Monday, August 25, 2008

Perpetrating College Football Stereotypes

Stereotypes are funny because there is always some element of truth to them. Yes, oftentimes they can be blatantly racist and/or hurtful. However, when you're pointing them out and it involves someone similar to you, then at least you're letting others know that it's ok to laugh.

For instance, I'm a graduate of the University of Florida. Over time, our fanbase, especially as it relates to football, has been known to wear a certain article of clothing. At some point, I'm not exactly sure when, this piece of clothing was considered "cool". Though, in time it gravitated more towards being associated with "redneck", "mobile home", "hick" or some other derogatory statement referencing inbreeding and stupidity. Of course, I'm referring to "jorts".

For those of you that are unaware of exactly what "jorts" are think about the attire proudly worn by at least 50%(that's a highly conservative estimate) of NASCAR fans. Yes, there's the racing hat, racing shirt(either beer or tobacco related, likely without sleeves) and the always stylish pair of jean shorts. Or, "jorts". So now you know exactly what's being discussed here, and you're ready to see just how the stereotype that "Gators Wear Jean Shorts" was being carried on last Saturday morning. Behold, the power of the "jorts"!

Unfortunately, the lighting wasn't great and I was using a camera phone, though, better equipment wouldn't have made much of a difference because based on the Gators sleeveless shirt, jorts and Gators crocs this man was important and had to move at a hurried pace.

Ahhh stereotypes, you gotta love 'em.

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