Sunday, May 10, 2009

More JAX/GA Dome Talk

The talk about the GA-FL game moving to a UGA-friendly site won't go away. After a recent Bulldog Club meeting in Columbus, Coach Richt told Tim Tucker of the AJC that he doesn't "know what’s going to happen. But when people ask me the question, ‘Do you really think [Jacksonville] is a neutral site?’, I say, ‘No, it’s not neutral.’ When you play in the state of Florida every year –- we fly, they drive; it’s hotter for us, it’s cooler for them. It’s played in a stadium that [used to be called] the Gator Bowl. But what the heck? If nothing else, we’ll make Jacksonville pay more to keep it there. . . . I wouldn’t feel bad having a ‘neutral site’ game in Georgia – in the Georgia Dome". You can read the full article here. For all I know, these comments are being taken out of context... Regardless, it got me a little pissed off when I read them.

Everybody has a strong opinion on the subject, but I sure as hell hope that this is all posturing to get more $$$ out of the city of Jacksonville. I love Richt and support him as much as anyone out there, but I am sick of hearing about our disadvantage in this game. Everybody knows that we have been getting our ass handed to us at the WLOCP since the 90s began. And, despite losing nearly every year for the last 2 decades, everybody also knows that we still lead the overall series vs the Gators. So, are we losing because we have an "unfair" trip to JAX every year or because we have had an inferior program for the last 20 years? I hate to admit to it, but that's an easy answer. Ever since Sprurrier came to Gainesville from Duke, we have had our moments, but overall - they have us beat.

Is moving the game to Atlanta going to make a difference? HELL NO. I tell you what else won't make a difference - all this bitching about how unfair it is. The last thing the players need to hear is that our coach thinks we are at a disadvantage before we step on the field on Halloween weekend every year. Do we have to travel further? Sure, but it's not as if the team is in 1 big caravan from Athens to Jacksonville piled into a bunch of 1994 Honda Accords. These guys are on a plane that is in the air for about 1 hour (maximum 90 minutes), while the Gators are on the road for 45 minutes. Is it a little warmer in Jacksonville and Gainesville than it is in Athens? Absolutely, but it's not like we are practicing in Madison, Wisconsin the week before the game... As for the former name of the stadium, who friggin' cares? What the hell does that have to do with running and catching and tackling? We come off sounding like a bunch of whiny losers with all of these excuses... Not to mention the fact that all of these differences have always been there. Yet, we still found a way to dominate the series pre-1990.

My central point here is that we aren't losing because of where the game is played - we are losing because of our attitude/mental approach to this game. In 2007, we showed up with an ass-kicking attitude. Whether you agree or disagree with our end-zone celebration, there is no doubt that we showed up with a chip on our shoulder and walked into the "Gator Bowl" and told the defending national champions and their arrogant-as-hell coach that they can kiss our ass. Personally, I loved the attitude - we looked like a team that believed in ourselves and we didn't give a damn about who we were up against or where we were playing - we had a confidence and a swagger that we knew we were going to win. That feeling is a complete 180 from what I see now with all this talk about moving the game from JAX.

For the record, I think this is the 1st thing I have ever disagreed with Coach Richt on. I have always given him the benefit of the doubt (Coach Willie included), as he clearly knows more than I do about motivating players, running a program, and the X's and O's of football. But, it is time for the staff at UGA to accept the game in JAX and start finding a way to win it, as opposed to searching for reasons why we are going to lose the damn game.

7 comments:

Otto said...

RB,

I agree 100%!!! It is embarrassing if you ask me. I will be PISSED if the game gets moved. I can allready hear the gators crowing after they beat us by 30 the first time we play in the pathetic GA dome....embarrassing!!!
Lets just man up catch, tackle, execute better and make Jville our 2nd home like it was for decades....pathetic

JJ said...

I look at this one way, which I think sums up my feelings on this issue: If I am going to go anywhere to watch UGA get its ass handed to them by Florida, I'd rather do it during a weekend in SSI or Amelia. Everybody talks about how bad the drive is back from down there after getting seal clubbed by 40 points, but I am not sure that a drive home from the Atlanta 'hood would be any more pleasant.

I don't care if we played the game in the Swamp every year, we should have better results against UF than we've had lately. Moving the game is a cop out. Plain and simple. Hopefully it will not happen.

DRM said...

Moving the game is ridiculous. It really makes no sense since our road record in the sec is great. Maybe we should also complain that they cheer to loud and we don't like orange. And alligators scare us and we just wanna stay inside. F......ing ridiculous , just man up!

DRM said...

Moving the game is ridiculous. It really makes no sense since our road record in the sec is great. Maybe we should also complain that they cheer to loud and we don't like orange. And alligators scare us and we just wanna stay inside. F......ing ridiculous , just man up!

Bop said...

Again, if we ever move this game, heads should roll. Period.

Bop said...

And F you RB for getting my blood pressure up on a Sunday afternoon.

Amanda said...

I love Richt and support him as much as anyone out there. Amanda Vanderpool