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#24 Vanderbilt at #1 Florida – 6pm CST

Vanderbilt faces their toughest test of the season tonight when they make the trip to the land of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, and several million retired people. They face a top-ranked Florida Gators team that has not lost a game since early December.

However, Florida has recently shown some weaknesses, including a near loss to a struggling Ole Miss team. Normally, this would be a glimmer of hope for the Commodores, who are rarely ever given a chance against the top of the league. However, the Gators are definitely aware of the status of Vanderbilt this season. The ‘Dores have just cracked the top 25 for the first time in several years, and are being called the “hottest team in the SEC’ by many sports analysts. So, the “bomb squad” can be assured that the Gainesville crowd and team will be as prepared as if they were playing Kentucky tonight….. well, almost.

Can Vanderbilt win tonight? Yes, they have shown the ability to win games as the underdog for the past 3 weeks. Will they? I doubt it. The ‘Dores always tend to struggle when they visit Florida. Last year, they were blown out in Gainesville, then almost knocked off the Gators on the return trip to Nashville. I feel that Vanderbilt’s chance to knock off Florida will come not tonight, but on Feb. 17th. However, a solid performance, win or lose, will keep the supporters around and keep the team’s spirits high as they work towards an NCAA tournament berth.

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Florida Hangs on to Win 25-19

Despite a 4th quarter rally by Vanderbilt, the Florida Gators held on to beat the ‘Dores by a score of 25-19 on Nov. 4th. 

   

Since this was an LF special (LF=Lincoln Financial, who took over the SEC broadcasting business from JP Sports when they bought the parent financial company), the game started at 11:30am.  Not exactly my favorite gametime.  This meant I had to be out tailgating around 9am for this one.  So I woke up around 8:30, threw on a hat, and headed over to tailgate.  Not surprisingly, our normal tailgating crew was nowhere to be found.  Only me and one other guy made it out.  So we decided to walk around and made it to the law school tailgate party. 

I am still amazed that a group of people that can tailgate at 9am for a 1pm game, can’t get out of bed to tailgate at 9am for an 11:30am game.  Oh well…. The law school put on a good tailgate, except that most of the students who showed up were actually Florida fans.  It almost felt like tailgating for an away game, much like the Michigan dental school tailgate.  Got in a few games of cornhole, even though their set was waterlogged and the bags were more like throwing stuffed animals than bean bags. 

The game got off to a bad start, with Vanderbilt having several punting/special teams mistakes leading to some quick Florida scores.  With Florida leading 22-6 it started to look like Vanderbilt wouldn’t be able to get anything going.  However, Chris Nickson led the team on two fourth quarter scoring drives to bring the score up to 25-19.  However, Bryant Hahnfeldt’s onside kick bounced too far into Florida territory for Vandy to recover, and Florida got the one first down they needed to run out the clock. 

Vanderbilt has suffered a long series of close and disappointing losses this year.  However, in my estimation, their competitiveness has not looked like a fluke.  In each game, Vanderbilt has looked like a team that has the ability to compete week in and week out, and the next step will involve being able to pull victories out of some of these games.  Vanderbilt has only been able to do that in one instance this year, against Georgia, when a late scoring drive sealed the victory.  If Vanderbilt could pull out just half of their close games, they would be a bowl-bound team.

This year the Commodores are 1-4 in games decided by a touchdown or less.  If they could just move up to around .500, they would be 2-3 or 3-2 over those games, giving them either a 5-5 or a 6-4 record at this point.  This will be the next challenge in front of Bobby Johnson and his staff as they move to the 2007 season.  But it does feel good to be halfway through November and still have bowl possibilities alive!

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Nashville Stores Expect Jump in Sales for Florida Game this Weekend

NASHVILLE, TN – Local stores have begun preparations for a surge in expected sales in advance of this weekend’s matchup between Vanderbilt and the University of Florida. Besides the normal jump in cheap beer, grain alcohol, chewing tobacco, and camouflage clothing huntin’ attire seen on football weekends against SEC schools, Gators fans buy one other item in surprisingly large quantities: jean shorts.

Favorite purchase of Gators fans.

We talked to local Sears manager Robert Carrinzo about this unique phenomenon. “We first started noticing this trend about 8-10 years ago,” said Carrinzo.  “Normally, by the time the Florida game shows up on the Commodores schedule, we have already removed jean shorts from our shelves. They would just buy a full pair of jeans, ask for a pair of scissors, and cut off the legs right at the sales desk! Now, in anticipation of this being a regular occurrence, we keep several boxes of shorts in storage after we ship back our other summer items to the distributor.”

At a local Wal-Mart, we caught up with an early-arriving Florida fan to try to figure out what causes this jump in sales.
“Damn, I just love me my jean shorts,” stated Earl Mitchum, of Alachua, FL. “But dammit all, if the damn rusty springs in my ole truck didn’t just rip the ass right out of my last pair. It’s a fur piece up here to Tennessee, so by the time I got here, I needed me a new pair.”


Earl Mitchum, Florida Fan

When asked why he and other Florida fans love jean shorts so much, Mitchum replied, “Damn, I dunno. I guess I started wearin’ ’em when I ripped the legs off my jeans. Then I got twice the use out of ’em. Guess I just got used to ’em.”

While not normally calculated in the economic benefits of football games, Wal-Mart, Sears, JC Penney, and other local stores expect to see up to a 630% increase in the sales of jean shorts and jean short accessories over the next four days. While not considering it a make-or-break weekend for the store, Carrinzo said, “This is always a great bonus for us, and is definitely going to get our sales off to a good start for the month. Two years ago when Florida played Vanderbilt in Nashville, I made half my quota just on this weekend. Who’d have thought that jean shorts would be the item that saves our revenue statistics during the down period before Christmas rush?”

Not us, Richard, not us……

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