Do not try this at home. Or anywhere, really. Eric Berry, on his surprise phone call from a friend who said Ed Reed was here and wanted to talk to him:
"I thought someone was playing on my phone at first, man," Berry said. "I'm like, shut up, this is not Ed Reed. Get out of here. Stop playing. He was like, 'No, for real, this is E Reed from the Ravens.' "You know, like we do when Berry gets his hands on the ball.
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"I told him it was an honor to talk to him, and he said, 'Likewise, it's an honor to talk with you,' " Berry said. "I'm sitting here like, I'm playing college ball, you're Ed Reed. You have records in the NFL, Pro Bowls, and it's an honor to talk to me? He was saying he'd been following me and likes the way I play. He said I play like him and (Reed's former Miami teammate) Sean Taylor. That made me smile ear to ear."
And Florida? No road games until weak four against Kentucky. And yes, I misspelled that on purpose. Because I'm that way. Florida also has two weeks to prepare for LSU, which will be coming off a game against Georgia. The Gators' most difficult road game? South Carolina. They also drop Ole Miss and replace them with Mississippi State. How nice for them.
And Ole Miss? Alabama and LSU are at home, and they, too, miss both Florida and Georgia. Sigh.
It could be worse. Vanderbilt plays 12 straight games and saves its bye week for the week before the SEC Championship Game. Because, you know, they'll need it.
"I wasn’t insulted by the lack of insults," Johnson said of Kiffin’s previous comments.
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"We don’t have the budget that some schools have," Johnson said at one point, tilting his head toward Kiffin.
"Alabama!" the Vols coach responded.
"When we look at that, unfortunately, it has become a part of the equation, no question,'' Pearl said. "adidas, Nike and Reebok, those three shoe companies dominate the basketball shoe industry and invest in AAU basketball.''