Gator Football Survival Guide

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors BK3216615

Anybody who knows me at all knows that I am missing the sports strand on my DNA.  However, you can't live in the backyard of The Swamp without learning a few things mighty darn quick:

  • Royal blue and orange make a fine color combo....especially when worn together. 


  • "Who's Urban Meyer?" is not a good thing to ask around these parts.


  • If planning a trip out to eat the night before game day (and it does not matter whether the game is home or away), you MUST wear orange....or blue....or both.  Otherwise you're going to look like a Seminolian out-of-towner.  Trust me when I tell you this is not a good thing.


  • Alabama is right around the corner driving if that's where the Gators are playing, that's where you'd better be.  And if you are ANY kind of fan at all, you will get there at least 48 hours before the game and stake out your spot on the asphalt.


  • University parking lot = RV campground on game weekends.


  • Little Tykes playsets make a fine addition to the bed of parked pickup trucks on game day.


  • Next to Hurricane Days, the Gator Growl is the best day of the year to be legally off from school.


  • Celebrating its 86th year, The Gator Growl is the world's largest pep rally (being an official school holiday may explain why the pep rally is so darn big). It is held the night before the homecoming game.


  • This year's Gator Growl is on Friday, October 16.  A crowd of more than 40,000 is expected.





Coleen DeGroff, MBA

Specializing in drama-free realty for the hassle-averse

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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I use to live there and worked for Paul West Ford.  Does that tell my age or what.


Aug 08, 2009 04:27 AM #1
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
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Do you still wear blue and orange and do the Gator Chomp?  :)

Aug 08, 2009 12:09 PM #2
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
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Thanks, Dedra! I may not be a big fan of football, but the Gators are definitely growing on me!  I even staked out a silent auction item at a fundraiser (Gator gear, including the cutest royal blue and orange weaved purse with the UF gator prominently displayed every couple inches or manager says it's hideous....obviously not something he said out loud where anybody in Gainesville could hear him).

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