I’m not sure I agree entirely with the premise of this post at Dawg Sports.
Like any rivalry, the one of Georgia and Florida has had its eras.
Over a good bit of time, it was marked by Georgia holding the overall upper hand. Of course, much to many on this site’s disdain, that changed with the arrival of the Head Ball Coach in 1990. Even with Mark Richt gaining a few wins in a series, it was too back and forth for the liking of some fans (really?! Losing to Ron Zook!!)
Sure, each team has had its moments of dominance. The intensity has never been an issue for both fan bases. But there has never been a visible genuine dislike by both programs. Sure, you had shoving matches and Spurrier’s one-liners, but he didn’t limit those to just Georgia (Free Shoes University and the UT Citrus Bowl are on the line 1…).
That’s changed with two coaches in Kirby Smart and Dan Mullen that straight up don’t appear to care for each other. It’s almost as if the dislike from each side mirrors from both the point of the fans and actual coaching staffs.
“But there has never been a visible genuine dislike by both programs”? I was in Jacksonville in 2007 and 2008, so I’m gonna have to disagree a little with that. Sure, Mullen’s a bit dickish, but don’t forget he learned those skills at the feet of a master dick.
But I digress. There is one thing in that post I firmly believe we ought to embrace wholeheartedly.
Like anything else, everything the Georgia program does is calculated to a purpose. The “Jacksonville, Ga” talk? That wasn’t just thrown together. It was a message and ‘MO’ set forth that the days of Georgia being owned by the Gators at a ‘neutral site’ were over.
Hells, yeah! Own that sucker. Quit making excuses about travel and location and nonsense about Gator bus rides and claim Jacksonville as part of south Georgia. Jacksonville is closer to Brunswick than to Gainesville. Act like it belongs to us.
Kirby’s already doing his part.