What do I find this morning in my trusty ufl.edu email? An email from Albert! Awwwww! Apparently he needs me, well he needs everyone, in Gainesville on Thursday.
ESPN is on the look out for TitleTown USA and we want to show the nation why Gainesville, Florida IS TitleTown USA. We can't do it without your help, so come out and join us on Thursday, July 10. Fans of all ages are encouraged to attend the shoot that will be broadcast from the grass outside the North End Zone of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, beginning around 1:30 p.m. 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (Jacksonville, Fla.) will be interviewed by UF alum Erin Andrews.
As part of the series, SportsCenter will have daily segments featuring each of the cities (one city per day) from July 4 - 23. At the conclusion of the series, fans will select the winner through online voting Thursday, July 24 - Saturday, July 26. The winner will be announced on SportsCenter Sunday, July 27, at 11 p.m.
Pass this note on and encourage all of your friends to put on their orange and blue and come out and show the nation why Gainesville IS TitleTown USA this Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
First of all, Albert needs to know random CAPS are the literary device of CNN Political Ticker commentators and whoever it is that reads FanHouse articles. Secondly, as much as I love UF, if New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, or Green Bay does not win, this has been a lame exercise. But, Columbus, Ohio finishing ahead of Knoxville or Gainesville would be hilarious. Maybe the Buckeyes can put that banner next to their BCS Second Place flags.
The TitleTown (again with the random CAPS) contest also inspired some Gator snobbery, which is always a good thing unless you attended Florida State or the school we are about to discuss. While exchanging facebook messages with Alligator Army reader Christine, I noted that some of the excerpted comments supporting Gainesville could have been written by Santa Fe grads. Her response is classic.
No coincidence there - SFCC="i go to school in gainesville" aka "i liyek duh gaturz n' i goez tuh collegez inn gaynesvul"
Yes, two people with a combined four UF degrees think Santa Fe grads talk in LOLCATS. Hooray for being snobs!
But seriously folks, if you're in Gainesville, come down to the stadium. The Lawrence, Kansas segment was horribly lame and it appeared like Tennessee just stocked their arena with professors. We can at least show them up.