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Asian Water Lizard Captured on Collier Golf Course

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Kevin Hennings about to recapture Poseidon at TwinEagles

The headline makes this seem more ominous than it is, because there is not currently in invasive issue with Asian water lizards, but it must’ve been freaky for the golfers who saw the 6-foot reptile on the course! This one was an escaped pet, who made some national news when his escape was announced. Fortunately some good Samaritans notified him when “Poseidon” was spotted at TwinEagles. He was able to lure it with some frozen chicken and catch it without much difficulty. The Naples News story has the thrilling footage of the capture!

At this time, these reportedly don’t even need a permit: they are not one of the species that is currently joining the exotic invasions of African lizards that Florida is dealing with right now.

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That Insane Curry v. LeBron Highlight was really a Double Dribble

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Curry Picks up his Dribble

Yeah, that highlight that is blowing up today of Curry taking LeBron should not have been. Curry definitely picked up the ball with both hands in the middle of it. Frankly, it should be a LeBron highlight anyway, seeing as how he held the 2-time MVP without help for some 8 seconds. But since the evidence shows Curry had to cheat to get by, speaks even greater to LeBron’s efforts. It’s no wonder LeBron jumped- Steph picked up his dribble. It’s not a Curry highlight, it’s a lowlight.

 

Also, a look at LeBron’s shot chart shows how he had success taking it to the rim a few times on his own last night!

The sequence:

Giant Snake on Golf Course (Not Florida)

This huge Rock Python was seen crawling across a fairway on a course in South Africa. Piece of advice from a certified snake wrangler, don’t approach them if you don’t know what they are doing. (Rock Pythons are notoriously aggressive.) It’s a matter of time In factbefore we get footage like this of an invasive Burmese in Florida

 

In fact, a couple of guys recently tried this with a snake on the side of the road in Collier County a few weeks ago…

Never Take Your Eyes Off a Football Game

I’ll admit that sometimes I don’t pay attention during special teams plays- grabbing a drink during a kickoff, or using the punt to bracket a bathroom run. That’s a risky move, as special teams plays can be some of the most exciting in sports. USC commit Bubba Bolden made that more than clear during a placekick in the East-West game when he hurdled the long-snapper, kicked the ball out of the holder’s hand, and scooped it up to take it all the way for a score. It’s crazy, you have to watch the video…

There’s another angle on the Deadspin story link, too.

Miami RedHawks Football on the Brink of History

No team in college football has ever started a season 0-6 and made it to a bowl. None have ever turned it around to win 6 straight after such a start, but the RedHawks have a chance to do it tonight. The turnaround is just as shocking for a team that hasn’t had a winning record since their last bowl season in 2010. They went 4-8 the two years after that season, before the bottom fell out and they were a winless 0-12 in 2013. Chuck Martin took over after that season, and while definitely showing progress, only managed 5 wins his first two seasons. This season looked bleak, after Gus Ragland went down with an ACL injury before the season, and the team sputtered to 0-6. Ragland made it back for game seven against Kent State, and the RedHawks have not lost since. A win tonight would not only make Miami bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, but it could even give them a share of the division championship with an Ohio loss.

This is not the first historic turnaround for the Miami RedHawks. That 2010 team had one of the best season-to-season turnarounds in College Football history. Never before had a team had double-digit losses in one season, and come back to score double-digit wins the next, which Miami did by winning the GoDaddy.com Bowl that year. Now, Chuck Martin, Gus Ragland, and the Redhawks have a chance to add best single season turnaround to the college football record books.

If you weren’t excited all ready, here’s Interim Head Coach Lance Guidry’s pregame speech prior to the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl:

Let’s do this! The game is online on ESPN3 for subscribers.

UPDATE: Victory- Miami is going bowling for the first time in six years, with the greatest in-season turnaround in NCAA history. They had to come from behind, 10 points down in the second half, behind Gus Ragland’s career 380 yd passing day. The fans that braved the cold weather and the holiday break rushed the field after the gun to celebrate. The Hawks just missed out on going to the MAC championship game when Akron failed to convert a fourth down pass in the end zone against Ohio. They’ll still be bowling, and the announcement of which game will come in the next few weeks.

Scot Schebler Knocked a Ball All the Way Out of Great American Ballpark

What a way to join the team. In his first game since being called back to the big leagues, he crushed a walk-off 3-run homer to beat the Cards in the bottom of the ninth. There was no doubt about whether it had the distance from the moment it left his bat, though it just snuck fair inside the right foul pole. The ball bounced once near the Bowtie bar, and right on out of the stadium. We will miss Jay Bruce, to be sure, but this guy could be an up and comer to pair with Adam Duvall for a few years!

http://m.mlb.com/video/v1001837183/stlcin-schebler-wins-it-with-a-threerun-moonshot

Just Another Florida Critter – You Thought the Jurassic Gator was Long?

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Facebook photo via Sharif Walker

This was posted on Facebook, the poster indicates it was taken just outside the City of Fort Myers on the way to Lehich Acres… that’s just down the street. I can’t see much detail, but at that length, it must be an invasive Burmese Python.

 

gatesville-courthouse-snakeI posted the snake in the courtroom on my other blog this morning- makes that little fella look like a walk in the park. And a guy in South Carolina had a couple snakes dangling out of his attic, but they probably didn’t match this Burmese if they were lined up end to end!

And remember that Massive Gator that was filed walking along a Florida Golf Course, keep in mind that these Burmese Pythons HUNT alligators! It’s like we’re surrounded by dinosaurs down here!

It made news for obvious reasons, but it’s really not uncommon down here.

UPDATE: Apparently- it’s a fake. Which is kind of silly, because we actually do get snakes like that down here… http://www.nbc-2.com/story/27389139/7-foot-snake-slithers-through-naples-park#.V2gEKrgrLcc

and : http://www.nbc-2.com/story/31498822/largest-burmese-python-in-s-florida-record-found-in-collier-co#.V2gEZbgrLcc

and: http://www.winknews.com/2014/12/18/story-of-massive-python-found-at-local-restaurant-goes-viral/