Kevin Cate

Tagging every yard of UCF’s undefeated season

UCFplate-logo.pngA group of Florida lawmakers, including one pursing a specialty license plate for his own alma mater, want the state’s motor vehicle agency to be the latest to proclaim the University of Central Florida undefeated Knights as college football’s “national champion.”

State Reps. James Grant, R-Tampa, Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, Amber Mariano, R-Hudson, and Chris Latvala, R-Clearwater, are pushing a proposal (HB 1359) that would add “UCF National Champions” license plate to the more than 130 specialty tags already available from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

“A UCF license plate is the perfect way to commemorate our undefeated Knights for achieving this historic milestone,” Guillermo Smith said in a press release.

Guillermo Smith, Latvala and Mariano are UCF alumni.

“We can argue statistics and strength of schedules, but you can’t argue a perfect, undefeated season,” Mariano said in the release. “We are the true College Football National Champions, and our season made a big statement to the CFP that their current system is not working. I am so proud to be an Alumna from the best University in the world! Go Knights and Charge on!”

The measure would also revamp the specialty license program, an annual exercise in the state Legislature, by capping the number of different designs available at one time to 125 and to boost the required number of pre-order plates from 1,000 to 3,000 for a new tag to be allowed on the road.

The proposal also would make an Auburn University license plate — along with tags for Florida Lineman, Florida State Beekeepers Association, Rotary, Beat Childhood Cancer, Florida Bay Forever and Bonefish and Tarpon Trust — available for pre-order.

Grant, who along with Tallahassee public-relations guru Kevin Cate, have been working to get Florida to offer the Auburn University plate.

“Nobody wanted Auburn to beat UCF more than me,” Grant, an Auburn University grad, said in the press release. “However, UCF beat the team who beat the team also claiming to be national champions — Alabama — a team with a long history of making up national championships.”

Cate’s CateComm and Sean Hartman of Orlando designed the pseudo national champion plate.

Gov. Rick Scott on Jan. 8 signed a proclamation declaring UCF national champions following their 34-27 victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

As with Scott’s proclamation, those pitching the Knights as national camps point to Auburn having defeated the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama topped Georgia to conclude the NCAA’s four-team playoff invitational.

UCF finished sixth in the Associated Press’s final poll of the season.

By Jim Turner.

It will be better next year…we hope

That’s the tag line on Tallahassee media consultant Kevin Cate’s annual holiday video, which this year pummels a host of Florida politicos just in time for Santa to fill their stockings with coal.

Some highlights of the Cate Communication’s spoof exposes “the secret wish lists” of Fla pols:

The video opens with Santa relaxing by the fire whilst flipping through the local North Pole newspaper, which features this top-of-the-fold headline: “Negron: Creepy Senate Santa Resigning is Gift Enough,” accompanied by a photo of former Sen. Jack Latvala, who resigned this week amid an investigation into allegations that he promised legislative favors in exchange for sex.

As Santa opens the paper, a headline above Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican gubernatorial candidate who some say has taken a decided pivot to the right since his days as a U.S. representative, says, “Delete my Congressional Record.”

This jab at state Sen. Jeremy Ring, a Democrat running for CFO and a former Yahoo! exec: “Gore is to the Internet as I am to Yahoo. Does that make me CFO?”

A dig at Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis: “Need 8 Year Supply of Jheri Curl ASAP.”

And this cringe-worthy poke at U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who’s made the rounds on national TV of late, promoting President Donald Trump’s agenda: “Matt Gaetz: “I Want Trump to Grab Me Right in My Policy.”

Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and others are also targets, and a headline notes media consultant and The Capitolist publisher “Brian Burgess helped with Some of These Jokes (Blame him).”

Cate is pledging $1 per view — up to $1,000 — to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend.

— By Dara Kam and Jim Turner.