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This GATOR has had enough of the Love-Fest

Posted on: September 30, 2009 3:30 pm
Alright, I'm a Gator.  In fact, I'm a "double Gator" (undergrad '87, Law School '90).  Both of my parents graduated from UF, my wife and I met at UF, and my sister graduated from UF.  I've suffered through 2 probations in the 1980s, no SEC championships or National Championships UNTIL Spurrier, and now I've gotten to enjoy the success of my alma mater for the past decade. But..........  I read this quote from Urban Meyer about his talk with "Timmy Legend" after the infamous concussion and I get sick:

"I grabbed his hand and he grabbed my hand. I looked at him and I said, 'How're you doing?' He said, 'Good.' He asked me, 'Did I hold on to the ball?' Typical Tebow. I said, 'Yeah,' and he said, 'What play was that?' and I said, 'Stick lion,' and he said OK.

"And then I looked at him and said, 'It's great to be a Florida Gator,' and he winked at me and said, 'It's great to be a Gator.'"

I guess when Tebow is gone, I'll look back on his tenure and miss all the success we've had with him at UF.  But, this love-fest is at best embarrassing and at worst disgusting.  Enough already.  Shut up, play football and kick the crap out of our opponents.  Period.  The kid does not walk on water, does not turn water into wine and does not cure cancer with a wave of his hand.  He's a football player.  And there were a lot of players before him and a lot that will come after him that have suffered WAY more serious injuries with WAY less fanfare.  Hell, the USC running back just miraculously survived a horrific accident while weightlifting that almost killed him and that story will be gone from ESPN in a day.  Yet, for the next 2 weeks there will no doubt be Erin Andrews or Sal Palontonio camped out at the neuroligist's office in Gainesville ready to report on Timmy's latest Rorschach test and to give us details as to what color chunks Timmy barfed into the garbage bag while he was carried off on the stretcher the other night. In the words of Al Davis, "Just win, baby!"  And, please spare us anymore "Timmy Legend" stories.  This Gator has had enough already. 
Category: NCAAF

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2009 2:22 pm

This GATOR has had enough of the Love-Fest

I hope he recovers fine.  I hope he has a great season. I hope he graduates on time.  I hope he lives a long and fulfilling life, and I hope I never have to read about him again.

Good luck against LSU next week and good luck on repeating as national champs Gators.


An LSU Alum

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2009 11:12 am

This GATOR has had enough of the Love-Fest

Wow. What a comment by a fellow alum....

First, I do agree with your statement that the TT "love-fest" is media generated. That is a no brainer...but I don't think it should be looked at negatively rather it should be refreshing...

Let me start by saying, I am a UF graduate but I am not a "homer"...I call it like I see it...UF has had a lot of issues off the field in the Urban Meyer Era...21 arrests (12 misdemeanors/9 felonies) in the last 4 years...That is a disgrace to the Univeristy and should NOT be tolerated...And I hate the excuse "if you want to have a great program, then you have to overlook the character of some of these young men"...I don't buy that...Yes, the majority of these "kids" come from poor areas but as soon as you step a foot on MY UNIVERSITY ( I am still paying loans), you should start acting like MAN and have responsibilities....

Everyone complains about the "love-fest" but lets take the Tom Brady "love-fest"&nb
sp;in the pros...First, lets compare the individuals...

Both are great leaders..True..
Both are winners (NC/SB)...True...
One has cheated on his pregnant girlfreind...That would be Brady
One has impregnated 2 women out of wedlock...That would be Brady.  

Yet, Brady is still revered..AKA "Tom Terrific"...America at its best ( I am being factitious)...

In my opinion, we should be be giving the publicity to the individuals that make you feel good about people...Tim Tebow (and for all my FSU friends, Charlie Ward) should be talked about, should be written about, and should be looked to as inspirations rather than "another Tim Tebow story"...Mike Vick tortured and killed dogs yet Nike resigns him...I rather have my children (even though I don't have any yet) hear and talk about an individual (Tim Tebow or whoever) that cares about people and exhibits the highest degree of sportsmanship and leadership...

Listen, he is not Jesus (even though FSU fans, thought Charlie Ward was)...Everyone is a sinner...But learn to appreciate the goodness in the Man...He is leaving UF after this year and you won't hear AS much about him...

And for your Al Davis reference "Just win Baby"...Tim Tebow takes that a step further..."He just wins Baby...With Class and Dignity"...

It is Great To Be A Florida Gator...

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2009 8:45 am

This GATOR has had enough of the Love-Fest

Kudos to you for speaking your mind.

On the surface it's easy to point at TT and say I'm so sick of this kid. Can he just graduate already? Then you look deeper and it's just what you said, it's not the kid, it's the media.

I would have hated to have been Chris Leak in his final season because even though he was the starting qb in that championship year, much of the publicity was going to TT.

As an LSU grad and fan, the hype is that more disgusting as his next game is againt the tigers.

God bless him. Hope he has a full recovery.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2009 3:02 am

This GATOR has had enough of the Love-Fest

Just to clarify, I'm not criticising TT.  The kid is great and has done incredible things, both for our football program as well as in his personal life.  I'm sure all Gators are thrilled that TT is the face of Florida football and would much rather have our team associated with this kind of kid, rather than having players better known for committing crimes (Lord knows, there's plenty of that in college sports, UF included).  My issue is with the hype machine in the media that over-reports, over-dramatizes and over-hypes Tim, as if he's the 2nd coming.

I remember the 0-10-1 season in 1980 and I was there when we got hit with probation for 120+ NCAA violations under Charley Pell.  Makes the success that much sweeter.  But, it doesn't mean that we need any more "Timmy walks on water" stories.  Celebrate the kid-- to a point.  Celebrate the success-- to a point.  In my opinion, it's gone WAY overboard.    

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2009 1:49 am

This GATOR has had enough of the Love-Fest

Thank you for your article on Tebow.  I am glad that someone else is placing him in human league.  Unlike you, I graduated from your cross-state rival, FSU and have been on the losing end of all of the UF/FSU involving Tebow.  Having family in St. Augustine, I have been hearing about Tebow even before his college days.  I have heard that his family moved so that he could play at Nease, a school not in his originally designated zone.  So to hear that others, including Gators, have had enough of the Tebow "love-fest" is comforting to know.  I am not the bitter rival that is glad to see him hurt, as I believe to be the best you must beat the best.  And he has portrayed himself in a positive manner, presenting himself as a good role model.  As your article stated, there have been others before him suffering far more serious injuries that are now not even a memory. 

Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2009 11:10 pm

This GATOR has had enough of the Love-Fest

Guess you forgot the 40 years of futility the Gators had. TT is the face of college football today and has the world looking at our University who in the good old days were pawns of 'Bama and Tennessee. Let the love affair continue for when these days are over the whining will resume.

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