GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida has long since advised its athletic department not to refer to the Georgia-Florida rivalry in Jacksonville as The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. This is probably a good thing (OK, it's probably a politically correct thing. Because what school is dumb enough to advertise a football game as a "Cocktail Party" when most of the college kids attending the "Cocktail Party" will be driving back to Gainesville after the "Cocktail Party.")
With that in mind, hats off to Florida coach Urban Meyer for going all Hans Solo today during the weekly SEC coaches teleconference and challenging UF's directive.
"I know we're not supposed to call it the Cocktail Party but The World's Largest Cocktail Party in Jacksonville," Meyer said. "I remember at an early age watching that."
Not a big deal, in my opinion -- Only three people have died in UGA/UF related partying in Jacksonville since 2004. -- as I am a supporter of breaking silly rules that aren't really rules but rather nonsense cooked up by people who think they're pretty important and have the power to make rules.
Meyer also spoke out against moving the Florida-Georgia game to Atlanta every other year. (Georgia fans are sick of driving through Florida after watching their team lose every year. Driving through Georgia every other year after watching their team lose is a much more pleasant thought.)
"I'd think it'd be a shame," Meyer said. "It's like the Red River Shootout (Oklahoma vs. Texas in Dallas' Cotton Bowl). There's only a couple of those and it would take away from the uniqueness of the rivalry."