FOUR BITS: Tebow, Horford, Sloan, Bader

By Adam Silverstein
February 16, 2015

1 » Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow was a guest on Golf Channel‘s Morning Drive on Monday. After a sit-down interview with the hosts (Watch), Tebow took to the golf simulator, telling one golf pro’s host that his son should go to Florida over Florida State before lining up and ripping a 343-yard drive.

2 » Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford played 14 minutes as an Eastern Conference reserve during 2015 NBA All-Star festivities on Sunday night. Horford, who finished with the second-highest plus-minus of the game (+11), scored eight points and registered seven boards, second-most on his team. He also had this buzzer-beating, put-back dunk to end the third quarter.

3 » During her weekly press conference on Monday, Gators head gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn announced that junior All-American gymnast Bridget Sloan is expected to return on Friday when No. 2 Florida takes on No. 3 LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sloan, who is recovering from a right ankle sprain, has not competed since the start of the season and will be eased back into the rotation by competing on the uneven bars. The meet between two of the nation’s top three teams will stream live nationally on (via SEC Network+) at 7 p.m.

4 » Gators junior outfielder Harrison Bader (7/12, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R) was awarded for his tremendously successful weekend, earning SEC Baseball Player of the Week honors from the league on Monday. Bader helped lead Florida to a three-game series-opening sweep over Rhode Island, which will break down further Tuesday evening after UF takes on Florida A&M.


  1. Ken (CA) says:

    If Harrison actually scored that much for the Basketball team, then he might be the “SEC Basketball player of the week” and we might have won the games we lost!

    • Dave Massey says:


      Did you catch that jam by Big Al? You remember him, one of those tough inside guys some clown on here keeps insisting Billy never can recruit?

      • Ken (CA) says:

        Hah I didn’t watch the NBA game, just saw it here. Not really into the pro sports, like those still trying to get there rather than the prima donnas. I loved TSL yesterday though that pointed out why we have no big mean this year, and shows that this is really the exception not the other way around. If Harris had worked out and no blown ACL for Devon, there would be huge bodies inside this season.

        • Dave Massey says:

          Walker should be the big body inside but that guy can’t play with his face to the basket much less with his back to it. He didn’t learn much playing understudy to PY for a year, another one of those soft inside guys that is all we ever get, lol. Egbenu is going to be filling that role next year. He will benefit from a year developing under Billy.

        • Michael Jones says:

          Yeah, Devon Walker is HUGE. 6’6″ 190. The other teams’ big men tremble when he walks out onto the court.

          Are you talking about the Florida Gators? Or some other basketball team?

          • Dave Massey says:

            I personally was referring to Chris Walker, but you seem to like to nitpick irrelevant stuff. What are you going to whine about next year when Egbenu and Rimmer are playing?

      • Michael Jones says:

        You’d be the guy who would be qualified to recognize a clown, Massey. Billy caught lightning in a bottle with Horford, Noah, Richard and Speights along with Brewer and other great players that year. THAT is how you recruit and build a championship team.

        But now all that anybody who’s defending Billy D. wants to talk about are those two years, as if it just happened. That was 2006, almost a decade ago. Besides Young (who would have scored a hell of a lot more points in somebody else’s system) and the over-achieving Yeguete, tell me who else Billy has recruited to Big Man U, or why a quality big man would ever want to play in his system? (and, please, don’t tell me about guys who got injured or dismissed from the team. . every program has those guys and you’re just embarrassing yourselves getting that desperate to prove your point)

        I’m not going to repeat all of the good things that I’ve said about Donovan, because neither one of you two read that part, but I can tell you that no matter how far you bury your noses up his butt, the book on UF is that we are traditionally and historically soft. You want to beat a talented Gator team? Out-tough’em. Out heart’em. And extend 4 defenders out to the perimeter to guard the 4 guys who are out there standing around (because God forbid that we drive the ball to the hole, set an off-ball screen, or make a back door cut), leave 1 guy inside to cover our token “big man” who gets ignored all game anyway, and game over.

        • Mike The Red says:

          Yeah… Billy has no track record. Last year, undefeated in the SEC and made it to the final four. Over the last decade, 2 NC, 4 SEC Championships, and 8 trips to the NCAA tournament. All this at a school that prior to Donovan was not known as a basketball school. It is obvious that he has no clue. Let’s fire him and hire a troll from a website as our next HC.

          • Ken (CA) says:

            Well Mike, you know next year will be a fluke. those 2 6’10 guys coming in aren’t like anything Donovan ever recruits because he only loves soft 3 point shooters. So anything they accomplish will just be considered one of the “odd” years. no matter how many stats we include for wins, NCAA appearances, rounds in the NCAA, etc. Since 2000, I believe UF is at or near the top of NCAA games played, NCAA championship, NCAA wins, 20+ win seasons, SEC championships, SEC Tourney championships. But these teams have almost all been soft with no inside presence. Never mind players like Chris Richard, David Lee, Matt Bonner, Adrian Moss, Udonis Haslem, Donell Harvey, Maresse Speights, Vernon Macklin..

            And that’s not including the lesser kown or the “outliers from the 04s or the other “halfway decent exception” with Patric Young and Will Yeguette.

            Selective memory can be a wonderful thing when you are trying to make an invalid point, can’t it?

        • Dave Massey says:

          Yep, I can spot a clown a mile away, after all that is what I do in my job, but you were easy to recognize. By the way, is that your chosen profession?

          The last time Florida won the NC was in 2007 and only seven teams have been crowned champions since then. Seven is not almost ten, except in clown years. In those seven years Florida had four Elite Eight teams and one of them was a Final Four team.

          To say PY would have scored a lot more points in somebody else’s system and that Yuguete was an over achiever is a desperate attempt on your part to fit them into your argument. You act like Billy intentionally didn’t get the ball to PY which is opposite of the truth. Yuguete was simply a tough SOB that didn’t have great offensive skills but made the best of his talents through hard work and intelligence. You also ignore Prather, whose game it was to drive to the basket and Billy had repeatedly encouraged him to do throughout his Gator career. And are you calling Wilbekin a soft outside shooter? Hardly.

          Why would a quality big man want to play in his system? Because Billy is recognized by all the scouts and coaches in the NBA for preparing his players the best. Just look at the rosters in the pros if you need to find out all the quality big men Billy has recruited to Florida. Or just look at the current recruits: Egbunu, Rimmer, Finney-Smith, Walker, and Robinson (two 5* recruits who EVERY team in the country coveted [see I can do childish capitalization too], even if they haven’t been what was expected)

          It doesn’t matter what good things you say when you turn around and make derogatory statements right afterwards. That’s called a left handed compliment. I bet you got two big ole left clown feet. You have your nose so far up your ass you can’t smell crap when it’s smeared all over your face. Florida traditionally and historically soft, where do you get your information from, nole fans? Look at the so called tough, big guy bully teams Florida has beaten in the dance, North Carolina, Duke, Virginia (one of your faves this year), Illinois, Villanova, Georgetown, UCLA, Purdue, Marquette, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota. Are you really trying to say those four seniors who graduated last year didn’t have toughness and heart? Seriously? Why don’t you ask last years Kentucky team, who were a dominant inside team how soft and heartless Florida was.

          All you ever focus on is offense. Why don’t you ever discuss defense, a trait Florida teams are traditionally known for. You can’t be good on defense and not be tough and stout hearted. You can’t play for Billy if you don’t play both ends of the court, a fact you constantly ignore.

          I’ve wondered for a while if the Michael J. and Michael Jones thing was just a little too coincidental. Now I’m beginning to think you are one and the same with all the negative comments you make about the entire Florida program. I’m really beginning to wonder where your loyalties really lie. Maybe you are really just Michael J’s alter ego still trying to annoy people on this site. Either that or you have whupped yourself upside the head one too many times with that cowbell. Another issue you have refused to directly address.

  2. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Thank God it’s finally Baseball season!

  3. Michael Jones says:

    Billy D. is a good coach. If he would tweak his system to attack the basket offensively and teach a tougher, more physical brand of basketball that doesn’t wilt under pressure, he would be a great coach.

    3 points shots are good for getting a lead for the 1 75% of the game when you’re hot. But if that’s all you’ve got, you’re going to go down when the other team steps up the defensive pressure and takes that away from you. Sound familiar?

  4. Gatoralum88 says:

    Wow! Tebow’s 343 yard drive. He totally put the Golf Channel pro/schmuck to shame! Hilarious!

  5. Gatoralum88 says:

    FYI, Adam, the sport for Bader needs correcting.

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