BCS rivalry hits YouTube with Mac commercial parody


Published: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 12:33 a.m.
What is a "Buckeye" anyway? And for that matter, why do 90,000 Gator fans clap their arms in a chomping motion on any given Saturday?
These and other pre-National Championship questions are scoring points on the Internet and on YouTube - where a University of Florida vs. Ohio State University parody of Apple's "Mac vs. PC" commercials has snagged more than 74,000 views.
In seven parody videos styled after the Mac TV commercials, Gainesville musicians Chris McCarty and Daniel Aguel duke it out respectively as "The Gator" and "The Buckeye."
McCarty, dressed in a blue Florida T-shirt, and Aguel, wearing a red Ohio State T-shirt and cap, trade witty insults and barbed banter in spots with such titles as "What's a Buckeye?," "Heisman" and "Kiplinger."
In one version of the latter, which received 74,354 YouTube views by midday Friday, Aguel as the Buckeye tells McCarty the Gator that Ohio State was ranked No. 79 in a Kiplinger report ranking the academic merits of public universities. McCarty gets the last word when he coolly informs Aguel that Florida was ranked No. 2 in the same poll.
"The Gator" doesn't always fare so well against "The Buckeye," however. In "Heisman," Aguel asks McCarty about some of Florida's most popular cheers. After McCarty extends his arms to clap in the Gator "chomp," Aguel responds by saying OSU also has some good cheers - and assumes the pose of the Heisman Trophy, which was awarded this year to Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.
Both McCarty and Aguel are Gainesville musicians who frequently perform around town; McCarty as singer of the Chris McCarty Band, and Aguel who describes himself as an acoustic singer/songwriter and lead singer of the aptly named "Daniel Aguel."
All seven videos are featured on the Web site, www.gatorsvsbuckeyes.com, as well as on YouTube.
Neither McCarty nor Aguel could be tracked down by Friday presstime, but their spots have inspired similar feuding on YouTube.
Some of those comments can't be printed in a family newspaper. But others make their point without having to resort to expletives.
"Let's face it," writes one Florida fan in a posted comment to a Buckeye antagonist. "You use Velcro cause you can't tie your shoes."

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