It All Started When He Hit Me Back

Steve Spurrier is a bonafide shit talker. I don’t think you’ll find anyone in the college football world who would disagree with that statement. He used to refer to former Dawgs’ coach Ray Goff as Ray Goof. He joked that FSU (Florida State University) stood for “Free Shoes University” when 9 of it’s players were busted having a shopping spree, funded by an agent, at a Foot Locker. And, my personal favorite, “The real tragedy was that 15 hadn’t been colored yet”, after a fire at Auburn University’s library destroyed 20 books. And so, in reference to the steamrolling his Gamecocks gave the Dawgs this past weekend, we have:

“That little inside play (we ran), the NFL doesn’t run that play. That’s a new scheme I guess. I’m sure they knew we’d run it. But they certainly didn’t stop it much.”

He’s a real gem, ain’t he? This was obviously a dig at our new defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, fresh from 11 years spent in the League. Seems like I rarely hear our coaches reply to any sort of barbs that might be made by other coaches. A large part of this has to do with the fact that we don’t really get a whole lot of it thrown our way. I’m not saying that we’re so great that no one dares to do such a thing. It’s really more like no one bothers to do it. It’s not that we’re irrelevant. It’s just that, well, why would you bother to talk badly about Mark Richt’s team? Everyone knows he’s a saint. He’s closer to God that possibly even Tim Tebow.

Enter Coach Grantham. Asked if he’d read Spurrier’s comments, he replied with a grin:

“It was kind of an out-of-left-field comment. I kind of took it more as a shot at the NFL. I wasn’t really sure if it was because of his lack of success there or not.”

Spurrier, if you’ll remember, spent 2 seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, where he earned the distinguished record of 12-20. Burn.

Ok, with that silliness out of the way, here’s something else Spurrier said in the wake of last Saturday’s game:

“They really did not tackle well, which is unusual for Georgia teams. The coaches had them in position, but obviously the coaches can’t tackle for them. I’ll bet they get that straightened out as they go through the season because they’ve got a good team and they’ll be back having a big year.”

Come on, man! What are you doing here? You’re the enemy. We’re your enemy. College football ain’t about saying nice things about your enemy! It’s about being relentless in the pursuit of the total destruction of your enemy, your enemy’s family, your enemy’s friends and, yes, even your enemy’s pets. That’s how it all works. It’s like the Hatfield vs. the McCoys; the PLO vs. the IDF; Fred Phelps vs. every one of us fucking sinners. It’s about hate.*

*Alright, I kind of have to admit something. I do not dislike Stephen Orr Spurrier. It may seem that way, but I really don’t. I like beating him but I don’t dislike him. He’s a great coach and, well, he’s also a funny motherfucker. I, too, have referred to Ray Goff as Ray Goof so I can’t really fault him for that. And, seriously, “You can’t spell Citrus without U-T” is just funny (the Citrus Bowl used to take the SEC’s second best team).

One more thing: GATA Coach Grantham!


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