Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Smackdown; That Celebration Strategy Was the Best Call of the Year

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Smackdown; That Celebration Strategy Was the Best Call of the Year

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Byline: Trey Dennard

Let me go ahead and take an unsportsmanlike penalty for excessive celebrating right here in the first sentence!

I think Coach Mark Richt's challenge to his team to rush the end zone and take a celebration penalty on the first score will go down as one of the great calls in this colorful and hated rivalry. What a creative way to fire up your team, by deliberately taking a penalty involving the entire team, especially from the man who stresses control, exudes calm always, and is a stickler for obeying the rules. This was a much better call than the time out by Urban Meyer in the final seconds of the Auburn game.

I took a lot of street smack this past week and only shot out a few choice barbs. I wasn't as pumped up this year as in the past due to my workload. With the building industry in a slump, I have been fortunate to land some jobs that are a little larger than our normal scope of work. So kind of like the Dawgs, I am back into a freshman learning curve in my game. Just like Larry Munson in his article last week, I was cautiously optimistic about our play, especially in this rivalry.

The Dawgs have had flashes of greatness all season, but never really put together 60 minutes of good football until Saturday. I was told all week how badly Florida was going to beat us and I always replied, "I think it's going to be a much closer game than you think."

So, not having that excited, get-in-the-middle-of-100,000-screaming-fans feeling, I decided - like Larry Munson and the Dawgs - to do something different. I decided to kick back in my newly renovated fun room with a new flat-screen TV, recliner and red pool table and no lines at the concession stand or at the bathroom. Larry Munson missed his first cocktail party in 42 years and went fishing. And the Dawgs took an extra week to rest and game-plan for this season-defining game. …

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