Why does America love to hate the Florida Gators?
Why do they love to hate the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and the New York Yankees? It's nice being in the rarified air of champions on the one hand. While on the other, you realize your favorite team somehow became one of the most hated teams in America!
What's up with this? I thought America loved a winner? America does, until they get down. Then, America moves on.
How many times has ESPN been around on game day lately? How many do they have scheduled for this year? Used to be every time Florida played UT, Alabama or LSU, there was the ESPN crew.
The Gators dug themselves out of the also-ran mediocrity in the early '90s and have been a big-time winner ever since. America surely knows that the past couple of years will slide into history just as the Zook years of 2002 through 2004.
Florida will be back—and soon—in the hunt for SEC and national championships. In the meantime, let's explore the top nine reasons why America loves to hate the Gators.