Kentucky Wildcats Football: 7 Degrees of the Florida Gators

Sep 21, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) throws the ball to tight end Clay Burton (88) against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats will take on the Florida Gators this Saturday, September 28th at 7:00 PM in Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky looks to snap their 26 game losing streak dating back to 1987, the longest active uninterrupted annual series, the 11st longest in NCAA history.

Here are your 7  bullet points or less to link the Gators to the Wildcats:

  • Florida’s mascot is the Gator. Short for Alligator, it became the mascot in 1911 after a local vendor ordered and sold school pennants with an alligator emblem imprinted on them. It is a common misconception that it is due to the teeth in Florida fans, but it is not.
  • “The Gator  Chomp” is a popular cheer among Florida fans. The chomp originated in 1981, nearly 70 years after the mascot was selected. The chomp is performed when one extends his or her arms, one over the other, in front of the body with the palms facing each other, and the moved apart and together to symbolize an alligator’s mouth. The motion is often accompanied by the theme song from Jaws and men who wear their hair longer in the back and shorter in the front.
  • If Jaws was a real shark, he would have roughly weighed 3 tons and been approximately 25 feet long. That’s the same weight as 39 average US women (154lbs) or 20 of these, and the length of 4.2 US males with average height (5’10″).
  • Jaws won the Oscar award for Best Sound, Best Music and was nominated for Best Picture but lost to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…. speaking of which… this kid may qualify for the sequel.

  • The Silence of the Lambs was directed by Florida Alum Jonathan Demme, and it did win Best Picture, along with Best Director for Demme, Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins, and Best Actress for Jody Foster.
  • Despite MTV Awards Nominations for co-star Ray Allen for his role in the 1998 file “He Got Game”, no awards were given to former Kentucky basketball coach Rick Pitino who played himself in the film.  Prior to that role, Pitino played himself in the 1994 film Blue Chips.
  • In 1994, Billy Donovan left his role as Kentucky assistant head coach behind Rick Pitino to take the head spot at Marshall.  He spent 1994 to 1996 with the Thundering Herd before taking the same position with the Gators that year.

And with that lovely tidbit, you have your seventh degree of the Kentucky Wildcats to Florida Gators.

Topics: Florida Gators, Football, Kentucky Wildcats

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