In which I say something nice about the Gators…

I know hate’s what’s on the menu this week, but I have to take a moment to tip my cap to the other camp’s appreciation for what’s so great about it.

… The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party will commence this weekend in Jacksonville when the Gators and Bulldogs get together for their annual meeting.

“There’s nothing like it, coming over the bridge and getting ready for this game and the excitement that’ll be in the air, certainly on game day, but the build up to it,” Muschamp said.

Of course, Boom has been on both sides of the fence, so you’d expect him to get it, but even his players know what it’s all about.

A few of the players on Florida are from the state of Georgia, including linebacker Michael Taylor and center Max Garcia. Neither of them have beaten the Bulldogs since they’ve been at UF, so they’re desperate for a win.

“Being recruited by them (Georgia) and being recruited from the state of Georgia means a lot because you chose to go away for college,” Taylor said. “It’s a big game, it impacts us too as it does probably Muschamp too, he went there. It’s a big game for all of us, it’s the border rivalry. You want to play good in this game. This game has decided who’s going to come out of the [SEC] East for the last couple years, except for last year.”

“I’m a Georgia boy. One of the first memories I have is watching this game. I just feel like this game has so much hype, so much tension around it,” Max Garcia said. “I don’t even know how to describe the atmosphere. It’s so much antsiness and anxiousness around the game. It’s a huge game. Guys are really locked in from our lift this morning, guys are just focusing on trying to get better.”

The plus out of all this excitement is that Florida may be more on the edge mentally/emotionally going in than Georgia is.  Boy, is that a change.

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14 responses to “In which I say something nice about the Gators…

  1. Russ

    That’s what stood out to me. If the team is a reflection of the coach (and I think it’s true to a large degree) the Gators are going to be wrapped way too tight. If we play our same old boring, grind it out game and protect the ball, we will win easily. If we give Florida any help, it can be closer than I’d like.

    Personally, I think this year we give them the beat down they’ve deserved for years.

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  2. Spike

    Russ, from your lips to God’s ears.. The part about the beat down they deserve…

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    • Russ

      I doubt Gurley plays just because of NCAA incompetence, but if he does, it could get ugly early for the Gators. They are primed to quit.

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  3. Timphd

    Hope the Gators win the toss and take the ball and our defense holds them to a bad three and out then they punt to McKenzie who returns it for a TD. I believe the game would be over then. Their psyche is fragile and if they get down, they may fall apart. One can hope, right?

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  4. uglydawg

    All the bluster and confidence aside, most of us will have a belly full of butterflies leading up to kick-off. I just hope we’re all celebrating very early in the game…like the middle of the first quarter…but I know that’s asking a lot.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      I just hope I am cheering when the combatants leave the battlefield for the last time, when the large lady has sung and the battle is won.

      Oh, and Bluto, good luck with your Brownie fly up at the Bulldog Club, last time I went to that thing it was a rousing experience.

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  5. sUGArdaddy

    I don’t sense antsiness and anxiousness in Athens. I sense a group expecting to win. I used the say the pressure in the air is so thick in Jax you could cut it with a knife. Looks like we found the antidote and the Gators are feeling the pressure. Me thinks Treon is going to throw it to us a couple of times.

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  6. DC Weez

    Props to Boom – -There is nothing like this game. Can’t wait. AG – Have many cold beers ready for me tomorrow.

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  7. 81Dog

    There’s an old line that explains the difference between anxiety and panic. Anxiety is the first time you can’t do it the second time. Panic is the second time you can’t do it the first time.

    I’m not sure what you would call a situation like Florida faces, where this is the fourth time they may not be able to do it the first time. Imagine what Boom must be feeling; this is the eighth time he can’t do it the first time, potentially. I’m pretty sure the Florida program blew through anxiety a couple of years ago, and they’re probably one more loss in Jacksonville from sitting at home in a closet listening to Tracy Chapman records while they weep uncontrollably at the thought of going outside.

    Golden sombreros for everyone in urrange, I say. Like with so many other things, with ass whuppings, it’s so much better to give than to receive.

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  8. Cojones

    “Coming over the bridge and the excitement in the air”. Is that in reference to the hotel to the stadium or memories of bygone years when he was driving over the St Johns from Ga?

    Yeah, Senator, have a good time, but for heaven’s sake, post.

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