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Florida Gators Implicated as Not Just SEC Villains, but Possibly Rank Music Theives

What would Tebow do? Probably steal some music.
 Florida Gators Implicated as Not Just SEC Villains, but Possibly Rank Music Theives

Gross. (Photo: flickr.com/Chris Breeze)

Everyone knows that America’s youths just love pirating music. However, as in all things, there must be a winner, someone whose devotion goes above and beyond, a town that pulls together to reach number one. And so–drum roll, please!–CNET has a list of the metro areas with the most offenders per capita. Taking home the crown?

Gainesville, Florida, the home of the University of Florida. Surprise, surprise.*

As CNET notes, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out who the culprit is here: 

Gainesville, located in north Florida, is home to about 124,000 people. The city is also home to the University of Florida, which has nearly 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Who do you think (wink-wink) is doing most of that downloading?

Not that this is relevant, but it offers this reporter a chance to share her favorite weird fact about Gainesville: As recently as 2007, there was a local dive shop that was also a chapter of the John Birch Society. Florida!

The South fared pretty well in the BitTorrent stakes, generally speaking. Rounding out the list of the top five most pirate-ridden metro areas in America were Albany, Georgia (or, as the locals pronounce it, All Benny); Fairbanks, Alaska, Lexington, Kentucky, and Tallahassee, Florida.

Don’t they have iTunes down in the Sunshine State?

 *Disclosure: This author is from a family of University of Georgia bulldogs, was expressly forbidden by her mother from even applying to the University of Florida, and was raised to believe that former Gators’ football coach Steve Spurrier is probably the anti-Christ. 

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