It was great to have her here, and I'm sure the timing was thought to be important. Our Republican governor is up for reelection and is being challenged by our former governor who WAS a Republican, but who later joined the Democratic Party. During the festival, which lasted all afternoon, many folks walked across the street to the Supervisor of Elections office and took advantage of early voting. Considering the crowd, I doubt many voted for the current governor.
Gee I'm sorry I missed this thread....due to being immersed in packing etc., for my trip so at last have started catching up. Marvellow htmb!! It is always nice to see how 'the other half lives' way over the ocean. Thanks so much for showing us Gainsville - And yes, I have heard of Gatoraid! I loved those two old blokes with their "We're Married" sign.
Even though the University of Florida football team has had a dismal season, my daughter really wanted to attend a game while she was here for a visit. Her father and I accompanied her and we had great seats, very high and almost center field. I took my camera along to keep me busy, so thought I would post a few more pictures to finish if this thread.
The opposite side of the field is the student side and it looked fairly empty pre-game. However, the stadium filled up a bit more, despite the rain, so that it was about 1/2 full at one point. Typically the stands are packed.
There were two themes for the day. The first was to honor service men and women.
How many players are there on a team while playing? It looks like there are about 50 or more. I also hadn't realized it was all such a big deal. Maybe that's why "soccer" doesn't catch on in the States?
That is one heck of a stadium! Imagine practising for a display like that....I counted 24 French horns alone in the band assembly! We would never see anything on that scale here. Thanks so much for amusing yourself with your camera
True, many of the players don't get a chance to play in some games, but there are different offensive, defensive and special team players. That adds up to 33 first team players alone. Often there are up to four players per position, so there is tremendous depth and players are rotated in and out as needed due to injuries, poor play, or a need for rest. The score for the game I attended was so lopsided that I assume the majority of the players on the sidelines got into the game. Certainly no one is forcing players who don't play to remain on a team.