I mean, do the Jags understand anything about the confluence of business and sports?
I feel like my head is going to explode. Extremely disappointing.
The Jaguars website writer keeps talking about the "courage" the general manager showed by selecting an unknown defensive tackle from Cal. My only solace is that the NFL Network guy, Mayock, loved the pick of Alualu. For
Tyson's sake, I sure hope he works out because the city will never let
him (or the Jags) forget it if he doesn't and Tim does. Tebow
should have been a no-brainer selection for the Jags for most of the
reasons the Broncos moved up to get him and paid a heavy price to get
him. Fine, you don't have the offensive guru who believes in him. Go
find him! But don't let this guy go elsewhere.
And the first game of the season -- the first game! -- is against the Denver Broncos. The Big Kid from Big Duval will be coming home with a new team. If I'm able to be in the stadium, I will, cheering Tebow on even if he sits on the bench the entire game.
September 12 is going to be very interesting in Big Duval. Poor David
Garrard -- he already was operating on a slim margin, now he's on the slimmest. And if
he looks bad against Denver the boos are going to rain down in cascades.
And they should.
And Del Rio is going to be positively roasted if this defensive tackle isn't an absolute star. A boring contributor simply isn't going to cut it. The team is full of boring contributors. The team needed some pizzaz -- we got none. We got more of the same.
All of the disinformation is just about over and the NFL draft occurs tomorrow. My prediction? I don't care what has been said, constantly questioned or speculated, or otherwise opined: the Jacksonville Jaguars will take hometown hero Tim Tebow with the 10th pick in the draft.
With the announcement that Tim will remain in Jacksonville for the draft, that's an indication to me that Wayne Weaver has kinda sorta let the Tebow family know that he will be selected if still available -- so, it's far better for him to be in Jacksonville rather than New York.
That's the way I see it through my Orange and Blue glasses.
Also, I've never understood why Jacksonville isn't the perfect place for Tim. You have an established, albeit unspectacular, quarterback in David Garrard so Tim wouldn't have pressure to come in and start in year one. You also have a club with a physical mentality that suits the talents of Tim Tebow.
Let the madness begin. Woe be upon the Jaguars if they pass on Superman.
My nostalgia for Tim Tebow is starting to truly settle in. It must be my anticipation of the NFL Draft and presuming my layman's outrage at the "fools" who won't give Tim every benefit of the doubt and draft him Number One, and I mean numero uno.
Anyway, he's going to be on the cover of the most popular college football computerized gaming enterprise -- EA Sports NCAA Football 11. First, check out the interview EA Sports did where Tebow is given the chance to talk about the game, his honor at being selected, and why this computerized football game is his favorite. Then, check out this video of the photo shoot in Orlando:
Lastly, a tribute video to our hero by the great chrisleakfan4life -- well known on Gator internet sites for his gift for composing moving internet videos (unfortunately I can't find a proper link to display his many prior efforts):
Yesterday was simply a gorgeous North Florida day in Gainesville (today is equally beautiful in Tallahassee); temperature in the mid-70s, blue skies, a gentle breeze . . . and football about to be played. Naturally, I enjoyed the heck out of it. Unfortunately, I wasn't' joined by my two brothers until just before gametime because they got stuck in Central Florida traffic while trying to drive up from Orlando. Super Duper Paratrooper couldn't join us this year because he's still in Iraq and a good friend from St. Petersburg who ordinarily joins us also couldn't make it this year. So . . . no tailgating was planned and none was had.
That sets (I hope) this scene: I had parked by 11 a.m. or so in our familiar spot near Museum Road at McCarty Drive. The Reitz Union and Constans Theatre are nearby and it's a pretty easy walk to the stadium. Plus, it's a beautiful setting to tailgate. Since my hombres were miles away stuck in traffic, I had plenty of time to kill and took this quick video of the setting:
As you can see, a family came through with some kids, one of whom must not have been a Gator fan, and shouts of Gator-hater could be heard and then Gator-lover. That's one of the things you love about this day. It's an easygoing atmosphere with kids everywhere doing what kids do. Eventually, Mr. PAO the Senior NCO (older brother) showed up with Captain Airborne (my younger brother) and off we traipsed to Florida Field. We made it in just before the game started.
My entire focus, and in fact the only thing I truly wanted to see, was how did Trey Burton look -- in the broadest sense of the word. I already know John Brantley can throw the football and can't really run a physical spread offense. Tim Tebow ran a physical spread offense. I happen to be a man who loves to see "Gator Power" on display, whether that's on the basketball court or the football field. This is why my focus was on Trey Burton; there may be times this season when we need some Gator Power at the QB slot and Burton will be the likely deliverer of that Tebow-esque physicality.
Although the following series of plays won't really drive the point home, hopefully they'll give you a hint of why I was so pleased yeterday.
Play "a" shows Trey Burton on a basic pass:
An incompletion, but did he look comfortable when asked to throw the football? Yes, indeed he did.
Next up, play "b" on the same drive:
A good basic completion on a cut-in down in the red zone and a good tackle by the Gator D. Does he, Trey Burton, show initial signs that he may have decent consistency when asked to throw? Yes.
Next up, play "c" on the same drive:
Now . . . that was the play that got me excited (as you could hear, no doubt). The man smelled the end zone and desperately wanted to get there. The one touch rule? To hell with the one touch rule, give . . . me . . . six!
I try to look for little things in the Orange and Blue game while also trying to give a broad benefit of the doubt to the coaching staff and our players. Often, I read how some fans obsess over throwing mechanics, etc., and just sigh. Mechanics? Mechanics!?!
Can the player lead?
Do the guys seem to respond to him?
Are there any signs of prissiness? This is, after all, football and it is a violent sport.
Finally, does he (on offense) appear to desperately want to compete, score and win? On defense, does he appear to desperately want to compete, stop them, and win?
I'm supremely pleased to report that Trey Burton passed with flying colors. Bring on the new era of Gator football! To close out the snippets of game vidoes, I'd like to present one that tends to capture what yesterday was all about.
The Orange and Blue game is not simply a laboratory display but also a reward for hardworking players who have given their all in practices. In this case, Ean McQuay, a walk-on running back from up this way (Havana) and a kid who graduated from FSU's lab school:
Kudos to Ean McQuay for working hard in the true blue Fightin' Gator fashion and earning some acknowledgment from Urban Meyer.
Finally, to conclude this long post, I'd like to present some video of comments from various Gators given to the press after the spring football game:
Trey Burton (who ordinarily would still be in high school preparing for his prom):
Yep, that kid is already (already!) one of my favorites.
Andre Debose (if this kid was able to play last year, we win the national championship again, and you will see why this Fall -- as long as he is able to remain healthy):
Matt Elam (who ordinarily would still be in high school preparing for his prom):
There's a reason why I'm super-hyped. Thanks to the best coach in college football, we have motivated talent everywhere on this team; new and experienced talent, with a good balance. People who expect a drop-off now that Tebow is gone are going to be quite disappointed.
The next great Gator sensation at Quarterback should be, we hope and pray, John Brantley but . . . I just saw an interview that has convinced me we already have the one after that on campus, too. Trey Burton, ladies and gentlemen, should still be in high school preparing to have big fun on the night of his prom.
Instead, he's in the capital of Gator Nation, on campus taking classes, and has his debut at Florida Field tomorrow in the Orange and Blue game. Just take a listen to the guy -- unbelievably, we have another Tebow. He will surely be his own man. I'm just sayin' -- okay? -- that he's already in the pocket. Check it out:
You have to love the poise and attitude of that kid. Thank you, Venice and Southwest Florida. Y'all appear to have sent us a great one.