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Rollins College Soccer Goes for a National Championship

Rollins College (15-3-3) will play for the national championship–yes, you read correctly!–this Saturday at 3 p.m. against Northern Kentucky.

Photo from Rollins College.

The Tars mens soccer team will be seeking its first national title and the 23rd in Rollins history… so excited and ready to root the “other” home team on!  Fans will be able to watch all the action live on CBS College Sports and on at 3 p.m. The match will also be carried on the Tars flagship radio station, 91.5 FM WPRK.


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Knights Prevail: Gators Cursed in the Amway Yet Again

Congratulations to the home team, the UCF Knights Men’s Basketball Team took on (and overcame) the #16 ranked Florida Gators tonight.  While we’re huge Gator fans, even we can recognize a great effort when we see one.  Over 13,000 fans cheered as UCF led Florida in a 57-54 victory.

Michael Jordan's son Marcus is a leader for the Golden Knights.

The two teams met in the Florida Citrus Sports Shoot Out and had the honor of playing the first collegiate game in the new Amway Center. This is actually a second for the Gators. Back in 1988, they also had the honor of playing in the first collegiate game in the old Amway Arena.  Top 5 editor Bess Auer was a cheerleader at that game and remembers it well.  “We lost to Stanford,” she sighed. “I guess the Gators and Amway just don’t go well together.”

Perhaps not, but the Golden Knights sure do…congrats!

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Gators vs. Seminoles: GAME DAY!

Okay, for those of you not paying attention, the Top 5 is firmly in the University of Florida camp… BIG TIME!  And, although we’re having a miserable football season, we still proudly rise to the in-state rivalry of Florida vs. Florida State.

So, we’re going with the Gators today… at least until half-time when we’ll re-evaluate the score! Ha!

And, Rivalry Weekend extends to round ball as well, with the Gators and Seminoles meeting up tomorrow at 7:30 pm on FSN/Sun Sports.  And, while we searched for a decent video featuring both teams, we just couldn’t find one, so you’re stuck with a totally awesome Gator Basketball video.  You Seminoles are welcome to either grin and bear it or post a link to your own in the comments below. 🙂


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Win Tickets to the Old Spice Classic College Basketball Tournament

ESPN will be covering the Old Spice Classic Basketball Tournament, tipping off this coming Thursday at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, and now you can be there too, compliments of the Central Florida Top 5!

Yep, we’re giving away a Family 4-Pack of tickets for the tournament’s first session, so you and three friends (or family members) can go cheer for your favorite college basketball teams!

Who’s Playing this Year?

  • Boston College
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Manhattan
  • Notre Dame
  • Temple
  • Texas A&M
  • Wisconsin

So, How Do You Win?

Pop over to the Top 5’s Facebook page and leave a comment on our wall asking the Old Spice Man a question. (C’mon, you know you love him!)

Your question MUST contain the term “Central Florida” in it in some manner… the winner will be chosen based on creativity and awesomeness of the question!

One lucky person will win 4 tickets, so get your thinking caps on and be creative!  The winner will be selected and notified Tuesday evening… good luck!

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Central Florida Swimmers Are Awesome!

Occasionally the Top 5 blogs about “residents done good” and this would definitely fall under that category:  Two Central Florida swimmers have signed letters of intent with the national swim powerhouse University of Florida. Blue Dolfin swimmer Matthew Curby and Highlander Aquatics swimmer Harrison Curley have indicated their commitment to the Gators. Both nationally-ranked swimmers were also high school state champions for their respective schools.

Photo of Matthew Curby from the Orlando Sentinel.

Yes, my hubby @swimmerjoe swam for the Gators as well, so this blog is a personal one for me, too! 😉

Congrats to these young men for representing the State of Florida so well by earning scholarships to one of the strongest Division I teams in the nation. Woot!

To see a complete list of Gator swim recruits, click here.

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Top 5 Sporting Events in November

Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat

November 24 at the Amway Center
King James and Company? Bring it on! If you haven’t been to the new Amway Center, then you are in for such a treat. (Literally…great food!)  And who doesn’t want to see a showdown between our Superman and the Fab 3?

Old Spice Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament

November 25-28 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports
Love college basketball? Then you’ll want to see the Old Spice Classic tournament featuring play by Notre Dame, Georgia, Boston College, Cal State, Texas A&M, and more!

Florida Tuskers vs. Omaha

November 5 and then 19 at the Citrus Bowl
Central Florida’s other professional football league (no, not the Orlando Fantasy or Predators) are gearing up for big wins against Omaha! Gooooo Tuskers!

From the Tusker website.

Florida vs. Florida State

November 27 in Tallahassee
The Top 5 is full of Gators, and while we won’t talk as much smack as in previous years, we can still get pumped up for FSU!

Rollins College Soccer

Ongoing this month at Rollins College
In case you hand’t heard, these Tars are pretty good!

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Mayor Dyer Declares Black and Gold Day! (Friday, Oct. 29)

To get Orlando in the right mindset for Saturday’s game, when UCF takes on ECU (both undefeated in Conference USA), Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has declared tomorrow “Black and Gold Day.”

So, get our your colors, Orlando, and show the University of Central Florida some support! (They are the home team after all!)


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