Florida/Tennessee Week Collides With The Life Of A Part-Time Blogger

I love Tennessee week. When the Florida Gators release their football schedule every year, I mentally circle the Tennessee game. The college football season begins two weeks prior, but this is it’s true start. The Gators have gone through a few games already, but week three typically brings the Volunteers while opening the SEC schedule. This season was a little different due to the conference expansion, but even so this is the week where the rivalries begin. Georgia, LSU and Florida State will follow, but it begins with Tennessee.

As I’ve previously mentioned, this season is a different one for me and I couldn’t be happier. With that happiness comes a life that is busy, busy, and busy again. I’m not complaining, and never would, but it means there are sacrifices to be made when it comes to one of my many loves – The Bull Gator.

In the past, this week may have included a list of things I hate about the Vols. It definitely would have included a clip of Lawrence Wright. I couldn’t go without telling you how many times Peyton Manning beat Florida (uh, he didn’t). And there would have been an overwhelming number of poorly constructed jokes lobbed in Tennessee’s direction.

This year, things are different. You’re getting the first post of the week on day three. Or, more accurately, on night three. My priorities have changed. Add that to the fact that, as you surely know at this point, this isn’t my job. It’s my hobby, and not my only one. I have a “day job” I actually enjoy and it keeps me busy. Then I come home to the most badass two-month old I’ve ever known. Put that all together with the fact that my brain has started to turn itself off before 10:00 on a typical night, and you get a part-time blogger that loves this week more than most others, but doesn’t have the time to say it.

Know, though, that I’m no less of a fan. I’ve spent the week with a raised level of hatred directed at that other orange. I can hardly contain my excitement for what will come on Saturday. Anticipation each season reaches a high around this time. It’s there for me. I feel it like all of you do. I’m ready for Saturday and I can only hope the Gators are too. They’re in for a challenge and there’s plenty more to say to that, but other things call for my attention at the moment.

Updates are erratic and come either rarely or in bunches, but know I’m with you yelling Go Gators! It’s Tennessee week and I proudly hate alongside of all of you.

Okay, okay. Here’s the clip. Right around the two-minute mark is where things get beautifully nasty.

Last-Minute Thoughts: Florida Gators vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Coming to you earlier, but shorter. There is but one last-minute thought today. Partying has commenced and continued if you are Lawrence Wright. The party ended in one quick moment for Joey Kent. When you think of Florida and Tennessee, you think of this clip. What you’re looking for comes in around the two-minute mark.

Morning Reading: Eric Berry versus Taylor Mays

I’m a big fan of safeties. Who isn’t? Being a Florida fan, it’s hard not to have visions of former Gator great Lawrence Wright leveling Joey Kent. Or Reggie Nelson scoring on an interception return against Alabama. Or, most recently, Major Wright knocking Manny Johnson into another zip code. Safeties are just fun to watch. It’s as simple as that.

Two of the best safeties in the history of college football (yes, I went there) are currently getting ready for their junior and senior seasons respectively. While a school like Florida may have a great all-around secondary, Tennessee and USC have the individual stars. Eric Berry and Taylor Mays have entire offenses making sure they know exactly where they are lined up.

Berry seems like the better coverage safety. He’s a definite ball hawk who is a threat to score anytime he gets an interception. Although the Vols are not expected to shock the world this season, Berry may be able to singlehandedly keep them in games for longer than most would think possible. You can probably write in between six and eight interceptions and six and eight game-changing hits right now.

If you’re going to give Berry that many big hits, you might as well give Mays triple that. Not that Berry isn’t a great hitter, but Mays isn’t asked to cover one-on-one as much and benefits in the hit department by playing more of center field. He won’t intercept nearly as many passes as Berry, but he’ll make receivers think twice before even attempting to catch the ball.

If you watch a single Vol or Trojan game this fall, watch it for these two. They won’t be around in 2010.