Sunday, October 4, 2009

Who Needs Red Bull? We Have Damon Evans

Was anybody else as fired up as I was and bouncing out of control when Damon Evans came on the big-screen at Sanford Stadium immediately following our 1st points of the game at the beginning of the 4th quarter? That was awesome - There is nothing like a "Thanks for coming to the game and please don't drink and drive" message from the AD to get the crowd fired up against the #4 ranked team in the country. I was so fired up that I thought I was going to run through a brick wall.

OK - time to turn the sarcasm off. I am just curious to hear if it is just me or if everyone feels the same way. Here is how I see it......

We battled against our own coaches and play-calling all day long (that'll be another post for another time) as we converted on a huge 4th and goal from the 1 to take a 7-6 lead. Sanford is going crazy - we are up on the 4th ranked team in the country in the 4th quarter and we get a message from Damon Evans??? Don't get me wrong - obviously, I agree with Damon's message 110%, but that is not the time to do it. Play that message after an LSU 1st down on their own 26 as CBS takes one of their 93 TV timeouts.


The in-game music was an issue after last week's game and whoever (Richt or Evans or the big bag of of fun that is Michael Adams) makes these decisions decided to listen to the complaints and keep the stadium in a lull during every timeout. I don't get it - what is the problem with some hip-hop music to get the crowd loud and the 18-22 year olds on our team fired up?? I don't even like hip-hop - but this is stupid. I don't think the team is full of thugs and gangsters because they like to dance to current music as opposed to standing still while we play The Who from the 70's or Kid Rock's Bawitdaba (yes - we actually played that over the PA system during one of the timeouts). The second half of 2007 was the most fun a lot of us might ever have as UGA fans - and SouljaBoy was a big part of that - I told my wife last week that I will hear that song in 40 years when I am 74 and have a big smile on my face as I think back to the '07 season.

Looking back at the game, I don't think we played any of the "controversial" hip-hop music all day long. Except at the very beginning of the 2nd half. And a strange thing happened after that - The D played (by far) their most impressive series of the entire season and we pushed LSU all the way back to their own 2 after consecutive sacks. That was as loud as the place was all day long (correction - a close 2nd place to the noise level after AJ's circus TD catch with just over a minute left). Maybe it's a coincidence that the place got really loud AND the defense got after the QB and applied serious pressure immediately following the hip-hop and the players dancing and bouncing on the sideline. I don't think so.... I was bouncing at my seat in the stands and I have no clue what the song was or who sings it. But, it makes for a pretty damn good atmosphere when the whole stadium is feeling that.



I am curious to hear what everyone thinks - do we want the crazy atmosphere with the hip-hop that the players seem to enjoy OR do we want a message from Damon along with the ads for Andy Landers and the Lady Dawgs?

12 comments:

Schlitz said...

Couldn't agree more. Of course I was at home watching the game yesterday, but I can imagine the scene you describe. The 2007 atmosphere was electric to players and (most) fans alike. Hard to believe that the people in charge don't recognize that... Then again, why would a bunch of 18 year old (youthful exuberance type) not prefer "The Who" over Solja Boy? Therefore, maybe they do recognize it, but can't do anything about it? Maybe it lends merit and thought to the notion in the next post by JJ and CBS. Ponder... I do recall tasteless remarks about the hip hop music in 07 from several elder alumni. Quite a shame. Sorry for the conspiracy theory of a notion.

ej said...

I don't know why are you killing Baba O'Riley. I'm probably 2 years removed from the student section and my fellow 18-22 year olds got up for that song. The countdown before it is a nice touch too. Just because The Who are from a different generation doesn't mean they are oblivious to The Who or don't recognize their iconic song.

However, you are spot on about Kid Rock. Couple that with some mind numbing in stadium commericals/PSA's and you have a recipe for Dudsville. Whoever is running the promos/music during the game are striking out a lot when it comes to music and appropiate timing.

RB said...

ej - I hear what you are saying about The Who - Baba O'Reilly gets me fired up and I like it a lot. But, I have never seen the team buy into it and get a little extra energy and start bouncing around. And, yes, I believe that a little adrenaline makes a difference. Plus, I think the crowd feeds off of the players and what they are doing. Which only turns back around and gets the players even more fired up.

More to my point, which you mentioned as well, was the timing of all the songs and PSA announcements throughout the game. How hard is it to know when the crowd is roaring and the momentum is going our way?

Frettsy said...

what was that rap song played at the beginning of the first half? it sounded like Lil Wayne. it got the crowd totally pumped though.. need to have more of that!

RB said...

From Justin Houston, who has made a big difference since returning from suspension - “It’s so much easier to play defense if you are having fun out there.”

I'm pretty sure these guys are having more fun out there when hip-hop is blaring through the speakers and we are all bouncing around.

JJ said...

As long as they don't play "That's Not My Name" or whatever it is.....I don't care what they play. Good Lord that is the worst song ever made. It comes on Radio Disney when my kids are in the car and they don't even like it. And they usually like everything.

JJH4 said...

I agree with a lot of this but the place goes absolutely nuts when "Baba O'Riely" by The Who comes over the loud speaker. I'm 24 and every single person I know complained last year when we didn't play it right before kickoff. This year it is back where it should be.

I also think not as much music should be played over the loud speaker. Its a slap in the face to the Redcoats as well as College Football.

papadawg said...

I agree with JJH4. I'd rather hear the Redcoats than piped-in music on Saturday afternoons. College Football has a much different atmosphere than the NFL for a few important reasons. The student band is one of those.

That doesn't mean we can't have some other music, but let's keep it to a minimum. Baba before kickoff is cool. The Soulja Boy was awesome. But we really should save the dancing for games THAT WE ARE WINNING!!!!

Watson said...

The Who is fine. Do NOT change that. The Kid Rock song is part of the Academy Sports ad/ commercial thing that runs during the timeouts of games. I figured this out because I heard the same song during the UT Auburn game that night on TV during a lull in the action (maybe a review or something?) and put two and two together.

And is it just me or could we not maybe invest in speakers to put all around the stadium so we don't have to turn the volume on the scoreboard up to 110% volume? I'm pretty sure a got a headache from the volume being so loud not just on the ads or music, but also Brook Whitmire's voice.

PNWDawg said...

Two years ago I took my wife (a native of Washington state) to her first UGA game. It was against Ole Miss and we came out cold to start the game. While she was impressed with the stadium she was blown away by how quiet it was. She thought the crowd was far more electric at an Oregon State game. Oregon Freakin’ State!!! And as much as I’m embarrassed to say it I agreed. Heaven forbid we play the devil’s music and let the players start dancing. Because we know that would lead to fornicating with the cheerleaders during timeouts. I would much rather hear the redcoats play, as some have already said, but whatever it takes is fine with me. Hell put some Metallica on the loudspeaker or anything that will turn this geriatric ward back into a football stadium. I sometimes get the impression our home games are more of a social function for showing off new red and black sundresses and slacks with embroidered logos all over them. (That was said in jest as I love the sundresses and wish I could afford a pair of those fancy slacks.) But I do get the feeling it’s more of a country club type of atmosphere than a football game. Did anyone notice the empty seats at the beginning of the broadcast? Has anyone ever had an issue with the fact our team does better on the road than at home? Terrible.

JG said...

You could not be more right about our in-game operations. For as much revenue as the program generates, the absolute opposite is spent on presenting a well run in-game experience. The timing and theme of the music selections, public address system malfunctions, the insistence on putting a "0" in front of single digit numbers (AJ Green, #08) - I could go on and on and on with the less than professional components that we see every week in Sanford Stadium. The Swag Surfin song should never be played when the offense is about to take the field and some situations just don't call for public service announcements.

I, for one, wish these things would change but I also know it's been happening for awhile without any remedy so we'll have to continue to deal with it. We see it every week and it's the same crap. Over and over.

Prince Lightfoot said...

How about we start with keeping the play clock operational, then progress to the music selections, hmm? Surely there has to be one EE in the state that didn't attend Tech.