelia Island TaxSlayer Tailgate Package, guests can arrive to a room prepped with tailgating essentials, including a six pack of Bud Light, plastic cups and a $25 Publix Gift Card. The package also includes two vouchers for Bloody Marys at the hotel’s Seabreeze Lounge, and complimentary late checkout for the morning following your game day celebrations. To book the TaxSlayer Tailgate Package, call the Days Inn and Suites Amelia Island directly.
904-277-2300, ameliaislandbeachhotel.com

Elizabeth Pointe Lodge
The Elizabeth Pointe Lodge is offering a TaxSlayer Bowl Package for Vols and Hawkeyes fans. Starting at $540, the package includes a two-night stay, and choice of a complimentary night of ribs and beer for two (one serving per person) or Sunday Brunch for two. The package is available for stays between January 2 and 4, and is only available by calling the property direct. Guests much mention the TaxSlayer Bowl when booking.
904-277-4851, elizabethpointelodge.com

ERA Fernandina Beach Realty
ERA Fernandina Beach Realty is offering special discounted rates for TaxSlayer Bowl. Guests staying with Fernandina Beach Realty for three nights will receive the fourth night free and a 10 percent discount. The offer is subject to availability.
800-741-4011, ameliavacations.com

Fairbanks House
Fairbanks House is offering a fourth night free to fans who check in December 29, 30 or 31. Rates start at $185 per night for two and include daily two-course breakfasts, plus evening adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Fairbanks House offers two, two-bedroom units for those traveling with friends. Use code GATOR15 on your online reservation for the free night.
888-891-9882, fairbankshouse.com

Omni Amelia Island Plantation
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering a special rate for guests ringing in the New Year with a trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl. Located only 30 minutes from EverBank Field, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation offers luxurious resort accommodations featuring first class amenities and activities. Use promo code “football” for a 15 percent discount off the best available rate.
904-261-6161, omniameliaislandplantation.com

Residence Inn, Amelia Island
The Residence Inn Amelia Island is offering an incentive for guests to celebrate New Year’s Day and the TaxSlayer Bowl with them. The hotel is providing guests with chilled champagne splits and party favors upon arrival, a complimentary welcome reception, and special TaxSlayer Bowl rates discounted 10 percent. Guests will enjoy a spacious suite featuring full kitchen, dining area, and separate sleeping and living areas; a full hot complimentary breakfast with new iced coffee bar; and cozy firepit out on Tides Terrace. The promotion applies to stays between December 30 and January 2. Visit bit.ly/taxslayerbowl to book your stay or call 866-245-6099 and mention booking code SPO.
866-245-6099, residenceinnameliaisland.com

Summer Beach Resort
Summer Beach Resort offers a variety of private, oceanfront accommodations, including villas, townhomes, and luxury condominiums. For the TaxSlayer Bowl, guests at the resort can pay for two nights and get a third night free in select two-bedroom units.
800-862-9297, summerbeach.com

The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation
Fans of Tennessee and Iowa can enjoy a 15 percent discount on their stay at The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation. The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation offers luxurious resort accommodations featuring first class amenities and activities. Guests can use promo code “football” to enjoy 15 percent off the best available rate.
904-261-6161, villasofameliaisland.com

Several of the island’s other hotels and resorts still have availability for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. Visit www.ameliaisland.com/accommodations for a full list of accommodations.

All packages and special offers are based on availability. Restrictions apply based on individual property. Please contact individual properties for restrictions and to book a package.

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Fernandina Beach vs Yulee Middle School

Fernandina Beach vs Yulee Middle School If you like local football you do not want to miss this exciting match up of the middle schools: Fernandina Beach vs. Yulee at the Fernandina Beach Highs School football stadium.

The rivalry takes place Thursday, October 18, 2012 with the game starting at 6:30 PM.

Prior to the game, FBMS will host a Tailgate Bash, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. 95.1 WAPE will be there doing live coverage of the event with their Big Ape Mascot and Prizewheel.

Other sponsors include:
YOBE
Chik-fil A
Regions Bank
The Journey Church
Shop Colie’s and more.

The Fernandina Beach Golf CLub will be serving BBQ dinners with BBQ pork, baked beans, Cole slaw, bread and a drink for only $10.00.

You could even win a New 2012 Jeep Wrangler during halftime at the Punt, Pass and Kick Contest, sponsored by Rick Keffer Jeep Dodge Chrysler. Tickets are only $10.00 each, or 3 for $20.00. You MUST be present to win!

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What I Truly Love About Tim Tebow

Lindsey Vonn tebows after winning World Cup on Dec. 7

My SearchAmelia team members can attest to one thing: I absolutely and categorically do not know One Iota about Football. I don’t even want to call it American Football, as to even pretend that there is another sport where players actually use their feet to kick a ball around.

When I came to this country and settled in Atlanta,GA in the early 1980s I accepted an invitation from my sales manager Joe to go to a Georgia Bulldog – Auburn Game in Athens. It was a one sided game because of a young man from Alabama, Bo Jackson, whose blazing speed demolished the dawgs and I mostly watched people in the bleachers. I also went to one or two Atlanta Braves games for the same reason – to watch people.

Actually the whole reason for this introduction is to establish that I’m not biased against football or any other spectator sport for that matter. I don’t watch sports on TV and my mind only registers headlines. And to be honest, a headline this week saying: “N.Y. teens suspended for Tebowing in school hallway”, got my blood close to boiling.  Technically the kids were suspended for Blocking the School’s Hallway, but I’m somehow inclined to believe that this Tebow Controversy is rooted in a strange phenomenon going around the country: bashing and ridiculing religiously or spiritually inspired expressions by celebrities. And typically for the  ridiculing part it has grown to become a verb in this country: Tebowing.

Honestly, I don’t wear my religious beliefs on my sleeve. Stronger yet, my beliefs are much more spiritual than religious, which is to say I grew up with strong religious “guidance” but over a lifetime developed a balanced appreciation for tolerance as a sign of strength, rather than weakness. And that brings me to Tebow, who seemed to have transformed a team of doubters into a team with supreme confidence in the belief that they can do it. And obviously he believes that his “power” to have accomplished that comes from a supreme ally. I would say more power to him.
And the fact is that six or seven straight victories under his leadership should make any critic cautious in choosing their words to describe this young man.

He does what dozens if not hundreds of Hollywood movies have made out to be part of the American Dream; for the underdogs to believe that they have a chance to come out victorious.
So my question is now, why, aside from being a fan of the losing team, would anyone dislike this young man? All I see is that he’s polite, gracious in winning, doesn’t curse, drink, boast or have run-ins with the law. I’m sure that all his critics and detractors would brag the rest of their pitiful lives, if ever given the opportunity to meet Tebow in person.

Yet this young man is hated, persecuted, called names and ridiculed by many, simply because of his harmless actions of thanking God for his victories, as if a Football Stadium is the sacred arena of Machismo, an inappropriate venue for spiritual or religious expressions.

What I truly love about Tebow however is that this 24 year old young man is standing strong in his beliefs. Not easy at that age. In College Football he led the University of Florida as their Hero to national championships but when he turned pro, I heard many claim he would never reach the fame of his college years. His type of playing was not fitted for the NFL, whatever that means. He would be chewed up and spit out as a quarterback in the pro league, were the comments I heard.
Yet, now in his second year as a quarterback, he seems to have changed the game a bit, leaving a lot of football fans in bewilderment. And people don’t like change; as a matter of fact, they hate change and the person(s) that brings it.

But that doesn’t seem to faze this young man as it does so many good people these day who see their dreams turn into ashes. Tebow knows (remember Nike’s Bo Knows ad campaign!), no matter how many people you help, no matter how honorable your intentions, no matter what you do, there will be people out there who are bitter, angry and jealous about your actions and will speak negatively of you, even if they have never faced you in person or exchanged one word.

And Criticism is easier than ever these days thanks to the Internet. No longer is idle gossip and talking behind your back relegated to the local pub or restaurant. We now have the insincere pleasure of being ridiculed wherever people can get online.  No one is really immune but it is still your choice to let those people either paralyze or stop you, or shake it off and go for your dreams.

The fact is that people will criticize you no matter what you do. It’s the apparent nature of the human beast. But, if you’re letting it stop you from taking action, improving your life, helping others, and making a dramatic, positive impact on the world, then you are making a big mistake.

America’s 26th President Teddy Roosevelt, a man on occasion strongly criticized by his detractors said:  “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Remember that for all of Tim Tebow’s detractors, there are millions more who hope for his success and find inspiration in the way he acts and inspires others. And those are the people that matter to him. Build your dreams and then find the people that matter to you in your life.

Pirate Cafe at Fernandina Homecoming

Pirate Cafe at Fernandina Homecoming

Pirate Cafe at Fernandina Homecoming

Homecoming at Fernandina Beach is Friday night and the Pirate Cafe will be open. Chef Judson Cory and the FBHS culinary students will be serving dinner from after school until 7:30 PM.

Dinners are only $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and the proceeds generate funds for the high school’s culinary class.

Here are your choices:

-Ribs, sides and beverage
-Hot Dogs, side and beverage
-Hamburgers, side and beverage
-Chicken Wraps, side and beverage

Turn right at the stop sign before you get to the gym’s circular drive; and follow the sign. Dinners will also be available the evening of our final home game at Fernandina Beach, November 12, 2010. Come out, enjoy the food and taste what the students at FBHS are cooking up.

Georgia Florida Weekend is Upon Us

Georgia Florida Weekend is Upon Us

Aaron Murray

It is Georgia- Florida football weekend here on Amelia Island and the town is a buzz with football activity and partying! The fall air has come back to us and the weather is perfect for locals and tourists alike. One of the great things about this weekend is that there is so much to do surrounding the game. Unfortunately for some of us there is too much to do sometimes.

As many of you know I am a fan of football (OK, a football fanatic) and have a passion for Georgia football(OK- I am a diehard Dawgs Fan!!!). Having graduated from The University of Georgia in the early 80’s, (I just gave away my age didn’t I?) I have followed this game from the Hershell Walker era through Tim Tebow’s dominance and now into a new decade of SEC football where everything this year so far has been topsy turvey. Each week brings a whole new dimension to college football which makes it very interesting.

As SearchAmelia has grown it takes us in many different directions, often with so much to do we sometimes wonder if we can actually sleep-in or stay at home and watch a movie. Most of the time this is not an option with our family, but I pride myself in taking my Saturdays to watch college football and my Bulldogs grind it out each week. Last week I actually watched my first Dawgs game on my laptop live streamed from ESPN3.com. It was great!

I have been to what is now Everbank Stadium numerous times to see this game live, but now prefer to sit in my own living room, with my own cooler and witness every play multiple times, and rewind or pause the game if I so desire since technology is now advanced enough to do such things.

This year however so much is going on that my preferred viewing preference may not be an option. Starting with Thursday night’s Shiny Badges A Night of Laughter, and a great Halloween Party Friday night, things just keep getting interesting. On game day our favorite rock and roll trio Blistur is having their CD release party in Jacksonville shortly after the game and since we are heavily involved with them I will not be allowed the luxury of watching the whole game in the privacy of my home, instead I will video the band during their concert for their DVD and that will be a blast!!!

As for this Georgia- Florida game I am extremely optimistic, due to the fact that GA and their fine group of players, Aaron Murray, AJ Green, Washaun Ealy, and Caleb King are on top of their game, as well as our defense. Most of my FL fan buddies are not as optimistic as I am about their chances. Even Arlene Rowland-Scott of Rowland’s Upholstery pleaded the fifth and would not talk to me about the outcome of this game.

My Prediction…

GA 34, FL 21

Go Dawgs Sic Em Woof Woof Woof

SEC Week Three Picks

SEC Week Three Picks

SEC Week Three Picks

Week two of college football is over and we learned a little this week. Florida struggled for the first half against South Florida, FSU was taught a few things by Oklahoma, Georgia showed that they weren’t quite prepared for a Steve Spurrier driven South Carolina team and Tennessee didn’t handle an Oregon team that perhaps is better than anyone predicted this season.

Our third week of SEC (and FSU) football pics are sponsored by Halftime Sports Bar and Grill on 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. If you haven’t been there yet, you should stop by. They have boxes that let you control the sound of the game you want to hear conveniently at your table!

This week’s celebrity guest is Neal Gupton, the drummer from the rockin’ trio, Blistur. Blistur is currently preparing for their upcoming CD release concert and party that will be held in Jacksonville, Florida in late October. We will bring you the latest details as they become available, but it looks like they will be filming a music video at the event. The rumors I am hearing is the event will be near Halloween and concert goers are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. Who knows? You may just be featured in their music video!

Go Dawgs! Sic ’em, woof, woof, woof!

Here are the results from week two’s games:

Halftime Sports Pub 20
Rowlands Upholstery 17
Eric Childers 20
Stanton Studs 17
Lawrence Mackie 17
Han Ramakers 14
Celebrity Picks 13

Games Halftime Sports Pub Rowlands Upholster Eric Childers Stanton Studs Lawrence Mackie Han Ramakers Neal Gupton
Alabama VS Duke Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Duke Alabama
Arkansas VS UGA Georgia Arkansas Georgia Arkansas Georgia Georgia Georgia
Auburn VS Clemson Auburn Auburn Clemson Auburn Clemson Auburn Auburn
Florida VS Tenn. Florida Florida Florida Florida Tenn. Florida Tenn.
Kentucky VS Akron Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
LSU VS Miss. State LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU
Ole Miss VS Vandy Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Vandy Ole Miss Ole Miss
SC VS Furman SC SC SC SC SC SC Furman
FSU VS BYU FSU BYU FSU FSU BYU BYU FSU

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Predictions Week One

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Predictions Week One

2010 Fantasy Football

Now that the NFL has started the 2010 season we decided to tap into our football resources and put a little twist on picking games for each Sunday. Having been a commissior for a fantasy football league for 9 years I decided to have our panel pick specific players for their Fantasy value each week. As many of you know Fantasy football decisions are entirely different than picking the winners of games.

Each week our experts, or non-experts, will be given a list of 3 Quarterbacks, 3 Running Backs, 3 Wide Recievers and 3 Tight Ends to determine who they think will have the best fantasy point week. Hopefully this can help you decide which players to play on your teams, or who not to play as the case may be! The scoring for this will be determined by the default NFL.com scoring. As with our SEC picks, this is only for bragging rights.

The players are the same as the SEC Football Picks with the addition of the editor of SearchAmelia.com, Judie Mackie, who is also an award winning Fantasy Football player (for nearly a decade) herself.

Good Luck to all!

NFL.com scoring is as follows-
OFFENSE

Passing Yards: 1 point per 25 yards passing
Passing Touchdowns: 4 points
Interceptions: -2 points
Rushing Yards: 1 point per 10 yards
Rushing Touchdowns: 6 points
Receiving Yards: 1 point per 10 yards
Receiving Touchdowns: 6 points
2-Point Conversions: 2 points
Fumbles Lost: -2 points

Quarterback – Pick One

Position Player Team
Quarterback Peyton Manning Indy
Quarterback Tom Brady New England
Quarterback Phillip Rivers San Diego

Running Back – Pick One

Position Player Team
Running Back Frank Gorre San Francisco
Running Back Maurice Jones Drew Jacksonville
Running Back Steven Jackson St Louis

Wide Receiver – Pick One

Position Player Team
Wide Receiver Roddy White Atlanta
Wide Receiver Steve Smith Carolina
Wide Receiver Hines Ward Pittsburgh

Tight End – Pick One

Position Player Team
Tight End Antonio Gates San Diego
Tight End Kellen Winslow Tampa Bay
Tight End Jason Whitten Dallas

Week One Fantasy Football Picks

Players Halftime Sports Pub Rowlands Upholster Eric Childers Stanton Studs Lawrence Mackie Han Ramakers Judie Mackie
Quarterback Manning Manning Manning Brady Rivers Brady Manning
Running Back Gore Jones-Drew Gore Jones-Drew Jones-Drew Gore Gore
Wide Receiver Ward White Smith White White Ward White
Tight End Whitten Whitten Gates Gates Whitten Winslow Gates

SEC Week Two Picks

SEC Week Two Picks

SEC

Week one didn’t hold too many surprises for SEC football. The Tim Tebow-less Florida Gators had a tough time against a far inferior Miami of Ohio, while Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU and South Carolina showed what the SEC is all about.

Ole Miss and Vandy both struggled, and Florida State (not an SEC team but a favorite among many locals) handily beat Samson.

This week brings much more difficult match-ups for most SEC teams, except of course Florida, who chooses to play the Old Ladies of the Poor for the first two games every season. At least this week they will be bringing the money and cameras to another Florida school, the University of South Florida. Go Bulls!

Go Dawgs! Sic ’em, woof, woof, woof!

Here are the results from week one’s games:

Halftime Sports Pub 11
Rowlands Upholstery 10
Eric Childers 11
Stanton Studs 9
Lawrence Mackie 9
Han Ramakers 8
Celebrity Picks 6

Games Halftime Sports Pub Rowlands Upholster Eric Childers Stanton Studs Lawrence Mackie Han Ramakers Alex Watts
Alabama VS Penn State Alabama Penn State Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
Arkansas VS Monroe Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas
Auburn VS MSU Auburn Auburn Auburn MSU Auburn MSU Auburn
Florida VS USF Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida
UGA VS SC SC Georgia SC SC Georgia SC Georgia
KY VS Akron Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Akron
LSU VS Vandy LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU Vandy LSU
Ole Miss VS Tulane Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Tulane Ole Miss Tulane Ole Miss
TN VS Oregon Tennessee Oregon Oregon Oregon Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
FSU VS Oklahoma Oklahoma Florida State Florida State Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma

SEC Football Picks Week One

SEC Football Picks Week One

SEC Football Picks Week One

Football withdrawals are officially over!!! Today, September 4th, 2010 is the official start of College football season with the NFL starting next week. I am personally very excited about this and have found out that plenty of other people around here are also as excited as I am.

The good folks at Halftime Sports Bar and I decided to host our own version of football picks to be displayed for everyone who comes to SearchAmelia to see. We rounded out our panel with some very interesting football fans like us. We have TJ and Becky at Halftime; myself (a University of Georgia Grad and self proclaimed football fanatic and avid Jaguar fan); Arlene at Rowland’s Upholstery; Eric Childers (a city commissioner and car salesman for Rick Keffer Dodge); Stanton’s Studs, a graduate of South Carolina whose son just recently started at FSU; Search Amelia’s own publisher (a fan of the other football sport played overseas mostly); and a celebrity pick each week. This week our celebrity is Ally at the Desk.

We are going to focus on SEC football and the FSU Seminoles for our picks each week. There is no money involved, just bragging rights. We encourage each and every one of you to tell us how you think we are doing and hope that you join in with your comments and good natured banter.

Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to each of our players and what makes them a so-called expert in their field of footballdom!

Have a great football season and look next week for our Fantasy football pick ’em for the NFL to start up. This week everyone picked South Carolina, because they already played their game and won, so everyone has one win to start. We look forward to a great college football season and exceptional fall here on Amelia Island.

Go Dawgs, Sic ’em, woof – woof – Woof!!!

Games Halftime Sports Pub Rowlands Upholstery Eric Childers Stanton Studs Lawrence Mackie Han Ramakers Ally at the Desk
Alabama VS San Jose Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
Arkansas VS TN Tech Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas TN Tech
Auburn VS Arkansas ST Auburn Auburn Auburn Arkansas ST Auburn Auburn Arkansas ST
Florida VS Miami-Ohio Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida
UGA VS LA-Lafayette Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia
KY VS Louisville Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Louisville Louisville Louisville
LSU VS NC LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU
Ole Miss VS Jax State Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss
Miss State VS Memphis Miss State Miss State Miss State Miss State Memphis Memphis Memphis
TN VS TN-Martin Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Vandy VS NWestern NW Vandy NW Vandy NW Vandy Vandy
FSU VS Sampson Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State
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2010 to 2011 Jaguar Schedule

2010 to 2011 Jaguar Schedule

2010 to 2011 Jaguar Schedule

The schedule for the regular season of the 2010/2011 NFL Football Season has been announced.

The Jacksonville Jaguars did not take Tim Tebow in the draft as you know, so how does the franchise expect to fill seats in the stadium this year? With a moderately difficult schedule for the upcoming season, the Jaguars will have to play hard and count on their win/loss record to sell tickets – plain and simple!

Here are the details:

Week 1 Sun, Sept. 12 vs. Denver Broncos CBS 1 p.m.
Week 2 Sun, Sept. 19 at San Diego Chargers CBS 4:15 p.m.
Week 3 Sun, Sept. 26 vs. Philadelphia Eagles FOX 4:05 p.m.
Week 4 Sun, Oct. 3 vs. Indianapolis Colts CBS 4:05 p.m.
Week 5 Sun, Oct. 10 at Buffalo Bills CBS 1 p.m.
Week 6 Mon, Oct. 18 vs. Tennessee Titans ESPN 8:30 p.m.
Week 7 Sun, Oct. 24 at Kansas City Chiefs CBS 1 p.m.
Week 8 Sun, Oct. 31 at Dallas Cowboys CBS 1 p.m.
Week 9 Bye
Week 10 Sun, Nov. 14 vs. Houston Texans CBS 1 p.m.
Week 11 Sun, Nov. 21 vs. Cleveland Browns CBS 1 p.m.
Week 12 Sun, Nov. 28 at New York Giants CBS 1 p.m.
Week 13 Sun, Dec. 5 at Tennessee Titans CBS 1 p.m.
Week 14 Sun, Dec. 12 vs. Oakland Raiders CBS 1 p.m.
Week 15 Sun, Dec. 19 at Indianapolis Colts CBS 1 p.m.
Week 16 Sun, Dec. 26 vs. Washington Redskins FOX 1 p.m.
Week 17 Sun, Jan. 2 at Houston Texans CBS 1 p.m.

NFL Draft Goes Primetime

NFL Draft

NFL Draft

For the first time, the NFL Draft will be held in primetime. An event that has often conflicted with my youngest daughter’s birthday party has finally been moved away from a usually gorgeous spring Saturday to a Thursday evening!

With one week to go before this April 22nd televised event, teams have been trading players for better strategic draft positioning. The first round of the draft is on Thursday, starting at 7:30 PM on the ESPN and NFL Networks, with subsequent rounds following on the next two evenings. The first ten teams to pick are St. Louis, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Washington, Kansas City, Seattle, Cleveland, Oakland, Buffalo and the Jacksonville Jaquars. Usually the worst teams from the previous year get to pick early in the draft, but draft positions can be traded for players.

The Steelers have traded popular fantasy player, WR Santonio Holmes to the Jets in exchange for a 5th-round draft pick. Even though Georgia authorites didn’t file sexual assault charges against Steeler’s QB Ben Roethlisberger this week, doesn’t Big Ben have enough to worry about without Pittsburgh displaying lost faith in his favorite target? Another example of pre-draft trading is that Broncos WR Brandon Marshall is being traded to the Dolphins for a 2nd round pick this year and another possible 2nd round pick in 2011. Not bad for Marshall who is reported by ESPN to have agreed to a four year, $47.5 million contract. According to an ESPN source, $24 million of that is guaranteed money. Of course physicals must be passed and the league needs to approve the deal first.

Good luck to all you football fans, I hope your team selects a solid pick. Even though Ally will be 15 this year, and loves football, I am glad my daughter’s birthday party can be about her this year – without any interruptions from the National Football League.

Jaguar Football Comes to Amelia Island

Jaguar Football Comes to Amelia Island

Jaguar Football Comes to Amelia Island

The Jacksonville Jaquars need to sell more tickets to their football games and they have been touring the metropolitan area recently to do just that… get out and about, meet the fans and sell some seats.

Monday, they came to Amelia Island and spent the evening at the Fernandina Beach Recreation Center. Tony Boselli, Gene Smith, a couple members of the Roar, Atiyyah Ellison and Tiquan Underwood all showed up for this family friendly event!

For more information and to cheer on the Jacskonville Jaguars, visit www.myteamteal.com.

Here is a glimpse of some of Monday night’s action in Fernandina Beach.

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Jacksonville Jaguar Pep Rally and Cookout

Jaguars come to Amelia Island

Jaguars come to Amelia Island

BREAKING NEWS – As you know, the Jacksonville Jaguars are vital to our community and economy. Please help support our team by attending a FREE Pep Rally & Cookout!

The rally will be this Monday, March 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Fernandina Beach Recreation Center on Atlantic Avenue on Amelia Island. Confirmed are Jaxson Deville, members from the Roar, Coach Mel Tucker, GM Gene Smith (to talk about the upcoming NFL draft), Two Active Players TBA, Team Teal Commissioner and Former Jaguar Tony Boselli.

There will be giveaways, a raffle for Jag stuff and a Free Cookout (with hot dogs and hamburgers & the fixins)! This will be a kid friendly event, (pictures and autograph time). Ticket reps from the Jaguars will be there to talk special ticket deals and special financing on season tickets!

Please help us show support for The Jags! Help spread the word – please attend or have someone attend for you and forward an invitation to your circle of friends, family and employees.

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