Endure to Make Lakeland Debut April 16 at Polk Theatre

Endure, the crime thriller filmed last year in Lakeland, will come to the Polk Theatre for one showing on April 16th at 8 pm. The special showing comes during the film’s festival season. Endure sold out at the Gasparilla International Film Festival. The film has already sold out one showing at the Sarasota Film Festival and seats are limited for a second viewing. You can order tickets for the Polk Theatre show online for $12 per seat.
Endure will also play at the Nashville Film Festival, where Devon Sawa will attend the showing on Sun, Apr 18 at 6:45. Sawa will also attend the Endure after party.

Endure (Joe O’Brien, USA) “A young woman has been abducted, tortured and tied to a tree in the middle of an isolated swamp in central Florida. The only person who knows her location is dead. Veteran detective Emory Lane is called from the bedside of his ailing wife to unravel the mystery. Working with detective Zeth Arnold, the detectives uncover the secret life of the dead abductor and a startling revelation: they’re not the only ones looking for the woman.” — Nashville Film Festival

I have performed volunteer work for the film and the producers.

Getting Up Close at Spring Training

2010-03-02 #9
Creative Commons License photo credit: Tom Hagerty for Lakeland Local

Major League Baseball with a Local Flavor

2009 May 26 #3aWe don’t hide the fact we’re focused on Lakelanders. It’s our name, after all.

That’s why, when it comes to football, our photographer, Tom Hagerty, can be found at high school games…not the Bucs. It’s also why last year we published photos after every Lakeland Flying Tigers home game and the box score from every game home or away. For our readers on Twitter, we sent game updates and reminders. That’s coverage you didn’t find anywhere else.

Endure to Debut at Gasparilla Film Festival

Locally produced and filmed, the crime thriller Endure has been chosen for the 2010 Gasparilla International Film Festival. Show times and other details will be announced on February 23rd.

Billy’s Songs of the (Not Yet Finished) Decade

This particular post highlights the risk involved with including time elements in drafts and then failing to finish promptly. The fact that the decade did not, in fact, end last week mitigates a bit. Anyway, here it goes. I’m sitting on the couch, a few minutes before 7 on Christmas Eve. The egg yolks are […]

Kevin Connolly Isn’t Standing Still This Friday

This Friday (Jan. 8th), Kevin Connolly makes a rare trip away from his New England homebase for gig in Lakeland as part of his Florida Mini Tour.


OK, I tried, but football isn’t my top priority. Unless someone volunteers to write the USF Bulls column, I’m going to simply leave the USF Bull news links in this place.

USF Hopes to Squeeze the Orange

USF at Syracuse today:

The first place to go today is Greg Auman at the St. Pete Times. Why is the St. Pete paper doing more for USF than…nevermind. Auman links to stories at the Hartford Courant, “Lakeland Ledger,” ESPN, Syracuse’s NunesMagician, and the Osceola News-Gazette. So I won’t link to them here.

GoBulls has a nice list of where to catch the game on TV & radio. | Here is their GameDay Central for all the stats.

OK, late start today. I’m still getting used to this. Any USF football fans like to compile some links for Fame & (absolutely no) Fortune?

I’ll have a better results post in the morning.

USF Over FSU 17-7

USF took home the “Madam, I’m Adam Trophy” as the Bulls defeated Florida State 17-7. Links to some reports on the game….

Daniels, strong defense lift USF over Florida State

USF Bulls break into Florida elite with victory over Florida State Seminoles

Photo Gallery TampaBay.com

Photo Gallery Tallahassee Democrat

South Florida crushes Florida State at the Doak – Tallahassee Democrat


Jan 09 announcement that the teams would play

FSU vs USF – The Palindrome Bowl Today

First off, the betting lines:

South Florida Bulls vs. Florida State Seminoles

USF vs. Florida State College Football Picks

Anyone? Picks go decidely against USF upset – USF Sports Bulletin

Stat based:

Comparing USF to Florida’s Big Three college football programs


ACL injury sidelines Grothe for the season – USF Oracle

Game Preview:

FSU – USF Chat with Times Beat Reporters (replay)

Game preview: USF at No. 18 FSU – Tampabay.com

Bowden admires how fast USF built football program – Sporting News

Big Four? USF rising to stand with Florida’s best football programs – Orlando Sentinel

South Florida Bulls Can Upset FSU If… – Bleacher Report

Media Team Pages:

St. Pete Times USF Bulls Section

Ledger USF Bulls Section

Tallahassee Democrat FSU Section


The game will be on ESPNU (cable), 970-AM & 1040-AM (Tampa radio)

On Twitter: USF and GoBulls

USFGameday “If you are at the stadium and on Twitter, include the hashtag #USFGameday and it will automatically integrate into the live chat.” for GoUSFBulls.com


The game today is the first sell-out of the season for Florida State University.

USF Football

I was reminded this past week that Polk County includes more graduates of the University of South Florida than from Florida State and University of Florida combined.

I was also informed that the coverage of the USF Bulls is lacking.

So, to replace our coverage of the Lakeland Flying Tigers, I’m going to watch every minute of the Bulls season and bring our readers the inside scoop.

Then I realized I’d have to watch football.

Instead, each week I’m going to link to the best writing I can find on USF Bulls football. Pre-game, post-game, new media, old media, teenage media. All the Bull I can find.

For you.

Just check the tabs on the sidebar Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Instead of, you know, the usual bull you find in this column.

USF Links

These links are always available on the second USF tab:

Team- GoUSFBulls.com
National – USF@ESPN | USF@CBS | USF@Scout
Local – USF@TBO | USF@St.Pete Times | USF@Ledger
Other – USF@Wiki


We have two tweetup/meetups in the coming weeks. One is the “official” Polk Netizens Tweetup before the October 6th Imperial Symphony Orchestra concert and the other is an “impromptu” ListenUp at Black and Brew this Saturday (the 19th) from 9am to 11am (or longer.) Details inside…

Lakeland Drops Final Game Ends With 26-39 Record

Sep 6: Dunedin 8 – Lakeland 1

Box Score | Game Recap

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Dunedin 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 3 0 8 12 1
 Lakeland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 1

Lakeland Wins Penultimate Game of the Season

Sep 5: Dunedin 1 – Lakeland 4

Box Score | Game Recap

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Dunedin 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 3
 Lakeland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 5 1

Flying Tigers Lose to Jays 9-2

Sep 4: Dunedin 9 – Lakeland 2

Box Score | Game Recap

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Dunedin 0 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 1 9 14 0
 Lakeland 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1

Lakeland Daytona Split Doubleheader

(Game started Sep 2, but due to rain completed Sep. 3)
Sep 3: Lakeland 4 – Daytona 3

Box Score | Game Recap

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 x x R H E
 Daytona 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 x x 3 6 3
 Lakeland 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 x x 4 7 3

Sep 3: Lakeland 7 – Daytona 10

Box Score | Game Recap

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 x x R H E
 Daytona 1 0 5 1 3 0 0 x x 10 13 0
 Lakeland 2 0 4 0 0 0 1 x x 7 10 1

Disney On Ice presents Celebrations! Lakeland Local presents Free Tickets!

Friday night, Disney on Ice will make its world debut of a new show, Celebrations! at the Lakeland Center. If you want to see the show, you’ll have to act fast as there are a mere four shows on Friday and Saturday.

The performers are rehearsing at the Lakeland Center tonight and Lakeland Local’s Darby Critendon will be there to video one of her Lakeland Minutes. Look for it Friday morning.

We have a little celebration of our own. We’re nearing the end of our third year presenting Lakeland local news and information. To help celebrate we’re giving away two sets of Family Four Packs (4 show tickets) to the Friday night Celebrations! show.

How can you nab your chance at one of the Family Four packs? Go to Twitter and tweet:

I’m a Lakeland Local http://bit.ly/LkldLocal

We’ll put all the names in a hat and at Noon Friday direct message the two winners. (We’ll need your real name at that point to leave the tickets at the Lakeland Center will call.)

Tweet even if you can’t go. You can play Santa Claus and give the tickets to friends.

(PS: It’s OK if you don’t live in Lakeland.)

Note from the lawyers: cash value of the tickets is $0. In other words, you can only claim the tickets, not what they’re worth.

Free Baseball for Job Hunters

The Lakeland Flying Tigers are offering a free game and job fair tonight. Simply bring your resume to the game tonight for free admission. The team is also hosting a job fair from 6pm to 8:30 pm. The game starts at 7pm.

The team has announced they’ll hold the job fair rain or shine.

Twice the Hits and None of the Runs as Jays Blank LFT 1-0

Aug 30: Lakeland 0 – Dunedin 1

Box Score | Game Recap

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Lakeland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
 Dunedin 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 1 2 0