This week Gator Nation, and our little off-brand underground college football blog, lost a dear, dear friend.
Lionel Forbes, affectionately known as "FlawdaGator" and "Captain Inappropriate", passed away unexpectedly on May 6th. He was only 34 years old.
Lionel was a part-time contributor to eViL G and Coach E, in addition to hosting and producing "The FlawdaGator Show" on TenacityRadio.com. He was a proud alum of the University of Florida, and he played a mean tuba for UF's Marching Band back in the day.
From time to time here I'll reference a super, secret Internet message board in cyberspace. Well Lionel introduced me to this group of misfit college football fans back in 2001...and over a decade later, after countless tailgates, road trips, pool parties, weddings, baby showers, graduation ceremonies and funerals, I consider this group of Gators (and a few select Tennessee Vols) to be among my best friends on the planet.
Rest in peace Lionel. It breaks my heart to say goodbye to you.