Sometimes I enjoy watching a good dumpster fire.

Checking my Twitter feed in the early afternoon before kickoff gave me a hint yesterday was going to be a super day.

The truly glorious part about that is he might be right, but in the bigger scheme of things, it hardly matters at the moment.  Florida football is that bad.

Shit, ESPN, there you go talking about pre-1990 again.

So, how bad was Florida yesterday?  You want the short version?

Or the long one?

You knew it was broken. We all did. But not until the bottom fell out and the Gators face-planted so unceremoniously at Missouri on Saturday did anyone realize just how bad it was.

Wow.

That Florida lost to an improving-but-still-pedestrian Missouri team is not that big of a surprise; the Gators are a team playing for an interim coach, one week after their coach was fired, and doing so without close to 20 scholarship players lost to suspensions, injuries, etc. But the 45-16 shellacking by the Tigers was way more than that. It was an embarrassment. It was cringe-worthy.

It was a total combination of all that has been so wrong with the Gators this season: horrific play-calling, lack of efficiency in the passing game, a lean, young defense that struggles mightily against the run. And the last two weeks a new culprit – a team that seemed to be going through the motions.

Screw that don’t kick the other guy when he’s down stuff.  If you’re a Georgia fan, these are the moments to savor.  I know I’m smiling.

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UPDATE:  Never let it be said I don’t appreciate gallows humor, even from Gators.

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62 responses to “Sometimes I enjoy watching a good dumpster fire.

  1. Dudemankind

    If I am Scott Frost or Dan Mullen, I avoid this dumpster fire. Florida may have to settle for a sales pitch man like UT did with Butch. No one with real promise should even consider killing their career in Gainsville.

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  2. I wonder who really wants to take on the rebuilding jobs at Florida and Tennessee with a sleeping giant emerging in Athens. That giant is building a 20-foot fence on the northern border to keep the Hillbillies out of Georgia blue-chip living rooms. That giant may be reasserting its dominance over Jort Nation and goes into their backyard to pull players.

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    • gastr1

      I expect he who haz a crayon to be among them.

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      • Bobo with Florida high school talent would be a good fit. The problem is the CSU connection (Mac) and the Georgia connection (Boom). I think there would be a fan backlash against him.

        I don’t think he goes to Tennessee because he knows the limitations of that job.

        When Oeaux fails at LSU, I could see the Fighting Bobos in Red Stick.

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        • Or in College Station with Texas talent

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        • Derek

          Mike is going to have to beat teams like Wyoming before anyone is going to be throwing SEC money at him.

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        • Cpark58

          If I’m AD at LSU, Tennessee, or A&M I’m calling Jeremy Pruitt. Dude may be an unapologetic asshole but he can defense and is a winner.

          Florida is going to hire another “offensive guru”

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          • Don’t hold your breath.

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          • Dude may be an unapologetic asshole…

            Sure, because every AD wants to hire an unapologetic asshole.

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            • PTC DAWG

              You made me chuckle with that one….agreed…

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            • Cpark58

              Mark Richt was an anomaly “nice guy” winning coach. Most coaches are assholes. Who knows how public he’d be if he had a supportive administration.

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              • You’re the one who used the term “unapologetic”, not me.

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                • Cpark58

                  I did. Because he is. So is Saban, so is Bellicheck, so is Corch, so is Jimbo, so was Jimmy Johnson, so was Barry Switzer, so was Paul Bryant. No AD in their right mind would hire any of those guys as a first time head coach.

                  I guess you can only be an unapologetic asshole as a headcoach and not a candidate.

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                • gastr1

                  I think they have to hide their assholishness for a bit until they win a few times, then they know they’ve got leverage and let out their uber-competitive, controlling, dick selves. Does anyone think McElwain would have gone down for the death threats thing of the Gators had lived up to expectations under him? Hell naw.

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                • BMan

                  “I guess you can only be an unapologetic asshole as a headcoach and not a candidate.”
                  Ralph Friedgen is holding on line one.

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          • Derek

            Some people like nice guys more than winning!

            I actually think Pruitt would be a good fit at auburn or ut. Florida is too much of a pressure cooker for that guy imho.

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            • He’s bounced through three big time programs in five seasons. Yes, he’s good at his job, but he’s also the kind of coach they invented search firms for, to dig into the entirety of his resume.

              Pruitt’s problem isn’t pressure.

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              • Cpark58

                He left DB coach at Alabama for a promotion at FSU, then supposedly left FSU and it’s insufferable asshole coach to work with Richt(possibly in an attempt to supplant him) and wanted to stay but Kirby understandably brought in a whole new staff. Then returned to Alabama, where he started, at #1 defensive job in the country.

                Seems like pretty prudent career decisions in a volatile field like coaching. Loyalty is tough concept in coaching when you are only as valuable as your last loss.

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                • Shame for him you’re not an AD, then.

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                • Cojones

                  We are cheering for Pruitt to land one of these HC’s jobs before we play against him, amirite?

                  Pruitt’s credentials: Two Natties with 2 separate teams in 4 yrs, best D in the country, lifts all boats wherever he goes … … …

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                • CPark58

                  Yes, he leaving before the SEC championship would be beneficial from a distraction standpoint but Alabama is a juggernaut with or without Pruitt. I’d much rather him go to a mid major when he does make the jump (hopefully Georgia Southern or nowhere else in the Sunbelt). If he is in the running for any SEC jobs, let’s hope it’s A&M or LSU. I’m not scared of a Pruitt coached team as I’ll take Kirby & Co any day of the week but I’d rather he not be in the backyard when we recruit against him. Also, the less quality coaches on our yearly schedule the better.

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                • Mayor

                  GA Southern makes a lot of sense for Pruitt and he makes a lot of sense for GA Southern–short term. But Pruitt is definitely headed to bigger things than Statesboro. If I’m the AD at GA Southern I am looking sor someone likely to hang around awhile. If I want my program to be like Arkansas State, well maybe……

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              • Derek

                I’m not suggesting that he can’t handle the pressure I’m saying that Pruitt’s means of dealing with that particular pressure cooker would be disasterous. At UT they are desperate and would give him a long rope and autonomy, like Lane. At auburn they have zero standards of personal conduct so it’s perfect.

                At UF even if you are SOS or Urban, you are managing something bigger than you rather than the other way around. Now it’s possible that they go through the desert like Alabama did and they hand the keys over but UF now is what Alabama was from time Bear died and they fired Shula. A bunch of entitled assholes who think any moron could win Natties there because…Florida. That place ran off their best two coaches ever. It’s a unique beast and not a fit for an asshole like Jeremy.

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                • Mayor

                  “The place ran off their best two coaches ever.” Are you talking about SOS and Urbie? I was unaware those guys got “runnoft.”

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                • Derek

                  You didn’t know that Urban quit and SOS left for Redskins? Spurrier was pretty clear that he got sick of the attitude and sense of entitlement in Gainesville. Pretty sure there are quotes out there about 10 wins not being enough.

                  I didn’t mean “forced out” I meant they each voluntarily said “fuck this” and left.

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                • Mayor

                  I get it Derek and agree with you. SOS and his “12 years at one place is enough” comment shows something less than wonderful was going on with him there and Urbie and the heart “dance” speaks for itself. I just wondered if there was somebody else you thought about. If you look at the history of Gator football there are a lot of good candidates. Charlie Pell actually was an excellent Xs and Os coach. Too bad he was a cheat. Left in disgrace and never coached again. Galen Hall was another who left in disgrace and never was a HC again. FU has ruined a whole lot of coaches’ careers. Boom getting the South Carolina HC job is the exception. That’s one reason why I think the Gators are going to have a hard time getting the right HC to replace McElwaine. Except for SOS and Meyer the place has been a graveyard for HCs. Why would someone with potential who had other options take that job. You are almost guaranteed to end up fired. Even if successful their entitled fan base doesn’t appreciate them.

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                • Cojones

                  “runtoft”, not “runnoft”. 🙂

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          • rchris

            Florida could hire Pruitt. After all, they’ve already built their IPF.

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  3. gastr1

    I couldn’t decide which I liked better– Penn State losing again, UF getting blasted, or tOSU and Urbz getting blasted and giving up 55 after saying there would be no letdown.

    (Oh come on, who am I kidding. I liked the last one the best.)

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    • Sliceshs

      Loved both of the last 2. Wondered if Urban Cryer got pizza again after the game?

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    • No doubt seeing that douche Corch get taken to the woodshed with his QB’s Heisman hopes going down the drain.

      James Franklin is an idiot. He has the so-called best player in the country and can’t get him 100 yards. Barkley is another overrated B1G player.

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    • That’s a hard decision but I’m going with Pedo State U losing. Hated them since 82 and can’t believe they recovered from Sandusky.

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      • Lone Stranger

        They’ve “recovered” because nearly no one in positions of power there still care to understand the true gravity of the depravity. I’d wager that Paterno statue goes back up within the decade.

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    • sniffer

      I share you sentiments, gas, to a point. Highly entertaining to see PSU & OSU take it on the chin. That said, their misery is no where near as enjoyable as Gator misery. Everything about UF is hated. From that mosquito infested campus to its horrendous blue and orange colors to Spurrier’s jackass sensibilities and Tebow’s tears. I have never met a Gator that I like or one who I would even say is a good guy. Mike is civil here, but he’s a gator and I suspect has all inherent tendencies that describe one. Phuq Phlorda. Always and Forever.

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  4. Derek

    There will be one team from Alabama I’ll be pulling for next Saturday. Let’s go UAB!

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  5. Spike

    Suck it Gators. You all deserve every bit of this misery.

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  6. JasonC

    Bonus: Iowa likely drove Corch to have another fake heart attack.

    Love seeing both of the jackasses get theirs.

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  7. South FL Dawg

    I’m only sorry we can’t play the gators every week. We should’ve put 100 on them.

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  8. Mayor

    I’ve been saying it for years and it’s true: “Gator tastes just like chicken.”

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    • Macallanlover

      Chikin gonna eat the gaytor this coming Saturday.

      Yesterday was so pleasant, the good news kept pouring in. Nothing can equal the ohio drubbing, but State Penn, FU, KY, etc., just kept piling onto our win. Now just let the Committee drop us to #2 and piss our boys off before they for The Plains and all will be lining up for another great Saturday. What a fun season.

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  9. Mike Cooley

    As it relates to Pruitt, he may make a good head coach but I’m not so sure. He can definitely coach defense and can recruit and I’ll always be thankful to him for embarrassing McG in public and getting him to blink on the IPF. But something just makes me think he might not be head coach material. We got lucky with Kirby. This is the exception rather than the rule. My obnoxious, FSU bandwagon jumping brother in law, who incidently has come running back to the fold this year and has totally abandoned FSU, said that when Pruitt was in Tallahassee part of what landed him in Athens was he was known to have a zipper problem. So a bad temper with morallycasual attitude in relation to his marriage sounds more like Bobby Petrino than Saban.

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  10. rchris

    I so hope Florida blows this hire. 3-5 more years of mediocrity could put them into Tennessee territory.

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  11. Bulldog Joe

    Covering up for players when they ran afoul of the law finally caught up with UF (and FSU).

    May they suffer the same consequences as ‘Da U’ did.

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