Sunday, November 2, 2008

Morning After: Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold!

Sorry for the lack of posts the past couple of days, what with it being Halloween on Friday and because I took a trip to Jacksonville for The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. I will have a post later chronicling my adventures in Jacksonville, so more on that later.

First off though, let's start by saying TAKE THAT GEORGIA! Revenge is certainly a dish best served cold. All week the media, and the city of Gainesville pondered what Coach Urban Meyer would have in store for payback against the 'Dawgs after putting a gag order on his squad this week and saying in his authorized biography about Georgia's team celebration in last year's WLOCP that, "that wasn't right. It was a bad deal... We'll handle it, and it's going to be a big deal."

Many waited in anticipation for Florida's first score to see if there would be a mass celebration. Percy Harvin dashed to the endzone on a pitch from Tim Tebow. Nothing happened.

Then, before you knew it, the Gators were up 49-3 with the backups coming in. That's when we knew revenge had been served. What better way to handle it than to blowout Georgia in the biggest game of their season, run up the score and hold their starting unit to three points.

Just to add insult to injury, in a bit of showmanship, with under a minute left in the game and the ball, with the game easily decided, Meyer called a couple of timeouts. Priceless.

While the game was decided on the field with an impressive all-around showing from the Gators, Mark Richt and his team lost this year's game the moment that they rushed the field last year and celebrated Knowshon Moreno's first touchdown.

In the offseason, Florida strength coach Mickey Marotti designed workouts for the team that required players to do 42 reps at each station (one for each point that Georgia scored in their 42-30 win last season) and sets of 188 pushups and crunches (one for each yard Knowshon Moreno tallied in that win). Last year's loss was etched in the minds of this Florida team, and now this win will be etched in their minds.

The Gators now hold the inside track for a trip to Atlanta in December for the SEC title, and can book their tickets with a win next week at Vandy.
The win also puts Tebow back into the thick of the Heisman race, and reignites Florida's BCS hopes.

I'll be back later with my chronicles from Jacksonville, as well as my reaction from Texas Tech's big win over previously undefeated Texas. Stay tuned.

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