The Back Nine takes a look at another wild weekend of sports while wondering if all female freshmen at UF are issued black cocktail dresses when they enroll.
1. Here in the Season of the Weird, Mike Slive can’t catch a break. Of course there was another officiating controversy. Of course it happened in the biggest game of the weekend. Of course the conspiracy theorists are going to be out in force. Heck, the Back Nine is starting to believe there is something to it. On the day Alabama RSVP’s to Florida’s invitation to meet in Atlanta, all anyone wants to talk about is another blown call. SI.com’s Andy Staples put it best here in his weekly column. This league has so much going for it that it is a shame its reputation is being smeared by all of this controversy. Look, LSU probably wouldn’t have scored anyway with Jarrett Lee at quarterback, but this is getting ridiculous.
2. A late game for Florida usually means there is nothing to watch when I get home. As Robbie Andreu said after the game, “Every game is the same for this team, and the first thing I do when I get home is delete the recording of the game on my DVR.” I agree. Not much fun to watch. But as Saturday turned into Sunday, what a wonderful treat. Live, I said live, golf from China with Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods in the final pairing and Ernie Els charging with a 63. Are you kidding? It was a late night.
3. A reader wanted to know something about the concussion suffered by Cal’s Jahvid Best. Where, he asked, is the outrage? After all, Best had a concussion last week as well. Why weren’t the geniuses demanding that Best sit out a month? Why weren’t they stalking California’s practices to see if he suited up? Because, my friend, that’s Cal. And this is Florida. The Gators play by different rules. Still, it’s weak when UF cancels Urban Meyer’s usual Sunday teleconference at the last minute as it did Sunday. It’s been a tough season for the coach, and I’m sure he doesn’t want to answer questions about his fine or the possibility of the Notre Dame job being open. Still, there are certain obligations that come with being the Florida coach.
4. The Heisman Trophy is now a five-man race if you ask the Back Nine, and our man Tim Tebow is sliding down the list. Sorry. My top five right now looks like this: Mark Ingram, Case Keenum, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, C.J. Spiller. The difference between one and five is not that great. If you were to ask me who WILL win the Heisman, I’d bet on McCoy. When it comes time to vote, a lot of people are going to say, “Well, nobody stands out so let’s let McCoy have one.”
5. Watching the Bucs in those throwback uniforms made me think back to my days covering the Creamsicles when I worked in Jax. Was that Richard “Batman” Wood making the tackle? Good times. Maybe the Bucs should wear them for the rest of the year. But this does not mean it’s OK for Florida to go throwback and wear the orange jerseys. There were actually suggestions they do it for the Georgia game. Why would you want to remind your fans of the years where the Bulldogs dominated? Why?
6. And how many running backs in the history of this league have scored 14 touchdowns in their careers? That’s how many Bucs defensive back Ronde Barber has scored in his career. That’s amazing.
7. As usual, Good Morning America was about 100 hours late on a story. They did something on the New Mexico soccer player Elizabeth Lambert and her thuggery.
8. You know what’s coming. Florida State in The Swamp needing a win to be bowl eligible. It’s coming. Brace for it.
9. I went over 1,000 songs on my iPod, but does it count when a couple of dozen are Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift downloaded for my 8-year-old? Check out “Born Again” by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, the new Weezer CD and “Time Flie” by Porcupine Tree. Now off with you.