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Gators’ top defenders: Attorneys

In his six years at the helm of the Florida football program, Urban Meyer has consistently had the Gators ranked among the best teams in the country.

His success has undoubtedly kept fans and boosters happy.

Meyer’s reign also has a few unexpected beneficiaries: the defense attorneys of Gainesville.

Florida wide receiver Chris Rainey’s arrest this week was the 30th of the Meyer era, according to an Associated Press story. In all, 27 Gators players have been arrested in that time.

The story quotes Meyer as not caring if the program is perceived as dirty.

“We do our best to win games. Dirty program? It’s not a dirty program. We follow the rules, and some guys make mistakes, and we’ve got to correct those mistakes,” he said. “We follow the rules.

“We do it the right way at Florida, and we have to do a better job with correcting some of the people making mistakes.”

Yep, Coach, just a few mistakes.

Who’s this guy’s recruiting coordinator, Paul Crewe?

As long as they can beat the guards and embarrass Warden Hazen, everything will be all right.

■ BAD NEWS BRYCE — On his first day of professional workouts at the Florida Instructional League on Friday, Las Vegan Bryce Harper wasted no time comparing himself to one of the best baseball players in movie history, according to Byron Kerr’s Washington Nationals blog at masnsports.com.

“I am going to dive and scratch and claw. I will try to catch every ball out there. I am going to be a Kelly Leak kind of guy,” Harper said. “I will use my arm to the fullest. I will try to back pick guys like I have.

“My game is not going to change. I am going to give 120 percent and have a little bit of fun.”

One of the only knocks against the 17-year-old Harper has been his perceived immaturity and arrogance, so what better way to knock down those accusations than to compare yourself to the cocky savior of “The Bad News Bears”?

Let’s just hope he doesn’t show up on Opening Day next season riding his Harley-Davidson around the infield or play Stephen Strasburg in air hockey.

■ CREEPY CHEERLEADER — A 33-year-old woman allegedly flashed her breasts at a youth football team in Westwood, Ohio, on Wednesday night, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Tonya Brown was arrested and charged with public indecency.

In a related item, the New York Jets have filed papers to leave the NFL and join the Westwood Pop Warner league.

■ MISMATCH — According to Radar Online — the website that brought us the comic gold of the Mel Gibson voice mails — Rodney King is ready to take some more shots.

The 44-year-old would like to fight Mike Tyson in a celebrity boxing match before he gets married to, get this, one of the jurors who voted to award him a $3.8 million payout from the city of Los Angeles in a civil trial.


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