OGGOA strives to fill a niche for those that follow Florida Gators athletics and serve as an all-inclusive, one-stop portal for everything you want or need to know about the team. Rather than search far and wide for the absolute best Gators news and content, all one has to do is bookmark OGGOA to receive an abundance of breaking news, commentary, interviews and so much more about the Orange & Blue around the clock.
OGGOA predominantly offers full coverage of Florida football, basketball and recruiting for both sports…but the content does not stop there. Thirteen other Gators athletic programs exist and OGGOA does its part to cover every single one while also keeping track of former Florida student-athletes currently playing professional sports in the United States and abroad.
If there is something in particular you would like to see at OGGOA, feel free to contact us. Suggestions are welcomed and appreciated, as the goal here is to make OGGOA the premier news portal for the Florida Gators on the World Wide Web.
I sincerely hope you enjoy visiting and reading this website as much as I do creating and updating it for you!
And remember…ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive!
ABOUT ADAM SILVERSTEIN
A graduate of the University of Florida’s School of Journalism and Communications, Adam Silverstein began his professional writing career over a decade ago as owner and editor of Top Rope Newsletter, a daily online publication with over 50,000 subscribers. He has also been published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and on GatorZone.com as a former intern of the program’s University Athletic Association.
Adam worked at the UAA for three years, covering Florida Gators football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and gymnastics. He also worked at the College World Series, Women’s College World Series and SEC Championships for both baseball and softball. In addition to his functions in the press box, in the offices and on the field for the UAA, Adam has also freelanced for ESPN, FOX Sports, Sun Sports and GatorVision.
Since opening OGGOA, Adam has made multiple appearances nationally on Sirius/XM and Yahoo! Sports Radio and has also been a guest on local radio stations across the country, including multiple ESPN Radio affiliates. OGGOA has been sourced by a wide variety of national and local publications including ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, AOL FanHouse, The Huffington Post, Newsday, The Gainesville Sun, the Orlando Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post.
For press and media inquiries, interviews and advertising information, please contact Adam Silverstein directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Nash (Graphic Designer)
The designer of all of the graphic headers for OGGOA’s posts and columns, Michael Nash was born in Jacksonville, FL, and moved to New Jersey as a youngster but never stopped rooting for the Gators. Although he did not attend the University of Florida, Michael’s passion for the school combined with his personal interest in graphic design led him to offer his services to OGGOA. His graphics can also be found on top of gameday previews and headers for the daily “BITS” posts.
A three-year starter for the Gators under head coaches Steve Spurrier and Ron Zook, former guard Shannon Snell provided his experienced take on the football team throughout the 2012 season and is set to reprise his column, “Snell’s Slant,” in 2013. Snell played in 46 games over four season and started 36 contests during his time wearing orange and blue. He was named a First Team All-American by Sporting News in 2003 and spent two seasons in the NFL.
A four-year forward with Florida basketball under head coach Billy Donovan, Adam Allen was a four-star recruit who was forced to retire due to multiple knee surgeries. No longer with the team, he joined OGGOA as a basketball columnist in 2011-12 to provide his unique perspective on the team throughout the season in “Allen’s Alley.”
A five-year member of the Florida baseball team playing under head coaches Pat McMahon and Kevin O’Sullivan, former catcher Teddy Foster is now attending law school (at Florida State of all places) after serving as an associate scout for the New York Mets during the 2012. He originally joined OGGOA in 2012 as a baseball columnist and once again provided his unique perspective on the team throughout the 2013 season in his column, “Teddy’s Catch.”
A four-year safety with the Gators who played under head coaches Urban Meyer and Will Muschamp, Josh Evans joined OGGOA following the 2012 season as the second former athlete to tell his tale as part of the “Path to the Draft” blog. Josh chronicled his journey to the 2013 NFL Draft and eventual sixth-round selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The two-year starter was Florida’s leading tackler in 2012 and a key member of the Gators’ defense.
A four-year forward and Florida’s leading three-point shooter during his senior season in 2012-13, Erik Murphy became the third former student-athlete to chronicle his “Path to the Draft” via an exclusive blog here on OGGOA. Erik was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
The 2011 SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, forward Chandler Parsons was the first to contribute an exclusive weekly blog to OGGOA (“Path to the Draft”) as he prepared for the 2011 NBA Draft. He graduated from UF with a degree in telecommunications and led the Gators in both rebounds and assists during his senior season. Chandler finished his Florida career as the 12th leading scorer in school history (1,452 points) and just the sixth with more than 500 career field goals. Upon playing his last game in March 2011, Chandler was the only active player in Division I with over 1,300 points, 800 rebounds, 300 assists and 125 steals for his career. He was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round.
The 1996 winner of the Heisman Trophy (and five other prestigious awards), former Gators national championship-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel provided OGGOA with his unique perspective on Florida football during the first five games of the 2010 season in his exclusive blog, “Wuerffel’s Words.” Having passed for 10,875 yards and 114 touchdowns in his UF career, he discussed topics ranging from the team’s slow start to the season to the struggles of QB John Brantley. A first-team All-America selection in 1995 and 1996, many of Danny’s numbers remain the best in SEC and school history. In 1995, his efficiency of 178.4 set a single-season collegiate record, and in his Heisman year of 1996, his 3,625 yards (SEC record), 39 TDs (led nation, SEC record) and efficiency rating of 170.6 made him the first QB to ever post a rating of 170 or more in back-to-back years. Danny led the Gators in passing in each of his four seasons (1993-96) and still holds Florida records for most career passing touchdowns and most passing touchdowns in a season (in which he also holds second place). In fact, one out of every 9.74 passes Danny threw in his career would be scored for a touchdown. He was enshrined in the team’s Ring of Honor in 2006 and was immortalized outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in a bronze statue in 2011.