FOUR BITS: Gator Day, Tebow, Georgia, Murray

By Adam Silverstein
October 19, 2011

1 » With Sunday’s Miami Dolphins vs. Denver Broncos game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL also serving as a Gator Day that will honor the 2008 national champion Florida Gators, Dolphins president Mike Dee said Wednesday that his team has sold 10,000 since Tim Tebow was named the Broncos’ starter last week. “The demand and interest in the game clearly has picked up since the announcement was made,” Dee said, according to the Palm Beach Post. In addition to a halftime ceremony honoring the team (which includes a performance by the Pride of the Sunshine University of Florida Fighting Gator Marching Band), there will be a pre-game event featuring Nat Moore, Louis Oliver and potentially other former Florida football players. Up to 20 Gators will be on hand including former head coach Urban Meyer.

2 » On a conference call with the media Wednesday, Tebow spoke about returning to Miami and the festivities surrounding the game. Though he said he appreciates the team being honored, he is not thinking about what is going on at halftime and is only concentrating on getting ready for the game right now. Tebow also said he’s excited that he gets to see Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and will be prepared to face Miami’s defense. “They have a very athletic defense. They have a lot of speed,” he said. “We’re just going to have to take care of the ball, be smart and ultimately execute.”

[EXPAND Click to expand and read the final two BITS of this post.]3 » The Southeastern Conference announced early Wednesday that two Georgia Bulldogs – defensive linemen Kwame Geathers and safety Shawn Williams – will be suspended for the first half of their next game for violations that occurred against Vanderbilt on Saturday. Williams – a starter – committed a flagrant personal foul, while Geathers was involved in a fight during the game. Georgia’s next contest is against Florida in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, FL on Oct. 29.

4 » The Gators are in the heads of at least one member of the Bulldogs, and that is quarterback Aaron Murray who admitted this week that he dwelled on his overtime interception to then-Florida free safety Will Hill. “I think the week after, I watched it five to eight times. Something like that,” he said, according to ESPN. “I watched it a couple of times a day for a while, and then throughout the offseason I watched it in the summer.” Murray attributes his poor performance in 2010’s contest due to excitement but believes that will be behind him this time around. “It’s a big game, so I was probably a little too juiced up,” he said. “Hopefully I got that out of my system last year and can go in there and just relax and play.”[/EXPAND]

9 Comments

  1. SaraGator says:

    Adam – thank you for calling our next game, “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”. 🙂

  2. CeeThree says:

    were those UGA suspensions handed out by the school or the conference?

  3. CeeThree says:

    that Aaron Murray link.. Georgia has their own ESPN site “DawgNation”? gag.

  4. npgator says:

    If Brantley starts we win.

  5. aziatic41 says:

    The road certainly is not going to be tougher for the Gators. After playing three of the top teams in the country the past three weeks we”ll finally get a break and play normal teams the second half of our season. UGA is a definite winnable game, as well as at USC and at home against FSU.

    Our chances of winning the SEC East is still very realistic. We need help. But USC has to still play Arkansas and us, as well as Tennessee on the road even though Tennessee sucks, but anything can happen in the SEC, especially on the road. UGA still has to play us and Auburn. We’ll see. Theres still a lot to play for this year Gator Nation, so lets finish the season on good note!

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