Envy and jealousy, disrespectful edition

It’s getting to the point where I may need to rename this category after David Hale.  Here’s this week’s sampler:

“Calling a win disappointing is disrespectful to the game,” Mullen said without commenting on how disrespectful it might be to surrender 52 points at home to an FCS opponent with a losing record.

Well, never let it be said we’re disrespectful to the game here, so let’s start from the top.

Saturday marked a critical turning point for plucky upstart Florida. Losers of four straight (very unfair) games, the Gators were at a significant disadvantage because of all the booing from the (home) fans but still managed to beat a national championship-winning coach (Samford’s Chris Hatcher, who won the Division II title in 2004). Hatcher also once employed Kirby Smart on his staff at Valdosta State, so technically, this also was like getting a win over Georgia. And Florida’s performance made history by allowing the most points in the first half in program history. Remember, all records are, by definition, difficult to accomplish. And what’s more, Florida did this despite firing defensive coordinator Todd Grantham last week. It’s even tougher to be really bad on defense without Grantham. Finally, let’s not forget that, as Florida mounted its heroic comeback against mighty Samford, Oklahoma was busy losing to Baylor. So, you know, go be mad at Lincoln Riley. Have you seen how he’s handled his QBs? What a mess! Nothing to see here, though, so just move along.

Admittedly, Dan Mullen is a target rich environment, but still, that’s good snark.


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16 responses to “Envy and jealousy, disrespectful edition

  1. spur21

    That piece really made me chuckle in fact I chuckled so loudly my wife asked me what I was doing. All hail David Hale.

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    • chicagodawgfan

      The Todd Grantham reference was priceless. However, I liked how earlier in the article he intentionally referred to them as playing a tough “Stanford” team before correcting himself to say “wait, I mean Samford, an FCS team with a losing record”.

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  2. biggusrickus

    Florida’s just lucky they have an offensive genius coaching them, or that could have gotten really embarrassing.

    Liked by 14 people

  3. iusedtopostasmikecooley

    That was art.

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  4. If Dan Mullen let one of his dogs die in a hot car, he’d probably whine about not getting credit for keeping the other two alive.

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  5. That was really well done.

    Does Stricklin fire Dopey/Goofy/MuLLLLet? I would suggest the only way it happens in 2021 is to save his own skin.


  6. “ It’s even tougher to be really bad on defense without Grantham” – 😂

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  7. This should replace the Timmy Tears speech outside of the swamp.

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  8. Ran A

    Ben Hill Griffin Stadium holds 88,548. 79% capacity on Saturday, which means 70,098 people showed up to watch whatever that was yesterday… Not to mention committed recruits and recruits they are trying to bring in…


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  9. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    ESPN has lost a lot of good writers and imported a lot of bad writers the last few years. David Hale is the exception.

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  10. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    The Florida stuff is hilarious, but if you don’t read the whole article you are cheating yourself. he part about Texas, and the ‘transcript’ of the call Greg Sankey had with the Big 12 office is really funny.

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  11. Munsoning

    Came here to post this portion of Hale’s latest masterpiece. His weekly savaging of Flurdah is just one of the highlights of this hopefully not once in a lifetime season.


  12. The Truth

    He was once our beat writer. We’ve had some good ones amongst some of the duds.