Thursday, September 30, 2010
The story that a Bama couple named their kid Crimson Tide Redd reminded us of the movie Gator. Why? Because Gator's nemesis, of sorts, was Bama Mcall and Gator's girlfriend, Aggie Maybank. Sounds like the 2010 football season in the making.
And a word to the wise, if you are going to name your kid after the Crimson Tide, "Bama" is a much better way to go, boy or girl. (And if you want to see Burt Reynolds in his finest role as a Gator, click here.)
And if you think naming your kid Crimson Tide Redd is questionable parenting, watch these two taunt their son to tears.
If you are going to the game this weekend, take care of yourselves Gators, because the colors orange and blue make Tide fans see red.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
This time last year the Gator Nation was waiting to hear if Tim Tebow would recover from his concussion to play again, ever, much less against LSU. Little did we know that one year later the Gator Nation would proudly witness Tim Tebow's single game TD record of 5 TDs broken by a Gator Freshman!
And if you don't know much about Trey Burton, here's a story done a little over a week ago that should make a few of you Tebow fans very happy:
Trey Burton is not accusing former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow of stealing his idea, but Burton believes he was wearing Bible verses on his eye black first.
Burton was an emerging star as a freshman safety at Venice High School when he started scrawling "Phil. 4:13" on his eye black before games. He kept doing it after he moved to quarterback his final three seasons, mixing in other verses depending on what passages he read that week .
"My favorite one - actually before Tebow made it famous - was Philippians 4:13," Burton said, referencing the verse that says Christ empowers believers to accomplish all things. "There's a whole bunch, but that was my favorite one. "
The eye-black evangelism is one of many similarities between Burton, a freshman, and Tebow, the departed superstar: outspoken about faith, bulldozer ball-carriers and men who make Gators coach Urban Meyer's voice gush with adoration when he talks about them.
Burton and Tebow even arrived at roughly the same size. Burton showed up in January at 6-foot-2, 212 pounds - an inch shorter and 7 pounds lighter than Tebow was in 2006.
But Burton is not the next Tebow. He is not the next anybody. Listed as quarterback John Brantley's backup, he has also lined up at fullback, tight end, receiver and on kickoff coverage. As Florida's wildcat quarterback, Burton has four carries for 11 yards and a touchdown.
Again, that 11 yds and a touchdown is now SIX in one game. If this is what the Gators do to a team that tackled Tim Tebow into a teammate's knee, giving him a concussion, then we can't wait to see what the Gators do to a team that made our boy cry.
Trey Burton's dad is not a minister, if you know what we mean, and that's okay, because records are made to be broken...because if Burton manages to keep playing like he did last night, it'll be inevitable, again.
And the Bull Gator gets the last word. Click the photo for his caption to this photo.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
So what have been the leading searches since then? A lot of searching Tebow's "girlfriend," but what is funny is that Tebow's haircut is now among the top Tebow searches.
And in Alabama (Yes, they still love Tebow, and you might say still infatuated too.)
It is interesting to see how the lists shift in interest nationally and then regionally.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Travis Haney, who covers the Gamecocks, has a touching tribute to him here. You can also follow Haney on Twitter @gamecocksblog.
The Broncos also have a video tribute here.
Photo: McKinley at the Sept. 11 South Carolina-Georgia game.
Monday, September 20, 2010
"We always name our trick plays after movies. We keep it fun. ... We actually put it in on Wednesday. It worked every time," Dantonio said. "I made the call, 'Little Giants,' and I said a little prayer."
After the game Dantonio suffered a heart attack. Please say a prayer for Dantonio and his family.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
We'll know later today.
As fans, what are your expectations for Tim this season? Realistically what can fans expect from the Broncos, and is this a building year?
Tebow did not play in the home opener. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 31-14.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
What many forget, or don't know, about this game is that it was Tennessee's worst loss to date and it was to the Gators (Their worst loss at home to date was also to the Gators the year before). Peyton Manning and the Vols came to town with SI in tow to feature Manning on the cover for the next week, and for the first half, it looked like the Vols were going to feed it to the Gators.
Then Lawrence Wright's hit. Gators get the ball and score 7 before the close of the half.
Then Danny Wuerffel and the Gators came out and scored 42 unanswered points. It even rained after singing We are the Boys. Good, good times.
Final score Gators 62, Vols 37. And Danny, and not Peyton, was on the cover of SI.
Friday, September 17, 2010
For more, go to The Bull Gator blog.
Photo: Tebow at Florida Tennessee game 2007
So here goes, how do you know the toothbrush was invented in Tennessee?
Because if it was invented anywhere else it would be called a "teeth brush."
For more Gator jokes to cheer yourself, click here, at your own risk.
For a good, and funny, discussion of this week's game, click here.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Like a lot of Gators, we too are getting tired of the arrests on the team. But is it all about winning and what is the right thing to do in these situations? Is cutting a player loose the best thing for the player, the program, or even society? Or is giving them another chance and forcing them to get it together the better option? It is almost impossible to know until after the fact.
We've been mulling it over and were very strong in our opinion that enough is enough and that Rainey should be made an example of and dismissed from the team. But last night we saw this tweet from former Florida beat writer Ben Volin:
Here's a long excerpt of the link Volin posted:
Back at Utah, pressure mounted from inside and outside the program for Meyer to cut his losses with Johnson. "A cancer," Meyer recalls people calling his player. The decision was easy. Meyer kicked Johnson off the team. "It was over," the coach says.
But then Meyer plopped down one day and his eyes focused on a story about an innocent victim killed in a DUI accident. That paper sat there and stared at him for days, until Meyer reversed course. Johnson needed help, the coach decided, or else he'd have to flip open the paper every day and have to worry that Johnson's name would be associated with something like that.
Meyer couldn't let that happen.
On prison mail day, inmates around Johnson's cell would hush as guards came around with the mail, their only chance for contact with the world outside all that cement and steel. Many inmates traipsed off without a letter. Johnson usually had plenty to read. Most envelopes had the same name on the return address: Meyer, Salt Lake City. He got tough-love encouragement from his football coach. But a half-dozen came from Meyer's wife, Shelley, who has a degree in psychiatric nursing, specializing in addiction. Even 11-year-old Gigi Meyer took time to pen rousing notes for the 24-year-old running back.
Meyer visited Johnson in prison, too. He saw the orange jumpsuit. Saw a young man in despair, but ripe for guidance. So Meyer said something even Johnson never expected. "We want you back," his coach said. Not on the team, necessarily, he said. Just back. He just didn't want to see Johnson in a jumpsuit again. Meyer laid out a 12-point program for Johnson to get his life back on track. Football? Well, let's stick to life, Meyer told him.
When Johnson walked out of prison last winter, he carried with him a mail pouch heavier than a football. The Meyer family became that rudder he so badly needed. "They took me in," Johnson says. "They could have easily just let me be somebody else's problem."
But make no mistake, Johnson had to earn it. Meyer's a nice enough guy in the media room. Ever heard of Black Wednesday? That's how Meyer weeded out his roster at Bowling Green in 2000. He lined up trash cans along the practice field, then weeded out bad seeds by running players until they returned their breakfasts. Call Johnson's 2004 something along the lines of "Black Most Days." ...
That panel watched as Johnson changed his life. He spent the spring on probation. He dressed but didn't play in the spring game. As summer wound down, Johnson was still off-limits to the media and his fate wasn't yet known. In the locker room, though, he had proven himself. He'd gotten a nod of approval from his peers.
"They based their decision not on football," Johnson says. "It was about wanting to see me get my life straightened out."
So far, Meyer and his players look like saviors. On Sept. 2, Johnson started and ground out 77 yards on 20 carries against Texas A&M. He rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown the next week against Arizona, and two weeks later crushed Air Force with four touchdowns. He leads Utah with 782 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.
Getting your life back together is not an instantaneous process. It is slow. It is day to day, and then day to day, and again day to day. Those days add up into weeks, and then months, and even years. Is that the job of a college football coach? Is Urban Meyer paid $4M a year to do whatever it takes to win at the University of Florida? Or do we expect more from our head coach than that? And if so, what does that really mean in practical terms?
And what about Avery Atkins? Here's all that you really need to know.
We don't envy Coach Meyer on making the decision to dismiss or reinstate Chris Rainey. Or the decision whether to invest the time and effort to keep him on the team or to cut him loose. We all love the Michael Oher story, but are we willing to live it? Are we, even as fans, willing to go the long yards and support a player that probably doesn't deserve it in our eyes?
Whatever happens let's be careful in how we judge both Meyer and his motives in making the decision. There is enough of a track record here, both in success and failure, to know that Coach Meyer has the full breadth of experience to make a reasonable decision.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Asked if Tim will see more snaps substituting for Orton, McDaniels said,
"I don't think I have any desire to do that with Kyle coming off the field, coming on the field, coming off. I don't think that's really something that we're looking to do much of. Like I said yesterday after the game, I think our quarterback played pretty well. I think he will play well. [I have] great confidence in his ability to execute what we're doing."
But how much stock do we put in what coaches say? Hard to say. Why telegraph your game plan, especially if you have a specialty player in a QB. On the other hand why disrupt the rhythm of your starting QB? It's hard to take anything said too seriously.
Sorry, but we're just not into parsing everything coaches say and prognosticating what might be. We have a wait and see policy, and that may just well be what Tebow's rookie season may be all about. Waiting to see how it goes, week to week.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Those were the days. But do you know who he is now?
In JAX, he's this guy.
If you weren't at the game you may not know that as part of the pregame festivities the Jaguars' mascot kicked around a guy in a Tebow jersey and then the Jags' teal men dragged him off the field. Later in the game the Jags' mascot shoved a cake in #15's face. In a third video skit the Jags' mascot tripped up a guy wearing an Orton jersey and fans had to guess which "foul" Jaxson deVille had committed.
After the game these three gags were the subject of most the conversation, and like with most things Tebow, everyone was sharply divided. Gators and Jags alike thought they were funny, no big deal. And Gators and Jags alike found them embarrassing, rude, and showing very bad judgment by the Jags front office.
We fall somewhere in the middle on this divide because of the reactions we saw on several kids' faces. In the section where we were sitting there were half a dozen or more boys wearing Tebow jerseys, some his Gator jersey and others his Broncos jersey, but the parents were decked out in Jags gear. Imagine seeing your mascot bungy jump off a tower, slide down a wire, and then kick the butt of an opposing mascot. Very cool.
But now imagine seeing your mascot bungy jump off a tower, slide down a wire, and then beat up a guy wearing a #15 jersey, the same one you are wearing, and kick the butt of your hometown hero in the same stadium you saw him celebrated as the first ever sophomore to win the Heisman and break Herschel Walker's rushing TD record. Not good.
We saw the looks on several of those boys faces, the confusion and even anger on one, and then the faces of the moms and dads in Jags gear who didn't know what to say. One dad just sort of hugged his son and rubbed his back.
Like it or not, the reason the game was sold out was because people wanted to see "hometown hero" Timmy Tebow play in his first regular season NFL game as a pro. And many of those people brought their sons and daughters to catch a glimpse of a guy they'd like their kids to look up to and not to see him kicked around by the team mascot.
Hey Jags front office, you won the game, but think of what you lost in the long run. Possibly the respect of the next generation of Jags fans and ticket buyers, and people who just want to see Timmy do well, because after all he is still their hometown hero.
Take a lesson from some college kids. College mascots duke it out amongst themselves, they don't beat up effigies or actors dressed up as players for a reason. It's disrespectful to your opponent and to the game.
And Bob Tebow was right, how quickly you go from being the G.O.A.T to a goat.
Photos courtesy AD and EC.
The Gators Men Track and Field and Gators Women Swimming and Diving teams are being honored today at the White House for their 2010 National Championships (and the Women's here).
Jeff Demps also becomes the first Gator to win a National Championship in two separate sports; Footbal and Track.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Former Gator and Buffalo Bill David Nelson is working to help the Putnam City West H.S. football team.
The team is not only in need of equipment, water bottles, cleats, and the usual things a team needs, but the school also helps provide food for its players. The following link is more about their story.
Faith and Football: Hunger an Issue for PC West
Help a Gator help some kids in real need. Don't just believe in hope, be hope for these kids. However small your donation may be, if we all do something small things become great things.
David and his dad have set up a Paypal account for donations which he and his dad will administer.
Or if you want to send a donation directly to the school, you can with the following address.
John Jensen (Coach)/PC West
8500 NW 23rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
Friday, September 10, 2010
McDaniels wouldn't give any hints on Thursday about whether he'd choose Tebow or fellow backup Brady Quinn.
"Whatever is best for the team," McDaniels said. "Like I said before, I don't have any plans to activate three. ... Just planning on probably making a decision here shortly towards the end of the week here and then playing the game."
Quinn was mostly underwhelming in his preseason appearances, though his 103.1-rated performance in the finale may have helped his cause.
It's a good bet the Broncos will activate Tebow, however, because of the potential for special packages he can be employed in. As the second active QB, he can enter and exit the game at the coach's discretion.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Alot of the footage you already know; the Sugar Bowl, the Senior Bowl, the Gatorade egg, and Tim helping a guy propose to his girlfriend at one of his autograph signings. But the most interesting footage is, of course, the behind the scenes.
The most revealing scene from the trailer is perhaps how aggressive Tim was in talking to potential GMs or franchises.
"If you want to draft me, then draft me. If you want to recruit me and think I'm going to be a quarterback, then I will be. If not, don't talk to me...because I want someone who believes in me and believes I'm good at what I do."
For those critics who think that Tim is, or was, just a naive boy who did what his parents told him, or just thinks what they tell him, think again. It is quite clear that he is his own man.
And kudos to Peter Tebow for wearing a Florida sweat shirt to such a somber meeting. Go Gators!
It is unsurprising that Tim Tebow could push a SUV, or even would, for training. But can you imagine driving by and thinking, "what's going on here?" and then realizing that Tim Tebow is pushing an SUV down the road. Imagine being one of the drivers in the car or truck below.
Or coming out your front door only to find Tim Tebow pushing an SUV past the house.
"Hey, mom! Tim Tebow's outside!" "Hush and come back in here!"
It had to have happened. You know it did.
This may be one of our other potential favorites, and that's Robby Tebow getting the last word over Todd McShay. The caption is Robby's answer to how may people will McShay draft, and that would be zero. But we'd also think that this is the answer to how many times McShay could take Robby in an infinite number of matches.
And we get to see Tebow box. Speechless.
Finally, this is what we, and hopefully the rest of you, like to refer to as #timtebowcant or how Tim Tebow beats the odds yet again.