Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quote of the Day

"The last two starters at UF have won BCS titles."

NFL Icon Watch: Newcomers

Click the photo for the story.

Tebow and Sanchez, the Poster

What's the deal with this ESPN poster?

Why is Tebow 4 times bigger than Sanchez and upside down? Does that mean ESPN anticipates that Tebow will be 4 times more successful as Sanchez? Or will he run 4 times more for TDs?

Does Sanchez have his arms up in the air because he's giving up? Under arrest? Or something else? Because it doesn't look like he's signaling a TD.

Is Tebow's hair not really spiky? Or does he put gel in while hanging upside down? Both? Neither?

So many questions.....

(And click the photo for the ESPN ''Faces of the Game' story.)

Tebow, born passer

The Denver Post notes that Tebow played perhaps his first game in a very long time without running the ball. Not even once.

All Tebow did, for gosh sakes, was play like an NFL pocket passer.

"Trying to be," said Tebow, who suffered bruised ribs during a touchdown run in the preseason opener at Cincinnati. "Just trying to do what I'm asked."

As a passer, Tebow was 5-of-10 for 72 yards, a touchdown and an interception. As a runner, Tebow had zero carries for zero yards and zero TDs.

The last time Tebow played a game in which he didn't run the ball? Maybe never. As a freshman at Florida, he played in four games in which he ran but never passed. But good luck finding the last time Tebow played a game in which he did not have at least one carry.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Quote of the Day

Where art thou Brother Tebow???? Well, really, it's the photo of the day.

Tebow Highlights - Broncos Steelers

Tebow's Home Opener as a Bronco

It looked rough at first with the INT, but Timmy T. and Co quickly redeemed themselves. Tim has his first passing TD now too. Perhaps the interesting bit is that he started before Brady Quinn. Is Tebow now number 2 on the depth chart? Does this more than likely mean we'll see him play against the Jags?! We're hopin' so!

(And bear with us, we're having some tech issues. Light posting probably for the next few days)

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Atlantic and Tebow

It is kind of funny that The Atlantic discusses Tebow's role as a QB in training under it's culture heading. They also don't seem to know his personality of character very well, which is understandable, but is still funny to see them comment. One thing Tebow has proven is that he has lived the life less ordinary.

However, when Denver drafted Tebow, they brought the circus to town. The guy's popularity is ridiculous. His jersey is already one of the top ten most-purchased in the NFL, and you'll find people all around Denver wearing the name and number of their backup quarterback. Reporters from Denver to Gainesville and everywhere in between are going to be watching his every move. The minute Kyle Orton struggles, there will be calls to insert Tebow into the lineup. Tebow himself may be humble and willing to bide his time, but distractions and the outside pressure to play him will be intense. I just don't think that's a good environment for slow and steady quarterback development.

Tebow to play against Steelers?

Psalm 68:19

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah.

Psalm 68:19 ¡Bendito sea el Señor! Día tras Día lleva nuestras cargas el Dios de nuestra Salvación. (Selah)

Psalm 68:19 Bendito seja o Senhor, que diariamente leva a nossa carga, o Deus que é a nossa salvação.

Psalm 68:19 主,拯救我们的 神,是应当称颂的,他天天背负我们的重担。(细拉)

Psalm 68:19 בָּרוּךְ אֲדֹנָי יֹום ׀ יֹום יַעֲמָס־לָנוּ הָאֵל יְשׁוּעָתֵנוּ סֶלָה

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quote of the Day, 2

Josh McDaniels: "We're only going to play one. One at a time, the whole game long."

Gators' Inaugural Student Town Hall

Joe Goodman has the scoop, but the money quote is here:

MEYER: Throw the ball! Right! To who?


MEYER: The best match-up! Does that make sense. Should we go over that again. Do you play that video game? I bet you get your ass kicked in that video game. [HOWLING LAUGHTER]

Quote of the Day

Brantley: "I feel a little bit of pressure...Having the talent around me takes a lot of pressure off."

Psalm 27:14

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

Psalm 27:14 Espera en Jehovah. Esfuérzate, y aliéntese tu Corazón. ¡Sí, espera en Jehovah!

Psalm 27:14 Espera tu pelo Senhor; anima-te, e fortalece o teu coração; espera, pois, pelo Senhor.

Psalm 27:14 你要等候耶和华,要刚强,要坚定你的心,要等候耶和华

Psalm 27:14 קַוֵּה אֶל־יְהוָה חֲזַק וְיַאֲמֵץ לִבֶּךָ וְקַוֵּה אֶל־יְהוָה

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tebow back at practice, but limited

From the Denver Post:

As for Tebow, his bruised ribs appear to be improving.

"As soon as he can go out there and do what we'd like him to do, then he'll be out there," coach Josh McDaniels said of Tebow before practice.

For the second consecutive day, Tebow participated in a pre-practice walk-thru, but this time, he returned to the field with the rest of his teammates in full pads.

"At this point he's doing some things right now to see how sore he is," McDaniels said. "We'll see how it goes."

Tebow was injured in the preseason opener Aug. 15 at Cincinnati. Two days later, he left practice during warmups and has not been seen at a regular practice until today.

Tebow remains out of practice

From the Denver Post:

Several players remain out with injuries, including running back Know- shon Moreno (hamstring), receiver Brandon Stokley (groin), tight end Daniel Graham (bruised ribs) and quarterback Tim Tebow (bruised ribs).

The Gator Nation is Everywhere!

The Washington Post has a profile story on Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator and "HUGE Gator fan."

9.) Fugate, 51, was born at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. His mother died when he was 11; his father, a Navy veteran, died when he was 16.

7.) He joined the Alachua County Fire Rescue Squad right after high school. Though he attended a community college and the Florida State Fire College, he does not have a college degree.

5.) Fugate is a HUGE Florida Gators fan. His office includes a big Gators blanket, caps, and a Russian doll set painted with the faces and uniforms of Gators players. Aides discovered the dolls when they were with Fugate on an official trip to Russia earlier this year. "I always root for the Gators, the SEC East and the SEC West as a whole. And anybody else from Florida."

And click here for the story on how FEMA has changed since Katrina.

Tebow still out of practice

Per the AP

Notably absent, however, was rookie quarterback Tim Tebow, who has practiced just once since bruising his ribs in his pro debut Aug. 15. He was at the team’s morning walkthrough but not its afternoon workout.

Nevertheless, Tebow-mania continues in Denver.

Matthew 11:28

Matt 11:28 Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.

Matt 11:28 "Venid a Mí, todos los que Estáis fatigados y cargados, y yo os haré descansar.

Matt 11:28 Vinde a mim, todos os que estai cansados e oprimidos, e eu vos aliviarei.

Matt 11:28 你们所有劳苦担重担的人哪,到我这里来吧!我必使你们得安息。

Matt 11:28 לכו אלי כל העמלים והטעונים ואני אניח לכם

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quote of the Day: Loeffler Wins

Inaugural Florida Football Student Town Hall

UF Students - don't miss the first-ever Florida Football Student Town Hall on Wednesday at 7:30pm in the Touchdown Terrace of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Only the first 500 students with a valid Gator1 card will be admitted to the event. Participate in a Q&A with Coach Meyer and get some free stuff too. Check out this link for more details.

The Gator Nation is Everywhere!

And in NY!
Like how they don't know if it is a gator or a croc (hint: look at it's nose).

Finally, and another in Massachusetts (and no, it's not playing for the Patriots).

Deuteronomy 33:27

daDeu 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you. He will force your enemies out of your way and tell you to destroy them.

Deu 33:27 El eterno Dios es tu refugio, y abajo Están los brazos eternos. El Echará de delante de ti al enemigo, diciendo: '¡Destruye!'

Deu 33:27 O Deus eterno é a tua habitação, e por baixo estão os braços eternos; ele lançou o inimigo de diante de ti e disse: Destrói-o.

Deu 33:27 亘古的 神是你的居所;他永久的膀臂在你以下。他把仇敌从你面前赶出去,他发令说:‘毁灭吧!’

Deu 33:27 מְעֹנָה אֱלֹהֵי קֶדֶם וּמִתַּחַת זְרֹעֹת עֹולָם וַיְגָרֶשׁ מִפָּנֶיךָ אֹויֵב וַיֹּאמֶר הַשְׁמֵד

Monday, August 23, 2010

Quote of the Day

Tougher: Replacing Tebow or Bobby Bowden?

Mike Bianchi asks the question, "What is the biggest story line in the state this year as we head into the football season? Is it Jimbo Fisher replacing the iconic Bowden as coach of the Seminoles or John Brantley replacing the legendary Tebow as quarterback of the Gators?"

What do you think?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

In loving memory

We've struggled for a few days trying to figure out what we wanted to write, or what we should or even try to say today about the five lost 20 years ago now. But the memories and all the emotions have flooded back, and, well, it's been surprisingly overwhelming.

To their families and loved one's, we'd like to say that they did not die in vain. Because there are those of us who remember not only them but you too throughout all these years. And we know painfully all too well that it could have been us instead of them. Because of this we have endeavored to live life more fully and gratefully because they could not.

Please know that throughout the years, when faced with challenges and even our own losses and grief, that you, the surviving families, have been a source of inspiration to many of us in our private moments of darkness and pain. Because you have endured, we know that it is possible for us to endure and carry on as well. So thank you.

Our continuing prayer for you all is that God keep you and bless you until you may be joyfully reunited.

(We'll be back on Tuesday.)

2 Chronicles 16:9

2 Chr 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.

2 Chr 16:9 Porque los ojos del SEÑOR recorren toda la tierra para fortalecer a aquellos cuyo corazón es completamente suyo. Tú has obrado neciamente en esto. Ciertamente, desde ahora habrá guerras contra ti.

2 Chr 16:9 Porque, quanto ao Senhor, seus olhos passam por toda a terra, para mostrar-se forte a favor daqueles cujo coração é perfeito para com ele; nisto procedeste loucamente, pois desde agora haverá guerras contra ti.

2 Chr 16:9 耶和华的眼目遍察全地,一心归向他的,他必以大能扶助他们;你作这事太愚昧了。从今以后,你必常有战争。

2 Chr 16:9 כִּי יְהוָה עֵינָיו מְשֹׁטְטֹות בְּכָל־הָאָרֶץ לְהִתְחַזֵּק עִם־לְבָבָם שָׁלֵם אֵלָיו נִסְכַּלְתָּ עַל־זֹאת כִּי מֵעַתָּה יֵשׁ עִמְּךָ מִלְחָמֹות

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Two weeks away

We are two weeks away until the start of the 2010 Gator Football season!

Until then....

Tebow unlikely to play against the Lions

Per the Denver Post Thursday:

"Whenever he's ready to go he'll be back out here on the field," McDaniels said of Tebow, one of a handful of injured players. "There is a chance a lot of those guys that aren't out there won't play (Saturday). We're just going to see in the next 24 to 36 hours all of them respond to the treatment they're getting and we'll make the best decision going forward.

"We're not going worry about hurrying anybody back for this game. But if they're healthy and we feel like it's not a risk, then we'll go ahead and play them."

Psalm 121:2

Psa 121:2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psa 121:2 Mi socorro viene del SEÑOR, que hizo los cielos y la tierra.

Psa 121:2 O meu socorro vem do Senhor, que fez os céus e a terra.

Psa 121:2 我的帮助是从造天地的耶和华而来。

Psa 121:2 עֶזְרִי מֵעִם יְהוָה עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ׃

Friday, August 20, 2010

Quote of the Day

“Golly, times have changed when Tennessee doesn’t want to play North Carolina in football because they’re too good for them,” Spurrier said. “That’s kind of amazing right there.

“We’re not going to bail out from playing North Carolina the way Tennessee did.”

Ryan Lochte wins Pan Pacific Gold

Ryan Lochte, former Gator, won Gold in the 400m individual medley in the Pan Pacific championships. Lochte, and team USA, are coached at the even by UF Swimming and Diving Coach Gregg Troy.

Ryan Lochte flirted with the world record in the 400-meter individual medley before settling for a gold medal and the year's fastest time at the Pan Pacific championships on Thursday night.

The American led all the way and touched in 4 minutes, 7.59 seconds, lowering his own meet record of 4:08.77 set in the morning heats.

Lochte came back later to anchor the Americans to a blowout victory in the 800 free relay, capping a night in which the U.S. won five gold medals, giving them a leading total of 12 through the first two days of the meet.

Michael Phelps, Peter Vanderkaay, Ricky Berens and Lochte won in 7:03:84 -- a whopping 7.17 seconds ahead of second-place Japan. Australia was third.

"I told them before the race to give me the biggest lead possible because I'm going to need it," Lochte said. "I'm lucky I had clean water."

In the IM, Lochte was under the pace of Phelps' world record through 150 meters of the grueling four-stroke race. But he fell off it on the breaststroke leg.

"I just went out fast and tried to hold on for dear life," Lochte said. "I'm just going out there, having fun and racing. Whatever the outcome is, I'll take it."

Is Tim Tebow Reckless?

That is the question alot of NFL commentators are now asking about Tebow. Do you think he is? The body can take only so many hits. Was it worth it to take a hit in a preseason game for a TD that wouldn't win the game? Or was it necessary to build confidence among his teammates? Can Tebow realistically bulldoze his way into the endzone, week after week, like in college? Probably not, but what realistically will his running game evolve into? It's all wait and see.

Rookie quarterback Tim Tebow misses yet another practice with the Denver Broncos. This is the second consecutive practice that Tebow has missed since sustaining an injury to his ribs in Sunday’s exhibition game against the Cincinnati Bengals. While the reason he hasn’t been participating in practices and may not play in the home opener this weekend, the Denver Broncos are not releasing any type of official information relevant to Tebow’s issue; however, it’s safe for us all to assume it’s from the hit in Sunday’s exhibition game.

Drafted out of Florida, Tebow did participate in Tuesday’s two-a-days but didn’t fully participate in practice. Then, Tebow attempted to take field for practice on Wednesday but after doing a short walk around, he spoke with the team’s trainers and soon after went off the field to not return. Thursday’s practice, which Tebow did not participate in, was the last practice of the Bronco’s training camp.

Since he didn’t participate in two straight practices with the Denver Broncos, he may be ineligible to participate in the preseason home opener for the Broncos against the Detroit Lions.

However, he may out longer than just the preseason home opener if he doesn’t change his running style. Various media sources say that if he doesn’t change his running style, the NFL will take him for what he has and it won’t end on a good note for Tebow. What do you think about Tebow’s future success as a quarterback – do you think he has what it takes or do you think he needs to own up and change his running style a bit to keep from sustaining injury after injury this season?

Tim Tebow is not the only one missing practice with the Denver Broncos though as wide receiver Brand Stokely, cornerback Champ Bailey, as well as tight end Daniel Graham also missed practiced Thursday.

More here.

Exodus 15:26

Exodus 15:26 He said, "If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you."

Exodus 15:26 Y dijo: Si escuchas atentamente la voz del SEÑOR tu Dios, y haces lo que es recto ante sus ojos, y escuchas sus mandamientos, y guardas todos sus estatutos, no te enviaré ninguna de las enfermedades que envié sobre los egipcios; porque yo, el SEÑOR, soy tu sanador.

Exodus 15:26 Se ouvires atentamente a voz do Senhor teu Deus, e fizeres o que é reto diante de seus olhos, e inclinares os ouvidos aos seus mandamentos, e guardares todos os seus estatutos, sobre ti não enviarei nenhuma das enfermidades que enviei sobre os egípcios; porque eu sou o Senhor que te sara.

Exodus 15:26 耶和华又说:“如果你留意听耶和华你 神的声音,行他眼中看为正的事,侧耳听他的诫命,遵守他的一切律例;这样,我决不把加在埃及人身上的一切疾病加在你们身上,因为我是医治你的耶和华。

Exodus 15:26 וַיֹּאמֶר אִם־שָׁמֹועַ תִּשְׁמַע לְקֹול ׀ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וְהַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו תַּעֲשֶׂה וְהַאֲזַנְתָּ לְמִצְוֹתָיו וְשָׁמַרְתָּ כָּל־חֻקָּיו כָּל־הַמַּחֲלָה אֲשֶׁר־שַׂמְתִּי בְמִצְרַיִם לֹא־אָשִׂים עָלֶיךָ כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה רֹפְאֶךָ׃ ס

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Percy Harvin taken to the Hospital

News out of Minnessota is that Percy Harvin has been taken to the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with Percy. Will post an update when we hear something. Email us if you do!

Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin collapsed at the team’s Winter Park facility Thursday while watching practice and was loaded into an ambulance.

Harvin, who has suffered from severe migraines, was not on the field for the start of practice. He was seen talking to head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman outside the locker room at Winter Park and then jogged onto the field to watch practice. A few minutes later, Harvin vomited and then fell to the ground.

He came out for special teams practice and started having problems when he looked into sky catching punt.

Vikings coach Brad Childress on Harvin's migraines: "That one hit and it hit hard. Always scary for all of our guys when you see teammates struggling."

Childress added that Harvin was "trembling" as he lay on the field. He said this is second time Harvin has been taken to hospital because of migraines.

Practice continued as the team’s medical staff tended to him. After about 10 minutes, a police car and ambulance from the Hennepin County Medical Center arrived and EMTs tended to Harvin as practice stopped and players watched.

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Quote of the Day: Tebow is a Warrior

Sound familiar? Brandon Spikes called Tebow a "warrior" about this time last year (but it was in regards to his beard.)

This time, on taking his "welcome to the NFL" hit.

"He has a warrior's mentality," Broncos safety Brian Dawkins said. "Which is good, but at the same time, being able to decipher when and when not to. Hopefully he won't have to learn the hard, hard way."
And what do Tebow's teammates think about his first TD and hit?

"That's what you like about him," Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan said. "There was no choice to be made — you go for pay dirt."

Tebow kamikaze'd his way in while taking a running helmet blast to the left ribs from Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Abdul Hodge. A split second after Hodge's blow, Tebow ricocheted into safety Kyries Hebert, who was moving in for a tackle from the quarterback's right side.

Touchdown. Bruised ribs from Hodge's slam, the painful impact of which grew worse Wednesday.

"They always talk about the 'welcome to the NFL' hit," Broncos right tackle Ryan Harris said. "You've got to get your pads firmed up when you start off in the NFL. I think he had an opportunity to do that."

For more, click here.

And the Gainesville Sun's own Pat Dooley was on hand for Denver's practice yesterday. His report here.

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No Tebow at Practice

Denver Post and the Gainesville Sun's Pat Dooley are reporting the same thing; no Tebow at practice today.

Rookie quarterback Tim Tebow is not participating in the team workout this morning, the final full practice of training camp.

Tebow suffered bruised ribs while running for a touchdown on the final play of the Broncos’ preseason game Sunday at Cincinnati.

Darth "Gator Hats"

You've all no doubt heard about the Arkansas reporter who was fired because because she wore a Gator hat to Bobby Petrino's presser. Since then the running joke has been taunting various members of the media into wearing a "Gator hat" - wink wink - you what I mean...we've done it too.

Somehow, over night, a "Gator hat" has become synonymous with fear and dread. That is unless you are one of the fortunate few to be able to actually call yourself a Gator.

So you know what? We'll take it. If what the rest of the known universe sees and feels is a sense of dread and awe when they see a "Gator hat" then so be it. Because we have the distinct feeling that this is what the non-Gator nation are actually thinking when they see a Gator sporting a Gator hat.

Gators, don those Darth Gator hats and let yourselves be known! The Force is with us!

(And hopefully "God will be
smiling on the Gators" this year again too!)

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Proverbs 15:15

Prov. 15:15 Every day is a terrible day for a miserable person, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tebow leaves practice

How hard was that TD hit Sunday? Apparently pretty hard.

At practice Wednesday afternoon, Broncos trainer Steve “Greek” Antonopulos came up to and started consulting with the rookie quarterback.

After their talk, Tebow seemed to be holding his left ribs or left abdomen and jogged off to the locker room. He has yet to return. Tebow took several hits in the preseason game Sunday at Cincinnati. He was also involved in a violent collision at the goal line while diving for a touchdown on the game’s final play.

Tebow has has been wearing a flak-jacket padding device around his ribs this week. He didn’t participate in post-practice conditioning sprints Tuesday. This is significant as he has won every post-practice conditioning sprint among offensive players in training camp (Air Force’s ) wins every defensive sprint).

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Tebow, best performing rookie QB in week 1

It's only week one, sure, but the numbers don't lie. Tebow had the best game of all rookie QBs in week one.

For all those Tim Tebow bashers out there, and there are a lot of you for reasons still inexplicable, this news flash: The former University of Florida star and college football Golden Boy, despite his well-documented mechanical deficiencies, still was the best rookie quarterback on the field leaguewide during the inaugural weekend of preseason play.

At least from a numbers and composure standpoint.

The Broncos' first-round draft pick, and latter day Friar Tuck lookalike (we'll assume that, unless you live in a cave, you caught a glimpse of the hazing-induced coif that has since been clipped), completed 8 of 13 passes for 105 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 87.0 against Cincinnati. He also rushed twice for 10 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown run.

More here.

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Johnny B. and the 2010 Gators

We all have high hopes for the 2010 season and the focus, and much of the pressure, is on John Brantley to fill Tebow's shoes. Or is it?

Do any of us Gators really expect John Brantley to be Tebow 2.0? No, we don't. Are we hoping that he is a more traditional QB and outstanding passer? Yes. Would it be great to see this team make it to the SEC Championship game and the National Championship Game? Yes it would. But expectations are realistic, and dare we say it, sane this year.

With all the pressure off of "the perfect" Tebow season, hopefully this year will be a fun one.

For more on the expectations and pressures facing John Brantley, click here.

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Eye Black Challenger: David Nelson

Former Gator and Buffalo Bills WR David Nelson is looking for people and ways to help these kids. If you have any ideas, or want to contribute, tweet Nelson (info below).

And he's looking to help others while battling an injury.

Faith and Football: Hunger an Issue for PC West

The realities of Putnam City West are made evident in the locker room, where its athletes can find both football equipment and their next meal.


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