God love Mr. Two Bits. He allegedly retired around 1996 or 1997. Yet, even today, he still runs the stands at Florida Field and revs up the Gator fans with the same cheer. Mr. Two Bits is an icon at UF.
UF 98, UF Law 2002
It's worth noting that Ball State has a crazed old fan that is beloved by the campus and attends virtually every home athletic event, and sits in the student section for football and basketball games. Yes, even BSU has die-hards!
Before he died in 2004, Ohio State had the "Neutron Man". He had been a fixture at every Ohio State home game since the early 70's. The band would play the "Nuetron Dance" and he would dance in the stands like a wild man! This was a man who lived and breathed Ohio State Football. R.I.P Neutron Man.
Ohio St. '03
I second that motion. A born and raised Florida fan from Gainesville, Mr. Two Bits IS an icon. Through good times and bad...he has always made attending Gator games fun.
It isn't game day in Gainesville without Mr. Two Bits! I have been a Gator since birth, and have lived in Gainesville for the last decade, and I can honestly say that it will be a sad day for the Gatorn Nation when he can no longer lead us in his signature cheer. There will never be another Mr. Two Bits. In fact, Duke's "Crazy Towel Guy" shouldn't even be mentioned in the same blog as Mr. Two Bits! FYI, he hasn't missed a home game in approximately 40 years, or something crazy like that!
Thank God for Mr. Two Bits getting us through the Ron Zook era! Without him, our game day experience at the Swamp just wouldn't be the same as it was when the Old Ball Coach was in charge. The Gator Nation is lucky to have such a devoted fan to take us into the Meyer era.
UF 01, UF Law 04
At Michigan State football games, our go-to guy is Johnny Spirit. He spends the entire game running up and down the stairs of Spartan Stadium, revving up the fans and students. But what, you ask, is his most impressive characteristic? At every home football game, even when it's two degrees outside, Johnny Spirit has no shirt on and a fully painted Spartan "S" on his chest. He's amazing!
Mr. 2 bits has also had something like triple bypass surgery and he still runs out on to the 50 yard line before games and does the chant for the whole stadium, amidst running through the stands throughout the game doing the same chant. He is the true meaning of "fan" and like it was said earlier...there will never be another Mr. 2 bits.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
When the school mascot has an outfit to match the school's superfan you know you have a phenomenon. Albert the Aligator has his classic Mr. Two Bits outfit and rocks it. Mr. Two Bits is a Gator Football fixture and yet another reason why it's great to be a Florida Gator!!!
I have nothing but love for Mr. Two Bits, but the woman in the North End Zone with the Canadian Flag inscribed "Work 'Em Silly, Gators" is simply the best silent fan in the history of Florida Football.
Ohio State's Neutron Man was the best. I'm glad I had the privilege of watching him do his thing. Nearly all 100,000+ people would turn and look for him up in the B deck when the band played that song. Amidst a football program full of tradition, he was able to stand out.
Mr. Eagle is a fixture at Bsoton College home games. His enthusiasm for BC sports never dies. We used to love seeing him run through the crowd at basketball and football game. Ask any BC fan about him and they will surely smile.
GO BUCKS!!! Ohio State will always have the "Neutron Man". I still remember his exact dance moves that went into the "Nuetron Dance" that he would do in the stands. The man was an amazing fan and a friend to each and every buckeye fan. Roomates of mine that were in The Best Damn Band In The Land would look forward to home games when they provided him with his music to dance. I had the pleasure of serving him a few drinks at the Varsity Club, and he was always very upbeat and kind to everyone. He always had a great story to tell as well. R.I.P Neutron Man.
Ohio St. '03
r.i.p. "neutron man." he was the first super fan i ever saw, and, most importantly, he loved his buckeyes. i'll never forget the day they anounced his passing over the loud speaker and the entire stadium did the "neutron dance" in his honor. that was really something special.
There is a guy at the U of Miami games who runs around wearing football sholder pads, a hard hat and has pom-poms sticking out of it. He holds up all different signs as he walks around the Orange Bowl. Never thought about it much while I was in school there, but then I was watching Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, when who should I see in the stands at the "Super Bowl"? That's right...the same guy.
Bet Mr. Two Bits doesn't have a movie credit to his resume...
There is a guy that runs around the Orange Bowl during U of Miami games wearing football sholder pads under a t-shirt, a hard hat with pom-poms sticking out of it and carries a bunch of signs. Never thought about him much while I was at the "U", but then, I saw him make a guest appearance on Ace Ventura, Pet Detective in the final scene at the "Super Bowl". Bet ol' Two Bits doesn't have a movie credit to his resume...
As every Gator fan knows the build up to a big game during the week gets pretty crazy but by the time Mr. Two Bits hits the field the whole place is ready to go nuts. I think you can accurately say its not a big game unless Mr. Two Bits is leading the pregame cheer.
UF '02, LSU Law '07
Cape Coral, Florida
God love Kent Cramer. It all started when it took him 6 years to graduate college. Sinse he graduated, he never misses a game for AU. I have never seen 350 lbs that active for an entire football game.
I love MSU's Johnny Spirit - I've seen him at hockey and women's volleyball games as well as the football games - all in the same weekend! One of my first memories of campus is seeing him drive by on a bicycle and a guy shouting after him, "Hey, Sparty Dude!" He also helps the band gaurd Sparty during Michigan week, sleeping outside under the statue...in October. He's an MSU icon for sure!
I've been watching Mr. Two Bits for 30 years. His cheer was probably cutting-edge back when he started, and its way cool to see him still doing it. He is truly THE classic. I'd like to know the story behind "work 'em silly Gators", which has been around for at least a couple of decades. I'd also like to haved seen the OSU neutron guy.
As someone whose parents went to Georgia and Georgia Tech, I NEVER rooted for Florida. But I always found Mr. Two Bits to be entertaining and worthy of a cheer, at least for him if not for the Gators. In this era of trash talking, I miss the spirt of cheering for the home team, regardless of the score, and not spitting in the eye of the opposing team. We need more fans like him now.
Don't forget Vandy Lance, the number one fan for all Vanderbilt sports. Even other fans around the SEC pay their respects to the man who bleeds black and gold. Do you know any other superfan who was featured in the New York Times for his undying loyalty and spirit?
Lance's heckling is so brutal that he's on the other team's scouting reports.
A someone who has been to the swamp a few times to watch the Vols take on the Gators, I have to ask one question. THe geezer that stands up there and says that is a moron. What are bits anyways. Of course you rednecks in North Florida with your Blue Jean shorts think its cool. Half your fan base probably cant even spell bits. I do have to say it was a pleasure in 2001 at the end of the season to watch Spurrier lose his last game as a Gator and watch him and the two bit queer of an old man gettin destroyed by the VOLS.
Having just graduated from UF in December, enjoying 5 years of Mr. Two Bits, I can say that he is the biggest gator fan/icon in school history. I traveled to many an away game for them (football and basketball) and there'd be 2 or 3 random gator fans in the away gator section dressed up as Two Bits with the whistle and they'd lead the section in Two Bits every few minutes or so.
3 years ago at the Fla/Ga game in Jacksonville, I apparently stood up one night at the Landing and led a massive Gator Crowd in Two Bits. Let's just say I wasn't "all there" that evening.
It will be a very sad day when Mr. Two Bits leaves us for that large Swamp in the sky.
Palm City, Florida
There is nobody like the Neutron Man. As someone who has met him (and Buckeye Man, who's not nearly as good) I have to say that when Beanie Babies in your likeness are sold at campus stores, as they are around the OSU region, you're a legend. I'm in the band, and he'd throw us an amazing picnic every year (he owned a chain of Ponderosa's) and would do anything to be there. Nobody can come close to Mr. Orlas King, the "Neutron Man". RIP.
The entire place stands and erupts at the McKale center at the University of Arizona when "The Ooh-Aah Man" comes out onto the court to lead cheers. I don't know the whole story but he's been a fixture for decades and I would love to hear his history. He's getting on in age and slowed down a little but EVERYONE responds to him in a way nothing else in basketball and football inspires at this school.
It's great to be true to your school but Mr. Two Bits has no equal. I'm in my 50's and I remember him and his simple sign and cheer at Florida games when I was a kid. Then as today, he tirelessly moves from section to section for the entire game. There's a reason his picture is associated with this article. He's an icon for any super fan. After your super fans make EVERY game for almost fifty years we'll talk.
Miami defines those that attend at least two consecuctive games in the Orange Bowl as "Super Fans"...What a sad bunch of people.
Mr.Two Bits is a tridition into himself. My father "Class of 1960" said he was there when he arrived. The outfit also makes for a great holloween costume and the funny thing is everybody knows who you are!
At Utah football games, there is an old guy in the alumni section that goes to the bottom of the stairs by the front row and throws his arm up for each letter to lead his U-T-A-H cheer. He repeats this a couple times during the game, usually at pivotal moments. GO UTES!!
How funny is it that a UT fan from Tennessee is trying to crack on UF fans for no-spelling and jean shorts. You need to look in the mirror pal!! You and your mullet with your 1984 levis jean shorts can go back to Knoxville with your 4 teeth and worry hot to beat UF!! Oh yeah they dont call UF "the Harvard of the South" for nothing you idiot.
We're not a big time school, but we do boast a big time "KOOL" as the campus icon and superfan. At Abilene Christian Universtiy, Abilene, TX, not many know his real name, he rides around campus on a motorized scooter shouting "KOOOOOOL!!" and giving the thumbs up to just about everyone he sees. He shows up at almost all the sporting events with a big sign and gets the crowd to yell back a "KOOOOOOL!"
I guess it's true...Volls fans are not the brightest. He, who doesn't even know what bits are is trying to crack. Yes, we can spell bits and we know what they are. Mr. Two Bits IS an icon. As the Vols and the Gators match up I do believe that the Gators have come away with the "W" more times than the Vols. But this article isn't about that. I'm sorry for starting to detour from how awesome of a man he is. I can remember going as a young boy to the Swamp and seeing and hearing that chant. I look forward to the experience every time I return to the Swamp.
It's great to be a Florida Gator!
Props to all the other "Super-Fans" all over.
Who calls Florida the "Harvard of the South?" Intoxicated Gator fans? No one I know called Florida anything other than the Sunshine State's largest community college, and I've been around the SEC for 39 years. ... Wishful thinking, dude.
I attend the University of South Florida, and our fans suck. The closest we have to a "Super Fan" is the air conditioning in the Sun Dome. Honestly; how can you cheer for the team and still receive dirty looks from students that attend the school?! I wish we had a "Neutron Man" or "Mr. Two Bits"... we used to have two guys in towels with their whole upper bodies painted in green and gold, but aside from the body paint they looked too scared to root for their university. I'm transferring to UF.
big dawg- uga fan that paints his head with a bulldog.
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