Author Archives: Shawn Kopelakis

Gators Bye Week Brought Pain, Lessons

Bye weeks are the worst. But you know how you make them even more painful? Schedule them early. Then lose the game before the bye. The Gators hit the trifecta this past weekend. It was only week three of the … Continue reading

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Miami is the Worst

As a child of South Florida growing up in the 1980s, I’m quite familiar with the University of Miami and its heyday. A mediocre also-ran for their first 50 years, the Hurricanes arrival as a football powerhouse was as stunning … Continue reading

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Summer of Bad Mojo Clouds Gators Season

UPDATE (Saturday, 11:30 am): Feel free to add Tim Tebow’s release and likely end to his NFL career to the list of horrible things this offseason. I’ve never thought Tebow would succeed in the NFL but if his release an … Continue reading

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Two Gators With Hollywood Stories

For a good stretch of the eight months most of us slumber away between college football games, there are some that play a different kind of game with sticks, balls and pieces of leather on their hands. And if you … Continue reading

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First Annual Gators in the NBA rankings

A couple of years ago, I started what I believe to be the most comprehensive rankings of former Gators in the NFL. I still haven’t seen or heard of one more thorough. I’m a big “list” guy so that column … Continue reading

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Examining the Gators Close Game Woes

A few weeks back, Gators fans waited patiently for the Indiana-Michigan State game to end on ESPN before the network switched over to Florida-Missouri. While we waited, we were treated to a great finish with the Hoosiers pulling out the … Continue reading

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2nd Annual Gators in the NFL rankings

How quickly things change in the National Football League. Last year, I began what I hope will be an annual series ranking every former Gator in the NFL. And arguably, 2011 was the strongest ever for former Gators cumulatively. Sure, … Continue reading

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Billy Donovan’s Creation: UF is a Hoops School

A packed O’Dome watched the Gators eviscerate a legitimate top-20 Missouri team today. The shocking thing was how unsurprising it was. This is a very good team. Of course, those packed stands have been a rare sight this season, despite … Continue reading

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Quick Love for Gators hoops

You don’t need to read the whole article, especially if you aren’t an NBA geek. But as a Gator, you should quickly jump on this link to a Grantland story from Zach Lowe. In it, he discusses some of the … Continue reading

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Hey Herbie, Bowl Games are Exhibitions

By now, everyone has seen Kirk Herbstreit’s absolute meltdown upon learning that Northern Illinois had cracked the BCS code and was ruining the sanctity of the bowl selection process. As usual, ESPN overreacted and became part of the story. The … Continue reading

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