Category Archives: Blowing Smoke

Your Daily Gator has a secret weapon.

Somebody just forwarded this to me and I am rolling on the floor:

Who needs a special teams coordinator when you can have a gamechanger?

I bet Booch is kicking himself for not thinking of that first.  It’s right up his alley.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Gators, Gators...

Still playing the fake juice card, I see.

Jeez, Will.  It’s not like Vegas is making it personal.

Yeah, disrespect.  That’s Alabama’s problem, alright.


Filed under Alabama, Blowing Smoke



Auburn as Quarterback U?  Seems rather optimistic for signing one of the only two quarterbacks in the conference to finish with a lower passer rating than Bo Nix did.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Blowing Smoke

The cost of arrogance

Is there anybody in college football easier to dunk on than Bill Hancock?

If you were planning the perfect day to air the College Football Playoff semifinals, New Year’s Eve would not rank very high on the list. Given Dec. 31 isn’t a federal holiday, plenty of potential viewers will work during the day, not to mention the revelry and bacchanalia that comes after dark.

The lords of college football, however, suggest you will forget such old acquaintances.

“We really do think we’re going to change the paradigm of New Year’s Eve,” said Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff.

That was from July of 2015.  Doubts began setting in the very next year.

Well, nothing’s changed.  Literally.

New Year’s Eve had a negative impact on the TV ratings for the College Football Playoff semifinals once again.

Friday’s semifinal games between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Cincinnati and No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia drew significantly fewer viewers than the semifinals after the 2020 season. Those semifinals — the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl — were played on New Year’s Day.

It’s not that people weren’t interested in watching the games.

Maybe choosing to broadcast your crown jewels starting in the afternoon of a working day isn’t a genius idea.  It certainly hasn’t proven to be the paradigm changer Bill was so confident was coming.  Shocking, I know.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Blowing Smoke

The opposite of rat poison

Yes, just when college football needs a heartwarming story, Alabama, with the sport’s most talented roster, the Heisman Trophy winner and the greatest college football coach in the game, steps up to fill the role of the plucky underdog.  We’re saved!

Whoever thought ‘Bama would need fake juice to get through a postseason?


Filed under Alabama, Blowing Smoke

Billy Napier, respect

I have to admit, after seeing the Gators’ class yesterday, I may have underestimated their new head coach a little.  No, it’s definitely not a class for the ages.  In fact at No. 50 in the 247Sports Composite, it’s downright the worst class a Florida head coach has signed in as long as I can remember, but Napier’s done a masterful job in selling it, as this tweet indicates.

If signing the SEC’s lowest ranked class is overdelivering, I’m here for years and years of that.

And he’s hardly alone with that take.

Georgia signed more five-star recruits than any other program in the country.  FSU, despite being pantsed by Coach Prime, still ranks seventeenth in the Composite.  Yet, somehow, Florida is seen as having had the better day over both.

I don’t know how good a coach Napier will turn out to be in Gainesville, but he’s already got the makings of being a skilled salesman.  You can go a long way in college football just on that alone.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Gators, Gators..., Recruiting

TFW you’ve never heard of the First Rule of Holes

You know, most coaches would have enough Gawd-given sense not to pretend a close win over a vastly inferior opponent was something other than what it was.  The “we’ve got to play better than that” coachspeak writes itself, you’d think.

But you’re not Dan Mullen.

Can you imagine Kirby Smart saying something similar after the 2016 Nicholls game?


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Gators, Gators...

There are none so blind as those who watch Georgia Tech football.

Sometimes, you can smell fear right through a header.

Dude, your team is on a three-game losing streak, with a very good chance to run the table over its last three games.  That would mean GT would end up losing more games in 2021 than it did in 2020.  But the problem is people stubbornly refusing to see your good work?

Allow Clay Davis to retort.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Georgia Tech Football

TFW you know they’ve got questions

What a time to be alive, when a college football coach has to address something like this at his weekly presser:

C’mon, man.  The only way that story isn’t a distraction is if you’re in a coma.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Texas Is Just Better Than You Are.

“I don’t feel any pressure from anyone in the building.”

Dan Mullen’s got it all under control, y’all.

Amid speculation he is fast approaching the coaching hot seat amid a 2-7 stretch against Power 5 competition, Mullen insisted he has the backing of athletic director Scott Stricklin.

“There’s tremendous support from him every day, ‘What can I do to help?’” Mullen said of Stricklin, who also was his boss from 2010-17 at Mississippi State. “The administration is 100% on board with what we’re doing and looking to the future.

I tell you what — it takes a pretty special guy to self-administer the kiss of death.


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