Leave The Tailgate An Hour Early

I think you all have been to enough games at Sanford Stadium or elsewhere to know that the fans at Georgia games just don’t have the same enthusiasm as they do elsewhere.

I saw on Twitter that Aaron Murray’s momma had a plea to the fans to get there early and be loud.  She even said something along the lines that this was football, not a tennis match.

I am not going to use this post as place to point the finger or assess blame.  I could say the students don’t show up early enough, and all the old people who sit in the shade on the Southside are too quiet. I could rip into the fans who boo at the first three and out or the first bad play.  I could say that the pregame stuff is trite and boring, and just spelling Georgia doesn’t create the energy needed to be a feared environment.

But no, I am not going to point any fingers.  All we can do is be accountable for our own actions.

I will urge you all to do this, however.

Leave your tailgates early. 

If you leave early enough, you can make it to your seats in plenty of time.  You can have plenty of time to stop by the Tate Center and take a whiz, stand in line to get a hot dog, or whatever you need to do before the game starts.  You can get there and get to your seat and be loud and proud when Carolina storms the field.

I make it a point to leave the tailgate an hour before kickoff.  I’ve always been a stickler for that.  Not sure when it started for me, but it is something I’ve always done.

The game is slated to kick off around 4:30 p.m.  If you leave your tailgate at 3:30 p.m., then you will have plenty of time to get to your seat and get ready to cheer on the Dawgs.

Honest to goodness, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be at the game well before kickoff.  Any excuse is, well, just that.

If you are a late riser and get out to campus at 10:00 a.m., that would still give you five and half hours of good tailgating time.  You can drink a lot of beers and eat a lot of pigs in the blanket in five and a half hours.  But you will have plenty of time to tailgate hop, eat, go to the bookstore-whatever.  If you can’t get all the tailgating in you want to for a 4:30 p.m. kick off, well then you need to work on your time management.

The team needs us.  Make Sanford Stadium hostile.  Don’t be a fair weather fan.  A rowdy crowd can impact the game.  The home schedule pretty much sucks this year, so make it count.

I encourage all of you to be in your seats by the time the Redcoats help Phil Collins hits the big drum crescendo.

At 3:30 pm, start the walk to Sanford.



4 Responses to “Leave The Tailgate An Hour Early”

  1. 1 Heath September 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Look, I drive 9 HOURS to the ballgame from frickin’ South Florida and make it in time to cheer loudly. As the post said, any excuse for someone closer to Athens and not do the same is just that – an excuse. I remember in 2011 Coach Richt made a plea to get loud before the Miss State game, especially when they were at the huddle changing plays and as I recall, the crowd responded well. This is Spurrier and the Gamecocks… we shouldn’t have to be told to get loud, but hopefully all of these posts will help.

  2. 2 dawg September 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I agree. Dont stop yelling when the Dawgs’ D is on the field. And make the fans around you do the same!

  3. 4 Cranford September 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    45 minutes prior for me, but I’m coming from near O-House at FIJI. Plenty of time to get you a coke for your dark liquids and take in the full pregame. In the seat 30 minutes prior to KO.

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