Since the 1994 Florida football season, I have covered all but one Florida football game, home and away and bowls and, well, you get the idea.
It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
(The one I didn’t cover is a long story I will tell you over beers sometime).
For a kid who hung on every word coming out of the mouth of Otis Boggs, it really has been a privilege.
And I went to plenty of games as a student and when my parents had an extra ticket or I sold hot dogs to get in (always sold one basket full before finding a seat).
But there are some games I didn’t attend that I wish I had.
Here are the top five:
- Florida 59, Houston 34 (1969): No, I wasn’t there for the famous start of the Super Sophs. Someone asked my dad what Florida’s chances were and he said, “Two — nil and none.” So we didn’t go. Thousands of fans actually showed up for the game at halftime. It was quite a debut for John Reaves, Carlos Alvarez and Tommy Durrance.
- Florida 10, Alabama 6 (1963): This game was in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the Tide came in ranked No. 3 in the country. I listened to it as an 8 year old (do the math; I’m old) and can still hear the call in my head when Dick Kirk broke his 52-yard run that eventually won the game.
- Florida 38, Georgia 7 (1990): I was the sports editor at the Gainesville Sun and was working the desk. This was the beginning of Florida’s dominance over Georgia under Steve Spurrier.
- Florida 13, FSU 10 (1982): The ’82 team was the epitome of up-and-down. It opened the season with James Jones’ famous catch in a win over Miami and beat USC the following week, but later would lose to Georgia 44-0. The win over FSU, ranked 15th, saved a crazy season and Gator fans stormed the field.
- Florida 42, FSU 13 (1972): Nat Moore and a turnover-happy defense made this a surprisingly easy win for the Gators. I remember listening to it at Robbie Andreu’s house and we were both just incredulous as UF piled up the points.
Feel free to share the games you missed that you wished you had attended.