Sour Grapes: Florida Gators Facing Bull's-Eye in 2009

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Sour Grapes: Florida Gators Facing Bull's-Eye in 2009
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There seems to be a lot of hate for the Florida Gators this offseason. Everyone seems to be waiting on the next arrest so they can further deride the mighty Gators. Whether it's a jaywalking violation or another tasing, they are waiting for any fuel for their fire.

Perhaps everyone is tired of hearing about Tim Tebow, his mission, and his prowess at football, at circumcisions, and everything in between. 

Maybe they are already tired of the talk of three BCS Championships in four years.

I'm sure these same people rejoiced after watching the alluring Gator softball team fall in the World Series, while the Gator baseball team also fell short of its goal.

I would also guess that the back-to-back NCAA basketball championships still leave a lingering sting despite the team's recent struggles.

Such is the view from the top of the college sports world. The 2009 Gators are the biggest target in the land, and all other programs and fans hope to be big game hunters, dreaming of felling the mighty beast. Whether it be on the field or off, people are gunning for the Gators.

Get used to it, Gator fans and players. This is the price of success.

Is this treatment fair? Probably not, but it isn't going to stop. Fairness would be to highlight not only just the Gators' imperfections, but other teams' imperfections as well. For example, a smattering of recent college football headlines not involving the phrase "Gator football" include:

"Three Georgia football players arrested at BBQ."

"Southern Mississippi's all-time leading rusher arrested for allegedly firing at least one gunshot at an apartment complex."

"Five UTEP players arrested for bar brawl."

"Another FSU football player arrested."

"Seventeen Ohio University football players have been arrested over the past nine months."

"Two Marshall players suspended after drug arrests."

"Texas Tech football player arrested by DEA and charged with dealing cocaine."

"An Alabama cornerback was arrested for disorderly conduct. He was the fourth Alabama football player arrested in the past two months"

"Two WSU football players arrested on theft and burglary charges."

"Arizona Wildcats football player arrested on DUI charges."

"Santa Ana football players arrested for violent gang rape."

When compared to these headlines, the recent arrest and tasing of Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins for preventing someone from stealing his bling seems rather tame. Sure, he shouldn't have tried to run, but I'm just astonished that anyone was able to catch him. 

Perhaps the Gators should be recruiting some of those Gainesville Police Department boys...the fastest PD in the land. It must be all the Gatorade in the Gainesville waters.

So for all the Gator haters out there, bring your A-game and tasers if you must. Give us your best shot, because we've already promised and delivered on bringing ours. We even have a nice plaque and pair of crystals to prove it.

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