Everyone zipped their lips. But why?
Why, on the eve of the Florida-Georgia game with the highest stakes in years, did the Gators and Bulldogs stop talking about the stomp? Seventy Georgia players stormed the field in Jacksonville to celebrate the team's first touchdown last year. The officials ran out of things to throw. The act inspired debate on talk radio, television and bar stools across the nation.
Yet all of a sudden, the Gators and Bulldogs are mum.
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So the biggest subplot in one of the biggest games in the rivalry's history is off-limits. That could only mean one thing. Something huge is about to happen.
With no one talking, I sent word through the college football grapevine that I was searching for clues as to what the two teams had in store for the Planet's Biggest Solar-Powered Libation Celebration (we can't call it the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party anymore, you know). Sure enough, I got some answers ...
The first envelope arrived with a Tallahassee, Fla., postmark. So much for subterfuge. Inside was a single sheet of paper with a yellow Post-It note attached. Here's what the note said:
I plucked the note from the paper and read on:
After committing the letter to memory and running it through the shredder, I heard a knock at the door. A shadowy figure handed me an envelope. The envelope bore no postmark or return address, but it did bear a few smudges. Upon further inspection, the smudges turned out to be the remnants of Dreamland Barbecue sauce. This envelope also contained a single sheet of paper with a Post-It note attached. I read the Post-It first.
The note reminded me that I'd probably made a mistake when, in a column, I
Those are all fine ideas, but I can't help but think they got leaked to only confuse us further. Maybe Meyer and Richt don't care about a grand gesture. Maybe, to them, the grandest gesture would be beating the other team, acquiring a stranglehold on the SEC East race and staying alive in the hunt for the national title. Maybe that's all that really matters.
Nah. Miami coach
"Something's going to happen in that game, I'll guarantee you that," Shannon said Sunday during his weekly interview session. "If you go to that game, you'll get a great story. Don't come to ours. I'm serious. Something's going to happen after what happened last year. You can book that."