FOUR BITS: Meyer, Sturgis, World Cup, U.S. Open

By Adam Silverstein
June 14, 2014

1 » Speaking at the Sound Mind Sound Body football camp in Detroit, Michigan over the weekend, Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer discussed lessons he learned from the military about teamwork and how it is so much more important to be a team than in individual in the sport of football. In doing so, he praised the 2008 national title-winning Florida Gators, stating for the second time in as many years that he thinks that group was the best team in college football history. “I’ve been a part of a couple great teams. I think the best team that’s ever played the game [was] in ’08. That was animal instincts [that] took over on the field; they protected each other,” he told the group. “Have you ever tried to reason with a wild animal? You never reason with a wild animal; they protect each other. Have you ever tried to negotiate, evaluate, take a play off? If you’re a wild animal, that doesn’t happen.” (Hat tip: Yahoo! Sports)

2 » Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis threw out the first pitch at Saturday’s home game for the Miami Marlins. Sturgis will enter his second NFL season in 2014 looking to hold down his starting job with the Dolphins. Though he flashed his signature strong leg and dead-on accuracy at times in 2013, Sturgis did go through his share of struggles, finishing 26/34 (.765) with seven field goals of 50+ yards.

3 » Who better than U.S. Women’s National Team member and former Gators striker Abby Wambach to discuss the 2014 World Cup? That’s exactly what the all-time Wambach did this week with Julie Foudy of In 29 matches played over five global events – including three World Cups – Wambach has scored 22 total goals. She has finished second and third in World Cup play but hopes to lead the Americans to the crown in 2015.

4 » Three former Florida golfers are competing in the 2014 U.S. Open but only Billy Horschel made the cut for the event. Horschel is +6 through three rounds and tied for 35th, 15 strokes behind leader Martin Kaymer. Andres Echavarria of Spain was the first player to miss the cut at +6 through the first two rounds, and Matt Every was two strokes back of him at +8 thanks in large part to a 76 on Thursday.

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