Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Weekend Update

So, Saturday I spent the day in Gainesville at the University of Florida campus. I have a few pics to post, and will get to that later...but here's how the day unfolded. We met at Cracker Barrel at 06:30am (YAWN), ate some breakfast and then hit the road! We were in G-Ville by 9:15am, found some good free parking and headed out on foot. We wandered around campus, did some shopping at the UF bookstore, and then headed over to the stadium (The Swamp - Ben Hill Griffin Field). We had pretty good seats in the north end zone, lower bowl, not too far up. The stage was set up in the south end zone. They were showing the BCS Championship game on the big screen, so we watched that until the rally started. There were about 70,000 Gator fans at the event! At noon, the band came out,cheerleaders, and Albert & Alberta, the mascots. They all led us in some cheers. Then the team came out and filed into their seats. Head coach Urban Meyer came to the stage and introduced the coaching staff, and the seniors. A few of them came up an spoke about the game, and their time at UF. Danny Wuerffel(1996 Heisman winner & QB of that national championship team) came on stage and gave Chris Leak his MVP of the game award. The President and AD of the university also spoke. They unveiled the "2006" which was painted next to the "1996 National Champions" on the Stadium wall. Then the players walked around the outer circle of the field while the crowd when crazy cheering for them! They walked over to the band,as they do after every game, and we all sang "We are the boys..", and then the alma mater. It was a good event, the fans loved it. After we left the stadium,we went and got some lunch, hit a few more Gator stores, and then headed back home. It was a great day to be a Florida Gator!


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