What is the greatest SEC 🏈 game you’ve ever attended?
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 14, 2020
What is the greatest SEC 🏈 game you’ve ever attended?
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 14, 2020
For me, it’s got to be the 1980 Cocktail Party. And you?
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2013 UGA vs LSU
Can’t pick the first blackout because it was a blowout. ’13 vs LSU is the best game I’ve attended that unbiased parties would think was a great game.
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Yep. Was going to say the same thing! So good.
Oh man, well, I’m tempted to say the Notre Dame game in 2019, but it’s not that because that team was so flawed and we didn’t even know it yet.
No, the greater game I’ve ever attended was the 2007 Auburn Blackout.
Until the Notre Dame game, no game has ever come close to the electricity I felt when the Dawgs came running out of the tunnel wearing the black jerseys for the first time ever.
All week on campus (I was a student in my second semester at UGA) there was a buzz unlike anything I’ve felt before or since. Colin Cowherd even brought his ESPN radio show to Tate and broadcast live from there. No, Gameday didn’t show up because those a-holes went to some Div-II or FCS game or something. It was stupid and shortsighted by them. It’s back in the day when Fowler still was on the desk and he hated Athens because for the 1998 Tennessee game someone threw a bottle at him and they also suspended the Gameday desk off of Sanford Bridge because it was still during the time when they had this thing where you HAD to see the stadium in the background.
The atmosphere for the game was ELECTRIC. Our Dawgs came into the game playing great football since being destroyed by a mediocre East Division-winning Tennessee team because Soft Willie did what Soft Willie would do. But that game, man, standing in the student section close to the band we could all see the Dawgs wearing black before they ran onto the field and we were screaming for what felt like 10 minutes before they broke the banner. We jumped up and down on the aluminum bleacher so hard that we broke the damn concrete!!! Not just tore it off its mooring, WE BROKE THE CONCRETE!
I don’t even remember too much from the game. I know we were down at halftime, but no one doubted we would win. That is was beating Auburn and that smug sonuvabitch Tubberville made it so much sweeter.
I had a friend who worked security and he let me into the East Endzone temporary bleacher section which is where we used to put recruits and VIPs. I met Rodney Hampton, which was so cool. I called my dad and Rodney said, “Hi.” My dad is a huge New York Giants fan.
I’ll never forget that game the rest of my life, and I can honestly say nothing will top it unless I’m physically at a National Title Game. I was a student and it was everything I could have ever wanted while being a student at Georgia. It was amazing. Electric. Goosebumps for four hours. I couldn’t speak for days afterward and I think I still have a ringing in my ears to this day.
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Agree, agree, agree.
I just tackled a guy randomly into the sidewalk bushes based on this description. Don’t worry, he’s okay.
I was 8 in 1980. 1998 Georgia LSU for me. Only time I’ve been to Baton Rouge, night game, 9.5 point underdog and a 1 point win. The guys with the case of makers mark next to us in the parking lot helped as well.
That was a good one. I was there and thought about that one as well.
But I’ll probably say the 2007 Cocktail Party with the endzone stomp. I sadly didn’t go to the 1980 Cocktail Party, even though I was a student then. I corrected that mistake and didn’t miss another one until the mid 90’s.
I was there – sitting in the LSU student section. My future wife (LSU ‘97, UGA law dawg ‘00) still had friends there and they got us tix for $25 ea. Tailgated with her friend’s boyfriend’s LSU AG frat. Great time, well, for me at least, since we won. The LSU faithful were none too pleased since they came into the game ranked 7th or something.
Quincy Carter was All-World that night, and LSU was ranked #6. Great game. Lots of sad Cajuns.
2002, 4th & 15 at Auburn. David Greene’s family sat behind us. It was a beautiful night on the planes.
That was a great game too. The only thing that made it a “beautiful night” was the ending. The rest of the night was cold and raining and we were soaked and freezing our asses off. “Loveliest Village on the Plains,” my arse. What a hole…
Every time I’ve been there it has been absolutely miserable weather wise. Pollack was unstoppable that game.
I remember being there for the game that Champ went off in. He did everything that day and it was the typical misty rain mess. He deserved so much better during his dawg days.
This one is my favorite, too. Nail biter until the end with the season on the line. Weather did stink, but that part of the memory has long since faded.
It’s funny, but I didn’t notice the cold after Greene threw the winning score. 😉
Are you talking about 1978 when Rex Robinson kicked the game winning FG? Or the LSU-KY game in the early 00’s?
2002 SEC Championship was a good one.
2007 Cocktail Party was a ton of fun from start to finish.
2014 Auburn was probably the last really great home game I attended.
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I was in school at UGA in ’80 but not at the Cocktail Party. Did go to the Sugar Bowl and that was fun but…the most exciting game I witnessed had to be the Hobnail Boot game. P-44 Haynes happened about 15 rows below my end-zone seats. I was with my wife and my seat-mate on my other side, just by chance, was Scott Howard. What an emotional roller coaster at the end. The hillbillies were completely stunned…then they got pissed…at Fulmer. That was the game that spelled the beginning of the end for Phil…
My top three would be the Rose Bowl, the 1997 beating of UF and the Ole Ball Sack in Jacksonville on the shoulders of Robert Edwards’ performance and three UGA interceptions (2 by Kirby and 1 by Champ), and the 2001 UGA/UT Hobnail Boot game where UT was ranked #6. For 2001, I was in the corner of the end zone in front of where Haynes scored. The roller coaster of that game was incredible. Georgia scoring a FG early in the fourth quarter and thinking with less than a minute to play we just might win for the first time in nine meetings. The 60+ yard screen play to Travis Stephens for UT to go ahead by 4 with 44 seconds to play. And the, of course, ensuing 65 yard drive with two great catches by McMichael then capped off by P-44 Haynes. I like everyone around us went crazy. And Phillips then ending the game by picking up a fumble and the Georgia sections erupted. Elation, despair, elation, and nail biting for 10 seconds. Glad I was a much younger man.
2007 Auburn blackout. Notre Dame last year was electric, but I thought the stadium was going to collapse in ‘07.
This was my choice too. Both of them. I was just a wee babe when Munson foretold of property being destroyed.
“Greatest SEC game ever attended”? I’d have to say the national championship game against alabama. Yeah, 2nd and 26 and all, but one hell of a game from start to finish.
Hobnail Boot 2001.
That one was made extra sweet as there was some toothless UT trailer trash woman screaming at the top of her lungs for most of the second half right behind the UGA section in the upper deck. Where she was when Haynes’ foot touched down? Don’t know. I know she couldn’t be heard.
Man Enough the next year is a close second.
2017 seccg was pretty sweet.
2012 seccg game was a great game to watch save for a few seconds. Same with 2003 at LSU and both 2018 games vs. bama.
Seen more really consequential nail biting losses live unfortunately.
2002 vs Auburn on tv was just perfect.
This is it for me too. Hobnail Boot. Tennessee 2001. This was the game that changed everything. And watching the sour faces on those hicks as they left us alone to celebrate in that tinker-toy stadium is one of the greatest moments of fandom I’ve ever experienced.
I don’t recall being in attendance for any of the close games during the 01 and 02 seasons. All the SECCGs I’ve attended were blowouts either for us or against us (02, 05, 11, 17). I suppose the 07 blackout was the best energy I’ve ever experienced in Sanford. Even though we overhyped a match up with a three loss Auburn who lost to USF earlier that season. I’m going to have to go with 2000 Tennessee. I remember being 14 and my dad letting me jump the fence and high five all the players. 03 Auburn was also fun, I believe that was the one where Odell Thurman intercepted a pass in the endzone and ran it back 99 yards for the TD.
This question is a bit depressing because I’m realizing that most of the great games I’ve attended have ended with Georgia losing. 2009 LSU, 2011 USCe, 2013 Auburn, 2017 Bama.
I’m tripping. 07 was my first cocktail party. That’s the winner hands down.
Appleby to Washington, 80 yards. Munson’s call was epic!
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The girders are bending!
1996 – UGA vs Vandy in a thrilling 13-2 win.
In all seriousness, either the ’97 UF or the ’02 UGA vs Bama game. For the bama game, after Bennett made the last second FG, a 70 year old bama lady (sic) sitting behind cussed me out and threatened to have her 75 year old husband kick my ass. He, meanwhile either was too old or too drunk to walk, let alone throw down.
3rd, I had a similar experience. We were about five rows behind the Dawg bench. After the field goal, I said to no one in particular, “hey, where’s everybody going!” Older guy heading down the stairs stops and as red faced as any body I’ve ever seen says, “you’re a ass hole”. He’s trembling mad and waited to see what I was going to do. My buddy pulls on my arm, like, stfu. I sit and the guy walks away. It was more entertaining than scary or dangerous. Thing is, they sucked back then and it would get worse for the next five years.
Q Dawg game in Red Stick…
At AU when we laid on the ground and kept the Barn from getting a play off, close second…
I second that emotion. Couldn’t leave our seats for a good while after that one. Corndogs get real testy when they lose at home at night.
Fabulous game, but not an SEC game.
My bad didn’t read close enough. SEC game would be 2013 LSU
For a non sec game, trip to touch down jesus country was WELL worth it, cubs game was worth it…
2003 – UGA vs Tennessee (41-14 win)
Yes, it was a blowout, but after losing 9 in a row to UT from 1989 – 1999, and being on the other end of UT beatdowns, it was so awesome to blow UT out in their own stadium. The Sean Jones 92 yard fumble return as time expired before halftime totally sucked the life out of the stadium. After that, it was turnover after turnover and UGA score after UGA score. The stadium was mostly empty by the end of the 3rd quarter. The only time you heard “Rocky Top” in the 2nd half of the game was when the drunk UGA fans were singing it! I’ve never had more fun at a UGA game. The only game that was close was the 1991 UGA – Clemson game (27-12 UGA win), but that was not a conference game.
1976 Dawgs vs Bama. Athens rocked from Thursday morning til Sunday night.
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My number 2, and only by an eyelash. Shut the town down!
I am glad someone had this as the best besides me. teh’80 WLOCP was special for several reasons, but mostly because of the improbable ending. It’s not like we played that well in that game. We effing beat Bama and Milledge Avenue was a parking with music for hours after the game. I felt bad for anyone that wanted to go home.
That’s it for me too. We got to the bridge at 5:30 Friday afternoon and spent the night there. The town was absolutely crazy. A beautiful Saturday and an equally beautiful score. 21-0
It was between this one and the ’85 cocktail party for me. This one wins. Athens was WILD before, during, and after this one.
Go to munsonvault.com, Highlights by Season, 1976; then scroll down for the highlights of that game. Wasn’t there, but the stadium sounded really loud, and this was before the endzones were enclosed.
‘07 Auburn blackout…never before had I experienced anything remotely close to that madhouse!
2003 Auburn at Sanford. Because I did the 4 ship flyover which is not easy to come by. And we were treated like Rockstars. Game was good, free food everywhere, on field viewing, which was once in a lifetime.
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F-16’s? A-10’s? C-130? F-18’s? Sea Stallion?
What were you flying? Sounds amazing!
I believe chuck is an A-10 pilot. Right Chuck?
I think he flew tankers or transports.
I did the 4 ship in T37s, when I was a UPT instructor, but I was a KC135 instructor
Easy – 1/1/18 Rose Bowl
Oops, SEC game. 11/16/96 Auburn game
The 1996 Georgia Auburn game.
’96 vs the barners, ’97 WLOCP, ’78 vs the north avenue fucking trade school from the tracks…not enough space here, could go on forevah…
I assume we’re only talking SEC vs SEC here:
A) 2013 LSU vs UGA
B) 2013 USC vs UGA
C) 2012 Cocktail Party
Best road game: 2012 UGA @ MIZ
Depends on your view of “greatest.” By the primary definition, ‘80 Ga/Fl is easily the greatest. But, for 3 plus hours of stress free sheer fun, ‘82 is the greatest. After two close games in ‘80 & ‘81, the pre game trash talk was off the charts. Then all the Gator fans left the stadium by the end of the 3d quarter. Herschel didn’t even play the 4th quarter and we still scored another 17. Who says a beatdown of your hated rival can’t be “great?”
In ’81, my freshman year at UGA, we beat UT 44-0. In my soph year we beat UF 44-0. To have been a student at UGA in the early 80’s ruined many of us for life — we thought it would always be that good.
That’s sure the Truth. I was at UGA ’80-’83. I certainly felt entitled.
I have to agree with that. ’82 was probably the most fun I’d had at a Cocktail Party. We beat the snot out of the Gators from start to finish. It was glorious. I hope we do the same this year.
I loved the ‘82 stomping of the gators. My friend and I walked from one UGA section to the other (the seating was divided into quadrants then) giving a 1 fingered salute to the orange and blue; they refused to even look at us they were getting beaten so badly. Sweetest SEC game ever.
Since I was not at Jax in 1980 that`s out. For me 2002 at Auburn clinching the SEC championship on 4th and forever. It was a long wait between SEC titles CMR was the man that 13-1 season.
Best game ever the 2018 Rose Bowl hands down.
’97 WLOCP was a good ‘un. All the Bull Gators sitting in the box behind me left about two minutes into the 3d. ’06 edition was fun, seeing Tiny Tears getting sacked 6 or 7 times.
This right here.
We moved down right behind the Florida bench and heckled Steve Superior mercilessly the entire 4th quarter. It was glorious…
I think the reason the Bull Gators left was because I kept asking ’em how they liked the Ol’ Ball Sac’s recently announced $5 Mil contract renewal. Edwards had himself a day.
The ND game followed closely by the LSU “Awaken the Nation” game.
Third would be 97 WLOC. The ride back to our car was glorious because on the bus were the same fans who were trash talking the entire way there. They were silent.
Also the Blackout game so much fun.
As a student, the best was 97 Florida followed by 96 Auburn. As a fan, 2007 blackout tops a roller-coaster of a season. Maybe the most cathartic though was 2003 UT when Sean Jones returned the fumble right before the half and the route was on.
Assuming you are defining “great” as two highly-ranked, well-regarded teams in a well-played game that came down to the last few minutes/plays:
2012 SEC Championship
The most “fun” (i.e., schadenfreude) I’ve ever had at an SEC game is:
2017 WLOCP and 2011 @Auburn (tie)
Ooh yeah 2011 Auburn was fun. 2012 might have been even better. I might have to change my 2012 Cocktail Party to 2017 because that was fun from start to finish. No stress that game.
I’ve been a faithful attendee of Georgia games since 1998.
2000 Tennessee, 2002 Auburn, 2007 Auburn, and 2013 LSU were all great games. I have to give a small shout to the 2015 South Carolina game, too. It felt really good to twist the knife into Spurrier and know he more or less quite after that game.
Under Kirby, I’d say for a SEC game I was at it would be the 2017 Mississippi State game.
2001 Hobnail Boot
2003 UT: full puke-orange Neyland bleed out in 3rd quarter
1998 LSU Q-Dawg and the finest tailgate meal ever
1994 ‘Bama, a loss, but sitting in the Bammer student section and not getting my ass kicked was a miracle
2018 SEC championship. Still hurts. A lot.
2019 Cocktail Party: I finally got to see us win one in person
The most fun I’ve ever had was 2000 against UT when we broke the drought, since I was in school at the time. But the most exciting game I’ve ever seen was 2013 vs. LSU. As loud as I’ve ever heard Sanford.
That was a wild night to be inside Sanford. We sat in our seats an hour after the game after game watching the chaos on the field. Goal posts torn down and broken in pieces carried out onto lumpkin st. then around town. People just lost or dropped cell phones laying on the field was a strange sight walking out.
‘85 Cocktail Party. ‘19 ND @Sanford.
Blackout. It was my birthday, most insane crowd ever AND Juice Williams led the Illini over Ohio State in Columbus and they posted the score just as the Dawgs won. Fucking amazeballs!
So how about the 2017 SEC Championship Game?!?! Sweet revenge!!
Especially after I ran into this drunken Auburn sow while I was surf fishing. “We whupped your ass and I was there”. God I wish I could have found her that night!
auburn sow…so, you’re telling me she was corn fed…
Last time I saw a mouth like hers it had a hook in it!
And while this one probably doesn’t rate in the grand scheme of things, 1979 Georgia-LSU in Sanford Stadium was my first real experience with a big win between the hedges. LSU was ranked just outside the top 10 and we weren’t doing that well, having opened the season with a home loss to “Mackovic’s Meatballs” at Wake Forest. But the Dawgs pulled out the win and we partied in the stands for an hour or more after the game. I was hooked.
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1st 1980 Cocktail Party Game
2nd 1975 Cocktail Party Game
3rd 1963 Bama game
4th 1963 Tech game
2013 vs LSU.
1984 with Butler’s 60 yd kick. I was at the top of the stadium, 2nd to last row with my arm in a sling for a separated shoulder from an ironworking accident. I told my brother at the end of halftime, we were gonna win this one.
I was right there with you. My first Georgia game.
My voice has never recovered. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
I don’t think this one has been mentioned and it is truly my favorite SEC game I’ve attended.
MAN ENOUGH: Dawgs 27 Bama 25 in 2002
Easy for me.
1) Clemson ‘84 – it was so loud I couldn’t hear Larry’s call of Butler’s kick through my headphones.
2) LSU ‘13 – the words “instant classic” get thrown around all the time. This game had it.
3) Auburn ‘92 – we got home from our honeymoon on the red eye and went to Auburn.
4) Auburn ‘86 – my first away game as a student and it was a classic. I was not on the field.
5) Auburn ‘07 – Athens looked like a preppy Goth convention.
6) Florida ‘97 – too bad the egg we laid the next week against Auburn took the luster off.
That Clemson game was awesome and I was going to list it until I remembered they’re not SEC.
I missed that when I put together my list.
Eh, Clemson SHOULD be in the SEC, not Missouri.
The conference really should have taken Clemson from the ACC in 1992 instead of South Carolina. They were much more aligned with the SEC culture (although USCe fits that as well) of football first.
In 2012, Clemson really brought nothing additional to the TV package because the league already had a well established footprint in South Carolina. Missouri was still a terrible choice … it should have been Virginia Tech or one of the NC state schools (neither of which could really happen). Otherwise, the divisions should have been realigned with Auburn moving to the East (but that would have ended the Bama/10rc game as an annual game).
Man, this has brought back some memories. So many great games. But for me the greatest game by far that I attended was GA – Bama 1976. I was a student and I don’t know about the rest of the stadium, but the entire student section stood from kickoff to the final whistle. I mean NOBODY sat down. I remember screaming as loud as I could the entire game. Couldn’t talk for days. With about 5 minutes left and us up 21-0 we were all screaming: “we want more! We want more!” Like the guys above said, Athens was a wide open party for 4 days. The bourbon! The camaraderie! The girls! Best time I ever had.
Being a late 80s/early 90s student, I’m so jealous of you guys who experienced Bama ‘76, the early ‘80s, the ‘97 Cocktail Party, 2002, 2007, or 2017 in Athens. The only classic I really experienced as a student was Between the Hoses, but that season was nothing to write home about.
I was a 1988 UGA grad who’s first game was as a student against Clemson in 1984, so I missed the great early 80s games. However, the 1985 UGA-Baja game on Labor Day was a classic down to the wire finish that we lost, but a great game to watch.
I was a senior in high school for that game in watching from home in ‘85. Mike Shula … grrrr.
I listened to that game on the radio in the north GA mountains. I was a senior in high school visiting a campus. Had to wander around the campus to get a signal on my little AM radio. Two years later I had a similar experience when Rex Robinson kicked the winning FG against Kentucky.
Wow! This is a tough one. 2007 Blackout was electric, ’97 WLOCP was superb, 2002 at Auburn was thrilling, and the 1998 game at LSU was the best road trip I ever had, but for me I would have to say it was at Auburn in 1982. I was 12 and it was my first BIG road game my parents took me to see. I had been to Tech and Vandy on the road but this was Herschel, the SEC Championship on the line, and a return trip to the Sugar Bowl. I still remember my dad telling us, “Munson is saying, ‘sugar is falling from the sky!'” as he listened to Larry’s radio call on his radio after the Dogs’ defense stopped then freshman Bo Jackson and the Tiger offense on their last ditch effort to win the game.
I wondered if anybody was going to mention this game. Big SEC winning streak, National Championship, unbeaten season all on the line, on the road at Allbarn. One of our great all-time defensive stands.
1998 UGA @ LSU, 28-27 W
Those of you who are too young to have been to the 1976 Alabama game missed the greatest game day atmosphere in UGA history.
I wasn’t too young, but I had to work every Saturday that fall at my new business. Missed a great season. We didn’t just beat the Bear that day, we dominated him.
1980 WLOCP! It had everything you could ever ask for!
2017 cocktail party. UF fans were hitting the exits before the half, and by the third quarter, their side of the stadium was empty. It was glorious. 42-7
The overhead picture at the end of the 3rd quarter on CBS was glorious.
What a great thread. Nothing but football talk and good UGA memories. More of this please. And yep, 1976 Bama game.
2012 SECCG, but I was on the winning side. Probably a different perspective from this group.
1996 Iron Bowl
“We have a long way to go to get to where we need to go,” Smart said. “That’s nothing to do with Oregon. That’s nothing to do with anybody we play. That’s to do with the Georgia Bulldogs...”-- Kirby Smart, AJ-C, 8/14/22
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