|10-09-2003, 01:20 AM||#1|
Mmm... taste like chicken
Come back Steve...
This is an interesting read about SEC football from a local writer.
Keys to Life: Life is all about ass; you're either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, or behaving like one.
|10-09-2003, 02:27 AM||#2|
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Z-Hills, FL
Scooter Hobbs column: SEC needs one coach to play villain's role (10/9)
By SCOOTER HOBBS
Yo, Steve Spurrier. Phone home.
Florida needs you.
Sorry. The Gators need you (don't recall Spurrier ever referring to his alma mater as anything but "The Gators," as in "Oh, I don't know, seems like everywhere The Gators go somebody's always trying to cook up something special for us. Kinda seems to me like The Gators still end up beating most of 'em, though. Maybe we'll just have to come up with some new ball plays or something ... hey, we'll see. Gators are gonna to show up, I know that."
Don't you miss him already?
The current Ron Zook Gators are 3-3, 1-2 in the SEC, and won't be back home in The Swamp until after playing No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Arkansas and No. 8 Georgia over their next three games.
If Kentucky wasn't allergic to fourth quarters, The Gators would be 0-3 in the same SEC that is now built in their image.
Once-smug Gators fans are bailing left and right, forming lynch mobs, just like at other places, and the Web site fireronzook.com is getting more hits than britneytellsall.com
But that's their problem.
The Gators can fend for themselves. Let them humble up for a while, although that in itself is going to take some getting used to.
More so, the SEC needs Spurrier.
Maybe more than The Gators need him.
Frankly, this league has lost its focus.
It is wandering aimlessly.
Spurrier dragged the SEC's good ol' boys — the field position and running game crowd — into a new era. Forced to get on his merry-go-round or have him run up the score on them (quality time for his second string), SEC coaches had to jazz up their own ball plays and recruit themselves some speed.
Florida dominated during the reign of terror, but with the bar raised, three different SEC teams won national titles in the '90s; when he arrived the league had not won one since 1980.
But that wasn't his real gift to the SEC.
This conference doesn't know who to fear anymore.
Other than natural rivals, the other SEC schools have no team like Spurrier's Gators to pull against each week, 11 against one, even when a Gator victory might help their own cause.
Games are won. Games are lost. But nobody really gets under the rest of the league's skin.
And that was the point.
Spurrier not only beat you, his cockiness played the perfect villain from a pro 'rasslin routine.
With Zook, even the Gators who want him fired yesterday, seem to think he's a fairly nice guy.
Who needs that?
You had to love Spurrier — when you weren't hating him and cursing him with every being in your body.
That was the point. You loved to hate him.
Where do you direct that angst and energy these days?
He was supposed to pick up the slack. And for sure he has just enough smug arrogance to get under the thickest of skin.
But he's been on the hot seat at Auburn almost since the day Spurrier left for the NFL.
Auburn first has to dominate something other than preseason magazine covers.
Besides, Tuberville's biggest crime against, for instance, LSU, was firing up victory cigars in Tiger Stadium.
The Spurrier Gators would hang a 48-7 fireworks show on you and nonchalantly trot off the field like you were nothing more than lint to be flicked off their shoulder pads.
It was far more infuriating.
But, by golly, you always had Florida in the back of your mind. Watching your own defense smother an Auburn or a Mississippi State you'd do the mental gymnastics to substitute Spurrier's ball plays and wonder what the conversion rate would be.
We can forgive Florida for at least joining the rest of the pack. Some, I dare say, are relishing the experience.
But, please, don't let them be boring. That's inexcusable.
In a loss to Ole Miss Saturday, Zook spent most of the game stubbornly trying to establish a dadgum running game against the nation's worst pass defense.
Are you really comfortable around the SEC when Nick Saban has to pump up The Gators' strengths and potential so LSU can get a proper head of steam up?
LSU is a 9 1/2 point favorite against Florida on Saturday.
This is the second straight year that the Tigers have had to try to put on a good game face for a Florida team that just lost to Ole Miss.
Even if LSU wins, how much fun is that going to be?
What's the use if you don't get to see the visor flying around in frustration?
The SEC needs a coach that beats you, teases you, frustrates you, all without sacrificing his near-scratch handicap on the golf course.
|10-09-2003, 08:44 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2003
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"The big ones eat the little ones,
The little ones gotta be fast.
That's the law of the fish, now momma,
You got to move your ass."
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