2005: Florida - 14 vs. Georgia - 10: The Worlds Largest Cocktail Party
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Having experienced the Michigan Ohio State Rivalry several times first hand, the boys wanted to experience the other major College Football rivalries. Each fall, fans from Georgia and Florida converge on Jacksonville, Florida to renew an old and heated gridiron rivalry. The game was first held in Jacksonville in 1915 in the teams' second meeting (won by Georgia 39-0). The game has been held in Jacksonville every year since 1933, save for 1994 and '95 while Alltel Stadium was built. While Jacksonville is technically a neutral site, it is located only 73 miles from Gainesville, home of the Gators; Athens, on the other hand, is 342 miles to the north. While Georgia fans travel in droves to the game and sometimes seem to outnumber Florida fans in town on Friday night and in the parking lot, the crowd in the stadium is 50-50 as many Florida fans arrive the day of the game.
The game has become known as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, as fans from both schools cut loose during the weekend. The Jacksonville Landing is overrun with fans, mostly students, celebrating the night before and the night of the game. Tailgating begins at Alltel hours before game time, as alumni and students alike consume as much alcohol as possible. While the occasional fight does break out, the crowd is surprisingly peaceful, that was until Mike and Bone joined the Party !!
Prowling the Pre-Game Party
> Rushing to park the area, they stopped for an extremely greasy breakfast at a sleezy bar outside the stadium, with cups of very bad coffee in hand they noticed that there wasn't anybody in the stadium. Walking up to Alltel Stadiums Gates, the guard told Mike and Bone that they opened up the gates two hours before game time, at 1:00 PM, the game wasn't until 3:00 PM and the Boys could have slept in !!!
A coupla Good ole' Rednecks !!!
With time to kill while their throbbing heads recovered from the Hurricanes of the Cocktail Party, the Boy's got "styling" with Bulldog tee shirts, hats, and jerseys. Fully decked out, the Boys headed over to the ESPN College Football Game Day Crew. The Boys being , good Michigan Men, listening intently to Desmond Howard state why the Bulldogs would win the Cocktail Party
Bone, contemplating stealing the National Championship Trophy for its rightful home in Ann Arbor
Not wanting to pass up the opportunity, the Boys had their pictures taken with the Sears National Championship Trophy. while Bone hummed "Hail to the Victors" !
"Gaaawja Boll-Dawgs !!!!"
Wanting to catch the pre-game warm-ups the Boys entered the chilly West End Zone of Alltel Stadium, square in the Georgia Bulldog student section, in order to check out the pregame festivities and chant ,,,,,,
The Georgia Redcoat Marching Band
"Glory, Glory to ole' Georgia !
Glory, Glory to ole' Georgia !
Glory, Glory to ole' Georgia !
And, the Hell with Florida"
Sung to the Tune "Glory, Glory Hallelujah
The florid Florida Non-Marching Band
With 15 minutes to go, only the Florida Marching Band took to the field to neither march or play all that much music. Definitely not the Michigan Marching Band.
Uga ! Uga !! Uga !!! Uga !!!
It just wouldn't be a Georgia Football game without their bulldog mascot UGA VI.
A Dog Day for the Dawgs
Sadly it was a bad day for the Bulldogs,Florida had a 14 point lead by the end of the first quarter. The Georgia backup Quarterback Joe Tershinski couldn't throw the ball across the street. even though the Bulldogs battled back in the Second Half, the game was over when Georgia tried a Quarterback Sneak on a 3rd and 18 and didn't make it.