FOUR BITS: Tickets, injuries, Gators honored

By Adam Silverstein
December 17, 2009

1 » The University of Florida is considered one of the best football traveling schools in the country. However, you would never know that if you looked at the ticket sales for the upcoming 2010 Sugar Bowl against the No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats. Out of the No. 5 Florida Gators’ 17,500 allotted tickets, the team still has almost 5,000 remaining. In fact, the University Athletic Association usually only allows boosters and students to order tickets, but they opened it up to alumni and regular fans via Ticketmaster almost two weeks ago. Should fans wish to attend, they can choose to sit in the Gators section.

2 » Getting ready for a trip to Sunrise, FL, for the 2009 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, the No. 13/13 Florida basketball team (8-1) is dealing with a rash of injuries. Junior forward Chandler Parsons (torn leg muscle), sophomore F/C Kenny Kadji (back spasms) and freshman F Erik Murphy (shoulder) are all missing practice while sophomore guard Ray Shipman (foot) just recently returned to action. “We’re about at a point where we’re playing 3-on-3 in practice,” head coach Billy Donovan said. “You’ve got 10 guys and you’re down to six right now, so that makes it challenging, especially with exams going on.”

3 » The Gators football team keeps racking up honors as six players were named to the Sporting News All-SEC Team on Thursday. On offense, senior quarterback Tim Tebow, junior tight end Aaron Hernandez and junior center Maurkice Pouncey all received the nominations; senior middle linebacker Brandon Spikes, junior cornerback Joe Haden and junior defensive end Carlos Dunlap represented the defense. Haden was also named the 2009 Defensive MVP by the publication.

4 » Speaking of honors, soccer’s Erika Tymrak was named to the 2009 Soccer America All-Freshman team as a second team selection. She has already been listed on the NSCAA All-South Region second team and SEC All-Freshman team.


  1. Mr2Bits says:

    It was all or bust this year. Nobody wants to see the Gators take home a best runners-up trophy especially on New Years day. The heart of our fans is unfortunately what I think the heart of our players have right now which is deflated and a “who cares” mentality.

  2. Brittany says:

    I agree with Mr2Bits, but I also think it’s a few other things too. I’ve talked to a few people who said that the student travel packages aren’t all that great, and classes interfere with the game and etc. With that said, I wish I had the money to go.

  3. Kaity says:

    If it weren’t for a wedding, I would be there in a heartbeat. New Orleans for New Year’s? Are you serious? And you basically get a 4 day weekend this year. I would definitely buy tickets. I really don’t think it’s so much that we are disappointed w/the Sugar Bowl as it is the economy. It’s a long drive, or a pricy flight – plus hotels and tickets – that’s hard. It’s not like the Orange Bowl where most Gators can drive to Miami for the game, then drive home.

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