As you can imagine, the past 48 hours, and the last week of college football have been difficult ones for fans of both the New York Yankees and the Florida Gators. The Yankees, thanks to swarms of bugs, are now down 2 games to none in the ALDS. Last week, Florida played an uninspiring home game and lost to an Audburn team that they should have beaten- losing what should have been a statement game at home was doubly disappointing.
Yet both teams can redeem themselves very quickly- Florida faces #1 LSU in death valley, and it’s pretty much a make or break game. Win, and national championship hopes remain alive. Lose, and those championship hopes are dashed. Can the Gator Offensive Line contain LSU’s freakish Glenn Dorsey? Hopefully, the Gators will change their run/pass attack from last week’s lackluster performance. The Gators need to establish the run APART from Tim Tebow, and Ketsahn Moore should get more touches, in my opinion.
The Yankees return to the Stadium where they will rely on aging veterans Roger Clemens and Mike Mussina to salvage the season, and force a game 5 in Cleveland. If anything, hopefully the Yanks will be playing with a chip on their shoulder, and not go out with a whimper. In what seems like an annual occurance, the Yankee bats are flaming out just when it matters…..dohhh!
Like many out there, I was more than a bit disappointed when Billy Donovan decided to ditch the Gators for the supposedly greener pastures of the NBA. As soon as I heard the news of his sudden departure, I knew that the move would in no way, shape, or form, be for his professional betterment, as much as he originally thought. Why he would leave the collegiate ranks, where he can teach, shape, and mold both basketball players and men; for the NBA, where he would not nearly be as respected by overpaid, underdisciplined players making several times his salary, just did not make any sense, at least to myself. Before his sudden departure, Coach Donovan could have remained at Gainesville the rest of his professional coaching career should he have so decided. His career would be defined not simply by winning 2 NCAA College Basketball titles, but by also having made Florida a perrenial national collegiate power. To take an NBA coaching job with a team which could conceivably languish for years without any real success would serve as a significant blot on an otherwise succesful coaching career.
What has made Donovan such a success in the NCAA is that he a master motivator whose enthusiam and passion for the game is accepted by his players; and it is their discipline, effort, and enthusiam which is tangible on the court. I don’t think his style and coaching persona would have translated well into the NBA, and he made the right decision by staying in Gainesville- although he should have made that decision prior to signing a long term contract with Orlando. His indecision about his future and subsequently renegging on his contract only served to create confusion in Gainseville and alienate Magic fans, as well as possibly costing UF several top recruiting prospects. It’s great to see Donovan back where he belongs, but his change of heart has cost himself a great deal of capital, at least in terms of credibility, in the broader Florida sports market. Welcome back, Billy- time to take that second victory lap on the UF Beer and Bar-B-Q talk circuit.
Gotta send a shout out to Boo Weekley, who won last week’s Verizon Heritage PGA event in dramatic fashion. This was a well deserved win, following his collapse @ the Honda a few weeks ago. We will be hearing more from this guy, as his folksy-good-‘ol-boy southern charm combined with his talent for hilariously unsophisticated anectdotes will be keeping us entertained for a long time to come. If I could choose one guy right now that i’d like to drink beers and chew the rag with, hands down, it is Boo Weekley.
Prediction- The Weekley Report, coming soon, only on the Golf Channel.
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