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GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Sunday that Georgia's now-famous end zone celebration last season against the Gators will not factor into the motivation of Saturday's game.
"It's old news and it has no bearing on this year's game," Meyer said. "Two teams battling for the SEC East. It has no bearing on it whatsoever."
Is Meyer losing his grip on reality? Should team physicians examine his brain? If Meyer believes that UGA's end zone celebration will have "no bearing" on Saturday's game and its preparation, then perhaps ... OK, I think everyone gets the point. This is all bologna.
Clearly, what Meyer says publicly and what he tells his team are two different things entirely. Florida has been thinking about UGA's end zone celebration for nearly an entire year. Before the season even started, the Gators had a large photo of "Gator Stomp" on their motivational bulletin board in the team weight room.
The question I have is this: Is it a good idea for Meyer to ignore last season's full-team end-zone celebration by the Bulldogs during the first quarter of their 42-30 win? In ignoring the obvious, is Meyer actually making a bigger deal out of the end-zone celebration than what it's worth? Is Meyer acting cowardly or smartly? (Yes, I'm fully aware Meyer is no coward.)
After all, Meyer did say this about "Gator Stomp" in his biography, Urban's Way, released this season: "That wasn't right. It was a bad deal. And it will forever be in the mind of Urban Meyer and in the mind of our football team. So we'll handle it. And it's going to be a big deal."
And that's what Meyer really thinks.