Layoff Schmayoff

By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater January 10, 2007 at 5:15AM

Layoff Schmayoff
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I don't want to hear it. There are no excuses for the beat-down that Florida put on Ohio State last night other than the fact that they were vastly superior in all phases of the game on January 8, 2007. Some in the media have tried to make a big deal that the Buckeyes hadn't played for over 50 days, therefore they were rusty. Well, Coach Jim Tressel had been 4-0 in previous bowl games where his team had over 40 days off to prepare, including a blow-out of Notre Dame after a 43 day layoff last year.

This was a total demolition of a team that had won 19 straight games, was the #1 ranked team in the country for months, and of course was the overwhelming favorite to win it all. In fact, Heisman trophy winner and Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (a class act) ended up with 4 completions the whole night, and the Gators held their offense to a sum total of 82 (!) yards (vs. 370 for Florida). The 27 point differential in the final score (41-14) was the third largest defeat for a #1 ranked team in Bowl Game history. I wonder if Lou Holtz still thinks the Big 10 is so much better than the SEC...

In the 100-year anniversary of Florida football, and exactly 10 years after they destroyed #1 Florida State and won their first national title, the underdog Gators thoroughly dominated another #1 team with awesome defense and a brilliant offensive scheme. They become the first major college team ever to hold the basketball and football championships at the same time--it's a great time to be a fan of the University of Florida.

So congratulations to the Gators and to the Enzian staff, who pulled off a rockin' Florida Film Festival fundraiser on Monday by showing the game in HD on the big screen. The image from the Digital projector was the most stunning (and largest!) TV image I've ever seen. Let's do it again some time...

--Matthew

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