Sugar Bowl Warm-Up: A Gator's Perspective

Larry SnarkvilleAnalyst IDecember 28, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 26:  The Florida Gators mascot calls on the fans to make some noise of the Villanova Wildcats during their Minneapolis Regional Final of the 2006 NCAA Divison I Men's Basketball Tournament March 26, 2006 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Did anyone say Sugar Bowl 2009?

Almost forgot that there's a game to be played.

With weeks of self-flagellation behind us (and, unfortunately, still in our midst), the Florida Gators are a few days away from playing in the Sugar Bowl.

It used to be a big deal.

But now, with the advent of a more contrived method of determining the "national champion" in college football, this once-esteemed bowl game has been relegated to the trash heap of not-for-first-place games.

At least for this year.

This year's game between Florida and Cincinnati has garnered little attention outside of the fans and alumni of each school.

It's too bad because the game itself involves two good football teams with a lot of unsettled business to tend to.

Cincinnati, the champions of the Big East, just recently lost their coach, Brian Kelly, to Notre Dame.

Sort of ironic that the coach of a 12-0 football team playing in a "major bowl" would leave to go coach at a school that's not even playing in a bowl game this year. But that's another story for another day...

And then there's the Florida Gators who have had more written about them in the past few weeks than just about any other college football program in America.

And the majority of that writing has had little to do with the team itself.

It's a shame that the game on the field has been overshadowed by the games off the field. That the playing of the games is secondary to everything else.

Anyway, with those thoughts in mind (and out of the way), I thought I'd post a video.

I hope that it will remind Gator fans of the excitement of what being a Florida Gator is supposed to be about.

Oh, and turn up the volume.