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The Florida Gator Gridiron Game Show Challenge

My blog brother from another mother SportsChump has a problem. As an alum of the University of Florida, his football fandom of his alma mater has been on a 30-year roller coaster. Those oscillations are continually ramping up his angst on autumn Saturdays to the point I’m concerned he’s headed for an ending like when the “Yodel Guy” from The Price Is Right marches right off the cliff.

Before the “Head Ball Coach” hit Gainesville in 1990, Gator football was largely relegated to the backwaters of the Southeastern Conference and led by moderate-to-mediocre head coaches like Charley Pell and Galen Hall. In other words, even if there were expectations surrounding Gator football, coming up short wasn’t that big of a deal.

But it was Steve Spurrier who changed all that. Once he started bringing championships to Gainesville, the Gator faithful came to expect that sort of success as a given…and therein lies the rub.

Its only fitting it was Steve Spurrier who started the Chump’s roller-coaster ride; after all, before he was the “Head Ball Coach,” it was Spurrier who put Florida football on the map by winning the Heisman trophy in 1966. It was Spurrier who the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought in to be the “hometown hero”…and ticket-selling attraction…in 1976. So, it only makes sense that Steve Spurrier is the one who launched SportsChump “Evel Knievel”-style into three decades of football chaos.

The problem is that I suspect the Chump is too close to Florida football to see the last thirty years have been like one long episode of Let’s Make a Deal. Just like when you watch somebody dressed as a ear of corn swap a brand-new car for a goat, you could see the warning signs Gator fans always miss when they trade an SEC Championship for a homecoming loss to Vanderbilt.

Every one of the seven Gator head coaches since 1990 has offered a clear warning that a) they were leaving or b) Florida just hired the goat behind door #2.

  • Dan Mullen (2018-2021)The Warning Sign: The “Darth Vader” thing
  • Jim McElwain (2015-2017)The Warning Sign: When I used him as a Sports Doppelganger for a genuine scumbag
  • Will Muschamp (2011-2014)The Warning Sign: The 2013 homecoming loss to Vanderbilt or the loss to FCS Georgia Southern
  • Urban Meyer (2005-2010)The Warning Sign: Tim Tebow’s graduation followed by the sudden onset of Meyer’s “health issues”
  • Ron Zook (2002-2004)The Warning Sign: Head-butting a Coke machine
  • Steve Spurrier (1990-2001)The Warning Sign: When he got a membership at Congressional Country Club in Washington D.C.

Now that Billy Napier is the new man in charge in Gainesville, only time will tell if he a) succeeds to the point that he moves on to another opportunity (that USFL re-boot is right around the corner) or b) does something to foretell another ignominious end for a Gator head coach.

The trick for the rest of us in the blog-o-sphere is to help fill in the SportsChump’s inherent Gator fan “blind spot.” The best way to do that lies in another 70s game show reference. Much like Gene Rayburn milking an answer out of a housewife to match six “D-list” celebrities, we all need to help the Chump by filling in the blank whenever we spot a potential warning sign.

Sure, we’re just entering the off-season, but the lack of action on the field doesn’t mean shenanigans off it. After all, let’s not forget how Mike Price got run out of pre-Saban Alabama before he coached a single game for charging lap dances to his expense account.

Now, I’m not saying Billy Napier is that stupid, but pretty much anything is possible in the wacky world that is the Southeastern Conference.

Does anybody know if he owns a Darth Vader outfit?

P.S. This should in no way be construed as a thinly-disguised troll-job in advance of the seal-clubbing my Philadelphia Eagles are going to take on Sunday at the hands of the Tompa Bay Chumpaneers.

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5 comments on “The Florida Gator Gridiron Game Show Challenge

  1. 7dnbrnc53
    January 14, 2022

    Fun fact: Mike Shanahan almost replaced the Ol’ Ball coach in 2001, but Pat Bowlen foolishly told him to clean up his mess and stay. Big mistake. Shanahan was mailing it in during the 2000’s after his two rings. Also, just another example of why Pat Bowlen wasn’t as great of an owner as people think (putting the trust and that prick Joe Ellis in charge 13 years ago instead of looking for a real owner was another one).


  2. SportsChump
    January 15, 2022

    You know you didn’t need to photoshop that last one.

    I own that polyester blazer.


    • J-Dub
      January 15, 2022

      You mean at one point in your life, you were actually Fannie Flagg?


  3. SportsChump
    January 15, 2022

    More like Huggie Bear.

    And for the record, we Gator faithful recognize what a shit-show the program has become and furthermore how impatient we are.

    I hate to say it but since Jeremy Foley left, our former AD, we’ve had some questionable choices. Of course, Foley will forever be credited with the hirings of Steve Spurrier and Billy Donovan so can do no wrong.

    And speaking of Donovan, don’t get me started on Mike White and the state of our basketball program over the last however many years. That’s a story for another time.


    • J-Dub
      January 15, 2022

      Yeah…I hear you. It’s almost like Joakim Noah and Al Horford were 20 years ago. At least Colin Castleton is tall…


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