Gators Continue World Domination

4/2/07 in NCAABB   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

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Sorry for the headline being in clear English. For those able to interpret the post game interviews, I suppose I should have went with "dem gator boyz do how dem do." More puzzling than what Joakim Noah said, is what Joakim was wearing, seen here. Discuss.

Anyway, congrats to the Florida Gators for a second straight basketball title, and third straight collegiate sports we care about title. The Gators were absolutely relentless from behind the arc. Corey Brewer was given the MOP. An award that actually belong to Lee Humphrey. There should be some kind of stat for real value of points, taking into account the moment swing. If this category existed, Humphrey led all scorers. Unfortunately, he'll be the least wealthy of his fellow contributors.

On the other end - Greg Oden. Satisfied? I'm looking forward to the onslaught of "oh, there's Greg Oden" articles from experts who only watched a couple games this season. Durant or Oden, you're not going to lose either way. Pick your style, both will be dominant.

Time for One Shining Moment, which might be that I think we can safely smile knowing that Noah is out of our lives for a little while and the Gators will NOT win a 3rd straight.

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4/3/07   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Wow, with this, they will have great recruiting for years to come.  If you are a great athlete, why not go to a team that wins the two major college sports championships?

Quick, someone check to see if Florida has won in other sports!

4/3/07   |   Shrugging Atlas   |   2 respect

salivar06 wrote:
I know I'm new here, but... Florida just beat Ohio State in every concievable fashion. Greg Oden, OSU's supposed superhero, looked really uninspired out there when he went up against adversity. If a Gator got in his face to contest an offensive rebound the two-time National Champs would usually come away with the ball. Sure he was the leading scorer for the Buckeyes, but sometimes it does all come down to hustle and heart, two qualities rarely shown by Oden tonight. Good job Florida, let this be a lesson to all the players out there looking for NBA riches: Sometimes sticking around for another year pays off.
(Edited by Shrugging Atlas)

I agree with CriticalFanatic about Oden...no blame for last night's loss sits at his feet.  The Buckeye perimeter players could not take advantage of the vacuum he was creating with his inside play.  To put up numbers like that, against that competition, and play that many minutes, shows a great degree of heart to me.

 

However, I disagree with your second point as well.  I don't feel that what the Gators did is a "lesson" to anyone.  Each player has his own circumstances to consider when deciding whether or not to go pro.  Players who decide to stay in school are no more "honorable" than those who decide to go pro.  If Corey Brewer had gone pro last year, considering his father's health problems and his families financial struggles, would you have blamed him?  Would that have been any less honorable?  If a player decides that going pro is the best thing for him or his family, that is the right choice.

 

Congratulations to the Gators and Gainesville...Titletown U.S.A.

4/3/07   |   suedon70   |   144 respect

Pat wrote:
Joakim Noah is merely further cementing his position as "Ugliest Human Being Ever". Not many people make me angry on sight, but he's one.

Yeah, and Greg Oden is a close second.....

 

4/3/07   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Gators did what I thought was impossible: Win two straight NCAA Basketball titles. Ty, I hope this endeavor is around for a long time, but we won't be talking about repeat by anyone else for the next 30 years or more. Pat, I thought jealousy was beneath you. CF, Humphery, Brewer, Horford: I think you're still missing the point even after consecutive championships; in this day and age of cynicism we don't want to believe there is such a thing as true teamwork in sports anymore. The Florida Gators, led by the best coach in the land, are the product of true teamwork. They have faith in the team concept and trust that plan laid out by Billy Donovan will make them winners.

4/3/07   |   kantwistaye   |   4210 respect

CriticalFanatic wrote:
I haven't really given that much thought, since they won't.

They definitely won't, but it'd be awesome(kinda).  In the press conference the way Billy D was talking about them it seemed like he knew none of them were coming back too. 

4/3/07   |   CriticalFanatic

kantwistaye wrote:
I might be the only one... but I kinda want all the Gators to come back next year.  Yes, it would suck to see them win a 3rd straight title, but damn that would be an awesome team to watch.

I haven't really given that much thought, since they won't.

4/3/07   |   CriticalFanatic

salivar06 wrote:
I know I'm new here, but... Florida just beat Ohio State in every concievable fashion. Greg Oden, OSU's supposed superhero, looked really uninspired out there when he went up against adversity. If a Gator got in his face to contest an offensive rebound the two-time National Champs would usually come away with the ball. Sure he was the leading scorer for the Buckeyes, but sometimes it does all come down to hustle and heart, two qualities rarely shown by Oden tonight. Good job Florida, let this be a lesson to all the players out there looking for NBA riches: Sometimes sticking around for another year pays off.

Your last point is very true. I very much respect their contributions to basketball with that statement.

Your first point however is way off. Oden was a stud tonight and most of his points came with a Gator in his face. When faced with "adversity" on several other occasions he had big time blocks. Oden didn't fold, in fact I thought he gave one of the toughest efforts on the season (not his, everyone). You can point to several of the other Buckeyes if you're looking for someone to criticize. Shooting 4 of 3,000 from the 3 will get you nowhere.

4/3/07   |   Janse

They also have this kid Calathes coming in next year who I am anticipating to watch.

Congrats Gators, enjoy it while it lasts because you won't be winning either next year.

4/3/07   |   kantwistaye   |   4210 respect

I might be the only one... but I kinda want all the Gators to come back next year.  Yes, it would suck to see them win a 3rd straight title, but damn that would be an awesome team to watch.

4/3/07   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Joakim Noah is merely further cementing his position as "Ugliest Human Being Ever". Not many people make me angry on sight, but he's one.

4/3/07   |   salivar06

I know I'm new here, but... Florida just beat Ohio State in every concievable fashion. Greg Oden, OSU's supposed superhero, looked really uninspired out there when he went up against adversity. If a Gator got in his face to contest an offensive rebound the two-time National Champs would usually come away with the ball. Sure he was the leading scorer for the Buckeyes, but sometimes it does all come down to hustle and heart, two qualities rarely shown by Oden tonight. Good job Florida, let this be a lesson to all the players out there looking for NBA riches: Sometimes sticking around for another year pays off.

4/3/07   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

CriticalFanatic wrote:
forget to mention ... upset of the night was Jim Nantz coming up weak with his signature end of the game line.

"Florida takes it's place in history"

Come on. I expect more from you.

My guess is by the end of the game he was mentally already at Augusta.

4/3/07   |     |   9 respect

ohio state need to change their name to gator's bitches

4/2/07   |   CriticalFanatic

forget to mention ... upset of the night was Jim Nantz coming up weak with his signature end of the game line.

"Florida takes it's place in history"

Come on. I expect more from you.