It should be a decent matchup, the Florida Gators pitting their once again Kyle Pitts-equipped passing attack against the Kentucky Wildcats and their relatively stingy pass defense on this Saturday (noon, ESPN or WatchESPN) in The Swamp.
Kyle Trask gets to keep sharpening himself — and burnishing his Heisman credentials — against a team that probably won’t be a threat to the Gators as a whole, but does seem likely to challenge him at least a bit as a thrower. Pitts gets to return at home after a serious injury sustained against Georgia. And Florida gets to spend its post-Thanksgiving game playing a turkey other than Florida State.
Mostly, though, I’m in the mood for gratitude: Whether or not it was the right idea, and whether or not it proves to have been foolhardy, the powers that be decided that a football season this fall was too big a thing to fail, and poured effort and time and resources into making it happen — not as much for the players as for the fans whose monies help make the entire billion-dollar enterprise sustaining.
I’m thankful that so many other people have put themselves in greater danger and under greater duress so I can watch football this fall. And it is not a gratitude without guilt.
But it is gratitude.