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'This season will never have closure' (Chris Harry Feature ~ Long)

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by gatorjjh, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl
    'This season will never have closure'
    Chris Harry / UF Senior Writer
    The 2019-20 Gators believed they had a postseason "run" in them, but it all came to numbing halt ... like the rest of the world.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. Mike White and his Florida basketball players, assistants and support staff members stood spread out on the practice gym Friday afternoon for a team meeting. For what it was worth, they all practiced good social distancing.
    There would be no hugs, handshakes or fist bumps afterward.
    "Guys," White said. "This is the last time we'll meet as a team."
    Then it was over.
    Sort of like the Southeastern Conference Tournament the day before. White had a similar and equally surreal and solemn moment with his squad at the Renaissance hotel in downtown Nashville, Tenn. The tournament was canceled Thursday morning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, about three hours before the Gators were to face Georgia in second-round play. The NCAA Tournament followed suit later that afternoon. The 2019-20 Gators — like hundreds of teams and thousands of athletes in the country — were left to come to terms with an empty and lingering sense of unfinished business.

    "It's weird," UF grad-transfer forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. said on his way out the facility door. "This season will never have closure."
    'This season will never have closure' - Florida Gators
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  2. regurgigator

    regurgigator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Seattle area
    Excellent article! Thanks for posting.

    I had the same sense of optimistic anticipation for the postseason as White and the team appear to have had.
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  3. gatorbogey

    gatorbogey Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    s. e. florida
    I’m still in a bit of a surreal state....maybe I’m in some weird simulation.

    Perhaps I have the corona: and this is some sort of fever induced twilight zone episode....or, maybe I’m inebriated from a case of corona!? It really is surreal.
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  4. jmac83

    jmac83 GC Legend

    Apr 9, 2007
    I always want to watch the Gators compete in the postseason, but this squad was going to pose a legitimate threat in the NCAAs for about 25 minutes of a 40-minute game.
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  5. number1

    number1 GC Hall of Fame

    Oct 9, 2011
    I agree I could see them getting past their 1st round opponent by coming out on fire and looking like they may make a run. Then play an excellent 30 minutes against the #1 or 2 seed we would have been matched with before falling apart in the last 10 minutes of the game.
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  6. jeffphillips21

    jeffphillips21 VIP Member

    Jun 20, 2009
    "At least I got to play for my dream school." Blackshear is all class.
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  7. Claygator

    Claygator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 11, 2007
    Yeah, Blackshear is a class act. I feel really bad for him, given how the season went.
  8. HallGator

    HallGator Senile Mod Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Outer Limits
    There is just so much sadness attached to all of this. Not only from a sports standpoint but the way it has affected all of us in one way or the other.
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