I've had an inkling for a while now, in other words, that the Great Pumpkin ain't coming for me. Quarterback Tim Tebow of the University of Florida Gators arrives with friend Kelly Faughnan on the red carpet before the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards at the Disney Boardwalk on December 10, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.Even if you think the series would be more fun for the students as a home-and-home; even if you can make a case, in spite of Georgia's still-pretty-good road record under Mark Richt, that the Dawgs' greater travel distance is a tangible hindrance to their chances of winning in this rivalry; even if you think that the Dawgs face a "hostile environment" in a stadium that is divided directly down the middle between Dawgs and Gators, it would be wrong to move this game. I'll be damned if I'm going to have that on my conscience, or the University of Georgia's.Unfortunately, that doesn't get us a millimeter closer to solving the critical question: What do we do?Some of it, though, I'm struggling to justify with any word other than "luck." Take these four situations: Two times the ball began the play in Florida's hands, two times it started off in Georgia's; all four times Georgia gets a hand on it at some point; but all four times it belongs to Florida by the time the whistle is blown.Yeah, yeah, I know: Inferior play had a hand in some of this, too, even the blown opportunities with the fumbles -- if we just fucking fall on that first one rather than trying to pick it up and run with it, for example, we start inside the Florida red zone with three near-automatic points and a pretty good chance at seven, and we deny Florida the long TD drive that swing momentum in their favor for pretty much the rest of the first half.(Getty Images)more pics Tim Tebow's love life is still one of the biggest topics of conversation when it comes to the New York Jets player.
Some of it also comes down to inexplicable coaching -- we were lucky enough that the Mikey Henderson "One and Done" play worked the first time three years ago, so did we really think we were gonna outsmart Florida's secondary with it a second time, particularly with a QB who I'm not sure has hit a fade to the end zone all season?While it's unclear if they were dating, the two are at least close friends and seemed quite happy together on the red carpet two years ago. Rumors about these two kicked off when a photo of the two showed up on the web.However, she gave an interview stating she wasn't in a romantic relationship with the hot athlete."I actually attended a Bucs game with my Dad and somebody said to me, 'Hey, I know who you are, you're Tim Tebow's girlfriend.' My Dad just laughed.As far as other people thinking it was true, they absolutely did.Apparently Becky Quick of asked Johnson: "Do you know..he still a virgin? Then, another host chimed in: "Inquiring minds want to know." Johnson, of course, has nothing to do with Tebow's bedroom behavior, and simply replied: "We don't really go into that."Now, what's the real story about Tebow's V-card? He's been linked to a handful of gals over the years.Well, there's been tons of speculation about who the Broncos star is dating, if anyone, but he's not opening up about his personal life. Here's the rundown: First there's Kelly Faughnan (pictured above), who went with the star to the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards back in 2009.Even when they fuck up, it turns out better for them.I realize I'm leaving myself getting open to getting flayed here -- by fans both Florida-identified and non -- with charges of whining.And not long after I got home from Atlanta this evening, as I gathered my thoughts and tried to figure out what exactly I wanted to say in this space, I'll admit I briefly entertained the thought that the loud, heavily publicized, tension-fraught atmosphere of Jacksonville might have something to do with that lack of focus, which of course led to me wondering if maybe we should move the Cocktail Party out of there after all.(I mean, we've already officially ripped the words "Cocktail" and "Party" out of it to begin with; after that, any talk of tradition, on the parts of the respective university presidents at least, is pretty ridiculous.)But no, I'm not gonna go there. If we were to go to a home-and-home, then no matter how dominant a run Georgia went on immediately afterward, no matter how supposedly solid our reasoning was for moving the game, we'd be the the school that whined the Cocktail Party out of Jacksonville and one of the sport's last remaining neutral-site rivalries out of existence.