Taking the temperature of a couple of fan bases

Yahoo Sports has a good piece assessing the mind sets of Alabama and Georgia fans as their teams head into another SECCG clash.  The header puts it nicely: “Rival, threat or obstacle: What are Georgia and Alabama to each other?”

Truthfully, it doesn’t feel like a rivalry to me.  The hatred simply isn’t there.  And it sounds like the feeling is mutual.

“I don’t think most Alabama fans consider Georgia a rival,” says Josh Chatham, editor of the SB Nation Alabama site Roll ‘Bama Roll. “Georgia and Alabama share a mutual hatred of Auburn and Tennessee — it’s like, ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ They’re a threat, not a rival.”

If Georgia is a perceived threat for ‘Bama fans, Alabama under Saban definitely qualifies as an obstacle for us Dawg fans.

“They’re viewed as the giant that Georgia can’t beat,” says Drew Hubbard, sports editor of the Red and Black, Georgia’s student newspaper. “It’s always been, ‘Georgia’s good, but they’re not Alabama good.’”

That’s certainly been the case in their last three postseason meetings.  Does Georgia’s 2021 success perhaps change the vibe going into the SECCG?  Probably not too much.

Give the Dawgs faithful credit, they’re achieving the balancing act of enjoying the ride while keeping expectations in check.

“‘Cautiously optimistic’ is probably the best way to put it,” Hubbard says. “These are the same people that watched 28-3 [the Falcons’ Super Bowl debacle] and second-and-26. They don’t know what it’s like to win a national championship. We won’t believe it until we see it happen.”

“This year, it’s been interesting,” says Allen. [Ed. note:  GTP reader!] “People see me out and about [in Birmingham] with a Georgia shirt on, or see the Georgia flag on my house, and say, ‘You’re going to kill us this year.’ I’m not ready to go there. I’ve been a fan for 40 years, I’ve been down this road before.”

It’s going out of the championship game that’ll mark both sides.  A ‘Bama win will just reinforce the good, but not good enough mantra as it applies to Georgia, while a Dawg victory… well, we’d have a different song to sing.

“A win would make it so much more fun,” Hubbard says. “It would fix the ‘little-brother’ attitude. Alabama has 18 national championships, Georgia is the laughingstock of the conference having all this talent but nothing to show for it. But [a win] would make this a much more level playing field.”

“If Georgia does [beat Alabama] and becomes the top dog in college football, they would have taken down Alabama, the defending SEC champion and national champion,” Woods says. “They could shut the door on the past and establish themselves. If they got a dominant win, that would bode well for Georgia for the future.”



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53 responses to “Taking the temperature of a couple of fan bases

  1. 81Dog

    We got the claim check. Time to go pick up the baggage. 🙂

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  2. mddawg

    “Laughingstock of the conference” with “nothing to show for it” seems a bit harsh. I know we haven’t reached the promised land (yet), but there are at least a couple of other teams in the conference who would trade our record for theirs over the past few years.

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    • J.R. Clark

      Agree. If there is a “laughingstock of the conference”, it would have to be Mississippi State. Only one SEC football title in 1941. TULANE has a more recent SEC football title than does MSU.

      Second place laughingstock is Ole Miss – last SEC football title in 1963.

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    • Illini84

      There are a good number of people here who think that.


    • pdawg30577

      I was coming here to post the same thing. “Laughingstock of the conference” has moved around a lot — Tennessee just handed that trophy to Florida this year — but it’s been a while since we’ve had it in hand.

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    • MDdawg, I completely agree about the “laughingstock“ comment…I consulted my spiritual advisor the honorable Bishop Bullwinkle and ask him to weigh in…

      Hell to the Naw, to the Naw Naw Naw

      Let’s whip some elephant butt

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      • mddawg

        HAHAHA, one of my coworkers says “hell to the naw naw” and I had no idea what it was from!

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        • Bishop Bullwinkle was the OG…I rolled that little gem of a clip out before we wailed on Auburn…now I hope it brings us similar luck as our beloved boys in Red and Black continue their dominance over the competition. Let’s beat Bama, and I don’t care for Auburn.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Yeah, that’s an idiotic comment.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. “Georgia is the laughingstock of the conference having all this talent but nothing to show for it. ” That’s pretty harsh….laughingstock? I would put that title on Tennessee, they are the model for becoming a laughingstock.

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    • mg4life0331

      I don’t know. I just got back to Florida after 5 years up north and they consider us choke artists. That will continue until we don’t.

      Let’s finish this year by making 3 more teams look like nobodies.

      Liked by 7 people

      • One of the posters known as Mark

        Yeah, there certainly was artistry in the way Georgia choked the [feces] out of Florida this season.


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      • voxdawg

        CFB banter uses the word “choke” far too liberally. Auburn choked against Moo State this year. Losing in OT in a National title game on a fluke blown coverage at literally the worst time imaginable is not choking. It’s losing a big game.

        Non-UGA fans and a good chunk of the media are clinging to #Muh1980 with white knuckles because they have no idea what they’re going to do when Kirby hoists that trophy this year in Indy.

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    • Ran A

      Yeah, I thought ‘laughing stock’ was a horrible use of words. With the exception of Alabama and LSU, nobody’s been laughing very much when they play Georgia since Kirby arrived in Athens, especially down in Gainesville.

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      • HirsuteDawg

        One way you know that a team is respected is how good a fan base feels when they win a game against a good team. Fan bases feel good when they beat Georgia – and they should their team has accomplished something difficult. We’ll feel good after we whip Alabama – we should, the Dawgs will have accomplished something. We have been a step or two away from the top the last few years, but it looks like the Dawgs are poised to be the “Beast of the East” for a while.

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    Alabama doesn’t consider us a rival? Correct, until we beat them, then they’ll notice.


  5. Terry McCullers

    Changing the guard takes time. Beat whoever your playing that week will change the narrative. I truly believe we have the right coach to get it done. This process begins Saturday.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. ZeroPOINTzero

    Re: Last paragraph – From your lips to God’s ears.

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  7. dawg100

    So, we get tarred with the Falcons’ SB loss, but not the Braves’ glorious run?

    I just don’t feel like a choke artist having to gone toe to toe with two of the greatest Alabama teams in history and come up 2 minutes — short combined.

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  8. KornDawg

    Allen’s quote pretty much sums it up for me. The omelet cook at the Disney resort last week was telling me how our defense is all-time great, and we’ll handle Bama with relative ease (he’s an Ole Miss fan, FWIW.) I basically responded that I’m not ready to say that just yet.
    Side note: Does Disney give special rates to citizens of Ohio? Damn near everyone there was a buckeye fan.

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    • californiadawg

      There are Buckeyes everywhere. They travel more because Ohio is so goddamn miserable. I grew up on Hilton Head and Ohio tourists flooded the island every year. If I lived there I’d want to escape every chance I could too.

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      • Nil Butron is a Pud

        Used to take the family to see Greg Russell sing under the tree at Harbor Town. His 2 running jokes to ask random kids were: “Where in Ohio are you from?” and “What color is your minivan?” And EVERY time he was right.

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  9. Hobnail_Boot

    I really wish that people would stop equating Falcons/Braves fandom with UGA fandom. I realize there’s a large crossover, but the mount of anguish and heartache is an even in the same damned ballpark.

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    • siskey

      I have lived in Georgia my entire life and love the Braves but I wouldn’t walk across the street to see the Falcons play. For all the Georgia chokes, Georgia sucks stuff if you look at the last 30 years we have won 10 games 16 times. We have only had 2-3 losing seasons in that time and we have beat everybody not named Alabama as much or more than they have beat us. It is time to put this woe is me shit to bed and hopefully beating Bama’s ass this Saturday will be the definitive step in that direction.

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      • Same. I went to tons of Braves games as a kid and 0 Falcons games.

        People need to understand that the Falcons are (for good reasons) nowhere near as popular in Georgia as people might expect.

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        • siskey

          We could only watch them on antenna tv because we could pick up Birmingham or Anniston stations in West Georgia.

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          • When I was a kid, the teams in Atlanta were so bad, we’d go to Fulton County Stadium to see a Braves game mainly to see the fireworks, or Oak Ridge Boys (fill in any county fair band) concert, or to watch Ted Turner have a go kart race after/before the games because the team was so bad.

            I think some folks thought Chief Knock-a-homa was the most athletic dude out there, which by the mid 80’s wasn’t saying much for old Levi.


  10. W Cobb Dawg

    Is bama and Saban prepared for the ‘good times are over’ media shitstorm that’s coming their way starting about 7:00 Saturday and continuing through 2022?

    Liked by 4 people

  11. Ed Bodenhamer

    While we’re bashing the crappy “laughingstock” comment from the R&B editor, lets not ignore the fact he also claims Alabama has 18 national titles. Another fallacy and fantasy. That being said, the R&B has been a joke for going on 20 years now, so no surprise from me.

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  12. classiccitycanine

    Is Alabama a traditional rival of Georgia? No. Do I hate them more than all of our rivals put together? Hell yes! I want Alabama to lose at everything. If the Taliban had a football team, I’d cheer for them against the Tide. I regret that Sherman didn’t have the opportunity to march through Tuscaloosa. Go Dawgs!

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  13. theorginaldawgabides

    Fuck that r&b kid. Why would anybody use a student newspaper writer for an article like this?

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  14. otto1980

    Further proof Bama is the SEC team I hate the most, the only SEC team I’ve pulled against in a National Title game.

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  15. uga97

    Exactly Uga / Bama is the grandparent & child relationship. Auburn & Tennessee are the parents in between representing the common enemy. Could say same of Florida & Bama, just replace Auburn with LSU.


  16. miltondawg

    Pretty much sums up my feelings. As the week goes on I get more and more nervous. Why? Not because I have watched every Georgia game start to finish and witnessed the absolute dominance. Not because I have watched multiple Bama games this year and been less than impressed. Because after the incredible 2021 season the cherry on top would be a massive letdown against Bama.


  17. TripleB

    I could never hate a team or school as much as I hate Florida. BUT I am sick and tired of Alabama. Used to like them. My best friend is a Bammer and his obnoxiousness post Saban has made me NOT a fan. We almost fought when he came to my house to watch the Blackout game. Now we don’t talk (at my wife’s insistence) on Saturdays unless both teams win.

    This Saturday his wife got two great tickets through her job and offered them to us, but we can’t go together because it would be a real problem for one of us. So our wives are going to the game. I am on edge and want to beat them so badly. I have a feeling the kids on the team feel the same way. I think its going to boil over in them and they are going to explode on Saturday. For the first time since the Blackout game, I feel like we are going to beat the Elephants!!!
    To quote the Ranger, “FTMF”!!!

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  18. originaluglydawg

    I think we throw the “hate” word around a little to loosely.
    I loathe Bama and their dumbass fans.

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  19. Comin' Down The Track

    Hear me out.
    The reason that Deion Sanders has been integrated into the Aflac® adverts over the last year is because Saban is retiring.

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