There goes the sympathy vote.

Really, this was inevitable:

And people wonder how the Hatfields and McCoys got started.


Filed under Whoa, oh, Alabama

34 responses to “There goes the sympathy vote.

  1. Texas_Dawg

    McGarity says UGA “echoes” Machen’s comments that oversigning is morally reprehensible and repugnant.

    Good stuff.


  2. Texas_Dawg

    As to the Hatfields/McCoys stuff… yes, this is just one more example of how the SEC West is a truly embarrassing collection of schools.

    They are all very poorly academically ranked. They are all states that are among the poorest in the country. They are all lacking in basic ethical controls found at most universities.

    Just sad, backwards places, and it’s a growing detriment to UGA that its name is affiliated with such groups.


    • crapsandwich

      Yes, and they don’t know how to talk, walk, read a newspaper and lack the dignity of those to their East. Yes Oglethorpe Georgians look down on these animals to our West. Now pass the Gray Poupon and lets get on it.


    • X-Dawg

      Give it a rest, son………Please!


    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Before one starts slandering major universities it is might be a good idea to know a few facts. There are literally thousands of colleges in the US. There are over three hundred fifty colleges that one might classify as major academic institutions. The latest edition of the US News and World report college rankings has Bama rated at 79 (tied with Baylor and Michigan State) and Auburn rated at 85. UGA is rated at 56. Florida is rated at 53. Let’s not go off half-cocked and start saying that because the fanbases of Bama and Auburn (most of whom never set foot inside a classroom) are nuts or that because the tail is wagging the dog in their athletic departments that this somehow means that the universities are “very poor academically.” The facts do not bear that out. Like it or not those schools are only rated slightly below UGA academically. I know a lot of folks who are very intelligent and well educated who went to Auburn and Bama. A friend and classmate of mine at UGA used to be the Dean of the Auburn College of Business. In fact, there is a lot of inbreeding among the various universities of the SEC and the South in general. I haven’t done an analysis but I would venture a guess that UGA has professors that went to both of those institutions either as undergrads or for grad school and that Bama and Auburn each have a number of UGA grads on their respective faculties as well. P.S. Since we are talking academics, the search is now on for a new Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. I have it on good authority that Mike Adams is NOT being considered.


      • Go Dawgs!

        And, let’s also remember that if not for Zell Miller and HOPE, Georgia would be ranked much lower than we are. Georgia wasn’t always the school that it is today, and we have every right to be proud of what our school has accomplished. That’s not to say that gains aren’t being made at Auburn, Alabama, LSU, et al. In fact, I’d say that outside of Vanderbilt, there’s really no room for anyone in the SEC to look down on anyone else. Except for South Carolina. They’re just awful.


    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Texas are you serious?


  3. Jim

    Forget his family- this guy shouldnt be given bond for his own safety. He may have to go into the witness protectionprogram


  4. Normaltown Mike

    I know a real Hatfield, he’s a Florida fan.

    No kidding.

    FWIW the Hatfield’s whipped the tar out of the McCoy’s.


  5. Irishdawg

    Auburn, we’re all sorry about the trees. It’s a real shame they were poisoned.

    Now piss off, both sides in this rivalry are a collection of frothing maniacs that all should be in ancient Germania being crushed by Roman legionnaires.


  6. Dboy

    Would an intrastate war be considered a civil war? Auburn fans could be the confederacy and Alabama fans could be the double confederacy. A bloody landwar would ensue. There would be an unprecedented involvement of tigers, elephants, eagles and something like red bacteria floating in the ocean in tactical combat.


    • W Cobb Dawg

      In Oregon they call the rivalry between state schools the civil war. In alabama, I think it’s more like ‘dog eat dog’. When you celebrate the mnc by throwing TP over a couple trees it’s hard to believe someone could come up with a way to skulk even lower.


      • Normaltown Mike

        Actually, a rarely seen documentary was made about the 1981 Iron Bowl and it featured some fan interaction prior to the game (link below).

        The title is a reference to the famous Vulcan statue in Birmingham.


  7. Grafton

    My brother whom is a Dawg fan like myself, lives in birmingham and he said “At least when these idiots shoot each other after the iron bowl they aren’t dumb enough to confess on the radio, usually. I think that if Auburn doesn’t get sanctioned by the NCAA soon, there may be riots in the streets up here. The bammers are livid that the barners bought a nc and they just are about to lose it, literally. That is really why this happened. They took the sheen off if sabans nc so quick and under such circumstances that they cannot take it. Add to that the blowing of a 24-0 lead and I’m living in a powder keg over here and it may be more than trees that end up dead. If auburn could just get caught red handed it would calm things down a bit.”


    • Go Dawgs!

      Well, Alabama, it’s time to get the hell over it.


      • hailtogeorgia

        Well said. Time to put on the big girl panties and deal with it. Oh no! Poor Alabama only had one year to celebrate their national championship? You mean the same amount of time that every other team has to celebrate it? What’s the world coming to these days?


  8. heyberto

    That couldn’t be exaggerated. It has to be true… right?


    • Go Dawgs!

      I certainly don’t find it unbelievable that fringe Auburn fans would call in death threats to the family that poisoned their landmark. Do you? Have you never met the Auburn fringe? They’re basically just as crazy as our fringe people.


      • Macallanlover

        Every program in the Top 40 has a lunatic fringe, this is where size matters. At The aU, they are at the top in this category, for once ahead of Bama.


  9. Jaybird

    Funny, the current champion of cheating , bama, with 16 of it teams including the football team that won the 2009 NC, on upset that Auburn , in their minds, bought a National Championship? Why am I laughing…..?


  10. I only took one Psych class during my undergrad days at UGA, but the entire rivalry seems to me to boil down to what Freud called the “narcissism of small differences”. YMMV.

    Happy Friday!


  11. I’m so tired of these guys trying to out-asshole each other. They think this is of the same level import as Palestine-Israel, but it’s just game played by adolescents. Move the hell on, idiots.


  12. anonymous

    War Dead Oak Tree?


  13. Scorpio Jones, III

    You just can’t understand athletic acrimony unless you either live, or have lived in Alabama.

    Georgia fans especially have no basis to understand this situation since there are many, many more Georgia fans than fans of Georgia’s only in-state rival, Tech.

    I lived in Alabama for 15 years. Frankly I am not even surprised at the attempt by a Bama fan to poison the Toomer’s Corner trees.

    Folks this has been going on for almost 100 years….the difference is that it is easier to know about individual incidents.

    Alabama has more “Walmart Alumni” than Auburn, and the most outrageous behavior has always come from people who did not attend either school.

    If a Georgia co-ed marries a Tech man, at the wedding there are jokes and kidding and general hilarity.

    If a Bama grad marries an Auburn girl nobody comes to the wedding.
    The children of this union are said to be spawn of a mixed marriage.
    And if you don’t think folks take this seriously you are just uninformed.

    Tommy’s suggestion above that this situation is less important than the Arabs vs Israel may have some validity in states other than Alabama.

    Many Auburn and Alabama fans do mix and mingle, but there is always a visible line of demarcation in any mixed gathering.

    The surprising thing is that more people are not aware of this.


    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Bryant Denny….help me explain this stuff!!!!!


      • Kevin

        i lived in bama for 5 years. sj3 speaks the truth.
        the first day of class (4th grade) the very first question i was ever asked was “who ya for”. after i figured out what they were getting at i just randomly said auburn. from that point on i had cut myself off from being friends w/ about 80% of the school. they just wouldn’t even talk to me.
        it was the weirdest thing.


  14. Sniffer

    Having recently moved from Montgomery after ten years exiled there, my experience was this. A person is expected to declare for Alabama or Auburn, period. Alumni of Troy, South AL or any other state school will refer to themselves like this, “I went to Troy, but I pull for (fill in the blank)”. When a fan or alumnus of an out-of-state school reveals this fact, you are left to a limited social circle of outcasts. Most of the “fans” that I know are not so different than the Dawgs I know.