By Marc Lawrence — Southern Methodist University is reportedly requiring its athletes to sign a liability waiver to prevent the students from holding the school liable for anything related to Covid-19 as they return to campus for workouts. Meanwhile, Ohio State is reportedly forcing football players to sign a “Buckeye Pledge” to acknowledge that they “may be exposed to Covid-19 and other infections”. Crazy times we’re living in.
And speaking of life altering moves, on the Black Lives Matter front, University of Florida president Kent Fuchs announced a decision that will not sit well with a lot of Gator fans Thursday and that includes the former player most often associated with the cheer of “Gator Bait.” Fuchs wrote a statement titled “Another Step Toward Positive Change Against Racism”. He went in to say, “While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our “Gator Bait” cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase. Accordingly University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer.” Meanwhile former Gator DB Lawrence Wirght who famously uttered the phrase, “If you ain’t a Gator, ya Gator bait, baby” after a 1995 win over Florida State at The Swamp, was livid after the announcement that UF will stop using the cheer. “I’m not going for it,” said Wright, who won the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation’s best defensive back in 1996. “I created something for us. It’s a college football thing. It’s not a racist thing, It’s about us, the Gator Nation. And I’m Black. What about our history as the Gator Nation? Me and the president need to sit down and talk about this.” Wright, who was planning to launch a line of bobbleheads, shirts and No. 4 jerseys with the phrase he is well known for, said he was most upset that there was no discussion about it.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: From the 2020 NFL Quarterback Club chart in this year’s magazine, Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater is 20-2 ATS as a starter in the NFL in non-division games. He is also 18-2 ATS as an underdog. Let that marinate for a while.