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Insightful commentary from our sports columnist

The Sunday Blog, as tired as Florida’s defense in the fourth quarter

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a late Saturday night/Sunday morning. The tailgates were great, the game not so much. 1. So here are some stats to throw at you concerning Florida’s offense this season: Total offense — 104th in the nation. Third down conversions — 81st. Red zone scoring — 116th. Isn’t the Florida head coach supposed to be an offensive guy? Obviously, the quarterback situation is a mess and the lack of playmakers is still a leftover… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week 12

The Sunday Blog comes at you after another late night of watching college football games go down to the wire. It never gets old. 1. It has been hard to watch the way the Florida offense has regressed since the Georgia game. Some of it is an offensive line that seems to have hit a wall. Some of it is a quarterback who refuses to throw the ball to open receivers. Some of it has been play-calling. Whatever it is,… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week 11

 The Sunday Blog comes at you from I-95 (don’t worry, Robbie’s driving) after another Florida win in an improbable season: 1. Jim McElwain and Dabo Swinney had something in common. They were both trying to explain to the media how tough it is to win college football games. I get it, believe me. All you have to do is sit and watch a night of college football to understand that it’s not about style points over the course of a… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week 10

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a long night of watching football. Oh, and I also saw Florida vs. Vanderbilt. 1. Wow, did you see where there are more than 30 Missouri players who are refusing to practice because the president of the university hasn’t done enough about racism? His name is Tim Wolfe and he doesn’t plan to resign. There have been a series of incidents and he apparently has been sitting on his hands. 2. Quote of… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Nine

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a great weekend, the best part of which was spending some time with my father in St. Augustine. 1. So, Georgia went to its third-team quarterback because he would give the Bulldogs a different look and … that didn’t happen. “The big thing with Faton (Bauta) is — mobile guy, can make some plays with his legs, and things like that, and we were looking for a spark,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said.… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Eight

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a perfect Saturday off. The only bad thing is that it’s over. 1. There are a lot of reasons why I don’t gamble. Saturday was definitely one of them. It looked to me like the lock of the year was FSU giving only 6½ points to an awful Georgia Tech team. Unless it was third-ranked Utah being an underdog at 3-3 USC. How do these guys know things that I don’t? I guess… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Seven

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a weekend of cool weather and a hot football game in Baton Rouge. 1. It’s amazing that Florida had a chance to win Saturday night’s game despite getting nothing from the running game. Take away the 55 yards on scramble runs for Treon Harris and the Gators ran 18 times for 35 yards. LSU has a really tough defense, but the Tigers played two deep safeties for much of the game which should… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Six

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a long day Saturday on the SEC’s worst road trip. Who let Missouri into the league anyway? Nothing against the people, it’s just logistically a major pain when it’s a night game. 1. But you don’t care about that. You want to talk about your 6-0 Florida football team. The Gators play the best team and the best player they’ll face all year Saturday in Baton Rouge. “This is going to be a… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Five

The Sunday Blog comes at you after another late night at the Swamp and a lot of hoarse people wandering around Gainesville today. 1. I have been critical of Demarcus Robinson for his lack of toughness and big plays. So let me say today, the kid played one heck of a game Saturday night. Robinson has eight catches for 98 yards and a score and made some great catches on the night. I thought it was his best game as… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Four

The Sunday Blog comes at you after one of the most fun weekends I can remember with great friends and one amazing football finish. 1. One thing about the aftermath of Florida’s improbable 28-27 win over Tennessee — the Gator players get that they have a long way to go to be a really good football team, even if they are 4-0 and suddenly ranked. “I’ve got to play a lot better throughout the game,” said Will Grier when it… Read More »