Gator SEC Basketball Schedule

The SEC announced the conference matchup’s for the upcoming season on Thursday. The Florida program is heading into the 2017-2018 season with momentum from the successful elite 8 campaign this past season.

Florida gets a chance at Vanderbilt early on as the Gators open up SEC play against the Commodores at home on December 30th. Vanderbilt had the Gators number last year by beating them twice in the regular season and in the SEC tournament. Knocking off the Commodores to start the SEC slate would provide positive momentum moving forward.

Florida has home-and-home series against 4 programs: Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia. The Gators will host Auburn, Arkansas, Mississippi State, and LSU at the newly renovated O’Connell Center. Florida will go on the road to play Texas A&M, Missouri, Ole Miss, and Tennessee.

Florida will close SEC play at home on March 3rd against Kentucky for senior night. The Gators had one of the best performances of the season at home against Kentucky last season and will look to have a similar showing against the Wildcats this season.

Here is a look at the Gator’s full SEC schedule.

Dec. 30 Vanderbilt. (Home)

Jan. 2 Texas A&M

Jan. 6 Missouri

Jan. 10 Mississippi State (Home)

Jan. 13 Ole Miss

Jan. 17 Arkansas (Home)

Jan. 20 Kentucky

Jan. 23 South Carolina (Home)

Jan. 30 Georgia

Feb. 3 Alabama (Home)

Feb. 7 LSU (Home)

Feb. 10 South Carolina

Feb. 14 Georgia (Home)

Feb. 17 Vanderbilt

Feb. 21 Tennessee

Feb. 24 Auburn (Home)

Feb. 27 Alabama

Mar. 3 Kentucky (Home)

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ESPN top 25

Ohio State
Penn State
Notre Dame
N.C. State
Washington State
Ohio State over Alabama at No. 1 is the obvious change here when you compare this poll to the official preseason ones. The Crimson Tide were on top of the Coaches’ Poll and should be on top of the AP Poll, too.

Every Friday……

Every Friday At The Pentagon

It really breaks your heart to know that we didn’t know this goes on every Friday, well at least I didn’t know. Instead, I guess the media feels it’s more important to report on Hollywood stars as heroes. I hope this article gives you a sense of pride for what our men and women are doing for us, every day, as they serve in the armed forces here and abroad.

Mornings at the Pentagon
McClatchy Newspapers

Over the last 12 months, 1,042 soldiers, Marines, sailors and Air Force personnel have given their lives in the terrible duty that is war. Thousands more have come home on stretchers, horribly wounded and facing months or years in military hospitals.

This week, I’m turning my space over to a good friend and former roommate, Army Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, who recently completed a yearlong tour of duty and is now back at the Pentagon.

Here’s Lt. Col. Bateman’s account of a little-known ceremony that fills the halls of the Army corridor of the Pentagon with cheers, applause and many tears every Friday morning. It first appeared on May 17 on the Weblog of media critic and pundit Eric Altermanat the Media Matters for America Website.

“It is 110 yards from the “E” ring to the “A” ring of the Pentagon. This section of the Pentagon is newly renovated; the floors shine, the hallway is broad, and the lighting is bright. At this instant the entire length of the corridor is packed with officers, a few sergeants and some civilians, all crammed tightly three and four deep against the walls. There are thousands here.

This hallway, more than any other, is the `Army’ hallway. The G3 offices line one side, G2 the other, G8 is around the corner. All Army. Moderate conversations flow in a low buzz. Friends who may not have seen each other for a few weeks, or a few years, spot each other, cross the way and renew.

Everyone shifts to ensure an open path remains down the center. The air conditioning system was not designed for this press of bodies in this area.

The temperature is rising already. Nobody cares. “10:36 hours: The clapping starts at the E-Ring. That is the outermost of the five rings of the Pentagon and it is closest to the entrance to the building. This clapping is low, sustained, hearty. It is applause with a deep emotion behind it as it moves forward in a wave down the length of the hallway.

A steady rolling wave of sound it is, moving at the pace of the soldier in the wheelchair who marks the forward edge with his presence. He is the first. He is missing the greater part of one leg, and some of his wounds are still suppurating. By his age I expect that he is a private, or perhaps a private first class.

Captains, majors, lieutenant colonels and colonels meet his gaze and nod as they applaud, soldier to soldier. Three years ago when I described one of these events, those lining the hallways were somewhat different. The applause a little wilder, perhaps in private guilt for not having shared in the burden … Yet.

Now almost everyone lining the hallway is, like the man in the wheelchair, also a combat veteran. This steadies the applause, but I think deepens the sentiment. We have all been there now. The soldier’s chair is pushed by, I believe, a full colonel.

“Behind him, and stretching the length from Rings E to A, come more of his peers, each private, corporal, or sergeant assisted as need be by a field grade officer.

“11:00 hours: Twenty-four minutes of steady applause. My hands hurt, and I laugh to myself at how stupid that sounds in my own head. My hands hurt. Please! Shut up and clap. For twenty-four minutes, soldier after soldier has come down this hallway – 20, 25, 30.. Fifty-three legs come with them, and perhaps only 52 hands or arms, but down this hall came 30 solid hearts.

“They pass down this corridor of officers and applause, and then meet for a private lunch, at which they are the guests of honor, hosted by the generals. Some are wheeled along. Some insist upon getting out of their chairs, to march as best they can with their chin held up, down this hallway, through this most unique audience. Some are catching handshakes and smiling like a politician at a Fourth of July parade. More than a couple of them seem amazed and are smiling shyly.

“There are families with them as well: the 18-year-old war-bride pushing her 19-year-old husband’s wheelchair and not quite understanding why her husband is so affected by this, the boy she grew up with, now a man, who had never shed a tear is crying; the older immigrant Latino parents who have, perhaps more than their wounded mid-20s son, an appreciation for the emotion given on their son’s behalf. No man in that hallway, walking or clapping, is ashamed by the silent tears on more than a few cheeks. An Airborne Ranger wipes his eyes only to better see. A couple of the officers in this crowd have themselves been a part of this parade in the past.

“These are our men, broken in body they may be, but they are our brothers, and we welcome them home. This parade has gone on, every single Friday, all year long, for more than four years.

Did you know that? I didn’t.

AP Preseason Top 25

Preseason AP Top 25 2017

1. Alabama (52) – 1,513
2. Ohio State (3) – 1,414
3. Florida State (4) – 1,396
4. USC (2) – 1,325
5. Clemson – 1,201
6. Penn State – 1,196
7. Oklahoma – 1,170
8. Washington – 1,150
9. Wisconsin – 926
10. Oklahoma State – 889
11. Michigan – 881
12. Auburn – 880
13. LSU – 784
14. Stanford – 695
15. Georgia – 690
16. Louisville – 629
17. Florida – 624
18. Miami – 492
19. South Florida – 327
20. Kansas State – 317
21. Virginia Tech – 240
22. West Virginia – 207
23. Texas – 173
24. Washington State – 133
25. Tennessee – 114

FCC Tech License Course

If you have a friend interested in getting licensed or upgrading, we have two license courses scheduled this fall. Links to the FCC question pool are online to help in this quest…

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