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Dec 8, 2021

Brian Out Loud

A parent reached out the other day to ask me where she could find photos of past sporting events.

She’s in the process of putting together a scrapbook for her daughter, a senior athlete at Navarre this season. It didn’t take long to give her an answer.


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Dec 1, 2021

Brian Out Loud

Nine wins. A No. 2 national ranking. A share of the Gulf South Conference championship. A playoff game at home as the road to a repeat began for the University of West Florida football team.

Those are all great accolades and accomplishments, but sometimes in sports, what shows up on paper doesn’t matter once you take the field.


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Nov 23, 2021

Brian Out Loud

Thanksgiving Day brings back a wide range of memories, and some of my favorites are those moments on a sandlot football field right down the street from the house I grew up in.

There would be a point late in the day when the sun would begin to set on a cold Illinois afternoon, and we’d decide it was time to go play some football.


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Nov 17, 2021

Brian Out Loud

No finger pointing. No excuses.

Navarre’s football team wasn’t playing the blame game after its crushing loss to one of its biggest rivals in the Beach Bowl two weeks ago.


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Nov 8, 2021

Brian Out Loud

Dansby Swanson sat in a dugout on one of those hot and humid summer afternoons here in Florida that leaves you feeling as if the planet is on fire.

It was 2016 and Swanson was in town with the Mississippi Braves for their series against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Prior to one of the games that week, the highly touted Braves prospect was made available to the media.


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Nov 2, 2021

Brian Out Loud

Must-win game. It’s all I wrote about and talked about when it came to the Navarre football team in the days leading up to its District 1-7A finale against Crestview last Friday night.

It might have been said and written more times than Merry Christmas is in December.


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Oct 26, 2021

Brian Out Loud

Glory doesn’t come easy in sports. It takes hard work and patience. Determination and a little luck never hurt either.

The Navarre Raider volleyball team understood as much heading into the 2021 season. The players knew back in the summer if they were going to take a trip on the road to glory, they were going to have to embrace every high and low along the way.


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Oct 19, 2021

Brian Out Loud

Winning was the only option for the Navarre Raider football team on Friday night.

Anything less than victory over Pace simply wouldn’t have been good enough. Not with the Raiders sitting three spots below the Patriots in the latest regional rankings.


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Oct 12, 2021

Brian Out Loud

We live in an interesting country, one that picks and chooses when it wants to hear what athletes have to say about a relevant topic.

We know that if the opinion of the athlete fits their belief or narrative, or if it doesn’t make them uncomfortable, people are quick to buy tickets for that bandwagon.


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Oct 5, 2021

Brian Out Loud

It’s a beautiful Monday afternoon. The sun is shining. No rain threat in sight. Playing golf at the Club at Hidden Creek seems like a great idea for the Navarre golf teams as they head into another week.

That great idea, however, might as well not be an idea at all because the Raiders have no chance of playing golf on this day in late September.

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