Muddy mess of malarkey — and a moment of silence

In today's edition of the Friday files, we're looking at everything from malarkey-filled advertising to Republican Party turmoil. And a nun.

But first, let's talk about the Mud Bowl.

This community — and this newspaper — has been filled with outrage and hand-wringing about the muddy conditions at the Citrus Bowl last week.

Get over it.

Of course it was a mess. Of course it should've been prevented. And of course it should never happen again.

But those people — including my affable but misguided colleague, Mike Bianchi — who try to use the sloppy field as an excuse to pour tens of millions of dollars into the stadium need to get their own heads out of the mud.

This community barely has enough money to meet its basic needs right now. And I'm sorry, Mikey, but fancier corporate-level seating and glass-fronted banquet space aren't among them.

Mayor Buddy Dyer already pledged $10 million for renovations that include artificial turf. So what we saw last week won't happen again, even if Noah has to bring his ark to the next tailgate.

Crisis solved. And until the economy turns around, that should be the end of it.

A moment of silence …

… for Sister Cathy Gorman.

If you aren't familiar with everything the "Apopka nuns" do for this community — and for our most vulnerable of neighbors — know that it is humbling in the truest sense of the word.

They've helped children learn to read and the poor to find health care. They have advocated for impoverished farmworkers, nurtured struggling families through turmoil and taught sewing and English and a lot more to immigrants who are trying to make their way in the United States.

In short, if the Apopka nuns see a need, they try to address it, giving voice to the voiceless and hope to those in despair.

Sister Cathy was a big part of that. And Central Florida lost a bright light when she passed away.

If you want more info about what the sisters do to keep that light burning all year round, go to offm.org.

Greer's griping

Apparently, Jim Greer can't even go down with dignity.

On the heels of his ouster from the Republican Party of Florida, Greer tried to claim that some Republicans just weren't ready for all the big-tent inclusion he tried to promote.

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