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Florida Football 100 For 100, No. 58: How The Gators' Home Became The Swamp

April 7, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; A general view as fans await the start of their Florida Gators spring game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
April 7, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; A general view as fans await the start of their Florida Gators spring game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

There are nine days until Florida's September 1 opener with Bowling Green. There are 57 entries left in the 100 For 100 series. So ... yeah.

You probably know that The Swamp wasn't always The Swamp, and that it was Steve Spurrier who came up with the name and conceptualized the branding of it. But GatorZone's Chris Harry has a nice history of "The Swamp" today that also includes the best one-sentence paragraph GatorZone's published.

Spurrier had huddled several times that offseason with Norm Carlson, longtime UF communications director and Gators historian, to try and come up with a nickname for the home field. Together, they kicked a few around.

"Some were really stupid," Carlson said last week. "I think one was ‘Gator Bog.' Can you imagine?"

No.

Spurrier's quote explaining the nickname is also just perfect.

"A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous."

Many things in life are hot and sticky and can be dangerous, but I don't think calling Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field "The Cinnabon" was ever seriously considered. That said, "The Cinnabon" is better than "Gator Bog."