Florida Gators Football: The Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for 2011 and Beyond
The 2010 season was one for the record books for the Florida Gators, but for all the wrong reasons. Once thought to be a season full of hopes and dreams, it quickly became a nightmare for the Gator Nation.
The season ended with Urban Meyer calling it quits for a second time and the Gators dropping in to Austin and ripping from the Texas Longhorns their "coach-in-waiting", Will Muschamp.
Now as the last seconds of 2010 pass, the Gator Nation looks to 2011 for definite improvement to their football program.
Here comes the Florida Gators' top 10 resolutions for the New Year.
Resolution No. 1: To Make The Swamp Most Feared College Football Stadium Again
There was once a time when Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, better known as "The Swamp", was the most feared stadium in all of college football. The Florida Gators had a tremendous home field advantage in Gainesville that they leveraged with every home game.
That is no longer the case after the 2010 season when the Florida Gators lost to the LSU Tigers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, and South Carolina Gamecocks. In fact, the Gators lost more games at home in 2010 than on the road (i.e. Alabama and FSU).
If new head coach Will Muschamp wants to impress the Gator Nation immediately, then he needs to make The Swamp impenetrable once again.
Resolution No. 2: To Never Call the Dive Play Ever Again
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Now that Urban Meyer and Steve Addazio are bidding farewell to the Florida Gators, we can all hope and pray that they take their playbook and the dive play with them. Going forward, the only dive that will be considered acceptable is on 3rd and goal on the one-yard line. Other than that—never again.
Resolution No. 3: To Continue Kicking the Georgia Bulldogs' Butts Every Year
When Steve Spurrier arrived in Gainesville in 1990 to take over the Florida Gators, the tide turned so to speak regarding the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, Fla. Since the OBC's first season as head coach, the Florida Gators have won 18 of 21 games. Georgia won in 1997, 2004, and 2007.
Now Florida has hired a former Georgia Bulldog as their head coach. How sad will it be for the Bulldogs when their losing streak continues at the hands of Will Muschamp?
It's even sadder that they'll continue to hold on to Mark Richt.
Resolution No. 4: The Birth of the Annual
New head coach Will Muschamp and FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher are not only good friends, but co-owners of a beach house in the Florida panhandle.
Let the annual brawl begin for rights to the panhandle pad. Loser has to paint it the winner's colors.
Resolution No. 5: Gators Add Real Opponents to Their Out-Of-Conference Schedule
The Florida Gators must once and for all schedule real FBS opponents to their out-of-conference schedule. Enough excuses about playing in the SEC, having FSU on the schedule, and playing Georgia in Jacksonville every year.
Serving up The Citadel, Appalachian State, and Florida International should never be allowed again.
Resolution No. 6: Wear Different Nike Combat Uniforms Every Game Going Forward
When the Florida Gators wore their Nike Combat uniforms against FSU and Alabama in 2009, I hoped that the old uniforms were gone forever. The old Gator script helmet needs to go away in a hurry.
A new version was released for the 2010 World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, but looked almost identical to the current uniforms.
Stop teasing the Gator Nation—go with a new updated Nike Combat uniform for every game.
Resolution No. 7: No Arrests or Convictions for Florida Gator Football Players
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Since Urban Meyer arrived in Gainesville, the Florida Gators have experienced 30 arrests involving players on their football team. Now that Urban has called it quits, perhaps Muschamp can instill some discipline and rules for the players to follow.
Just a thought.
Resolution No. 8: Add the Miami Hurricanes Back to the Annual Schedule
This is a rivalry that needs to be rescheduled annually. How many major in-state programs find ways to not play each other? Miami is open to it, but Florida continues to fight it.
Figure it out, Jeremy Foley, it cannot be that hard to do.
Resolution No. 9: Never Break Out Pom-Poms Like Other SEC Schools
Once and for all, let's get this straight: real men do not wave pom-poms. Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia, and whoever else—shake them all you want. The Gators will stick with the Chomp, thank you very much.
Resolution No. 10: Remain the Most Hated and Arrogant Team in the SEC
It seems that every time there is a poll about most hated teams, the Florida Gators are at the top the list. If you ask any citizen of the Gator Nation, they will tell you that they are loud and proud. Others call it arrogance when Gators know it's confidence.
Get used to it. The Gators may be down, but they're not out. Not only are they reloading athletes, but coaches, too.
They'll be back defeating your favorite team very soon. Until then, enjoy your wins while you can.