I know full well that literally none of the words that I am writing here matter in the slightest. The Florida Gators just ended one of their better football campaigns of this decade with a resounding bowl triumph that makes a really good case for this being the best such season. Florida fans are going to be high on the supply of that joy for weeks.
So why would any of them care about Florida taking on Butler in a basketball matchup we have already seen this season?
I am not saying this game does not matter. Butler is the last really good team Florida will see in non-conference play, and the Bulldogs having taken down the Gators in the Battle 4 Atlantis makes this game a chance for unusually swift revenge.
This is also probably the best chance Florida will get for a big win for a while. The Gators play some tough games early in SEC play, and not many of them at home. Butler, while no slouch, is not as good as the Tennessee team that visits Gainesville in early January.
If Florida wants to make headway toward an NCAA Tournament berth, winning games like this one matters.
But Florida fans are not going to spend this late afternoon watching the Gators try to defend Kamar Baldwin, especially with the College Football Playoff happening at the same time. I am not stupid, nor am I going to admonish Gator Nation for using its day differently.
But, hey, if you give this post a pity click? You are good in my book.