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Gator fan shamed into flying FSU flag
Gator fan shamed into flying FSU flag

Plant City, Florida - You could call it a Gator fan's worst nightmare.

But when the University of Florida lost to Florida State last weekend, former Plant City Mayor and current commissioner Rick Lott also lost a big bet.

For years, he and current Plant City Mayor Dan Raulerson, an avid FSU fan, have put high stakes on the yearly matchup.  The fan of the losing team has to hang their opponent's flag for a week following the game.

For the last six years, Lott has come out on top. But after last weekend, he had to take a big gulp of Gator pride.

FSU beat UF 31-7.

Wednesday, Lott made good on his promise.

Around 9 a.m., he hung the FSU flag from the front of his house in the Walden Lakes Subdivision in Plant City.

"This flag looks good on this house," Raulerson said.

"It does?  I'm repainting it then!" Lott joked.

"I'm sorry you had to lose to a girls' team," Raulerson retorted with a chuckle.

A man of his word, Lott gave Raulerson the option of making him hang the flag on one of his three businesses or his home. Raulerson chose the front of Lott's sprawling estate, which is next to a busy road.

"To know that Rick is going to go into his home every day [and see the flag]... just touches my heart," Raulerson said.

Lott has to let the garnet and gold fly outside his house for seven days.

And he's not the only Gator grad who's facing the music in Plant City. City Attorney Ken Buchman will also have to wear an FSU tie to the next two city commission meetings.


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