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No NFL Season, Would AFL Be Enough Football?

No NFL Season, Would AFL Be Enough Football?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wearing face paint and giving the news a fake name is a good way to remain incognito.

And that's probably the best course of action one Jacksonville Sharks fan could have taken after his strong words about the Jaguars.

"There are so many more fans at the Sharks games because the Jaguars suck, let's put it that way," said the fan, who only said his name is Tag.

Tempering his emotion a bit was another rabid Sharks fan who says while the games are fun, this can't match the Jags.

"For the time being this will take care of my need for football," said Tom O'Donnell. "But in the long term no, the Jags are the bomb, but the Sharks are a good fun game."

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Bob Hayes Invitational Draws Thousands

Bob Hayes Invitational Draws Thousands

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the past four decades, the Bob Hayes Invitational has been the premier expo for young athletes in Florida.

It's T'Nayah Mitchelles second year in the competition. "Last year I did hurdles, and I came in 5th place. This year I came in first," she said.

With 5,000 competitors at the meet, Mitchelle says the environment at the Hayes Invitational pushes her to succeed.

"Usually we just go against teams from Orange Park, and now it's teams from Jacksonville, Miami. It's real competitive," she said.

Head Northwestern Track Coach Carter Williams agrees. "It's the bread and butter of this entire community," he said of the meet.

Watching his students get so excited about this meet, Williams says he's also nervous this could be the last year it's around.

N. Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Reopens March 1

The recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout in northern Florida reopens on March 1.  This means all Florida waters will be open to the sport harvest of spotted seatrout beginning in March.

Spotted seatrout harvest is prohibited in February in Atlantic Ocean waters north of the Flagler-Volusia county line to the Florida-Georgia border and in Gulf of Mexico waters north of a line running due west from the westernmost point of Fred Howard Park Causeway, which is about 1.17 miles south of the Pinellas/Pasco county line, to the Florida-Alabama border.  This one-month closure helps maintain spotted seatrout abundance.

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.

FWC Considers Extending Alligator Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to advertise a rule amendment to extend alligator hunting hours. Commissioners will vote on it at their June meeting.

THE PLAYERS Championship Tickets Now on Sale

THE PLAYERS Championship Tickets Now on Sale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tickets are now on sale for the area's, and one of the nation's, premier golf tournaments.

The 2011 PLAYERS Championship will be played May 9-15 at its usual spot at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.

Tickets are now on sale at the TPC clubhouse, area Publix stores, online from the PGA Tour and over the phone through Ticketmaster at 888-401-8000.

Publix stores in Duval, Nassau, Clay, St. Johns and Flagler counties in Florida and Camden and Glynn counties in Georgia are selling the following tickets:

  • Good Any One Day (Monday-Wednesday) Practice Round, $20
  • Daily Grounds (Thursday-Sunday), $50
  • Daily Parking Pass(Thursday-Sunday), $20
  • Weekly Grounds (Monday-Sunday), $135
  • Weekly Parking Pass(Thursday-Sunday), $75

Tickets for clubhouse and hospitality access are available online and at the clubhouse.

St. Johns Golf Club to host FREE Demo Day on February 19th

St. Johns Golf Club is hosting a free Demo Day on Saturday, February 19th from 11 am to 3 pm.  The club will have representatives from top industry manufacturers available to demonstrate their newest products. The Demo Day event is free and open to the public. Golfers of all levels are welcome.