Hey, Trooper. Couple guys wanna ask you a couple questions.
How much did you pay him?
Do you have an entire savings account dedicated to signing Florida transfers?
Is Bad Character Road a one way street from Gainesville to Auburn?
Well, as you may have guessed from either the title or the questions, former Gator running back Mike Blakely has transferred to Auburn, according to numerous recruiting website.
I could break this down about how it hurts Florida, but I can’t, because this entire chain of events just screams at me…
“RED FLAG RED FLAG RED FLAG!!!”
Seriously, this has trouble written all over it. Or even more accurately, this has “Cam Newton Instant Replay” written all over it.
It’s a minimal loss for Florida. Blakely was talented, but he was 5th on the depth chart when he asked for the release- only a few weeks after being on campus. Sure, most guys start on the bench somewhere, but not many start as 5th on the depth chart and become stars.
Then there’s the character issue. No, he did not throw a laptop out of a window, or cheat. He did something worse. He insulted the town of Gainesville- not a smart thing to do if you want to play for the local football team- who just so happens to be a tradition-rich SEC powerhouse that only three years ago won the BCS Championship. In a setting like this, successful players and highly touted recruits are adored, right? And you’re going to throw it right back in our faces?
Thanks, Mike. Thanks for letting us know we’re hot as Satan’s crotchpit because we don’t have any trees. Maybe one of your new tribe tried to retaliate against Alabama but was too dumb, as you’ll find many Auburn fans are, to understand the difference between Alabama and Florida. The only similarity between us is that we both played in the SEC Championship game in 2008 and 2009. You’ll fit in perfectly if all Barners are as dumb as you.
It’s Cam Newton all over again, I’m 85-90% sure. Good player, bad person, shows his colors and leaves Florida, gets paid by Auburn, and turns out to be a fantastic player instead of a good one. I’d start digging out all those pages of Cam Newton jokes, and simply change Newton to Blakely, if I were you guys.
I could be wrong, because I’m human. I’ll concede that. I could be 100% off. But something about the way this played out gives me a gut instinct that says something is rotten in Denmark.
Or, in this case, Auburn.