Why This Florida Fan Will Be Glad When the Gators' 2009 Season Is Over
I know what you will say: What in the hell are you talking about?
But I will be glad when this season is over. It's not been a lot of fun.
Maybe if it were your school you'd be enjoying a 10-0 record with a No. 1 BCS ranking. But that's probably because you aren't a Gator fan.
2008 was fun. Even when the Gators lost to Ole Miss, the game was entertaining. There were a lot of big plays in that game. It just had a bad ending. But the presser afterward made up for it.
The rest of the regular season, every game was a cakewalk. People ask me, "Isn't a close game more fun to watch?" My answer to that is, "Yeah, if it's not my team playing." I prefer a blowout when it's my team every time. Last year there were many.
Not this year. This year the defense has been outstanding. The offense? Not so much. The plays they made a year ago now seem to turn into passes just off the fingertips or runs that ALMOST get broken for big gains. It's like we are a millisecond off here or a fraction of an inch there, and it's the difference in being up by 30 or 10.
The only thing I can attribute it to is pressure. The guys are not playing football. They're chasing a perfect season. It's been this team's goal for two years now.
Last year they sputtered much like this year until that goal was no longer achievable. Before Ole Miss, the Gators struggled to beat Miami and Tennessee. After the loss, they destroyed whoever got in their way—all the way up until they faced Alabama in the SEC title game.
This year with every narrow win, the pressure gets more intense—which in turn causes more narrow wins, which ramps up the pressure even more. It has been a grind
Urban Meyer has even stated that twice this season he has gone back to a happy locker room after a game. TWICE? That sounds like Vanderbilt. You're 10-0 and your guys have been happy two times? There's something wrong with that picture.
If this team can win four more games this year and go 14-0, they will look back on it later and say it was all worth it. So will the fans. We will enjoy this run of the last four years forever, and it will especially be true if this team goes undefeated.
This year will be one we will tell our grandkids about—but actually going through it has not been fun. Not much anyway.
Normally I get a bit bummed about this time of year about how fast college football season flies by. Not this year. I'm almost dreading the week of the Alabama game.
Last year it was excruciating waiting for that game to kick off, and for three quarters I was a nervous wreck. I didn't yell at all in that game until Jermaine Cunningham sacked John Parker Wilson in the fourth quarter. On that play I yelled out a week's worth.
I love watching the replay of that game. Watching it live was not a lot of fun though. This year every game but two has been like that.
I swear after this year if the Gators pull this off, I won't care anymore. People don't believe me when I say that, but it's true. We can be a mediocre team like Tennessee or Georgia, just happy to make a bowl game, and I'll be fine with it. Football will again be for fun—just like basketball is now.
I enjoy Gator basketball. Why? Because we already made it to the top of the mountain there. So now, there's no pressure. If we make it to the tournament, great. If not, oh well, there's next year. I'm looking forward to when football season is like that.
Four more games. Four more games.
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