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THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, JULY 22, 2019 FLORIDA FLASHBACK: JOEY KENT HEARS THE FOOTSTEPS Joey Kent still hears the footsteps. He might hear them the rest of his life thanks to what Gator fans know as “The hit heard ‘round the world.” That was September 16, 1995, the day Joey met Mr. Wright up close … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

By BUDDY MARTIN GatorBait Editor It started out as a breakfast conversation at SEC Media Days, carried over to the lunch room and picked up steam at dinner: 1. Who is the “Most Influential” Media Member in Hoover? 2. Of all the great traditions in SEC football, what is the Most Authentic? Then we decided … Continue reading The Most Influential Media Members In Hoover? Finebaum! And maybe ‘In All of College Football’

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, JULY 19, 2019 FLORIDA FLASHBACK: REMEMBERING “THE PASS” September 20, 1969. Not many in the less than capacity 53,807 crowd that warm afternoon at Florida Field expected the Gators to be competitive against 7th-ranked Houston, predicted by some pundits to win the national championship due to a dynamic offense that had … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, JULY 18, 2019 A LITTLE DISRESPECT COULD GO A LONG WAY There isn’t a thing Feleipe Franks can do about perceptions these days. Florida’s first football game isn’t until August 24 (vs. Miami in Orlando) so all Franks can do is play the disrespect card over and over again in his … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, JULY 16, 2019 MULLEN AT SEC MEDIA DAYS Here are some quotes that stood out from Florida football coach Dan Mullen Monday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama: On Feleipe Franks sticking it out in tough times: “The 25 ranked quarterbacks in all the recruiting sites in his recruiting class, … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, JULY 15, 2019 MULLEN FIRST UP AT SEC MEDIA DAYS TODAY Think Groundhog Day, only instead of February 2 in Punxatawney, Pennsylvania it’s Hoover, Alabama in mid-July. Instead of thousands of people braving the elements to celebrate a rather large rodent supposedly determining whether it’s an early spring or six more … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

For Immediate Release July 12, 2019 It’s a new day for GatorBait: Martin family will take the reins Gator Bait Magazine, one of the longest-running publications in history on University of Florida sports, has been sold to the Buddy Martin Media group by Landmark Newspapers, it was announced today. It will be guided by longtime … Continue reading Martin family will take the reins

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, JULY 9, 2019 SAVED BY THE BUYOUT, DUMB CONTRACTS, ETC. My grandmother once told me, “Just because it’s a good idea doesn’t mean it works.” She also made this profound statement: “Some people have more money than they’ve got brains.” Ivey Van Sickle, who never went to college, told me these … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, JULY 5, 2019 REMEMBERING GEORGE EDMONDSON For a 9-year-old, attending his first college football game, the sights and sounds of Florida Field on October 1, 1960 were a rapid fire assault on my emotions and imagination. There was a crowd of 39,000, the largest gathering of people in one place that … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, JULY 4, 2019 STOKES ENTERS NCAA TRANSFER PORTAL It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Isaiah Stokes (6-8, 270, RSO) entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday. Stokes, who averaged only 7.1 minutes per game last season, was likely to see his minutes squeezed even further by the arrival of grad … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

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