You asked for it, you got it.

Who knew it would be that easy?

As impressive as that video is, it doesn’t have the impact of sitting in Sanford Stadium yesterday two hours before kickoff, watching the place slowly and steadily fill.  I kept waiting for the flow to slow to a trickle and then peter out entirely, but it never did.

Every seat had an occupant by kickoff, with an overflow on stairs and the bridge.

And that’s why you can’t quibble with the math.

A new SEC attendance record.  As someone who’s been to more G-Day games than I can count, it was nothing short of surreal.

We delivered, Kirby.  Now it’s your turn.

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57 responses to “You asked for it, you got it.

  1. merk

    Think I saw more passes to the TE, then I have the last 2 seasons combined.

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  2. Have to give credit to the AD and the athletic staff – they pulled it off when I expected chaos. Parking still wasn’t managed well as it was clear that people were saving spots when that was not going to be allowed. Traffic is just a mess even when well over half the crowd was gone by game’s end.

    I hope the rest of the conference saw the awakening of a sleeping giant yesterday.

    By the way, the best move of the day was the presentation of the signing class at halftime. With all of the recruits in attendance, that had to make a huge impression.

    Well done, Kirby, well done.

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    • Oh, and concessions were a disaster again. My daughter stood in line forever and never moved. They gave up.

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      • Uglydawg

        “I hope the rest of the conference saw the awakening of a sleeping giant today”. GREAT wish! And if it was, then the whole country will know it because a giant in the SEC is King Kong to the rest of the country.
        Possibly, “Awakinging of the Giant” will become a Lexi-phrase for this time?

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  3. MattR

    Don’t know about y’all but when they had the video at the beginning…when you heard Baba O’Riley starting in the background… And then Kirby came on and said ‘It’s good to be home’… That was just nuts.

    That’s also when I knew that this was a moment to remember. You could not be a Dawg fan and not be inspired by that!

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  4. Uglydawg

    Honestly, I doubted it would happen. Boy, was I ever wrong.
    The next time someone trys to say that the existance of the “Bulldog Nation” is a myth, I’ll point this out!
    GREAT way to start a new era!

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    • Chi-town Dawg

      I was also skeptical and figured maybe we’d get 80k. However, when I tuned into ESPNU and saw the place was completely packed, I was impressed and excited. Just watching the game on TV and seeing the place completely full was amazing and had to be one heck of a recruiting statement. We’ve certainly got some things to sort out on both sides of the ball, but I’m starting to get excited about this Fall.

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  5. AntiJorts

    Just when we thought the expectations couldn’t get any higher for Eason….

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    • Even when they max blitzed him, he never got rattled. Yes, he got “sacked” a couple of times, but I remember one play where they came after him in the red zone. He calmly threw the fade where either Ridley(?) was going to get it in the corner or no one was getting it.

      By the way, young Ridley is going to be a player. He’s bigger than his brother and looks very athletic.

      Also, very impressed with Blankenship’s place kicking

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  6. Attendance yesterday was more than double a regular season GT home game.

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  7. DawgPhan

    It certainly looked packed on TV. Glad that worked out for them. I certainly didnt think it would.

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  8. Uglydawg

    Supposedly some great recruiting news breaking this morning…AJC..but couldn’t get story to open.

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  9. Hardcoredawg 93

    Go Dawgs!!! Future appears bright for us!

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  10. Dawg in Austin

    Congrats to all for putting on a fun show. Fwiw, and I know it’s irrelevant and risks making it a pissing match, but the Vols did not have more than half that published attendance. Watching on TV, it was a sparsely attended game. 30k seems more accurate. Although their JUCO WR looks decent.

    All in all it looked like a good day for us, and I wish I could have been there.

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  11. JAX

    This program has done some very good things since 2000, but I’ve always believed it was capable of more and I stand by that today.

    Overachieving starts with thinking big and having big goals combined with effective leadership. That and a helluva lot of hard work.

    I’m excited for what the future holds and I hope everyone that eats dawgfood is as well.

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  12. W Cobb Dawg

    Kudos to CKS for having the vision, moxie, and work ethic to set a seemingly unmakeable goal – and pull it off in spades! I was truly impressed with the extravaganza.

    I think we’d all gotten used to seeing the program sleepwalking through season after season, while finding ways to squander opportunities. Hard to come away from that day and not be optimistic about the program’s direction. No doubt our competition is a bit more squeamish today than they were 24 hours ago.

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  13. Wes32

    Did anyone catch the Miami spring game from yesterday? It looked like a bunch of hobos in attendance at a middle school football field. I loved Richt, I’m excited about Kirby but the difference between the two events yesterday was night and day. I really feel like maybe McG fell into the right decision.

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  14. Debby Balcer

    I was not thrre i am in Chicago today but saw that people left eatly. Why do they do that glaf we beat the record but peoole need to stay to the end. I hope we stop having a fanbase that leaves early.

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    • Red Cup

      The ones who left early were mostly those in the sun in the tops of the north stands. There were a lot of families with small children so that also explains some. We got our regular parking spot, had a good concession right by our aisle, and a mostly empty bathroom during the game, enjoying our seat back and shade in the east stands. Terrible traffic after the game avoided by waiting an hour after the game. A glorious day

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      • Debby Balcer

        I hope that was the reason. I also hope that for our first cupcake game and all others the crowd stays to the end.

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        • Derek

          I’m with you in this one. It’s an unfortunate fact of life though. I’ve left two games early. The first was in the deluge vs. ucla in 1983. I didn’t want to leave, but the adults had a different opinion. The argument that we couldn’t possibly get any wetter wasn’t as convincing as I thought it should have been. The second was the 2008 sugar bowl at halftime in protest that we got matched up against that high school team. That’s it. Every other time whether in person or on tv I saw 0:00.

          My sincere wish is that on that glorious day when we get to week 15 and win another “this one is forever” game that those who leave early because of traffic or because we’re winning big or losing big or whatever their excuse is aren’t allowed in. A tv blackout for them too.

          Fair weather, bandwagon, “when it’s convenient for them” fans, piss me the hell off. Then you have your “let’s lose so we get a new coach” people who should be dumped in Pyongyang with a suitcase full of personal insults directed at the “dear leader.”

          Knowing that I’ll be surrounded by a lot of these people on that beautiful Monday night in January is an annoyance. Complaining won’t do any good though. They are without shame.

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    • Complaining that some left a spring game early after a record setting crowd showed up in the first place? Seriously?

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      • Russ

        I thought I was pretty militant against fans leaving a real game early, but even I would cut some slack for a glorified scrimmage. Debby, you’re not fooling around!

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    • PatinDC

      A lot of fans leaving were ones who couldn’t get seats or maybe even out of the concourses.

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  15. 2016 Spring Game champions. All hail the savior. Let the kool-aid flow…

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    • Go Dawgs!

      Nay, he says! Nay!

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    • Hardcoredawg 93

      kool aid tastes a lot better than the piss we have been drinking since 2008.

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      • Without rehashing, can you at least say 2012? 12 wins are 12 wins.

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        • Hardcoredawg 93

          It was a good overall season.

          That team was loaded with NFL talent but still got completely embarrassed in Columbia, SC. Shawn Williams helped right the ship before Florida by calling out 2/3 of the defense for playing soft and the team responded. We rolled in to SECC and got real close to winning. Got a crappy bowl bid (as usual) and we played like we were uninterested to be there.

          One good season with nothing tangible to show for it among all the other crappy ones since 07 is not very thirst quenching.

          My first comment was directed to the guy talking about Kool aid. Geez, if you can’t be excited about what is going on now, something is wrong with you.

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  16. Russ

    Great job, Dawg fans!

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  17. Go Dawgs!

    Yesterday was a LOT of fun. The game itself was about as exciting as any other G-Day game has been (minus the chill bumps I got when they finally let #10 trot onto the field for something other than holding a field goal attempt and the crowd eruped). But my friends and I actually set up the tailgate for a G-Day game for the first time, and a lot of other people did, too. The walk to the stadium past the Myers quad felt just like game day, it was COVERED with students out partying. We got to our seats in the upper deck and I thought “man… we’re not quite gonna get to 85,000.” And then I saw people start trickling into the Tech Deck. And I looked at the bridge and saw a crush of people still trying to get in. When the 600 level filled up, I was in awe and seriously excited. It felt like football season yesterday and not just a ho-hum spring game. The only problem with doing G-Day on a big scale is that, unlike football season, we don’t get to turn around and do it all over again in six more days.

    Many of us loved Mark Richt. I loved Mark Richt. I’ve been fully on board with him being gone and Kirby being here for months now. And after seeing the way the Bulldog Nation got behind our program yesterday for a glorified practice, it’s now undeniable that Kirby has changed the energy in the program and the fan base. This thing has a chance to be something special. This team probably isn’t going to win any ring games in 2016, but I don’t know that I’d bet against them very often. And the future is unbelievably bright. The Bulldog Nation announced to the world and to a lot of talented recruits that we’re united behind Kirby Smart and that we’re going to help him build something special (even if we do have to wait 90 days at a time to find out how it’s being built).

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  18. Dawg_Dave

    One of the coolest things about any of those photos is that there are no opposing fan colors.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      I actually saw about a dozen Gamecock fans interloping around Sanford Stadium yesterday. I imagine they were in town to watch their baseball team get drilled by the Diamond Dawgs and decided to revisit the scene of their football humiliation beforehand.

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