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Barbecue, Subway and other Georgia ‘controversies: What it all means - By Seth Emerson
ATHENS – Let me first state for the record, as a responsible beat writer, I care way more about why Georgia’s starting left tackle was not at practice Monday than I do about what barbecue joint will cater at Sanford Stadium, and what a Subway restaurant is posting on its sign.
But, hey, you work with what you have, so …
In case you missed it, and it’s hard to know how you could, UGA has announced that Dreamland BBQ will be among those added to the concessions at Sanford Stadium. This of course elicited an angry reason from two quarters:
Barbecue snobs, such as legitimate BBQ expert Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated, who has spent a good amount of his life arguing that Dreamland, as famous as it is, is at best the second-best source of barbecue in Tuscaloosa, after Archibald’s.
A segment of Georgia fans who are offended by what they see as another sign of the Alabama-ization of Georgia football. There are also those who wonder why a more local joint couldn’t have been involved.
UGA evidently felt the need to respond to all this. The UGA Alumni Association account on Tuesday tweeted out a profile from 2012 of Dreamland co-owner Betsy Underwood – a UGA alumni. The headline on the story: “Alumna brings a tasty Crimson Tide tradition Georgia.”
The official Twitter handle of Georgia athletics tweeted it out. So maybe that will satisfy those concerned about local ties, but the barbecue experts still have to be handled.
Others are up in arms that Dunkin Donuts will be another partner in concessions. These people prefer Krispy Kremes, or Starbacks, who knows. This is a matter of taste, literally, and this reporter – who is indeed partial to Dunkin Donuts – will agree to disagree with others. But this point needs to be made:
Who drinks coffee at football games? (OK, I do, as do other writers up in the press box, but we’re working 12-hour shifts.) But when you conjure up the image of fans reveling in an SEC football game, you don’t think of coffee:
Fan: “CHANEY, THROW THE DANG BALL, YOU GOT ‘EM ON THEIR HEELS, NOW … (pauses to take long sip on mocha caramel latte) …”
Another concession partner at Sanford Stadium, you may have heard, will be Subway, one of whose Athens locations has been a proud supporter of UGA athletics since Monday, a day after it took down a message that was critical of embattled athletic director Greg McGarity.
What to make of all this? Use it to make fun of Georgia’s fan base if you will. This beat writer will not. After all, let’s put football in its place: You eat three meals a day. There are only 12 football games a year. (Sometimes there are more than 12 games. And sometimes there are more than three meals. Often on days there are games.)
But what this illustrates overall is a fan base that is angst-ridden, one which is antsy for success, or something to be happy about. Scott Woerner, former player and uncle to a current Bulldog, wrote about this Tuesday. And Woerner wasn’t just talking about football. Georgia people badly want something good to happen, and soon, and they are rightfully searching for answers on why things aren’t better. So do people sometimes reach? Eh.
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