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Why Florida will win
By Annabelle Tometich
I just spent 10 minutes cleaning out my inbox in preparation for the onslaught of hate mail.
The only thing more popular than DunkCity hashtags these days are Gator Haters.
As Kermit the Frog so eloquently put it: Itís not easy being green. He should try green and orange and blue. (Cue the tiny violins ópoor little Gator alumni! I know, and I appreciate your condolences.)
Gator Haters are as old as the university. I imagine UFís founders hitching up their horses outside The Swamp (literally just a swamp back then) only to be taunted by Seminole Indians in gator-skin boots. That probably never happened. I donít know. Iím not a historian.
What I am is a proud University of Florida graduate (B.A. Psychology Ď02) who squirreled her way into writing for her hometown newspaper.
I have many a friend who attended FGCU, and I like most of them well enough. But when asked who Iíll be cheering for tonight Ė my hometown team or my alma mater ó the answer is clear: Chomp chomp.
Thereís something about Gainesville that changes a person. Spending four years in a college town with 160 years of orange-and-blue history alters oneís DNA. There are Gator alumni clubs in Las Vegas and London, Taipei and Tokyo. The Gator Nation is worldwide.
FGCU may have the underdog support of the rest of the country, but UF is not San Diego State. Georgetown? Nah.
This is the University of Florida, dear Cinderellas.
I wish FGCU a good game tonight, but I look forward to getting a taste of Eagle. Itís got to be sweeter than Seminole meat. On that we can all agree.
Annabelle Tometich is a staff writer for The News-Press. She was born and raised in Fort Myers. She stopped cheering for FGCU sometime Monday morning. Yell at her on Twitter: @ATometich.
Why FGCU will win
By Jenny Williamson
FGCU dunked its way into the hearts of basketball fans last week in spite of busting most of the nationís brackets. Along the way, they dismantled Georgetown and San Diego State. And the next item on the menu for the Eagles is gator.
And hereís why:
ē Numbers arenít everything ó but some are sweeter than others. The first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16 earned its ticket to Texas by upsetting seeds No. 2 and No. 7, so sinking their talons into the No. 3 Gators to play in the Elite 8 isnít a stretch no matter how favored Florida is.
ē Eagles are made for flight. Whether itís the swoosh of a 3-pointer or the alley leading into the oop, FGCUís style of play will have them soaring above the Gators.
ē Sherwood Brownís Hair. Brown has so much swagger itís got its own Twitter account, @SherwoodsHair. Itís like having an extra man on the court. And itís the only way to explain why Brown is seemingly everywhere at once.
ē Dunk City Pride. Itís normal for a university to be referred to by the name of the city or state where itís located. But the City of Fort Myers and the Lee County Visitors & Convention Bureau are welcoming visitors to Dunk City. Weíve got an anthem, a dance and FGCU students can even get a Dunk City ID card.
ē Eagle Pride. Say they come from Dunk City, but donít call them ďFlorida G.C.Ē We are FGCU. We are Eagles. We are Florida Gulf Coast University. This is a team on a mission to be known. And when FGCU defeats Florida and takes another step toward the Final Four, everyone will.
Jenny Williamson is an intern for The News-Press. She is a senior journalism student at FGCU. She best enjoys Gators by the tail, dunked in a sweet sauce. Find her on Twitter at @MsJenWilliamson