The Georgia and Florida football rivalry is one of the most unique games in all of college football. The game formerly known as the "World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" is full of history with another layer being added on January 17.
The Georgia Senate passed Senate Resolution 25 extending congratulations to the University of Louisville football team for beating Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl this January.
Yes, you read that right.
The Georgia State Senate congratulated an out of state school with an official, voted in resolution for winning a football game. The catch is that they extended the congratulations after the Cardinals from Kentucky beat the Florida Gators—the Bulldogs' biggest rival.
To keep things fair, the senator who proposed the resolution is currently enrolled in online courses—which he started doing in 2010—and is currently pursuing a degree in the school's Workforce Leadership Program, according to this Courier Journal report on the resolution.
Senator John Albers told the Courier Journal that egging on the rivalry with Florida wasn’t the primary reasoning behind the bill, but it helped gain support. Albers said “Down here in Georgia, we go by the ABF mentality. Anybody but Florida.”
Surely Sen. Albers was just showing pride, but he knew what he was doing. Now I am waiting on the Gators response.
Will it be a trade embargo on Georgia jerseys in the state of Florida? This could get really good if the Gators faithful decide to retaliate.
This is just another layer of the rivalry that will surely make the Wikipedia page before too long. There is already a dispute between the two schools about how many games Georgia has won in the rivalry.
Georgia says 49, Florida says 48.
I think the vote proved that for everyone who gets wind of this story that this is one of the best college football rivalries currently being played. You have to love the passion for Louisville that Sen. Albers displayed, but the best part of the story is the other senators who voted to pass the resolution.
Anybody but Florida it is.