I was there I and saw the whole incident go down.
It all started innocently enough in the meeting room with Lewis trying to get the receivers fired up for a good practice. He wrote a few things on the board about beating the CBs, one of which included the phrase "their overrated."
Teez saw this and immediately got in Lewis' face about the improper use of the word "their." Lewis insisted that the word was spelled correctly but Teez insisted that although he did in fact spell it properly he was using a synonym of the word "they're." Lewis partially conceded the point but noted that it wasn't a synonym but in fact a homonym, and that furthermore it isn't really a word per se but in fact a contraction of two words. Well Teez wouldn't back down, insisting that it was in fact a synonym, not a homonym.
Well as you can imagine, things got pretty heated after that and it wasn't long until helmets were swinging and one guy even pulled a knife. Thank sweet baby Jesus that a shirtless Spurrier walked into the room just then with a set of spinning nun chucks and scared the bejeebus out of everybody in the room. Poor Teez didn't see him though until it was too late...when he turned to see what everyone was staring at he inadvertently walking right into the path of the swinging weapon and got his melon split wide open.
Thankfully, everyone was quickly shuffled into the nearest safe space by the coaching staff and grief counselors from the English department were summoned post haste. In addition to the aforementioned suspensions, both Lewis and Tabor have been ordered to diagram 10 compound sentences on the blackboard and to memorize the X 13 multiplication tables. Both should be back in the lineup prior to us hosting the mighty Presbyterian Blue Hose for Homecoming Week.
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Hey plank - I know you're reading this:
You weren't banned because of your moronic views, and byrd hasn't been banned at all. You were banned because you've done nothing but try to stir **** up over here.
You acting like I ban people right and left is laughable - it's SWAMP GAS that does that, not me. You're the first person who has been given the permanent boot in a long time, and you really earned it.
You guys also don't have a clue what you're talking about when it comes to the old GSMB. You honestly think the newspaper shutting down that site had something to do with me? It wasn't faltering at all - they destroyed a thriving message board. Their idiocy was my gain, however. I've had nothing but steady growth for four years, often getting disgruntled Swamp Gas posters that were banned for saying something negative about Mac or Muschamp.
And one more thing:
My god. My god.
This is what I DIDN'T see tonight.
Confusion on every damn play. Time outs because the right personnel weren't in. Double digit delay of game penalties because no one knew the play communicated or who the personnel were needed for the play. WR play with routes that looked like players knew where to go instead of wandering around the field like a bunch of nomads in search of a lost city. Up tempo play calling instead of every play waiting until one or two seconds on the clock before the snap allowing the opposing defense to time their launch into our back field. Side line to side passes on every series without mixing it up.
Yeah, I know it was Charleston Southern but the Gators actually weren't stumbling over one another and playing down to their competition.
I don't know if Dan Mullen can bring the juice but he sent a message to Gator Nation tonight with Franks pulling a Tebow TD jump pass. It was his way of saying a new sheriff is in town. The Muschamp/Butters era is over.
Mullen now has the keys to our house. I don't know if he will have us consistently competing for SEC championships but I don't think he will trash the place like the previous patrons either. Now let's see how he does against SEC competition.
I had a member last night that was disappointed that a couple of people were dishing out personal attacks, and I wrote him a PM this morning. However, I thought it was important enough of a topic to share much of what I wrote right here.
I consider myself as providing a valuable community service here, and I'm only half joking when I say that. I think the primary reason for a sports message board to even exist is for therapeutic reasons; i.e. venting / letting it all out. Before message boards, a lot of pissed off, drunk men would take it out on their families, wives, or pets - or they would simply destroy property in fits of rage. In some cases it was so bad the police had to be called. I myself used to punch holes in walls back in the 90's during football games; part of me wonders if I could have avoided that had Gatorchatter been around. Hell, the governor should give me a medal for reducing the crime rate.
Obviously, the past decade has been particularly bad. It's a helpless feeling to see something you loved destroyed by incompetence and you have no power to do anything but watch the destruction. So, when something like what happened last night happened, I try to stand out of people's way and let them vent. Most vent in a controlled manner - some lash out at others. If they get totally out of hand I will send them away for the night to cool off, otherwise I will leave it alone. In most cases, those being attacked are super pissed too and don't hold grudges because they know the other is just letting off steam. Also, keep in mind that I was extremely pissed myself and didn't have the best judgement going on either. It's not like I'm a neutral observer in all this destruction; part of me wishes I was.
At any rate, the rage has subsided and a lot of crime has now been avoided due to Gatorchatter. It's honestly nice to have a place to commiserate with people that have the same interests. I'd rather cry in my coffee with you guys than cry alone. I hope no one did any real harm to anything or anyone last night.
- Thread: Happy 242nd Birthday America!
Just want to take a minute to say Happy Thanksgiving to all our members and guests. This place has never stopped growing and the participation has exceeded all of my wildest expectations. I'm very thankful to those who come here daily to post, and even those who hang back in the shadows and lurk. I hope all of you have good quality time with your families over the next few days.
And, I just want to remind you that the most passionate fans of all hang out on message boards. There are going to be disagreements and bickering (especially in a unsettling time like now), but at the end of the day we're all on the same side. Don't take what anyone says to you too seriously.....just zap 'em back and move on.
Heres what i've been able to dig up and also some stuff i've been sent by DM on the rift between Mac/Boosters/Admin.
1) The QB club is pissed but that goes without saying.
2)The high-level boosters- Bull Gators, Varsity Club,06' Club basketball people- All love Karen McElwain...but Jim not so much! Even though he goes out of his way to do things like wait by planes to thank them for coming to road games etc...
3) McElwain doesn't feel underappreciated by the administration, but does feel unappreciated by the UAA/Stricklin. Strickland has been around Mac's office less and less over the last month. Also...Mac feels he deserves credit for dragging Foley and the administration forward on facilities andalso believes genuinely facilities are why his first two recruiting classes were sh*t! He points to 18 and 19 class as proof.
4) Mac thinks the media has never liked him and is annoyed with them (except for one or two he trusts) Also...the high-level boosters think he should quit dancing around questions and be more upfront.
5)Muschamp had a great second year as well and then everything went to sh*t and Scott Stricklin is aware of that.
6) Strickland thinks that this is a year where Florida MUST beat FSU. A quote from Stricklin to a booster was lose to FSU this year and "all bets are off"
7) Two big Bull Gators with names on buildings blame Mac for Callaway. They think if he had dismissed Callaway after the weed/rape incidents the suspensions wouldn't of happened. They think Smith never gets everyone on board w/o Callaway.
They get what the suspensions have done to the football team and use punt coverage as example of how playing down 18 scholarships has hurt the team. They also say Special teams lost the A&M game!
8) Also (one of the dudes with his name on buildings) says it's "huge" that Mike White's brother is the AD at UCF. Says that should help us if we decide to go after Frost.
9) Foley advised Strickland to keep a list of coaches in his desk and he has done it.
Allegedly the following four names are on it: Mullen, Frost, Dino Babers and Norvell. Campbell from Iowa State is also on it but Stricklin hates the buyout.
10) Also Was told that if and when Mac is fired t Stricklin would ask the new coach to retain Shannon as Associate Head Coach. Randy likes Gainesville and President Fuchs loves Shannon because he graduates kids and is an excellent ambassador for the program.
11) Also Was told the buyout is a pain in the a$$ but you find the money and there's leverage to renegotiate.
12) We Don't need to win this weekend because staying competitive would stall things and make it harder to get rid of Mac.
13) If we get to 3-5...he could be fired before the FSU game. However that would be hard to do unless his death threat accusations are proven false.
14) they have hired some people to look into "death threats" and want to know FOR SURE whether or not he made it up.
Hopefully this helps everyone understand what the deal is and I'll keep trying to add more as the season plays out.
- Thread: 2016 Class/Remaining Targets
I've been working on this today,Enjoy!
QBs- (2) Feleipe Franks - Early Enrollee
Kyle Trask - Early Enrollee
We needed a future QB and we got one in Feleipe Franks who's a Top 50 composite QB.
Kyle Trask is a big kid with a good arm. He's a project but he's very low risk, high reward.
We are done at QB.
RBs - (2) Mark Thompson - Early Enrollee
Lamical Perine - Solid, no more visits
We needed two more RBs and we grabbed our top guys early and moved on to the rest of the class.
We are done at RB.
WRs - (4) Joshua Hammond - Early Enrollee
Freddie Swain - Early Enrollee
Dre Massey - Early Enrollee
Rick Wells - Solid but still visiting other schools
Remaining Board: Eli Stove ( Official Visit to UF this weekend)
Tyrie Cleveland (Official Visit to UF on 1/29)
Tre Nixon (possible Official Visit to UF)
Nate Craig-Myers (longshot)
Sam Bruce (down the board)
Most likely we get One more from the above list but two is a strong possibility. With three of our top targets already going through Spring workouts, we have already met the needs at WR. Adding Stove and Cleveland would make this one of the best WR classes ever for Florida.
Tight End (1) - None currently committed
Remaining Board: Nick Eubanks (Official Visit to UF this weekend)
We appear to be all in for Nick Eubanks. Hopefully this one happens this weekend. I've noticed we don't seem to be turning up the heat recruiting others so I'm taking that as a positive.
Offensive Lineman - (3) Stone Forsythe - Early Enrollee
Brett Heggie - Solid, no more visits
Jawaan Taylor - Solid, no more visits
Remaining Board: Landon Dickerson (Officially visited on Jan 15)
John Simpson (Officially visited on Jan 15)
Malcolm Pridgeon (Officially Visited on Dec 11)
Greg Eiland (longshot)
Some concern for me that Eiland is getting a visit after hosting Simpson and Dickerson. I think the we made big moves for Simpson and Dickerson but we NEED at least one more OL. I think Mac is definitely covering our bases here,so we'll see what happens.
Defensive End - (3) Jordan Smith (Early Enrollee)
Antonneous Clayton (solid, no planned visits except UF)
Jachai Polite (Solid, possible visit to USC)
Remaining Board: Brian Burns
Brian Burns appears to be the only realistic option left on the board. This group is all about adding Burns and holding onto Clayton and Polite. If we can do that, this Defensive End class will be Stout.
Defensive Tackle - (1) Shavar Manuel (solid, Officially Visits Florida Jan 22)
Remaining Board: None.
We got our top target here. Dexter Lawrence was the other big fish but he went to Clemson. Shavar Manuel is an excellent prospect and I look forward to him getting back to his five star form under Rumph and the Gator conditioning staff.
We're done at DT
Linebackers - (3) David Reese (Early Enrollee)
Jeremiah Moon (solid, Officially visits Florida Jan 29)
Vosean Joseph (shaky, possibly flip to Alabama - Officially Visits Florida Jan 22)
Remaining Board: Mack Wilson (Officially Visits Florida Jan 29)
Jaleel Laguins (Officially Visited Florida Jan 15)
Josh Uche (Officially Visits Florida Jan 29)
Dontavious Jackson (Officially Visited Florida Jan 15)
Elysee Mbem Bossee (Officially Visits Florida Jan 22)
Dee Walker (possible visit?)
We must bring in at least 3 linebackers. The class is currently a prospective class with lower ranked players with big potential. However, the class could easily jump to elite with Mack Wilson and Uche but we have a lot of work left to do to make that happen.
Defensive Backs - (6) Chauncey Gardner (Early Enrollee)
McArthur Burnett (Early Enrollee)
Quincy Lenton (solid, officially visits Florida Jan 29?)
Jaewon Taylor (solid, Officially visits Florida Jan 29)
Aaron Robinson (shaky, grades, no official)
Christopher McWilliams (solid, officially visits Florida Jan 29)
Antonio Nelson (solid, Officially visits Florida Jan 29)
Remaining Board: Kristian Fulton (Officially Visits Jan 29)
Tyler Byrd (longshot to rejoin class)
I think we have the numbers but the elite talent level we're use to at DB isn't there yet. Adding Fulton would be huge for this DB class.
Kickers - (1) Eddie Pineiro (Early Enrollee)
Remaining Board: Mitchell Wasson (PK)
We blasted one out the park in this department! Now we're after Wasson he's being recruited as a walk on which would only make this better and hopefully put our FG kicking issues behind us.
Overall, I think this is a class that is deserving of its Top 5-8 ranking (depending on what site you use)
The 12 early enrollees are huge and should not be forgotten about.
One thing this coaching staff has showed is they don't care about rankings and go after the guys they think are best for them. A lot of those underranked players that our coaches targeted early have been heavily coveted late in the recruiting process. That tells me they were RIGHT on their evaluations.
That being said, it's going to get interesting over the next 2 weeks and hopefully we finish strong. Go
- Thread: Chip Kelly to UCLA: $4 Mil/Year
No way in hell he accepts the UCLA job unless we royally f'd up that meeting sun night. From the people i've spoken with and everything i've gathered from the 2 guys i know who are connected Chip Kelly will be our HC by next Mon. All these bullsh*t articles that will be pumped out over the next few days regarding UCLA are nothing but clickbait so scroll on. We have our guy and we'll be dragging folks ass again real soon
Btw...i want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all!
- Thread: The National Signing Day Thread
Basically she said the fan expectations are and always have been in the sh!tter in Starkville, and she's just peachy with that. Moral victories count just fine, thank you. They certainly don't demand excellence, or Mullen wouldn't be there anymore. It's a perfect place for both of them to rot away, stealing millions for nothing in return.
I've grown quite weary of people taking swipes at my town and our fans.
We won by 26 and yet it felt like we grinded our way to the win. No accident. We earned those turnovers by being uber aggressive and playing smart.
Our offense is a joke with Franks behind center and yet Mullen finds ways to get receivers not a little bit open, but very open. Scarlett ran angry and Swain is one helluva playmaker. Reese on defense gave us a big lift.
We're thin on depth but big on heart. I love this team.
- Thread: Jordan Scarlett
In the types of games we’ve played of late, and will play for much of the final stretch, he’s nearly perfect for us. In addition to running hard and hanging onto the ball in tough yard situations, his pass protection has been outstanding. We need Franks calm and collected, playing from a lead or small deficit. Not constantly running for his life or getting blindsided by a blitzing LB and getting rattled. From that standpoint, I think JS has been very valuable for us.
Not always glamorous, but really effective for what we really need right now.
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