April Rant •
Pre-Season Rant •
Charleston Southern •
• Arkansas • Miss. State • Georgia • Vanderbilt • South Carolina • Fla. International •
• Florida State • SEC Championship • National Championship •
19 days and counting... Here is preseason rant.|
In baseball, there is an unwritten rule that after mid-way through the game, if your pitcher is throwing a no-hitter, it is expressly forbidden for anybody on the team to mention that fact. The prevailing superstition is that the mere mention of the fact will certainly jinx the pitcher.
Fans and pundits are buzzing about how, with 20 returning starters and unbelievable depth at virtually every position, the 2009 Florida Gators are a consensus pick to defend their 2008 national title.
But there is one thing that nobody dares mention. The metaphorical "no-hitter."
In 102 previous years of football, no Gator squad has ever completed an undefeated season. There have been a couple of one-loss campaigns the 1996, 2006 and 2008 national championship seasons immediately come to mind, but never the and Oh season record.
Last year, the Gator fell ONE POINT short of perfection. UF's shocking 30-31 loss to Ole Miss was the springboard that refocused UF's effort and propelled it to 10 straight wins and the SEC and national championships.
Nobody really talks about why Gator QB Tim Tebow and fellow All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes spurned the lure of NFL million to return for their senior seasons.
"We play them one game at a time. Blah-blah-blah"
Yeah, Okay. More than just the physical prowess that Tebow and Spikes bring to the field, this is the heart and soul of UF's player leadership. They are the intangibles from which all other intangibles spring forth. They will take a great supporting cast and raise the level of each teammate¹s game and make them greater.
For sure there will be dramas and mini-dramas as the season unfolds. But if you believe as I do, this will be UF¹s greatest team ever. It will start the season ranked #1 and it will finish the season ranked #1. This team is on a mission. And Oh as in 14 and Oh.
But we can't talk about that.
Here is the 2009 season game-by-game breakdown. Charleston Southern and Troy no chance. Game 3 Tennessee no chance, although the score will be closer than expected. At Kentucky, no chance. LSU, at night in Baton Rouge
Arkansas and at Miss State No chance. Georgia in Jacksonville
Vandy, at South Carolina and Florida International. No chance. Florida State
In the loudest game ever at The Swamp No chance.
SEC Championship and possible BCS Title Game