Why Rush The Field?

I don’t have a problem with a team rushing the field or court in college athletics.  It illustrates the passion of college sports that is lacking in every other sport except European soccer.  But like with anything, if you over do it, it loses its luster. 

UGA rushed the field against Tennessee in 2000.  It caused damage to the Hedges and was premature, but UGA hadn’t beaten Tennessee in 9 years.  It was ok.  But now, UGA shouldn’t ever rush the field.  We have “been there” before, and no need to stoop to that level.  As a program, UGA is above that now.

Georgia Tech rushed the field against Clemson Saturday night.  Georgia Tech has beat the Country Gentlmen 5/6 times they have played, including 4 in a row from 2007-2009.  Clemson was only a 3 point favorite, and just two weeks ago, Tech had gotten as high as 12th in the polls. 

It was not like Clemson has had a long run of dominance over Tech, and it is not like Tech is a bad team.  I even thought Georgia Tech would go 10-2 this season.  There is a time and place for it, sure, but that was not the time this past Saturday night.

Stay classy, Georgia  Tech.   I guess no amount of wins, ACC Championships or accolades will ever change things.  If Georiga Tech fans think of themselves as a second tier program, why should anyone else think otherwise?


6 Responses to “Why Rush The Field?”

  1. 1 Ericdawg October 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    One can get paralyzed or killed too.

  2. 2 JBDawg October 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    You may have to eat your words in two weeks. Let me paint the picture: Arkansas does a good job of handing a loss to USCe this week. Next week, UGA hosts a top 25 Auburn. If we win that game, the emotions will be out of controll. You might have the bulldawgs going to the SEC championship, CMR getting a renewal, and the first win over a ranked opponent since beating GT in 2009. I’m optimistically expecting the crowd to rush the field. IMHO.

  3. 3 ucheedawg October 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    If we rush the field after beating Awwburn I will be more embarrassed than when fans boo Bobo. I have faith that Bulldog Nation is better than that.

  4. 4 Mike October 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    The recent storming of the field from Minnesota after they beat Iowa last weekend gas brought this issue up at Big Ten schools as well. Some media are saying it’s poor form by the Gophers to rush the field while others are saying it’s an important rivalry win for a rebuilding program. There’s been a good debate at TC Huddle. I found your article searching for more opinions on the issue.

    Thought you might want to check it out. It’s enjoyable if nothing else: http://www.tchuddle.com/2011/10/the-importance-of-the-iowa-win/

  5. 5 dawgfan17 November 1, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Gotta agree with uchee, no way we rush the field after beating AU. I would say a slight chance if we beat AL/LSU in the dome but still don’t really see it there. That UT game was not just a decade of frustration with UT but being a combined like 1-18 against UT and UF that decade. Maybe if AU was doing what they did last year and we were in the same situation as this year it might happen. I just am with uchee that it would take something special not just beating an average AU team to win a below average division.

  6. 6 ArborDawg November 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I halfway agree with Uchee. Rushing the field after an Auburn victory would be regrettable, especially since we will face SEC east opponent Kentucky the next week (they upset the Dawgs at home following a win over Auburn in 2009). However, I don’t find booing Bobo to be embarassing. Bobo’s play calling, at times, is embarassing enough on it’s own.

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