As we all know — and as Tiger Woods found out this week — there are pros and cons to social media and the World Wide Interweb.
You used to go to bed at night unable to sleep because you couldn’t remember the actor’s name who played Wojo in “Barney Miller.” But these days, Google is there in a flash to tell you his name was Max Gail.
Was the world a better place before selfies and students walking a beautiful campus without ever looking up from their phones? I’d like to think it was.
Facebook is less a tool of information than it is a scrapbook. You’ll never guess what little Billy did today.
A friend of mine likes to say that Twitter is evil, but it is simply a tool to use however you choose. Without Twitter, how would I get my breaking news, takedowns of sports heroes and daily lectures from Don Cheadle?
I think there is a point here and if there is one it is that social media is as good as we want it to be. And this week, I learned a new tool that is going to drive my followers crazy.
I love polls. I really love Twitter polls. It’s a great way to see how people are feeling about certain things. So I ran a few past the Gator Nation and anyone else keeping an eye on my Twitter feed.
And here are the results of my 10 questions. Feel free to retweet this or Snapchat it or Link It In or put it on Facebook or just cut it out and mail it to somebody for gosh sakes.
- Worst case scenario — Will Muschamp wins the SEC East, Will Grier wins the Heisman, FSU wins the national title.
You guys really don’t like the Semis, do you? Of 1,540 voters, 51 percent went with the latter brutal finish to the 2017 season. Muschamp edged Grier with 26 percent to 23 percent. Can you imagine all four happening this season? No, you can’t move to Canada.
- Which result would you prefer — win the East and lose to FSU, not win the East and beat FSU or go 7-5 and score a lot of points?
It’s amazing that 7 percent of the 1,573 voters chose the last option. Maybe Jim McElwain’s dog is playing quarterback in that scenario. I’m not surprised that the vote was close — winning the SEC with a loss to FSU taking a 49-44 percent win. Says a lot about what has happened in Atlanta and how much UF needs a win over that school out west.
- Which SEC team on the schedule this year scares you the most — Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M or Tennessee?
The Vols getting no respect, no respect at all with 4 percent of the vote. It was an almost dead heat with Georgia at 44 percent and LSU at 43 percent of the 1,024 votes. Maybe I should have included Kentucky.
- What is you No. 1 concern with this year’s Florida team — Quarterback, linebacker depth, secondary youth or play-calling?
Not surprisingly, the sexiest answer got the most votes. Quarterback took 62 percent of 1,405 votes registered. Playcalling only got 9 percent. Doug Nussmeier thanks you.
- Which team is Florida’s biggest rival right now — FSU, Tennessee, Georgia or LSU?
Yikes, the Vols only received 4 percent of the vote. FSU was the overwhelming winner at 61 percent with Georgia second. This is what happens when you lose four in a row to a rival.
- Florida is the home team against Michigan so what uniforms should the Gators wear?
You guys are after my heart. Blue tops, white pants received 56 percent of the vote to win out of 1,214 clickers. Second was blue top with orange pants followed by all orange.
7, How many games (including a bowl game) does Florida win in 2017?
You are an optimistic bunch voting 48 percent that Florida will win 10 and, to be honest, I didn’t put 11 out there. There was an “other” category that received 14 percent, but when I see “other” I think worse than a double bogey.
- What kickoff time do you prefer for Gator home games?
The restaurants and bars in town like the 3:30 p.m. games, but 54 percent of you prefer the 7 p.m. start. Of course, take this poll in November and it might have a different result. Only 2 percent like the noon start and I didn’t even vote.
- Who should be the next person in the Ring of Honor not named Tim Tebow — Urban Meyer, Wes Chandler, Alex Brown or Lomas Brown?
Tebow will go in soon and Meyer is the only other person eligible right now under the overly strict guidelines. And he received the highest percentage at 28 percent of 949 votes. Maybe the healing has begun. It was close — Chandler 27 percent, Alex Brown 25 percent and Lomas Brown 20 percent.
- How much does SEC pride matter — Matters lot, couldn’t care less or chant “S-E-C” when convenient?
The winner? When it’s convenient with 44 percent. For all of the talk about SEC pride, I know a lot of Gator fans who root against SEC teams in bowl games. In this poll, 32 percent said it matters a lot and 24 percent said they couldn’t care less.
So, anyway, thanks to all who participated. And now that I have a new weapon (like it was complicated in the first place), you’re going to get a lot of opportunities to vote in Twitter polls.
Try to contain your excitement.
Contact Pat Dooley at 352-374-5053 or at email@example.com. And follow at Twitter.com/Pat_Dooley.