Man, somebody ups the ante.
Chris Conley doesn’t think clean old-fashioned hate goes far enough to explain how Georgia feels about Georgia Tech.
“It’s blood lust,” Conley, the Georgia senior receiver said.
Fair enough, but here’s the thing: No Georgia player, Conley included, has ever lost to the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs have won 12 out of the past 13 against their in-state rival.
What’s more, the two teams are in different conferences. There aren’t a tremendous amount of head-to-head recruiting battles.
So how exactly does this blood lust develop? Georgia’s coaches instill the hate, according to players.
“There’s a quote-unquote indoctrination of the young player to make sure they know what this game means, and the weight and gravity that the score at the end of it holds,” Conley said. “Obviously the older guys know because they’ve played in it before. So it doesn’t lack any of that on our end.”
“Blood lust”? He’s got my vote to be named the permanent guest Hate Week speaker every year going forward.
“When someone takes a picture of one of your teammates who just got hurt, makes a meme out of it making fun of him, when that guy has never done anything to you, that hurts,” Conley said. “That’s something that stings. Just things like that, that are natural in this rivalry, make it nasty.”
I could be wrong – it wouldn’t be the first time – but I don’t think this team is going to have any problem getting up for Saturday’s game.