The Auburn decision, publisher’s note

After reading yesterday’s Chip Towers’ pieces with quotes from the relevant parties, I thought I’d spend a little time this morning breaking down some of that.  If you’re already tired of the subject, feel free to skip this and the next three posts.

Yeah, I’m going to devote separate posts to the three main players because I think each reveals a different aspect to the decision and each deserves a separate conversation.

Don’t bother getting angry about the loss of another tradition.  Anger is a wasted emotion.  The only thing that matters to Georgia’s athletic administration is money, and neither you nor I, nor the folks in Butts-Mehre expect a massive walkout by the fans buying tickets over moving the Auburn game earlier in the schedule.

Cynicism as a coping mechanism, on the other hand…

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5 responses to “The Auburn decision, publisher’s note

  1. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    “The only thing that matters to Georgia’s athletic administration is money, and neither you nor I, nor the folks in Butts-Mehre expect a massive walkout by the fans buying tickets over moving the Auburn game earlier in the schedule.”
    I can’t imagine a massive walkout over this either but, stuff like this adds up. It may not be massive, maybe just a trickle, but little by little, the fans go away.

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  2. All Time Dawg

    I don’t like this at all tradition wise. But, I wonder if there is another angle here. Any thought on the possibility that the all knowing Commissioner and the League Office wanted to have us play Tennessee and Florida both later in the year to keep the East undecided until later in the calendar? When Tennessee plays both UGA and FLA early, the East is really always almost decided after Jacksonville as far as East V. East games. Having UGA v Tenn in November keeps eyeballs on TV and lots more “what if” type stories about the East.

    Senator? Any thoughts?

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    • First, you’ll have to explain to me why (1) the SEC is interested in manipulating schedules for interest and (2) it chose Georgia as a particular vehicle for that.

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      • “Having UGA v Tenn in November keeps eyeballs on TV” What am I missing. Have people people not watching UGA v Auburn all these years? Is there a subset of fans who only follow the SEC east championship but dont give a #@$$ about the overall SEC race?

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