Hurricanes-Gators Rivalry: The Seven Ugliest Moments
2003 - Brock Berlin's Best Day Ever
Armed with little more than a name befitting a minor James Bond villain and a dream, Brock Berlin packed his bags in 2000 to play for Steve Spurrior's Florida Gators. Then, when Ron Zook took over the team Berlin made the wise decision of transferring to Miami. He'd up starting for the 'Canes during one of the team's rare post-80's match-ups, and started off playing horribly. Even 'Canes fans were booing him. The Gators smelled success against the 'Canes for the first time since 1986. Then halfway through the third quarter, Berlin went ballistic. He set up four UM touchdowns, and the 'Canes ended up winning 33-31. Afterward Berlin celebrated with a mocking Gators chomp.
2008 - Urban Meyer is just always mad as hell, no orange necessary.
The team's last meeting was one Hurricanes fans would rather forget. It was a total Gators rout. The 'Canes were already down 23-3 late in the fourth quarter when Gators head coach Urban Meyer decided to pull his own 1980 Schnellenberger. He ordered a field goal to add some extra insult to injury. Except this time there was no orange throwing involved. Some speculated Meyer was just trying to cover the spread, others thought he was just a dick. There's only strong evidence supporting one of those claims.
Afterward, Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon refused to look at Meyer during their brief handshake, and cryptically told the press later, "Sometimes when you do things, and people see what type of person you really are, you turn a lot of people off."
2011 - University of Florida requests custody of the War Canoe
via Gator Tailgating
Since the '50s, the winner of the rivalry game would receive the War Canoe as a trophy. It is literally a wooden canoe. So big that the teams actually stopped trading it in the '70s because it was hard to display, but after the annual rivalry was cancelled the Hurricanes decided to display it in the school's sports hall of fame. Well, the few times the teams met since the Hurricanes came out victorious ... until the 2008 meeting. For some reason three years later in 2011 the UF student cancel decided they now wanted the canoe, and sent a letter to UM stating as much. UM's response: 'LOL, no.' The 'Canes reasoned the trophy was meant for the yearly rivalry, and since they had won the last meeting it was now rightfully there's for eternity. It remains in Coral Gables and will not be up for grabs tomorrow.