Yesterday I gave you my list of my ten favorite games I attended in Sanford Stadium. Today, you get my favorite games away from Athens. As I went over the choices, I realized I’m a pretty lucky guy, because I’ve seen some great, great games (some examples of games I left off my list: 2002 and 2005 SECCGs, 2003 Georgia-Clemson).
Anyway, here’s what I’ve got, again in chronological order:
1980: Georgia 26 Florida 21. Is there anything I really need to say about this game that hasn’t been said a thousand times before?
A lot of bourbon got wasted on that play.
1981: Georgia 17 Notre Dame 10. National title, dude. I sat in the end zone behind the Notre Dame players who botched the kickoff that led to one of Georgia’s score. Back in the day when you could rush the field after the game.
1982: Georgia 19 Auburn 14. Gawd, what an accumulation of running back talent. Again, sat in the end zone where they broke it up in front of me. I think that’s the last time I walked on an opponent’s field after a road win.
1985: Georgia 24 Florida 3. No, there wasn’t as much on the line as the 1980 game, but I love this game just as much, if for no other reason than Florida reached number one in the polls for the first time in school history that week, only to get smoked by the Georgia running game and Muddy Waters. It probably wasn’t a coincidence that it was the most inebriated I’ve ever been at a Cocktail Party game.
1997: Georgia 37 Florida 17. First blood, baby. When Robert Edwards broke the corner and scored to put the Dawgs up comfortably, it was the closest I’ve ever come to passing out at a Georgia football game from sheer joy. Edwards was the man that day. Spurrier swapping quarterbacks throughout the game was priceless. (Too bad the Dawgs came back to Athens the next week and screwed the pooch against Auburn.)
1997: Georgia 27 Georgia Tech 24. The only thing better than snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against the Jackets is snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against the Jackets with a disputed penalty call. Boy, were there some pissed off Tech fans after that one.
2002: Georgia 24 Auburn 21. I was cold. Then this happened…
… and I wasn’t cold anymore.
2009: Georgia 30 Georgia Tech 24. We run this state. The game that started Paul Johnson’s denial of the importance of the series. Oh, and nice drop, BeBe.
2012: Alabama 32 Georgia 28. It broke my heart, but it’s still one of the greatest games I’ve ever seen. I’ve never been prouder of the effort given by a Georgia team.
Oh, and the idiot woman sitting next to me who left before the interception call was overturned? You’re still an idiot.
2013: Georgia 41 Georgia Tech 34. Trust me, it never gets old. Especially when Tech finds a way to blow a 20-0 lead. And it’s the only time I’ve walked out of BDS after a Georgia win without being abused by a single Tech fan.
So there’s mine. And yours?