and celebrate those who survived...Many paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy. May their hard work and sacrifice never be forgotten. Also best wishes for a great holiday weekend for all you guys on here that have served or lost family protecting mine and everyone else's life and liberty.
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- Thread: 2016 is...
(I'm going from memory here so don't jump down my throat if I'm wrong)
...the 50th Anniversary of Steve Spurrier's 1966 Heisman Trophy Season (the first in Gator history)
...the 20th Anniversary of our 1996 National Championship Season (the first in Gator history)
...the 20th Anniversary of Danny Wuerffel's 1996 Heisman Trophy Season
...the 10th Anniversary of our 2006 National Championship Season
...the 110th Anniversary of Florida Football
That's a lot to celebrate. I hope we take time this season to honor each of those accomplishments (well, maybe not the last one).
Given that Spurrier is no longer coaching a rival, I'd really like to see the Golden Anniversary of his Heisman season celebrated. In many ways, that event really helped put Florida on the map. He's in great shape but he's over 70 now so there won't be too many opportunities left. By the way, it's also his 50th Wedding Anniversary (he married Jerri that year too).
Steve and Jerri back in the day:
- Thread: Thank You, Coach Spurrier...
Thank you, Coach Spurrier.
Thank you for choosing to leave Johnson City Tennessee where you were a 4 sport star and coming to play football at the unheralded University of Florida for Ray Graves. You could have chosen to play for Tennessee, or Alabama, or Georgia Tech, or any other powerhouse program of the time. You chose to blaze a new path, you chose us.
Thank you for throwing it around the field (Spurrier to Casey!) and giving the Gators an identity as a fun team to watch, thank you for all the 4th quarter heroics, for kicking that field goal against Auburn, for winning the Heisman in '66 (and being the first and only winner to give the trophy to his school), thank you for being the first great player that put Florida on the map.
Thank you for the Super Sophs of '69, yes, you were with the 49ers in San Fransisco but they were the recruits who watched YOU play in the Orange and Blue while they were in HS, saw YOUR brand of football, and decided to come to Florida instead of going out of state.
Thank you for coming back to your alma mater in 1990. We had been kneecapped by probation, struggled with mediocrity, and our in-state rivals Miami and FSU were the hottest programs in the nation. We were down. We needed a miracle. Thank you.
Thank you for making Florida Football great. Thank you for bringing back the grass and the blue jerseys. The fun and gun made us must-see TV, made recruits want to play for us, made our fans the cool kids. Thank you for making it FUN to be a Gator.
Thank you for giving us the Swamp.
Thank you for being humble enough to un-retire your own jersey.
Thank you for stomping our rivals, for earning us respect, and especially thank you for owning Georgia. Thank you for making us laugh and making our rivals miserable. Thank you for coming to all the Gator Gatherings, for amusing us with your quips, for patiently signing autographs and smiling for pictures when you'd rather be golfing, thank you for backing up your words with wins.
Thank you for dominating the SEC and for making SEC Championships feel like our birthright.
Thank you for 52-20. Our first, against our arch-rivals, and a redemption beat down at that. Hollywood could not have scripted it better.
Thank you for building the foundation for the success that came after you. A young Tim Tebow grew up watching you coaching and Danny Wuerffel winning. Thank you for that.
Thank you for making the SEC the dominant conference it is today. When the big CBS TV contract was signed, the SEC's crown jewel was Florida. Nobody wanted to watch the 3 yards and a cloud of dust SEC of the 80s, but you introduced something new and exciting. Florida-Tennessee, Florida-Georgia, the SEC Championship games against Alabama, and Florida-Florida State every other year, were ratings bonanzas. Your success forced our SEC rivals to spend more on coaches and facilities to compete, to get better recruits. That TV money you helped generate paid for it. The entire SEC owes you a debt of gratitude for much of the conference's success in the last decade.
Thank you for "God smiled on the Gators".
Thank you for the wonderful memories, all the road trips, all the big wins.
Thank you for everything you have done for Gator Nation.
You will always be our Head Ball Coach.
I was born on Eglin Air Force base in Florida. I was raised by a single mother who worked 2 jobs to support me and my brother. Mother is a strong willed strict disciplinarian who raised us to respect authority and your elders and we had a steady diet of whuppings. Mother also has very strong views on race and we were constantly reminded and given examples on why white people were evil. At the age of 10 mom got a better job and we moved to North Carolina, At 13 I began to play organized sports but mother made me work mowing lawns, recycling bottles and cans, cleaning gutters washing cars, to help pay for cleats, uniforms, entry fees. At 16 I was driving school buses and working at Mcdonalds on the weekends. I began contributing to the household and thought I would have some say in household matters. but my mother the dictator squashed that real quick. I graduated High School and knew that the classroom wasn't for me. I joined a plumber apprentice program. One day while under a crawl space I came face to face with the biggest black snake I had ever seen it looked like a bicycle inner tube. I freaked out raised my head and gashed it on a support beam. needless to say that was my last day as a plumber apprentice. I joined the military and it changed my life and how I see and judge people. I traveled around the world Germany, Korea and realized what mother taught me was not exactly true. there are great people of all races and you cant judge people based on race. I loved the military because we were all green. I served in desert storm and again the example was we wasn't African Americans, or Asian Americans or American Indians or White Americans we were simply AMERICANS. After the military I returned home and got accepted to the sheriffs academy after graduating the sheriffs academy. I was appointed to the detention center while I waited my appointment to become a road deputy. I met my wife who was working in the deputy clerks office and we had a daughter. I left the sheriffs office and started my career with the dept. of public safety.
I would describe myself as an independent i believe in a strong military defense, liberal on social issues, less government, I'm pro choice. conservative with my money(my wife isn't) I have come full circle when it comes to people and realize that biases/predjudices doesn't necessary mean racism. I know what racism looks like and sounds like and if the inner voice tells you its wrong then its wrong you can spin it how you like. but I don't get caught up with that and the stereotypes. I volunteer my time to coach football, and I mentor at risk youths doing my part to give back to the black community. I love military history and I'm and avid bass fisherman and grill master. I am a Christian who believes I am my brothers keeper and quite simply I'm blessed . I will always help you if I can. as my mother has taught me god is always watching and listening. Thru all my travels and all the great people I've met along the way my mother remains the most inspirational figure in my life.
America is different than those places and I love it exactly for that reason. Immediately after our war of independence from English rule, we built a Navy and Marine Corps to travel to the other side of the world and fight Muslim pirates that had been ravaging the entire Mediterranean Sea. Even thought the trip was months long for us, vice a few days or weeks for the Europeans, WE were the ones who had to nut up and defeat these barbarians. And we have been the ones nutting up to get the job done around the world ever since. And its not because we are like them, its because we are DIFFERENT than them.
I love V8 engines and 4x4 trucks and insanely fast motorcycles that can jump over houses. I love turbochargers and afterburners and red meat and bacon and work boots and snowmobiles and high power rifles. I love pocket knives and oil rigs and power tools and pulling out the big dog and hitting from the tips.
I love that our national pastime is a violent euphemism for war, where modern day gladiators in body armor destroy each other in a game of power projection and land acquisition, while Europe's pastime is a kids game played in short pants. I love that men hold the door for ladies not because ladies can't open the door but simply because they are men, instead of the modern day reinvention of man into an equivocating, sniveling, pretentious metrosexual.
What's amazing to me is that people are so spoiled they don't see the greatness. 10 men have walked on the moon and they were all Americans. We have the best infrastructure, the best military, the best athletes, the best economy, and IMO the best freedoms on the planet, and the last item on the list is a huge reason for the presence of the preceding items. We are allowed to do crazy stuff, push the envelope, and innovate. None of this stuff is done by people who crave safety and ease of life and boundaries.
Its a fast paced, competitive society and of course along with the winners there are going to be losers who will use their first amendment right to complain that things are unfair or need to be changed. Mandate this and ban that. Give us all little boxes to operate in. I call those boxes prisons. People need to stop finding solutions by creating laws that restrict the freedom of their fellow man. Stop trying to turn the United States into a "safe space," where everybody gets a participation trophy for carrying out their assigned task according to the minimum standard.
Amazing how we get a DT, which is what we need, 4* rating according to rivals, had an offer from Bama (which can't be a bad thing) and he is 320 pounds and yet some are still being negative. Unbelievable. You know guys, it's ok to recognize recruiting has been down but also be happy to get a good prospect at a position of need...
- Thread: Treon Harris to Transfer
- Thread: Tennessee Hate
I posted this before last year's game, but it's as relevant now as it was then:
Let me share with you why I hate UT.
I am a lifelong Gator fan. I moved to Florida when I was 4, and was immediately enamored with anything UF. When I graduated from UF in 1991, my first job took me out of the state, and my climb up the career ladder had me move to Tennessee in 1996. I expected it to be a 2 year stint.
19 years later, I am still here. This is where I bought a home, the only one my family has known. We live in a great town, suburb of Nashville with good neighborhoods and great schools, good enough to get my oldest daughter into UF. She is a freshman this year. It's really almost perfect.
Listen...my hatred for Clown College and Leghumper U is appropriately at a level so deep, so dark, that you would never speak of it at cocktail parties. Women and children weep. But living here for 19 years has elevated my hatred for UT to similar levels, despite the dominance we've had for most of my years here. Why?
First, that fcking orange. It's everywhere. Shirts. Hats. Trucks. Hair. Signs. It's just hideous- the putrid, pumpkin shade of orange you only see in those little 4-pack of waxy, useless crayons made in Korea that kids get at sh!tty restaurants. I drive 10 miles to Lowes instead of 1/2 mile to Home Depot just to avoid that.fcking.orange.
Next, their fans are morons. Not garden variety idiots mind you, but the fat, ugly, smelly, truck-stop hat wearing, cross-eyed, yellow-toothed, spittle when they talk mentally-defective imbeciles. They usually have sh!t all over their face when they eat. The men wear overalls, and the women muumuus. They talk sh!t all year, convinced that this is the year when it turns around to their former glory. I've been flipped off, honked at, and yelled at (in an unintelligible string of grunts) for having a gator plate on my car.
But finally... and really the reason bigger than all others...
That fcking song.
They play it everywhere. EVERYWHERE! At the grocery store, in the elevators, at the high school games, in the parades, at funerals. It's nails on a chalkboard. You'd think it was the gap-tooth national anthem. The hillbillies stand at attention, with their crossed-eyes staring off in space like a dog hearing a high pitch whistle. I hate that fcking song. When it comes on, my wife hides all sharp objects for fear that I will jam them into my head in an attempt to burst my eardrums.
My only salvation has been the winning streak that, each year, makes these half-witted prairie dogs go back into their holes to lick their wounds. I need 3 more years. When daughter #2 graduates, we are putting this place in our rear view mirror, never to return. Not because of our town (we will miss it), or our friends (from Vandy), or our home we came to love. No, it's because of that song.
That fcking song.
I am coming down Saturday for the game, and will leave without a voice, which I'll leave in the stands. If I hear any hint of "that song", hide the pencils.
**** them all. **** Richt, Herschel, Larry Munson, Deborah Norville, Lindsey Scott (**** him twice), Buck Belue, Goldberg, Vince Dooley (and all of his family, friends and neighbors), Quincy Carter, Frank Sinkwich, Lewis Grizzard, R.E.M and the B-52's, David Pollack, Uga (every last flea bitten one), Wally Butts, Champ Bailey, Newman ("Hello Newman"), Charley Trippi, the Athens City Council, Garrison Hearst, all Stinchcombs, Ray Goff, Will Muschamp, Alton Brown, Pat Dye, Fran Tarkenton, anyone who wears red and black, Kim Basinger, Terrell Davis, Charles Herty, Jim Donnan, Ryan Seacrest, Jarvis Jones, Chip Beck, Knowson Moreno, Kevin Butler, Bubba Watson, Mark Schlabach, Catfish Smith, Dominique Wilkins, and Pop Warner. Yes, **** them all.
- Thread: Eating Crow!
As many of you might know but might not care I made a bet with Urg before the start of the season that our beloved Gators would not win 8 games this season and to my surprise they managed to get there. I was completely wrong about the number of wins we'd have as a team and Urg was 100% right in believing we'd make it to 8 wins. I should not have doubted our defense like i did. Anyway congrats on winning the bet Urg hope the team keeps rolling this week and next!!! Go Gators!
- Thread: Federalism and this Election
So you've heard about all the celebrities threatening to move to Canada. There is a secession movement getting hot in California. Seems like more than half the country is seriously depressed about the results of this election.
It shouldn't be this way. The president (even the entire FedGov) shouldn't matter this much.
The concept of federalism is a touchstone of our political system. A definition of sorts from Wikipedia:
We are a large, diverse country. Wyoming is nothing like Maryland. Alaska is nothing like Massachusetts. Utah is nothing like Washington. Why should Montanans be governed by the same laws as New Yorkers and Bostonians?
Unfortunately, for years and years, the FedGov (and especially the presidency) has accumulated more and more power at the expense of the States.
The problem is partisans cheer this when it is their party that is in power. Full-throated support for Obama when he uses his pen and phone to impose his vision of America on his political opposites. Well, I warned you then that someday the shoe would be on the other foot. Democrats are now terrified of what a President Trump might do with his pen and phone.
You can't have it both ways.
The solution is for less power centralized in DC and more power being returned to the States where it belongs (coupled with less government power overall). If you're not happy in ultra-conservative Salt Lake City, you don't need to move to Canada. You can try Denver, or Seattle, or Portland, or San Fransisco. Unhappy in ultra-liberal Chicago? Try Houston or Oklahoma City. Vote with your feet. Vote with your wallet.
Liberals love to pontificate about conservatives "shoving religion down their throats" but lack the self-awareness to realize they are doing the same thing to conservatives, just with a different sort of religion.
Obama expanded the powers of the presidency to impose his values on millions of people who didn't want it. That's tyranny. Just as I opposed Obama's efforts, I would oppose Trump's efforts to impose his values on millions of people who don't want it. Red or Blue, tyranny is tyranny.
My point in this thread is to show you liberals who supported Obama's actions how wrong and dangerous that was.
This is why I support federalism, weaker government in general, more liberty, and more local control. This is why I'm a libertarian.
Didnt get back from Jacksonville until late, so I'm just now posting. But let me tell you, it was a beautiful day for the game and, as always, a win over the Mutts is a good one. Three straight now, so you've got to like that trend. This was my first trip since '94 and I was impressed with the stadium at Everbank Field, especially the two Jumbotrons, or whatever they're now called. Access to seating was pretty easy and the UGA "faithful" had little difficulty exiting after their first failed attempt at a 4th down conversion with a little better than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Defense was the dominant feature and it was especially good to see our group do their part in limiting UGA to less than 200 yds of O. But they should have because this edition of the Dawgs was pretty toothless, despite a touted freshman QB and a back the caliber of Nick Chubb (who was far from his old self on this afternoon). The Georgia D was their dominant feature, keeping some pressure on LDR and making it difficult to run at times. But in the end, we were able to muster enough O to get the job done and put a bow on this gift of a game that at a glance might have looked a little more Dollar General than Goldman-Sachs. But again, glad to get it, especially over Georgia and since the Vols choked one away to Champ and the Cocks.
Here are a few more observations. Chime in if you please:
- Hats off (or "Sidehats" off) to Collins and the D. They were, again, dominant even if it was against a poor Georgia bunch. Despite a few gaffs, they did what they were expected to do, holding UGA to a paltry yardage total, 0-2 on 4th down conversions, 4-14 on 3rd down conversions, Chubb 21 yards rushing on 19 attempts, Eason 143 yards passing and a TD on 15-33 attempts, and 10 points scored, all in the first half. Biggest concerns were losing contain with the pass rush frequently which allowed Eason to extend several pass plays, scoring their only TD and converting a long 3rd down (and barely missing another on an under throw) when coverage broke down. A better team would have made us pay for this, but luckily we might not see one until F$U.
- Davis was a warrior. As good on one good leg than I've seen some on two. By his own admission, he was better in the 2nd half, but it was good to see him play through the sore ankle. But would you expect any less? He's a favorite and I'll hate to see him gone after this season.
- Our Thorpe award guys were ok. Wilson had a few blown coverages that stood out and was burned on the Dawgs lone TD, so maybe he was a little less than ok? Tabor had a PBU and a sack and it seemed like Eason knew where he was and didn't really challenge him. Got to credit them and the rest of the secondary, as they held to only 143 passing. Still seeing some mistakes from Dawson and Harris. Past time for them to be moving past these.
- OL was inconsistent, but I guess they did just enough to be a little better than the OL of Georgia. These are still two of the poorest units I've seen in a while in the SEC and I'm past ready to see better from us, but probably not this year. Huge recruiting need to once more overstate the obvious.
- Thompson out on a dope thing and Cronkrite "off the team" while, as Mac says, he is trying to figure out if he still wants to play . I never cease to be amazed at both the stupidity and selfishness that seems to be constantly on display. Thank goodness we've had four RB's to this point and that Scarlett and Perine are the ones still standing. They ran hard, but didn't get a lot of help from the OL.
- A tale of two jet sweeps (a little something for you X and O guys). UGA ran one that got stuffed. We ran one that Calloway scored on. The difference? A subtle missed blocking assignment by the Dawgs on theirs and a failure to adjust the LB's by them on ours. When we blew their sweep up, their TE arced to seal our play side backer, but his first move should have been to chip the DE, which he failed to do, allowing for an easy stop. On ours, the Dawg backers should have bumped over a gap with the motion but remained flat-footed and were thus outmanned at the POA. Result...easy TD for a guy who, as most heard, has now scored TD's for us five different ways.
- The big head-scratcher yesterday was the play calling. Predictable (lot of throws on 1st down, maybe trying to be unpredictable?) and unimaginative. Lack of faith in our O (can be read as OL perhaps)? Still, we've got playmakers, Calloway and the young receivers, that we need to be finding more ways to get it in their hands. I'm wishing the best for Nuss and a marriage with SDSU. If that occurs, then we at least have a chance for upgrade. Luke was, well, Luke. He is a game manager at best and likely will continue in that role. A few good throws but not enough. His pick was a glaring mistake, throwing across his body while rolling right. At least it was against the hapless Dawgs and only led to a FG. This a position in need of a star, says me and many others for the 14,000th time these last few seasons.
- Couple of funnies about USCe and Muschamp from some comments I read. First, Champ is undefeated against the Vols as a HC and he might finally have gotten the Gators to Atlanta again with his W yesterday!
- In other rival news, F$U lost a see saw against Clemson at home. Listened to it on the radio while driving back and heard Nole color anal-yst, William Floyd blame the refs for "taking the game" from the Noles! Read this morning that Jimbo concurs. So I guess we can add their game to a long list of where they didn't actually lose, but got cheated. What a bunch of "Maroons," as Bugs Bunny would say! Noles gonna Nole.
Arkansas will be interesting on the road next week. Their strength against ours, rush against rush D. They haven't been as good of late as they were earlier in the season, but we'll still need a good performance from our D and, hopefully, a better one from the O. Atlanta is in the road ahead if we take care of business, playing like we want to get there and not running in the ditch.
Looking forward to your comments and as always, Go Gators
Subtitle was going to be "A Tale of Two Halves," even mentioned this to c2 Jr. as we were painfully watching the second half conclude. Then heard Mick mention the same line during the post game. So I'll just mention it and not add to the title. Cliche, but certainly appropriately descriptive. Streak over UT ends and many more questions than answers now. What just happened? Is there enough good from this game to build or reconstruct the remainder on? Who's responsible? Maybe a little too dramatic. Maybe not. Let's explore some of the variables, data, and opinions:
- Nuss is going to catch hell. Haven't read any threads, but scanned the titles. I think it is deserved, though I was not displeased with what we did offensively in the first half. Might could have been better, but it was efficient and planned to accomplish a couple of things IMO: 1) establish the run, which we were doing, maybe not on the way to the 300 (or in that direction) that I thought we'd ultimately need and 2) see what AA could do in the air (he wasn't shabby) and, through an established run game, give him a management opportunity. I have to say that the OL was pretty decent in that half. Part of it was due to the run calls which were mostly between the tackles, allowing base blocking, and the other part was due to UT's D game plan, which was "we think we can handle your run with 6 or less. The second half, to state the obvious, Nuss wasn't good. Looked as if we were playing as if 21 was enough, even when UT started hitting us in the mouth and our OL responded by nutting up. 8 or 9 total yards in the 3rd along with 3 3-and-outs and a 1-play series with an INT rang the death knell. Clearly we aren't good enough to salt a game against a conference opponent away in that fashion. Nuss, and Mac, too, should know this.
- I don't believe that we will be as highly regarded on D by upcoming opponents. The secondary, after making plays that helped keep UT out of the end zone and stymied some promising drives in the first half, quickly went from sugar to sh!t in the second stanza. Anzalone was pretty dang good, along with Bryan Cox, and really, the whole unit was ok in the first half, even though UT helped the unit's efficiency with several miscues (drops, turnovers, etc.). It wasn't "The Emporer's New Clothes," but I think some of their big plays might have masked what UT was capable of and eventually brought to fruition later in the game. We seemed to go into the locker room thinking we were going to win and relied on UT to quit. They obviously were more committed to not being embarrassed and taking it to us than we were to finishing business.
- This might be the point that child advocates, ACLU members, and participation trophy enthusiasts might need to leave. I'm letting you know who really disappointed me with their performances. Gotta start with the coaches, Nuss and Mac to be sure, but the DC and the DB coach, too. Hell, the entire staff has a part. No way we go to the devil in the second and we can't adjust our plays, calls, or players. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Not calling for firings, but I am calling for no more of this BS. Could've sworn I was watching a poor Class A high school team for the last half. Too reminiscent of the last four from last season in many ways. Mac said in the post game that he "really likes these players." Maybe it's time for him to love them in a much tougher way? As for the players, who have to play and execute their assignments, there's plenty responsibility that falls on them. Duke Dawson, who I really like, looked awful. Several blown coverage assignments. Looked lost. Tabor didn't look like an AA. Hell, he didn't even look like All Alachua County. His second half play, save the pick, made me forget a lot of what he did good in the first. Cyontai Lewis looks like Tarzan, but plays like Jane. Drops and poor blocking effort won't cut it. The OL. Second half erased the efforts of the first. All were bad second half. Fred Johnson cannot g-block, hinge, or anything that requires a drop step and change of direction. Sharpe looked poor in his passpro in the second. UT finally decided to open up the D package and we couldn't handle it. None could run block at that point. Callaway as a returner...what the hell is he thinking with the fair catches at the goal line? It'll be hard to remember his receiving totals in this game as a result. There are others, obviously, but I'll stop here and say that I'm probably most disappointed with the lack of heart displayed in the latter stages. Even saw some quit, which is the greatest sin a player can commit (coaches too).
- Too much arm tackling and misses. Dobbs made us look silly with his legs and we made him look great as a passer. Hurd rushed for nearly a hundred. I was embarrassed, but one play kind of summed it all up...Joey Ivie had a chance for a TFL, but instead of a good form tackle, he simply stood upright and reached out to try and grab the ball carrier and I don't think he even snagged a jersey with his fingernails. Inexcusable. I'd have a hard time relying on him unless he changes drastically.
- I felt bad for Powell and his ejection. The official making that call should be suspended. That call should be appealed, but after Martez Ivey's was overturned, I'm not confident there'll be two in a row. The kid always gives it his best effort and he stays out of trouble. Didn't deserve it.
- Not altogether disappointed with AA's efforts, though the INT made me wonder about his past in that regard. First half was good. Second half, I thought several of his decisions under pressure weren't good. Wouldn't have won the game, but our last play could have resulted in a 1st down if he'd run instead of trying to force a throw. He had a couple of good runs, but I thought he could have some more. I said earlier that we'd know more about him after this game. What I know is that he can lead, manage, and even make some good throws, but I feel more comfortable with what he can do with a lead and better play calls than I do in a catch-up role. Maybe overly critical and the play calls were a factor, but that is my impression. Can he become the guy for the remainder. Not certain with only this game to judge, but I find myself wishing LDR a speedy recovery. Not ready for a freshman behind the wheel just yet.
- If we stop cussing, weeping, and gnashing our teeth long enough (myself included), we can see some good things. AA's first half, Scarlett and the backs looked good in the 1st half. Callaway, Swain, Hammond, Cleveland, Cronkrite, and a few others made some good catches. Whorton had a great block on Cronk's TD catch and run. The OL, again, had a good first. Anzalone, again, was a man out there with 12 stops and Cox, who I wondered about, had 9. Secondary made some big plays early. But we've got to get more from everybody for a whole game as the schedule gets tougher.
- UT scoring 35 unanswered points after being down 21-3 is tough to swallow. Almost a bizzaro of the game we went on a scoring blitz with Danny and Co. to hand Peyton one of his 4 losses to the Gators. Nuff said.
*Apologies for not getting this out earlier, but when I tried to get on at 8:30, I couldn't. Maybe a little melting going on?
- Thread: Bits & Pieces: Florida vs. UMass
All right sports fans, just how underwhelmed were you with this opener? More questions than answers maybe? Well, it was a first game and we didn't join the parade of SEC losers on opening day, so I guess that was good. Not a lot to jump up and down about, but we'll talk about the things that were noteworthy and not so much. Here goes:
*Del Rio probably looked more serviceable than assassin to many. Truth is, he wasn't that bad. He won't wow anybody with his arm strength, but he's pretty accurate for the most part. SOS remarked that he wasn't sure how good the guys around him were, which is a fair point at this juncture. I'd add "yet" to his comment. I thought he was good on his check downs and seems to know the offense well enough with regard to where the receivers are. He had a lull in the middle, but finished above 50% in completions. Hurt by some drops but didn't fall out like some and this speaks to his maturity, which a guy who is at his third school may be suspect at. Should show improvement as the season wears on, obviously, but with his arm strength and as a pocket guy, I wonder how high that ceiling will be? Stay tuned.
*The shutout that wasn't...thanks to 35 yards in foolish penalties on UMass' lone TD drive. Actually, too many penalties altogether. Count was at 80 yards early in the 4th quarter. Kids cause them, but Collins is the guy that has to eat them. This often gets written off as a trait of an "aggressive" defense, which is code for "we're kind of undisciplined." If the D coaches do it right, we should see a marked improvement from Game 1 to 2.
*DBEwwww? Not really, but we saw a few holes. Losing Dawson was big, as the guy was lightin' 'em up out there. But we gave up three or four big plays that we shouldn't have. Some of that can be pinned on freshmen (Putu, et al), but one play in particular showed the UMass guy come off a rub to the middle with no one on him and our safety made the read about 10 seconds later and held him to a long gain. Tabor ought to buy his mates dinner after this one. We should have held them to about 10 yards passing. Some work to do for this group, but they get better next week, barring Frazier/Ali IV.
*Front 7 wasn't bad. Pass rush was pretty good, save a couple of whiffs. Zuniga looked good and maybe is going to live up to the praises garnered in the preseason. LBs were decent. Anzalone looked good and made some big plays, but we all held our breath when he was injured. Thank goodness it was just a cut, but I'm holding my breath he doesn't get MERSA as a result with his luck. A lot to look forward to if they stay healthy.
*OL still developing. Kind of been the byline for about a decade it seems. Really, they did some good things. Opened some holes for the backs, as evidenced by several good runs. Pass pro was a little shakey at times. Fred Johnson had a few tough plays that were shown on replay, for example. I thought the analysts made a good point that we looked much stronger on the left side than the right, though Ivey had a couple of "look outs." Still, I get the sense that they are developing. Wondering about the depth?
*Offensive Player of the Game? Eddie P, of course! I know it's only one game, but when's the last time we've felt this good about the place kicker? Loved his enthusiasm. Stay salty young man and don't wake up and realize that you never did this before tonight.
*Probably was the right thing to do, but I've never been a fan of taking points off the board, especially that early in the game. Wonder if Mac would rethink if given the opportunity? Just trying to get the offense some confidence, I suppose.
*How 'bout Scarlett? Kid looks better directed this year, ran hard and with authority. Kronkrite and Thompson looked good, but Scarlett was the guy. Wonder how many yards after contact he got? Seemed like a ton. He looks like he took the lead. Best thing is that 3 good ones should help with the wear and tear of the season.
*Rookie Lowlight...Powell's catch and TD run was even more spectacular when you consider Freddie Swain's loaf and no block on the play. Welcome to college ball, young man. When you aren't catching it, there's still a job to be done. Kid did make a couple of nice catches, though.
The old saying that a team shows their greatest improvement between Game 1 and 2. Let's hope so. Biggest group will likely be the receivers and whether they get past the first game growing pains (maybe a stretch) and get in greater sync with LDR. Defense? Clean up the penalties and get Tabor back. Hopefully Dawson isn't serious. Been typing and haven't heard of an update. They'll have to be better. This team will be exciting, but maybe not always in the best ways early on. Trick is how much they decrease the gap between goofs and consistency. Really looking forward to keeping the UK streak going. Anybody hear from Catmania lately? Is he a Chatter member? Hope so. He'll have a lot of sh!t to talk after our performance. We're 1-0 and that's better than 0-1 going into the UK matchup. Game just became that much more important in my mind. Questions to be answered. Looking forward to your thoughts. Go Gators
*Edit - Forgot to add how great it was seeing and hearing the Ol' Ball Coach in the Swamp again. Might have been the games' biggest highlight!
GAINESVILLE, Fla.— Former Florida quarterback and head coach Steve Spurrier has been named Ambassador and Consultant for the Florida Gators Athletic Department, Jeremy Foley announced on Friday.
"It's a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome Coach Spurrier back home," Foley said. "He has served as a tremendous ambassador to the University and the athletic department for 50-plus years and it's only fitting that at this point in his career, he is back in Gainesville. Being a Gator has always meant so much to Coach Spurrier, but it means just as much to us have him come home."
"I look forward to visiting with him on a lot of occasions and picking his brain on a number of issues," said UF Head Coach Jim McElwain. "It's a credit to Jeremy to get him back home where he belongs. More than anything I look forward to actually talking to him and being around him rather than just saying hello to his statue on my way to work every day."
"My wife, Jerri, and I are extremely thrilled to be returning home to our alma mater, and to Gainesville where we met on campus over 50 years ago," Spurrier said. "I'm very appreciative to Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, Head Coach Jim McElwain andPhil Pharr of Gator Boosters for their role in making this happen.
"I also want to say thanks to the University of South Carolina for allowing me to be their coach from 2005 to 2015. Also a special thanks to all of the Gamecock players, coaches and fans that allowed our teams to set so many school records. I will now pull for South Carolina to win every game but one, just as I did when I pulled for Florida to win every game but one as the Gamecock coach. I will try my best to promote and assist in any way I can to help the Gators to continue to be one of the very best athletic programs in America. I admire what Coach McElwain and his staff accomplished last year. I'm anxious to watch the Gator football team as they strive to be the best in the SEC and the nation in the years ahead."
Spurrier's UF career started in 1963 when he came to Gainesville as a quarterback from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee. He took over as the starting quarterback during his sophomore season in 1964 and won the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 1966 before being selected in the first round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
After his playing career, Spurrier rejoined the Gators as head coach in 1990 and took the program to new heights, winning the school's first Southeastern Conference title in 1991. He went on to be named SEC Coach of the Year five times at Florida, and led the Gators to six conference titles. In addition, he helped UF claim its first national title with a 52-20 win over Florida State in the 1997 Sugar Bowl.
Spurrier retired from coaching during the 2015 season in his 11th season at South Carolina. He finished his career with a record of 228-89-2 (.718) as a collegiate head coach.
In early June, Florida Field was renamed Steve-Spurrier-Florida Field in his honor, with the unveiling of his namesake set for the season opener against Massachusetts on September 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
- Thread: Sharing a few thoughts...
Haven't had much that I've wanted to add on here lately (more on that later), but I thought I'd stop by to share a few thoughts:
*Watched only bits and pieces of the O&B game. c2 jr. came home for the weekend and we were out to eat at a local sports bar. Liked what I saw of Luke Del Rio. Probably most impressed with his poise and check downs. Seemed to know where all of the receivers were on each pass play. Makes me think that this kid, who could easily be called a journeyman, spent last year listening and learning. Yeah, I know it's just a Spring game against the 2's, but better this output than something less. Didn't see Appleby, so not sure what to think other than he is #2 or so as of now. Trask was not bad and though Franks' final stat line wasn't good, he's got the physical skills and is with, I believe, the right guys to develop him. The position should be in good shape (barring injury or stupid decisions) for a bit. Liked Massey and Whorton and Lewis looks poised to have a good season. The big RB is a player. Just got to, as many have stated, improve his ball security. OL should be better, but they've still got work to do and depth development may be atop the list. Defensively, the secondary looked pretty good (1's, of course) and the new LB (name escapes me) looked like a player in the making. DL appears solid and I think that Jefferson's move inside (which his body type seemed to indicate would happen when eyes were first laid on him last season) should pay dividends. All in all, probably the best O&B game in a while and the Spring wasn't rife with injuries as we've had. Also, can't forget the new kicker. Good to have a weapon at the position.
*This the first time I've felt like posting in a while. I usually drop by and read most days, but quite frankly, I've grown very weary of the constant negativity where Gator sports, especially football and basketball are concerned. As such, this place has all the appeal of a visit to the morgue for me right now. I know that this is a place for opinions, but it sure seems that the contrasting ones are predominant ("pumpers" vs. "realists," for example) and for me, at least, it has come to suck all the enjoyment out of talking Gator sports. Not demanding that anybody change (that's not my job), just hoping I can. Go Gators.
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