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The Seminoles Get Slaughtered

Oh what a weekend.  I cried as I watched the Gators exit the field Saturday night.  The last game of the regular season, and possibly the last time I see the Gators on the field for another year.  Most likely the last time I see Percy Harvin and Brandon Spikes on the field, also could be the last I watch Tim Tebow play.  Of course there is always a possible National Title Game to attend, but I am focusing on next week’s SEC Championship Game against Alabama.

A few highlights about Saturday:

– From approximately 2pm to 9pm, I stood in freezing rain.  The weather was MISERABLE, but it accurately painted the picture of the Seminoles and Tallahassee for me.

-So with 51 seconds left in the first half, RIGHT after Aaron Hernandez‘s touchdown, I decide to go to the bathroom.  Well, in the ABC broadcast, the final shot of fans right before halftime is the three people I attended the game with!  I came out JUST as the Gators were exiting the field, which was right there where I came out.  I saw them up close and was a bit starstruck, especially when I saw the commanding presence of Brandon Spikes.

-I was a bit scared that day.  The heavy rain, the fact that two of my friends lost tickets sometime before we arrived on the tailgating scene, made me nervous.  But all was well with a 30 point win.

-I loved how the player’s uniforms were stained red, and thus making it look like the Gators actually murdered FSU!  (Well they did, but only football-wise).  For instance, look at Tebow here:

I love it!  When we got back to the apartment with the friends we were staying with, they commented on how it looked as if Tebow was eating babies.  No guys, just Seminoles!  LOL, but this really isn’t as good as the shots ESPN had him with the red smeared around his mouth!

I also really like this picture of Janoris Jenkins and Joe Haden.  A special shout out to the awesome freshman Jenkins, who kept blocking FSU’s passes, and finally made an interception.  THIS GUY IS A FRESHMAN!  I know, the same could be said about Jeff Demps as well.  They are just so darn good.  It was just so beautiful.  I watched Sun Sports replay of the game last night (side note that it is a different broadcast than the ABC) and you know what?  It isn’t that this team is great.  They are, but what makes them deliver is the fact that they are a team.  Look at how everyone congratulates each other with every good move!  They play with their hearts and if you don’t think that accounts for anything, then you are wrong.  I think that puts them in so much sync with one another!  The same could be said about our 2006 and 2007 basketball starters.

So it’s all sitting right there.  A win next weekend will put us in that title game.  I will be nervous this week.  But I can’t wait to see it.

A side note, my usual four-hour-drive took about 6 1/2 hours!  I am not surprised, my first year in Gainesville I learned the same ‘you don’t drive home the Sunday after Thanksgiving’ the hard way.  But I just couldn’t do anything else, I had to work today.  But boy am I glad we left Tallahassee on Saturday night!!!  While getting gas in Ft. Pierce I talked with a fellow gator fan I met at the pump and this poor kid had been on the road from Tally since 10:40am.  By the way, it was 6:30 at that time!  Poor guy!

I will never drive that horrendous drive again.  People, don’t drive that day.  EVER.  I can’t believe I don’t have pneumonia today from the hours of freezing, wet misery.

Gators are just so hardcore.

Go Gators!

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Gators Chomp the Dawgs

Another great weekend. This was the first time I have ever gone to Jacksonville for the Florida Georgia game. Tailgating galore, it was beautiful. The Cocktail Party it was, I have a whole new collection of bruises.

I was all over the place in the stadium, lost my voice a bit again, and reveled in what was just so awesomely unbelievable to me.

Joe Haden and Tim Tebow were the players of the game to me. Not to take away from the other Gators who also played quite well.

UGA had 20% (maybe) of their fans left towards the end of the game. Comical. However, I will state that we had fun hanging out with some of their fans, and to date I actually found them the nicest.

After the game we went to this bar in Jacksonville called Sneakers. This is by far and away the best sports bar I have ever been to. It was like a giant warehouse, complete with movie screen TV’s and definitely some great food. I highly recommend it. At this lovely bar we watched the very dramatic Texas vs, Texas Tech game which went in the Gators favor by TT winning.

Road is not as long, but still there. Winning against EITHER Vanderbilt or South Carolina will solidify our spot in the SEC Championship Game. Here are the following things in my opinion that need to happen to get us into the National Championship Game:

  • Alabama needs to maintain the number one ranking and win out until the SEC Championship.
  • Texas Tech or Penn State needs to get a loss in. This is far more likely to happen to Texas Tech as they have only one down in their three straight weeks of playing top ten games. I am hoping for a Penn State stumble against Michigan State. That will take them out, and push us up.
  • Texas and Texas Tech are in the same conference and you aren’t going to a National Championship without a Conference Championship. One of them has to get eliminated. Assuming we win out, that would put us, the Big 12 champ, and Penn State in the definite.

Okay, enough thinking. Numbers 2 and 9 (TT and Oklahoma State) play each other while our game is going on this weekend. Also USC is playing California at that time as well. Oh how I would loooooooooove to see USC go down.

Go Gators. Go Gators. Go Gators.

On a side note, I would like to note that as of today, this blog has reached 100,000 hits. That makes me happy and proud. Thanks everyone!

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An Awesome Gator Weekend

My gosh, my gosh I don’t know where to start. This weekend’s Gator game against LSU was beyond anything I thought possible. Besides the win, I simply don’t know what I loved the most. Was it the fact that we won by so much, or the fact that no one has put up that many points against LSU since us in 96′? Or the fact that THAT was the game I have been waiting for all season. The Offensive Line came through like they are capable of. The Defense was amazing too, of course. And it all came together so beautifully.

I awoke Saturday morning with a wave of anxiety I haven’t felt in so long. But the day was spectacular as it always is on a night game. Tailgating was wonderful. Arriving at 11am, I ate my breakfast and cracked open the first beer of the day. By one, we were huddled under one of the tents eating and watching the very close Oklahoma and Texas game. After that game was over, I hung out playing drinking games in the 3rd tent of our tailgating site. Playing a game called f*** the dealer, guess who ended up being the dealer for way too long? So I went with a friend to return his dog and another’s to his house. These dogs were great. One of them has been trained to bark when you say “Go Gators.” He also would go greet everyone who walked by in the morning. Funny thing, there are three LSU fans on the other side of the street walking that morning. The boys said, “Who’s there?” which made both dogs bark. This caught their attention and one of the dogs raced across the street to them (though not aggressively). The fans were good about it, and it made them laugh just like it did us.

The LSU fans were in my opinion pretty nice. And I totally respect LSU as a team. There were four or so LSU fans right in front of us at the game (how did they get student tickets?) and they were pretty funny. One of them finished his flask of alcohol pretty fast. Another pretty much sat down the whole time. They were pretty upset.

My voice was gone probably ten minutes into the clock. It was just too amazing. Cheers to Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey who impress me more and more each week. And they are just freshman! And Demps is a true freshman! Brandon James and Brandon Spikes amazed me as always of course. (I have been feeling about James the same way I have felt about Percy Harvin last year, plus Rainey and Demps are really starting to rise to that level for me as well.) Percy was really great too even though I saw him limping on the field and man was I terrified all week reading articles thinking he might not play. But as always, he does his job and then some. Tim Tebow was all kinds of fired up and I loved it! One of the good omens we all felt was the fact that Ricky Jean-Francois was talking a lot of s*** this week about taking Tebow out of the game. Yeah, FSU did that one last year and how did that work out for them?

After the game we all met up at the tailgate site and had a euphoric little powwow, checking messages and texts from friends of our group and laughing. Everyone was just so happy. And I can’t even remember how many times during the game I would scream up to the sky various phrases such as, “Is this really happening?” Because none of us could. We all knew we had a chance to beat them, but none of us thought it would be like that. We anticipated a (hopefully) close game, but not this insane blowout! The game was close for all of maybe a couple of minutes.

51-21. Damn. It is great to be a Florida Gator!

Now all I can hope is that I score this Georgia ticket I am entering to get tonight! We decided hands down, after this weekend, there is no way we AREN’T going to Jacksonville to watch that game on November 1st!

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Ode to Tailgating

So football season has started.  I have vowed to go up every home game and cheer on the Gators.  This weekend was particularly spectacular as it had all the makings that ensure the day will be perfect bliss; night time game, more visitors, and a noon to seven-thirty drinking extravaganza.

There is nothing like tailgating.  First off, my site run by friends is staked off to make sure we have enough room for the large tractor grill, tents, a TV, chairs, and room to both park and run around.  I got to see people I haven’t seen in a couple of years, and everyone just comes together in Gator glory.

You sit around watching other games on the TV and talking amongst others.  Those beers go fast out in the sun, and you are in such euphoria because you realize how lucky you are to be a gator.  Everyone loves each other, everyone is there for the same reason.

The game of course was wonderful!  I experienced my first game from the student section (I know, I know) and I can’t get over how crazy it is!  I would have been a little happier if he had scored a touchdown or two more, but it was damn good to see the defense play as well as they did.  If our offense just wakes up a bit more and realizes it is football season, we are going to be freaking awesome!  My new favorite player has become Brandon James, because he simply is just badass.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin tons, but wow has James been amazing me.  His 70 yard or so punt return during last week’s game against Hawaii was incredible.

Oh and did I forget to mention that yesterday was the first time since 1985 that we beat the Hurricanes?  Yes, that felt damn good too.

Oh yeah, and stupid Ohio State fell below us in the rankings, BECAUSE THEY SUCK.  Don’t get me started on USC…..

I love getting wasted, eating great food, great conversations, and of course, the adrenaline that comes with football!

GO GATORS!

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GATOR GYMNASTICS! NCAA Nationals Day One

The Gator Gymnastics team competed today at the NCAA National Prelims. They tied for third with Standford, both teams earning 196.900. Georgia is looking for their fourth consecutive team title and used the home court advantage to qualify first with a 197.625. In second place Utah scored a 196.950, just a half tenth in front Florida and Stanford.

Melanie Sinclair tied for 3rd in the All-Around with a score of 39.525. Go Melanie. 2000 Olympian Tasha Schwikert of UCLA won the title with a 39.600, a half tenth in front the the favorite to win, Utah’s Ashley Postell, also the 2002 Wold Balance Beam Champion.

The gators gave up some tenths with steps on vault, as well as dismounts from bars and beam. They sored quite well on floor. In my opinion, Georgia is going to have to count a fall for any team to beat them.

GO GATORS!

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Gator post #1…..Another win last night.

Another Victory last night for the Florida Gators defeating Arizona State 70-57 in the NIT Tournament (Which we like to call the Not Important Tournament). The Gators now head to Madison Square Gardens where they will play UMASS in the “Final Four”.

My roommate and I have discussed how very much Important this tournament has become to us. Winning it would put something very Important out. It would give our boys a taste of what victory feels, so that next year they can dominate in the NCAA Tournament. But even more importantly, it would follow the new Gator tradition that has emerged, in which for every basketball or football season we set a new record…..

1. Basketball Season 06′. The Gators mark the first time UF has ever won the National Championship.

2. Football Season 06′. Winning the National Championship here marked the first time a school won in the same calendar year. Thus, basketball and football champions 06′.

3. Basketball Season 07′. This National Championship marked this first time a team won back to back championships with the same starting five. (I know haters, there have been back to back championships in basketball, but none with the same starters! Look it up!)

4. Football Season 07′. Though no championship here, we did have the Heisman for our lovely Tim Tebow. And the record here, first time the award went to an underclassmen, as Tebow was a Sophomore.

Which leads us to the newest possible record to set…..No basketball team has ever followed a national championship with a NIT championship.

And there you have it.
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