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UF Gators, FSU Seminoles, UCF Knights Football - Family Divided

Updated on December 11, 2017
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Mixed Up Grand-Twins (August 2011)
Mixed Up Grand-Twins (August 2011) | Source

Are We Ready For Some Football?

The 2011 College Football Season is almost upon us. My mixed up family will begin their battle of the wits, their football puns and their rambling rants! My family is divided upon the Seminoles, the Gators and the UCF Knights! Some are doing the Gator chomp while others are doing the Seminole chop or singing the Knight fight song.

Then we have those who couldn't care less and just shake their heads until the Bowl Games are over. When two people get married and cheer for opposing universities they become a mixed marriage, a house divided or like mine, a mixed up family.

Dave is a diehard, to the core, FSU Seminole fan. He's an FSU alumini who played Freshman football in 1969. He met and shook hands with the great Burt Reynolds, while hanging out with a buddy in the booster box. His wife Sunshine is a Nole and Knight fan and serves as a referee who helps keep the mixed up family under control.

Michael is a Noles fan. Maybe because his Dad is and that's what he's used to, but either way he says GO NOLES! Nichole isn't a fan of either. I'm thinking that Nathan will most likely be a Noles fan. He could follow is his dad's and granddad's footsteps but Nathan is one years old so he can go either way.

Michelle is a University of Central Florida (UCF) graduate but she goes both ways. She's a Knight and Gator fan. David is a UF Graduate and is going for his Masters. These newlyweds live, work and attend school in Gainesville. They are season ticket holders and will attend the home games. They enjoy the cocky Gator fans. (I mean that in the nicest way!)

Jon is a UCF alumni. He's more of an NFL fan. He cheers on the Knights and the Noles. Carissa is a Knights fan but doesn't really care. Faith enjoys being the family cheerleader. She cheers on whichever team is winning. Whether it's the Noles, Knights or Gators she's got her pom-pom's and cheers ready to go!

Erin and Jeremy are a mixed marriage. Erin is a Gator fan and Jeremy is a Nole fan. They have twin daughters. They wear both Nole and Gator outfits. With Mackenzie and Lorelei only being 7 months old they haven't yet begun to bicker about which team is better. I'm sure in time that will come.

So there you go ... Family Divided!

UPDATE 2017: Michelle and David welcomed James to their team. He became an official Gator fan at 1 week old.

Erin and Jeremy welcomed Cat and Emma to their team. Jeremy is outnumbered!

Carissa and Jon welcomed Lily to their team. Faith now has a partner in crime.

Dave passed away in 2015, but Sunshine continues to cheer on his beloved Noles.

For members of the family who aren't into the football games...

Things you could do:

1 - Offer a shoulder or back rub, cheering and booing tightens the muscles.
2 - Prepare some delicious food and serve the football fanatics in a cute apron with the team logo.
3 - Go shopping, read a book, watch a movie ... get used to the solo time until the season ends.
4 - Make sure their game shirt is clean or dirty, to each his own.
5 - Chill the beer, salt the nuts, fluff the pillows and be sure the TV screen is blemish free.

Things not to do:

1 - Do not stand in front of the TV with a honey-do list NOT a good time for that.
2 - Don't yell fire while preparing the delicious food, just call the Fire Dept!
3 - Don't set the clocks back. Game time is mentally implanted in their brains.
4 - Don't choice gameday to plan that perfect family outing. Come on, that will NOT work.
5 - Don't ask important questions. You probably won't get a relevant response.

Mixed Up Marriages With Houses Divided

May 13, 2011 ... Dave, Linda...Michael, Nichole, Nathan....David and Michelle....Jon, Carissa and Faith....Jeremy, Erin, Mackenzie and Lorelei
May 13, 2011 ... Dave, Linda...Michael, Nichole, Nathan....David and Michelle....Jon, Carissa and Faith....Jeremy, Erin, Mackenzie and Lorelei | Source

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    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Jeximar! Yay for Football season!

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      7 years ago

      Hah, pretty funny! I never relaly thought of football in that manner. But now that you mention it, watching football just became even more cooler (and funnier) thinking of it in those literal terms. Football is BACK! :D

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Go NOLES!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Jen, Rema and Howler ... Bring on the NOLES and KNIGHTS! Forget the Gators! :)

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      Jeff Boettner 

      8 years ago from Tampa, FL

      GO NOLES! (class of '04). Spent some time in Tallahassee, saw a few fams like this. Also lived in Orlando, next to a UCF Frat house (not kewl since I had a day job at that point) --- every tues and thurs -- they had a bar in the back yard....late night Trampoline parties...grrrrr, Not a UCF fan hahaha. (it was payback for my FSU days). Cool hub.

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      Rema T V 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India


      The family photograph is lovely. I was able to visualize Faith doing a cheerleader dance every time a team scored. So sweet! Great hub :)

      Cheers, Rema.

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      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Love this. Go UCF all the way. My husband is a Gators fan also so they sometimes get my vote!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Vellur!

      Hi Sunnie, Goooo Saints! Thanks:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey Julie, I didn't know you were a Florida Gator fan, chomp to you!:)

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      Sunnie Day 

      8 years ago

      Hi Linda,

      What a fun hub and sounds much like my family...I am a die hard Saints fan..Loved this and the picture is an adorable.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      You have a great family, enjoyed reading.

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      Jools Hogg 

      8 years ago from North-East UK

      I bought a Gators tee-shirt the last time I was in Florida so that's whose side I'm on :o)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Good luck to you Mary and wish you a happy football season!

      Hey Tills, Thank you for visiting with the grandtwins. They love the attention!:)

      Hi nanderson, Absolutely the best football rivalry. OK, in my opinion:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Janine, It's nice to hear how you could relate. We do have a competitive family of football fantatics. Thanks for stopping by!:)

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      8 years ago from Seattle, WA

      That is one of the great football rivalries. College football has so many of them, and like most rivalries it is cyclical in terms of which program has the upper hand.

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      I guess when you don't go to college you don't follow college football, however, my one girlfriend's children went to (and one is still going) Bucknell and my other is a Texas A&M diehard fan.

      I liked your "Things you could do" and "Things not to do"...excellent suggestions, but I must admit what I liked most were the two beautiful photos you put in this hub! The babies are adorable and your family is beautiful!!

      Voted up, funny, and interesting

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Those babies are precious; loved their outfits. Our family is split between U. of Ga. and U. of Fl. Now it may go three ways, cause one granddaughter just graduated from U. of S. Fl.

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, this definitely was so very cute, but could have used this when we were growing up, because in our family it was baseball with the Mets and the Yankees. Seriously nothing says family like being split on the sports team you follow, lol!! Have of course voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Alocsin ~ Stephanie Henkel ~ vocalcoach ~ Deborah Brooks ... Thank you all for your comments. The GrandTwins are 1.5 yrs old now and understand the game more than they did last year. Their favorite sport is Nascar. I appreciate you stopping by!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Linda this is so funny.. it reminds me of my sons... it gts crazy around football time.. I laugh so hard. this is a great hub


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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is wonderful Linda! It has everything. And the photo of the two grand kids really caught my heart. I don't know how I missed this. A perfect way to start my hub-day. You're the very best! Lots of good votes on this one!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Not a football fan, but I LOVE the precious pictures of your grandtwins! With three sons and a husband who are avid football fans, as well as assorted other family members, I'm always out numbered during football season. Lucky for me, I can entertain myself!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A humorous if useful take on "mixed" football marriages. Fortunately, in my family, nobody is into football, so this is not an issue. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you kindly Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice job of writing!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Haha! Thank you Gus for your witty comment. At this moment FSU is beating UF ... My hubby and son-in-law are very happy! My daughters and other son-in-law aren't happy. Can't please everyone:)

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Bright Sunshine - If you undertake to add onto this fine hub, you might want to consider adding a section that you could sub-title, "Things to not forget." At the top of the list, you might want to include "Football is football, and it is not all that important which team you prefer just as long as you prefer football, the game.

      Enjoyed the hub, by the way, just as you wrote it.

      Gus :-)))

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Real! We play a Fantasy Football game also....hubby, 3 son-in-laws, myself and some BFF's! You will have to join in next year!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sunshine - I am going to have to be a Seminole fan....I am from that tribe:) lol

      I love football - I am really looking forward to our Fantasy Football Playoff Team - I play every year - my husband and I have are very competitive with each other and it is so much fun!

      Very cute pix - loved the mixed up lil grand kids:)

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      9 years ago

      I don't know if I can be called a UCF fan, as we have more of a love-hate relationship. When I love them, the go and kick me in the nuts by losing to FIU. When I get ticked off and could not care less, they run the table. Its a vicious cycle

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi sunshine, we don't see any college football over here in the UK, but we do get a good coverage of NFL, I support St Louis Rams and my husband Washington Redskins, things have been known to get a little tense!!

      I love the house divided pic and the grand-twins outfits, and enjoyed reading about your mixed up family!

      Many thanks for sharing and voting up.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for the comments :) Good news ... FSU, UF and UCF all won this past weekend! Woot!!!

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      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Really fun hub Sunshine - very creative and great pics!!!

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      9 years ago from Wales

      I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I look forward to reading many more by you.

      Your photos were beautiful especially the one of those gorgeous twins. Definitly one to cherish for years to come.

      Take care


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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thank you very much for share this hub. I live far away from US. I don't have a chance to follow American footballs. But I got great news from you. Thumbs up!


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      Ken Dawg1 

      9 years ago

      Hey, I am a Miami fan, been to Noles and Gators games and loved it, give me some loooove!!!! ;-)

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      9 years ago

      @ David, Miami fans are not allowed :)

      Great job Sunshine, not sure what the dare was, but glad it resulted in this, very cute!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you all for sharing your wonderful stories, memories and traditions! Gooooooo to all of your fav teams :)

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      Deborah Neyens 

      9 years ago from Iowa

      Love this! Especially the pic of the twins. Fortunately, both my husband and I are diehard Iowa Hawkeyes. But we do have a mixed marriage when it comes to baseball: I'm a (long-suffering) Cubs fan and he's a Cardinals fan. At least we keep it in the NL Central!

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      9 years ago

      Hi Sunshine! We are for the Seminoles all the way! My youngest daughter attends FSU and has for quite a while now, so there's no changing our minds. My oldest daughters boyfriend, on the other hand, is a Gator's fan. You don't have to worry about not knowing what to buy him...anything with Gator's on it is fine.

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      Mentalist acer 

      9 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      As An LSU Fan I Can Can Count On One Of The Best Football Games One Can Watch Between The Gators And Tigers.;)

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      Barbara Turpin 

      9 years ago from N. California

      NOOOOOO football here. I'm alone with MLB, gooo Red Sox ! I do not cook the food, wear the cute apron. I do have my own pom-poms ~ DO NOT TOUCH 'EM. TV screen is clean ( thank you Barb). Don't even COME in the room....even to ask "where are my socks?" my game shirt is ALWAYS clean (thank you Barb ~)!!

      oooops! Got off track! I love love LOVE this hub! I found it to so HONEST, hilarious, useful (for my family people), and spot on!

      I love seriously funny hubs!

      Everyone ~ enjoy your mixed up families AND all your games. I sure do!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you marellen! :)

      Nebraska ... I bet Gaga knows where Florida is! Go Big Red!

      Cogerson ... UCF has improved a lot over the years. We are only a few miles from there and we all support the Knights. Thanks for stopping by!

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      9 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub...I can only imagine that UCF has started to get more attention in your house as their program has greatly improved over the years.

      Great rules to keep the peace in the family....our family has a different set of wife went to we pull for the Tigers....War Eagle....but on Sunday we pull for my Colts....please come back Peyton.

      Awesome family football photo...voted up and interesting and funny.

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      Nebraska Cornhusker 

      9 years ago

      GO BIG RED!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay Cornhuskers!!!! WOO HOO BIG TEN HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!!!!! (where is florida)?

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      9 years ago

      You maybe a divided family but a happy one. Cute and fun hub and love the family pic....

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I got an OUTSTANDING ... Woohoo!! :)

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      Dave Ligler 

      9 years ago

      Yep, that's our family ! Sunshine you made good on my dare so OUTSTANDING ! All I have left to say is GO NOLES !

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      @David ... no Hurricanes in this family!

      @Paula ... Thank you my fun friend!

      @Mich ... Good one! Go Florida!

      @Will ... Thank you very much! :)

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      9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Handsome family, and cool Hub!

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      Mich S 

      9 years ago

      We are a mixed family but at least we keep it in the state! Go FLORIDA!

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      9 years ago from Carson City

      Absolutely terrific story...I love it! "Different strokes for different folks." That's what makes for much more interest and fun. Family, what a treasure! Gorgeous.

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      David Stoker 

      9 years ago

      Thank God none of us are Miami fans at least! :)


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