Found June 18, 2012 on The Bull Gator:
The Florida Gators basketball team is scheduled to face the Georgetown Hoyas on an aircraft carrier during the upcoming season. The two will play each other on November 9, 2012 off the coast of Jacksonville, FL. It is not yet clear whether they will play on an active or a retired ship. This isn’t the first time (Michigan State and North Carolina played in the first Carrier Classic last season) and isn’t even unique to one per season anymore (there will be three such games during 2012-13), but that doesn’t mean it’s any less, well, cool. When first hearing that the Gators will be part of one of these events, that was my first thought: “COOL!” I’m no longer a kid and well past my prime of even being able to think of myself as cool, but this is exactly that. It doesn’t matter if there are three games played on aircraft carriers this season, followed by 10 next season, and 50 the season after that; they will always have that added cool factor. First of all, it’s a tribute to those that ...
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