I guess with winning comes a little bit of arrogance. Opposing fans have been telling the gator faithfull that they go beyond the normal protocall for arrogance and cockiness. In fact they have been saying that for years, even when the Gators were down.
Gator fans are called obnoxious, mean, cocky, arrogant, snobish, and generally possessing a significant lack of decorum.
But you can't blame the Gator fan for this as it's not his fault. Just like you really can't blame Steve Bartman for interfering with the foul ball. The cubs should have never been in that position to begin with.
So who then, do we blame. Alas, the secrets of the swamp are revealed as we examine the 5 things mostly responsible for Gator fans healthy exuberance. Enjoy !
Florida is a football school. Make no mistake about it. However, with the success of the Mens basketball team last decade, it only adds to the notion that UF is the place to be.
With basketball winning back to back, and the football team owning 2 of the same, it's hard not to see why some fans seem to have the proverbial nose in the air atitude.
No worries Gator Haters, the Mens basketball team has sunk back to mediocrity.
It helps when your stadium seats 90,000 and is in the top 10 nationally in attendance every year. It also helps when the decible levels madate hands over ears. Finally, it helps when you look into the stadium and see the mass of orange and blue that engulfs you.
Lee Corso of ESPN was once quoted as saying the :Swamp" is the most hostile stadium in all of college football.
When gameday crews are here for a night game, the place gets downright filthy ! Mix in some september heat index of about 110 degrees and you my friend can now see again why the gator fan can't be blamed for his or her snootiness
I don't know this young lady, but holy pigskin. When you've got this kind of distraction walking around, how can any student or athlete for that matter even concentrate?
Can you blame male Gator fans, (perhaps some females too, but that's another topic), for getting a little self entitled?
So here we go again. With Talent like this slithering around Gainesville, Gator fan is justified with adopting the "We own the world", mentality.
I need a drink.
The brilliant mind of Athletic director Jeremy Foley is a main reason for the success of Gator athletics. Yet another reason, the Gator fan can't be blamed for having an elitest atitude.
Since 1992, Foley has lead the athletics at Florida to numerous championships and national fame. Foley started at Florida in 1976 as an intern and worked his way up the ladder.
His dedication and vision for the Gator's athletic department is uncompomising.
Yet another reason us Gator fans are really not in control.
We were never really in control Gator fans.
Way back in 1990 the OBC came onto campus and immediately turned a whole football culture around at Florida.
Florida's favorite son comes home to coach the beloved Gators. It was spurrier who put the swagger of the UF program on the map. It was the OBC who coined Ben Hill Griffin as "The Swamp."
It was he who needled Phillip Fulmer and Tennessee about coloring books and and citrus. The OBC drew the plays up in the dirt, the let the fun and gun play itself out.
Because of you Mr. Spurrier, Gator fans will not accept the notion that we are to blame for our arrogance.