A valuable part of the team

We received a lovely gift in the mail today. The Gator Boosters sent us a miniature model of the Gators’ national championship trophy.Gator trophy The enclosed card said in part:

“…Along with the Gator players and coaches, you played a vital role in this championship and we want you to have your own trophy as a thank you…”

Who ‘da thought? We always thought we did our part but we never realized the importance of our role, or that the coaches and players really acknowledged and appreciated our efforts. I’m touched. We do try. Our efforts include:

  • Mrs. Poolman’s telepathically “channeling” Coach Meyer to get him psyched up for every game.
  • Sometimes driving on-campus before dawn on game-day to get our favorite tailgating spot for an early game.
  • Joining 92,000 of our closest friends to scream our throats sore to drown out the opposing quarterback’s signals.

    92,000 of our closest friends on a Saturday afternoon

    92,000 of our closest friends on a Saturday afternoon

  • For the away games, sitting in front of our TV and intently concentrating on every play of every game, yelling encouragement to the team; and even sending in plays (via Mrs. Poolman’s telepathic link.)
  • Very important – controlling the game atmosphere in our family room during televised games. No extraneous conversation. No distractions. And when things are going our way in a close game, NOBODY MOVES! You don’t want to break the mojo.
  • We decorate the fireplace mantel in our family (TV) room with Gator flags, stuffed alligators and other memorabilia in late August and leave the “shrine” up until Christmas, when Mrs.  Poolman replaces it with Christmas stuff. Of course, it all goes back up in time for the bowl game.
  • At the end of the third quarter of every game, even when we are watching at home, we stand up, join arm-in-arm, and sing “We are the boys of old Florida.” Some of our non-Gator fan friends think this is a little strange, especially when they see it for the first time.

It’s nice to know we’re appreciated. I wonder if we’ll get an invitation to the President’s Box.

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4 responses to “A valuable part of the team

  1. Being a Michigan fan, I am very pleased at how they have played against Florida the few times we have met.

    • Lloyd Carr’s last game in Orlando on Jan 1, 2008 was a real eye-opener for UF. Kept them from getting complacent in the off-season, and set up the MNC run in 08. Thank you, Wolverines, for your contribution. Now if you ‘ll just do something for those overhyped guys from Columbus, we’ll be happy. Nice helmets, by the way.

  2. A shrine to the Gators? Now THAT’S dedication!

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