Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lots of Entertainment on 'The Jaguars Show'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lots of Entertainment on 'The Jaguars Show'

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Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer

If you missed last night's The Jaguars Show on WJXT TV-4, you missed Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith:

-- explaining how Mark Brunell will throw to him when he's got single coverage because no one can stay with him.

-- accepting host Brian Sexton's apology for what Sexton had written about him during his holdout.

-- describing the thrill and tingling sensation he felt when the Jaguars crowd gave him a rousing ovation during introductions at the first game this year.

-- admitting he had no idea what a Wahoo was. (nickname of Virginia Cavalier football team)

Most of those things came in the second half of the 30-minute show, when Sexton and co-host Jeff Lageman banter with that week's guest. The opinions and in-depth discussions with guests offer a refreshing change of pace from other TV football shows that feature diagrammed plays and highlights from previous games that most people have already seen once or twice.

"We're trying to do things a little different," Sexton said. "The beauty of it is that we can change our look as we go along. We want to have segments that get away from the chalk board and videotape, and get into non-football issues. That's why we'll have guests who are not players or coaches."

The show has already done that with Judy Coughlin and Times-Union columnist Mark Woods joining Smith and Brunell as guests during the first four shows. In the future, a PGA Tour golfer from Ponte Vedra Beach, as well as Mayor John Delaney (prior to Florida-Georgia game) will make appearances.

In last night's show, Sexton said he was wrong to write earlier this year that Fred Taylor was more important to the Jaguars than Smith. Sexton had written that while Smith had a great year in 2001 with 112 catches, Taylor only played in two games and the Jaguars managed to win just six games. Smith and Sexton had a verbal confrontation in the Jaguars locker room several weeks ago, one of several spats that Smith has had with media members since ending his holdout and returning to the team.

JACKSONVILLE WATCHING REDSKINS -- In the not-so-surprising department, Jacksonville area Gator fans have shown they still have an interest in watching former UF coach Steve Spurrier, now in his first season as head coach of the Washington Redskins. …

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