FOUR BITS: Trattou, Gaffney, Lochte, Tennessee

By Adam Silverstein
September 16, 2010

1 » Junior running back Jeff Demps ran rampant over the South Florida Bulls. Senior safety Ahmad Black flew back-and-forth in the secondary making hits an intercepting balls out of the sky. But a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior defensive end Justin Trattou may very well have been the play of the game – or at least the play of his career. “It is definitely up there with my biggest plays,” he told The Gainesville Sun. “It is my first touchdown as a Gator. It’s a great feeling. […] I saw a lot of green in front of me and I was not going to let anyone catch me from behind, that is for sure. I didn’t get caught last year [against South Carolina] either, I tripped over my own guy.” Classmate, linemate and friend Duke Lemmens was just as excited. “Anytime one of us bigger guys gets in the end zone – it is awesome,” Lemmens said. “I got almost as tired running all the way down to celebrate with him as I did the whole game.”

2 » Trading star WR Brandon Marshall, the Denver Broncos had some shuffling to do at the receiver position this offseason. Head coach Josh McDaniels drafted one in the first round but mostly stuck with guys already on the team to fill in the blanks – and that includes former Gators WR Jabar Gaffney, who enters the 2010 season after a career-year in both receptions (54) and receiving yards (732). Scoring a touchdown in his team’s first game of the season last Sunday, Gaffney is feeling at home in Denver and ready to become a big-time producer. “I know what I can do, and my teammates and my coaches, they all have confidence in me,” Gaffney said recently.

3 » Michael Phelps may get the recognition, but as far as the title of best swimmer in the world is concerned, that distinction currently belongs to former Florida student-athlete Ryan Lochte, just ask longtime coach of Phelps, Bob Bowman. “Obviously, Ryan Lochte is the best swimmer in the world this year. No question,” he told the Associated Press. “That will be a huge challenge for Michael going forward..

4 » With the Gators heading to Knoxville, TN, on Saturday, fans of the Tennessee Volunteers used the opportunity to take a shot at Florida by releasing “(352): Time to Die” shirts, making fun of the arrest of redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Rainey this week. While jokes and mockery are fine, especially in the Southeastern Conference, perhaps doing so while referencing a third-degree felony aggravated stalking charge is a bit distasteful, no? This isn’t exactly former guard Lee Humphrey falling of his scooter or a misdemeanor alcohol offense (which we’ll take a look at later).


  1. cline says:

    Silly Vols…… Bring it on! GO GATORS

  2. CCG8TR says:

    What do you expect from a bunch of drunk, ignorant, bigoted, dentally challenged, cousin impregnating hemorrhoids?

  3. rtm says:

    Florida fans have not, and won’t, make shirts referencing putting a policeman in ICU (culprit still on the team) or robberies at gunpoint (culprit still on the team). The average Tennessee fan/resident is a much lower life form than the average Florida fan/resident.

  4. Joey says:

    UT has never been accused of having some class or doing anything tasteful. bunch of hillbillies….

  5. kaity says:

    Ok, I’ll admit it – those t-shirts would be funny. Distasteful? Sure. But that hasn’t ever stopped something from being funny before.

    But from Tennessee fans? Pot…meet kettle. I still think their team’s crimes are way worse, but I can’t say for sure if that’s because I’m a Gator or not.

  6. Mr2Bits says:

    You know why CBS never made a “CSI Knoxville”?

    Because nobody has any teeth and all the DNA is the same so they would never be able to solve the crimes.

  7. npgator says:

    You know what is even funnier than those T- shirts? Oregon 48 – UT 13! Now that is funny and pathetic.

  8. Luke says:

    I might have to pick up one of those shirts… that’s actually really funny. My favorite so far was when Spurrier came back to town with the Gamecocks and people were holding signs and had shirts that said, “Spurrier Love the Cock.” Classic.

  9. Luke says:

    So much for good grammar and spelling… it was, “Spurrier Loves the Cock.”

  10. CCG8TR says:

    I like the first version. Bad grammar makes it sound more illicit! lol

  11. Kgar says:

    They know what a text is in Tennessee? I’m impressed.

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