A warm welcome

Just a reminder that meetings like this week’s are rare and should be celebrated as such.

Georgia, like many SEC schools fell into the comfort of easy southern living. It’s a hard thing to have to travel more than a few hours if one doesn’t have to. In this world, no one was holding any of these schools accountable for being so self-centered. There have been no consequences, so why should they – right?

Well, no. That’s the completely wrong way to look at it. The consequences are that it just looks silly. Other schools like Georgia try to make this up by scheduling northern teams in neutral site games (which are always in the south) and in doing so, they continue to sterilize and further commercialize a sport we all love.

I thank Georgia for doing what others refuse to do, even after becoming so content with the status quo. And, I am even more thankful that Georgia didn’t cave in for a Shamrock Series abomination. This game coming up on Saturday is what college football should be about…

I can’t say I agree with his following point about college football shifting in a more national direction — in fact, I know I don’t — but kudos for both schools are well deserved for scheduling a home-and-home series instead of a sterile, one-off neutral site domed affair.

And we’re looking forward to welcoming you guys down here in a couple of years.



Filed under Georgia Football, Notre Dame's Faint Echoes

15 responses to “A warm welcome

  1. Silver Britches

    I got into it on Twitter with this guy a little bit today. I pointed out to him that a) Notre Dame is the undisputed king of neutral site games, not the SEC, and b) Fayetteville, Arkansas is further away than South Bend. It’s not like the travel is going to break us.

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    • gastr1

      I don’t know about neutral-site games, but they’ve been playing Stanford and USC for years, of course. And had home-and-home series with Penn State, North Carolina, and Miami for over the years before they were sort of in the ACC as they are now.


  2. Mayor

    Sorry to be a wet blanket but I’ll believe it when I see it. ND will never come to Athens. They’ll buy their way out of the game especially if the Dawgs beat them in South Bend. We’ve been snookered.


  3. gastr1

    I forgive the ND fan his bias about the game being national–ND has never been in a conference, of course, and just doesn’t know any better, bless their hearts.


  4. It just pisses me iff that they don’t come next year!


  5. Macallanlover

    I appreciate the spirit of what he was trying to say, and welcome interesting home and home games like this. But it is a narrow perspective given the conference ties we deal with, and a neutral site game every year in JAX (for which I am thankful for), and the flexibility they have. UGA doesn’t have to back up to anyone for schedule difficulties, especially someone who gets to pick and choose every year, and hid at home during bowl season for decades. But let’s be glad this got done. Red Panties made a trip through Big14 country several years ago trying to find a home and home with many schools in the Great Lakes area and came up empty, except for the ohio suckeye series which later was cancelled for some reason (probably are no-nuts current AD.)

    How warm is their welcome? Not allowing Uga to attend on their sacred field is just bad form, very bad form Are they against Dawgs? What kind of folks are they…seriously? America’s most beloved mascot not welcome at their place. Sic ’em boys!!


  6. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Well, if Uga can’t go, will the Redcoats travel? If so, they must have 3-5 people that can play bagpipes. I think that would be fun, especially playing our fight song.