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Marsh or Swamp? Is That Even a Question?

UGA v FL tailgateThe weeks of the Bulldog’s biggest SEC rivalries are here, and I can feel the excitement even across the border in Tennessee.

Florida.

South Carolina.

Auburn.

Tech.

(and a little Kentucky thrown in for fun).

What a ride it is going to be!

 

Let me be honest.  I really want to be snarky about this week’s matchup.  I don’t know what it is in the Georgia/Florida chemistry that brings out the worst in the fans.  I’ve only attended one game in person, and it was one of the most horrible experiences of my life.  To be fair, the dude who threatened to ruin the day for me was a Georgia fan who passed the point of drunk and obnoxious hours before he ever climbed the steps to his seat.  My children, who are no strangers to a colorful vocabulary, learned a few new words from that guy, and the young woman next to him struggled to keep his hands off of her.  It was a relief when security escorted him away, and it will probably be a while before I make the trip back to Jacksonville.

 

The tug for me is the Spiritual Home of the Bulldog Nation, St. Simons Island, just a short drive from the “neutral territory” where the game is played.  Georgia fans meet on the island’s East Beach to celebrate the match up, and when I have my house there one day, all of you are invited to watch the game on my porch.  It will probably be the only time I allow a television on a porch, so you won’t want to miss it.  The hard part about the weekend is that the beach has become the site of a massive fraternity party that promises tragedy sooner or later and leaves the beach a disaster.  I don’t know how much you have to drink before you can no longer identify a recycle bin, but it’s clear that the weekend causes these good Southerners to lose their manners and their minds.  I’m all for a good time, and I hope the community can find ways both to welcome students and to foster a safe and civilized celebration.  There is no more beautiful place in the world, and Georgia fans get to call it home.

 

But, before I fall into too much preaching, let me take a turn at snark.

My children have warned me against this.

They insist I’m not good at it.

But have you seen this season’s Florida uniforms?

photo by Sports Illustrated

photo by Sports Illustrated

What is going on there?

Gator print?

Head to toe?

We have carried a theme too far.

It’s a football game, not a costume party.

My younger son and I were in Walmart yesterday and made a trip down the Halloween costume aisle just for old time’s sake.  I want to offer the Florida center one of those stupid, giant plush gator heads we saw.  Then his look would be complete.  And completely ridiculous.

 

I do, however, have to thank the folks with no fashion sense for solidifying this week’s tailgate menu.  I’m making a big pot of Brunswick Stew tomorrow because Brunswick Stew beats swamp water every time.

Revel in your swamp, Florida fans.

We have the Marshes of Glenn.

My Little Red Boat in Bloody Marsh on SSI

My Little Red Boat in Bloody Marsh on SSI

 

During the game (for now viewed from my basement game room in Tennessee which is dedicated to the Dawgs and affectionately known as Sea Level), we’ll be dishing up a favorite of coastal Georgia.  I just wish I could have a few pounds of Southern Soul Barbeque to go with it.

Stay safe, people.

Go Dawgs!

 

 

My sweet girls playing at the end of East Beach

My sweet girls playing at the end of East Beach

 

 

3 Comments
  • Kathy McCord on October 28, 2017

    You may know I graduated from Auburn, but I still very much enjoyed reading this. Interesting and well written. I think I will pull for Georgia tomorrow. Good luck! Tell everyone hi from me in Macon tonight. Love your menu!

    • Kathy McCord on October 28, 2017

      You may know I graduated from Auburn, but I still very much enjoyed reading this. Interesting and well written. I think I will pull for Georgia tomorrow. Good luck! Tell everyone hi from me in Macon tonight. Love your menu!

      • nikki macmillan on November 24, 2017

        Sorry I missed this last week, Kathy! Those Tigers played a great game!

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