Friday, November 16, 2007

The Florida Classic!

First, a moment of silence for Hansel Tookes, former Florida A&M athletic director and creator of the Florida Classic, who passed away yesterday. He started a great tradition, and it's sad that he won't be able to see 2007's version this Saturday. R.I.P. Coach Tookes.

As far as the game is concerned, the series between Florida A&M and Bethune Cookman College began in 1925, with it moving to a neutral site in 1978. The first site was in Tampa, and in 1997 the game was moved to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Currently, FAMU leads the series with a 41-14-1 record. Though, BCC has won 3 out of the last 5. The game has also passed "the Bayou Classic (Grambling/Southern) as the nation’s largest football game between two Historically Black College/University (HBCU) schools". But the game encompasses much more than football.

It's a great rivalry atmosphere, and where else could you possibly see a head coach dressed like BCC's Alvin Wyatt?

Seriously, that's pretty sweet. And when you find out he's running an offense nicknamed the "Wyattbone" it just makes it that much sweeter.

There's also a badass halftime show that features two of the most entertaining college bands in the country. Here's what the Orlando Sentinel has to say about it:


For many fans, the game's highlight is halftime and the schools' renowned bands: FAMU's Marching 100 and B-CU's Marching Wildcats. The show can last an hour. Watch the crowd dwindle after the show.

Any game with a band display like this:

Or this:

Or this:

Or this:

Has to be a blast.

So, clear your schedule for 3:30PM tomorrow, and be prepared to be entertained.

Coach Tookes wouldn't have it any other way.

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