I was thinking ...(yes, it happens), how can I cheer on the UF Gator football team in my own way.
You must know by now that I'm not the loud cheerleader type fan that my wife is ... it's not that I don't want those Gators to win, I do, but the true fan (my wife, my relatives, my inlaws, my friends) does not acknowledge casual fanaticism. It needs to be full bore to be counted.
My wife who is pretty sweet (when I'm not aggravating her) does a complete and total metamorphosis during a Gator game. It does not matter if it's a live game or a ten year old replay she's seen five times. Her eyes get wild and she screams at the TV, I mean looouuuudddd screaming.
"LEAK, YOU IDIOT!!" ...when the QB does something stupid like sliding to avoid a hit. "GREAT PASS LEAK!! when he throws well. She calls every infraction BEFORE the flag is thrown and is never wrong on the call. NEVER.
Her emotions go up, down, up , down from minute to minute ... elation at a great play followed instantly by anguish when a yellow flag calls it back. All the while she is yelling advice to Coach Meyer. I don't know if he can hear her 45 miles away in THE SWAMP (UF's stadium), but he seems to do what she says ...
For a few hours, it's a lot like being married to John Madden.
I wanted to show my more subtle support for the Gators, so I went to the "real swamp" for inspiration. I found it.
On the sidelines, there were beautiful cheerleaders dressed in orange and blue.
There was even a real Florida Gator bloated with a stomach full of UCF, SMU, UT, and UK victories. He was tired, but smiling.
He couldn't rest long of course, victory may be sweet, but it's like good Chinese food...in a short while, you're hungry again.
Hmmmm, what's next on the menu?
... Alabama sounds tastey.