Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ALL TALES; Aqua Battles Teal in Crowd

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ALL TALES; Aqua Battles Teal in Crowd

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Byline: David Johnson, Times-Union sports writer

Teal is always the color of choice in Alltel Stadium. But at yesterday's Jacksonville-Miami game, aqua ran a close second. Dolphins' fans invaded Alltel in numbers that exceeded 10,000, but they didn't all hail from South Florida.

David Pereira made the trip from San Lorenzo, Calif., to support the Dolphins, but his son, Corey, 13, came to root for the Jaguars.

"You know what, I tried my best, but he's always liked the Jaguars," David said.

Several Jaguars signed Corey's hat as they were coming in the stadium, including Mark Brunell, T.J. Slaughter, Rashean Mathis and Jack Del Rio.

While the Jaguars released no official estimate, many fans thought the total was between 10,000 and 15,000. But some Miami fans thought it was more than that.

"We've seen more Dolphin fans than Jaguars," said John Lancsak, of Fort Lauderdale, a self-proclaimed lifelong Miami fan.

Kent and Sallie Carroll made the trip as part of the Fin Fans of Flagler. Kent said the club has about 200 fans and more than 100 made the trip on two buses.

Jaguar fans were split on whether they liked the influx of Fin Fans from around the country.

"I don't like it," said Vaughn Winmond of Jacksonville. He predicted a Jaguars victory before the game and said, "I don't even know why they made the trip."

But Ed Coia, another hometown fan, said "I appreciate them coming in and spending money to stimulate the local economy."

His friend, Ron Brevaldo, added "They're bringing some Dolphin food for the Jaguars."

WEDDING AT ALLTEL -- Chuck Rook is a lucky man.

His new bride, Tammy, is as big a Jaguars fan as he. Before yesterday's game, the fanatical couple planned to get married in parking lot DD near the stadium.

But the wedding didn't go exactly as planned. Instead of walking down an aisle of cars, Chuck and Tammy received an invitation to take part in the first-ever wedding inside Alltel.

And at 9 a.m. yesterday, they were married on the 50-yard line.

"Originally, we were just going to get married in the parking lot with a few friends, and it kind of snowballed," Chuck said. …

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