The word, "fan," comes from the word, "fanatic." Many people in Ocala are alumni of the University of Florida. The football team at the U of F is known as the "Gators." Many alumni of the U of F are fans of the football team. They are fanatical! They paint their cars with Gator colors, they wear Gator-colored clothes, the fly Gator flags from their homes, etc.
Then there's at least one fan who bought an old mailbox and turned it into a Gator mailbox.