Snell’s Slant: Trap game alert for Gators as Florida looks to build on success at Mizzou

By Shannon Snell – Featured Columnist

Forget that “Big Boss” nickname I’ve carried for so long. Pardon me, Floyd Mayweather Jr., but you all can just call me “Money” now. Take a look at how I ended last week’s column, as Adam so generously reposted on Sunday:

“Now, here comes No. 3 Ole Miss. Almost no one gives Florida a chance to win this game, which makes the Gators even more dangerous. Florida has nothing to lose and everything to gain. UF is supposed to be two or three years away from making a serious run at the College Football Playoff … but what if the Gators beat the Rebels? What if Florida comes in and plays their best games of the season while Ole Miss takes them lightly? Auburn has made this type of turnaround before. It is not impossible. Head coach Jim McElwain will have the Gators ready to play Saturday night; the Rebels better be ready for a dogfight.”

Look, I’m no football genius, but I can say that I’ve been in similar situations in my life when it pertains to football. Ole Miss started reading its own newspaper clippings and thought it was a lot better than it was in reality. No doubt about it, the Rebels are a talented football team. A mere two weeks ago, they knocked off one of the best teams in the country in the Alabama Crimson Tide. But this is SEC football at its best. If you do not come ready to play every single week, you can get beat very convincingly by an opponent you underestimate, such as Ole Miss did Florida. The Rebels clearly did not match the same intensity that the Gators started with from the first snap.

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The Silver Lining for Thursday, October 1, 2015: Six years strong, Gators quarterback situation Six Years Strong

As we enter our sixth year here at, I come to you with good news on the horizon. What exactly is that good news? Well, I don’t want to spoil the fun just yet, but let’s just say it involves the contribution button you’ve seen for the last 20 months on the website. And it is coming soon. Very soon.

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The Silver Lining for Wednesday, October 1, 2014: Fifth anniversary, Treon Harris not ready Five Years, Still Alive

Five years is not a long period of time when you look at it from a grander perspective. Though as I sit here today on the fifth anniversary of – which opened on Oct. 1, 2009 – pondering the fact that I have posted 5,295 stories in the last 1,826 days, the enormity of the moment has absolutely set in.

Since inception, more than 11.2 million unique visitors have found their own way to, which remains standing today as the largest independent website covering the Florida Gators.

The message board-free community here has combined to post 29,767 comments, while the @OnlyGators Twitter account has amassed more than 6,500 followers over the last 12 months, giving it more than 29,500 since it was created five-and-a-half years ago.

Trust me, I do not mention any of this to brag, boast or revel in achievement. Rather, I share these figures purely out of astonishment and appreciation.

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FOUR BITS: Noah, Beal, Pouncey, Cooper

1 » Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah played the second-most minutes of any reserve in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, his second-straight appearance in the midseason contest, scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting with five rebounds and a steal in 21 minutes. Noah saw extensive time down the stretch for the Eastern Conference, which outscored the Western Conference 87-66 in the second half to pull out a 163-155 victory in the highest-scoring All-Star game ever. After the win, Miami guard Dwyane Wade referred to Noah as “one of the best competitors I’ve ever played against,” noting that his defense played a major part in the East’s success. “In the locker room,” he said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, “we talked about having fun and enjoying it, but [Noah] was serious. He wanted to win. You could see it in his face. … I’m glad he was on our side.”

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Four years later, ONLY GATORS is still alive!

ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive opened exactly four years ago on Oct. 1, 2009, and if you had told me then that I would be writing this now, I never would have believed you.

Penning this post just three days after the Kentucky game reminds me of the first big story the website covered – Tim Tebow’s concussion and the will-he-or-won’t-he nature of his return two weeks later against LSU.

Not only is still open four years later, it is more popular than ever. The biggest year in the history of the website has increased our lifetime visits to a staggering total of 8.6 million. What you are currently reading is the 4,441st post, and the first comment on this subject will be the 23,305th contributed by you, the readers.

The @OnlyGators Twitter account, which was registered six-and-a-half months before the website officially launched, has been around longer than 99.0 percent of all other Twitter users, according to the social network. It has gained approximately 5,000 followers in the last 12 months and boasts a current following of 23,278. There were also nearly 14,000 tweets sent out in the last year alone.

Don’t forget to Like on Facebook as well for updates, links to stories as they are posted and unique content. The website also has a Google+ page and brand new Instagram account that will be updated often.

What started as an idea out of thin air has become something beyond what I ever could have expected. It has been both personally and professionally rewarding, and it would not have been possible without all of your patronage and continued support. has always been completely free, supported solely by advertising, much of it affiliate-based. So be sure to support us by purchasing all of your licensed apparel for your favorite sports teams through the OGGOA Store, powered by Fanatics. You pay the same low prices but also support the website in the process! The same goes for your ticketing needs as we have partnered with TiqIQ to get you the absolute best deals possible to watch your favorite teams play live.

Additionally, if you own a company or wish to promote a product or service, there are plenty of sponsorship and advertising placement opportunities available throughout the website, so be sure to e-mail me directly and alert me of your interest.

In the coming weeks, there may be additional ways in which you can contribute and help keep up and running for free. Unlike most independent websites and newspapers, there are no plans to adopt a pay model for our content. However, being a free website for you does not mean that bills are not being paid by us.

I hope you seriously consider assisting us in meeting our financial commitments once the information is made available in the near future.

No matter the longevity or frequency of your patronage, please know that I very much appreciate you clicking on your bookmark, tapping the iPhone home screen icon you saved, reading the tweets and visiting the links, or even just checking out the site through my work with Yahoo! SportsRivals affiliate

Without you, the readers, this website would not exist. Period.

Here’s to another year!

Adam Silverstein
Owner, editor

ONLY GATORS…three years strong, still alive!

ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive opened exactly three years ago today during one of the most news-packed months in the history of the Florida Gators.

October 2009 featured widespread panic about Tim Tebow’s concussion and preparedness for LSU, the debut of the lacrosse program, the arrest of Erin Andrews’s stalker, concern about the commitment status of Matt Elam and devastating season-ending injuries to a pair of Florida football players.

After 36 months of long hours, stressful days and plenty of late nights, it is my pleasure to say that OGGOA remains alive and kicking entering its fourth year.

As I stated last year, I truly never thought that a phrase I jotted down on a piece of paper a few summers ago would not only materialize into this website but become something that has encompassed my life in so many ways.

OGGOA was always meant to be a website even when it started simply as a Twitter account that quickly gained a strong following and provided this publication with an unexpected but certainly appreciated built-in audience of Gators news-craving readers.

Now three years later I’m proud to say that has amassed more than 6.1 million visits since Oct. 1, 2009. This officially marks the 3,502nd post on the website, and the next comment submitted will be the 19,306th since inception. The @OnlyGators Twitter handle has added nearly 5,000 more followers in the last 12 months (18,367 total as of press time) and approximately 52,600 tweets have been sent out with the news, information and opinions that you crave.

Many of you reading this right now have been with us from the very beginning. You may remember the website crashing when we broke the information about the team’s Nike Pro Combat uniforms. (Luckily the servers have been significantly beefed up since then.) Perhaps you were a frequent reader when OGGOA’s very first in-depth interview (with Al Horford) was posted in early 2010. You might be someone that joined us along the way or maybe you’re even a brand new reader who stumbled onto the site a few months ago.

No matter the longevity or frequency of your patronage, please know that I very much appreciate you for clicking on your OGGOA bookmark, tapping the iPhone home screen icon, reading my tweets or even visiting the site through my work with Yahoo! Sports and Rivals. Without you, the reader, this website does not exist. Period.

As always, plenty of love and thanks goes out to OGGOA’s contributors, the more than 30 Gators athletes who have sat down for extensive interviews with me, those in the industry who have supported and endorsed the website, the great folks at for keeping us up and running, and obviously all of my friends and family who are equally instrumental in keeping the passion going on a daily basis.

Albert Einstein once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Hard work does pay off; this site is a testament.

Here’s to another year!

Adam Silverstein
Owner, editor

ONLY GATORS…still alive after two years!

It’s been two years – two years and six days to be exact – since I first turned the light on at ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive headquarters and, well, we’re still alive.

What started out as a passion project has turned into something that continues to amaze and humble me day-in and day-out. Never did I think that an idea that popped into my head and a name I wrote on a piece of paper back in 2009 would not only materialize but become an endeavor that is continuously taxing and rewarding at the same time.

Many of you started following us through Twitter as @OnlyGators began months before ever existed. As our following slowly grew, I hoped only that the website would satisfy the 2,000-or-so people who chose to read my tweets and trust me for information about the Florida Gators.

Just a few months after the website began, Twitter readers were only a portion of our daily audience. I was surprised how quickly the site took off but considering it started days after Tim Tebow suffered his concussion and just months before Urban Meyer resigned for the first time, perhaps it should not have been much of a shock.

If you’ll allow me to humble-brag for a minute, I feel it is worth noting that has amassed more than 4.2 million visits since Oct. 1, 2009. This is our 2,500th post and sometime today the site will register its 15,000th reader comment. Our Twitter account has amassed more than 35,200 tweets and ballooned to over 13,500 followers. (Every number mentioned has more than doubled since 10/1/10).

Whether you’ve been with us from the very beginning or just started logging on here recently, I sincerely appreciate your support and dedication as well as all of the time you have spent on this website when you otherwise could have been working on getting a promotion or spending time with your loved ones.

Please indulge me once more as I wanted to take a moment to thank some people and organizations for supporting us over the last two years. Thanks to Brett, Dustin, Rebecca and Jesse from for keeping us up and running.

Much love to Erin Andrews for her constant support and generosity, and thanks to many, many other Gators – such as Jack Youngblood, Kevin Carter, Alex Brown, Danny Wuerffel, Mike Peterson, Cornelius Ingram, Joe Cohen, David Nelson, Dorian Munroe, Al Horford, Chandler Parsons and Taurean Green (just to name a few) – for opening up your lives to us at one time or another for our in-depth interviews.

Thanks to Mark Wheeler of Rivals/ for bringing me on board and helping me reach an even larger audience, and much appreciation to both Abe Gordon from SiriusXM and Marc Ryan from 100.3 FM The Ticket for putting me on the air on a regular basis. Thanks to dozens of major media outlets including CBS Sports, ESPN, FanHouse, NBC Sports, Sports Illustrated, The Huffington Post and USA Today (just to name a few) for either sourcing or linking to posts from the site.

And thank you to all of my friends, family and colleagues I did not name (you know who you are) for your advice and support.

This may be a bit too much of a reflective post considering we are not going anywhere any time soon, but I’ve always believed in remembering how you started and appreciating what you’ve accomplished along the way.

As Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference.”

While there is no blueprint for what I am trying to accomplish here, there are some exciting possibilities on the horizon for OGGOA over the next few months including one project in particular that I sincerely hope will come to fruition sooner than later.

Here’s to another year!

Adam Silverstein
Owner, editor

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