A lot of you know that I have very little, if any, respect for the University of Georgia's athletic fans.
Why you ask?
Well, it's stuff like this.
Georgia House members dumped two things off their plates Thursday: Gators and Tigers.
In a 142 to 10 vote, the chamber voted to stop making out-of-state university mascot tags if neighboring states don't return the favor.
"Whatever is good for the goose is good for the gander," said state Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem), speaking with great earnestness on the matter.
Fleming was really talking about Bulldogs. He and the vast majority of his House colleagues think the citizens of the Bulldog nation living in South Carolina, Alabama and Florida, should get mascot tags of their own in those states.
After all, the state of Georgia offers Clemson and Auburn Tiger tags along with those for Florida alumni living in the Peach State.
The Gators fans' response to the House vote was essentially: Grow up.
I hate to say it, but this is the typical combination of arrogance (how dare you pull for any other team?!?) and overall inferiority complex that make me both roll my eyes and laugh out loud. I find it absurd that UGA fans are so insecure that they can't handle it when people want to pull for other teams in their state. Of course, having lived in Georgia and experienced this first-hand, I shouldn't be too shocked, I guess.
Of course, I guess I shouldn't be too shocked when I consider that another piece of legislation that recently passed in the Georgia legislature wants to re-draw the border between their state and ours (as well as North Carolina). They want access to the Tennessee River to help with their shortsightedness.
I've heard it proposed that we put the issue on the outcome of next year's UT vs UGA football game. Except based on what we see here, UGA fans are too insecure in their team to do this. Plus that fact that the Vols have owned UGA the past two years...
posted by Michael Hickerson at 2/22/2008 05:04:00 AM