Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Culture Clash

So, when football season finally rolls around, I have the distinct luxury of living in the South. We may not have invented football, but for the last century or so we've been working on perfecting it. This includes the amazing cultural atmosphere surrounding our pre-game festivities, usually called "tailgating."

While the tailgating trait is usually associated with big time college football, I have recently taken up residence in one of the few cities where fans of the professional football team take their sports culture rather seriously as well.

So I feel confident that any consistent reader of Hurricane Radio is well versed in football fandom and tailgating. Which is why the linked to article is so well worth the read. As many of you already know, the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team will be making several long road trips this fall. In addition to a HUGE showdown with LSU in Baton Rouge in October, the Dawgs will be flying out to Tempe, Arizona to take on Arizona State.

While the Georgia fanbase (strangely well represented in the 14th Ward of New Orleans...) knows exactly what to expect from the trip to Baton Rouge, a bunch of the folks flying out to the desert were wondering what house rules will apply in the shadows of Sun Devil stadium.

Georgia Sports Blog has gone out and found the answers, and involves a culture so wildly alien to our own that I have to share the link. Fantastic read about the differences of South vs West.

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3 comments:

Dante said...

"I have recently taken up residence in one of the few cities where fans of the professional football team take their sports culture rather seriously as well."

Which is rather ironic considering New Orleans takes the sports culture of one of the biggest jokes in professional sports so seriously.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

You ribbin'?

Atlanta, Dallas and Houston could only dream of having fans so dedicated as New Orleanians are to the Saints. You have to go to places like Green Bay, Oakland and Cleveland to find the same passion to go along with a professional team.

Long suffering fans only make for stronger and more legendary winning seasons.

Dante said...

If you'll notice, I never said the fans were a joke. Only the team they rabidly follow is a joke. I even remember a certain blogger on this very site drinking the Saints Kool-Aid last year. How did that turn out? 7-9? I guess historically that's a fantastic record for the Saints...