1 » A rough rookie season has not deterred the Miami Dolphins from committing to former Florida Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis. Though he started his NFL career on fire with 10-straight makes, Sturgis suffered a slump where he missed 5-of-8 (some of which were in tough conditions and others from absurd long distances). He ended the 2014 season by making 13 of his final 16 tries and should only get better in his second campaign. “Every day you go out there, you want to hit every field goal,” Sturgis told his team’s website. “You try. When you get in a rhythm where you’re hitting every field goal you make, you stay at a consistent level.”
2 » The Seattle Seahawks continue to treat oft-injured wide receiver Percy Harvin with kid gloves, only allowing him to work out every other day in training camp. After an off day Saturday, Harvin returned to action Sunday and impressed once again. Head coach Pete Carroll explained to the team’s website how the Seahawks are being cautious with Harvin. “We want to work our way into camp and make sure we don’t overload him early,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out what kind of work load he can handle. He works so hard and so fast at practice that we think we can do this for a while. We’ll see how it goes and we’re just going to learn as we go.” For Harvin, who was famous for trying to avoid practicing every day with the Florida Gators, this appears to be as ideal of a scenario as he could imagine.
3 » Florida basketball’s non-conference schedule is coming together and another date has been solidified for next season. According to a Florida State Seminoles schedule release, the in-state rivals will square off on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Normally the Gators and Noles play on or around the weekend of Thanksgiving, but Florida will be in the Bahamas participating in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament from Nov. 26-28 this year. UF’s non-conference slate is packed with top-notch challengers including Kansas, Wake Forest and Connecticut; the Gators could also play Butler, Georgetown, Oklahoma, UCLA and/or Wisconsin in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Florida basketball will have a tough slate to fight through in order to get to the national championship, which it fell one game short of last season. Equally difficult will be the road for the football program. Sports Betting Dime has UF at +4000 to win the College Football Championship in January due in large part to its daunting schedule.
4 » During a segment on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last week, Fallon started a hashtag #WorstBirthdayEver and asked viewers to tweet incidents that fit that description. A number of fans responded on Twitter and about a dozen got on the air including Danie Hilbert.
My dad showed me a tweet from Tim tebow that said happy birthday after jumping around in jubilee he told me it was fake. #MyWorstBirthday
— Danie Hilbert (@DanieHilbert) July 23, 2014
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) July 27, 2014
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) July 28, 2014
Extra BIT » For the third time this season, Big Brother contestant Zach Rance delivered a Gator Chomp while casting an eviction vote during the program’s live Thursday show. After his vote, Rance was one of two contestants to be named Head of Household, though he quickly lost that spot in the Battle of the Block competition, ruffling some feathers along the way. Rance has also been wearing an FSU hat throughout the week, to the displeasure of many UF fans. It appears that Rance received the hat in a gift bag and is wearing it for his uncle.