In the past, we have been notorious for being the best fair weather fans around...that's what happens when you follow your husband south through the SEC stopping here and there for degrees at different schools. When in Kentucky, do as the Wildcats do. When in Georgia, sick 'em Dawgs. And you have to admit that as much as any of you may despise Florida, we have the coolest mascot around. I mean, who can really top a gator?
I have now lived in Florida more than a year longer than I lived in Kentucky, so as we were preparing for the big Kentucky vs. Florida football game a couple of weeks ago amidst the wanderings of our friends on what team we would be displaying on our shirts, we could matter-of-factly say "Go Gators"! We are indeed bonafied Gator fans now...through and through, much to the chagrin off all the family and friends left both in Kentucky and Georgia. I could say that we are Florida fans because they pay the mortgage...or because its impossible to live in a college town and not root for the home team...or because we are surrounded and simply have to root for them...or because they are just really good at sports and make it easy to cheer for them. Really all of the above.
We love living in our town, and we really enjoy getting to experience and help the kids experience the neat attractions that make our town special (excluding any Quran burnings that may be planned). The football game was so much fun! The atmosphere was unreal and electric and sent a strange sense of euphoria through your mind for the duration of the event. I've been to college football games before, but being in The Swamp on game day was unlike any other game I had ever experienced.
As if we may not have known already, we realized that night that Emma is our wild and crazy chitlin, as we witnessed her scream and high five and hoot and holler at every little chance she got. She was soaking everything up and loving every minute of it. Abby enjoyed it for a little while, but the poor kid was exhausted after a long week of school...a night game was a bit much to put her through, so we left shortly into the 4th quarter.It was a good little getaway with the girls, and it was even better that we did indeed beat the Cats this game (though don't even think about bringing up the royal bodunkadunk whooping we received from Bama last weekend). We look forward to returning to the Swamp to see it all again next year.