Sunday, December 31, 2006


It is 8:07 a.m. and raining at 41 degrees F. Patrick is asleep at my feet on his afghan in front of the space heater. I shook President Ford's hand in St. Petersburg. He had yellow teeth. He was in way over his head. He will not stand out in history for that because of the contrast of the collosal ineptitude of his sucessor, an obscure peanut farmer from Georgia -talk about an inadequate resume...and one who continues to embarrass his country all over the world.

Gator Hoopsters ESCAPED last night. What's up with that?

More later, maybe.

Image is TR on a river backbone I discovered, photo taken yesterday.


Saturday, December 30, 2006


It is 7:17 a.m. and dark out. 41 degrees F. and Earthdog is outside.

Saddam Hussein has been hanged for crimes against humanity (mass murder). Good.

Last night we saw a repeat of the Melinda Gordon show. It was from last season and featured the hot black chick Aisha Tyler. I don't know why they killed her off. Maybe her sexiness was a threat to Melinda (they replaced her with a fat old broad).

Anyway, last night's show had probably the most blatant T&A shot of the entire series, and that's saying a lot. Close up of Jennifer's face, fills the whole screen. She is sitting down, and gets up, so as she does, for a split second the screen is filled with her decolletage. For those of you in Rio Linda, that's cleavage. I guess if you have a 47 inch flat screen HD TV itmust have been awe-inspiring. Whew!!



It is 7:17 a.m. and dark out. 41 degrees F. and Earthdog is outside.

Saddam Hussein has been hanged for crimes against humanity (mass murder). Good.

Last night we saw a repeat of the Melinda Gordon show. It was from last season and featured the hot black chick Aisha Tyler. I don't know why they killed her off. Maybe her sexiness was a threat to Melinda (they replaced her with a fat old broad).

Anyway, last night's show had probably the most blatant T&A shot of the entire series, and that's saying a lot. Close up of Jennifer's face, fills the whole screen. She is sitting down, and gets up, so as she does, for a split second the screen is filled with her decolletage. For those of you in Rio Linda, that's cleavage. I guess if you have a 47 inch flat screen HD TV itmust have been awe-inspiring. Whew!!


Friday, December 29, 2006


It is 5:33 a.m. and dark out and 43.2 degrees out. Patrick is still in bed, but I'll have to get his sorry ass up as we have a big day of geocaching and eating planned.

Some local lawyer has had his license suspended by the Supreme Court Kangaroo committee for not keeping clients informed of the status of their cases and padding expense accounts. He can't practice for 18 months. Wonder what he REALLY did to incur the wrath of his bretheren? Those don't seem like unusual tactics for attorneys. He screwed up. Does he get a lawyer to defend him? What do they do to THAT guy. What do you call a hundred lawayers at the bottom of the sea?

Thursday, December 28, 2006


It's 1:43 p.m. and 49.3 degrees out if you can believe it. Patrick is zonked out under his recliner tent.

More later.


It's 1:43 p.m. and 49.3 degrees out if you can believe it. Patrick is zonked out under his recliner tent.

More later.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006


It is 3:10 p.m. and Patrick is here asleep at my feet on his afghan in front of the space heater.

more later.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006


It is 5:29 a.m. and dark out at 3a6.5 degrees F. Patrick is still in bed.

They just did it again on local news. The young mush-head read " He took over back in 1952..."
What illiterate slobs write this crap? Do they think we might get confused and think 1952 is in the future? I guess educated people just don't gravitate towards news writing (or reporting either, for that matter).

More later.


Monday, December 25, 2006


It is 7:12 a.m. , dark out and 41.2 degrees F. Patrick is here with me,, digging a nest on his afghan.



Images will not upload today. 2nd attempt, it did at a hefty 17 minutes to upload...

Sunday, December 24, 2006


Buckeye bull's-eye

Ohio State freshman Greg Oden, left, challenges Florida junior Taurean Green, who led all scorers with 24 points.
There was a surprise return, big bodies banging in the paint and little guys making an even bigger impact.

By the time it was over, fifth-ranked Florida regained some of its lost March swagger. Before a record 12,621 at the O'Connell Center, the reigning national champion Gators played their most inspired game of the season in an 86-60 rout of No. 3 Ohio State.

Florida maintained its defensive intensity throughout, holding the Buckeyes to a season-low 36.5 percent from the floor. Point guard Taurean Green again shined on a nationally televised stage, leading four Florida scorers in double figures with 24 points.

"We wanted to make a statement," said forward Corey Brewer, who added 18 points and three steals. "We wanted to show the country that the Gators are still here, still the champions."

It was Florida's most lopsided win against a ranked opponent since beating Alabama by 31 points in February 2005. Florida (11-2) had lost its two biggest non-conference tests this season — Kansas and Florida State — by a combined six points.

"It's one game," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "For our guys, it's a reminder of how good we can potentially be.

"It certainly was our best game of the season, but the sun comes up tomorrow. It's a new day and it becomes old news."

The win, though, should give Florida something to build on through the holidays and into the Southeastern Conference schedule, which begins Jan. 6 at home against Georgia.

"The games are a test," Noah said. "And Ohio State was like the exam for the first semester. We passed it. We got an A. We're pretty happy right now. We're going to show mommy and daddy the grade and then we're going to do it all over again the second semester."

Ohio State coach Thad Matta said his Buckeyes couldn't match Florida's intensity and experience.

"They are the champions until someone takes it from them in April," Matta said. "Obviously, they showed their experience and ability to play off each other today."

Much of the hype entering the game surrounded how Florida's big men would handle Ohio State freshman center Greg Oden. The Buckeyes' 7-footer picked up his first foul 21 seconds into the game and battled foul trouble to finish with seven points, six rebounds and four blocked shots in 28 minutes.

Mike Conley Jr. led Ohio State (10-2) with 13 points and seven assists, with junior guard Jamar Butler adding 11 points.

Florida star forward Joakim Noah was more distributor than scorer, ending up with seven points, nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks. But the key was the return of junior center Al Horford from a high ankle sprain. Horford didn't start, but in 28 minutes off the bench, recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

More importantly, Horford was another experienced post defender that the 18-year-old Oden was forced to contend with.

"We stayed behind him and on the floor the whole time," Horford said. "That's how we were able to stop him. We made him shoot over us."

Horford's return seemed to inspire the rest of the team. Finally back at full strength following illnesses and injuries to Brewer, Horford and Noah since late November, Florida dove for loose balls, made the extra pass and crashed the boards with passion -- things that were missing at points during its 10-2 start.

"It was at another level, the way we focused, the energy we played with," Green said. "We have to learn to play that way every game."

Florida led 38-29 at halftime before Ohio State went on a 9-0 run to start the second half, tying the score at 38 on an Ivan Harris 3-pointer. But with the score tied at 40, Florida responded with a 20-5 run to take control of the game.

Green capped the run with a 3-pointer with 11:37 remaining, prompting Matta to call a timeout.

"We learned a great lesson of how good Taurean Green is," Matta said. "He got inside, forced our rotations and made our bigs have to slide over to guard the basket. We weren't as strong taking the ball to the basket. They took it to us."

Florida made an astounding 20-of-27 shots after intermission, extending the lead to as many at 29 points in the closing minutes.

"You could look into their eyes at that point and see that they were kind of lost," Noah said. "That's when we knew we had to go in for the kill. We couldn't let them back into the game."

Both teams struggled early, combining to miss their first nine 3-point attempts. Ohio State scored its first 10 points off five Florida turnovers.

Green put Florida ahead 18-17 with a 3-pointer and Lee Humphrey, who scored 10 of his 12 in the first half, hit a 3-pointer on an inbounds play to extend the Florida lead to 23-20. Florida went on to score the next 10 point, jumping ahead 33-20 on Humphrey's second 3-pointer of the half.

Oden then got more involved, scoring two straight baskets on a dunk and putback to cut Florida's lead to 36-29. But Green got Oden to foul him in the lane in the closing seconds and made both free throws to put Florida ahead 38-29 at halftime.

Florida shot 9-of-18 from 3-point range and balanced 16 turnovers with 18 assists.

"We had a great balance of perimeter and post," Donovan said. "Taurean is a guy who continues to play well in big games for us. He does not get the same exposure as some of our other guys but is really important to our success."


Fort Wayne, Indiana.It is 8:41 a.m. and Patrick is in bed with Junior.
I must have said last night about a hundred times, shaking my head:

"I can't believe we beat them by TWENTY SIX POINTS!!!!!

more later.

Junior got me a pepsi commemorative sixpack bottles of Gators 100 years of Football. Gotta go.

Back. Here are some AP excerpts:

Ohio State (10-2) used a 9-0 run to start the second half and erase a 38-29 deficit. Then Horford took over.

"The first half I was a little nervous just because of my ankle," Horford said. "But then the second half I got more comfortable and decided to go out there and play and be aggressive like I always am."

He had two jumpers, two dunks, a layup, a free throw and several rebounds over the next few minutes to help the Gators (11-2) put the game away.

Taurean Green and Corey Brewer also came up big in the 33-9 run that turned a tie game into a rout and had the largest crowd in the O'Connell Center's history (12,621) in a frenzy.

Green had 10 points, including two three-pointers, in the spurt. He finished with 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

Brewer, who had a 102-degree temperature in Florida's first loss against Kansas and sat out the second loss at Florida State, had 18 points.

Florida shot 74% (20-of-27) in the second half and looked very much like the team that swept through the NCAA tournament last season and claimed its first national championship.

"The games are a test," Noah said. "And Ohio State was like the exam for the first semester. We passed it. We got an A. We're pretty happy right now. We're going to show mommy and daddy the grade and then we're going to do it all over again the second semester."

The Buckeyes shot 36.5% for the game — well below their season average — and were outrebounded 42-25.

"I am in shock," Ohio State guard Ron Lewis said. "I never thought this team could be beaten like that. It is something we just have to learn from."

Oden was 2-of-6, hampered by Horford, Noah and Chris Richard, who went right after the player many consider to be the best center in college basketball. They used one post player to bring him out of the paint and then tried to get another one the ball down low — hoping to minimize Oden's shot-blocking ability.

Oden finished with four blocks and a steal.

He missed his first shot and picked up a foul trying to get the rebound.

"The one thing we talked about doing against him was to keep running him, keep going at him, keep being aggressive, keep challenging, keep attacking him and don't let him just sit back there and block shots and don't try to play away from him but to play at him," Donovan said. "It was probably hard on Greg. We're throwing three guys at him and he has to guard three different people."

The Gators had struggled to match opponents' intensity and enthusiasm — maybe a natural byproduct of trying to repeat. They had little trouble getting up for this one.

Tickets were sold out long ago. At least 20 NBA scouts were on hand to see what was touted as a game featuring three of the best big men in the country. It also was considered a possible precursor for the Bowl Championship Series national title game Jan. 8 in Glendale, Ariz. between the schools.

Gators football coach Urban Meyer can only hope for the same success. He was courtside with his family and spent the second half chatting with former Ohio State football star Cris Carter.

With a few minutes to play, the crowd chanted "over-rated." They followed that with chants of "just like football."

On TV they said Matta left a note on Coach Meyer's seat that said "We're going to kick your ass in football" Yeah, right. I just wonder if Coach told Billy Conovan about that...

Saturday, December 23, 2006


It is 5:03 a.m. and dark out at 42.3 degrees F. I guess the days will start getting longer now, that the Solstice is past. Patrick is still asleep in bed.

Today the 5th ranked Gators take on the 3rd ranked buckeyes in hoops at the O'Connell Center. Yikes. Gators have a slight edge statistically, but pre-conference stats don't mean a whole lot. OSU has only one loss.

I haven't seen a morning line on this one. Nationally seen on CBS--Interesting to note what will be said about football...


Friday, December 22, 2006


It is 7:29 a.m. and dark and rainy out, and Patrick is here in front of the space heater on his afghan. Outside temperature is a whopping 56.3 degrees F.

Well gang, Yesterday marked the beginning of the Six-year countdown to the end of the Mayan Calendar.

I just tried for the first time to use the spellcheck feature--I click on the icon and absolutley nothing happens. Is it just for show? Another blogger feature that only works intermittently?

Thursday, December 21, 2006


This was posted on the Zook Free Zone forums ( a Gator Forum), and I couldn't resist:


It is 9:08 a.m. and rainy out and 41 degrees F. Earthdog Patrick is asleep at my feet on his afghan in front of the space heater.<p> Today's quote:

"One who uses many periods is a philosopher; Many interrogations, a student; Many exclamations, a fanatic."
--J.L. Basford

Guess that makes us student fans....

Image is that of a fossil cephalopod (3 ") and two small trilobites in dolmitic limestone, part of the Wabash Silurian Reef (400 million years old) that we collected several days ago at Charley Creek cliffs.



It is 9:08 a.m. and rainy out and 41 degrees F. Earthdog Patrick is asleep at my feet on his afghan in front of the space heater.<p> Today's quote:

"One who uses many periods is a philosopher; Many interrogations, a student; Many exclamations, a fanatic."
--J.L. Basford

Guess that makes us student fans....

Image is that of a fossil cephalopod (3 ") and two small trilobites in dolmitic limestone, part of the Wabash Silurian Reef (400 million years old) that we collected several days ago at Charley Creek cliffs.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006


It is 7:05 a.m. and dark out at 33.1 degrees and rising. Patrick is outside.

Did you see Miss USA's tearful Mea Culpa on national TV? How you like to work for Donald Trump? What a joy it must be to have a boss that takes you to task, humiliates and humbles you before the whole world? The people that work for him must live in mortal fear EVERY DAY at causing him displeasure. Couldn't this have been done in private? Or did the Trumpster need a shot of I'M IN CONTROL in the arm to boost his ego? We like the him, but I think he went over the edge on this one...unless he just saw an opportunity to get his mug on camera a shill a little for his shows...then it's not personal, it's just BUSINESS!!!

If I climb a dangerous mountain that has claimed many lives, and do so with a blizzard impending, please don't spend two million dollars of the taxpayers' money looking for me; I can take care of myself. I know that sounds heartless, but come on...


Tuesday, December 19, 2006


It is 6:00 a.m. dark out and 31.1 degrees F. Patrick is outside.

More later.


Monday, December 18, 2006


It is 8:38 a.m. and partly cloudy and 39.4 degrees out. Patrick is asleep at my feet on his afghan in frot of the space heater.

More later. Oh, lets try that photo again. kTaken a few days ago in Michigan. There are no wolverines there.

Sunday, December 17, 2006


It's 1:53 p.m. and Patrick is asleep on his afghan at my feet in front of the space heater. It is 53.5 degrees out and we are watching Rex Gross-man and the Chicago Gators play the Bucs on Televison.

Patrick was the center of attention yesterday at the Tire Shop. He's such a glory hound! More later.

Saturday, December 16, 2006


It is 6:04 a.m. and 37.6 degrees out, and that's where Earthdog is.

Not all Brown Bears are Grizzlies. Not all Grizzlies are Gigantic fierce fearless Predators with no natural enemies. Some are newborn cubs. Think about it.


Friday, December 15, 2006


It is 5:25 a.m. and Patrick just wandered in, so he wants out. OK, so it's dark out and 43.6 degrees F.

If I hear one more story about Iraquis torturing and killing each other and each other's women and children, my head will explode. We've come to the conclusion that these sub-human cretins don't have the capacity to make democracy work. I think they might need a couple more mileniums of social evolution before that's possible. And they need to shed themselves of their bloodthirsty "Religion". Civilization has passed them by. So we tried. Let's get the hell out of there. A nuclear solution may be the only answer for these people. --Trader Rick

Thursday, December 14, 2006


It is 8:05 a.m. , clear and 42.8 degrees out. beautiful sky blue pink in the west as the sun rises. Patrick is curled up on his afghan at my feet in front of the space heater.

More later.

Image is Patrick and I at an earthcache in Michigan yesterday on a trip with Che K. Patrick is the short one. Photo copyright 2006 Che Kathleen Enterprises, Inc. New York City, N.Y.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


It is 5:16 a.m. and dark out and 41.9 degrees F. Patrick is asleep at my feet on his afghan in front of the space heater.

Back by popular request is my high school fight song:

Sung to the tune of the William Tell Overture (Long Ranger Theme Song ,for those of you in Yorba Linda)

With a D, with a D with a D-U-N!

With a D-U-N-E-D-I-N!

With a D, with a D with a D-U-N!

Yea, Dunedin!

Fight 'em, fight 'em, fight 'em, fight 'em

Fight 'em til they die!

Come on Falcons, Come on Falcons, Keep your spirits high!

Dooooooooooown the field and on to Victory!


(Repeat, on infinitum.)


The only way I could possibly remember that after 40 years is that I must have sung it several thousand times.

Thought for the day: Why do we allow third-world monkeys dressed in little human suits run the UN?


Tuesday, December 12, 2006


We've been bombarded with the story of the death of the 116 year old Oldest Woman in the World. They mention who died to give her the title. But they do NOT mention who is NOW the oldest woman. Surely a little simple research would yield the candidates...Just sloppy, bad, stupid reporting. If they don't know, just say it. They can't, because that would reveal their shortcomings.


It is 5:41 a.m. , dark out, 50.2 degrees F. and Patrick is still in bed. Liberty Mutual or some such idiot organization had a one hour program on TV last weekend showcasing the ten finalists in their "Coach of the Year" Contest. All ten probably deserved to be there; some of the non-1-A coaches seemed pretty spectaclar. Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr were among them. Urban Meyer wasn't. That's bizzarre. It's Coach of the Year, not Decade or last few years or Career. How can they slight a guy who brings a 7-5 program to a National Championship game in just the second year? If the Gators win the National Championship, these guys are going to look like chumps. As it is they just look like biased assholes. PBS is re-showing their vocal Riverdance extravaganza--Celtic Woman. We are moving Mairead Nesbitt, the Irish Fiddle player to our Top 25 list of Sexy Woman.

Monday, December 11, 2006


It's 5:57 a.m. and dark out and 46.3 degrees F. and Earthdog Patrick is still in bed.


Sunday, December 10, 2006


It is 5:39 a.m. and dark out and a balmy 33.8 degrees. Patrick is still in bed.

I guess we should pray in church this morning for those trailer trash dummies who hate their own lives so much that they feel better when they lash out at others. Their hearts are filled with hatred and self-loathing, and they live their lives as unhappy wretches, their only goal in life to make others miserable and to find victims they can torture, to elevate their own twisted self-esteem. These are the guys that get beat up in bars alot, but never learn. To me, thier worst torture is that they have to live their lives out as morons.

The rest of us live our lives in quiet desperation, grabbing what little glimpses of happiness we can find, but secure in our own self-worth.

Photo is me and Patrick at the start of our Westwood Seven Mile Hike.


Saturday, December 09, 2006


It is 5:23 a.m. and Patrick is still asleep in bed.

Yeah, more later. Oh, let's try that photo again. It showed up briefly. Is it still there?

OK, looks like it showed up after all. Photo taken a few days ago at Seven Pillars, on the Mississinewa River. Lead Dog is wearing his '96 Gators National Championship sweatshirt and Patrick is naked, as is his wont.

Friday, December 08, 2006


NYGATOR'S blog is too awesome not to reproduce here. It's long but, worth it. Every word and image is a gem.

Random Thoughts After the SEC Championship Game

by @ 7:17 pm. Filed under All Categories, Editorials, Blogs, Photoshops, Community

Welcome to the SEC Championship Game edition of my random thoughts. As always, please remember that no two thoughts are meant to offer a cohesive platform, and each should be evaluated based upon their own merits.

The Totally Random
—The regular season now compares with only 2 other seasons in UF football history. It is the second best regular season in school history, and tied for the most wins in the regular season in school history. With a win over Ohio State in the Championship Game this season will go down as the most successful season in UF history. That is unbelievable to even comprehend.

1995 12-0 (finished 12-1)(regular season 11-0) National Champion Runner-Up
1996 11-1 (finished 12-1)(regular season 10-1) National Champion

—Here is the updated coaching comparison. The wins keep coming.

Coaching Record Comparison between Spurrier and Meyer
Spurrier Overall (156-50-2) (.755)
Spurrier through first 72 games (50-21-1) (.701)
Meyer Overall (first 72 games) (60-12) (.833)
Spurrier Florida (122-27-1) (.817)
Meyer Florida (21-4) (.840)

Spurrier the Comparable Florida Years
(took over a 7-5 Florida team)
(12 seasons, 2 One loss seasons, 2 NC attempts, 1 NC, 6 SEC Championships)
1990 Florida (9-2)
1991 Florida (10-2)
Meyer Florida Years
(took over a 7-5 Florida team)
(2 seasons, 1 one loss season, 1 NC attempt, 1 SEC Championship)
2005 Florida (9-3)
2006 Florida (12-1)

—Spurrier won 6 SEC Championships as a coach for the Gators. Meyer has won 1 to become the only Coach not named Spurrier to do so.

—Florida broke the school record for blocked kicks in a season when Fayson blocked the punt, bringing the total to 8 blocked kicks in total.

—Florida has 20 interceptions on the season. That is the 4th most in school history and only 4 behind the record.

—Leak broke Danny Wuerffel’s passing yard mark, and now stands at an even 11,000 yards. He also has an even 100 TD’s when you combine his passing and rushing TD’s.

Random BCS Garbage
—The BCS Mess Wrap-up

I believe that they made the right choice, but the process is still wrong, IMO. Football should not be treated like figure skating. Yes, they made the right choice with the information that was available to make the judgment, but I still think that it is unfair that choices like this need to be made, because you can not know for sure. Case and point, Boise State, Louisville, Michigan, Wisconsin, etc. There is just not enough info available to say that they are not worthy. I understand that in some cases the fault is on the teams for not scheduling high quality opponents, but that is impossible to do, because you do not know year in and out who will be good in advance. Any team that plays a Big Ten or SEC schedule should reasonably expect that they will face high quality opponents most of the season, but in the case of the Big Ten this year the gap between the have’s and the have not’s was greater than in most comparable years, and I believe that a system that chooses a team based upon things that they can not control will always open itself up to criticism, and a feeling that somebody was not given a fair shot to win. I think a playoff is a must, and they need to get it done now.

BTW, this whole mess would not have happened if the coaches and Harris pollsters had not been so influenced by the outcome of a loss and the media saying that Michigan should get another crack. Michigan should have dropped at least 2 or 3 spots, like every team in history has done after a loss. It may be an imperfect practice, but I can’t remember a precedent where you lose and you are exactly where you were the week before. What is the point of playing the game if the result doesn’t matter?

When Florida lost to FSU in 1996 we dropped and had to work our way back to number 2 in order to get our shot. Had Michigan dropped when they were supposed to, I doubt anyone would be griping that the coaches or Harris pollsters flip flopped their opinions, because they did not want to see a rematch in the Championship Game. Just 3 weeks earlier, certain ESPN pundits voiced their opinions (which have been wrong all year) so strongly, that it manipulated some coaches and media into thinking that they were right. That really changed the landscape. Michigan moving down after 2 bye weeks was the right adjustment in my opinion. In the meantime, we added to our resume with a win over the #9 BCS team, and other teams on our resume also improved their stock. Just because Michigan’s season was over, did not mean that we could not do more to improve or that other teams around us could not be judged differently. If that was the case, than the season should have ended right there, and Michigan should be in the game (not).

The only thing that Michigan can claim to support why they should be in the game over us, is that they lost to a better team than we did. Isn’t that what Notre dame did last year? The fact is that they are talking about the 3 point differential as being a badge of courage, but the game was always a 2 score game until the end. Conversely, our score against Auburn looks more lopsided because of a final play that was only scored because we were trying to strike on a miracle play. Of course a bad call helped, and if made properly, would have likely led to us taking the lead late in the game, and could have changed the entire course of the way the remainder of the game was played. Here are the final resumes, as I see them.

—Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops will become the first to coach in all four “original” BCS games — Tostitos Fiesta, FedEx Orange, Rose and Allstate Sugar.

—Of course you all understand my disdain for Notre Dame football by now, but how much of a joke is it that an 11th ranked BCS team (which is too high IMO, anyway) qualifies for a big-time bowl over deserving teams like Auburn and Wisconsin? The system needs to be put to death, but the good news is the SEC and LSU get to hand Notre Dame their annual Bowl thumping.

—The Coaches (of note)Poll Breakdown
Florida: Amato, Beamer, B. Bowden, T. Bowden, Callahan, Coker, Croom, Dickey, Fulmer, Miles, Nutt, O’Brien, Petrino, Richt, Rodriguez, Schnellenberger, Spurrier, Stoops, Tedford, Tuberville, Willingham, Zook
Michigan: M. Brown, Carr, O’Leary, Schiano, Weis

We had many more of the bigger name coaches in our court, and outpaced Michigan 44 to 18 overall, with Tressel’s abstention.

Random BCS National Championship Game Notes

—The Tale of the Tape (OSU vs. UF)...

UF (12-1)
OSU (12-0)

Strength of Schedule
Ohio State 42 (66-57)
UF 1 (81-46)

Top 5 Teams Played, BCS Rank, Home/Away/Neutral, Record, and Outcome:
UF: LSU (4)(H)(10-2)(W), Auburn(9)(A)(10-2)(L), Arkansas (12)(N)(10-3)(W), Tennessee (17)(A)(9-3)(W), Georgia (29)(N)(8-4)(W)
Ohio State: Michigan (3)(H)(11-1)(W), Texas (19)(A)(9-3)(W), Penn State (26)(H)(8-4)(W), Cincinnati (NR)(H)(7-5)(W), Northern Illinois (NR)(H)(7-5)(W)

Coaching Records (D1-a Only)
Meyer: (60-12) .833 overall, 3-0 in bowl games, 6-0 on neutral fields, 10-0 after an open week
Tressel: (50-15) .769 overall, 4-1 in bowl games, 4-1 on neutral fields, 5-5 after an open week

Average Points, Yards, Offensive TD’s
Florida 28.8 points on 398.1 yards and 48 TD’s
Ohio State 36.3 points on 409.8 yards and 55 TD’s

Average Points Allowed, Yards Allowed, Defensive Passer Efficiency Rating, and Yards Per Carry Allowed
Florida 13.5 on 268.8 yards with a 49.14 opponent passer rating, and 2.8 ypc allowed
Ohio State 10.4 points on 273 yards with a 81.34 opponent passer rating, and 3.3 ypc allowed

Top 5 Defenses Faced(ranked by yardage)
Florida: 2, 9, 15, 18, 25
Ohio State: 6, 16, 22, 32, 38

Top 5 Offenses Faced (ranked by yardage)
Florida: 18, 28, 32, 34, 36
Ohio State: 23, 29, 33, 40, 48

Top 5 Opponents Record versus Top 25 Teams (not including game versus Florida or Ohio State)
Florida: (8-7)
Ohio State: (5-7)

—Why We Will Win.

An Urban Meyer coached team is 12-1 when playing in a game with more than 1 week to prepare. His 1 defeat to Miami (OH) while he was at Bowling Green, was avenged the following year 72-21. He is also undefeated in bowl games (3-0). Tressel is 5-5 under the same circumstances and (4-1) in Bowl games. The biggest thing that we will have going for us for the first time in awhile is health. I think that will play a huge factor in this game. Harvin, Wynn, Everett, Siler, Baker, Rissler, Tartt, Cornelius, Moore, and many others have been banged up, or out for awhile. Having all back and close to 100% will make things much more fluid for us, both offensively and defensively. Harvin and Wynn, in particular, were banged up throughout the entire middle of the season. As their health goes, so goes the offense. Both are expected to be 100% for the bowl game. Our defense also went through a huge adjustment the past 5 weeks. Our 2 best linebackers were playing hurt or not at all. Both are expected to be close to 100% for the Bowl game. Also, while losing Marcus Thomas had set us back initially, it looks like Harris, Antwine, and Cohen are finally comfortable and making plays in his absence.

I give us a great shot, and I think we have faced the greater tests this year. OSU’s biggest test was Michigan, who only played ND and Wisconsin, both who beat nobody. Ohio State had a great season, but the game against Texas, where they played against a Freshman QB playing his first game ever, does not look so good now, and like I said, we don’t truly know who the Michigan team was that they played. OSU and Michigan have both benefited in perception from vastly overrated Texas and Notre Dame squad’s and the small circle of common opponents that each has played. In contrast, Florida has played tough teams, who have also played tough teams all year long, and Florida battled, and could be undefeated, if not for a bad call in the Auburn game.

It should be fun, but I think we will surprise everyone. We have some very talented skill players on offense and people don’t realize it, because we have been sloppy or unfortunate at times. We won’t be sloppy with this much time to prepare. I expect a big offensive effort by the Gators. If Michigan can score, so can we. I also expect our defense to control the line of scrimmage. We may give up some yards through the air, and Troy Smith is like no other QB we faced this year, but we have faired well against all teams that try to move the ball on the ground. We will give up some yards through the air, but as long as we continue to keep the ball in front of us we should be OK.

Prediction UF 38 OSU 31

—Last year was the 100th year of Texas Football. Can we continue the trend?

—I am not going to do the research, but since I already know that no school has ever won a championship in both basketball and football in the same season, I am reasonably sure that it will be hard to find another school who played in a baseball, basketball, and football championship within a year and a half span. Who said Foley is not a great AD? You may not like him, but give the guy credit when it is due. This happened on his watch.

—Players of note who could have, or should have, but will miss out on the festivities…
Marcus Thomas
Avery Atkins
Josh Portis
Calvin Baker
Dee Webb
Taurean Charles
Chad Jackson
Randolph Crowder
Gavin Dickey

Random Notes from the SEC Championship Game
—2006 SEC Champion Florida Gators!

—The curse of the chomp

When are teams going to learn that you just don’t do that? Premature mocking celebrations versus the Gators during the Urban Meyer Era, is not advised if you want to win the game.

—Speaking of which, everyone should have already known the victory was ours before the game started. You can not do the Gator chomp if you are not a Gator. Little did they realize at the time, but when Ben Cleveland and Damian Williams did it in their High School Championship game last year they cursed themselves in this game. That is a no, no, even if you were committed at the time.

—After the first few series, I was pretty nervous about those 2 playing a major role in the game. They both looked pretty good, but luckily their impact faded. I was surprised the announcers didn’t know to discuss that subplot at all.

—I was even more surprised to hear ESPN commentators on Game Day discussing our loss of Armando Allen to Notre Dame when talking about our situation before the game.

—WTF? That is all I can say. I wish I had a picture of Wilbur also mocking this act, but “farks” speak louder than words (These are taken from various Photoshoppers on the Soonerfans fark forum, with a reminder by shiva from Gatorbait. I did not contribute in any way to these. For more amazing work, please see the following link at You must register to view the forum).

The Arkansas Punter

—I was very concerned by the early and continual injuries throughout the game combined with the players who were already hurting. We could never have withstood injuries to guys like Ray Mac, Joiner, Rissler, Caldwell, Wynn, Harvin, and Everett last year.

—Happy Birthday Chris Hetland! Seriously, not only was Hetland’s kick huge despite the fact that my stats said he should have not kicked it, but he also did it on his 23rd Birthday. It was also his longest FG of the year at a lengthy 33 yards.

—We really got lucky with on the outcome of the third timeout. I truly wanted to go for it, especially after successfully completing the fake punt in a much less desirable and unlikely position. I am ecstatic about the outcome though.

—This was the most fun I have had watching a game in a very long time. It didn’t hurt that it was an exciting game with many big plays and the outcome was huge, or that I was keenly aware of what was taking place during the UCLA game. Oh yeah, and drinking a third of a bottle of 18 year old scotch seemed to help as well..

—”I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly… ”

Main Entry: per•cy•ver•ance
Pronunciation: “p&r-’sE-’vir-&n(t)s
Function: noun
: the action or condition or an instance of persevering : repeatedly injuring the same ankle and getting up each time to break another 20 + yard run: dropping 2 give me passes and coming back to make 2 of the biggest plays of the game

—Harvin truly is the X factor for our offense. It is pedestrian without him, and has the ability to be special when he is healthy and involved. I think the last few weeks should make everyone very confident about our ability to score against OSU, especially since it is likely the first time since Tennessee that he should be rested and 100%.

—To think, just a little over a week ago the FSU game was stopped for over 10 minutes, Percy Harvin was immobilized, and carted off the field and fitted for a neck brace.

—On the first Leak INT. that was not a bad play call, IMO. We went to that same play at least 5 times during the game and each time with the exception of that try was successful. Meyer’s explanation during his Sunday show implied that Leak did not wait to pass the defender on his roll out and pitched the ball too soon. After watching the play again, that is exactly what happened. It was poorly executed, but the play was there.

—On Leak’s 2nd INT, I wondered if this was an example of a play that he has trouble making because of his size. On TV it is clear as day that the defender is there, but then again, I am not looking at the play through the eyes of a 5’10” QB looking directly over the middle of an Offensive and Defensive line where the average height of the guys is 6’3”+, and closer to 7’ something with their arms up. It looked very similar to his poor pass that Harvin got hurt on the week before. I think Leak never saw at least 1 of the 2 defenders on both plays.

—It’s amazing how the fascination with potty humor never gets old. When was the last time we had more threads written about the reaction to the USC/UCLA game in the bathroom at the Georgia Dome than there were threads written about Mullen, and one even offered video evidence…ewhh. I hoped those guys washed their hands thoroughly before high-fiving the world.

—I felt very good about Jarred Fayson this weekend. After hearing rumors of his unhappiness, I think his play, and Urban Meyer’s comments on Sunday should put some of the Florida Nonsense talk to bed. During his Sunday show, Urban said that Jarred “is a terrific player for us. He’s got a great future here.” His play on the blocked punt and his block to spring Cornelius on the fake punt were two of the plays of the day.

—Strike up the band…(sorry wrong game)

—I thought Mullen’s play calling was pretty sound. It was a bit more gimmicky than I would have liked in other games, but I think that this game called for some of that. I think gimmick plays look “stylish”, and when you get beat by a “gimmick” there is something to be said by responding with one.

—Dorian Munroe played well, but he gets the most borderline calls against him of any player all year. I think that the one pass interference call that extended the drive and led to the half back option TD was the worst of the bunch. Who can forget the call against him during the Tennessee game during James punt return, which was called back as a result?

—Siler was huge and in on every play. He finished the game with 12 tackles. If he can play like that alongside a healthy Everett, I like our chances of containing Troy Smith and the Ohio State RB’s in the Championship Game.

—I was so into the USC/UCLA game and of course our game, that I forgot to eat dinner. I ran out to Taco Bell after the game (which I never do). Man, those Gorditas and Chalupas are good, especially after you drink as much scotch as I did.

—”I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly… ”

—I don’t think anyone thought that this defense without Marcus Thomas had a prayer of holding McFadden to under 100 yards. Not only did we do so, but he finished the game going 21 for 73 for 3.5 yards per rush and no TD’s on the ground. That is clearly well below his season average of 120 yards and 1+ TD per game on 5.9 yards per carry. We now have extended our streak to not allowing a 100 yard rusher over our past 18 games.

—The points allowed may not have showed it, but I felt that we played one of our better games defensively, and controlled the tempo of the game. They had some big plays, but when they had to make a play they were not very successful, going 4/12 on 3rd down. We also forced quite a few three and outs, particularly in the first half when we needed to establish ourselves.

—We clearly play better when Chris is rolling out of the pocket. I like the way that we kept him moving the whole game. He was very active with his feet, whether it be running the option, rolling out to find a receiver, or keeping the ball himself.

—I was shocked to see how much we played from under center. I wonder what the thinking behind that was. It seemed to work.

—I keep saying it, but Chris Leak is a much improved runner. Just when you think he made his worst mistake yet by avoiding contact on a previous rush, he comes back and dazzles you with an amazing TD run. I vote for that TD as being his best run of the season. He actually made someone miss.

—Ryan Smith’s 8 interceptions is sick. I don’t know where we would be without this kid. He deserves to be discussed as an All American.

—That fake punt was about the dumbest thing that I have ever seen in a football game. That said, I am glad that we did it, and I give Meyer credit for having balls much bigger than I do. He knew what was at stake and took a risk that in retrospect was worthwhile.

—After all that had transpired, I knew we were in the clear and the gods were on our side when Wondy Pierre-Louis recovered the muffed punt in the end zone for a TD.

—Reggie was awesome and everywhere as always, but what was he trying to do after he got the interception?

—I was really shocked to see that we were only 3 for 13 combined on 3rd and 4th down.

—McCullom…Stay away from the ball! There is no reason to down the ball with 4 seconds left in the game.

—Kestahn Moore’s 28 yard scamper was huge! He even had his groove on. I am not sure who he faked out more, his jock or the defender.

—Mullen’s “cute” in the red zone worked this time on the Tebow to Caldwell to Casey TD. That play was absolutely huge and it is so much easier to say that it was a good call when it works. This is exactly what I mean by the hypocrisy in some of the comments that we make. When things work, these guys look great. When they don’t, they look stupid. The reality is that this team finished (12-1) and is going to the championship game, so any comments about how this, or that, or the other thing would come back to bite us in the ass, was just noise. That is why I am a big believer in being more constructive, and keeping mistakes or errors in judgment in their proper perspective. None of us can be right 100% of the time, and that goes for our coaches too. You judge them when the body of work is complete. Dan Mullen has a more detailed job description than offensive play caller. He is responsible for the attitudes of his players, recruiting, preparation, and so many more things that we have no idea about. You have to cut a guy some slack when we are winning. Otherwise, you just sound like a spoiled fan.

—Dick sucks.

—Considering we are the supposed to have the “gimmick” offense, Arkansas was more like the Sharper Image to our Comp USA.

—Props go out to the announcers for stating the SEC’s case, especially to Danielson for summarizing our achievements over the last few minutes of the game.

—The USC /UCLA game was awesome. It felt so good to shut up certain USC posters who had been so arrogantly telling us that we did not even belong in the discussion. The best was shutting up USC arrogant poster whore, Joey Doughnuts. We made a bet about the outcome of our game and I won. As a result, he is proudly displaying my signature on the Rivals National Board. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, I added his signature with a slight modification, because he would not send me what I really wanted, doughnuts. I had offered him some NY bagels if he won.

—Part of my point about why the BCS is so bad, and why I feel that people who still believe that Michigan or Ohio State are clearly better teams than we are is because just a week ago USC was clearly better than we are. People are wrong all of the time. I don’t understand how people like Mark May and Herbstreit can week in and out make definitive statements, be wrong, change their opinion, and keep getting the shot to be listened to. It boggles the mind how little credibility anybody has that claims to know the absolute answers when none exist.

—12-1 is unreal to me. I never thought it could happen, but each week when we lined up, I also never thought we would lose.

—The 3rd quarter started to seem like FSU all over again, but I felt like we had these guys measured the whole game. Even when we went down 21-17, I still felt like we were playing with the lead. I know that doesn’t make sense, but I just felt we were the much better team.

—Ingram is really coming into his own. I think he had his best game as a Gator.

—With the exception of 1 really bad play this yr, Wilbur had a great season. It is a strange thing when the punter can be considered a weapon.

—Reggie Lewis had a huge end zone pass defensed on the missed field goal drive when it was still (3-0). He was also beat deep in back to back games, but in fairness Carr and Monk are both future NFL receivers who are quite tall.

—We haven’t been very successful at defending trick plays this year. Tennessee and Arkansas both exposed us. Spurrier is the only one who failed, that I can recall.

—Major props to Steve Harris, Joe Cohen, Brandon Antwine, Derrick Harvey, Jarvis Moss, and Ray McDonald (while he was in). That was the best run defense that we have played since before we lost MT, and it was done against the best running backs and offensive lineman that we have faced this year.

—I take it Wynn was hurt worse than the coaches let on.

—I was surprised at how few times Baker and Cornelius touched the ball. I was shocked when Baker dropped that one ball. He always makes that catch.

—Tebow was his normal steady self. I always feel so comfortable when he is in the game. He did an especially efficient job of running out the clock at the end of the game, and of course making the first down when called to do so. That is such an unsung weapon. We almost take it for granted how difficult it could be to get short first downs on 3rd and 4th down.

—I feel like I should have more to say, because this team deserves every accolade it gets when this is all done. I am proud by what they have achieved through adversity. Not many felt that we could get to the National Championship game, or win the SEC Championship Game, but they just kept doing what they had to do, and the record panned out. This is truly a special year for Gator sports teams, an I am glad that the Seniors on this team, who have been through so much, finally have an opportunity to taste what winning championships feels like at the University of Florida. Special props to Chris Leak for enduring what he had to go through, including the criticism, changing of coordinators, and being asked to be a square peg in a round hole for the good of the team. He has earned his place in Gator history despite all of the people who sometimes have rooted against him. I hope that he can now be embraced like the all time great Gators that he deserves to be included with. At the end of the day, I feel his legacy should be that of the ultimate team player, because he has sacrificed what he does, for what he has been asked to do over and over again.

I have no burning recruiting comments to make this week, so that’s a wrap. I will be back with more after New Years, so for those who only read these entries, have a sucky Holiday Season, and I look forward to finishing the last chapter of this book with the Random Thoughts After the National Championship Victory edition. Don’t forget to visit my blog at Blogatorial


It is 6:40 a.m. and Patrick is still in bed. It is dark out and 10.4 degrees outside. Oh, yeah!

"Surf's Up" on Oahu or however you spell it. 25 feet tall that's pretty good. I visited the big island once for about four hours--all in the airport, returned from a year long sojourne in the Orient.

Don't even have any random thoughts this morning, so I'll sign off. Will try a pic tho. Nope, pics won't load today, so no nude Angelina. Sorry.


Thursday, December 07, 2006


Head to Head

Player Matchup

Tate Casey

Florida Gators
Cornelius Ingram

Florida Gators
Jake Ballard

Ohio State Buckeyes
Rory Nicol

Ohio State Buckeyes
Games 61027
Receiving Yards583225151
Receiving Average9.712.42.511.6
Receiving Touchdowns2113
Rushing Yards0000
Rushing Average0000
Rushing Touchdowns0000
2-point Conversion Runs


Head to Head

Player Matchup

Dallas Baker

Florida Gators
Andre Caldwell

Florida Gators
Percy Harvin

Florida Gators
Jemalle Cornelius

Florida Gators
Games 13131212
Receiving Yards897571367473
Receiving Average1610.414.716.3
Receiving Touchdowns9523
Rushing Yards08940620
Rushing Average04.911.35
Rushing Touchdowns0120
2-point Conversion Runs


Head to Head

Player Matchup

Ted Ginn Jr.

Ohio State Buckeyes
Anthony Gonzalez

Ohio State Buckeyes
Brian Robiskie

Ohio State Buckeyes
Brian Hartline

Ohio State Buckeyes
Games 1212129
Receiving Yards781723383243
Receiving Average13.214.813.215.2
Receiving Touchdowns9852
Rushing Yards172800
Rushing Average5.71400
Rushing Touchdowns0000
2-point Conversion Runs

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