First up: Gator Growl. Now, for you poor souls out there who are ignorant of what Gator Growl is, allow me to enlighten you. Not only is it a pep rally in support of the greatest football team on the planet, it is also the largest student run pep rally in the WORLD. We had incredible seats on the 50 yard line (too bad we can't swing that sort of thing on game day!) for the momentous occassion. This years event consisted of comedian Jon Reep (of "Last Comic Standing" and The "That Thing Got a Hemi?" Dodge truck commercial fame), many student created skits, and last, but CERTAINLY not least, the Steve Miller Band.
The coolest thing of all that we saw there though:, Mr. Two-Bits was sitting one section over. If you don't know who Mr. Two-Bits (George Edmondson) is....well I feel sorry for you. He's only the coolest 80+ year old in college football! He's retiring (again) this year from leading 60,000 of my very best friends in the age old "Two bit, four bits, six bits, a dollar....all for the GATORS, stand up and holler!" cheer at each and every home game. The man is an icon. I'd venture to say that Mr. Two-Bits could take on Bear Bryant for beloved college football legend (I know...I just threw every Bama fan into a huff right then.....they're usually mad about something though, so we'll just ignore it!). They have even made Albert a "Mr. Two-Bits" suit to wear next year to lead the crowd in the cheer when George gives up his place.
On Saturday, Austin and I headed to The Swamp for the football game. We had seats in the "sunshine section", which is referred to as such because I don't think you can get any closer to the sun without burning up! They were in the north end zone...and I LOVED them! We had actual seats, you could see EVERYTHING, and we were only about 30 seconds from bathrooms and concessions! :) Anyone who knows me well knows that those are my two priorities when in a stadium setting! We were also on the aisle, which meant that we could come and go at will without having to frog hop over twenty-six hundred people. When Florida came out and blocked Kentucky's first punt and then took all of 3 seconds to score a touchdown (and then repeated the same deal again about 2 minutes later!) we knew we were in for a fantastic win! The old boys of F-L-O-R-I-D-A put on quite the scoring clinic on that fine day.
After all was said and done, we were happy, tired, and ready to get home to the kids. To George "Mr. Two Bits" Edmondson: Thank you for 60 years and no matter what, I will ALWAYS stand up and holler for the Florida Gators!
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