Welcome to Athens

For all of you who know as surely as the sun rises in the east that the Georgia-Florida series will be magically transformed if the game would just get the hell out of Jacksonville, here are some pesky stats:

… Georgia is 24-13 at home and 26-11 on the road against the other five SEC East teams. (Since the SEC went to divisions, the Bulldogs have played Florida home-and-away once, with the rest of the games against the Gators in Jacksonville.)

Georgia’s “opposite” record also extends to playing the SEC West. The Bulldogs are 16-11 at home and 20-6-1 on the road against SEC West opponents.

The only other team in the conference that has a better road record than home record against division rivals is Vanderbilt.  That’s probably got something to do with the weather in Nashville.

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16 responses to “Welcome to Athens

  1. First.

    What else is there to say?

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  2. UFTimmy

    I heard your AD was trying to move the WLOCP to his car.

    True story.

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  3. Macallanlover

    Other than from an Athens business owner or off-duty law enforcement personnel’s perspective, I cannot think of a single viable point for moving this series to a home and home. I realize there are some who feel otherwise, and I fully respect their right to that position, but this debate is not close enough to have enjoyed the 10 years or so of time it has been given. I mean no disrespect to any of those fans, emotions are over ruling rational thinking. I have made that mistake often enough in other situations so I can relate.

    UGA gains nothing, nada, from moving away from the current contract for the WLOCP and loses financially, traditionally, and competitively, imo. This argument goes away once we restore balance by winning consistently again….just like it did when UF fans were whining for the exact same reasons when Spurrier took over.

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    • Derek

      The simple fact that we never have to see gator fans on our campus and in our stadium is enough for me to want keep the game in Jax.

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      • Macallanlover

        Exactly. That is also one of the plusses; I feel like that would be desecrating Holy Land. The only time I ever felt good about having Blue and Orange in Athens was with the Boise fans, they were nice, well-behaved people.

        And UF has nothing comparable to give us in return so it is an unequal trade. Who really wants to go to Gainesville and get abused by rude fans? (Yes, we have about 1-2 per cent of that type also but unlike Florida, we are not known for that. I blame it on the origins of many of those folks.)

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    • SSB Charley

      I can think of a great reason to stop having the game in Jax: about half of our season ticket base is locked out of the game on a yearly basis. As one of those folks whose point totals haven’t reached the level to get Jax tickets, despite being a season ticket holder for 10 years, I’d be more than happy to see us stop subsidizing about 30,000 Gator fans every other year from seeing the game in person.

      Screw Jax.

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  4. anon

    it is still stupid that we’re playing 5 SEC games away from home this year.

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  5. Hobnail_Boot

    We’re idiots for keeping it in Florida.

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      You do not have to be a genius to figure out that it is a disadvantage for the Dawgs to play a conference schedule that has only 3 home games every other year. Some people have their own personal reasons for wanting things to continue like they are. The FLA people want things to stay the same because the UGA football team is at a disadvantage and they secretly are terrified that the UGA administration will wake up and they will have to play the Dawgs, a team that historically had their number, on a level playing field. Some Georgia “fans” put their own selfish fun (wanting to get drunk in Ponte Vedra) ahead of what is best for the team. So they rationalize keeping things the way they are by saying things like “Man up” and other stupid , meaningless drivel. A better saying for this situation is: “The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting a different result.” If you examine the records of UGA and FLA against common opponents since CMR became coach of the Dawgs those records are about the same, yet FLA is 7-2 against the Dawgs during that same period. Even if there is only a 5% chance that changing the venue would change the outcome, a true Dawg fan would be in favor of the change. The selfish crowd, however, does not really care about the team winning. They only care about themselves having fun during their annual fall trip to the beach. I say to each of them: “Take your ugly feet off the neck of my team you selfish assholes.”

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      • Even if there is only a 5% chance that changing the venue would change the outcome…

        The whole point to the post, Mayor, is that your 5% chance doesn’t exist. Even with their miserable record in Jax, the Dawgs still sport a better conference winning percentage on the road than at home.

        The question you have to address is why Florida would be the exception to that rule.

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        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Tell you what–why don’t we play the WLOCP at the GA Dome? That’s a neutral site, isn’t it? Make it the WLICP. Let’s see how FLA likes that and if they keep winning every year. After 5 years if things are the same I’ll admit you are right.

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  6. Vious

    We cry about bye weeks yet get slammed by AU in 2005 after one, GT in 2008 after one, UF last year after one…..we cry about location yet get slammed at home often (2 games above)

    We need to actually win the games and stop crying with every excuse in the book

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    • Moggs

      Si Senior

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    • PNWDawg

      Yeah, I don’t remember us complaining about being in J’ville when we were dominating.

      I also can’t emphasize enough how quite Sanford Stadium is when the game isn’t going our way. And I’m pretty sure our record at home against ranked opponents isn’t very impressive.

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      • PNWDawg

        Well, it looks like we are 4-4 against ranked opponents at home since Richt took over. Could be worse.

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