Georgia-Florida Week 2009

It’s that time of year end, when thousands of Bulldog faithful make the annual weekend migration to Jacksonville, Florida, for the University of Georgia vs. University of Florida football game.  The game which is better known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party (I don’t care what Iron Mike says).

This year, the game seems to be not too big of a deal.  The Gators are ranked #1 in the land, and the Dawgs come into the game with 3 big losses.

I’ve got no reservations about this game.  I know we are the underdawgs by 15 points.  And we’ll likely be playing against more than 11 men (“I’m sure we’ll get one of those letters that mean nothing, that Bobby [Petrino] got last week, but Florida and Alabama live on,” Kiffin said).  But that doesn’t mean that a lot isn’t on the line.

I, for one, don’t want to see Tim Tebow break Herschel Walker’s record for career rushing touchdowns in the Southeastern Conference.  Granted, Walker’s was in a different time, when stats were calculated differently (look at the stats, Herschel was better) and even the Junkyard Blawg notes that the comparisons are bogus.

But I want to see UGA win!  I’ve been there, felt the pain and heartbreak of another loss AND the joy and elation of a win.  That elation is awesome.

We’ve got the team to do it (look at the stars, including AJ Green).  But Florida’s going to be coming after us.  They are still (???) looking to avenge the excessive celebration of 2007.

Don’t believe me?  Read this:

Georgia wants to avenge an embarrassing 49-10 loss. And Florida is still fired up about Georgia’s 2007 end-zone celebration. DT Terron Sanders calls it a “sign of disrespect,” among other things, after Georgia “stormed the field.”

“We feel as if it’s a slap in the face,” Sanders said. “We can’t just let it be a one-year thing where we feel like we took care of it. We always have to look back at it as disrespect.”

I find that funny as hell.  Why?  Because right after that, this R-E-S-P-E-C-T shouting Sanders says this in the same interview:

Surely Georgia might show footage of the closing minutes of last year’s game, when Coach Urban Meyer called three timeouts, just for kicks.

“I thought it was funny,” Sanders said. “At the same time, I dind’t know if he did it just to try to get more reps in or what…We’re going to go ahead and continue to say we did it to get more game-time experience for the younger players.”

You want to talk about respect?  You were up by 39 points.  You want respect, you give respect.  I have stronger words for this guy, but I’m going to let them slide.

So Florida, we’re coming for you.