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Posted: Tuesday, February 21st, 2006, 8:57 AM • Permalink
Brian Hartman is the best producer in the business! Thursday on the show we enjoy a conversation with former Arkansas head Coach Nolan Richardson, the author of 40 minutes of Hell. Ought to be fun. Great job Brian!!

Today on the Edge 11a-1p, we'll catch up with former Vol great Lang Wiseman. You will remember him as the brilliant shooting guard who unfortunately got caught in something called the Wade Houston era at UT. Should be fun. We will also kick it today with Jerry Palm of College RPI.com. Where will he have UT if the Vols throw up a 2 & 2 down the stretch.

I for one, will take a 2-2 mark down the stretch after seeing the week that has beset poor West Virginia. The Big East is one nasty b-ball conference!

Speaking of former Vols: It was great seeing Michael Curry yesterday at Ellidio's Pizza. Curry's name came up on the show as a caller asked me about former Vols who were physical and scorers. In jest I suggested Curry. Thinking I would elicit a laugh, a friend of his happened to be standing in front of me and called Curry on his cell telling him that I was busting on him. Curry is a big guy and a great guy who is doing very well. He's currently living in Minneapolis where he oversees special investigations for the Target Corporation. It's great to see a guy like Micheal doing well. Does my heart some good.

Today on the show, We will discuss Pat Dooley's piece in today Gainesville Sun on why the league hates the Gators. His piece is timely after Arkansas fans stormed the court over the weekend in celebration of a victory over Florida. Here's his list:

1. Location, location, location - As I mentioned earlier, Gainesville may be the southernmost city in the conference, but it's different in our state. Most Floridians, for example, believe the North won the Civil War and that a squirrel hit by a pickup truck doesn't qualify as an entree.

2. The rhyming game - Gator. Hater. Pretty simple, huh? Try rhyming a derisive cheer with Razorback. Or Commodore. Actually, Commodore speaks for itself.

3. Bling, bling - For many SEC fans, Florida has major advantages including a huge athletic department budget. The Gators should be good in everything (even the coaches say that) and when they are they get little credit. Look at the facilities, look at the athletes in the state, look at the weather. What hurricanes?

4. Arrogance, thy name is Gator - Are Florida fans more arrogant than any others? There are Alabama fans who believe the terrorists attacked on 9/11 because it was Bear Bryant's birthday. I'm not kidding. But how many times is the old Dan Jenkins' line trotted out, that Florida has the arrogance of Notre Dame and the tradition of Wake Forest? That was a great line when he said it in the 1980s, but it doesn't apply now. Well, the arrogance part does.

5. Not only Gators are green - They'd never admit it, not in a million years, but the truth is that fans of the other 11 SEC programs wish they could be what Florida is as an athletic program. That's why they revel in those times when the Gators are not successful (see: The Zook Era, NCAA Tournament since 2000, Ollie Gator). Jealousy can be a very powerful intoxicant.

6. The Spur-Dog - Face it, all of the hatred directed at UF was multiplied by infinity once Spurrier started winning big and tweaking bigger. Then Florida went out and hired a basketball coach who found himself in the national title game the same year Florida won the SEC in football. It was too much for Bulldogs and Tigers to take.

7. The Outsiders - They just don't belong. You think about the SEC and you don't think about beaches and palm trees. Just look at the colors. Orange and Blue? Who wears orange and blue anywhere but to a Gator game?

8. They keep winning - Damn them.
9. Daaaaah-da, daaaaah-da - Man, people hate that chomp. And for some reason, they love to do it back to the Gator fans and players. They think it's one more thing that makes UF fans obnoxious. Which they can be. Another example of just how much SEC fans dislike the Gators - back in the 1990s when only FSU seemed capable of stopping Spurrier's teams, beaten fans in SEC stops used to do the Seminole Chop late in blowout losses. It says a lot when you have to resort to another school's swagger to get some of your own.

10. The rest of the story - Today, I'm guessing that fans around the league will be e-mailing me more reasons. And I'm guessing this column will be one of them

Got any you can add. Give me a call today and we'll have a good time with it.

In the meantime, keep the e-mails coming. We want to find out where you are, who you are and what you think of the site and our new direction here!

Peace. God Bless & Go Vols!

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