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- Thread: I got married.......
over the weekend and thought I would let you guys in on the "secret"
it's been almost 4 years since my kids mom & I split and I found a real jewel for a replacement.
together we have 5, yes five kids, and everyone of them are a blessing on their own.
we were joined together on Friday evening and headed straight to FL for the honeymoon. Spent most of Saturday in Gainesville, after surviving the Lake City Wal-Mart, starting with lunch @ Hogan's on 13th,
Phan's tailgate (meeting Phan, BNA, & their Mrs., but missing Brad by a few minutes). Then on to a 2nd tailgate where we were given tickets to the game, and lastly a 3rd with my brother & his girls.
Headed down University to show her around, grabbed a quick snack @ Pita Pit before marching to The Swamp.
Watched most of the game wet , then to St. Augustine for a few days of sun & fun.
well, that's all folks, & B4 one of you asks; no, you can't see any nekkid pics of her
now we look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.
- Thread: Hypothetical Vandy Presser...
"I want to take just a moment to thank all you media guys for not getting so sick that you couldn't show up for this post-game press conference. Not much for me to tell. What you saw was what it was. Our game balls go to our punter and kicker. Can't say we were awful on defense, but we were for one play that was almost the biggest one in college football to this point. Offensively, we may have hit bottom this game. Couldn't run it when we needed to. Except for the final few series, we couldn't catch it or hold on if we did. My hat's off to Coach Mason. He and his staff obviously out worked and out coached us. As such, our coaching staff will donate this week's paycheck to charity because we didn't earn it. Everybody in America knew this was for the first SEC East title in several years, yet we all looked past it and that is inexcusable, especially from the grown-ups. I'll open it up to some questions:
"Coach, this is -------- from the Miami Herald. As Treon is a Dade County player, we all want to know how he could go from playing so well to what we saw today?"
"Good question. I think he's given us his best, but he's dead in the pocket because of his height and he hasn't made the best decisions lately on the roll. We'd rather him think run first once he's outside the tackle, but the bottom line is the game is still moving pretty fast for him and it's hard to gauge just how much more it can slow down between now and the season's end. But he's the guy and all we can do is keep trying to coach him up."
"Coach, -------- from the Times-Union. How is it we can't run the ball against Vandy?"
"Well, we've been inconsistent with our OL play this year and today was the low point. We had hoped that this would be an opportunity for a young and struggling group to set a tone early and experience some success, but instead I believe they also adopted the mindset of "well, it's just Vandy" and go teir @sses handed to them for the most part. We've got to do a better job with them mentally as well as physically. Just because they wear the orange and blue doesn't necessarily mean they are accomplished Gators and as a coaching staff we've got to do better to make them realize this and inspire them to rise beyond average expectations."
"Jim, Pat Dooley here and I'd like to know..."
"First of all Pat, you've got wing sauce all over your Hawaiian shirt and mouth. Second, as Dean Wormer once said 'fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life!' Lastly, I don't know what I could possibly tell you that would add to your playlists since I don't do The Butthole Surfers or Boy George!"
"Hey Coach, -------- from The Tribune...that one big run for Vandy's score...what happened?"
"Specifically, both ILB's took a false step toward the tackle on their side of the formation and both got walled. For both to do that means they had an incorrect key. To add to the misery on that play, Keanu Neal was on the LOS and actually got blocked by the Head Linesman. I think I saw all of this happen one time in a Keystone Cops clip. And yet, if we defend that one play, we win 6-0 and hold Vandy to less than 100 yards total offense."
"Jim, -------- from Gatorbait. Demarcus looked like he was very close to a breakout game, at least in the later stages. Then he fumbles. What's happened to him?"
"I think he's giving a decent effort, but he's also probably feeling a little push from the competition created by some of the other receivers. Maybe trying a little too hard to make a spectacular play each time he touches it. Instead of trying to dance around, sometimes you just need to be a north/south guy, you know?"
"-------- from Gator Country. How would you assess this game in the context of what still lies ahead in the schedule?"
"First, I'd say we're a little lucky to have wrapped up the East this afternoon and if we don't know it yet, we aren't going to sneak up on anybody from here on out. Second, we have to play each game moving forward as what we are...a bunch of lunch pail guys with just a couple of stars that can't afford to look past the game at hand. We have to do everything we can to minimize our own mistakes while causing our opponents to make more than usual. Lastly, we've got to keep our punter healthy because that guy is a stud in terms of flipping the field!"
"thanks for coming and if you have any more questions, I'll be glad to answer.
Interesting perspective from Cockytalk
I DON'T FEEL TARDY
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Columbia (Gaston Area ), SC
Re: Spurrier Accepts position as UF Athletics Ambassador
I think it's SAD when people insult a man who turned this program into a Top 5/10 team in the
nation for several years running, who finished as the Gamecock head coach with the most wins
in the program's history, not only topped our best season in the history of the program, but
repeated THAT record for three consecutive seasons. Has been the only coach that got us an
Eastern Conf. Title in the 33 years we had been in the SEC, and is the only Gamecock coach to
EVER win back to back bowl games, and topped that by winning 4 consecutive bowl games.
I think it's SAD when the older fans who find fault in what he did the last two years he was here,
were the same fans crying, *****ing and complaining when we couldn't win more than 5 games
a year for the majority of their lifetime following this program, and it's SAD when the younger
fans quickly forget that he not only built this team into a Top 5 program, and an SEC Eastern
Conf. Winner, but graduated SEVERAL NFL players (more than the past 3 head coaches here
Combined), and was instrumental in the facility upgrades that we look at around campus now,
including the video board, the indoor practice facility and the Carolina Park. He was the first
coach to beat Florida since we joined the SEC, and the fist caoch to beat UF, UT, UGA and
Clemson in the same season and did it 4 times in his career here. He was the first coach
in the majority of these "FANS" lifetime to beat Clemson in back to back years, and the
first coach in any of our lives to win that game 5 years in a row.
It's SAD when a coach leaves, and returns to his Alma Mater to take a "diplomatic" position
with the school where he studied, graduated, played football and won a Heisman trophy and "fans"
think that he should remain loyal to a school, and kiss the asses of fans who have done nothing
the past 9 months but criticize his last two years here, while forgetting the major accomplishments
he achieved here the first 9 years since he took over. I am glad that he came here, and am
much thankful for what he did for this program and school. I wish him nothing but happiness
and success the rest of his life, and I am once again, appalled at those who find fault in what
Coach Spurrier did wrong here, because there is wrong that is done by every single coach in
the country at every level and every sport. I'm disgusted that "fans" use the few faults he had to beat him
to death in the face of the major accomplishments he's done for the football program.
- Thread: Sorry Urbs
- Thread: UF Pro Day
That's why I always said, "Bless his heart..."
He's played his last game.
But let's give the guy his due. He was a nobody in HS, got into college, and dominated at his level. He moved up to UF, started in the SEC, played on national television, was part of an SEC East winning team.
That's living the dream.
And we're damn lucky we had him last year. For all his shortcomings, bless his heart, he was better than his back-ups.
Didn't embarrass us off the field, never got arrested or anything, he helped us win games and I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.
But I hope we're never, ever, that desperate again.
I can't believe most of you think he's really hurt. Conversation probably went something like this:
Mac: Luke, you're not playing this week.
LDR: I'm not?
Mac: No, you've got a shoulder injury.
LDR: I do?
Mac: Yup, and it could be serious, depending on how the backups play.
- Thread: The WNBA - why does it exist?
I followed some of the teams when the league first formed. I was a big fan of the Toxic Shock, which was the Detroit franchise that later moved to Tulsa and was coached by Nolan Richardson. They moved the team to Dallas, earning Red Wings as their new name. The Milwaukee Froth were pretty fun to watch when they were in the league. They had a guard named Michelle Yeestie who had an itchy shooting finger and used to put up shots from everywhere. The Santa Fe Taco were a pretty good team but they folded, as were the Chicago Flow, who are also defunct after bleeding money and operating in the red for years. They can't seem to keep these teams afloat for long enough to build a fanbase, unfortunately.
Was at the game with great seats 20 rows up on the 45 behind the bench. It was a shame to waste such great seats on that poop show. But it afforded me a great vantage point to watch what was going on on the sideline during the game. And what I saw was.....nothing. Nothing was going on on the sideline. No people getting in each other's faces. No emotion from coaches or players. No one talking to each other. No leadership. No one even watching the game sometimes, for Christ's sake! I have never seen a more blasé bunch of football players in my life. It really pissed me off. It's no wonder a 330 pound tackle can't even block a guy 50 pounds lighter than himself. It's no wonder they appear not to have their heads in the game most of the time and make idiotic penalties and mistakes again and again and again.
I'm over this coaching staff. They are never going to get it together. Never. After the last 3 games last year, the less than impressive way we've played this year and the mediocre recruiting we've had I see no way we are ever going to get to the elite level.
Appleby showed again why he was benched at a lower tier Big 10 school. He is not a good QB and will never be more than serviceable at best.
Our line just plain sucks. Sucks. They can not open a hole. They can not pass block. They can not play without penalties. They've sucked for years and they will continue to suck no matter how much "experience" they get. They just plain suck.
We were gashed for big yards more times than I could count when Vandy would run a counter off the left side. Every time our ends would crash down and get pinched inside leaving no one to stop the runner until he was 5 yards past the line. Number 95 Davis sucks. He can't shed a block to save his life. Same with #93.
When there was 1:30 left in the game and Vandy decided to punt I said to my son that the Vandy coaches were smart even though the Vandy fans were booing. That was because I knew what apparently the Vandy coaches knew. That being that the Gators would likely get the ball deep in their own territory after the punt and would then proceed to run 3 straight plays into the middle of the line with no gain and Vandy could use their timeouts in order to get the ball back. And that's exactly what happened. The Gators have gotten so predictable it's like I don't even have to watch the game anymore to know what's going to happen.
I am so sick to death of watching sh!tty football I could puke.
On a different note, Nashville is a great town. Had a ball downtown with great music and scenery. If you're a guy in your 20's I can't think of a better town to find hundreds of beautiful girls out looking for a good time. I mean the ratio of pretty single girls to guys was crazy. At least 3 to 1. Apparently it's a big bachelorette party town. But I digress. We suck.
- Thread: Why Florida will beat LSU
Leak is an alltime Gator Great.
- Thread: OSU loses to Sandusky State!
They really attacked OSU like a predator out there today. People showered insults down on PSU and they should have kept their mouth shut. I'm not sure how young OSU's team is, but PSU really did what they wanted and didn't ask permission. Kudos to PSU, they caught OSU with their pants down and took advantage of the situation. They definitely didn't bring a tickle fight tonight.
- Thread: Grayson Allen.....mistreated?
*Admin note: This story has been deleted on Swamp Gas and locked on 247, all because they worry their nonexistent access will be cut off.*
On the inside, but only for a few seconds until you realize that your insides are really on fire and engulfed in a fire ball of hell and you have tops 10 seconds to live. And right as you're about to pass out from the pain and accept your fate Jim macelwain walks up and takes a **** on your face and tells you it's perttyyyy kewl huh?
Anyways, this is from rivals.
I certainly don’t consider myself an insider in any form of the word, but I have become very good friends with a HS football coach here in FL who from time to time gives me some good inside knowledge of different programs from around the State based on his experience. Was at this coach’s house yesterday and for the first time I flat out asked him, “What do you think of Coach Mac?” He smiled and told me the following story. (I apologize for the lengthy write-up)
This coach is fortunate enough to have a stud QB at his school. The QB is a sophomore this season so recruiting is really starting to pick up. Over summer, the QB got a call from Alabama they told him they were very interested in him and wanted him to come up for a camp. Of course, he said yes. When he arrived, he was greeted at his car by a Bama GA in a golf cart who took him directly to the IPF. There, he was greeted by Lane and proceeded to stretch/warm up for about 30 minutes with Lane talking to him the whole time. He was with a handful of other athletes at this time. After warm ups, him and Lane walked out of the IPF and to another practice field where he threw specifically for Lane. No other QBs were there. After about 30 mins of this, Saban walked up and watched the QB throw and started talking to him. He then invited this kid to his office where they spent the next 2-3 hours chatting one-on-one. Saban said this kid was his #1 target for class of 2019 but that he typically does not offer sophomores and therefore wanted to wait a little bit a see more film out of him. Saban told him that if he continued on the path he was on, he would be getting a Bama offer in the not so distant future.
Fast forward about a week and the QB gets a call from UF (not sure which coach). UF asks him to come up for a camp. The QB agrees but his family is not in town to take him so he asks his coach (my friend) if he would drive him up there, which he of course does. One thing to mention is that my buddy is pretty good friends with Geoff Collins and with our S&C coach due to past relationships. So when they get to UF, they park at the IPF and call the number they were given to call. No answer. They then try to call Coach Collins. No answer. They try for a few minutes and get no response. So they decide just to walk into the IPF. When they walk in there are hundreds of “little” kids camping there. They find Coach Collins and he immediately begins to apologize to them that they forgot they had a youth camp there that weekend and it was crazy. (As a side not, personally I think it’s great that we are holding these youth camps, just not sure that you want to invite a stud QB to the campus on the same weekend.) So after talking for a few minutes with Coach Collins, he tells them to walk over to the stadium, speak with Megan (I think that was the name he said) at the desk and tell her that Coach Collins said you should be given a tour of the facilities. So they do just that. When they find Megan, they tell her what Coach Collins told them. She looks at the list that she has in front of her and says that Coach Collins didn’t put you on the list so I can’t let you in. So disappointed, they ask if they can at least see the weight room as my buddy is interested in seeing if he can find the S&C coach. They are taken to the weight room, find the S&C coach and as they are talking to them a GA walks up and tells them that they need to register for the camp. He tells them that they need to go back upstairs, fill out the registration form and pay the $40 fee. The QB says that he has no money on him. So my buddy ends up paying for him. They then tell the QB that they need his physical to take part in the camp. Well, he doesn’t have one with him. They try to explain that they were invited by the coaching staff personally and weren’t told to bring anything, but they say that he must have one. So my buddy has to drive this QB to the nearest walk-in clinic and get him a physical. Finally, they are registered.
They go back to the IPF and someone tells them that all campers have to do 30 mins of conditioning prior to throwing. The QB says that he really wasn’t prepared to condition for 30 mins and that he thought he was just there to throw a few balls. The GA gets Coach Nuss to come over and introduces him to the QB. Nuss says that everyone has to condition. So the QB conditions. Then Nuss separates the campers and the QB is placed with the freshman and sophomore group. Now mind you, this QB is already a grown man. And now he is throwing with a bunch of “average” freshman and sophomore HS QBs who he towers over by about a foot and he is throwing to a bunch of 5’6” freshman WRs. The QB asks if he could be put in the group with the juniors and seniors. Nuss says no. A few minutes later Coach Mac walks over and says “Are you the (insert last name) boy?” The QB says yes and Mac asks him why he is throwing with the little kids. The QB said he has no idea. Apparently Nuss had no idea who he was or he didn’t seem to care too much. Now again, it would be pretty easy to recognize that this kid is no normal 16 year old. Coach Mac brings him over with the bigger kids and watches him throw a bit. At one point he pulls him over to the side with him, my buddy and Coach Nuss and begins to tell him that he spoke with Saban and Saban thinks very highly of this kid as a QB. And he says that Florida is very much interested in him as well. Nuss steps in and says something to the effect of “well, we really don’t know that much about you so we are still trying to gather a bunch of information.” My buddy said Mac was standing behind Nuss and looked pissed as hell when he said that. Anyway, the day goes on without much else to report.
At the end of the story, my buddy tells me that on the drive to UF that day, out of the blue the QB says that if UF offers today he was going to accept it because the QB wants to play in the SEC and wants to stay in-State. He has had a couple of siblings who went off to play different sports far away from home and it hasn’t always worked out that well or been easy on the family. My buddy is surprised by this comment, but doesn’t say much to try to change his mind. Well when the QB leaves he says, “I don’t care if UF ever offers me, I’m never going there!” He said that it was the worst camping experience he has ever been on and was absolutely miserable the whole time.
On a side note, one of this kids’ first offers was from UCF. I asked my buddy what he and the boy thought about Frost and he said they are both blown away by him. The QB even said that he would seriously consider committing to UCF is it wasn’t for the fact that he knows that Frost will be gone in the next few years.
My buddy said that he actually thinks that Mac is a good guy and could be a good recruiter but there it is very obvious that there is a serious disconnect between Mac and some of the other coaches. He said that until they get stuff straightened out and all are working on the same page, it will be tough for them to pull the elite talent especially when going against a well-oiled machine like Alabama.
- Thread: Happy Thanksgiving Gatorchatter!
I think it's safe to say that we held our part in validating the coaching cliche that a teams shows their greatest improvement between Games 1and 2. Of course, the season is still young and whether this will be the greatest improvement during the season remains to be seen. As long as we don't nose dive at the end like last year, I'll be good with something getting a little better each week. This piece comes from my fragmented watching/listening. Played golf in a fund raising tournament for c2 Jrs' baseball team and we tuned in to most of the first half on his phone during the round. Watched until midway through the 3rd quarter in the clubhouse and then the 4th quarter in a little sports bar over wings and beer. Did get to hear Mac's post-game on the radio. So, here goes:
*I think the OL was some better, particularly with the change at RT. Mac said that the big guy had an injury (ankle maybe?) and wanted to try and tough it out, but after a couple of misses, he was replaced. We rushed for 244 I think and the OL has to get some credit. I think pass pro was okay from what I saw. I'm still left with the feeling that they still have a long way to go and a short time to get there. I think they'll get a big test when we invade Neyland. Their play in that game may well be the biggest factor in whether or not we take home the W and extend that streak.
*And speaking of streaks, good to see us extend the one with UK to 30 with a convincing 45-7 win. The biggest question, maybe, is were we that good today or is UK just that bad? I'd say we were at least much better than last week, but UK wasn't very good. Of course, it was a conference and division win, so you can't discount the importance of that. I won't say I felt sorry for Stoops, but the guy was toting a whipped ass at halftime. We think Mac has work to do. Stoops has a mountain to move. We'll see what he's got in the coming weeks.
*First unit D obviously played pretty salty. Standouts that I could see were the secondary, Anzalone, Sherit and the DL. Probably more, but this is what I could gather. Any time you can limit a conference opponent to less than 150 total offense (I think I'm correct on this) and their starting QB to 2 completions and 10 yds, you're doing a lot of things right. I kind of called out Collins and the D staff last week. Not that they heard me in particular, but they got that message and responded. The first liners played with both fire and discipline. There were a couple of dumb penalties, but nothing like last week. Hats off to this bunch.
*Saw some good and bad from the D youngsters. Some good LB play. Kid from Michigan has some sting to his hits and the kid that was moved from Safety looks like he will be a contributor. Save a cover blow by Gardner (I think) young secondary was ok, but still has some work.
*Tabor may be either weird, crazy, or both, but that little turd can play football! Mac spoke to his film work and how that allowed him to diagnose the formation and play on his pick. If he can ever grow up and get off mom's ninny, his upside is big.
*How 'bout Luke? I'm not nominating him for Heisman, but the guy stepped a little beyond game manager today IMO. Showed he can throw over the top and went for over 300. Like most of the team, he still has work to do, but again, he made some positive strides. I'm feeling better about his play and leadership.
*We've got four backs that can produce. They answered some questions today and I maintain that having them will be important down the road when they get nicked up later on, hopefully not all at once. Perine really looked good going over 100. Best RB in the state of AL and we swiped him from Nick, who I believe thought he had him in his pocket all along and would grab him up in the waning moments of the recruiting cycle. At least that's one victory over him. More to come?
*Eddie's balloon finally popped, or at least shrunk a little, with the missed FG and the KO out of bounds. Truthfully, he needed to miss one and see how he'd handle it. As good as he is, you had to wonder since this is all new to him. I think it's safe to say that he responded like we wanted him to. I think as most do that we've got a good one.
*Callaway is the real deal. Hopefully he learned a lot from the mess he got in and will continue to grow not only as a player but as a citizen as well. He's the star, but how can you not pull for Powell, too? Kid gives you 100% and as far as I can recall keeps his nose clean. The receivers as a whole (including TEs) had a pretty decent day. LDR spread it around pretty well.
*Call this cover2's b!tch, but I'm sick of replays that take 10 minutes (or more) to determine the change or affirmation and the ensuing politicking by the announcers. This ******** takes away from the flow of the game and depending on who is in the booth, they can f*ck it up as often as they get it right.
I'm happy with the outcome, the streak and better play. I think Mac answered some questions this week, not all of them for sure, but he had the kids ready to play. I also liked what he had to say in his post-game presser, especially that he didn't have a lot of his catch phrase go-tos and didn't seem to try and avoid anything in particular. We'll see if this is a trend when we come out of a dog fight and the questions are tougher! I look forward to your comments and additions. As always, Go Gators!
*Edit* Should have said "who is in the replay booth" in my rant. Sorry.
- Thread: While in Tallahassee....
- Thread: Hottie Tottie...GOD ALL MIGHTY!
I'll start by saying "Wow!" So much improvement from top to bottom from last week to this. But it was what we had to have, not just to stand a chance against Ol' Sis, but to validate 4-0 and a come from behind against mediocre UT. Also to keep the young and the faithful believing. Kudos to Mac and staff and to the players. They are buying in. Now, a few observations:
*How about the OL?! They might have shown the most growth of any unit in this week's time. Run blocking still had some inconsistency, though one great shot if anyone happened to see it was our Left Tackle (Sharpe maybe) on a Krokrite B-Gap run not getting his man turned out but staying connected to him so that K could run through his tackle attempt. Superb second effort. The pass pro was pretty good. Good enough to give Grier time to hit 24/29 and 4 TDs. Summers is earning his paycheck.
*I thought Nussmeier called a pretty good game (especially compared to last week). I think we had them scouted pretty well and exploited their tendencies, especially in the secondary.
*Didn't look like the same D out there as a week ago. Not nearly as many missed tackles, great pressure on the QB to go along with pretty good coverage, takeaways, and the running game kept in check. Room for improvement of course, but huge strides made.
*I think it is safe to say that Mac has found his QB. Kid from the private school league played with a lot of poise, leadership, and looked to have a great command of the offense. His red shirt year appears to be a great decision, especially when so many questioned, most of them hoping to see him replace Driskel at some point last year. It's great to think about him getting better because he was special tonight.
*Field position was a big deal in this game and a lot of that goes to our punter. Them starting inside their 10 or 15 on 4 drives can be a bit demoralizing. And as far as that goes, Spec Teams also looked better, though I am puzzled nobody attacked the onside kick. It was too close to stand and watch. Wouldn't have mattered in the outcome, but it'll need to be fixed.
*With apologies to Sesame Street...This game sponsored by the number Four. Four Sacks. Four takeaways. Four TD margin of victory. Four TD tosses to Four different receivers. Four quarters of great Gator football!,
Holly Rowe asked Mac if we were back and his response was "Can't I enjoy this one?!" I'll say this in his stead: if we aren't, we're heading in the right direction and the neat thing is that now some of those games we were all marking off are looking now like we can be competitive. At any rate, I'm breathing fresh air again. Go Gators!
- Thread: Mac and Company on the Trail
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