Author Archives: Shawn Kopelakis

A Tale of Two Paths: Spurrier and Donovan’s Departures

Back in 2002, Steve Spurrier finally made the leap. After enduring years of countless rumors about the NFL, Spurrier left the University of Florida to coach the Washington Redskins. He was made the highest-paid coach in the league and charged … Continue reading

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Dissecting The UF-FSU Rivalry

We hear a lot about rivalries in sports. The blind rage and hatred that fans bring to these contests raise them above mere sporting spectacle. For many fan bases, a loss to a rival can ruin an entire season. On … Continue reading

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Loss of Burrito Bros. is Devastating

Primo Beef and Bean Burrito. Black Beans. Lettuce. Cheese. Red Sauce. So simple. A staple of my life for so many years. And now like so many of the good things in this world, gone too soon. So long Burrito … Continue reading

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A Nation Divided

December always brings out the thoughtful reflections on the past year. Not to be trite, but 2016 has certainly been one of the most fascinating and frustrating years many of us can remember. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, … Continue reading

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This One Hurts: So Long Billy Donovan

I remember sitting inside BW3 on the corner of University and Main, enjoying a $3 22-ounce Killian’s when I first heard of Billy the Kid. At the time, Florida basketball was an afterthought. The ’94 “Find A Way” squad that … Continue reading

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4th Annual Gators in the NFL Rankings

Every year, I put together this completely subjective account of all the former Gators in the National Football League. I spend the two weeks between the conference championships and the Super Bowl researching and writing this thing, but despite the … Continue reading

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Is This Billy Donovan’s Worst Team Since 1998?

1998 was a long time ago. Steve Spurrier was still coaching football in Gainesville. AOL was how a lot of people were accessing the internet. I was still a student, working in the SID’s office with the women’s soccer team … Continue reading

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Fear Finally Does Muschamp In

When Florida got up comfortably against Vanderbilt last week, I foolishly started wondering if Kurt Roper would be allowed to open up the playbook a little and give Treon Harris some much needed reps throwing the football. The Gators were … Continue reading

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Meet Gators 2015 QB Commit Sheriron Jones

In Southern California this year, a historic quarterback class is the story of the high school football season. Three of the top four quarterbacks and five of the top 10 in Scout’s 2015 national rankings play in the CIF Southern … Continue reading

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They Are Who We Thought They Were

If for some reason you are optimistic about the state of the football program at the University of Florida, you might want to see a doctor. There is something seriously wrong with you. No matter what you try to tell … Continue reading

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