On this Turkey Day 2016, we at F.F.I. have decided to compile a list of things we are “thankful for.” Enjoy.
We are thankful for exciting football being played in Miami, as QB Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins have gotten off the deck to win five straight and made themselves relevant in the AFC playoff picture in late November.
We are thankful for RB Dalvin Cook smashing records at FSU last weekend at Syracuse. He has only two games to play before moving on to the NFL. Enjoy them.
We are thankful for QB Jameis Winston and WR Mike Evans, who have become one of the top two or three tandems at “pitch and catch” in all of the NFL. Oh, and neither of them are 24 years old, yet. That’s scary.
We are thankful for Florida vs. Florida State renewing their fierce rivalry in Tallahassee Saturday. There will be trash talk (mostly from the fans) hard hitting, and in the end, bragging rights for 52 weeks, for someone late Saturday night.
We are thankful for the Jaguars continuing to give us a good laugh most Sundays. From the inability to run the ball, to a defense that alternates between showing potential and then making maddening errors. From QB Blake Bortles continuing to use a wind up throwing motion to try to complete simple short passes, to coach Gus Bradley still admirably standing on the sidelines in year five trying to put a happy face on floundering football. It’s never dull in North Florida.
We are thankful for USF QB Quinton Flowers, who is arguably the best running QB not named Lamar Jackson, this season in college football. American Conference defenses will agree with us. He will play at least one more year, too.
We are thankful for the Gator D with that goal line stand last Saturday at LSU. It made for great drama, great post game “shade” being thrown by coach Jim McElwain and it means that the Gators get to go Atlanta. Even if Alabama tramples them, which is likely, it’s been a wild season for Florida that has them back in the title game, again.
We are thankful that coach Scott Frost has infused the UCF program with a six win season (off of 0-12 last year) and they appear to be on the right track to contend in the AAC.
We are thankful that Bucs RB Doug Martin got his hamstring healthy 7 weeks after injuring it. As the NFL’s second leading rusher last year, it will make Tampa Bay’s stretch run (Seattle this week, at San Diego, New Orleans twice, at Dallas, and Carolina to finish) much more exciting with him digging between the tackles and potentially breaking big gainers.
We are thankful that coach Mark Richt has experience and an experienced staff and after the Canes began a losing streak, they righted the ship and a win Saturday gives them an 8-4 season. It’s good for college football to have Miami relevant and they haven’t been for years. The future in Coral Gables is bright.
We are thankful that in 46 days, the College Football Playoff National Championship Game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Get ready for mayhem that will decide it all.
And finally, we are thankful for you, the reader.
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