Badge of honor

The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel looks us over and finds we’re not crazy.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Georgia football strike you as sort of normal? Not normal as in average. Normal as in not kooky. Normal as in Michigan or Penn State or Oklahoma or Nebraska or Notre Dame or Southern Cal. Normal as in passionate and dedicated and over the moon about the football team in Athens. But also normal as in not still fighting the Civil War.

The latter is the feeling you get every time you’re around the likes of LSU or Auburn or Alabama or Tennessee. That’s the impression you get listening to the Paul Finebaum Show, which whether it means to or not is a daily dose of making fun of the South.

We don’t yell PAWWWLLL!!!  So we’ve got that going for us.  Hey, you gotta start somewhere.

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63 responses to “Badge of honor

  1. Gaskilldawg

    Finebaum’s show is an embarrassment to the SEC. He is a talented writer and can do good work on broadcasts, but he figured, in the same vein as Clay Travis, to mind a lower common denominator vein.

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    • 81Dog

      Finebaum is a cynical huckster who has gotten rich by rubbing the fanbases at AU and Alabama together until he gets flames. I would rather drive a tenpenny nail into my own forehead than listen to 1 minute of his show, or the sad morons who are regular callers. I mean, good for Paul; he figured out a way to get rich off the rubes, but when people complain about why everyone outside the south thinks we are all ignorant rednecks, his fanbase would be exhibit A.

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    • Jared S.

      Finebaum’s show is a travesty. His guests and callers are pointless. I get more insight to UGA football, the rest of the SEC and the entire NCAA landscape after looking at this blog for ten minutes than I would in an entire week of listening to his awful pointless “show”.

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    • PTC DAWG

      He’s an entertainer, nothing more, nothing less.

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      • Ricky McDurden

        He stole the Jerry Springer model and put it on radio. If people want to generalize the South based on that purposefully skewed sample size then the joke’s on them.

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        • Mike Cooley

          This. I loathe Finebaum but really don’t care if people outside the south are stupid enough to make generalizations like that. Anybody who thinks there is no white trash up north has never been there.

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  2. Dolly Llama

    I don’t know about OU’s fanbase per se, but culturally and politically speaking the state of Oklahoma and its people hardly constitute a bastion of “normal.”

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    • Hillbilly Dawg

      Go over to “Landthieves” and spend an hour reading the football threads. They’re not crazy; they’re nucking guts. It “Volnation West”

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    • Macallanlover

      Coming from the abnormal, “new normal” perspective you have should make everyone realize Oklahoma is a great place for Americans to live….if you cannot get in Texas. But then, your weird views are just a reflection of what the programmers feed you non-thinking sheep daily, and in large doses. Easier than using your mind for the lazy I guess.

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  3. Bill M

    That piece just wreaks of condescension IMO. And Oklahoma is supposed to be some bastion of culture and moral character? Please. Oklahoma City doesnt hold a candle to Atlanta. They’re a flyover state.

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    • 81Dog

      the state of Oklahoma is basically Texas without the sophistication. They have a good football program at OU, for sure, and OKC is a nice enough oasis of civilization in the middle of the prairie. And there are folks with a lot of oil and gas money. But the whole looking down your nose at the ignorant rednecks tone of that article is kind of ironic. Maybe inhaling dust your whole life makes you feel superior, I don’t know

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      • Muttley

        An old friend who works in radio told me many years ago that male listeners want to be called idiots. Finebaum has made his fortune smirking and proving that correct.

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    • The Dawg abides

      I guess he and everyone else in Oklahoma have forgotten about the SAE video. At least everyone associated with the Sooners hopes the rest of the world has forgotten.

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  4. Tommy

    Normal like Penn State? No.

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  5. Jared S.

    Georgia is truly the Empire State of the South — in the best possible way.

    Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Indiana are simply nice places with some nice people and good football traditions. And in the case of OK and PA, home to a lot of oil and natural gas drilling.

    The fact that Atlanta boasts the busiest airport in the world is an indication of how truly set apart the state is from the rest of the country, not just the rest of The South.

    Anyway, don’t get me started. Go Dawgs. Show those Cowboy-boot-wearing weirdos there’s only one true brand of football, and it’s name is not Baker (what a dumb name).

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    • Uglydawg

      Delta made Atlanta. It could have just as easily been Birmingham or Jackson, but when Delta was just budding as the leading regional carrier, it chose ATL as it’s Hub City. It was a choice based on geography, not the wonderfulness of Atlanta. Atlanta looked then like Macon does now.
      Until then (mid 60s) Birmingham was the largest city in this region.
      Most of the people going thru the Airport aren’t spending time here, they’re just changing flights. We need to keep the lights on for them.
      It could have been Birmingham or Jackson..both cities would have worked and been huge like Atlanta had Delta chosen them.

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      • Otto

        Atlanta was always the transportation hub, dating back to rail roads and the civil war.

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      • Mark

        I would disagree that Delta made Atlanta. Atlanta leadership invested in Hartsfield, while Birmingham stood pat on their airport. Those two decisions, made at about the same time, are why Atlanta and Birmingham are what they are today.

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        • Tony Barnhart

          my mother, an Atlanta native (b1946) having lived most of her adult life in Memphis, believes that the two were virtually sister cities until the MLK assassination in Memphis. Atlanta dove head first into the mantra “the city too busy to hate,” while Birmingham, Memphis and Jackson were mired in racial strife that still exists to an extent. The rest is history.

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        • Uglydawg

          Same thing, no? Yes the Atlanta leadership invested in Hartsfield..but to Delta’s bidding. Who do you think pays for that investment? The airlines do, mostly Delta. Then, everyone was stopping in ATL anyway so they made offices here..it was a huge snowball.
          No Delta didn’t do it all alone, but it was the biggest factor in Atlanta’s growth.

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          • Tony Barnhart

            i never disagreed with you, I’m just saying that’s one opinion as a contributing factor (among many) as to why Atlanta grew by leaps and bounds over all the other southern cities… and still even well ahead of Charlotte and Nashlanta.

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      • PTC DAWG

        I would disagree…but you wouldn’t buy it.

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        • Uglydawg

          Had Delta and B’ham gotten together and made that city..already larger than Atlanta in the early 60’s their hub..it would have changed everything around here. We’d be driving to B’ham to get to Europe and most international locations..maybe most domestic too.
          That airport would have been the “economic engine” of the region, not Atlanta’s.

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  6. Bright Idea

    I live in a place where half of the population measures their self worth by how well the local high school football team plays. I love the Georgia Bulldogs and am a proud alum but thank God most of us don’t carry on like those nuts calling Finebum. Only Techies see us in that light.

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  7. I like Finebaum. His opinion is informed, he has great guests on the show, and many of the callers are a hoot. Everyone who listens knows that the show is just entertainment, and can be silly at times. Some of you guys need to quit sniffing your own farts.

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  8. J-DawG

    Totally insulting and patronizing article. “They found us normal and condescended to play on the same field as them”. Screw those Buffalo shit-stompers and let’s show them the true meaning of smashmouth, slobber-knocking football. Would Jake Fromm ever stoop to the disgusting antics of Mayfield? I know it won’t happen but I truly wish we put a Miss St ass-whipping on them.

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    • Jared S.

      Speaking of Goober Mayfield, from the Heisman website:

      “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.”

      Why don’t they strike out “integrity” and put “video game numbers and an inability to exhibit self-control.”

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  9. 92 grad

    I think it’s funny. What we have is basically “the dukes of hazzard “ vs. “green acres”.

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  10. John Denver is full of shit...

    Tunnel vision, short sighted, drivel, pure drivel.

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  11. Bob

    It might be a bit condescending but not sure he intended it that way. Frankly I kind of like the idea that we probably will be yelling U G A at then end of the game instead of S E C. As for coaching stability, I do think that is something to be proud of as opposed to the idiots that make up much of the rest of our conference. And people outside the state probably do wonder why the Dawgs use Glory as their fight song. When one is not sure, I remind them that Sherman burned Atlanta, not Athens.

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  12. This smug SOB will be whistling a different tune when I let lose with my best call;the dawgs bark about 4 inches from his face and if he gets offended I’m gonna hike my leg up ,piss on his leg and tell him it’s raining. All this to be followed by this question,”how’s that for normal ,Barry?” Fuck normal and while we’re at it fuck maturity(that was for you Senator)

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  13. Uglydawg

    Senator, I wonder…IF we end up playing ‘Bama in ATL for the NC…will GTP ll be blessed with posts from one “Phylis from Mulga”.
    If she posts here, you’ll have some very entertaining comments (I’m assuming she can use a computer and write). And you’ll have hit the big time for sure!
    Just imagining the exchanges between PFM and a few of your more explosive posters is fun. Let it be!
    AND…You KNOW she’ll be at the game. You could have a tailgate and invite her and maybe Chili to discuss the game with you and put it on video for us all.

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  14. Finebaum has commented on his show about our fan base’s relative reasonableness in the region. In 2010 I recall both auburn and Alabama being ranked high so he decided to pick on us since neither in state school was available for fodder. He was frustrated that he could not get the same reaction that he would get from Alabama or auburn.

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  15. Otto

    1st off Finebaum is the redneck shock jock of college sport radio. It is a shame that the WWL gave him credibility.

    Next Oklahoma is much like the SEC they made football a priority a century ago to beat the blue blood college and generate interest in the school, and their fan base is just as nuts ass the SEC.

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  16. LD

    I think this is the same side of the coin that got us painted as a wine and cheese, golf course fan base for a lot of the last 30 years.

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  17. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    He wrote:”…, for all I know, if Georgia has the Sooners beat in the waning minutes Monday night, you’ll hear “SEC! SEC!” chanted…”

    Nah. More like UGA! UGA! in my humble opinion.

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  18. DoubleDawg1318

    If the translation is, “We’re still crazy about football but not in a bat—- way like Bama and UT fans,” then I’ll take it as a compliment. Of course, when he sees a bunch of grown men barking like dogs, he might change his mind.

    Oh and screw Paul Finebaum. Dude exists to manipulate his audience for money and entertainment.

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  19. CB

    For those of you going out to Cali, can you please help end the embarrassment that many of our fans subject us to by starting off the band chant with “WHO’S that coming down the track” instead of the correct “WHAT’S that coming down the track?”

    It seems to be widespread epidemic among dawg nation members under the age of 35. I do my best to gently (and probably annoyingly) correct those who get it wrong. It really bothers me that our fans screw this up so often. The band says it at the dawg walk every Saturday. It’s not that hard.

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  20. Tony Barnhart

    While he has accurately nailed the stereotype, the insult comes from the fact that he seemingly had no clue that the flagship of Georgia, with a capital 70 miles away boasting 15 Fortune 500 companies, might not be a backwater. That is to say nothing of the cultural orgy that is Athens. This piece would be like somebody from the AJC/Dawgnation writing a Wow piece that University of Texas fans aren’t all Trump voting cattle ranchers.

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  21. Mike Cooley

    The source bag factor in the comments ts section here is off the charts some days. “I live in Atlanta so that makes me worldly cultured. They live in Oklahoma so they are a bunch of stupid hayseeds.”. I would personally take them over some of you. Nothing particularly noble about being a snob.

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  22. Mike Cooley

    *douche bag

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