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Gators in the NFL Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Sunday, 17 November 2013

Following Gators football is a little painful right now. So maybe this is a good time to spend your Sports Betting Dime on Gators in the NFL. There were 17 former Gators that played in the NFL week 10. 13 of them were starters. Sharrif Floyd made his first start at nose tackle for the Vikings. In the same game, Jordan Reed caught an 11-yard TD pass for the Redskinsto putting them up 17-14 over the Vikings. Riley Cooper scored two TDs for the Eagles, one was a 45-yard touchdown pass. The four Gators on the Browns, Chiefs, Patriots and Jets were on bye this past week.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 November 2013 )
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Which Teams Will Be In Super Bowl XLVII? PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Sunday, 20 January 2013

Today's NFL games represent my favorite weekend of games each year. The Super Bowl always seems to be more about guacamole, your friends' annoying girlfriends, and commercials. This weekend seems more about football. Plus, with two games, there is a better chance of one being an all-time great game.

So which teams will be in Super Bowl XLVII? I'll tell you what I'd do, if I were going to pick straight up or against the spread.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 January 2013 )
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Gators Rock London Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Monday, 13 August 2012

G1 would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Gator Olympians for kicking ass in London this year! There are a lot of countries striving with a full national effort to compete with Gainesville, so cheers to them for trying.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 August 2012 )
 
Gator Nation - Top 10 in Olympic Medals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012

University of Florida is tied for 10th in 2012 Olympic medals. UF is tied with Romania and ranks above the host Great Britain.

Gator Nation Medal Count, Day 3:

Gold: 1 (Lochte, men's 400 meters IM)
Silver: 2 (Lochte, men's 4 x 100 meters relay; Beisel, women's 400 meters IM)
Bronze: 0
Total: 3 (Ryan Lochte: 1 gold, 1 silver; Elizabeth Beisel 1 silver)

1 of 5 U.S. Gold Medals - 20 % (Including Transfers: 2 of 5 - 40%)
3 of 18 U.S. Medals - 16.7% (Including Transfers: 4 of 18 - 22.2%)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 August 2012 )
 
Spain trounces Italy - Euro Cup Soccer, Final PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Monday, 02 July 2012

Spain is approaching dynasty status with this win over Italy. Ball possession time was nearly 50%-50% this game. Which was surprising because Spain looked to be in control most of the game. Spains touches were clean and precise, and Italy seemed a bit rushed with the ball. Both squads had strong defense. Iniesta for Spain and Pirlo for Italy both ran very strong mid field play. Spain did not dominate the offensive zone, but they were able to score early on a through ball. Italy went a man down after Spain's second goal, when Motta came off injured. Spain continued their well rounded team play, and fatigue and injuries sealed the game for the Azzurri, ending 4-0.

A the 14-minute mark, Iniesta's through ball set up Fàbregas, who put a laser beam from the back line to Silva's head for Spain's opening goal. Alba blazed by the defense with a quick touch firing Spain's 2nd goal at 41min. Casillas was a fortress in the goal for Spain in the first half.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 August 2012 )
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Euro Cup Final: Italy v Spain PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Friday, 29 June 2012

Italy is in the Euro Cup final. I am going to wear my Manne Guitars (awesome italian guitars) shirt out to watch the game! No score shootout win vs England. Italy held Germany's crazy offense to one goal, 2-1. Spain is in trouble. I still think it's strange Italy is blue; should be Orange and Blue.

 

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Last Updated ( Friday, 31 August 2012 )
 
Gator Baseball Triple All-Americans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012

gator all-americansThe National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named three Gator baseball players All-Americans: Brian Johnson (junior left-hander/designated hitter), Austin Maddox (junior right-hander), and Mike Zunino (junior catcher). This is the first time NCBWA has recognized three UF players in a season. Though people into sports betting would not have been against their odds betting this would happen. All three players have been standout. Johnson got the first-team nod in the utility spot. Zunino was chosen as first-team catcher. Maddox was a third-team recipient at pitcher.

Johnson is pictured at the top, Zunino middle, and Maddox's awesome chin strip bottom.

Johnson was also named as an All-American by Louisville Slugger on the second-team, and is contending for the 2012 John Olerud Award presented as a top two-way standout in the nation. The lefty earned first-team All-SEC for the past two seasons. Johnson 's record is...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 June 2012 )
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Major League Baseball Realignment On the Horizon? PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011

We at G1 love reshuffling and realigning the current structure of all sports leagues, college and pro. Previously, we've taken stabs at realigning college football conferences, and we eagerly covered last year's expansion of the Big Ten and Pac-10 (now, Pac-12). I even think more expansion and change is on the horizon there. That's a topic to revisit this summer.

With this record of following and thinking about realignment, you can imagine my reaction to the news that the Houston Astros may be bound for the American League. This would create two 15-team leagues, so the impact is less on realignment and more on scheduling. Without significantly expanding interleague play, it's impossible to schedule two 15-team leagues (14 teams play each other, and if the 15th team isn't playing the 15th team from the other league, it's not playing).

Former GM Jim Bowden took a stab at geographic realignment, but his attempt was a little weak in my opinion. After all, I'm sure there are about 900 options as good or better than his.

Let's look at some of the issues surrounding the small realignment that's been proposed, but I'll also give you a more complete realignment, as well.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 June 2011 )
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2011 NFL Mock Draft PDF Print E-mail
Written by Krutch   
Sunday, 10 April 2011

Now that the NFL has locked out its players, we won’t be getting many news stories or blog articles outside of player arrests, deaths, something dumb someone said, and NFL Mock Drafts. That’s right fans, there is one and only one thing that is officially going to happen in the NFL for the rest of 2011: The NFL College Draft.

Any draft predictions before the Bowl games, Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and pro days are basically aimless speculation. Since those are over, actual projections are beginning to take shape.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 April 2011 )
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2011 MLB Payrolls by Team PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Thursday, 07 April 2011

The last couple of seasons, I've been naming my fantasy baseball team (in the Official Gatorsfirst.com League) after whatever awful contract the Red Sox (my favorite team) are getting rid of at the end of the season.  [Insert snarky comment about the ridiculous way this is an annual occurance with said team here].  Following the way that NBA trades (at least by Bill Simmons) usually involve someone's ''expiring contract'', my (championship-winning!) team last season: Lugo's Expiring Contract.  This season: Drew's Expiring Contract.  Daisuke Matsuzaka, you're officially on notice for 2012.

Anyway, to do this I use the fantastic MLB resource of Cot's Baseball Contracts.  The site has way more detail than most casual fans would need.  However, I could not easily find a straight-up ranking of the 2011 MLB payrolls by team.  So I went team-by-team and put them into the table below.  Enjoy.

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Truth, Lies, and Sources PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dory LeBlanc   
Wednesday, 16 March 2011

This article originally appeared here.

ESPN has reported that according to multiple league sources the NFLPA has already contacted 17 top prospects who ordinarily would have received an invitation to attend the draft and informed them not to go. From ESPN.com:

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 April 2011 )
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Tim Tebow: The Rookie PDF Print E-mail
Written by Krutch   
Thursday, 27 January 2011

Tim Tebow just capped off his first season in the NFL. Let's take a look at what he showed he's capable of and also where he needs to improve for his sophomore season.

Most Gator fans know the story by now: Tim Tebow just completed his rookie season in the NFL. He played incredibly efficiently in the handful of plays he took as backup for the first 13 games of the season, and is now 1-2 as a starter on the post Josh McDaniels era Denver Broncos. Considering all the distractions and instability with the coaching staff, Tebow was a breath of fresh air and provided a glimmer of hope to the disgruntled Denver fans. Here’s a breakdown of his first 3 NFL starts.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 January 2011 )
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NFL Gators: Super Bowl Bound? PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Friday, 21 January 2011

Super Bowl 45 is coming. You love the commercials, you love to eat ridiculous amounts of party food, and you love to put away some beer. But we know what you love the most: cheering on your Gators.

And I'll tell you how you'll get to do that, thanks to the expert Superbowl picks courtesy of BetUS.
http://twitter.com/betus
Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 January 2011 )
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World Series 2010 Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Sunday, 24 October 2010

SF Giants knocked off the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Sat night to advance to the World Series. Juan Uribe hit the tie breaking homer in the 8th against the Phillies.

On Friday the Texas Rangers smoked the defending champ NY Yankees 6-1 to advance. This is the first time in 50 years that the Rangers have beat the Yankees.

World Series 2010 Schedule

Game Date Location Network Time
1 Oct 27 Giants vs. Rangers FOX 7:30pm (ET)
2 Oct 28 Giants vs. Rangers FOX 7:30pm (ET)
3 Oct 30 Giants @. Rangers FOX 6:30pm (ET)
4 Oct 31 Giants @ Rangers FOX 8:00pm (ET)
5 Nov 1 Giants @ Rangers FOX 7:30pm (ET)
6 Nov 3 Giants vs. Rangers FOX 7:30pm (ET)
7 Nov 4 Giants vs. Rangers FOX 7:30pm (ET)
Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 October 2010 )
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Spain - World Champs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Monday, 12 July 2010

Viva España!!! Spain wins 1:0 over Netherlands in the World Cup. What a wild game. Outstanding displays of skill; crazy fast pace; amazing amount of heart; overtime battle; diving goalie saves; 14 yellow cards; and a flying dragon kick to the chest. You could not ask for any more from the World Cup final, unless you were pulling for the Oranje.

Arjen ROBBEN played an outstanding game for Holland, but Andres INIESTA came away the hero. At the 116-minute mark, in the second overtime period, INIESTA fired it across the goal through STEKELENBURG's fingers into the back of the net. Cesc FABREGAS was the one to set him up with shot. This victory makes Spain the 18th name on the FIFA World Cup. Spain won each elimination game by one goal. They are now the only European team to win the cup outside of Europe.

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Spain Goes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Wednesday, 07 July 2010

Spain beat Germany 1:0 today. So the FIFA World Cup 2010 final will be Spain versus Netherlands on Sunday. Not so much to report for today's game. World CUP It was largely a midfield game, quick defense and very little offense. Germany had somewhere close to zero lightning strikes today. They did have a few fast breaks but nothing developed. Spain controlled the ball for most of the game, but weren't able to set up their famous 7 touch and score zone offense. They surprisingly scored on a corner kick flying header at 73'. This was the first time in the tourney that Germany had been scored on in the second half.

This will lead to an interesting final, both in style of play and history. Neither Spain nor Netherlands has ever made it to a final. And both teams have a unique style of play, very different from their past years. I have no idea who should be favored for the final. It is going to be a great game. I like Germany for the Match for 3rd.

FIFA World Cup 2010 Final Games:

  • Germany vs. Uruguay
    Match for 3rd - Sat, July 10 at 1:30 EST on ABC
     
  • Spain vs. Netherlands
    World Cup Final - Sun, July 11 at 1:30 EST on ABC

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 July 2010 )
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Holland Goes to World Cup Final PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Tuesday, 06 July 2010

It's going to be an all Euro final; pretty big surprise with the four powerhouse South American teams in the semi-finals. Netherlands knocked off Uruguay 3:2 today. The Spain vs. Germany game is tomorrow at 1:30 EST.

Netherlands stuck strickly to their game plan today: dive; stay down; grab a leg; give ref puppy dog eyes. World CUP If it ends up being Germany and Holland, it is going to be a fun mix of explosive attacks and dive-and-whine soccer. Unfortunately the refs weren't going along with the dive plan today. Holland however was able to generate some offense to make up for it. This was two separate games. Heavy defense for the first 60 minutes was creating 3-on-7 situations halting both teams' attacks. Somehow it still ended up being 1:1 at half. Each goal was scored from outside by the respective team captain with little support. After 60 minutes it became a game of strong offensive zones and wild attacks. At the 70-minute mark Holland got a borderline offsides goal, followed 3 minutes later by powerful header making it 3:1. At 90'+2 Uruguay grounded one in. The final two minutes was an impressive showing of heart and offense by Uruguay, but with no luck, leaving it 3:2 Netherlands.

Final FIFA World Cup 2010 Games:

  • Spain vs. Germany - Semi final - Wed, July 7 at 1:30 EST

  • ? vs. Uruguay - Match for 3rd - Sat, July 10 at 1:30 EST
  • ? vs. Netherlands - World Cup Final - Sun, July 11 at 1:30 EST
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 July 2010 )
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Wild Quarter Final Games at World Cup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Saturday, 03 July 2010

Only one South American team made it out of the FIFA World Cup 2010 quarter-finals, barely, in a shootout. Uraguay sneaks by Ghana in a 1 (4):1 (2) shootout. Neder powered 2:1 over Brazil. Germany went blitzkrieg and destroyed Argentina 4:0. Spain ended up winning 1:0 over Paraguay in a bizarre game.

The upcoming semi-final games are:

  • Uruguay vs. Netherlands - Jul 6 2:30am (EST) on ESPN
  • Germany vs. Spain - Jul 7 2:30am (EST) on ESPN
Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 July 2010 )
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Tim Tebow Video at NFL Rookie Symposium PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Tim Tebow talks about the transition into the NFL. Click this article to watch the full video...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 June 2010 )
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Gamecocks shutdown UCLA and Blatt Stadium to End College World Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The South Carolina Gamecocks only needed one more win to take down the CWS. They had a tough time finding it against the UCLA Bruins last night. The Gamecocks were able to generate a score in the bottom of the 8th to tie it at one. UCLA was just five outs away from reaching the final game. Then in the 11th, Whit Merrifield poked an RBI putting the cocks up 2-1 to end the series.

Sadly, this was the last CWS for Rosenblatt Stadium, the long running home of the NCAA tourney. Blatt has hosted the the CWS every season for the past 61 years. The CWS is moving to a shiny new stadium in downtown Omaha next year priced around $130 million. They are not going to start tearing the Blatt down just yet. Minor league baseball and the United Football League need to first finish up their schedules there this summer and fall.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 June 2010 )
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USA: Only Group Winner to Not Win Round of 16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Not such an exciting weekend for USA soccer. And not a very surprising Round of 16 with only one upset. World CUP Every 1st round group winner in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, except USA, won their Round of 16 game to advance to the quarter-finals. Ghana knocked off USA 2:1 in overtime, in what was a well played and well reffed game. The seven group winners to advance were: Uruguay (Group A), Argentina (Group B), Germany (Group D), Netherlands (Group E), Paraguay (Group F), Brazil (Group G), Spain (Group H). Ghana advanced from Group D. Unfortunately for USA and England, Group C was left unrepresented in the quarter-finals.
 
The upcoming quarter-final games are:
  • Netherlands vs. Brazil - July 2, 10:00am (EST) on ESPN
  • Uruguay vs. Ghana - July 2, 2:30pm (EST) on ESPN
  • Argentina vs. Germany - July 3, 10:00am (EST) on ABC
  • Paraguay vs. Spain - July 3, 2:30pm (EST) on ABC
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 June 2010 )
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USA Smotes Algeria 1:0 to Advance in World Cup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Wednesday, 23 June 2010

What a big morning for USA soccer. USA scored at the 91 minute-mark to take down Algeria to win Group C and advance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Both games from Group C were played simultaneously this morning. Slovenia was knocked off by England 0:1, giving England 5 tourney points, and putting USA in a must-win situation. USA's win today during injury-time gave them 5 tourney points as well. USA won the group on total goals.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 June 2010 )
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Gators Sweep Miami to Make the College World Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Lewis   
Thursday, 17 June 2010

The Gators pulled it out in extra innings against Miami to advance to the College World Series in Omaha. UF ended up on top 4-3. This followed their 7-2 win over the Canes in Game 1 on Friday, giving the Gators a double-elimination sweep in the Super Regional round.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 June 2010 )
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2010 NFL Mock Draft PDF Print E-mail
Written by Krutch   
Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Back by absolutely no demand, Krutch is back with Mock Draft 2010. This represents Version 1.5 because 1.0 should’ve been up a month ago, and I’m trying to keep up with the versions of other draftniks. Obviously, I’m not a scout and don’t get to check out college pro days, but there are agreed-upon top rated players. This is my take on where each player will land.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 March 2010 )
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A Gator Flavor to the NBA All-Star Game PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Monday, 22 February 2010

With apologies to Bill Simmons: I have a rule in life. Anytime the Florida Gators have their first 2 NBA All-Stars in history, and the game is taking place less than 45 miles from my house, in the most ridiculous sports venue conceived by man, I'm going to attend, and bring you the details.

This happened. Sunday night, Feb. 14, while the rest of you pansies were celebrating Valentine's Day, I was at the Boss Hog Bowl (as Randy Galloway calls it) celebrating the NBA's opulence, as it generally heads toward losing $400 million. That's an interesting juxtaposition with the tab for the hosting venue (open only since May 2009) at $1.15 billion.

David Lee and Al Horford became the first Florida Gators to ever appear in an NBA All-Star Game. I was there.

I'll also run down the experience of going to a basketball game at Jerry Jones' shrine to himself, in case you want to head back for the 2011 Super Bowl or for the Florida Gators' 2014 Final Four appearance in the same building.

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 February 2010 )
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Happy Super Bowl Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jesse Colston   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010

Happy Super Bowl week everyone! Take a break from being upset over failed New Years resolutions and holiday weight gain and be happy; after all, tis the season for funny multi-million dollar commercials, the Super Bowl shuffle and nip-slips (Googling any of those should put a smile on your face).

This is the one time of year everyone is a football fan, die-hard college football devotees try their hand at NFL football betting, and the effeminate guy in the cube across from me actually knows the names of the teams (he’s going for the Colts; Black and Gold was so last year).

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 February 2010 )
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NFL Divisional Playoffs - Epic Storylines for Fans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Krutch   
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
The National Football League. It’s hard not to be a fan.
 
(Don’t forget to take 3 drinks for every word of the spelled out acronym that announcers say to fill space or sound dramatic.)
 
In one of the best playoff years for storylines in a long time, the NFL divisional round is in the books. The two top-seeded teams from the NFC are meeting next week in the Louisiana Superdome while the top-seeded AFC squad will take on “The Little Team That Could” at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
 
The NFL teams still in contention have great characters. I’m starting to see why some people actually enjoy the fake character storylines in “pro” wrestling. But these NFL guys aren’t faking. This is real stuff. No producers, no writers, no editing and as we’ll see: no apologies.
 

Let’s take a look at this week’s action through the storylines….

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 )
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The Curious Case of the NFL QB PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009

 The other day, some of us at gatorsfirst.com got to talking about the NFL- and I mentioned how many current NFL starting QBs are from the SEC.

 
Now, I abhor using NFL performance to argue the greatness of individual college teams and/or players.  For instance, I take ’95 Nebraska as the greatest college team of all time, while many take ’01 Miami based on the NFL talent on the roster.  So I’m not trying to make the conference argument for the SEC based on this data.  In fact, if you think I have to make the argument for the SEC at all, I guffaw in your direction.  The SEC is #1.  That’s a separate debate, that's not really debatable.
 
Let’s get back to looking at the curious case of the NFL QB.
 
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Mock Draft Epilogue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Krutch   
Thursday, 28 May 2009

The 2009 NFL draft is in the books. It's not always about accuracy in Mock Drafts, but after crunching the numbers of everyone's last revision, Kiper had a match percentage of 29.7%, McShay had 21.9% and I was 15.6%. I've coded correct picks below with M, T, or K (M= Mel Kiper, T=Todd McShay, K=Krutch, yours truly). Here's a recap with analysis of each team's new talent.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2009 )
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NFL Mock Draft 2009 Version 2.0 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Krutch   
Tuesday, 21 April 2009

OK, so things have changed since Mock Draft No. 1. I am not without my faults. So Aaron Curry and B.J. Raji will be taken a LOT higher than previously speculated.

Seeing workout results and the relative interest teams are showing in certain players has seriously shaken up my Draft Board, and Jay Cutler throws a wrench in everything.

 

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 May 2009 )
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AL West Preview PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Monday, 06 April 2009
This is the sixth in a series of six Major League Baseball divisional previews. Check them all out right here. Todayís featured division, the AL West, has the fewest number of teams of any division in baseballÖ

 
Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2009 )
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Adam's Yankee Preview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adam Silverstein   
Friday, 03 April 2009

Our friend Adam is a big Yankees fan and he has a well thought out preview for us. James already wrote an AL East preview here, so compare the two viewpoints. Adam also has his own Gators website in development, and for the time being, you can follow his thoughts here: http://twitter.com/onlygators...
 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2009 )
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NL West Divisional Preview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Canada   
Friday, 03 April 2009

The 2009 Major League Baseball season is upon us and teams are ready to embark on their 162 game journey towards the playoffs, and eventually the World Series. This is the fifth in a series of six divisional previews. Our next division is was the most fickle division last year, the NL West...
 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 April 2009 )
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AL Central Preview PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Wednesday, 01 April 2009
This is the fourth in a series of six Major League Baseball divisional previews.  Check them all out right here.  Todayís featured division, the AL Central, had the most parity of any division in baseball last year...
Last Updated ( Monday, 06 April 2009 )
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NL Central Divisional Preview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Canada   
Monday, 30 March 2009
The 2009 Major League Baseball season is upon us and teams are ready to embark on their 162 game journey towards the playoffs, and eventually the World Series. This is the third in a series of six divisional previews. Our next division has the most team in one division, the NL Central.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 April 2009 )
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AL East Preview PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Friday, 27 March 2009
This is the second in a series of six Major League Baseball divisional previews. Check them all out right here. Todayís featured division is the toughest in sports.  While Boston and New York have consistently fought for division supremacy, the upstart Rays went on to win the division and the American League before running out of gas in the World Series.

 
Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 April 2009 )
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NL East Divisional Preview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Canada   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
The 2009 Major League Baseball season is upon us and teams are ready to embark on their 162 game journey towards the playoffs, and eventually the World Series. This is the first in a series of six divisional previews. Our first division is where the defending World Series champion resides, the NL East.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 March 2009 )
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MLB Season Preview 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
We at gatorsfirst.com are Gators, first. The University of Florida, and our love for it (Gator sports included) brought us together. After all, our #1 goal is to provide your boss a reason to fire you, and entertain you all through your work day. That’s why we occasionally touch on the MLB, NFL, NBA, music, and life in general.
 
It just so happens our two biggest contributors are also huge Major League Baseball fans. 5 years ago (before Boston won its first World Series in 86 years) you could have debated the ethics behind my dad inducting me to Red Sox Nation, before there were major league teams in Florida. Fellow contributor Chris has been a diehard Marlins fan since day one. We’re also huge fantasy baseball nerds. Feel free to follow along with the gatorsfirst.com fantasy league here. We’re trying to get to 12 teams, and would not be opposed to having one or two reader-managed teams to fill out the league, so let us know in the comments below why you should be included and I’ll get back to you.
 
Enough administrative BS, let’s get to some hardcore seamhead predictions…

 
Last Updated ( Friday, 05 June 2009 )
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2009 Mock NFL Draft PDF Print E-mail
Written by Krutch   
Monday, 09 February 2009
It's that time of year again. NFL fans everywhere have barely anything else to do but study up on the draft. Here's my take on the first round.

Mel Kiper can suck it.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 March 2009 )
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How to score free tickets PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Thursday, 05 February 2009
With signing day wrapped up, and the Gator basketball team on a bye this weekend, Iíd like to take a step back to do something I donít normally do: pimp a website not named gatorsfirst.com. 

Eventchaser.com is an awesome concept. They provide discounted tickets to the bloggers on their website. So how does it all work?
 
Last Updated ( Friday, 06 February 2009 )
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End of the Jon Gruden Era in Tampa Bay PDF Print E-mail
Written by Krutch   
Friday, 23 January 2009

Having been a Bucs fan for 14 years now, itís been rare to see a coaching change. It wouldnít be right to be pessimistic about it though. In 1996, they hired a first time head coach by the name of Dungy and they were rewarded a year later with their first winning season since 1982. In 2002, they traded 4 high draft picks and $8 million for Jon Gruden and immediately got a return on their investment with a Super Bowl win. Now in 2009, the Buccaneers have taken a new risk: Raheem Morris. Next year could be surprisingly good if history has any indication.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 February 2009 )
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Dolphins Improbable Turnaround PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Canada   
Saturday, 13 December 2008
As a born and raised diehard Miami Dolphins fan, I have had my fair share of disappointments. Whether it be the painful playoff losses of the early 1990ís (particularly against Buffalo!), or not making the playoffs since 2001, nothing was as painful as watching the 2007 addition of the team. The ineptitude was wide spread. We were trotting out Cleo Lemon & John Beck at QB for godís sake! The only other thing that we led the league in, besides losses of course, was the # of Cams. (Cameron Worrell, Greg Camarillo, and head coach Cameron Cameron). However, for all of last yearís pain, this year has been a blessing. Here are my thoughts on a wonderful turnaround...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 December 2008 )
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Stick a Fork in the 08 Red Sox PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
 Let me start off by saying I think Boston is becoming the dominant team year-in and year-out in MLB.  But several factors caught up to them this year, and if you read Bill Simmons even semi-regularly you'll know this team doesn't seem to have the heart and hunger of teams from prior years... so I'm not expecting an ALCS comeback of 04, or even 07, proportions.  These are in no particular order.
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 December 2008 )
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Is Moneyball relevant in this year's ALCS? PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
 Moneyball is easily the most misunderstood sports book I can think of.  It's very title has become like a catch phrase, and many people who talk about it have probably never even flipped through a copy (don't bother looking for pictures, there aren't many).
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 December 2008 )
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Official GatorsFirst NFL Pick'em League PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Wednesday, 03 September 2008

If you'd like to participate in the GatorsFirst NFL pick'em, I made it a public group... just sign up for ESPN Pigskin pick'em, choose the 'use spread' option (picks are against the spread!) and then pick 'join group' and find GatorsFirst.com

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NFL Needs a Better Minor League System PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Why has the NFL never had a better minor league system?


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Wrapping up the NBA Finals PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
The blog returns, as GF gives you the hard-hitting reporting you've come to expect....
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 December 2008 )
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Quantifying the Absurdity of the Patriots Draft Windfall PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
The 49ers were everyone's 'sleeper pick' before the season, which may just have been a clue to avoid any high preseason hopes for them. But I had high hopes for them anyways, if only because Alex Smith, I thought, would be a prehistoric Tim Tebow, and I happened to like what Frank Gore did for my fantasy team last year. So when the Patriots got the 49ers 1st round pick for this season (via draft day trade), no one really thought it'd be a great pick, it was just the Patriots stockpiling picks again. Turns out, maybe Belichick and company are even smarter than we think (or terribly, terribly lucky) as right now the pick looks to be #2 overall...
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 December 2008 )
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Who the F is Derek Anderson? PDF Print E-mail
Written by JB   
Tuesday, 04 December 2007
I thought I was picking on the Browns with their QB change in week 2, putting in a 6'6" guy from Oregon State (not the Chad Johnson,Steven Jackson, #4 in the country years, the losing to Pitt in the Sun Bowl years). I picked up Cincinnati's Defense for a one-week play (I am morally opposed to drafting D/ST, K, TE except in the last 3-4 rounds- if you ask why, I ask how the Bears and Ravens are treating you, relative to Big Ben, who I drafted later). Anyways, the point is I got -8 from the Bengals, who were quickly in a shootout game...
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 December 2008 )
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The "Million Dollar" Patriots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Canada   
Tuesday, 04 December 2007
I'm stunned that I'm sitting here knowing that the Pats are still undefeated. I watched the entire game last night. They were physically manhandled and handily beaten by the Ravens for most of that game...
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 December 2008 )
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