The More You Think You Know The Less You Really Do Know …..

The More You Think You Know The Less You Really Do Know

So there it was, the stage was set for SEC Championship Game between the number one and two ranked teams in the country. And with the winner gaining a berth in the national championship .The BCS Bowl national championship game set for early 2010 and the world awaits the crowning of a new champion of collegiate football.

Alabama coach Nick Saban congratulates running back Mark Ingram (22) after a first half score in the NCAA college football SEC championship game  against Florida at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Alabama won 32-13.  picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ Dave Martin .......
Alabama coach Nick Saban congratulates running back Mark Ingram (22) after a first half score in the NCAA college football SEC championship game against Florida at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Alabama won 32-13. picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ Dave Martin .......

Number one ranked Florida Gators matched wits against Nick Saban’s number two ranked Alabama ‘Crimson Tide’. Two great representatives of the South Eastern Conference and quite rightly by far the two best teams in the nation. Unfortunately, today one of the two teams in question failed to live up to that reputation.

A disheartened  Florida fan can't hide her  disappointment at the end of a 32-13 loss to Alabama in the NCAA college football SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ John Amis ......
A disheartened Florida fan can't hide her disappointment at the end of a 32-13 loss to Alabama in the NCAA college football SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ John Amis ......

And while many of us were lauding the accomplishments of Urban Meyer’s Gators and the very fact that they had in Tim Tebow, a player who everyone admired not just for his playing abilities but also because of his demeanor on and off the field . What we in essence witnessed today, was the unveiling of a team whose flaws were glaringly exposed . Florida for all of its past glories failed to show up today and had no answer Alabama , at all .

Alabama's Mark Ingram (22) celebrates after a fourth quarter touchdown against Florida in the NCAA college football SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Alabama won 32-13.  picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ John  Amis ......
Alabama's Mark Ingram (22) celebrates after a fourth quarter touchdown against Florida in the NCAA college football SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Alabama won 32-13. picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ John Amis ......

The game and its events as it unfolded was everything that one would’ve expected but unfortunately whatever script that Gators’ fans had come to expect. Well, today it wasn’t about to happen. Simply put, the Gators and their fans had ‘their asses’ handed to them with their ‘heads and ass being served up on a silver platter’. Embarrassing would be an understatement to say the very least . Florida had no answer at all in any facet of the game, as it got under way.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (15), defensive end Carl Johnson (57), offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (56) look on late in the fourth quarter of their 32-13 loss to Alabama in the NCAA college football SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009.  picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ John Amis  .......
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (15), defensive end Carl Johnson (57), offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (56) look on late in the fourth quarter of their 32-13 loss to Alabama in the NCAA college football SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ John Amis .......

Courtesy of Associated Press & Yahoo Sports

Tide rolls on with 32-13 win over Tebow’s Gators

By Paul Newberry, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP)—The move was so unlike Nick Saban. The Alabama coach put away all that boardroom talk for a leaping shoulder bump with star running back Mark Ingram.

The Crimson Tide was back on top.

Across the way, Tim Tebow couldn’t do a thing, tears streaming down his cheeks as he watched the clock wind down on an ending that wasn’t in his farewell plan.

With Ingram and Greg McElroy leading an emphatic 32-13 chomping of top-ranked Florida on Saturday, No. 2 Alabama again stands supreme in the Southeastern Conference. More important, the Tide is just one win away from an even bigger title—its first national crown since 1992.

Alabama will face Texas in the BCS championship game after the No. 3 Longhorns beat Nebraska for the Big 12 championship Saturday night when Hunter Lawrence nailed a 46-yard field goal as time expired.

“Everyone had to buy into not to be denied in this game,” Saban said, getting back to business after a raucous celebration at the Georgia Dome. “To be a champion, that’s what you had to do. I’ve never been prouder of a group of players.”

The no-nonsense coach, who talks of “The Process” instead of the houndstooth, needed only three years to bring Alabama back from a grim era to a place it was accustomed to under Paul “Bear” Bryant.

Champions, indeed.

“They seemed like they wanted it a whole lot,” Florida cornerback Joe Haden said.

Ingram, making a strong bid to claim the school’s first Heisman Trophy, rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns. McElroy threw for 239 yards and a touchdown to claim the MVP award, showing he’s no weak link. The Alabama defense held Tebow in check and left him crying at the end.

“It’s tough. You know it’s not how you want to go out,” Tebow said. “They were just better than us today.”

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Alabama running back Mark Ingram (22) tries to run past Florida's Ryan Stamper (41) during the fourth quarter of the NCAA college football SEC championship game  Alabama won 32-13.   picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/John Bazemore ......
Alabama running back Mark Ingram (22) tries to run past Florida's Ryan Stamper (41) during the fourth quarter of the NCAA college football SEC championship game Alabama won 32-13. picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/John Bazemore ......

There’s not much that one can really say about the game that the result and the margin of victory cannot tell you. On reflection Alabama’s 32-13 victory over Florida, was enough to suggest that all of the talk about that the Gators were preordained as the national champions. Clearly, Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide saw that would not be the case today. It was an emphatic statement made by Alabama and denotes that what many had though about the team was in fact true. ‘They are and were better than Florida, in every sense of the word’.

Sheer frustration can't be  hidden  by Florida coach Urban Meyer , as he  looks on from the sidelines during the first half the NCAA college football SEC Championship game against Alabama at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009.  picture appears courtesy of  AP/photo/ Dave Martin .....
Sheer frustration can't be hidden by Florida coach Urban Meyer , as he looks on from the sidelines during the first half the NCAA college football SEC Championship game against Alabama at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ Dave Martin .....

For Florida and all thoughts, that they had in making a successful defense of its national championship has bitten the dust and to a great deal of embarrassment. The more we thought we knew about the Florida Gators, in reality the less we actually knew. And when that happens,then questions must be asked and answered. The thing is, questions were asked of Florida on Saturday and they failed to answer in such an embarrassing way. That all one can now say ……’well we thought we knew you but really we just didn’t know you at all’.

12 thoughts on “The More You Think You Know The Less You Really Do Know …..

  1. I’m kinda glad Bama took the game….even though I don’t care for Saban. Glad to see the Tide do well this year.
    Only thing was my Pitt loss…that ruint my Saturday…..

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    1. al clements

      The game on the face of it was there for the Gators to take. Unfortunately either due to sheer complacency on their part or their lack of eagerness to play. The Tide merely said to themselves …’well if they don’t want then what the hell we’ll take it to ’em and from them’ !

      Now Saban gets the chance to match wits with the Longhorn’s Mack Brown for the national championship. And that’s a game that could go either way.

      Well, your Pitt Panthers were going up against Brian Kelly’s Bearcats. And the Bearcats have been on a ‘tear as of late’. I didn’t expect the Panthers to put up such a great showing in the 45-44 loss to Cincinnati. On the day it just wasn’t meant to be for Wannstedt’s team.

      Alan Parkins

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  2. No this was not unexpected. Alabama has been under rated by the so called pundits and idiots at ESPN. This was a kick ass win for the tide. Alabama’s “D” is tops. Alabama QB McElory was lights out. Great win. USC stunk the joint out in the Arizona loss. Watch USC will be a lot better next year. USC no QB this is why Carroll didn’t want Sanchez to leave for the NFL.
    This is why we need a D-! playoff like the rest of the NCAA. Until then this will always be a fake national Champion.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      I concur with everything that you say ! OK so on the face of it we’ll have two unbeaten teams playing for the national championship. But when the other unbeatens aren’t even given a whiff of chance to play for it , it essentially negates the value of that ‘said championship’ to begin with. It’s nothing more than a pretense at the end of the day. It’s merely being done so that the six main conferences that make up the BCS bowl system can run and laugh all the way to the bank, with all of the money that they’ve conned out of the broadcasters and their various commercial partners. Need I say anymore on the subject ?

      Alan Parkins

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  3. Hey Al,
    The best team won Saturday as The Tide rolled over my Gators. I had a feeling that Alabama would win, but I never saw the blow out coming.
    It is time for Florida to regroup and get ready for a very dangerous Cincinnati team.
    GO GATORS!

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    1. aero

      The Gators were ill prepared and fell into believing their own hype as to how good they were. Hence the reason that the Tide smacked the Gators like a misbehaving child . And it was all well deserved in the end.

      I think that they ought to be able to beat Cincinnati but I wouldn’t put it past Brian Kelly’s team to inflict a second loss on the Gators this season. They are that good and not to be taken lightly at all !

      Alan Parkins

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  4. Wait… what?

    The Gators lost?

    That was such an ass-whoopin’, I think if they played that game ten times, Bama wins it 7 or 8 of those times.

    Florida’s lack of a deep threat or solid receiving corps was finally exposed.

    Think Percy Harvin would have made a difference?

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    1. sportschump

      For me it just appeared to be the lackadaisical approach taken by the team from the outset. It were as if because they got over on ‘bama last year. They were under the impression that they’d simply be able to repeat that again. When in essence the team was ill prepared , Urban Meyer failed to make any real adjustments and as the game went on . Once Tebow realized that they were facing an uphill battle, they just threw caution to the wind. And the mistakes just seemingly piled up, one on top of the other.

      Tebow  and  his  teammates

      ‘Is it too late for a do-over ? Coach must be pis_ed right about now ‘!

      The Gators were piss poor in every facet of the game , from start to finish . And ‘bama’s quarterback , Greg McElroy simply outplayed Tebow throughout the entire game. No excuses whatsoever are needed , Meyer knows the team played badly. And if he thinks that they can repeat that against Brian Kelly’s Cincy Bearcats, then he’s got another thing coming. That game is going to test their resolve from start to finish.

      Alan Parkins

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      Brian Kelly’s Bearcats are likely to steal the Gators’ lunch pails and then to come back to sodomize them for good measure. And that’s something that no one would like to see , the sodomizing that is .

      Alan Parkins

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