Dieagator, you reminded me of something. I have not lived in Florida for over 50 years. In various parts of the country, at various times, I will see people wearing Gator gear. Even if I didn't already know, I could make a lot of money betting on how the Gators had done the previous year--if anyone would bet me. I always go up and ask them "are you a real Gator?". I do it for two reasons. 1. I really want to connect with Gator fans, and 2. I want to make faux and bandwagon fans confess. I have been told by family in Jacksonville, that it is easy to predict the fortunes of FSU by how much Seminole gear is on display around town. Same in Virginia with VATECH (otherwise known as VA Polytecnical Instituue and State Univ. (VIPPYSUE); the national bass fishing champs). Maybe the OP is pouting because he doesn't feel comfortable wearing his Gator gear this year. His problem. OTH here in SoCal I have broken mine out publicly the past three weeks. If anyone were to question it, I will just tell them "It is Great to be a Florida Gator." Always. Don't want to get too long winded, but referring to another thread. Since I left UF after two years to go into Navy flight training, can I actually call myself a Gator? Does marrying a UF alum, and paying tuition for a kid who is a UF grad help my cause? Just kidding. I don't really care what people say, I have been a Gator in my own mind since 1950.