Memo to Jeremy Foley: Add Miami, Make Florida-Georgia Home and Home

Is it just me, or does anybody else get tired of watching Florida whacking FCS teams for no good reason?

Anybody else lusting to pound the Hurricanes into the dust instead?

This is my message. You’re a 7th grade monster, muscles like you cannot believe. You’re one of the biggest kids in the park. You’re angry about… something. You want to pick on somebody else in the park. What do you think is more impressive? Completely destroying the body of a 3rd grade girl… or attacking a 6th grade boy?

That’s the parallel that Jeremy Foley does not seem to get.

You are Florida.

The 3rd grade girl is the Citadel/Furman/Western Carolina/whatever shameful team Florida plays as their sacraficial lamb.

The 6th grade guy is Miami.

And the kids crowding around are the BCS.

You beat up the third grade girl, everybody boos, says that’s needless, what do you prove, etc. Nobody is impressed.

Beat up the 6th grader, however, and people pay attention more. It’s a much more even matchup. Therefore, it is more impressive.

Now remember that as we look at the current BCS format. It’s a joke, nothing but a complete joke. Everybody laughs at it… until it affects them.

Yes, the SEC has won the last 5 BCS Championships. Sure, this will give the SEC team vying for a championship game bid more power and a better argument.

What it does not do is make the decision for the Blundering Committee of Scrubs (BCS for short). There may be, say, ten years from now, a strong hatred for southern football. Maybe enough to give an unbeaten Pac-12 team a date with an unbeaten ACC team in the BCS Title Game- who knows? Or maybe, yes, the SEC is dominating now, but it may not continue forever. Say no SEC team gets a BCS Championship bid for the next ten years. You think they’ll still have that power?

So anyway, one of the criteria for the BCS pickings is strength of schedule. Yes, Florida plays in the SEC, but again, the league could be at the bottom of college football ten years from now. You never know. Do I think that will happen? No. But you’ve got to admit, it’s a possibility. So the Gators need that safety valve in Miami in their schedule. Just in case, they could use it.

Here comes Foley. Miami might beat us. We want to host 7 games a year. This is breaking with tradition.

Those have been his three reasons for not scheduling Miami. None of them are particularly legitimate. Miami might beat us? Um, hi- IT’S A RIVALRY GAME. SOMEBODY HAS TO WIN, SOMEBODY HAS TO LOSE. It used to be one of the great rivalries in all of college football. Grow a pair, and put them back.

The second point is 2% legit, as opposed to 0. He wants to host 7 games a year, and making Miami a regular home and home series means 7 home games one year, 6 home games another. Fine. Then make Georgia a home and home game.

Pause- why Jacksonville? It’s way closer to Florida. Some neutral site that is. It’s not just Georgia fans who hate it- I do too. Why make it “neutral”? Pack it to capacity and you’ll get ~84,000. Pack the Swamp and you get ~91,000, pack Sanford Stadium and you get even more.

So if the game is at home fields, that gives Florida 4 SEC home games every year. Florida can still have the two cupcake games to make 6, and then either Miami or FSU is home. That makes seven, which is your lifetime goal, Jeremy.

As for the tradition, give me a break. You broke tradition by taking them off the schedule. What tradition are we breaking by doing this- our annual butchering of a defenseless FCS team? Newsflash- you can still lose to FCS teams, you know. Appalachian State and James Madison have both done it against ranked teams in the last 5 years. It’s not a risk free deal. Upsets can still happen.

So with the possibility looming every time you take the field, why not take it against Miami? Would you rather have a high risk of winning and a small chance of losing- with a humongous hangover in the case of a loss and a who cares attitude if you win… or would you rather a 50/50 chance of a win with humongous rewards of beating a rival or a medium sized hangover with a loss to a rival?

I’ll take the latter.

There’s no joy involved in a win against an FCS team. None. There are consequences for a loss in both, as there are for any loss. But would you rather lose to a rival or to an FCS team? Put aside trash talk with rival fans aside- and I’ll take the loss to the rival.

It’s simple. I want to beat Miami, and I want Georgia fans to shut up about how they always lose because they play in Jacksonville. Here’s a bulletin. Georgia used to pound on Florida for decades- in Jacksonville. We know they’re unreasonable, OK. We still want them to shut up.

We can’t do it, though, without Foley opening his eyes.

11 thoughts on “Memo to Jeremy Foley: Add Miami, Make Florida-Georgia Home and Home

  1. [quote]You’re a 7th grade monster, muscles like you cannot believe. You’re one of the biggest kids in the park. You’re angry about… something. You want to pick on somebody else in the park. What do you think is more impressive? Completely destroying the body of a 3rd grade girl… or attacking a 6th grade boy?[/quote]
    Well we all know who Addazio would go after.:)

  2. On a much more serious note, I am all for UF playing UM on a regular basis. Nothing would make me happier than seeing our boys mop the floor with them year in and year out.
    Make it happen Foley!

  3. “There may be, say, ten years from now, a strong hatred for southern football. Maybe enough to give an unbeaten Pac-12 team a date with an unbeaten ACC team in the BCS Title Game- who knows? Or maybe, yes, the SEC is dominating now, but it may not continue forever. Say no SEC team gets a BCS Championship bid for the next ten years. You think they’ll still have that power?”

    That’ll happen when the ACC has a TV deal worth mmore than $2.99 per year per team.

    It’s all about asses, and the Southern asses aren’t going anywhere. There’s a reason it’s been SEC dominance it the Big 12 coming in 2nd during the BCS era – it’s no coincidence that the two regions most fanatic about football have produced the most successful conferences.

    Regarding Georgia v Florida – it makes sense to do Jacksonville. Both teams make more money doing it there than they would having a home and home. Which is why Georgia’s BOD voted for a SIX year extension (instead of the usual 4) the last time it came to the table.

    As for Miami, to hell with that. Miami is a private school, whereas Florida is public. Why the hell do Miami any favors ? You’ve seen how fairweather Miami fans are – playing a home and home with Miami is ZERO benefit and all risk to Florida and all benefit with minimal to Miami. Perhaps if Miami had actual facilities it might be worth considering, but there’s no need for Florida to help them fund it.

    I would like to see Florida drop the FCS teams and maybe take some Sun Belt or CUSA teams.

    However, the homecoming is in preparation for a stretch ruin that’s grueling.

    Most of the gripes about Florida’s schedule were coming from Miami and USC fans. Not coincidentally, both schools are private schools with fairweather fans and questionable facilities, and the gripes only emerged during FSU’s down era. Now that FSU is back on the upswing, it’s easy to remind Miami fans that Miami plays their arch rival (FSU) early in the year, giving them “recovery time” whereas Florida ends their regular season against an OOC opponent essentially risking the entire season on that game. During seasons in which they plat for the SEC championship, they play a rivalry game to end their regular season a week before the conference championship game.

    Who does Miami close out their season with ? Big East, Big East, lower tier ACC.

    USC ? oh, right, they usually play the team in the same town. Like how they gripe about Florida not leaving the state for OOC games. But…..but…..but……they play Notre Dame. When you remind them how awesome ND is now and they talk about cycles, ask them how that’s any different than FSU falling off the map for a while as Florida’s OOC ?

    No, Florida ends its regular season against an arch rival from OOC. Florida doesn’t have to leave the state ? Yeah, and guess what – FSU doesn’t either. That means Florida is facing a well rested, non fatigued and non jet lagged arch rival when FSU comes to town. People seem to think it’s only the Gators and their favorite teams who suffer jet lag. They seem incapable of understanding that FSU is completely fresh with lively legs when they arrive in Gainesville.

  4. And one other thing.

    There’s a common misconception out there that “neutral site” is a term that pertains to geographical location. Not even close to accurate.

    Neutral site means neutral – it’s not a team’s home stadium, thus the tickets are open. Home games allot a small amount for visiting fans; neutral site means its open season. In this case, it means there’s no true home team in terms of crowd noise.

  5. I say lets add USF and UCF that would be fun to whip on our little brothers every year. With Brantley at QB we need all the cupcakes we can get.

  6. Only problem with that is that the next game we were supposed to play against USF in 2015 just got postponed indefinitely. Apparently the Big East isn’t quite sure how many football members they will have.

  7. Our schedual is hard enough…year in and year out…why make it that much tougher to reach the national title game..pretty much need an undefeated record or only one loss..LSU was a rare exception…I just don’t see how this would help our teams success…

  8. You know they aren’t half bad, against D2 teams. Don’t think they’ve ever played for a championship though.:p

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