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Artis Gilmore inducted NBA Hall of Fame: The big man from the small school gets immortalized in the Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s about time too.

Artis Gilmore led the Jacksonville Dolphins to the National Championship game in 1970.

That gave him legendary status in Jacksonville, but that’s an accolade that doesn’t count for the basketball hall. Gilmore would take care of that over the next 17 years.

Almost 25,000 points, more than 16,000 rebounds and more than 3,000 blocks. He was an All-Star 11 times in the ABA and NBA. He has the highest career field goal percentage in NBA history -- still!

And until this past August, he wasn’t in the Hall of Fame. It was a travesty that Gilmore wasn’t enshrined in Springfield, Massachusett’s crowned jewel. On August 12th, the Veteran’s Committee, finally parked the A-Train in the right place.
Blaine Gabbert drafted and starts: Nothing creates a buzz around an NFL team like drafting a quarterback in the first round. The Jaguars made the bold move. They traded up six spots to get the future of the franchise. Blaine Gabbert was selected with the 10th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The 21 year old with golden locks and a golden arm was the quarterback this franchise has been missing for the last decade. The only thing is he wasn’t supposed to play - yet.

With no offseason and veteran David Garrard still under contract, Gabbert was scheduled to watch and learn in 2011. Then Garrard got cut, Luke McCown threw four interceptions against the Jets and the future was now for Gabbert and the Jags.

It’s been a rocky start to what hopes to be a promising career. Gabbert has struggled, he’s been criticized and many question if the young kid will still be the future of the franchise. On December 11th, Gabbert had his best game as a pro with two touchdowns passes in a 41-14 win.
Corky Rogers 400th win, 8th all-time in U.S.: Simply put - he’s the king of Florida high school football. Bolles head coach Corky Rogers won his 400th game during the 2011 season. The milestone win against American Heritage extended his state record for wins and also put him in the top ten nationally all time.

Rogers and Bolles did suffer a setback during the season when they lost to Raines. It was their first district loss since 1992.

That proved to be fuel for another state championship run. Rogers and the Bulldogs overcame a litiny of injuries to make it to the state championship game for an astounding 12th time under Rogers.

This month, Rogers and the Bulldogs rallied from 13 down in the fourth quarter and beat Washington H.S. 33-25 for their 11th state championship – 10th for Rogers.

In the end, the milestone 400th win was probably just another number to Rogers, but his coaching effort in 2011 may have been his best yet.
David Garrard released: The news was stunning and how it happened was -- well, let’s just say it made lunch taste bad.

Three days after the Jaguars made roster cuts and five days before their season opener the Jaguars released long time quarterback David Garrard. He was scheduled to be the starting quarterback and mentor rookie Blaine Gabbert, but a poor training camp changed everything.

Garrard injured his back in the first week of camp and struggled in limited action during preseason games. The move also saved the Jaguars $9 million because Garrard was cut before the first game of the season.

The Jaguars insisted they made the right move, but they also acknowledged they didn’t handle it the right way. The team got a lot of bad press for cutting Garrard after introducing him an hour earlier at a team luncheon open to the public.

Garrard would end up missing the entire season after having back surgery to fix a herniated disc.
Daytona 500 - youngest champ ever: Brand new track and brand new champ. The 2011 Daytona 500 was historic because it was the first race after the Daytona International Speedway was repaved in 2010.

The race in February was highlighted by the youngest driver to ever win the Daytona 500. Trevor Bayne won the battle of the tandem racing at the age of 20 years and just one day.

Bayne was pushed most of the day by star veteran Jeff Gordon en route the victory. Like many recent Daytona 500 winners, the rest of Bayne’s year wasn’t as exciting.

The youngster was snake bitten - or should we say spider bitten. He was hospitalized in the summer after suffering a spider bite and later missed five weeks of the season because an ensuing illness.

Bayne raced on a limited basis because of lack of sponsorship and finished 53rd overall in the drivers’ standings. He raced 17 times and his only win, top five and top ten was the Daytona 500 success in February.
Fred Taylor retires: The day was coming, it was just a matter of when. Fred Taylor chose to retire a Jacksonville Jaguars player on September 2nd after signing a one day contract. The ceremonial gesture capped off one of the great, yet underrated careers in NFL history.

Taylor, a one time pro bowler, ran for almost 12,000 yards in 13 NFL seasons. He ranks first in Jaguars history in rushing yards and in touchdowns. Freddy T’s twilight was spent with the New England Patriots for two seasons, but he’ll always be known as a Jags player.

Taylor ranks 15th on the NFL all-time rushing list but is considered a long shot for the Hall of Fame because of no Super Bowl appearances and the one Pro Bowl nod.

On Monday Night Football in October, Taylor was the honorary captain for the Jaguars during the coin toss. He will likely join the Pride of the Jaguars at Everbank Field in 2012.
Florida/Georgia Game: It’s an annual event, but something different happened in 2011 - Georgia won the football game.

It was a big deal for the Bulldogs and a big deal for head coach Mark Richt. The Dawgs had beaten the Gators only three times in the previous 21 years and it was a potential job saving win for Richt.

The game wasn’t a thing of beauty by any means. The quarterbacks took turns playing poorly, but it was UGA that made all the big plays in the second half.

The game may be remembered for several fourth down conversions. The Gators converted one of them into touchdowns, but the Bulldogs had two fourth down attempts turn into scores.

The Georgia defense was superb in the second half when they allowed the Gators just 32 yards of total offense. In the end, Georgia beat Florida 24-20 to help save Richt’s job and continue what would become a ten game winning streak on the season. The win was the catalyst to an SEC East title and a berth in the SEC Championship game.
Gator Hoops makes Elite 8: The Florida Gators lost to UCF and JU early in the 2010-11 season and then made March Madness their own journey to the Elite Eight.

Billy Donovan’s Gators were built to last in the NCAA Tournament and got a favorable draw through a good portion of the bracket.

The second seeded Gators breezed through UC-Santa Barbara, disposed of UCLA, got by Jimmer Fredette and BYU to make it to the Elite Eight. They figured to have a pretty good draw to make the championship game if they could beat Butler and eventually VCU in the Final Four.

Florida never got to Houston. The Gators lost to Butler in overtime 74-71. Florida wasted an 11 point second half lead before falling in extra time.

It would be Butler’s second straight trip to the Final Four and the end of a nice Florida Gators run that was a basket away from once again competing for a national championship.
Jack Del Rio fired: After a beatdown at the hands of the Houston Texans, time ran out on the Jack Del Rio era in Jacksonville. On the same day we learned the team was being sold, Del Rio was shown the door by Wayne Weaver.

Del Rio led the Jaguars for nine seasons, but could never secure a division title. The Jaguars recorded one playoff win in two postseason appearances under Del Rio. After the Jaguars playoff run in 2007, Weaver rewarded Del Rio with a contract extension and a pay raise to $5 million per year.

The Jaguars have not made the playoffs since 2007, and Weaver still owes Del Rio for the rest of the 2011 season and all of 2012.

The former linebacker was known for being a player's coach, but was harshly criticized by some big name former Jaguars after his dismissal. Fred Taylor and Jimmy Smith were both critical of Del Rio and there were rumblings in the building that JDR wasn't working hard enough.

With his job on the line all season, Del Rio never appeared to lose the locker room. The team never quit, and current players were supportive of JDR in the days following his firing.

One of the top stories of 2011, the firing of Jack Del Rio was just a part of a greater changing of the guard for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jags Free Agent Frenzy and NFL Lockout: The NFL locked its door on March 12th of this year. On April 25th, the lockout was lifted - for a day. A stay was granted and the lockout lasted until July 21st. The only casualty of the lockout was the Hall of Fame game on August 7th. It goes deeper than that, the pursuit of the new CBA froze transactions, offseason workouts and the players abilities to work with coaches and trainers.

The lockout led to one of the most exciting weeks in the history of the sport. The free agent frenzy that resulted after the lockout was a nonstop litany of transactions on a small and large scale. The Jaguars went big.

General Manager Gene Smith targeted defensive help and spent 100 million dollars to get the players he wanted. Paul Posluzny, Clint Session, Dawan Landry, Drew Coleman and Matt Roth were all added to the Jaguars roster in a short time period.

The moves worked. The Jaguars defense went from one of the worst in the league to one of the best in a week.
Muschamp's first season/Meyer to OSU: They always say never follow a legend and Will Muschamp was granted that task at the University of Florida. Urban Meyer left Gainesville with two SEC championships and more importantly two national titles.

Muschamp’s first season as the Gators head coach started in a shroud of mystery. He closed spring and preseason practice to the media and opened the season with four straight victories.

The Gators then went on to lose six of the last eight which included losses to rivals Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Florida State.

Things got interesting in the latter parts of 2011 when Urban Meyer decided to return to coaching – at Ohio State. Ironically, the Gators and Buckeyes will square off in the Gator Bowl. Meyer will wait to take over the OSU program until after the bowl game.
Sharks win AFL Championship: In just their second year of existence, the Jacksonville Sharks won the AFL title. After losing their season opener, the Sharks reeled off 13 wins in a row and won the South Division.

Jacksonville cruised through the playoffs and won the Arena Bowl in dramatic fashion. On the last play of the game, Aaron Garcia hit Jacksonville native Jeron Harvey in the end zone to clinch the club’s first title.

Garcia, who will go down as an AFL legend, won his first title of his 17 year career. Along the way, Garcia racked up more then 50,000 career yards and passed for 1,078 career TD passes. The ball that was thrown for career touchdown number 1,000 is on display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tebow Time: The 2011 NFL season could be called the year of Tim Tebow. The Jacksonville native just hasn’t done it on the football field. He published a book, put on a golf tournament that raised thousands of dollars for charity and has launched an initiative to build a church in the Philippines.

On the football side of things, Tebow goes from the backup quarterback of the Denver Broncos to the starter. After five games, Tebow took the helm and has guided the Broncos to a 7-1 record and to the doorstep of the playoffs.

Tebow continues to be one of the most polarizing figures in pro sports today. Despite all the critics, his popularity has never been bigger.
TPC Week - Tiger withdraws, Choi wins: The 2011 edition of THE PLAYERS Championship started about as dramatically as it ended. Tiger Woods was playing his first tournament since a fourth place finish at the The MASTERS. After a six-over par 42 front nine, Woods withdrew with a knee injury. Woods didn’t play tournament golf for three months following THE PLAYERS.

The drama continued on day three of the tournament with a thunderstorm that knocked down trees and tents which suspended play most of Saturday.

Sunday brought a battle to the finish line. David Toms birdied the 72nd hole to force a playoff with K.J. Choi. The two leaders went back to the famed 17th hole for a sudden death playoff. Toms missed a three and a half foot putt to force another extra hole and Choi cashed in with a tap in par to win his first tournament in three years.
Weaver sells the Jaguars, Khan buys: One day shy of the 18th anniversary of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the only owner that the River City has ever known announced that he would be selling the team.

November 29th was a historic day in Jacksonville Jaguars history. Jack Del Rio was relieved of his duties as head coach and more importantly Wayne Weaver informed the public that he would be selling the team to Shahid Khan.

Khan, an Illinois business man who had dreamed of becoming a NFL owner since he immigrated to the United States at the age of 16, will become the first minority owner in NFL history. Khan has become a cult hero in Jacksonville from T-shirts to fake mustaches. Khan says he will keep the team in Jacksonville.

Weaver’s ultimate goal of winning the Lombardi trophy was never realized. Weaver will be remembered as the man who brought pro football and a Super Bowl to Jacksonville. The Weaver family has given over 50 million dollars to local charities. He put the city of Jacksonville on the professional sports map.
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Our Picks
Brent Martineau:
1. Weaver sells, Khan buys
2. Artis Gilmore Hall of Fame
3. Tebow Time
4. Gabbert drafted and starts
5. Muschamp/Meyer
6. Hit The Road Jack
7. Sharks win AFL Title
8. Free Agent Frenzy/Lockout
9. Garrard released
10. THE PLAYERS - Tiger withdraws, playoff finish

Steve Wrigley:
1. Weaver sells, Khan buys
2. Tebow Time
3. Hit The Road Jack
4. Garrard Released
5. Muschamp/Meyer
6. Gabbert drafted and starts
7. Artis Gilmore Hall of Fame
8. Free Agent Frenzy/Lockout
9. THE PLAYERS- Tiger withdraws, playoff finish
10. Sharks win AFL Title

Patrick Kavanagh, Producer:
1. Weaver sells, Khan buys
2. Hit The Road Jack
3. Tebow Time
4. Gabbert drafted and starts
5. Artis Gilmore hall of fame
6. Muschamp/Meyer
7. THE PLAYERS - Tiger withdraws, playoff finish
8. Fred Taylor retires
9. Corky Rogers 400th win
10. Sharks win AFL championship

David DeCandis, Producer:
1. Weavers sells, Khan buys
2. Hit The Road Jack
3. Tebow Time
4. Gabbert drafted and starts
5. Garrard released
6. Muschamp/Meyer
7. THE PLAYERS - Tiger withdraws, playoff finish
8. Free Agent Frenzy/Lockout
9. Gator Hoops To Elite Eight
10. Sharks win AFL Title
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