Dogs play a home game in Atlanta?

Georgia fans put up with the fact that our “home” game with Florida every other year takes place in Jacksonville, but how would you feel if the Dogs gave up another game in Athens, say, in 2010, to play a nationally televised high-profile nonconference game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta?

It’s a possibility, according to coach Mark Richt. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that when Richt spoke to the Augusta Bulldog Club Monday night an audience member asked what he could do about Alabama’s Nick Saban scheduling games in Atlanta, seen as a recruiting plus. “We’re working a deal that could possibly happen,” Richt said. “Maybe even the year after this.” He added, however, that a lot would have to happen for the deal to fall into place and “it’s really more of a pipedream than anything anybody should get excited about.” 

Richt said somebody currently on Georgia’s schedule (which hasn’t been officially announced) would have to agree to come off in order for the deal to happen, and he’s not optimistic. But he did tease that “we think we have one team that everybody would be excited about.”

I’m of a mixed mind on this. On the surface, Georgia playing a Southern Cal or UCLA or Oklahoma in Atlanta for a national prime-time audience would seem like a golden opportunity to gain great exposure for the program, and a win in a game like that gives your team a boost with all those voters in the polls, as was the case after Alabama destroyed Clemson last season in Atlanta. Plus, as has been proved when the Dogs have played bowl games or SEC Championship games there, UGA fans can make the dome rock when they want to.

But the devil’s in the details, and for fans it might prove to be a raw deal. For one thing, the Georgia Dome doesn’t seat as many as Sanford Stadium (as has been pointed out when moving the Florida game there in alternate years has been discussed). And despite Falcons fans giving it their best shot, the area of downtown around the dome is not exactly prime tailgating territory. It would have to be a pretty great matchup to make me happy with giving up a Saturday in Athens.  

So what do you think? A great idea or not worth the effort?

BULLDOG BITES: Richt also revealed Monday night that the NCAA nixed him attending Georgia signee Chris Burnette’s graduation ceremony since the player will just be a speaker, not the valedictorian. After all the posturing the NCAA did about this issue, that’s a typically hypocritical result. … C.J. Byrd has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, UGA says, making him the fifth Dog to sign as an undrafted free agent. With the six Dogs who were drafted, that makes 11 members of the 2008 team going to the pros. …  All three games of this weekend’s Diamond Dogs home series against Florida are sold out, UGA says. But tickets are still available for the return game against Jacksonville State Wednesday night and the final regular season home series against Vandy, May 8-10. … I caught Matthew Stafford on Letterman Monday night, and while his delivery of the Top 10 thoughts that went through his mind on draft day wasn’t the smoothest performance by an athlete delivering one of Dave’s Top 10s, he didn’t embarrass himself. Best lines: “Holy crap, I think I just pulled a hamstring” and “Why does Jessica Simpson keep calling me?” You can watch it here.

136 comments Add your comment

daslicksta

April 28th, 2009
9:39 am

I’d be happy to see the annual UGA-Fla game played in Atlanta every other year just to prove that Fla can’t have their way all the time and Atlanta would be as “neutral ground” to Athens as Jacksonville is to Gainsville since that is their arguement..

TROTTINGHOME

April 28th, 2009
9:49 am

the king of junk but at least u got some current yet useless info

Right On Time

April 28th, 2009
9:52 am

I don’t see why it would have to be in Atlanta. Why not do a home and home with USC, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame. The schedule has gone the right direction with the addition of ASU, OkSt, Oregon, etc. but the next step needs to be taken. I want to see the Dawgs play the above mentioned teams, preferrably between the Hedges. If, for some reason, the only way it can be done is in Atlanta, then I say do it.

RedGADawg

April 28th, 2009
9:52 am

A Dome game that is in place of one of the throw away games (FCS) by this I mean you may as well throw the tickets away if you are not going as few want to see the DAWGS beat a lower division team and some BCS teams manage to lose or look bad in those games. Dome is not ideal due to lack of tail gate area, not conducive to making a day of it, yet would be fun to have major opponent in town for Prime Time. No not regular SEC foe, must be top twenty from out of area. Please no Big Least, maybe a PAC 10, bring on Southern Cal or Texas. How about we play Texas in Atlanta and then go play them in Dallas? Fun for all!

ACC Football=SEC Basketball

April 28th, 2009
9:55 am

Where were all the UGA fans before 1990 when they beat Florida on a regular basis? There was nothing wrong with Jax then.

lastgrad

April 28th, 2009
10:06 am

let’s keep the fall break in Jax. Still the best gameday around. Only we need to get back to playing to win. A top ten school on our schedule ever year could lead to even better national recruitment levels for the Dawgs. but home and home only. Forget Atlanta. Athens is football heavan.

DawginLex

April 28th, 2009
10:15 am

Don’t move the game from Jacksonville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you want to play a game in the dome, fine do it. But don’t move the florida game.

Hopefully not

April 28th, 2009
10:20 am

I’m not looking forward to tailgating with the homeless.

slimpickens

April 28th, 2009
10:21 am

Bill, I am glad that the Banner Hearld got the scoop! If we had waited on the AJC, it would have been at least Friday before the news would have been reported. No I don’t want to go to the Dome, what is wrong with Athens and almost 93,000 fans? Since it is all about money now days, I am sure it will happen.

JB

April 28th, 2009
10:21 am

I was there last night….He did not think it would work ,based on the revenue the team booted off the schedule would give up. He wants it, but losing another home game is a ton of money….It’s about as much cash as 4 or 5 Tech home games…….

george

April 28th, 2009
10:24 am

You can thank the helpless Auburn Tigers for this possibility. Those pansies bailed on UCLA in the dome in 2010 and instead will open with Arkansas State.

Right On Time

April 28th, 2009
10:28 am

By the way, I am speaking as a life long UGA fan and 16 year season tickiet holder. I have been to Jax many times going back to 1x in the 70’s. I say if the WLOCP is what stands in the way of some great games with tremendous upside, it must be moved. Tradition is great but sometimes it can create a stale experience. This is not about the recent losses and, no, I do not care about the fans and “Big $$$ boosters” in south Georgia. If selfish grayhairs and selfish traditionalist can’t put the team fist willingly, they must be forced.
Quit with the excuses and get this thing done.

Gummy Bears...Bouncing here and there and everywhere....THEY ARE THE GUMMY BEARS!!!!

April 28th, 2009
10:29 am

Cool UGA VS USC!!! I hate Georgia Vs. Western Kentucky and these crappy teams they play. That is what puts UGA behind the other major teams in the nation.

GeoffDawg

April 28th, 2009
10:31 am

If we’re looking for recruiting exposure, why do the game in Georgia? Opening the season against somebody like USC or Michigan in Florida or Texas would do more for developing our national brand in talent rich areas.

Otto

April 28th, 2009
10:35 am

No reason to play in the dome. Jax is good for recruiting South Georgia and Florida. The location of the game is not the problem. The scheduling for both teams is the problem. UGA also has plenty of respectable OOC games scheduled.

Otto

April 28th, 2009
10:37 am

My post above was in reference to UF. I agree with Geoff. UGA gains nothing by playing in Atlanta but Texas or South Florida may help recruiting.

Sambo McPoot

April 28th, 2009
10:40 am

Bad idea, Athens is UGA’s home not Atlanta

PTC DAWG

April 28th, 2009
10:41 am

I’m happy with UGA’s chances to play 1 game a year in the GA Dome. So far, 3 out of 8.

As far as moving the game from Jax, no way.

DawgDayz

April 28th, 2009
10:42 am

I have heard the possibility of a Penn State vs. UGA matchup and a rematch of the ‘83 Sugar Bowl. I have also heard the possibility of USC, Texas or Ohio State as well. Any of which will bring in a good crowd. Apparently all those schools have big alumni groups living in the Atlanta area.

AJ

April 28th, 2009
10:44 am

That’s stupid. Tell everyone that wants to come to the game to drive to Athens. A game of that magnitude played in Athens on a Saturday night would be awesome!

Dawgs2009

April 28th, 2009
10:46 am

Perhaps the famous Famous Athens Homeless Rapist will terrorize the Georgia faithful at the Georgia Dome. The story of the Homeless Rapist was posted in The Red and Black in February 2008. the article can still be read by checking out the “most commented” section.

The best article I have ever read!

Man sodomized by homeless
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Police say a homeless man committed aggravated sodomy Thursday afternoon against a 23-year-old male in downtown Athens.

The incident occurred at an undisclosed location at 1 p.m., police say.

Police have the name of the homeless man, but he has not been arrested or charged.

According to the police report:

The homeless man approached a man and a woman as they were getting into a car. He held the car door open and asked the man where he lived and whether he owned a car. The woman told the man to take down the homeless man’s name, and the man walked away with him to get the information.

The 23-year-old man told police he did not remember much but did recall “a large door with writing on it and a hallway of some type,” where the suspect then told him to perform oral sex, the police report states.

When he refused, the homeless man threatened to beat him up and told him to pull down his pants and bend over.

When he refused again, the homeless man allegedly pulled down the man’s pants and forced him to bend over. The homeless man then performed anal sex and allowed the man to leave when he was finished, according to the report.

The 23-year-old man was taken to the Sexual Assault Center of Northeast Georgia on Lexington Road for testing and to be interviewed.

Tom

April 28th, 2009
10:49 am

george, you can also thank UCLA for this op……

After Auburn bailed on an AU-UCLA matchup, UCLA was offered the chance to play Tech instead.

UCLA declined.

Tom

April 28th, 2009
10:50 am

Geoff,

Just checking…..are we clear on the EZ quote issue, now? (re: yesterday’s blogging) Thanks.

Bo Williams

April 28th, 2009
10:51 am

I think the NCAA should force all college coaches to attend as many graduations of their recruits as possible. Not just those where such a desire/promise to attend is used as a recruitment ploy.

Gummy Bears...Bouncing here and there and everywhere....THEY ARE THE GUMMY BEARS!!!!

April 28th, 2009
10:51 am

dawgs2009 you forgot…AND THEN THERE’S MAUDE!

GA Tech Insider

April 28th, 2009
10:53 am

GA Tech was apparently offered to take the 2010 Auburn spot to play against UCLA, and UCLA declined.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-ucla-football15-2009apr15,0,5484375.story

GeoffDawg

April 28th, 2009
10:55 am

Actually no Tom. I did ask 790 to confirm the quote but no response yet. I also asked them for the full text if applicable since your “…..” indicates you left something out of it. I’m not holding my breath though. Thanks for checking – you’re a peach.

GeoffDawg

April 28th, 2009
10:59 am

Thanks for that Dawgs2009. Nothing like a little sodomy with your morning coffee.

Tom

April 28th, 2009
11:00 am

No sweat, Geoff. Oh, and the “….” was simply my designation of a pause in the quote. Nothing omitted. Also remember the context of the conversation, which was the actions of the “airport guy”.

As a stand-alone quote, though, it’s golden. ;-)

Rebel Rouser

April 28th, 2009
11:00 am

Are you kidding me! Move a game from Sanford Stadium which holds 93,000 to a stadium that holds 72,000 just so Georgia can get on TV! If the dawgs want to get on TV more often to get exposure just win more games…TV land has a tendency to flock to games involving nationally ranked winning teams. Alabama needed the exposure last year as did Clemson….Bama has been in hibernation the past ten years and needed to let the football world know they still field a team…plus Nick Saban needed it for his big ego…Clemson hasn’t had any exposure outside the south since Danny Ford was their coach.I think the Georgia Florida game needs to move to a home & home schedule….although I’m not sure having all those jeans wearing mullett headed fans of theirs in Athens would be a good thing…it would take weeks cleaning up the grease they leave all over town once they go home.

Joel in ATL

April 28th, 2009
11:01 am

If a high profile team wants to come to Georgia an play Georgia then it’s only 70 miles NE of Atlanta to play between the hedges. I mean dang I know the Falcons don’t weant to play in the dome anymore but that doesn’t mean the Dawgs have to be the next main tenant. If the Dawgs play in the Dome it better be for a SEC Championship or for Bowls. Whats the point iof having a 93,000 historic stadium if your only going to use it to play Southern Christian College of Art and Design in? There is just too much crying and whinning now about where to play and who doesn’t want to play. Yea I can see USC saying well UGA we will play you in your state but not in your stadium, but if UGA said we will play you in San Deigo and not LA I don’t think USC would go for that now do you… As for those schools having big fan bases in Atlanta I could see why they would hate going to Athens, jealously is a mother!!

Bubba Grump

April 28th, 2009
11:10 am

We have season tickets to the Georgia games at Sanford Stadium in the Club level and a parking pass to the Psychology Building parking lot about 200 yards from the gate. Obviously, these aren’t easy to come by and are NOT something I am willing to give up. Why on Earth would I want to give that up to go sit in the Dome and tailgate in downtown Atlanta in a smaller arena?? No offence to the Dome or Atlanta. I was born and raised here and am a Falcons fan and love going to see them play there, but nothing beats game day in Athens and game day in Atlanta doesn’t even come close. Other than a shorter drive there are no benefits to the true DAWG fans and that is certainly not worth moving a home game for. Go DAWGS!!!

DawgDayz

April 28th, 2009
11:10 am

I guarantee you that a home and home series with the likes of USC, Ohio State, Penn State or Texas would be a primetime game anyhow. There would be no need to negotiate a game in Atlanta or anywhere else. I agree keep it on the college campuses gives it the perfect atmosphere for the fans and allows more fans to see the game.
Can anyone confirm GT considering a home and home with Oklahoma?

Sanford Drive

April 28th, 2009
11:18 am

Joel, I can assure you that nobody in Athens is jealous of Atlanta. Coming to Athens was the highlight of my Tech friends’ semester. Please.

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murfdawg

April 28th, 2009
11:28 am

Having the WLOCP in Jax is not the problem. As an Old Dawg, who has had season tix since 1973, I have seen the Dawgs win 7 out of 10 in the 70s, 8 out of 10 in the eighties. Jax was a good place to play as long as we had a good coach and a good team. Now the tide has turned in favor of the gators and a whining bunch of namby pamby psuedo-dog fans want to blame playing in Jax on our misfortunes. It is not Jax’s fault people!!!
Leave the game in Jax. Don’t go to a home amd home. And please do not bring it to ATL. To paraphrase Scarlett, “Gators in Atlanta,oh my”

Lazy Dawg

April 28th, 2009
11:33 am

Giving up a home game in Athens to go to Atlanta is a slap in the face to the Bulldog nation,let’s get over ourself’s and play football!!!!!

Just a thought...

April 28th, 2009
11:36 am

It might be a little easier to get one of those big time OOC opponents to play us if the game were in Atlanta. The logistics of flying in to Atlanta and then boarding a bus for an hour and a half drive to Athens can be difficult. If I were a west coast team such as USC I wouldn’t want to do it.

Mike M

April 28th, 2009
11:42 am

As a Florida fan, I wouldn’t go to Atlanta for FL/GA games. I would e-bay my tickets as the Dome is no place for this “outdoor” game.

I am low on the totem pole with regards to home-home series, as would be many of the GA fans who would have to fight for 9K tickets in Gainesville.

Lets keep it in Jax, where BOTH sides have more fun than any other game I can think of.

Dorsey Hill

April 28th, 2009
11:42 am

If playing in ATL got us a huge game like USC, TX, OK, OSU, Mich., or Notre Dame AND playing in the Dome kept Bama out then I’m all for it. Otherwise, no deal.

Keep dreaming

April 28th, 2009
11:54 am

Went to the Hawks game last week and literally got hit up for $ by 25 or more panhandlers…

Weird thing was 24 were Tennessee grads…

Cuz

April 28th, 2009
11:55 am

I wouldn’t go to a home dome game. If it is that big a profile I will stay home and watch it with my daughter. Just do not move the game from Jax.

Luke

April 28th, 2009
11:56 am

The only time I want to play in the Georgia Dome is in early December. Stupid idea.

Snoop

April 28th, 2009
11:56 am

The posturing about Richt attending the graduation ceremony came from Richt and the AJC, not from the NCAA.

Sanford Drive

April 28th, 2009
12:00 pm

Football games in domes suck. Period. Especially in Atlanta. The downtown area sucks, and everybody knows it.

Otto

April 28th, 2009
12:06 pm

If USC can play games in Auburn and Arkansas they can take the bus ride to Athens.

Cuz

April 28th, 2009
12:06 pm

Minneappolis is a good place for a dome. Maybe we can play the Golden Gophers dome and dome.

murfdawg

April 28th, 2009
12:10 pm

How many recruits did we lose to Bama last year by “allowing them to play in the dome”? Most of these recruits are being courted from their freshman year in high school and one game two miles from the GT campus would not make a difference. If a prima donna recruit bases his decision on who plays in the 78,000 seat dome as opposed to spending a glorious Saturday in Athens, then we don’t want him.

I applaud Chick-fil-A and their support for college football. And I understand why they would want UGA and their 92,000fans. Why isn’t GT begging for this game? They should be the ones who would want to play Bama. Have they ever gotten over the Granning-Holt thing?

Sid

April 28th, 2009
12:15 pm

Keep the game with the slimy lizards in J’ville. We will beat them some and,from looking around,parts of Jacksonville need the money-ha !!

Clay

April 28th, 2009
12:17 pm

Sanford Stadium, which sells out all home games, holds almost 20,000 more fans than the Georgia Dome, so the idea of playing a regular season game in Atlanta is silly! Athens has a far better tailgating atmosphere and much less crime. All home games should be played in Sanford Stadium, between the hedges! Go Dawgs! woof! woof!

It would be a much better idea for Georgia Tech to hold the Georgia-Georgia Tech game in the Georgia Dome rather than their little Bobby Dodd Stadium. That way several thousand more UGA fans can attend that game! WOOF! WOOF!