Georgia Vs Florida: The Offseason Debacle

Georgia Vs Florida: The Offseason Debacle

If you haven't recently been paying attention to what has happened in the media between the Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators football teams then you might have been living under a rock.


It all started in April when Gators head coach Dan Mullen pointed out that he had faintly raised spring game attendance numbers than in the recent past. After, it appeared that he had some conniving tricks up his sleeve to troll the Bulldogs again this offseason.

The attendance at the Florida spring game was announced to be approximately 39,476. Florida fans hinted that it had been 39 years since Georgia has won a national championship, and it had been 476 games since beating Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl to win a title.

Which is true, but there is more.

Also this offseason, Mullen was speaking to reporters about transfers when he clearly took a shot at Georgia regarding how they handled the transfer situation of quarterback Justin Fields. Fields transferred to Ohio State from Georgia after just one season.

"I'd think we did a poor job recruiting if guys were coming in and then immediately walking out the door because it was something different than what they thought it would be and we lied to them during recruiting, or we sold them on a dream that wasn't true," Mullen said in a press conference.

Florida fans also had a field on Twitter when six UGA players were arrested in the offseason. Next, Gator fans started tweeting about how it had been 14,000 days since Georgia had last won a title. Former Florida players also chimed in and expressing their opinions and mocking UGA.

Yes, this is a thing.

Then, Orlando Sentinel writer Mike Bianchi thought it would be a brilliant idea to write an article claiming that Georgia "is the most overrated program in college football." He claimed that over the last two years Bulldog fans have been comparing the program to Alabama, and was sick of the bragging just because UGA had one good year.

Everything is fair game with rivalry smack talk, but the opinion of Florida fans seems to a be a lot misguided. And recently all the offseason Gator momentum has come to an abrupt halt.

In the last several weeks the Florida program has lost two blue-chip early enrollees and two blue-chip recruits, plus a defensive back's battery arrest.

The first departure was by four-star quarterback Jalon Jones, who entered the NCAA's transfer portal after being accused of sexual battery by two different women in April. Both complaints declined to press charges though.

The second pending exit came with Gator's top 2019 signee, cornerback Chris Steele, entered the transfer portal. It came out that Steele was listed in the police report regarding Jones, but was not involved in the incident. Steele also shared a dorm room with Jones and had requested he be moved but Florida staff told him it would not immediately happen.

Assuming Steele leaves, this will be a huge blow to Florida's defense. Steele spent time with the first-team defense in spring practice and was expected to be a key contributor as a true freshman this upcoming season.

Oh, the irony.

Both players were among the 17 blue-chip players that Mullen signed in a recruiting class that closed well to finish No. 9 nationally. Just when Florida fans thought they were gaining momentum on Georgia, the last couple weeks have altered that direction.

With all of this unforeseen drama, Florida's upcoming recruiting classes have also taken hits. The Gators missed out on Lakeland, Florida five-star 2020 running back Demarkcus Bowman, who committed to Clemson. And a few hours after Steele's decision became public, the No. 10 overall prospect in 2021, Ocala Vanguard defensive end Bryce Langston, decommitted from the program.

Add in Gator defensive back Brian Edwards' arrest on a complaint that he grabbed his girlfriend by the throat, and the bad news keeps continuing in Gainesville.

After Mullen and Gator fans' many direct shots at Georgia in the offspring, the karma is finally catching up to them.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has had a little fun in regards to Mullen and Florida fans' antics. A picture went viral of Smart at a charity golf tournament posing for a photo while standing on a Gator stuffed animal.

Smart was also asked Mullen's smack talk by ESPN's Paul Finebaum.

"I just don't know that there is a lot that we control by the words we say. Football is so much to me is played between the lines and the physicality of the people that play it. We are going to play a brand of football at Georgia that is physical and tough. We do not really want to talk to the opponents.

"If I go out and do that as a coach, how do I look to my players? It is not something that I enjoy doing or want to do. I just want to go work really hard and grind and play the game and may the best team win.

"I just don't think you need that. That is not going to make Georgia great. We are not going to move up in the rankings by what I say. We are going to do it by how we play. We want to talk with our helmets. That is what we always talk about – we want to play a physical brand of football and not do it with our mouthpiece."

I think the best thing for Mullen and Florida fans' to do is keep quiet because their program is spiraling into a dumpster fire just like Tennessee's did after the 2017 season. Either way, this year's annual Georgia-Florida game will be very interesting.

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Dear Taylor Swift, Christians Are Not Homophobic Bigots, Sincerely, The Majority Of Christians

Taylor, you need to calm down when talking about how most Christians act.


When Taylor Swift released her newest single "You Need to Calm Down" last Friday, I didn't agree with the entire message of the song, mainly because of its heavy political overtones. But as the great Dick Clark once said, "It's got a good beat, and you can dance to it." So, for what it is, it's really easy to dance to this song, and I can see it becoming a pretty big hit.

But then the video came out, and I saw something that really bothered me.

In the music video for "You Need to Calm Down", Taylor is seen partying and hanging out with multiple LGBT+ icons in honor of Pride Month, such as the hosts of Queer Eye, RuPaul, and Ellen Degeneres. There's also a moment with Taylor, dressed as French fries, renewing her friendship with Katy Perry, who's dressed as a hamburger, which is as amazing as it sounds.

However, there's another cast of characters which acts as a foil to the happiness and colorful joy which is taking place in the video. There's a group of protesters surrounding the trailer park where Taylor and all her friends live. They're all dirty, buck-toothed, and dressed like your typical redneck stereotypes. They're also holding up protest signs while screaming at everyone in the trailer park. I saw one of the signs said something about Adam and Eve, and I realized most of the protesters were most likely meant to represent Christians.

And that...didn't sit well with me at all.

I know that these people never explicitly said they were Christians in the video, none of them even wore a cross. But, whenever someone sees anyone protesting rallies and organizations such as Pride, I can guarantee you that most of the time, the first thing people think is that they're from the Westboro Baptist Church, which is notorious for its protests. And I won't lie, there are some Christians who act that way.

But if you haven't heard this yet, let me be the first to tell you that not all Christians act like that. In fact, most of them don't act that way.

Christians don't agree with the LGBT+ lifestyle because of what the apostle Paul wrote in the book of 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). However, Jesus never once taught that just because you don't agree with a person doesn't mean they're automatically your enemy (Matthew 5:44). Christians are supposed to represent the love of the Savior of the world, which encompasses every and all aspects of humanity. This definitely includes people whose lifestyles we don't agree with. By not showing love to certain types of people, we are directly going against one of Jesus's greatest commandments.

Not agreeing with people is one of the cornerstones of humanity. It's a divisive world out there to be sure, but that doesn't mean people from any side of the debate need to perpetuate the division. Grouping all Christians into one group of hateful bigots is no different than Christians grouping all the members of the LGBT+ community into one group of evil people. One of the key elements of Christianity is showing people who have different beliefs from us the same love Jesus would show to anyone. And I know I'm not the only Christian who wants to show love to people of all walks of life. I may be the only Jesus they ever see in their lives, and we all wish to express the same love to others.

So Taylor, it looks like you're the one who needs to calm down on this issue.

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The Sad Reality Of Losing My Best Friend

I had been your friend. I wish you stayed mine.


When I think of you, I think of blue flannels and acoustic guitar strings, the smell of cigarettes and metal, the first day of August, long study sessions, the seventies, roses, earl grey tea, greek yogurt, waking early and sleeping late, the view on top of the Blue Ridge Mountains, black coffee, callouses, long walks by yourself at the first hour of dawn, parking tickets, the smell after it rains, Bach's Cello Suite, Polaroid photos, the indifference in your voice the last time we spoke.

My first two years of college were charted by the hours I spent studying and taking long drives with you. I was in a new city, a new apartment, and no one to talk to. There was such peace and excitement in the days we spent together that I wanted to trust, and forgot I trusted, that we would always be friends. When even that changed, I needed a routine to anchor myself to this strange life. In the morning, I'd wake up early to go to the gym, walk along Lake Herrick, or get breakfast at Panera Bread. After class, I'd stay on campus and get my homework done where there are no distractions and the campus scene to remind me I was here to get good grades. If I wasn't doing school work, I was reading in the Founder's Garden. If I started to feel sad, I'd write how I felt in my journal. Writing helps because it makes me feel soothed by what I wrote, even though there's nothing to feel soothed by, much less my own words. At the end of the day, I'd write down why that day was a good one: I got out of bed, I attended class, I emailed my advisor, I finished one chapter, I learned something new online, I went to a coffee shop or a public outing, each movement was good movement. I also wrote down my plans for the next day: take a long walk along the Beltline in Atlanta, read at that coffee shop down the street I'd never been to, go to the museum, buy tickets to that concert, learn how to paint, ask a classmate out to lunch, sign up for that yoga class, visit other places I found on the top 10 places to visit in Athens on The Odyssey. Not every day had to be productive, some days I genuinely wanted to lie in bed and watch Netflix.

Deleting social media was crucial. I wasn't trying to show anyone that I was better. I wasn't trying to be better at all. in Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, "The desire for a more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one's negative experience is itself a positive experience." When I went off the grid, I accepted the fact that I was lonely, and I accept this loneliness because with it comes the ability to learn to not depend on others for fun, the experience of dealing with sadness and hurt, and being my own therapist. I had been your friend. I wish you stayed mine, but I will be okay that you didn't.

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