Blog From Florida - Day 2

June 3, 2010

OSU Regional Site

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It’s humid.

Enough said.

Anyone who thought that wouldn’t be the case here when the team landed, well, they’ve just never been to the south. It’s actually not that bad considering it’s Florida, and that’s coming from someone who used to work and live in Alabama. So, when the Beavers practice at 1 p.m. ET today, that will be the challenge for the team. They need to get used to the humidity and the sticky feeling one gets when walking outside.

As the team rolled into Gainesville last night, a couple bright lightning strikes illuminated the sky. Thunderstorms are a way of life in Florida, and the residents tend to take them in stride. It would not be shocking to have a game or two delayed in Gainesville this weekend, so beware of that if you were able to make the trip.

The team was certainly impressed by Florida’s campus when driving through on the way to the team team hotel. The bus passed the “Swamp,” Florida’s football stadium that seats more than 90,000 fans. Then it went past the school’s basketball arena before seeing McKethan Stadium, the park where we’ll play this weekend. We didn’t go in, rather just passing by, but it looks like it’s going to be a nice place to play.

Another cool feature of the Florida campus? Gators. There are a number of lakes on campus, and there are signs posted along the road asking people to not feed the alligators. The roads are merely 20 feet away and there are even footpaths that ring the lakes, so apparently humans and gators are able to coexist peacefully. It’s interesting to see the signs. I can only imagine the feeling if you saw a gator on the banks of one of the lakes.

Unfortunately, this blog needs to come to an end as it’s getting time to get ready for practice. We’ll try to take some shots during the workout and we’ll post them later on.

Go Beavs!
Hank Hager