Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fruit of the Poison Tree (Updated)

The UGA - Auburn college football rivalry is one of the oldest and most storied in the sport. I've had a fine time in the past when I have tailgated with Auburn fans, and every two years, when this game is played in Athens, it is an event almost without parallel.

This fun, evenly matched rivalry was what growing up in the South is all about. It was one of my favorite things about college football. Even with a history of questionable, and dare I say, dirty plays, that have been an undercurrent of the game in the past, it always seemed that was a part of playing Auburn.

Until last Saturday.

Maybe this is a result of excusing unacceptable behavior for too long, maybe it is just a panicked reaction to Alabama's success of the last 3 years, but this got out of control. I think the Auburn players, coaches, and fans have absolutely poisoned the well this year, and I'm not even talking about the big controversy. But from the dirty play and fighting to their coaches cheering it on to their fans excusing it after the fact, a corner was turned here.

This game is going to burn bright in Georgia's memories for a long, long time. Much longer than two timeouts.

Which is a shame, really. This was a better rivalry than that.

Update: Thanks to Ryan, who sent me an email link to this post, which pretty much has all the video and photo evidence you'll need to understand what I'm talking about.


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1 comment:

Dante said...

I said this over on Blutarsky's site and I'll say it here, too: We got way too chummy with a school turned it's hoses on our students in '86. I'm glad Auburn is going to rekindle a little hate if Georgia won't. Last week, I heard a kid who claims to be a UGA fan say he hoped Auburn would win so the SEC would be in the national title game. WTF, dude?! I'll bet he's not saying that now. If Auburn plays the University of Al Qaeda, I'm watching the game on the Al Jazeera network and cheering for the Flying Osamas. Feel that hate? Good, because our players feel it 10 times as much as you do and they'll be ready next year.