Let me start by saying McGarity and Brooks deserve a lot of credit for making the effort to foster safe conditions under trying circumstances. For the most part, it worked.
That being said, college kids are gonna college kids. Two pictures nicely sum up the day’s festivities.
Now, Rovell’s an idiot, but there’s no denying that the majority of students I saw yesterday acted as if the coronavirus didn’t exist. Not just inside the stadium, either — it looked that way in the parking lot before the game, downtown Athens afterwards (at least where the cops weren’t watching) and at a pre-game house party we drove by.
I hate to sound like one of those “get off my lawn” folks, but I am truly grateful that I don’t have any college-age children now. If I did, either I wouldn’t let them go to school, or I wouldn’t let them come home.
The only other problematic group we faced yesterday were the inebriated, who all seemed to want to get close in order to have a conversation. The good news is that I didn’t run into a single member of the But Muh Freedom Brigade.
The cool weather was a godsend, in that it was easy to wear a mask the entire game, which I did. Folks were spaced out to meet social distancing guidelines, but there was an awful lot of yelling and cheering going on (not to mention some wandering) and I was just more comfortable masked.
Bottom line: the good outweighed the bad and with regard to the latter, I know what to anticipate. I’ll be back for the Tennessee game.
If you’ve got any questions, ask away in the comments.