Did I Mention GO GATORS???

8 01 2007

Watching now, biting nails and lips and whooping and hollering . . .

Updates as the night wears on, I am worn out already but it’s a nice point to mention my affiliation, since we are up at the end of the first quarter by TWO TOUCHDOWNS and looking good!

Tim Tebow, one of the new Gator stars, was homeschooled in Florida, by the way — and played sports at school under our congenial, nondiscriminatory laws . . .Boyfriend who is a lifelong fan of our bitter in-state rival FSU, where we live, is here with us and he amiably donned my personal 1996 national championship orange and blue jacket for the duration. (Smart boy!) FavD has on my orange satin one, embroidered with Albert on the breast pocket.

UPDATE – the lead is now TWENTY points at the half, unbelievable. I am waiting for the “conventional wisdom” to eat some crow, or gator bait, or whatever . . . okay, the tv commentators have given some (not enough) credit where due, I’ll allow. But don’t think I’m counting my championship before it hatches, I’ve been a Gator fan too long not to know better than that, about 45 years now . . .oh, look, it’s the Pride of the Sunshine marching band! I watched them in person every game for almost 20 years . . . and they’re doing BOOGIE WOOGIE!

UPDATE II – Just sang We Are the Boys as third quarter closed, still 20 points up, so weird!@!!!!!!!!

UPDATE III – it is 11:39 pm. We just scored again and I have lost my voice. I suddenly believe. This is where the danger is . . . but I really am beginning to believe we will make history tonight, with the first ever double national titles at the same time held by the same university. A 27-point lead in the fourth should be good enough? But as DH just reminded me “You can’t celebrate yet” . . .

ADDENDUM – or as the announcer just noted, it would be triple titles this year for Gator Nation – football, basketball, and Dancing with the Stars!

FINAL – what a final. And the ESPN guys just ate the crow and showed the Gators(and the South) the love. It’s been over for 15 minutes and it’s tomorrow already, wonder if it’s safe to celebrate yet? Night all . . .

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10 responses

9 01 2007
NanceConfer

Congratulations!

Nance — wishing I had any clue why you are so happy but never mind. . . all is well here . . . the cat who has been missing for 5 days, showed up, DD will be thrilled. . . a good day so far, so go ahead and celebrate! 🙂

9 01 2007
misedjj

Hi Nance – the only way I can explain it is, college football patriotism is better than war? 🙂
Tell DD I am happy for her good news, and it must have been those great flyers you made — obviously this is a cat who can read!

10 01 2007
misedjj

So it was Power of Story, the creative director getting the right script in all their heads! Very theatrical . . .

The Gators players giddily bounced around the locker room screaming things like, “Who doesn’t belong?”

But these moments after Florida’s 41-14 victory over the previously unbeaten Buckeyes took place because of a script.

10 01 2007
misedjj

Another story about the life and times of UF’s homeschooling quarterback phemom Tim Tebow, his father explaining that success is built on character, not standardized test scores:

“You can be well educated in the world’s eyes and still be a sorry person. You can graduate with degrees and have no character. Character defines who you are.”

10 01 2007
misedjj

Gator Nation is all tied up in my mind with family. I grew up in Gainesville apart from earning degrees as a Gator later on, and all that time my parents were personal Gator fans and season-ticket holders beyond their university professor-administrator roles on campus. My emotional attachment is like how Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch loves the Red Sox because he loves his uncle, who takes him to the games. Not sports as business or sports as entertainment (over the years college sports haven’t entertained me as much as tortured me!) but sports as family . . .
maybe Band of Brothers is a better movie to capture that extended family under fire feeling, we’re all in this together. Also I think it is a large part of the denominational draw of organized religion — worth thinking about outside of oneself because it explains so much about our human psychology. 🙂

The plot centers around answering the questions; how much quirkiness is too much and how much love does it take to trump those quirks? It is interesting to see the characters work that out because deep down (if we admit it) we all have quirks. . .

10 01 2007
misedjj

Oh, and don’t forget the power of family in party politics – I’ve known many people who as adults are emotionally vested Ds or Rs, based on childhood family relationships that either branded them as belonging to the blue (or red) team forever, or else repelled them to the hated rival team, to separate from family members. These people can be very hard to discuss political principles with! And of course (you knew I’d get around to it) with schooling — the emotional vesting as members of Public School Nation or Homeschool Nation can be just as strong and just as unexamined. Haven’t you known folks who are just as irrational and fever-pitched in their rooting for School, as any crazed sports fan? Even in very well-educated and thoughtful people when it comes to other issues, School is fraught with emotional baggage from childhood and extended family relationships, more denominational faith or team franchise than a ho-hum public utility.

10 01 2007
misedjj

FavD hasn’t grown up as I did with these emotional school or university attachments, no alma maters nor political party identity nor denominational constant, nor within the patriotic military identity. Not even a neighborhood culture or congregational-type homeschool support group as extended family.
It occurs to me that her sense of strong relationships and attachments has been forged in THIS family, so likely her most persistent lifelong loves and patriotic-type feelings of meaning and belonging, will be grounded primarily in this, as my own orange-and-blue, and red-white-and-blue, identities proved to be long after my childhood family was no more.

Not to sound sappy although it does — I do keenly feel that long after her dad and I have passed from the scene, these attachments and sense of who she is will sustain her and also help keep our family life now alive for her, throughout HER life.

12 01 2007
misedjj

Our local political columnist today,advising our most bitter rivals on how to react now that WE are the champions . . .:)

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