Now That’s One Ugly Weekend…

Posted: October 10, 2011 in sports

There was literally and figuratively little sunshine this weekend for millions of football fans in the state of Florida.

The Gators were embarrassed – again.

The Seminoles self destructed — again.

The Hurricanes were heart broken – again.

Even Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman lost.

In the NFL, the Jaguars suffered a nauseating defeat – again.

The Bucs were clobbered by the 49ers.

The Miami Dolphins remained winless, not having an opportunity to lose thanks to a bye.

Losses by the Gators, Noles and ‘Canes mean none of the state’s heretofore “Big Three” are ranked in the Top 25, the first time that’s happened since 1982. Back then Coach Charley Pell was in the process of building Florida into a national power and cheating; Coach Bobby Bowden was still trying to prove his coaching genius; Miami was hardly a blip on the college football radar.

In 1982 the Bucs were on the threshold of a 20-year drought; the Dolphins were a year away from welcoming Dan Marino; and most of the country was laughing at the thought of Jacksonville having an NFL franchise.

Welcome to the past.

The most surprising losses were by FSU at Wake Forest and the Jaguars at home to Cincinnati. Both were done in such ugly and familiar fashion.

For FSU, it was turnovers and penalties.

For the Jaguars, it was more of the same as well. Perhaps no play epitomized the Jaguars more than the Bengals first touchdown. They had 3rd-and-17 from the Jaguars’ 37. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw a pass to a wide open A.J. Green for the TD. On the play the Jaguars looked uncoached, untalented and lacking savvy.

Then, of course, there were the punting woes, the punt return woes, and the awful offense after 1st-and-goal situations from the 2 and 5. Appropriately, the Jags finished the game with a shotgun center snap to no one and a fumble returned for a TD after time expired.

For the record, there were rare and brief glimpses of sunshine for some First Coast fans. Both Jacksonville’s college teams – JU and Edward Waters – won. And Jacksonville’s favorite son, Tim Tebow, gave the Broncos a spark, albeit in a loss.

Oh well, there’s always next weekend. Well, maybe not for Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio.


  1. producewiz says:

    Lamm Chops.This Gator team has free fallen from 13 & 1 in 2009 to disaster in less then 2 years.Urban built it and Urban broke it.Fact of life.Gator fans wait until 2 years, not next year.And that’s wishful thinking.

  2. The wheels have come off the Jaguars bus. Turn out the lights. Stick a fork in ’em. Bring out the broom; sweep away the detritus, build anew. “Wait ’til next year” as Brooklyn Dodgers fans used to say. “It’s over…It’s Over…IT”S OVERRR” as Roy Orbison sang.

    David Lamm, how’s your back? Jaguars need a punter..

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