UGA Fans: Quit Being Carpetbaggers

I knew I wanted to attend the University of Georgia when I was 4 years old.  My older sister, “Sissy”, went off to school there after a year at the local community college.  I have fond memories of going to visit her in Athens with my family on Sunday afternoons.  We would go to Memorial Park and feed the ducks and eat lunch at Da Vinci’s (RIP-Sadly, I never ate there once I started school).  I still have a stuffed Bulldog that Sissy gave me for Christmas the first year she was in school prominently displayed in my office. 

I didn’t have a chance to attend my first UGA Football game until I was a Freshman in high school.  I can’t even remember who we played-it was someone crappy.  But I remember how I loved the pageantry, the sights, the sounds of the band and the energy the crowd had from the moment nearly 90,000 people “Called the Dawgs” until the end of the game.  The moment we kicked off reinforced my nearly life long desire to attend the University of Georgia. 

I made sure I worked hard throughout high school to get good grades, make a good score on the SAT, be involved in a lot of clubs and stay out of trouble just so I could achieve my life long dream.  If someone wants something bad enough, all they have to do is work hard.  I was so excited when I found out I was admitted to the University of Georgia.  I knew it was going to open many opportunities for me; which it did.

The obvious opportunity that going to the University offered me was the chance to get a degree and find a good job.  I also made a lot of great friends and got to see a lot, A LOT, of good football games.  My time in school, 2003-2007, saw many great victories and few heartbreaking defeats.

I still love following the Dawgs and going to games.  For me, I am proud to say not only am I an alumni of the University of Georgia but I am big fan of the Georgia Bulldogs.  Something happened this past Saturday that made me embarrassed, dare say ashamed, to be a Bulldog fan.  It wasn’t the lackluster effort on special teams or the anemic offense.  It was my fellow Bulldog fans.   At sometime during the first half, on a third down and long play, Bobo called a toss sweep.   Then, fans started to BOO.  TO BOO!

You do not boo your own team!  I don’t care how bad they play, they are your team.  You do not pay all that money to the Hartman Fund and the other expenses of the weekend to go and boo your own team.  I feel you reserve your boos for Tim Tebow, Steve Spurrier and President Adams.  I don’t feel like it is appropriate one bit to boo some 20 year old for going out there and busting his rear end for 92,000 people.  It is tacky to boo them.  It was tacky when fans booed Mohommed Massaquoi in 2006.  It was tacky to boo Trip Chandler in 2007.  It was tacky this past Saturday.  You don’t boo your own team.  

I am not saying that the team, players, coaches, officials and the guy bringing around water do not need to be criticized.  We have given praise and criticism here.  Other blogs, newspapers, pundits, and fans are critical.  But there is a time and a place for everything.  When you go to Sanford Stadium, you do not boo your own team.  You are representing the University that I love to the recruits, visiting fans and the national audience watching on TV.  You don’t boo your own team.  

Could you imagine what the LSU fans were thinking?  I went to Death Valley last year.  At one point we were up by 21 points and Jarrett Lee had thrown 2 pick sixes.  Their fans were loud the whole game.  They didn’t boo.  Ours would have booed.  You don’t boo your own team.

We truly do have some of the most ungrateful fans across the SEC.  I have been to all but 4 SEC stadiums.  Because we have an elite coach in Mark Richt, most of the games I have been to have been victories-more often than not lopsided victories.    Has another fan base booed their team?  NO, because you don’t boo your own team.   

First, our fans decide to treat our historic, beautiful North Campus like Bourbon Street at Mardi Gras.  Then, they boo our team.  Booing your own team is a yankee thing to do.  It is what Eagles, Red Sox, Cubs and Yankee fans do.  You don’t boo your own team.  YOU DON’T BOO YOUR OWN TEAM

The fans want our football program to be a top level program.  We have been close to being on that level and will, I believe, get there.   Too bad we don’t have the top level fan base to go along with their own lofty expectations.  

Fans-get your shit together or stay home.


Go Dawgs!

23 Responses to “UGA Fans: Quit Being Carpetbaggers”

  1. 1 mhpdawg October 7, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I couldn’t agree more! God knows how many recruits made up their mind about committing to UGA this past week based on how crappy the fans acted. We did not get loud until something good happened. Then, we booed our own team and coaches when things were not going well. It is shameful. If you feel the urge to boo, stay home! We need to be resilient as a fan base. Things aren’t that bad. Rather than boo when things don’t go according to plan, why not act like intelligent fans and get louder to help the team play better. Booing our team only helps our rivals. Again, if you feel the need to boo the red and black, stay home!

  2. 2 Albany_Dawg October 7, 2009 at 9:45 am

    As a fan, I was booing the TERRIBLE play call by Mike Bobo on that play! When does that work???

    Here’s an idea… THROW TO A.J.!!!!

    So get off your high horse and don’t try and tell me that these fans can’t do whatever they want to do! They are paying big bucks to get into the game.

    Go Dawgs!

  3. 3 Ross October 7, 2009 at 10:02 am

    And Albany, it’s people like you who act ungrateful that give Georgia fans this image. These are twenty year old kids busting their butts out there and you act like you don’t give a damn. They don’t know you were booing Bobo. For all they know the fans were saying they were not trying. Save your booing for the 5th quarter show. If you feel like its your God given right to boo your own team for something you don’t have the ability to do yourself, keep your damn money and stay home.

  4. 4 Matt October 7, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Well said CorbinDawg!

  5. 5 gg_allindawg October 7, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Cox addressed this issue saying, “People expect you to throw the ball [in that situation],” he said. “They don’t know there’s nobody up in the box for run support, and if you block it right, there’s no one to tackle the back and you get 30 yards. . . . If it works, people think you’re geniuses.”
    I get it. You think it’s sacrosanct for fans to demand more from their coaches and players in the heat of the moment. I don’t think any of the boo birds in the stadium on Saturday premeditated their disapproval of one particular play call on 3 and long.
    Start demanding more out of our coaching staff and less of our fans Cobindawg.

  6. 7 pup October 7, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I remember Lindsey Scott (spelling) attending a FL. home game and FL. fans booing and that is what he remembered most. I love the DAWGS but our athletic director needs to GATA that being the COACHES!!!!

  7. 8 Albany_Dawg October 7, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    And Ross, Who says Georgia fans have a bad image beside Corbindawg??? Is that what all the ESPN guys were talking about?? Were the booing fans the front page story??

    NO! It was the celebration penalty.

    And to the twenty-year-olds busting their butt?? They sure didn’t look like it in the first half!

    I don’t know why people like you and corbin constantly feel like you have to apologize for such a sub par team!

    P.S. I played for Georgia Southern for two years before I tore my ACL.

  8. 9 Ross October 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Georgia fans have acted this way before and I have heard comments from fans of there teams on how we don’t seem to appreciate our new found winning ways. We booed Stafford last year in the Capital One Bowl and then the same people begged him to stay when we won the MVP trophy at the end.

    And hats off to you for playing collegiate football. You accomplished what many people only dream of doing. But tell me, when Southern fans booed you off the field after failing to make a first down, did it make you try harder? Maybe they were booing Jay Russell, maybe they were booing Van Gorder, or maybe they were booing them team. Who’s to say.

  9. 10 Win Carroll October 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I am 43. Went to my first UGA game in 1970 (against Vandy). Have seen the Dawgs play in all 12 SEC venues. I have long been against booing our players. In fact jumped all over a guy sitting behind me at the 2009 G-Day game who started booing. Yes, he booed at G-Day. I am sure the reason he booed is his standards are so high that he won’t accept anything less than the best…well accept for his own appearance. It appeared he hadn’t shaved or showered that day. Anyway, I have long said that booing is a simple minded reaction. It is like a baby crying. They aren’t happy and they want everybody to know it. These fans never stopped to think this is one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the year. Recruits and their parents see the booing and think that could be me/my son next year. I remember a player going to UT about 15 years ago. He said that the reason he went there was he was at a UT game where UF crushed them, but the fans never booed. So you have an example of the negative impact of booing. I can’t think of any positive. If you are that unhappy with the play calling, write Bobo or Richt a letter. Oh, and be a man and sign your name to it.
    Think about the impact of your actions!
    Win Carroll

  10. 11 FRED October 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm


  11. 12 Corbindawg October 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “I am not saying that the team, players, coaches, officials and the guy bringing around water do not need to be criticized.”

    Do the coaches need to be criticized for not coaching properly? Yes. Do the players need to be criticized for not executing? Yes.

    Whether or not to be critical or defending the team or players is not the issue. The point is booing is an inappropriate, immature, unreasonable way to show your emotions towards your own team. If you are a TRUE FAN, you don’t boo. Booing represents scorn and turning your back on them. If you are someone who boos when the team plays bad but cheers your butt off when A.J. Green makes a potential game winning catch, you are a fair weather fan.

    There are other constructive ways to show your criticisms. It is one thing to turn to your neighbor or call a friend and say “That was the dumbest call I have ever seen” or “Why couldn’t he catch that?”. But to publicly admonish your team (players and coaches both) is unacceptable. A true fan would not boo their own team.

  12. 13 Chris October 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Hey Fred,

    First of all, stop YELLING…….If all you “want” a first rate team, as if you are owed that, and you don’t think UGA is that team then go pull for another team….and don’t let the door hit you. I promise you… one will miss you.

    And you’re not a fan…….not really.

  13. 14 Albany_Dawg October 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    CD, Who are you to judge who is a “true fan” and who is not???

    If I donate money every year and pay for my season tickets and go to every game, then why can’t I hold the coaches accountable for what they are doing with what is essentially MY money???

  14. 15 gators wear jean shorts October 7, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Albany, I don’t get the feeling at all that CD is “judging” anyone. He’s simply stating a classy truth, that it’s ridiculous to boo our team. You’re right, you can do whatever you want at the game within the legal system. Nobody is going to lock anyone up for booing, if that’s what you choose to do. CB’s point is that it is a Yankee thing to do. What good does booing really do? In my opinion, it’s potentially very dangerous and very unloyal. Do you boo your kids in little league if they let a ball go under their legs? No, because a) you love them; b) that would damage their love of the game ; and c) be the biggest jerk thing to do in the world. Now don’t say “well we pay our coaches to do better, and we give a free education to these kids so they should make the plays.” If you don’t love our team, then go boo somewhere else. Criticize our coaches in your inner circles (God knows I’ve bashed Willie and Co. with my friends/family as much as anyone) But to do it publicly in the biggest home game ‘Tween the Hedges in many years is just unacceptable and show’s one’s true colors.

  15. 16 Albany_Dawg October 7, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    You have a good point, gators. Maybe I should have been comparing this group of dawgs with a little league team. Afterall, that’s what they play like!!!


  16. 17 Chris October 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Hey ALL-BAINY,

    Let’s take a minute and look at this logically…..would it be fair to say that a better means of protest on your part would be to pull “YOUR” money back from the University in light of an inferior product? I mean, all you want is what you paid for, right? What would you do if you went to KFC and your chicken wasn’t as good as you think it should be…I mean that’s essentially YOUR money you just spent on crappy chicken….would you walk back up to the counter and boo the cook?

    I say you take a real stand….send your tickets back in protest and tell UGA you will not buy tickets again until they produce the product that you are entitled to.That way we all win….we have one less moron in the stadium and you can sleep at night because you took a righteous stand against mediocrity.

  17. 18 bdawg October 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    There wasn’t much to cheer about and another toss or draw on third and long was not only predictable but worth a freakin boo! Clap and act like the classy fan that you wish we all were while we get our a$$e$ slapped around all season.

  18. 19 bdawg October 7, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    nerd alert!

  19. 20 scrambledawg October 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    You’re an alumnus, not an alumni.

  20. 22 Cut the crap October 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    First of all, Albany_Dawg, don’t use on exclamation marks, they make you look like an ass.

    I hope you, Albany_Dawg, understand what you are doing. You are going onto a blog and trying to talk down to a fellow Bulldog fan for voicing his opinion. Why?

    The reason you are being so irritable towards Corbindawg’s opinion is because it hit a little to close to home and blew some sand into your vagina, because you are the type of person that boos at games.

    Albany_Dawg, you do have the right to be discouraged and frustrated with the coaching and the play calling, but not to boo and not to rudely bash someone’s opinion. True fans do not boo, and true fans respect their fellow Bulldog’s thoughts. Why does that not make sense to you? The answer is, because you are not a true fan.

    So before you decide to go onto this respected blog and rudely comment on fellow fan’s opinions, come to the realization that you are not a true fan, you do not deserve to call yourself a Bulldog fan, and you should rethink the slandering garbage you type in a reply box.

    Before you press your greasy fingers against a keyboard, rethink your idiotic thoughts and how wrong it is to rudely bash a fellow fan’s opinion and boo at a game.

    Thank you.

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