From the sidelines

From the sidelines

There are 3 comments on the The Standard story from Sep 28, 2006, titled From the sidelines. In it, The Standard reports that:

Contact Brandon Finley at [email protected] Gator fans were disrespectful There's a lot of speculation out there that I won't write an article that's anti-University of Florida.

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Eric

Gainesville, FL

#1 Sep 29, 2006
This is a big misunderstanding. I was there at the Swamp too. What happened was that this young pup Tebow had just marched our team some 60 yards down the fielf. He was doing great. It was building his confidence. We got to the 5 yard line. The crowd couldn't wait to see Tebow complete his first big drive with a touchdown. And then, inexplicably, Coach Meyer pulls Tebow out. That's what the boos were for, the crowd, even those who didn't boo, felt Tebow had earned, easily, the right to finish this drive. Florida was way ahead on points. It didn't matter what other quarterback was sent in, Chris Leak or anyone else. It wasn't about the quartback who was sent in... it was a loud objection to what was perceived as a ripoff of Tebow. How could he be trusted enough to guide the team to the 5, but not trustworthy enough to let him guide the team the last 5 yards. It seemed mean-spirited and the boos were aimed squarley at Coach Meyer's decision. I didn't boo but I wanted to and I totally understood the boos I heard. The reason I didn't boo was that I was afraid Chris, whom we all admire, might misinterpret (as Brandon Finley and many others have done) that the boos were aimed at Chris. The problem with boos is that it shows displeasure but not a lot of information about the object of the displeasure. This is all a misunderstanding.
Rusdawg

Olive Branch, MS

#2 Sep 29, 2006
Eric wrote:
This is a big misunderstanding. I was there at the Swamp too. What happened was that this young pup Tebow had just marched our team some 60 yards down the fielf. He was doing great. It was building his confidence. We got to the 5 yard line. The crowd couldn't wait to see Tebow complete his first big drive with a touchdown. And then, inexplicably, Coach Meyer pulls Tebow out. That's what the boos were for, the crowd, even those who didn't boo, felt Tebow had earned, easily, the right to finish this drive. Florida was way ahead on points. It didn't matter what other quarterback was sent in, Chris Leak or anyone else. It wasn't about the quartback who was sent in... it was a loud objection to what was perceived as a ripoff of Tebow. How could he be trusted enough to guide the team to the 5, but not trustworthy enough to let him guide the team the last 5 yards. It seemed mean-spirited and the boos were aimed squarley at Coach Meyer's decision. I didn't boo but I wanted to and I totally understood the boos I heard. The reason I didn't boo was that I was afraid Chris, whom we all admire, might misinterpret (as Brandon Finley and many others have done) that the boos were aimed at Chris. The problem with boos is that it shows displeasure but not a lot of information about the object of the displeasure. This is all a misunderstanding.
Very well put.

There will be no controversy this weekend. Gator revenge will involve a Tebow TD. Believe me, Leak understands exactly what's going on here.
KDCM

Eustis, FL

#3 Sep 30, 2006
Eric wrote:
This is a big misunderstanding. I was there at the Swamp too. What happened was that this young pup Tebow had just marched our team some 60 yards down the fielf. He was doing great. It was building his confidence. We got to the 5 yard line. The crowd couldn't wait to see Tebow complete his first big drive with a touchdown. And then, inexplicably, Coach Meyer pulls Tebow out. That's what the boos were for, the crowd, even those who didn't boo, felt Tebow had earned, easily, the right to finish this drive. Florida was way ahead on points. It didn't matter what other quarterback was sent in, Chris Leak or anyone else. It wasn't about the quartback who was sent in... it was a loud objection to what was perceived as a ripoff of Tebow. How could he be trusted enough to guide the team to the 5, but not trustworthy enough to let him guide the team the last 5 yards. It seemed mean-spirited and the boos were aimed squarley at Coach Meyer's decision. I didn't boo but I wanted to and I totally understood the boos I heard. The reason I didn't boo was that I was afraid Chris, whom we all admire, might misinterpret (as Brandon Finley and many others have done) that the boos were aimed at Chris. The problem with boos is that it shows displeasure but not a lot of information about the object of the displeasure. This is all a misunderstanding.
VERY much so, well said! Copy and paste that in an email to ESPN and the University of Florida so everyone can get a clue.

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