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When The Heart of Gator Nation Was Broken, We Stepped Up To Help Mend It By BUDDY MARTIN Dear Scott Stricklin: You don’t really know us, but that’s OK. You will. Maybe, however, you want to take our name down now: The Gator Nation Kingdom. We were there when things went Humpty-Dumpty late last November … Continue reading Buddy Martin Column: Who We Are

COUNTDOWN TO FIRING DAY 2018: EDITION ONE It’s true that we’re only one week into the 2018 football season but it’s never too early to start the Countdown to Firing Day. It is entirely possible that we’ll have three or four notches on the Extinct Species List by the time October rolls around. Here is … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 A few thoughts to kick start your Wednesday afternoon: 1. First and foremost in Todd Grantham’s defensive game plan for Saturday night is neutralizing Kentucky’s running game, particularly junior tailback Bennie Snell Jr., who ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the Mildcats’ 35-20 win over Central … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 A few thoughts to kick start your Tuesday afternoon: 1. We will have a much better idea Saturday night against Kentucky of just how far Feleipe Franks has come since Dan Mullen and QB guru Brian Johnson started teaching the nuances of quarterbacking in their offensive scheme back … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 A few thoughts to kick start your Labor Day Monday afternoon. 1. Okay, it was Charleston Southern. Forget that. It was a night in The Swamp and the Gators, albeit shorthanded with six out with injuries and seven out due to suspensions, got to play against people they … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

Brenden Martin shot this little video of Dan Mullen “Coming Home.” DanTweeted it: Coach Mullen @CoachDanMullen “Thank you Gator Nation. See you back in The Swamp again next week.” vimeo.com/287886614 @buddyshow #GNKStayLoyalToTheKingdom Thank you Gator Nation. See you back in The Swamp again next week. https://t.co/Wyn0Rnis6f @buddyshow — Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) September 2, 2018

Late night Tuesday thoughts; August 28, 2018 A few late Tuesday evening thoughts: 1. Right now, Nick Buchanan is listed on Florida’s depth chart as the starting center with T.J. McCoy as the backup for the season opener with Charleston Southern. You’ll notice that the backup left guard is Brett Heggie, who missed all of … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

Thoughts of the Day/Night on Opening Week: By FRANZ BEARD 1. Feleipe Franks will start at quarterback Saturday when the Florida Gators open their 2018 football season with Charleston Southern. That doesn’t necessarily mean the quarterback situation is 100% settled but it does give Franks the opportunity to settle it on the field against live … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day/Night on Opening Week

Hidden Treasure Uncovered: Two ‘Missing’ Skywriters Surface Another in a series about the inaugural flight of the SEC Skywriters Tour which helped inspire the biggest college preseason football extravaganza on Earth: SEC Media Days By BUDDY MARTIN They were working stiffs. Their parents were survivors of The Great Depression when any job was a good … Continue reading Part 3: College Football In Black & White: The SEC Skywriters Of 1966

Thoughts of the day: By FRANZ BEARD 1. Here are three exceptional reasons to be optimistic about Florida football in 2018: (1) Dan Mullen won 65 games and went to eight straight bowl games at Mississippi State while playing in the SEC West with far less talent in any of his nine seasons in Starkville … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

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