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ABA Jacksonville Giants In ABA Final Four

ABA Jacksonville Giants In ABA Final Four

The Jacksonville Giants, Jacksonville’s only professional basketball team, traveled to South Holland, Illinois, this week to take on the #4 ranked Chicago Steam in the final game of the ABA quarterfinals. The Giants tipped off against the Steam Saturday afternoon at South Suburban College at 3:00 p.m. The Giants started the game strong, taking a 10-0 lead in the 1st quarter.

Morning Miller On Sports - March 29, 2012

Morning Miller On Sports - March 29, 2012

Jaguars Bite of the Day – Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Aaron Kampman feels confident about his health.  The 11-year NFL veteran is still recovering from a 2010 torn ACL.  Kampman played three games in 2011.  With five games left on the schedule last season, the Jags placed him on injured reserve.  In December, Kampman had cleanup surgery on his right knee and then spent six weeks on crutches.  Kampman, who turns 33 in November, commented on last year: “I was never close to what I consider my level of play.”

Morning Miller On Sports - March 29, 2012

Morning Miller On Sports - March 29, 2012

ABA Jacksonville Giants Basketball – Jacksonville’s only professional basketball team left by charter bus this morning to travel to Chicago, Illinois.  They will be competing in the ABA Final 8 tournament and hope to beat the Chicago Steam to move on to the Final Four to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, in April. 

 You Should Know – At the NFL owners’ meetings in Palm Beach, Florida, much is getting accomplished.  The owners, by a vote of 30-2, approved the playoff overtime rule for the regular season.  “All games that go to overtime now can’t end on a field goal on the first possession.”  The opposing team must then receive one series.  If another field goal is kicked, the overtime continues.  Owners also will allow the replay official to review turnovers just like he does for all scoring plays.

Morning Miller On Sports - March 28, 2012

Morning Miller On Sports - March 28, 2012

Jacksonville's ABA Jacksonville Giants (http://www.jacksonvillegiants.com) are heading to Chicago, Illinois, today to face the Chicago Steam.  The winner will join the three other teams already heading to the ABA Final Four in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The two teams will play on Saturday.  Cheer on our local team and join their Facebook page.

Strange Thought of the Day – Even though I’m in favor of giving Blaine Gabbert more time for development and growth, who will finish with more NFL career starts – Gabbert or Miami’s David Garrard?

The Morning Miller On Sports For March 27, 2012

The Morning Miller On Sports For March 27, 2012

You Should Know – On Monday, Tim Tebow said he chose the New York Jets over the Jacksonville Jaguars and downplayed any kind of quarterback controversy with Mark Sanchez.  Officially introduced as the Jets newest player, Tebow answered questions ranging from the Denver Broncos to his faith.  Ultimately, he chose the Jets because he has “a better relationship with the Jets’ coaches” than the Jacksonville staff.  More than 200 media members and 36 TV cameras were at a press conference for a backup quarterback.  On Sunday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan suggested Tebow will see time at positions other than quarterback.  “I don’t see Tim holding a clipboard.  He’s going to be playing for us.  There is no doubt.”

A local's perspective on the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

A local's perspective on the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

This is the 100th Anniversary of the spectacular Spring festival in our nation’s capital.  On March 26, 1912, exactly 3,020 cherry trees in twelve varieties (mostly Yoshino cherry trees) arrived from Japan.   The next day, on March 27, 1912, Mrs. Helen Herron Taft, the First Lady, accepted Japan’s generous gift of natural and everlasting beauty.  Mrs. Taft and Viscoutess Chinda, the wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted two Yoshino cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin.  These two original trees still stand on the bank and at the base of these trees is a large bronze plaque which commemorates the occasion.  In 1912, there were only a few people who witnessed the acceptance of Japan’s gift.  But, this year, our nation’s capital will be flooded with tourists from all other the world who will desire to share the excitement of this 100th Anniversary celebration. 

The Morning Miller On Sports For March 22, 2012

The Morning Miller On Sports For March 22, 2012

You Should Know – Former Nease High School and University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was traded Wednesday evening to the New York Jets.  The Jets sent a fourth-round and sixth-round pick to the Denver Broncos in return for Tebow and a seventh-rounder.  The trade stalled for several hours over specific language in Tebow’s original contract.  Tebow joins a Jets roster that includes starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and recently-acquired backup Drew Stanton.  Last year, Tebow started 11 regular-season games for the Broncos.  In them, he accounted for 18 touchdowns and 12 turnovers.  In an overtime playoff game against Pittsburgh, Tebow completed an 80-yard game-winner to receiver Demaryius Thomas.