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Chomping at Bits: Gators look to continue defensive dominance, Chris Walker, and last words

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In this edition of Chomping at Bits, we discuss the future of the Gators' defense, Chris Walker, and rank the best last words ever spoken to an executioner.

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Defensive dominance looks to continue: The Gators' recruiting class is currently ranked 9th in the country with 21 commitments. With arguably more talent coming from the nine on the defensive side of the ball, the Gators look to have an elite defense for the foreseeable future. (Morgan Moriarty, The Independent Florida Alligator)

SEC shoes to fill: For the Gators, they've got Dominique Easley. I agree. (Edward Aschoff, SEC Blog/ESPN)

Gators have room to grow: The Gators lead the SEC in scoring defense at 59.7 points per game, but are 170th in the country in scoring offense. Is that where Chris Walker comes into play? (Kevin Brockway, The Gainesville Sun)

Speaking of Chris Walker: It sounds like Billy Donovan is tired of talking about the situation with the media and I don't really blame him. (Phillip Heilman, Gator Bytes/The Palm Beach Post)

It's all about the bench: The secret to the No. 6-ranked Gators' success thus far? (Jonathan Czupryn, The Independent Florida Alligator)

Winter X Games: Just like the Summer X Games, I'll pass on them like I always do. The Winter Olympics, much like the Summer Olympics, I'll take. I'm excited for hockey, a few skiing events, like the downhill and the jump distance one, and curling.

Firing squads: There's talk that some states might revert back to them as the drug for the death penalty becomes more scarce. Very old school. And, I wonder: How much would that position pay?

Segue into famous last words: The firing squad news had me think the other day about famous last words. Here's my top five, though please note I'm only talking about the last words spoken in the face of an executioner.

  • 1) Gary Gilmore: "Let's do it."
  • 2) James W. Rogers: "I done told you my last request ... a bulletproof vest!"
  • 3) John Wayne Gacy: "Kiss my ass."
  • 4) G. W. Green: "Lock and load. Let's do it, man."
  • 5) Edgar Edwards: "I've been looking forward to this a lot!"

Bonus points for Richard Ramirez, who, when captured by the police after a mob beat down, told everyone that he'd "See y'all in Disneyland."

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