Where Have You Gone Georgia?

Jim FolsomContributorOctober 30, 2009

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Joe Cox #14 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I'm an old man. I've been a Gator fan all my life. As an old Gator fan, I've seen a lot. The very first game I ever attended was the 1972 Florida-Georgia game. The Gators led 7-3 until a last minute UGA TD snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. I came to learn that this was normal. As I grew up, I grew to despise Georgia. Year after year the gators would look like they were about to FINALLY win the SEC, only to blow it against Georgia. There was the 1976 "fourth and dumb" game. 1980 was the "Run Lindsay Run" game. But those were just the famous ones. There were countless others. Every year after the game we had to listen to the same tired jokes from the Dawg fans. "when is the year of the Gator? Always, next year."

Then it all turned around in 1990. Steve Spurrier was hired. His number one priority? Beat Georgia. And beat them he did. 11-1 in his 12 years at the helm. And now that run has grown to 16-3. It has now gotten to the point where the Dawgs are not even worth the hate anymore. As a matter of fact, I rooted for them to beat Tennessee. UT is now the team I hate. They dealt us crushing losses in 1998 and 2001. Both of those cost us possible National Title runs. Of course UT has not had much success against us either really? Since 1990 the Gators have dominated every team in the SEC East.

Florida vs the East since 1990:

Vanderbilt: 19-0 (still have to play this year)

Kentucky: 20-0

South Carolina: 17-1 (still have to play this year)

Georgia: 16-3 (game on Saturday)

Tennessee: 14-6

So it's not just UGA. Nobody has really given us much to worry about. But Georgia has gotten so pathetic lately. They have to resort to bush league tactics like sending the entire team out to celebrate a touchdown. Thanks for that by the way. It gave us at least a glimpse of what the rivalry used to be.

The typical Florida-Georgia game since 1990 goes something like this. At the end of the third quarter half the stadium sings and sways to "We are the Boys" while the other half heads for the parking lot. While that was fun for the 90s, it's getting pretty boring now.Can you guys at least stay in your seats until the end of the game and pretend you have a chance?

And seriously? Can you come up with a better excuse? This "wait until Tebow leaves" is really sad. Here's clue for you car chasers. We've dominated you for two decades. Tim Tebow has started two games. And you won one of those. At worst you will be 1-2 against Tebow. Which for you is a pretty good record. Blaming our dominance on Tebow is nothing more than wishful thinking. "It's Tebow. Once he leaves, we'll start winning again." Please. You said the same thing when Danny Weurffel left. And then when Spurrier left, you were positively giddy. What happened?

The truth is Georgia is a second tier program. They are not on par with Florida. Florida is up there with the super elites of this sport. We win championships when we are at our best. We go to the Outback Bowl at our worst. We get the top recruits and the top coaches want to coach here. We are up there with the USCs, Notre Dames, Oklahomas, and Ohio States. Georgia on the other hand can have the number one pick in the draft at QB and the number 9 pick at tailback at the same time, and win nothing. Not even the SEC East. Not one time. At their best, they can win the east if we are at our worst at the time. At their worst, they're scrambling to become bowl eligible. They are a notch below. For rivalries to be truly great, there has to be some parity. Georgia, you need to step it up.