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Wednesday October 19, 2011 Sharing a letter from a new Gators fan in London

Updated: 11:52am, October 19

One aspect of this job I enjoy in the social media culture we now live is the daily communication with fans, be it on Twitter, Facebook or via email on

Most of the interaction is positive. After three consecutive losses, the tone has a different edge as you might expect. Heck, even my mom -- a casual fan at best -- asked why the Gators couldn't catch a punt the other night at Auburn.

That's to be expected for a program that has had as much success as Florida in recent years. I fully expect the same type of success in the future from the current coaching staff, but this was already a transition year, and when you lose your fifth-year senior starting quarterback during the most difficult stretch of the season, well, the transition can get more difficult very quickly.

As I tried to answer dozens of emails I have received since the Auburn loss, I felt compelled to share the following one from Brian Gate of London. His message is more for you guys than me. Here goes:


I am a Brit born and bred in London and still a resident there. I stayed for a 2-week vacation with my son, also born and bred in London, who moved to Jacksonville in May. I was invited by an alumini to attend Tide@Gators game on Oct. 1st.

As a visiting Brit I was aware of the NFL but not of the college football scene. Apart from the score (I now count myself as a Gator fan), I had an amazing experience from start to finish. You truly know in the U.S. how to do sporting events with the pre-game and halftime entertainment ... the atmosphere was absolutely awesome.

We have one stadium in the whole of the U.K. (Wembley) anywhere near the capacity of Ben Hill Griffin - over 90,000 is phenonmenal for what I presume is a non-professional event. I am impressed with the patriotism shown before every sporting event in the U.S. (though I must confess to only standing for the U.S.A. National Anthem, but as I am sure you understand I am loyal to my Queen and Country).

Whenever I come back to visit (and I certainly will during the regular season in future years), I will certainly take up any opportunity to attend another game. I hope all of the guys who are injured get fit soon as I note that there have now been losss at Louisiana and Auburn.

Thanks to the Gators for playing a wonderful part in a fantastic vacation.


Brian Gate, HARROW, Greater London

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