October 17, 2009

Bou's Recap: Gators vs. Razorbacks

Holy crap.

As one of my readers put in the comments, I don't need a stress test this year.

Third quarter, I leaned over and said to my husband, "Can we leave now?"

Sick. I was sick. I was sick for the entire game. I can't take games like that and here is why.

In the mid-80s when I was at UF, they had a coach named Galen Hall. EVERY FRICKIN' game was like that. EVERY GAME. We could go into the 4th quarter, actually in The Swamp, and we'd be leading by two touchdowns and then completely frickin' blow it and lose by a field goal or a touch down.

Holy crap.

I went to UF with a friend of mine from HS. We used to sit together at the games. (He is the only person I keep in touch with from UF, but I don't consider him a college friend. We've known each other since I was 14.) Anyway, we'd sit together, and he'd scream that it was another heart attack game.

I txted him during today's game as he now lives in LA, and said, "It's another frickin' heart attack game. I can't take this. I'm too old for this now."

He'd already turned off the TV. I didn't have that luxury. I was stuck there until the bitter end.

So here are my thoughts...

1) I thought the officiating was very good. I am amazed, however, at how much officials don't see, just because there is so much going on. However, as my one son pointed out, it is amazing as well at how much they really DO see. We were sitting in the North Endzone and saw things that were just frickin' WRONG. But, officials cannot be everywhere. It is what it is...

2) I don't think the UF offense showed up today. Their receivers need fly paper on their hands, on their uniform, on their arms...next game.

3) The Arkansas offense DID show up and Thank God the UF defense didn't stay home and make too many mistakes. They saved us.

4) This UF team is not BCS material. My husband and I disagree on this sharply. This is NOT a BCS team and if they do make it that far, they're going to get their clocks cleaned by someone.

5) If UF makes it past Alabama for the SEC title, I'll be surprised. If they look like they did today 'Bama will take it.

6) The Gators absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, would not have won today if it were not a home game. If it had been in Arkansas, UF would have had their first loss of the season.

Which brings me to what you cannot see on TV. You cannot see the energy.

I am telling you now, there was a collective consciousness of the crowd to actually GIVE the team their positive energy. You could feel it. The cheering changed. It was no longer cheering for good plays, but cheering to save their asses. Every scream was encouragement. Every yell was personal. Every holler was meant for their ears... for the team to be lifted.

I don't remember that 20 years ago. It honestly was not the way it is now. It was as if the crowd were connected in some way to the team by some sort of invisible cord.

I truly believe the team could not have made it without the Gator fans today.

Today... players and fans were One. It was an amazing thing to be a part of.

However, next time, I'll pass. My heart can't take it. Seriously, I'm too old for that crap.

Good grief.

Posted by Boudicca at October 17, 2009 10:42 PM

There is nothing like a good (read:close)college game. The NFL has nothing on them.

My first college FB game was at the Orange Bowl between UM and FSU....it was the famous "wide right" game in 1991 and I thought the stadium was going to fall apart around our ears. They let 10,000 more people into the stadium than had tickets it seemed. CRAZY, FABULOUS first game to see!

And you experienced the 12th player phenomenom yesterday. The fans can be that player. Glad you had so much fun. ;)

Posted by: peedee at October 18, 2009 07:11 AM

There are some games that are just so much fun to be at. Wide right and wide left would have been two of those games in the early 90s! Also, the infamous Hail Mary pass with Doug Flutie with Boston College against Miami... I was watching that on TV and I so would have loved to have been in those stands!

And... we got a txt this morning from a client/friend of my husband's saying, "Were you all at the game?" Evidently we were all over TV when Tebow and made this great drive and was all pumped up... right before another fumble.

And I know the key now... to be on TV, you want to be in the endzones. We were 4th row in the N endzone. The sides of the stadiums are filled with both teams, the staff, cheerleaders, etc. The endzones are free of anything. So the endzone people were constantly on the Jumbotron and evidently my family was on TV.

Classic sign held by a very beautiful young Gator Fan: "I'll dump my boyfriend for Tim Tebow". I hope it made the television. It was classic.

Posted by: Bou at October 18, 2009 09:05 AM

Indeed, the Texas Aggies had it figured out years ago: the 12th man.

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Posted by: kqwams at October 18, 2009 10:54 AM

The intensity is something for sure! I have never been to an OU game with my hubby - can't even imagine. More ramped up that he is at home?? He'll have a stroke for sure...

And OU lost to TX saturday - not a good day at my house... :(

Posted by: Richmond at October 18, 2009 05:09 PM

Two HUGE blown calls towards the end of the game. I had my jaw dropped along with the commentators.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at October 19, 2009 04:44 PM

Yeah, I heard about those two bad calls later. Being in the stands, we couldn't hear the commentators.

I was doing some reading since and I don't think the bad calls cost them the game. They still had TONS of mistakes. But the bad calls didn't help.

That game should have ended a tie game. They both sucked.

At one point, our offense was finally jamming, but the defense fell apart. I said to the guy next to me, "I guess we're not allowed to have both this game are we?"

Posted by: Bou at October 19, 2009 08:41 PM