I have been out of pocket for over a week, and have let a few things slip by. One story this morning riled me up, and I haven’t had any coffee yet.
The controversy came up at the UGA Athletic Board meeting Thursday, when student representative Trey Sinyard reported to the board: “I can say that this has been a big issue on campus. . . . The pulse on that is students feel the athletics association is over-commercialized.”
Yes, Greg McGarity, Director of Athletics apologized to Tom Fell, douchebag who likes to parade around Stegemen wearing short shorts.
Two quotes in the story that are troubling:
1. “We have had internal discussions on that and have assured students that there are some things that are sacred in our basketball games, and that’s one of those things,” McGarity said. (emphasis added)
2. The controversy came up at the UGA Athletic Board meeting Thursday, when student representative Trey Sinyard reported to the board: “I can say that this has been a big issue on campus. . . . The pulse on that is students feel the athletics association is over-commercialized.”
Let’s address these in order, becuase they are the order in which I have the most heart burn.
1. I know we aren’t a basketball school. But to call the Rocky guy a sacred fixture is a bit far. On the “Traditions” page at Georgiadogs.com, I don’t see “Shirtless Rocky Guy Running up the Stairs”. Seriously, Greg McGarity has way more important things to bother himself with…the feelings of the Rocky guy are not one of them.
2. I would hope the majority of students feel the same way I do. But let’s assume for a minute the majority of students do in fact love the Rock y thing. I don’t get it, but whatever. Mr. Sinyard-you have a seat at the table at the Atheltic Association: don’t waste their time and yours by bringing up such asinine topics. Why don’t you mention real concerns, like why doest the A.A. pony up more dough for campus cleanup so the administration doesn’t bring the hammer down on tailgating restrictions? Or, why don’t your bring up issues like the difficulty new alumni have in procuring season tickets due to the high donations? Nah, let’s make sure the final two home games the Rocky guy gets to dance around. It is a sacred tradition, afterall.
That is another thing. You think the Assocation has become too comercialized? Well, you have to pay, what $2 per ticket for basketball games? Is it still $8 per ticket for football? Baseball, gymnastics and all other sports are free for students? Ever been to any other sporting events? Sponsorhsips make the world go round?
Students should spend more time going to the games and cheering and being loud all the time rather than complaining about a corporate sponsorship…and when a student gets a seat at an important table, don’t waste everyone’s time with something so incredible silly.
It always seems that someone wearing red panties is filling up the time of the UGA AD.