Author Archives: Shawn Kopelakis

Gators in the NFL: 2018 Training Camp Primer

Back when I first started writing this blog, when believe-it-or-not Double-A baseball All-Star Tim Tebow played in the National Football League, I was a fan only. For a year and a half now, I’ve covered the NFL on a regular … Continue reading

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NFL Preview, Florida Gators Version: 2017 Player Rankings

When NFL training camps open up in the next two weeks, close to 3,000 men will be able to say they are members of the National Football League. By the time the regular season launches in September, that number will … Continue reading

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Many Built Gator Baseball into National Champions

When J.J. Schwarz squeezed the final out of the College World Series clincher giving the Florida Gators their first national championship in baseball, my immediate elation quickly turned to thoughts of 1996. And ’98. And ’05 and ’11. The Gators first … Continue reading

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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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