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NOTEBOOK: Gators split over Presidential candidates

Lengthy notebook today...

GAINESVILLE -- Florida's football team stands divided during the most important week of the season. It's political.

Some UF football players don't care one iota who wins the Presidential election on Nov 4. Back-up quarterback John Brantley didn't even know who was running a few months ago. Many Gators, however, are civic-minded and quite passionate when the topic turns to the Presidency.

Sen. John McCain or Sen. Barack Obama? Democrat or Republican? Elephant or donkey? Blue or red?

SpikesshirtLinemen Phil Trautwein and Javier Estopinan favor the Republican candidate, Sen. McCain. Defenders William Green and Moses Jenkins support Sen. Obama, the Democratic Presidential hopeful.

UF's team leaders are strongly divided. Linebacker Brandon Spikes [PICTURED] has been publicizing his interest in politics by wearing shirts advertising Sen. Obama. On Saturday, quarterback Tim Tebow indicated he leads locker room debates in favor of Sen. McCain.

"We talk about it and sometimes debate about it and sometimes joke about it," Tebow said. "Some guys have pretty strong opinions."

When asked who wins the debates between Tebow and Spikes, the quarterback said, "Tie."

MIAMI'S SHANNON PREDICTS FIREWORKS
Seems like everyone is excited about the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party this season. Even Miami coach Randy Shannon chimed in with his take on the rivalry this week. Georgia's end-zone celebration in 2007 apparently made a major impression on Shannon, who is no stranger to on-field melees.

"Something will happen in that game," Shannon said. "You can guarantee that. You better go to that game. You would get a great story. Don't come to ours. I'm serious. Something is going to happen after what happened last year. You can book that."

Dually noted, Mr. Shannon.

BOYD ANDERSON SAFETY COMMITS TO UF
High school junior Demar Dorsey of Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson committed to play for Florida coach Urban Meyer over the weekend. Dorsey, the fourth 2010 commitment for the Gators, hails from the same school as UF cornerback Moses Jenkins, Auburn linebacker Josh Bynes, Tennessee lineman Vladimir Richard and Miami safety Joseph Wylie.

Dorsey (6-2, 190 pounds) has three interceptions in his last three high school football games.

Should Florida seek commitments of high school juniors? Seems like a risky recruiting strategy, in my opinion.

AWARDS, HONORS
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has been named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. Tebow won the award in 2007.

--UF freshman Jeffery Demps was named SEC special teams player of the week for his effort against Kentucky. Demps blocked a punt in the first quarter, which led to a UF touchdown.

"The fact that [Demps] takes so much pride in special teams tells you what a special player he is," running backs coach Kenny Carter said. "It doesn't surprise me at all what he's accomplished in such a short time."

Demps leads the Gators in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.

UF HOOPS: INJURIES ABOUND
Florida has been practicing for a week and already the team is suffering from some substantial injuries. Sophomore forward Adam Allen recently sprained his knee, according to UF coach Billy Donovan. Georgetown transfer Vernon Macklin (6-10 forward, ineligible this season) is sitting out with a high-ankle sprain. Eloy Vargas is behind due to his offseason ankle injury.

"We've had to battle some injuries, which I'd like to see practice a little more competitive and guys battle through fatigue a little better but a lot of that is our shortness of numbers," Donovan said.

-jo-

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This is good stuff. I think its great that you update your blog so often.

THOSE GUYS COULDNT CARRY KNOWSHONS JOCK

Can't wait to see UF trying to get a wiff of Knowshons jock this weekend. UGA will beat UF again without dancing in the endzone. Although I would love to see Urban crying about that again. Better hope UF can beat Vandy too. Atlanta"MARTA riding" cane

I notice you didn't defend those porcelain running backs. Of course you didn't. There's nothing to say but MEDIOCRE. Every cane fan on the planet was screaming about how good COOP and BABY J were going to be in the pre-season. Where did all that nonsense go?

IT WENT BUH-BYE Those guys would ride the pine at most schools. Very average.

48-NOTHING. the most embarrassing loss in the history of UM.
Where's all the cane fans during Virginia week? NUMB.

IT'S OVA

TEAR DOWN THE OB

Going to the Stadium

The admin dept. needs to readjust their thinking for next year, to boost their ticket sales.

Cost of tickets are way overboard... for most.

One... Deeper discount, cost of parking for students and alumni and past season ticket holders

two... Deeper discount, cost of seating for alumni and past season ticket holders.

three... let people change seating after half time if seating is vacant with exception of club level and above

Four... open gates up after half time at 25% off ticket price

five... offer up to 200 "Student" vouchers at 25% off ticket cost... on a per game bases, to all local high school athletic programs in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach and Monroe counties... Probably 150 schools... means 30,000 seats plus the parents.

six...Past season ticket holders should be recognized and deeper discounts for longevity of seating holder

seven... Deeper discounts for multi seating packages of 6 or more.

Lastly, if still empty...... Pick a group, that services the community, like Firemen or Police or Teachers and make it a community Game Day, offering discount vouchers at 50% off but must show ID.

I've got more... Go Canes
Cat5

Posted by: Cat5 Cane

You have to be the dumbest clod on earth. None of that will change anything because NO ONE CARES ABOUT UM GAMES .

PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

The crowd at the Wake game was the most PATHETIC display of fan base that I have ever seen. "competition"...blah blah blah..."south beach"...blah blah blah...."economy" ....blah blah blah..

NO ONE CARES ABOUT AN IRRELEVANT TEAM. (add bottom dwellers)

Posted by: Hocutt asks Kehoe's fresh steamer to wear U hat and sit in orange seats to make them look less orang | October 28, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Shannon, for once, got it right. Something is going to happen come Saturday that you won't be able to see in Miami -- offense. Get your tickets now.

SPOT ON

Posted by: Jealous Hater| October 28, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Let's see...

NAME CAR YDS YPC LONG TD
Graig Cooper 102 503 4.9 51 (TD) 4
Javarris James 23 104 4.5 13 1

NAME CAR YDS YPC LONG TD
Knowshon Moreno 149 925 6.2 68 (TD) 12

Well, he's carried the ball 47 more times than Coop and 126 more times than JJ.

HAVE U SEEN THOSE DEFENSES KNOWSHON RUNS OVER???

Knowshon's easy teams:

Team Rushing Defense Yards
Georgia Southern NA 59 yards
Central Michigan #46 168 yards
South Carolina #36 79 yards
Arizona State #84 149 yards
Alabama #2 34 yards (looky at what happens when he actually plays a defense)
Tennessee #23 101 yards
Vanderbilt #52 172 yards
LSwho? #27 163 yards

And, U are trying to compare our backs to a team that was #1 in the nation/heisman hopeful. Pleeeeaaaassssseee, num num!!!

When will it get through Ur thick skull that we are in rebuilding mode, getting better and better each week?

The future is ours! We own U!!!

6-1 in the last 7 is not bad, eh?
1-6 is just horrible!!!

GO CANES!!!

Posted by: THE U has done so much more because 9 is greater than 4. | October 28, 2008 at 02:36 PM

48-NOTHING. the most embarrassing loss in the history of UM.

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"Something will happen in that game," Shannon said. "You can guarantee that. You better go to that game. You would get a great story. Don't come to ours. I'm serious. Something is going to happen after what happened last year. You can book that."

DON'T WORRY RANDY, I AM going to that game. And I wouldn't even consider going to one of your games on a Gators Bye Week! LOL!


jo, notice anything interesting about how the players were divided on the candidates?

Yes, the "players were divided on the candidates" limbs first and then heads. It was a bloody mess.

-jo-

...I think you understand the angle I'm taking on that...whether or not you wish to dive into it...completely understandable. Not that it bothers me in the least...but it is very obvious based on the names you mentioned.

rebuilding mode? LMAO. you guys screamed over and over about how COOP and BABY J would run over everyone in sight. FOOL

Knowshons EASY teams? FOOL It's EIGHT D-1 FOOL U don't want to roll out duhU's schedule in this discussion. Those guys just don't add up.

Rebuilding? Not quite. U R still in crumbling mode.

U HAVENT SEEN THE BOTTOM YET

And one other thing fool. Jeff Demps is averaging 11.9 yards per carry.

These running backs just aren't that good. I've posted on this a bunch of times, and I stand by it. James was never a game breaker, and Cooper isn't big enough to be that yet. He also continues to try to juke defenders 5 yards before he's near them. I think both will be replaced by the end of next season. -Chicagocane

that's YOUR boy talking canestool. YOUR BOY ! He has his head on straight. It doesn't take Einstein to see that UM"s backs are plain average. These guys wouldn't sniff the field for a lot of teams. But go ahead cry about, we're rebuilding...wahhh...our O-line...wahhhhh....Nix....wahhhh...

BOTTOM LINE. U backs STINK FOOL.

And how is UM gonna replace these guys with Chicago? U R WHAT U R

I didn't realize that you were anointed Intertubes Police.

Go eat a bag of Dl@KS you fool.

Envy? Good one Goober. More like it's fun to laugh at you arrogant fools.

Your backs STILL suk

At least we NEVER lost a NC 62-24. I would rather lose 48-0 with a mediCoker team than lose in a NC that bad, losers!!!
We even won our first National Title before U even won your conference.
Just accept it. Why are U fighting it? It just makes no sense.
#1 recruiting class in 2008, and 2009's climbing the charts. Where is UF at? ESPN doesn't even have UF in the top 15.
UF is done, over, bye bye, NEXT!, in our shadow, only wins NCs when THE U is down.
Just stick to Bball, oops, never mind...NIT's finest!
Posted by: U wish U were THE U, but Ur not so get a clUe!!! |

BLUE, U lost to THE U 41-16 in the Swamp. Why are U still blogging? UFreakin suck!!!
September 7 at No. 20 Florida W 41-16
September 6 No. 17 Florida W 38-33 (QUITTERS, and we beat U with Ur own. Remember the Gator chomp throat slash? Ha Ha!)
December 31 vs. No. 25 Florida W 27-10 (feeling just PEACHY I must say! Ha Ha!)
Miami 28 wins to UF's 25. Hmmmm....
Posted by: U wish U were THE U, but Ur not so get a clUe!!

BLUE, we haven't quit all season. New team calls for new times, num num.
Did U quit on OLE MISS? Oh, no, they just punched U in the mouth.
OLE MISS?! WOW!!!
Maybe cry baby Teblow can win this weekend since he promised Gaytor nation between every sniff sniff. Good luck with that one.
Posted by: U wish U were THE U, but Ur not so get a clUe!!! |

Clearly you haven't watched any football in the last month you tool.

11.1 yards per carry.

U shouldn't worry about knowshon. He'll be held in check.

U should be worried about the team that HUNG THE MOST EMBARRASSING LOSS IN THE HISTORY OF UM ON UUUUUUU

48-NOTHING

that one goes in the record books....forever. That game was under your present head coach. Marble Mouf.

Wow you Canes fans are pathetic...or moronic...not sure which.

U should wear black uniforms to commemorate the MASSACRE AT THE ORANGE BOWL

QUITTERS way to go randy

U QUIT

If my team lost FORTY EIGHT TO NOTHING I would never ever post on a blog again

U QUIT

U have the sorriest fan base in all of football.

PATHETIC

posted by: U wish u were U

WRONG FOOL nobody wishes they were the sorry U

Not GT
Not North carolina
Not Florida
Not FSU
Not Virginia tech
AND DEFINITELY NOT VIRGINIA YOU SORRY QUITTERS

ONLY U wish U were the U because U are too stupid to realize just how bad U suk

will you QUIT again saturday???????

QUITTERS

Jo....Please find another job cause you suck at this one

By BLUE

October 28, 2008 5:00 PM | Link to this

FORTY EIGHT TO NOTHING

The MOST EMBARRASSING LOSS IN THE HISTORY OF UM FOOTBALL BY SORRY VIRGINIA

U QUIT

QUITTERS

Speaking of "Blue", did Meeechigan just score on us again?????????

COME ON GAYTORS, GET UP AND GO

Sumter,

Duke isn't so bad, but I'll take D. Mullins playbook wTebow, Rainey, Demps, James, K. Moore, C. Moore and our other really fast fellows...

We need to beat uga and bama and then Texas/Penn St. for NC...

simple, huh??? not....but possible..

good luck vs. UVA..other than at UF, this is the "yews" toughest road game so far....

BLUEBALLS, we own U but I did not know UGA even owns U:

47-37-2 all time.

WOW!!!

I GUESS WE ALL OWN U!!!

Jo-

Can you make these UM fans go away?

Also, please stop spelling my name incorrectly. You messed it up the other day too.

Thanks.

-JOHN Brantley

Thanks, Naples. So does your mom.

-jo-

Sorry about John, John. You should have went to Tennessee.

-jo-

jo, I heard is him is pretty good at her "jobs" actually.

Why exactly should Brantley have gone to Tennessee? He'll be a Florida starter with plenty of experience to take over without missing a beat.

LET ME RE-POST THAT...


jo, I heard his mom is pretty good at her "jobs" actually.

Why exactly should Brantley have gone to Tennessee? He'll be a Florida starter with plenty of experience to take over without missing a beat.

U should wear black uniforms to commemorate the MASSACRE AT THE ORANGE BOWL

QUITTERS way to go randy

U QUIT

If my team lost FORTY EIGHT TO NOTHING I would never ever post on a blog again

U QUIT

FORTY EIGHT TO NOTHING

86Cane and I are going to kick your as$ U Dynasty

Posted by: Sekou Tejan-Jalloh | October 28, 2008 at 10:55 PM

Moose--Keep talking trash about 86Cane and I'll kick your as$ along with U Dynasty

Posted by: Sekou Tejan-Jalloh | October 28, 2008 at 11:00 PM

U Dynasty--- 86 Cane went looking for you at the Wake game and I knew you would punk out. Watch your back U Dynasty because I will find you

Posted by: Sekou Tejan-Jalloh | October 28, 2008 at 11:02 PM

86Cane and I run this piece now

Posted by: Sekou Tejan-Jalloh | October 28, 2008 at 11:05 PM

You won't do sh@t UDynasty. I'll shove a Canespace card down your throat, while 86Cane bends you over his knee

Posted by: Sekou Tejan-Jalloh | October 28, 2008 at 11:07 PM

86Cane and I rolled up on your seats and like a typical b@tch, you were gone. Its only a matter of time before 86Cane and i stomp your a$s out. Moose is next

Posted by: Sekou Tejan-Jalloh | October 28, 2008 at 11:11 PM

You're a little b@tch Moose

Posted by: Sekou Tejan-Jalloh | October 28, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Your a bitc@ U Dynasty. I will drop kick your jaw guillermo

Posted by: Sekou Tejan-Jalloh | October 28, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Hey VACane, how about growing up. Moose may be fat, but he is a good person

Posted by: Thomas Martin | October 29, 2008 at 12:24 AM

Hey VACane, how about growing up. Moose may be fat, but he is a good person

Posted by: Thomas Martin | October 29, 2008 at 12:24 AM

Hey moose, quit threatening VACane or i'll break every bone in your body you fat slob

Posted by: Thomas Martin | October 29, 2008 at 12:30 AM

Just shut up moose knuckle

Posted by: Thomas Martin | October 29, 2008 at 01:28 AM

86 cane is a Ho Mo...

He's a wannabe athletic guy who NEVER cut it when he was much younger!!!

Posted by: Shandel's groupie | October 29, 2008 at 09:43 AM

How about your all a bunch of numb fools sitting here threatening each other on your HOME TEAM blog. It just shows how tentative EVERYTHING going on at UM is. Not one soul is discussing Virginia on this blog. Screw UF, THIS game should be your biggest game of the year by far since UVA essentially toyed with the U in 07. Where is the passion cane fan? Virginia is a BETTER team than last year.

The writing is on the wall. Cane fan can't see beyond RM/JH/Nix/Shannon. UVA could smack you in the mouth saturday and no one seems to care.

Further evidence of the erosion at UM is that this game isn't even televised. Another week of disallusioned cane fans scrambling around on the internet to see the game?

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN CORAL GABLES???

You guys should be rallying like never before and instead you're inviting each other to meet in the stands to fight. Nice cane fan. Very nice.

The writing is on the wall.

Posted by: Will UVA punch you in the face again? | October 29, 2008 at 09:47 AM

It's a college football game. Of course he's gonna be able to scare up some cute girls. Overall, the hot girl quotient at UM is pathetic. UF's talent SMOKES UM's. Who's the skinny dude in the lamespace t-shirt with a bad tattoo and a pinky ring? Any man who wears a pinky ring will put stuff in his mouth that doesn't belong there. Every photo posted has just a few people scattered around in the background. how LAME is UM game attendance. That clod 86 has to scare up photo's with promotional girls to come up with any talent. What a joke. U R a basketball school.

Posted by: anyone HOME? | October 29, 2008 at 10:07 AM

86Cane and i are taking over this dump

Posted by: Sekou Tejan-Jalloh | October 28, 2008 at 11:04 PM


Posted by: 10-4 as we hoist Spurrier's tampon at the Outback Bowl while Meechigan dumps on our logo at the 50 | October 29, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Did you all see where Clinton Portis of the Washington Redskins via the U has has 5 straight games of over 100 yards?

1st time that has happened since the great Jim Brown.

I know I talk alot of Hurricane smack, but the U put's players in the pro's!

hmmm...wonder why Spikes wants Obama to win...can he name one accomplishment of Obama?

Portis...hmmm, some guy named Emmitt is the NFLs all-time leading rusher and I'm pretty sure he went to school in Gainesville, yep actually "went to school"...how many of your "U" players do that..

Gee, maybe after this year you can rely on the past and brag about how you have 5 and we have 3 NCs....Hey, what bowl are you guys going to...I hear the Liberty, Motor City, Pulan Weed Eater and some "dot.com" Reps will be at your game…COOL, Go UM

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.

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