GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On the day of a normal University of Florida football game, this city’s population expands by tens of thousands of orange-and-blue revelers from cities and towns all around the Sunshine State.
The 2020 home opener was different. And for now, this is the new norm.
First, many people showed up you don’t normally see on a Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Tom Brady was spotted. Rob Gronkowski, too. The late, great Tom Petty made an appearance, which probably freaked a few people out. Former Gators quarterback and TV personality Jesse Palmer was in the house. Somebody said they saw J. Lo, but that rumor has been difficult to confirm.
Meanwhile, ex-Gators head coach Will Muschamp stopped by, directing his fifth South Carolina team to a 38-24 loss to the No. 3-ranked Gators. UF head coach Dan Mullen, who won for the 12th time in 14 home games since he took over, reportedly had his dog Heisman in the stands for additional support.
It was that kind of day at the Swamp. A little of this, a little of that. Some offense here, some defense there. Real living, breathing fans in one row, cardboard cutouts in the next.
For those among the