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Friday Five: Football Stadiums

Ben Hill Griffin StadiumMy five favorite football stadiums:1

  1. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field – Gainesville, FL
  2. Superdome – New Orleans, LA
  3. Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
  4. Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
  5. University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ

1 at which I have attended at least one game

Snap. Hold. Kick. All in the Blink of an Eye.

Friday Five: My Favorite Athletes

Ted Williams

  1. Ted Williams
  2. Bo Jackson
  3. Tim Tebow
  4. Carl Yastrzemski
  5. Tom Brady
Friday Five: Favorite NFL Teams

New England PatriotsMy NFL team is the New England Patriots. It always has been and it almost certainly always will be. To have five favorite NFL teams seems irrational, because only one can win the Super Bowl each year. But you’ll notice that they are all NFC teams, with the potential exception of the team using my favorite player of all-time, which gets a spot on the list just below my team.

My mom raised me to be a Pats fan and we rooted for them through all the dark years. (We were long-suffering Red Sox fans as well. Aside from the Celtics, and until I got to college at the beginning of the Spurrier tidal wave of championships, sports to me meant futility, failure, and sadness.)

  1. New England Patriots
  2. Whatever Team Employs Tim Tebow
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. New Orleans Saints
The Offseason

I’ve been reading Gregg Easterbrook for more than fifteen years. He writes the Tuesday Morning Quarterback (TMQ) column for ESPN. (He has also written for Slate and The Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications. And he’s a very good author.) Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Easterbrook delivers incredibly detailed analysis of (almost) every […]

Clear Eyes.

“The show will be remembered more as one about a marriage than one about football.” I don’t know how I missed this article at Grantland: An Oral History of Friday Night Lights. It’s great fun for anyone that loved the show. I was thrilled to read that the actor Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor) gave a […]

If You Hate Tim Tebow, You’re Probably Doing It Wrong

Alex Smith is quarterbacking the 49ers in the NFC Championship game this year, his seventh in the NFL. In his first two years in the league, Smith played in 25 games. He threw seventeen touchdowns and twenty-seven interceptions. He also rushed for two touchdowns. The 49ers went 11 – 21 those two years, and didn’t […]

Football Feeds

If you’re a football fan with a feed reader, you should be following the following: General Smart Football (rss) Every Day Should Be Saturday (rss) Friends of the Program (rss) Heisman Pundit (rss) ProFootballTalk (rss) Gators TimTeblog (rss) Swamp Things (rss) SB Nation (rss) The Bull Gator (rss) Dooley’s Desk (rss) Gator News (rss) […]

On Football

As I get older I find it increasingly difficult to explain my love of football. You’d think that the opposite would be true, that I would find it easier to tell people how wonderful it is as I understand the game more. But that is simply not the case. I follow Stewart Mandel on Twitter […]


Update: Want to know more about the Florida / Tennessee rivalry? Read Hate Week, by EDSBS If you’re a college football fan you really should take a look at this sweet list of iPhone apps for the pigskin crowd. On Saturday in the Swamp, Tim Tebow has a chance to join UF’s Danny Wuerffel and […]

Florida Gator Football Twitter Accounts

Here are all of the University of Florida Gator football Twitter accounts I could find:

Florida Gators 2009 Football iCal Schedule

Update: Visit to subscribe to the latest college football schedules! Apple iCal users: You can once again easily subscribe to the Florida Gators 2009 Football iCal Schedule! And I can’t promise anything, but Windows Outlook users might be able to subscribe with this link, or by using the link on the GatorZone schedule page. […]

Friday Five: Football Games I Attended

The five best games I saw from the stands:

  1. The Greatest Game Ever Played in the Swamp
    November 22, 1997
    Florida State Seminoles 29 – Florida Gators 32
    “The Seminoles came in ranked #1 while UF came in #10 with a record of 8-2. Down 25-29 with 2:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Gators began a drive from their own 20 yard line. The first play was a 63 yard pass from Doug Johnson to Jacquez Green to the Seminoles 17 yard line. Taylor then ran the ball to the two yard line, and scored his fourth touchdown on the next play. The Gators drove 80 yards in 44 seconds on three plays.” (from wikipedia)
  2. The Third Saturday in September
    September 20, 1997
    Tennessee Volunteers 20 – Florida Gators 33
    I watched this game — Peyton Manning’s fourth consecutive loss to Spurrier’s Gators — from the upper deck of the North End Zone in a ferocious, pouring, torrential rain.
  3. The Last Elway / Marino Game
    December 21, 1998
    Denver Broncos 21 – Miami Dolphins 31
    My dad’s birthday is December 20th and I took him to this game as a birthday present.
  4. The Orange Bowl
    January 2, 1999
    Florida Gators 31 – Syracuse Orangemen 10
    Donovan McNabb got crushed by the Gators in his last college game.
  5. Super Bowl XLII
    February 3, 2008
    New York Giants 17 – New England Patriots 14
    Even though my team lost, it was simply amazing to be at the Super Bowl.
Hiking or Football?

My little sister is recording the event while mountain climbing somewhere in Oregon, so she asked me not to SMS her any information about the SEC Championship Game. Intentionally planning something of any importance — a mountain expedition, a wedding, bachelor party, childbirth, etc. — on a Saturday in the late Fall (or early Winter) […]

On Vanderbilt

The Gator sports blog Orange & Blue Hue consistently has some of the best writing on the web. Check out this quote from an article on the upcoming Florida @ Vanderbilt game: You want a pushover wallflower opponent for Homecoming? [Vanderbilt] would be happy to oblige. The ‘Dores would like to storm the dance, pee […]

The Chosen One

There is a reason that Tebow’s nickname at Florida is The Chosen One. Here’s a terrific example of the man’s character taken from the recent New York Times article, “X’s and O’s: Tebow Studies How They Work”: He said he was annoyed by NCAA limits on his charity work. He said that he could not […]

Another Upset

Do you remember when Robin Williams attempts to teach Nathan Lane how to be a real man in The Birdcage? It’s one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies. Williams asks, How do you feel about that call today? I mean the Dolphins! Fourth-and-three play on their 30 yard line with only […]

Tom Brady and the NFL

Yesterday morning on ESPNRadio’s Tirico & Van Pelt Show, Mike Tirico asked if the NFL was in jeopardy because of the season-ending knee injury suffered by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Scott Van Pelt — rightfully, in my opinion — argued that the NFL is going to be fine. Tirico countered by asking if Tiger Woods’ […]

Florida Gators 2008 Football iCal Schedule

Mac users: You can use this link to subscribe to the Florida Gators 2008 Football iCal Schedule, published by Yahoo!.

Super Bowl XLII

Right now I am sitting in my suite at the Camelback Marriott in Scottsdale, Arizona, just a little more than a day away from getting to see my Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. The story of how I got here is incredible on many levels, and even attempting to do it justice in a blog […]