Conversation with Spurrier - 2019 Update ("He scores points, that's why he's a winner.")

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    Since it's a slow period on the board, I thought I'd share this story and apologize in advance for the length:

    Last weekend I was at an event where Spurrier was also attending. When he wasn't surrounded by the rest of the crowd, I went to talk to him for a bit and the 4-5 minute conversation was 100% pure Spurrier - almost as if Bates was doing the shtick.

    I started by introducing myself and then thanking him for immeasurably improving my college experience. He asked when I was there (1994-2003 in Gainesville). Then, he smirked and said "Yeah, those were some good years to be a Gator." It took a more Spurrier-esque turn from there.

    I told him the 1997 FSU game, was both the most exciting and cathartic moment of my life. Spurrier immediately gives me a quick, maybe half second glance of disapproval and says "Weren't you there in 1996". As I try to explain how great the NC was, especially beating FSU, but that while gratifying, it wasn't the same, singular excitement level.

    He chimes in immediately with, "yeah, and FSU was number 1 . . . till we beat em", to which I foolishly respond, "plus, our season had been a bit more disappointing that year up to then." While he politely, yet in a wise-ass manner, disapproved of the prior choice of 1997 FSU as my favorite game over the 1996 National Championship, this comment about the season being disappointing prior to FSU got him riled up.

    Spurrier was now more lively, almost bouncing on his toes back and forth and says, "welp, we did finish 4th in the Country that year and only lost two games. Ya know, that FSU game, I would have traded that for either of the LSU game or the Georgia Game. Shoot, we win one of those and we play for the SEC title. That was always my number 1 goal." [ You often hear that was his priority during interviews and reading it in type, but it's hard to tell if it is coach speak or not. In person, from a foot away, and in a 1 on 1 conversation, I can tell you he emotes this as his reality. He was passionate about it.]

    I had hit a nerve and now his competitive spirit was getting riled up a bit. He continued, "That 1997 team. Ya know, we only lost 1 time in 12 years to either LSU or Georgia and that 1997 team lost em both. We win either and we win the SEC [He just takes it as given we beat Auburn for the second time that year, this time on a neutral field, which is pretty great]. But, we lost em and that FSU game, I'd trade it out."

    He was taking what many of us in the favorite thread email suggested was our favorite game and putting it in the afterthought pile. It was funny as he was pissing all over my greatest Gator moment with some flare.

    Then, since he's bragging about the records against LSU and UGA, he's on a roll and says:

    "Ya know, those were some good years. In Gator history we've only won 9 sec titles. Urban, he got his two, but we got 7 of em [yes, he used 7 & 9 with no need to explain, which he was right about. He delivered this line with the most zing of the conversation]. We had never even won one until I got there. And LSU and Georgia, we did go 11-1 against each of them though, so that wasn't too bad. Yep, pretty good run."

    Me - "Agreed Coach. Thanks for the time and the memories."

    SOS - "Yep, Enjoy your weekend."

    The lasting takeaway was that he is still the most competitive, confident, and cocky guy in the same way we all love. It's also easy to see why our rivals hated him. I could have spent another 15 minutes asking questions about topics from this last regime, the resume request, Free Shoes U, Darnell Dockett, Foley and more, but I let him go back to the crowd after he was so gracious in jumping right into the conversation with me.

    The next day, he took a pic with my kids, but first said, "shoot, these kids don't know who I am."

    When they said, "yes we do and we have a picture with your statute", he pepped up and said "Aah, you know the statute. Aiiright. Get in here for a picture." Then he later threw a souvenir football right to my youngest son, who was super excited and now has his catch from a Heisman winner displayed.
     
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      This....is an awesome story. Congrats on what will be a life highlight for you.
       
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        SOS will always be the man.
         
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          Seven SEC baby!

          No, Butterteeth, we dont count East "Championships".
           
          • MidwestChomp

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            SOS still bleeds orange and blue!
             
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              Just stunning that he remembers all those stats, hell I don't remember breakfast.
               
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                Worth the read! SOS is still the Man!

                 
                • oxrageous

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                  He's a legend, still my favorite coach of all time. We realized how great he really was after he left. It was like someone died.
                   
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                    It really did feel that way.
                     
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                      Love that guy.

                      I wish Mullen would have let Spurrier throw a TD late in the O&B game so all the fans in attendance could honestly say they witnessed Steve Spurrier throw a TD pass in the Swamp.

                      Alex.
                       
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                        Great idea for next year, and get one of his great receivers to catch it.
                         
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                          when he won our first SEC title I knew how great he was. When he beat UGA's ass over and over and over I knew he ranked up
                          there with God and Jesus. When he beat the nulls for the national title I knew he was the greatest gator of all time and would NEVER relinquish that title.
                           
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                            I'm not surprised that he said how much missing the 1997 SECC bothered him. It was the first time we werent there.
                             
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                              That 97 season was weird. The only losses to LSU and UGA in the same year. No real excuse for it.
                               
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                              Doug Johnson + tequila
                               
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                                Really great story! Thanks for sharing.
                                 
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                                Did you really have to quote the whole story.........????? :bart:
                                 
                                • GatorInGeorgia

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                                  AWESOME STORY!
                                   
                                • Swamp Donkey

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                                  It must have been terrible for him to sit there and watch those fvkking Butters N Nuss idiots trying to punt their way to a victory.
                                   
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                                    Yeah, that LSU game was really frustrating. Dougie J. shat the bed and gave that one away. The Georgia game I remember as being just a beating, with our guys looking like they didn’t come to play.
                                     

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