SIX BITS: 12-0, Murphy, Tebow, Crowder, Harvey

By Adam Silverstein
October 28, 2010

1 » No. 1 Florida Gators volleyball (19-1, 12-0 SEC) kept its host streak alive Wednesday with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-13) sweep of the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-17, 2-10 SEC) at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, FL. Senior outside hitter Callie Rivers dominated the contest with a match-high 11 kills and a career-high-tying four service aces. She also contributed five digs and a .524 hitting efficiency for a total of 15 points. Junior right-side/setter Kelly Murphy backed up Rivers with her seventh-straight double-double to the tune of 11 kills and12 assists. Having completed a five-game homestand, Florida will hit the road for two three-game stretches over their final eight games of the regular season, which concludes on Nov. 26.

2 » Leaving during the third quarter with an injury as the Oakland Raiders dominated the Denver Broncos last week, it has been determined that former Gators wide receiver Louis Murphy suffered a bruised lung and will miss several weeks of action. The Raiders’ No. 1 receiver, Murphy got off to a fast start this season but has floundered in recent weeks while dealing with injuries and constant quarterback changes.

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3 » Speaking of the Broncos, head coach Josh McDaniels is on the hot seat after his team’s humiliating loss on Sunday. Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla believes that former Florida QB Tim Tebow is McDaniels’ last chance for salvation in Denver. “Kyle Orton is done as the Broncos’ quarterback. He just doesn’t know it yet,” Kiszla writes. “So what’s the hang-up getting the Tim Tebow era started? [He] doesn’t have the guts to tell his players their NFL season is dead. Good heavens, can Tebow save us from this mess?” McDaniels contends that inserting Tebow into the game as full-time QB while the team was getting tossed around by Oakland is “not really the time that I’d want him to get work,” and that is fair. Nevertheless, while McDaniels may not want to rush Tebow’s development, proving that he can be successful as a starter and team leader may be the only thing that keeps the coach around.

4 » Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder is worried about his Gators. At least that’s what he told the Palm Beach Post’s Ben Volin two weekends ago after Florida lost to Mississippi State. “You can see the offense is nothing without [QB Tim] Tebow,” Crowder said. “When I saw a white linebacker…ran down [redshirt junior QB John] Brantley twice, I said, ‘Yeah, we have no chance.’ First, he’s a linebacker. Tim Tebow would’ve walked away from a linebacker, and he’s white. If a white linebacker is running down your quarterback, we don’t have a chance. They should put [center Mike Pouncey] back at quarterback – let him run. It doesn’t seem like they have a great game plan either. I don’t know. It seems like they’re out there nonchalant, like, ‘Oh well, that didn’t work, let’s try to throw it.’ I don’t know, they’re killing me.”

5 » Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, himself on the hot seat, has decided to bench former Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Harvey was believed to be a franchise DE for the Jaguars but is now being called “one of the greatest busts in team history” by beat writer Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union Ironically, Harvey will be replaced in the starting lineup by former Gators 2006 sixth round pick Jeremy Mincey.

6 » Friends of OGGOA, the Make A Play Foundation, will be raffling an authentic 2006 Gators national championship ring on Nov. 7 at noon. Made by Jostens in a size 13, the ring will be given to one winner who purchases a single raffle ticket for $10 or three for $25. You may buy these tickets through this link or by calling (352) 514-2681. A network of former Florida, Florida State and Miami players who provide enrichment opportunities for children and families across the state, Make A Play Foundation is a great endeavor that certainly deserves your support.

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  1. E-Pain says:

    “White linebacker”. Why the need to make this a race thing? The fact that he is being run down by a linebacker of any color is bad. He shouldn’t be running period. Double standard here though, you won’t hear Brantley saying something about how “all black people are super fast”. Just a dumb comment by Crowder.

    • E-Pain- Crowder is a jokester. He was saying it tongue-in-cheek, playing to the stereotype that white players are slower than black players. Was not saying it in a racist way, just a comedic way.

  2. J Boof says:

    Adam, I’m sorry but I believe you just provided another double standard example.

    • J Boof- I was simply explaining what Crowder was saying. He was joking around. If you know him and listen to him speak, it is much easier to understand. But yes, you are right, if a Caucasian person made the opposite joke, they’d be trashed for it. No doubt.

  3. Wingtee says:

    Yes it was a racist statement by Crowder. Yes if a white guy said that the ” Jesse Jackson cooalition would be all over it” So there . The frickin truth.sick of dou le standards going on in this country.

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