If you have a brain and have not been under the proverbial sheltered rock this off-season, you probably know that the Florida-Georgia rivalry has been taken to new heights in the past few weeks. Gaining so much attention, and even becoming, yes, the highly sought after Jim Rome's Final Burn, Mark Richt's decision (or indecision) to watch (or order) his team flood the field during last years Cocktail Party has left Urban Meyer flustered. So flustered in fact, not even a second Tim Tebow could set his mind at ease. Well, maybe it would.
As the Atlanta Journal Constitution so eloquently put it, he is still "miffed."
Meyer's reaction to the "incident" was appropriate, yet inappropriate; it was so obvious, yet so vague; it made you laugh, yet you cringe at the thought that the Karma stick is comin' Richt's way.
"That wasn't right. It was a bad deal. And it will forever be in the mind of Urban Meyer and in the mind of our football team.... So we'll handle it. And it's going to be a big deal."
So what does he have planned? How will he deal with the "big deal" come the first day of November? More importantly, will I have tickets?
He has already assured the media that he will not reciprocate the same action, claiming, "it's against the rules." But you know what they say about being assured: it makes an ass out of you and......red? Anyway, that's besides the point. Meyer won't do something that has already been done. It's not his style.
A masterpiece is necessary, and he may very well be working on one. But all Gator fans should be wary, UGA is now inside the minds of Meyer and his coaches. If he schemes and schemes and schemes for a payback so grand it hurts everyone's eyes, one thing may be lost in transition. It may be forgotten that it will be a very physical match up in the Cocktail Party. It's likely that both teams could enter the game #1 and #2 in the nation, rightfully so.
The best payback the fans of the Orange and Blue can wish for is that Meyer just lets the players play-no holds bar. Going in with a clear mind, while being fired up at the same time, will benefit the Gators as they are widely seen as having one of the most talented offenses in the land, and a maturing defense that, like wine, will stand the test of time and become better with age.
If Meyer does this, there would be no need to rush the field after the first points anyway or, even more drastically, hide live alligators in the home locker room at Alltel Stadium...