I left Orlando around 7:30 AM. I would have gotten to Atlanta way ahead of schedule had it not been for some people who did not know how to drive and decided to slow everyone down. My buddy and I hopped on MARTA around 5:15 PM. It took a long time to get to the Dome. When we finally walked in, the game had already started. When we got to our seats, the first half was almost over. We were WAY UP!!!! We decided to try to move down at the end of the Georgetown/Ohio State game (which was boring). We were fortunate enough to have a security guard let us in to the lower level. We ended up sitting behind one of the goals. The first set of seats we sat in were the President of the University of New Mexico. It was pretty cool because Steve Alford came by to say hi and did not know who we were and why we were in his new bosses seats. Ironically, former Lt. Governor of Florida Frank Brogan was sitting right in front of us. During the game, from our seats, we saw former UVA great and Houston Rocket Ralph Sampson, as well as Patrick Ewing. Of course, watching UF romp over UCLA was great.
My buddies and I decided to go to Centennial Park and Hoop City. Hoop City was tons of fun and very interactive. This would be the perfect spot for families to spend the day. We left Hoop City around 2 PM and went to Centennial Park. Chevelle was playing at 3 PM and some no name band was finishing up there set. At 5 PM, LL Cool J was performing. Ryan Seacrest was the host. Chevelle was loud. I am sure they are great, but we were waiting for LL. Seacrest got booed when he came out to introduce LL (that was funny). LL Cool J rocked the house. He did not stop for his full set. It was almost like a movie – he performed for 60+ minutes straight without a break. The highlight of the concert was seeing Webster (Emmanual Lewis) singing the words to “Mamma Said Knock You Out.”
Championship day!! Lots of concerts again at Centennial Park, which is where we headed around 2 PM. Marc Cohn was excellent, as were the other acts, but the main event was starting around 9:15. I could go into the play-by-play of the game, but I will not bore you since you know the outcome. What an experience!!! To watch history being made as 5 young guys did what many claimed was improbable – the repeated as champs!!! The atmosphere was loud and lively. This was a game that I will remember for the rest of my life. I don’t think we got back to our home until 2 AM – mainly b/c we, as well as the rest of Gator Nation, wanted to stay and cheer on the Gators.
A phenomonal weekend!!!