He use to play this in his room and come and get me and we would do a duet. I had to look it up and put it on here. I know it's an old song....probably older than my guy....and that's old. But, what a wonderful song. I will be singing this all day.
"Just you and I....that's how it will be."
There were our only two draft picks throughout for 2012. I am not going harp on how the program has fallen since the championship years. That is evident. But, congrats to these guys. Let's celebrate their hard work and their moment of realizing their dream.
Howard going to Seattle tells me Coach Quinn, (former Seahawks Asst. Coach), had a lot to do with the pick. And, Mike Tomlin seems to like our Gators. He has drafted one in each of the past three years. Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert, and now Chris Rainey. Rainey and Pouncey played together in high school and then college...and now they are reunited for a third time.
Also, congrats to Brantley and Thompson for being picked up by the Ravens. I won't even start on what I think their chances are. No one can ever judge someone's heart and determination in a scouting report. So, I wish them well. I wish them success. Also. congratulations are in order for William Green going to the Browns.
On a side note the SEC had the most drafted in 2012. They barely beat out the Big 10 from what I hear.
Watched the Heat game yesterday. Did so while waiting in an airport....but, that's another story.
I was encouraged. I don't think the Knicks with a healthy Tyson Chandler and a productive Anthony are any slouch of a team. So, granted Tyson was sick and Anthony could not find his shot. But, for the Heat to win 100-67 was an embarrassment. And, I enjoyed every minute of it.
|Mike Miller, Lebron and D-Wade|
Let's give credit to James and crew though. They created turnovers and took advantage of the Knicks. I also thought they got some help from the Refs. But, the refs can't do anything about putting the ball in the basket.
The Heat's entire team was clicking yesterday. I like what Bosh was doing inside or down low. I did think he missed some easy shots though. I thought with James' production on both ends of the floor it made this an easy win. They doubled up the score several times. And, I don't think James played the entire 4th quarter. And, I was happy to see them take Wade out considering the horrific injuries we saw to Rose and Shumpert.
I am encouraged because I wanted to see some intensity right out the gate from this team....and I did. I really hope the team has what it takes to win it all. They have the talent....now let's see if the team can lean on Wade for that championship closer mentality.
I know the pressure is on James. I think he got off to a good start.
I have been wanting to write about this since last Sunday when I saw what happened. But, I have been so busy. But, my guy said, I should definitely write about that idiot. And, he is right on both fronts. Artest is stupid....and, I should definitely write about it.
The reason being....no matter how we try to slice this Artest is a professional athlete and kids look up to him. And, heaven forbid...but, I bet some of them...maybe a lot of them have his jersey. Wow, is he not worthy of it. He is not worthy of his professional position or for anyone reporter to give him any headlines. But, as a blogger it's important for me to point out this aptitude or lack there of. He is not a representation of the wonderful and strong black men I know. He is ignorant and right up there with the Pac Mans and the Antonio Cromarties of the world.
Artest was thought to have changed from his days in Indiana. But, all of us with any type of sense knew better. Artest was/is an ignorant time bomb waiting to happen. And, it happened last Sunday.
And, there is no way to explain it except for...he was trying to make contact. He took a big swing and the video does not lie in this case.
I wish the suspension was heavier in the incidence. I don't think Artest will ever get it. There is something about this guy that none of us sees or knows. But, what we do see and what we do know is appalling. There is something innately wrong. He has a very mean side to him. And, he is intelligent enough to explain himself and the situation away. A dangerous combination.
Shame on the Lakers though. They should have handed down an additional suspension or fine. They should let him know he can't represent them with that type of behavior. But, they won't....this is a business. And, if he can come back and help them win the next series....then his salary to play basketball and act like a nut in the process is well worth it to them.
I say Artest....you are an embarrassment. And, ignorance will always be a part of your DNA. Unfortunately you have a talent that puts you in the spotlight. I wish you would realize the responsibility given to you...but, you won't.
Congrats to Women's Tennis for winning the SEC Tournament today. They beat the Georgia Bulldogs 4-1.
Congrats to Ladies Lacrosse for beating the #1 Team in the nation in Northwestern. With that win the 4th Ranked Gators take there second Regular Season Crown. Playoffs/Tournament start May 4th.
Softball made it look easy over the weekend by sweeping FIU.
Congrats to Baseball for taking the series against the Dawgs....
And, congrats to the Gator Gym Girls again. Kytra Hunter came away with the Individual Championship on the Vault and the lady Gators had 5 All Americans.
Warms my heart as well to see Beal visit Atlanta and support Kytra. I know he just declared for the NBA draft but. it's completely cool to me that he went to support her and the team. Much luck to them all today as they go for the National Championship.
And. let's not forget about those late draft guys that have done so well like Major Wright with Chicago, Riley Cooper, Philly, and David Nelson who was undrafted and started so many games in Buffalo last year. Louis Murphy with Oakland, Marcus Gilbert Pittsburgh, Brandon Spikes and Jermaine Cunningham, Patriots. And, speaking of the Patriots...they got a steal in Aaron Hernandez. But, Hernandez did it to himself with the drug issues he had at Florida.
LSU, 18 (2)
Georgia, 17 (3)
Alabama, 16 (7)
Florida, 16 (5)
South Carolina, 11 (0)
Tennessee, 9 (3)
Auburn, 9 (2)
Ole Miss, 9 (2)
Mississippi State, 6 (1)
Kentucky, 5 (0)
Arkansas, 5 (0)
Vanderbilt, 3 (0)
And, congrats to Kytra Hunter for winning the All Around National Championship as a Freshman. Now, lets bring home the NC for the team ladies.
So Sanchez finally says something about Tebow. And, I will just let my readers see this video from First Take if you haven't already. I think they summed it up pretty good.
All I am going to say Sanchez is you better bring your A-game to this season. You were the worst red-zone QB I have seen in quite some time last year. And, you threw a lot of pick sixes. Now you are saying that all Tebow is a good workout partner. Wow!!
He restores my faith in life and love every morning. I love our tradition to start our day with a talk and end our night with a talk.
He is my soulmate and I am blessed beyond measure. No distance...big or small will change that.
Thank you so much Pat Summit. You definitely inspired me. I am not and never will be a Tennessee Vol Fan but, I can't remember not routing for you in National Championship Game. You had that it and you knew how to bring out of your players.
Your legacy has done so much for so many women. And, even for me watching from afar I couldn't help but to be driven by so many of your wins, speeches....and those deadly looks you had on the sidelines. My man would say that my fiery disposition is very similar to yours.
But, 38 years later, 1,088 wins and. 8 National Championships later, and we have a Hall of Famer any way you slice it.
I wish you peace and clarity as you fight this disease.
Congrats to Brad Beal. He made a huge impression with the Gators this year. And, I guess it was enough of one with the scouts in the NBA. I am disappointed in him leaving but, he has accomplished what he needed to. He came to college to increase his chances of a high paying salary. I assume with his predicted first round draftee one year in college was just enough.
What a great guy too....just a delight to be around and get to know. A God-fearing kid with a lot of character. Once a Gator always a Gator.
Congrats to Rashon Burno for becoming the newest Gator Basketball Assistant. It certainly didn't long to replace Norm Roberts who headed to Kansas to be on Bill Self's staff. I don't know much about Mr Burno. But, I do know if he got hired by Billy Donovan at such a young age then he is pretty good. Welcome to Gatornation Rashon.
Congrats to Devon Walker for committing to Florida. He is a 6'6 187 lb SF. I really hope he gains some more weight. The SEC schedule doesn't play. Welcome aboard though and I hope the Florida Gator program is everything you want it to be.
I was asked this morning, "What's up? Something wrong with you? Why haven't you posted anything in a couple of days?"
Well here goes....
Coach Meyer was my dude. I love the way he came into Florida and turn the program around. I can't be mad at him now for that. But, I must say I never thought he would take the position at Ohio State. Blew my mind. I can also say, the allegations about his preferential treatment of players really sound like him. He had a core of players that he trusted and relied on and I am sure they got to do some things others didn't. And, as far as Percy Harvin is concerned. He was a handful in high school athletics. Remember now he was kicked out of high school athletics back in the Va. for the rest of his Sr year for attacking an official. No surprise he did what he wanted in college. The surprise is....they let him.
Idiot....his filing of bankruptcy just continues to prove it. He says he made more than 40 million and that his only asset is a conglomerate of Nike shoes. And, somehow he conveniently loses his Super Bowl Ring. What is glaring here is that he blew all of that money. Owe his creditors almost 7 mil and that he has that many kids and baby mommas. An idiot that still needs to become a man.
Lol! Now, what a joke. His arrogance never seizes to amaze me. Kudos to Arkansas AD Jeff Long for saying enough is enough. So, Bobby not only was having an extramarital affair but, he hired her to work in his office. And, on top of that he gives her 20k in cash to keep her mouth closed. Well, she didn't . But, if that was not enough. He is in a motorcycle accident....riding with no helmet....and, she is on the back of it. Straight arrogance Razorback fans. You guys are better off without him. He left Louisville in a rush. Left Atlanta after 13 games and now this. He really thought he was bigger than life. I hear the Saints are looking for a temporary coach Bobby. Maybe you and Sean Payton can switch for the year. Crazy!!
Ozzie has said what he wanted to say for as long as I have known. But, saying, "Castro should be applauded," in the middle of Cuban's second home of South Florida was not advisable. And, sure he apologized....but, Ozzie will say some more crazy stuff. And, we will again say, "That is Ozzie being Ozzie."
Congrats ladies. We in Gatornation are proud. Not only are you regional winners but, you are headed into Nationals with a #1 Seed. As I say to so many, "There is nothing like Gator Athletics." We competed in every sport and we are always in the national championship hunt.
In a couple of days it will b my Gators Football team taking center stage again on campus. I think all of the true fans would like to forget the last two years. What a debacle...and there is plenty blame to go around. But, as the saying goes, "No matter what kind of weather I am a Gator fan."
So here we are in Spring 2012 and we once again have hope that we will reach the Tebow, Harvin, Spikes, Haden, & Pouncey days.
Make no mistake though all eyes will be on our two prominent QBs. Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel.
Jacoby is the pure passer. He would rather stay in the pocket. And, he is considered by a lot to have the NFL arm. I thought Brissett showed great poise last year in subbing for Brantley. Jeff is the dual threat guy. Has an NFL arm to but, he is fast and can run with the best of them. I thought he looked confused and overwhelmed last year. And, I kept waiting for him to have a great play or drive and he never did.
My take is they both have equal chances to win this position this year. A new OC in Pease fresh off his last season with Kellen Moore. And, I do want one of them to win out. And, I don't care which one. I just don't like going into a season thinking we are going to play both. It never works out.
I have heard from most that Brissett has separated himself in practice and is the clear leader. But, no coach is going to say that with a chance of either of them to think about transfer. These are two capable QBs...who got to see some action last year. So, this year it should be less of the dear in the head lights look. They both should come into this year with a little confidence and familiarity with their teammates.
I won't be there this year. But, I will try my best to watch.
More to look for is at the RB position. Gillislie was announced as the starter and leader at the position. And, now it's time to see what Mack Brown and Omarius Hines can do. I want both to succeed. Brown has not lived up to his lofty expectations in two years. And, Hines is a red shirt Sr who has seen most of his time at TE and not much success. I just don't think they used Omarius as much as they should. Hines has playmaker ability.
I am really hoping for the connection between WR and QB this year. There has been none since Tebow left along with Riley Cooper, Louis Murphy, and Percy Harvin.
Deonte Thompson is a Gator but, really he was a joke at WR. And, he never lived up to the hype. And, he had plenty of chances. He will be known in Gatornation forever for his dropped balls in wide open field.
I am a Trey Burton fan and I am interested to see how they use him on offense this year. He had a good Fr season but seem to fade last year.
This should be Andre Debose's season too. He lead all WRs with about 700 yards and showed great promise on KR and running back 2 or 3 tds. I am hopeful.
The defense has so many 5* on them I stop counting. I look for Matt Elam to be the leader and be even better than last year. I am a Bostic and Jenkins fan and I love that tandem at LB. I look for Taylor to perform well at that position too. Omar Hunter should be crazy nasty this year. Floyd and Easley should have better seasons after getting a full year of starting. And Ronald Powell is my x-factor. Great talent....he needs to put it all together this year.
Our OL was a mess last year. Any improvement is an improvement.
As for coaches I am glad to see the stability. Only one change and that is Weis is gone. And, really good riddance. I had heard about the ego but, we witness it in full force. I expected him to work miracles....but, I thought he was busy being the phantom head coach and it never let Muschamp find his way in his first year. This year I think Muschamp is fully in charge and will put his stamp on this team. I love Muschamp's intensity. I'd love to see some of the players get some of it.
So, Saturday will be tailgaiting, Alumni BBQ, and lots of reunions.....and people telling lies about when they were on campus. I wish my gators the best today. Have fun and just enjoy. For some of you like Omar Hunter this is your last Orange and Blue game...I really hope this is the start of our return back to national prominence.
For anyone that wants to see the game streaming live tune in to this site...
Well, the Masters became a lot more interesting with Tiger winning last week...or was that the week before. My timeline on Twitter just exploded with applause and congrats for him.
For awhile I wasn't quite sure how I felt about Tiger. I have to admit though I watched the score on ESPN Golf page throughout the day on Sunday while working to see if he would hold the lead. And, he did....and I got to see him walk the 18th to the fairway. You could tell the 500 pound gorilla was off of his back. And, for that I am happy for him. I also believe everyone deserves a second chance. And, it looks like this is Tiger's.
I have several thoughts about this.....
First, "What the heck was he thinking?" As my Grandmother says, "What's going on in the well will come up in the bucket." And, it did. And, yes I know it's a country saying but, what powerful wisdom it conveys.
Second....Tiger needs some people with better advice in his camp. Some who are not afraid of him. Someone who will give him much better advice than he was obviously getting for sure.
Tiger was believing his own press and thinking that his success on the golf course changed his color and how the masses saw him. It didn't Tiger. And, no more glaring proof of that was none other than Fuzzy Zoeller. You see if you win the Masters, the tradition is you get to pick the menu of the main dinner for the next Masters. When they asked Fuzzy what he thought Tiger would choose....he quickly replied, "I don't know, probably collard greens and fried chicken."
Now, I want to take a moment here to let all of my readers know, if you don't know already.... I love fried chicken and collard greens...together, separate...it doesn't matter. But, to hear it come out of Fuzzy's mouth the way it did was nothing but racist.
It is obvious that a lot of people didn't want to see this sport change. And, there were/are still a lot of courses/private courses who don't accept women and blacks to this day. The Masters still don't accept women.
So Tiger was a lightning rod for controversy already. He was a hero in the black community. He was the face of cultural change of the sport. He was feared on the golf course.
But, it was that success that ruined him. Maybe, the heavy burden of carrying the torch for so many that drove him in the wrong direction.
His success had Tiger thinking he was Superman...had him thinking he could run the country...the world and do whatever he was bad enough to do. And, the people in his camp enabled him---completely allowed it. And, I don't know if any of them tried to stop or if they could. But, I personally think someone who looks more like him could have imparted some valuable knowledge. They could have impressed upon him the value of wisdom, morals, and race. They would have voiced it in a more profound and wise way.... If Tiger ever fell off of the White Man's Sport Pedastal....it would be a long and hard fall.
Well, Tiger did fall and it was a long and hard one. And, there hasn't been a joke that has not been made about Tiger. And, there hasn't been a golfer who did not like Tiger who hasn't rejoiced in his fall.
But, what hurt me the most is...I viewed him as a brother....we both come from interracial marriages. So, I kind of saw a kinship with him. I also liked that his success conquered a lot of stereotypes out there of black golfers.
I was as nervous on Sundays when Tiger was in the lead and heading down the stretch as I would be if there was a close game in involving my Gators. And, truly Tiger didn't warrant that from me. He didn't deserve that. And, his wife and family didn't deserve what he was doing.
At this point though, it's not for me or anyone else to judge. I am sure we have all done things that we are not so proud of. Just so happen we were spared the cost of it being televised for days and months in the national media.
So, here we are....full circle. Right back at the place where he won his first major trying to make a new name for himself. And, really make a statement that the 'Red Polo," is here to stay on Sundays. I wish him well.
And, surprisingly I still have the nervousness for Tiger. And, like others I will route very hard for his success.
But take note...Jack Nicklaus was asked why doesn't more blacks play the sport? And, Jack replied, "Well, it's an intellectual sport." Hmmm really, what does that mean? Gives us a lot to think about for sure.
But, for this Masters week that starts on Thursday, Tiger has given millions a reason to watch. He athletic ability is center stage again and not his personal life. And, for that I am sure the Golfing world is pleased. And, for me I am just glad my brother is on the other side of his storm. Good luck TIger!
To my Dad....thank you for sparking this debate with me and encouraging me to write about it.
But, on the bright side let's thank Erving Walker for such an awesome career. I can say he truly left it all out there on the court. What a phenomenal time he had at Florida. He battled Nick Calathes for playing time and played a lot of two guard when he started. He also battled Jai Lucas who eventually transferred to Texas.
But, to go on and be Coach Donovan's PG in that offense was no small task. I am proud to say I am know him....and watched him play many times.
The 5-foot-8 fireplug from Brooklyn will leave UF ranked first in school history in assists (547), second in 3-pointers made (285) and games played (144), and fourth all-time in points with 1,777.
“I had a great four years,” an emotional Walker said at the post-game podium. “We were so close. We just let it slip away.”So good luck Erving....I hear the NBA scouts have you going some where in the 2nd round. I know that you will do great things in the NBA.
As far as the rest of the Gators....they are all Jrs and Sophomores. It looks like Young will be back even though he could definitely be a first rounder this year. Beal is the question and the x-factor though. If he somehow stays I think we will have another good year. But. from what I have heard he is projected in the first round and would be a fool stay in. My only solace or rationale is his parents don't seem to need the money....he loves school from what his father says....and, oh yeah, his girlfriend happens to be a star on the Gator Gymnastic Team. Not a bad reason to return for a man of his age.
I was very pleased with Erik Murphy's game this year. I thought he developed a good post presence. I thought he rebounded much better as the season progressed. And, he was a match up problem all year for teams because as a 6'10 PF he could step out and hit three....he was deadly. Love his game.
Young improved his offensive game tremendously over the off season and on into the season. I am looking for bigger things from him in the fall. There will be teams where his strengths will be catered too. A Billy Donovan's team will always be guard and three point shooter driven team/. But, Young will be looked upon to lead this team next year.
Casey Prather came into his own finally. And, with the confidence he showed down the stretch he will be integral part of what the teams does next year. He has a good inside game. Now, lets see if can get a go to outside shot like Murphy.
Yeguette was my unsung hero throughout the season until he got hurt. I was so pleasantly surprised at his Dennis Rodman attitude. I love what he will bring to the team next year. The silver lining was with his injury Prather was able to realize his potential.
Well, I am thinking this will be Scottie Wilbekin's team next year at PG. And, without a doubt he is ready. He played the last years at a very young age....younger than most coming out of school at 17....but, he showed leadership. And, the moment never seem to get to big for him. He is a respectable outside shop and three point range. He plays defense as good as anyone on the team. And, he loves to distribute the ball. No Russell Westbrook attitude in him at all. I can't wait to see his development over the Summer.
Boynton's Father has been quoted as saying Kenny will be back for his Sr. year. I think this is huge for the team and for Kenny. He will be the emotional leader of this team next year. He will have the most experience. And, even though he is a streaky shooter, I love his game and overall moxie....can't wait to see what he does in the off season to make himself even more NBA ready.
Rosario maybe another x-factor for this team next year. He is a pure shooter. He will get a lot more playing time next year...possibly start. If he can work on his defense a little more I think he and Boyton will lead the team in scoring.
Cody Larson, Walter Pitchford should really work on their game this Summer....I am hoping for a Chandler Parson's kind of metamorphosis. Maybe that's asking a little too much....but, I do wear those orange and blue glasses frequently. But, both of these guys have height but need to put size. The Gators are lacking in inside presence and if either one of these guys to show promise over the Summer and add some bulk they can be exactly what Coach Donovan needs.
And, now to the best part about Gator Basketball....Billy Donovan. We have a coach guys...
With the talent he had the last year I think he over-achieved. Not many programs can say they won two back to back NCs....and then the last two years were one of only 8 teams standing in country. Whatever his formula is it's working. And, I pray he is happy at UF. He has single handedly made Florida a basketball school too.
Thanks Gator Basketball....I didn't have much expectations going into the tournament as a 7th seed. But, you completely blew me away and had me thinking we were at least headed to the Final Four. I can't wait til next year.
It seems this has been something that has gone on in the NFL for quite some time.....at least on some type of level. What I am hearing is players have policed each other and made these types of agreements and bets with other for years in the locker room.
What I am gathering though is the Saints/Greg Williams, and enabled by Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis the GM have allowed it to go to a completely different level. And, all I have to say to that is... they are crazy....out of their minds....and. some what evil. I mean how do you go out on Sundays and say, if I get this guy on a stretcher I am going to get paid? There has to be no afterthought...no consideration for the man across the line and his family. Amazing to me.
I watched the Saints playoff game against the Vikings.....mainly because that was an awesome season and performance by Brett Farve. And, of course because it was the rookie season of Percy Harvin. There was no doubt that they were doing their best to get Farve out of that game. And, I thought the officials did a horrible job of officiating. There were so many late hits that were not even borderline....and the more calls they missed the more DC Greg Williams kept calling all out blitzes....not even corner blitzes but, the LBs were having their way too. That's a game that I will never forget.
So, Goodell was right in his reaction and his ruling. And, the words, "The Saints lied to him," are pretty powerful. They approached the team and it's brass and asked if it was going on...and asked them to seize and desist. They did not. And, this was three years ago. And, no one put a stop to it. Even the owner Tom Benson knew about it. They got what they deserve.
And, players from the organization who spoke out against it like Darren Sharper need to shut up. You can't have your coach suspended for a year and your DC banned from the league and you still holding on to, "We did nothing wrong." Dude where there is smoke there is definitely fire. And, you can't expect the fans of football to believe HC, DC and GM were suspended for nothing.
I know this is a violent sport where players are being paid to perform...and we fans then pay to go see it. But, at what point to do you say....hey, we have/are taking this to a completely different hemisphere?
And, someone please tell me what Warren Sapp has to do with all of this. If he only knew how silly he looked saying, "My sources are reliable and they told me Jeremy Shockey is the one who snitched." So, everyone in Sapp's camp have learned nothing from this. They just view this as someone told and messed up our good thing. I don't know why some don't see the travesty in this program. Sapp is Hurricane so he has been an idiot for awhile. But, to voice his idiocy is a level I thought even he couldn't reach.
Good for the commissioner....we love this violent game...yes, we do. But, where is the line drawn? It has to be at and before the bounty level where players are carted off the field.
Update On Lacrosse From Gatorsports....3/20
The No. 10 Florida lacrosse team battled against a quick, aggressive Syracuse squad to defeat the No. 11 team in the country, 16-11, in front of 937 fans at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Gators were led by sophomore attacker Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.), who tied her career-high and her own school record with six goals while adding an assist for a season-high seven points. Florida also saw hat tricks from sophomore midfielders Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) and Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.).
Sophomore attacker Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) tied her career high in points with four (2 goals, 2 assists), adding two draw controls. Sophomore attacker Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) scored and added an assist while sophomore midfielder Jamie Reeg (Atlantis, Fla.) scored her first goal of the season.
The Gators were a perfect 4-for-4 from free position and outshot the Orange, 27-20. Florida won the battle on the draw, 18-10, continuing the Gators’ streak of winning the game when out-drawing their opponent. Chesterman and Dashiell each had a team-high four draw controls, which is Chesterman’s career high.
“The draw is so important,” Florida head coach Amanda O’Leary said. “When you possess the ball, they can’t score. Those 18 draws were critical because we needed possession of the ball. Their attackers are such threats and if you give them an inch, the ball is going in the back of the net.”
Heisman Trophy Winners Since 1970 ....just not relevant to me before then.
Reggie Bush (vacated)
Florida Football 2011 Commitments