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November 16, 2013
11/16 Orange & Blue News
In order to make sure Florida Gators-related news stories don't fall through the cracks, once or twice a week Orange & Blue News will keep you up-to-date with the latest goings on in the world of University of Florida athletics.
Gators fans excited to see wide receiver Percy Harvin may be a little disappointed when they tune in to watch the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Though Harvin is active for the first time all season and set to square off against his old team in the Minnesota Vikings, it is believed that he will see a very minimal number of touches in the contest. With Seattle having its bye week the following week, and the Seahawks confident they can get past the Vikings without another offensive weapon, chances are Harvin will be used sparingly at best in the game. No matter what he actually does Sunday, it will be hard for Harvin to outshine the afternoon another former Florida wideout is expected to have. Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper, who has scored five touchdowns in the last two games, squares off against one of the worst secondary's in the NFL when his team takes on the Washington Redskins.
An orthopedic children's hospital is currently being built in the Philippines as part of a joint effort between the Tim Tebow Foundation and CURE International. It is not expected to open until next year and luckily avoided the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, so Tim Tebow has decided to start raising money to help those in need in his home country. You can donate by visiting TimTebowFoundation.com and choosing "Philippine Aid initiative" from the dropdown menu. Tebow has not given any indication he intends to travel to the Philippines anytime soon, but he will likely do so at some point, perhaps at the conclusion of the season once he has exhausted any possibility of earning a roster spot.
The toughest test of the season was what No. 5 Florida volleyball face on Friday when undefeated No. 7 Missouri entered the Stephen C. O'Connell Center looking for a signature victory. Though the Gators fought hard, the Tigers swept the home team in straight sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) despite only winning the entire match by seven total points. "We were close, we were right there, but they won all the big points," head coach Mary Wise said after the match. Florida has four more regular-season matches remaining and will hold Senior Night next Friday against LSU at 7 p.m.
Only the Miami Dolphins could have a rash of injuries to go along with all of the other problems they're currently facing. In fact, three former Gators appeared on the Dolphins' injury report this week - linebacker Jelani Jenkins (foot), kicker Caleb Sturgis (groin) and center Mike Pouncey (illness). Jenkins barely played last Sunday against Tampa Bay, while Sturgis bounced back with his better appearances this season. Pouncey made highlight reels when he threw a punch on his team's first offensive play, drew a 15-yard penalty and received a nearly $8,000 fine on Friday. All three players are expected to be active on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
Rockets forward Chandler Parsons is only 10 games into his third NBA season, but he is already showing out in a major way with his remade Houston team. In the third game of the season, Parsons posted a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. He posted a career-high four blocks while scoring 22 points, dishing seven dimes and grabbing six boards on Wednesday. This Thursday, Parsons put together yet another impressive performance at Madison Square Garden by scoring 22 points (11-straight in the second quarter) on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Parsons may be approaching his first All-Star nod (perhaps as a replacement) if this play continues.
Sadly on the other end of the spectrum right now is Chicago Bulls rookie F Erik Murphy, who has only played five total minutes and seen time in two games (one of which he played four minutes as his team won by 24). Murphy is 0-for-1 with two boards, a block, a foul and a turnover through the first three weeks of the young season. During preseason action, Murphy appeared as if he would take a bit to adjust to the big leagues, so it may be a little while before he is trusted to enter games and play important minutes.