发信人: oncestrong (小时候胖不算胖), 信区: Football
标 题: Florida defends Swamp, to delight of
发信站: The unknown SPACE (Sun Sep 19 13:21:02 1999), 转信
Florida defends Swamp, to delight of
Posted: Sunday September 19, 1999
By Ryan Hunt, CNN/SI
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Steve
Spurrier calls these rivalry
showdowns the "goalpost games."
Never mind that university police
protect them even better than a
Gator offensive linemen, but if
Florida Field's goalposts can
survive the aftermath of a 23-21
thrilling win over No. 2 Tennessee,
they likely never will be threatened.
On Saturday, the only thing toppled was the defending
national champions and their 14-game winning streak. The
Volunteers still haven't won in Gainesville in 28 years.
They don't call it The Swamp for nothing.
"That fourth quarter was the loudest I've ever heard it
here," said Kevin Richards, one of the 85,707 fans in
attendance -- a mere seven fans short of the largest crowd
in Florida Field history. "It was absolutely intense. We
wanted to be the 12th man."
Indeed they were Saturday night. And maybe even the 13th
A game at The Swamp definitely is unique. It's a
stand-every-play, scream-every-down, ear-ringing
experience. Florida fans pride themselves on being loud.
Arguably, no team in the nation has a greater home-field
In the stands, you can barely hear yourself talk. Imagine
how the opposing quarterback feels.
"It's all about the intimidation factor," Florida student
Matt Stewart said. "We want teams to know that only the
Gators get out alive in The Swamp."
It's been five years since the Gators have been beaten at
home -- a streak that now spans 30 games, the longest
active in the nation.
A good portion of the fans on the eastern side of the
stadium -- the student section -- don't even know what it
feels like to walk out of Florida Field with the feeling of
A random quiz proved just that.
Question: Which was the last team to beat the Gators in
Florida Field, what was the score, who caught the
winning touchdown and which UF defender was beaten on
The answers: Auburn, 36-33, Frank Sanders and Michael
Most remembered the Tigers correctly, but the remainder
of the details clearly were fuzzy.
Then again, can you blame them? It was 59 months ago.
"That's ancient history, man," UF graduate Tony Rubin
said. "Just like the last time the Vols won here -- ancient
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