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On Thursday, the Georgia state senate honored coach Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals on their big win over the Florida Gators in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, according to the Kentucky Courier-Journal. Senator John Albers sponsored a bill congratulating the program that, “through perseverance and iron determination,” dominated the Gators to the tune of a shocking, 33-23, bowl game victory.
“I got a lot of thumbs up,” Albers said in an interview. “Down here in Georgia, we go by the ABF mentality. Anybody but Florida.”
After beating the Gators, 17-9, over Halloween weekend to win the SEC East, Georgia just simply cannot get enough of beating Florida, apparently.
[Adding insult to injury, the Gators lost a four-star recruit on the same day]
However, not only is Albers racking up potential votes with this little escapade, but the man is also honoring his current school. No, Louisville is not the senator’s alma mater, but rather the university he is currently attending in order to finally wrap up his degree.
Albers studied at Louisville from 1990 to 1992. He reenrolled in online courses in 2010 and is currently pursuing a degree in the school’s Workforce Leadership Program in the College of Education.
Of course, several members of the Kentucky legislature have proposed various honors and awards for the Cardinals following the unexpected victory. In a football-starved state where basketball absolutely reigns supreme, no one expected a BCS win from either Loo-ville and definitely not the UK Wildcats in 2012.
However, and quite interestingly, while Georgia has taken pains to honor those who beat Florida, no one in the Georgia State Senate has honored the Bulldogs for taking down Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl — no lie.
So when Albers tells us “anybody but Florida”, he means it. And apparently, that even includes his home state team of Georgia.