Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Now the Seminoles Face Their First Test of 2008; the Good News Is That Playmaker Preston Parker Is Back

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Now the Seminoles Face Their First Test of 2008; the Good News Is That Playmaker Preston Parker Is Back

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Byline: W.D. Rodeffer

I always try to get my thoughts and feelings together before I get started on my articles. The first feeling is that we avoided a horrific upset from one of these cushion games. The other feeling was of excitement with the team and our fans. I was especially impressed with our fans this week. Just like our team, we are building up our momentum heading into the first test of our season.

While Chattanooga was a little more impressive then Western Carolina, they are nowhere near the caliber of teams we have on the horizon.

How and why teams like Chattanooga and West Carolina choose to play these games baffle me. It came to me when I saw a Chattanooga receiver get laid out by Kenny Ingram crossing the middle of the field. I am just not sure what they have to gain from these games except for some potential injuries to some key players.

If I was the athletic director at a small school and a call comes in from FSU or any top 30ish team, a joke is the first thought that would come into my mind. Why teams play other teams that spend more on recruiting one player then they do on the whole team just really makes me question their thought process. I am sure whether they admit it or not, a lot of their players know what I am saying. They are probably thinking that some of the administration should suit up and take some of the hits they are receiving.

The other thing that really bothered me about these games is the lack of history or drama in these team selections. Playing a weak in-state team, or something along those lines, would help the attendance problem and give some meaning to the game. I guess the late decision and reason for these games left only these two schools.

Playtime is over; hopefully all of the fine tuning is done. Test No. 1 - Wake Forest. Are we ready? If you have that question, you are just like me. …

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