September 18, 2009

2009 Season is under way...

So I finally got out to Gainesville, FL this past weekend to kickoff my own personal Gator Football season! After missing the first home game, a 62-3 romp of Charleston Southern, to spend time with Great Grandpa & Great Grandma Gator in St. Petersburg, I was able to attend the Florida vs. Troy game with my good friend, Pimp Gator, better known as Greg Blose in professional circles. (BTW - I recently learned that my great grandmother attended Troy University, so you can see how my allegiances were torn...It was really hard seeing them get beat up)

We headed out bright and early from Ormond Beach, meeting up at the local Wal-Mart to carpool to the stadium. We blasted across the state on State Road 40, which passes through the lovely Ocala National Forest, onto I-75 North and eventually into Gainesville. The drive takes about 1 1/2 hours depending on traffic, so it was plenty of time for Pimp Gator and I catch up. It has been about 6 months since the last time we got to hang, and the Gator game is always a good reason to spend time!

Stopping at ABC, we grabbed some last minute ingredients for a proper tailgate, then headed for the fun! Our tailgate is one of the best, having been put on in some fashion for the last 15 years. The "TailGator" gang is comprised of several leading Gator families from the Daytona Beach area that have been going to games together for decades. We have staked our claim to a prime piece of land located on University Avenue, directly across from/and between the Swamp restaurant and the Grog House. We have a custom-built, gator-decorated tailgate trailer that carries all our gear (2 20x10 tents, flat screen TV, satellite dish, BBQs, Deep Fryers, etc.) as well as has a built-in bathroom.

Of course, we had to do some Gator shopping, loading up on some new gear for the 2009 season. We stopped at Gators Plus, located on University Ave, next to the Florida Bookstore. I grabbed a license plate for myself, a mirrored-one with my favorite, the "Charlie Pell" UF logo. Check it out -

Of course, I don't need to tell you what happened in the game, the Gators romped Troy 56-6 on a rainy day in Gainesville. and continued their perfect season.  This season, as the Gators continue another BCS Championship run for their third in fours years, I will be sharing more and more of our experiences with the Tailgator Gang and my Gator Buddies.

Next weekend. Florida Gators vs. Tennessee Volunteers, 3:30pm kickoff in Gainesville.
See you there! - GD

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