It's still great to be a Florida Gator...
But it's a bummer losing like that. I'm still not sure what happened but, if I had to guess, I'd probably use the words "meltdown" and "unprepared". Our defense stunk up the stadium and our offense was a one-trick pony with little resembling anything "spread" or "option". 'Bama played well, but they beat a team that was only a shell of the team I've seen the past few weeks. I don't know where the Gators were on Saturday, but they weren't in Tuscaloosa.
Hopefully we'll play well and run Meyer's offense this weekend against Mississippi State. I hope we're able to get a win and gain some confidence in our schemes so that we're prepared when we go to LSU in a couple weeks. I think the most important thing to remember right now is that we're still in control of the SEC East. We do have a loss, but it was to West team, so it did the least amount of damage possible. If we get back on track and run the table in the East, we'll go to the SEC Championship game and hopefully get a rematch against the tide.
Since our loss to Alabama, I've had a few people--none of whom are Alabama students, fans or alumni--say to me or e-mail me a big "Rolll Tiiiide!!" I don't get it. I don't understand why people dislike Florida so much. My only guess is that Spurrier was so dominant and cocky that people just decided to hate the Gators. One of the people who said that to me is an Auburn grad. When they lost to GaTech earlier this year, I didn't say a word to him. When they got snubbed out of the National Title game last year, I told him I thought that was stupid and the BCS was flawed. The only jawing I've ever done is to say, "We'll see you in the SEC Championship." That's it. But when we lose to a tough football team, this guy starts giving me lip. Seriously?
Another person, an FSU fan, e-mailed me with nothing but "Rooolll Tiiiide!" I guess she may've been irked because, after she tried to tell me how we're going to lose this year and UGA has our number, I called Doak "Ron Zook Field". I never e-mailed her last year (or any of multiple opportunities) to say "Go 'Canes!!!!" or "Go Terps!!" I didn't e-mail her to talk smack after we beat FSU on their field last year. But we get a road loss to a Top 15 team that she doesn't even root for and I immediately get an e-mail? Seriously? Nevermind that an astute FSU fan would realize that Florida's record come November 26 could have a huge impact on FSU's potential to play for the National Title, and a Florida loss doesn't help their cause.
After UGA beat us last year, I was at Radio Shack buying some batteries or something. Some random dude saw my hat and came up to say, "You a Gator fan? Man, them Bulldogs beat y'all today, huh?" He was obviously trying to get a rise out of me and also obviously not a Georgia fan. I said, "Well, we have to give them one every 15 years or so. We figured this'd be a good year to do it since we don't have a coach and all." He just kinda' sheepishly put his head down and walked away. I guess he hadn't really thought his chiding through. But why say anything to begin with? I'm surrounded by Sooners fans. I haven't said a word to any of them about their season so far. I work with several Aggies. I haven't made a peep. It's one thing to root for a football team, but it's another thing entirely to root against a team just to spite its fans.
Yes, I know what a rivalry is. No, I don't like FSU or Tennessee. But, no, I wouldn't e-mail anyone from those schools if their team lost a football game to some team I don't even root for. That just seems silly and sort of mean-spirited.