Ladies and gentlemen, it's Dunk City time. Florida Gulf Coast University's improbable run through the NCAA tournament has inspired legions of fans — hey, who knew FGCU had students, much less fans? — to show their allegiance to their newly prominent alma mater in ever-stranger ways. As we count down the hours to FGCU's Friday night tipoff against in-state rival Florida, let's take a quick look at some of the finest, wildest and weirdest denizens of Dunk City.
First, let's establish just what we're talking about here when we talk Dunk City. To refresh your memory:
Clear? Good. Now, let's continue.
"Eagles Throwin' Alleys"
Check this video, filmed this week at the FGCU campus and featuring several Eagles players. It's a little mellow for a high-wire act like Dunk City, but hey, they're new to this. We'll let it slide.
Fan of the year nominee right here. Nice job on the stylist's part, and brave move on the recipient's part. It ought to grow out by the championship if things don't go FGCU's way.
That's gonna leave a mark
This, clearly, is a fan who's settling in for a long ride on the bandwagon.
The new student IDs
Check out the new novelty student IDs at FGCU. Points to Ms. Oswald for offering up the three-point goggles as well.
Welcome to Dunk City
The entire city of Fort Myers is getting in on the #DunkCity action; that's a screencap of the city's website. Going to make garbage pickup and mail delivery that much more fun to watch, yes?
Don't explain this t-shirt to your mom
Ah, the t-shirts have begun hitting. This is a particularly good one, but you'll pardon us if we don't translate it here. We like our jobs. (Along those same lines: FGCU isn't quite ready for its ESPN close-up, as this NSFW chant broadcast live on SportsCenter demonstrates.)
In the end, though, this t-shirt sums it up. Yep, we know. And if FGCU is able to take out Florida on Friday night, we're all packing up and moving to Dunk City.