Pitchfork Nation talking UGA trash

North Campus after the South Carolina game. (Tom Ritch / Special)

North Campus after the South Carolina game. (Tom Ritch / Special)

The tailgating jerks who left their unbagged trash behind and the disgusting cretins who couldn’t be bothered to use one of the portable toilets on North Campus when the Dogs met South Carolina two weeks ago are in reality still trashing UGA long after the cleanup.

Unfortunately, the news and photos of the sorry scene after the tailgaters had departed have spread across the country, drawing particular interest in areas that have schools facing the Dogs this season.

So it is that Arizona Republic columnist Bob Young has advised Arizona State fans coming to Athens that they better bring their galoshes because while all football fans enjoy talking a little trash, “Georgia fans prefer to roll around in it.”

He goes on: “Now we don’t mean to paint Bulldogs fans with a broad brush. Not all of them consider living ‘up town’ to be the double-wide section of the trailer park. Nor does a ‘bright smile’ mean one has a full set of CornNuts in Georgia. No, Sanford Stadium, situated in the middle of the gorgeous Georgia campus, actually is considered one of the finer college football settings in the country.”

But, Young writes, fans not only left some 70 tons of trash strewn all about the place after the South Carolina game, but “worse still, there were reports of drunken fans piddling and pooping right there in the middle of the North Campus tailgating area. … Sort of gives a new meaning to ‘Between the Hedges.’ Go Dawgs! Yes, right there will be fine.”

He also notes that the UGA Library has had to be closed on game days because of drunken fans fouling the stairwells and other areas.

Now, most of us know that the louts who do this sort of thing represent only a small segment of UGA fandom. Many of them aren’t alums or students, don’t even have a ticket for the game and just show up to get blitzed.

But in Arizona and other places, that’s the image they have of Georgia Bulldogs fans.

Doesn’t that just fill you with pride?

To deal with the situation, the university and athletic association are putting out thousands more trash bags and trash receptacles on campus for this week’s game against the Sun Devils, and they’re increasing the number of portable toilets (which admittedly had very, very long lines during the pregame South Carolina tailgating). They also have recruited members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to go around tailgating areas and remind folks to clean up after themselves.

Hopefully, the FCA is providing some big, mean-looking linemen for that job.

It would help for responsible tailgaters to join the effort, too, by reminding those who start to leave unbagged trash behind.

There’s not much else the school can do, short of blanketing the tailgating areas with cops authorized to make arrests, which President Michael Adams has said he’s reluctant to do.

Actually, in the case of those who can’t be bothered to find a toilet, I think Adams needs to rethink that stance.

Jail, not Sanford Stadium, is where those folks belong.

208 comments Add your comment

Steve McGarrett as Chin Ho's Leader

September 24th, 2009
2:06 pm

Now the WHOLE WORLD has the true “bulldawg” image and it is no longer a well kept secret in the south. Bill, you also forgot to say that most of the people doing this have never, never attended 1 class @ UGA but bleed red & black.

dixie clear

September 24th, 2009
2:07 pm

hell, i live in georgia and have the same image of bulldog fans…..classless, obnoxious rednecks!!….hope you lose every game….

Cuz

September 24th, 2009
2:07 pm

Those who live by the pitchfork will die by the pitchfork.

With all the publicity, there should be less reckless trashing of the University this weekend. We will see come Sunday.

Kelly's a Dawg

September 24th, 2009
2:09 pm

I’ll be tailgating on North Campus Saturday. And I’ll also help remind folks about being tidy by yelling at any fools who throw trash on the ground. Littering is a crime and should have consequences, no question.

BullDawg Rick

September 24th, 2009
2:09 pm

Uhhhh This was the only place on campus that was trashed.. It was NOT done by the tailgaters, but by some of the ‘hoods & homey’s that had no tix to the game…

Cuz

September 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

I would imagine it is the young kids who do not attend the University, do not go to the game and probably could not tell you who is the starting quarterback for UGA. They just want to PARRRTTTYYYY!!!!!!

Jeff

September 24th, 2009
2:17 pm

I agree- these so called fans are complete idiots, but to the columnist who wrote the article in Arizona Republic is a complete and utter idiot as well. How narrow minded and how completely stupid of him. I lost all respect for anyone wearing ASU colors. Hopefully we will send the back with a 50 spot on their backs

RonnieGarDner

September 24th, 2009
2:18 pm

If the shoe fits…..wear it.

Bob

September 24th, 2009
2:18 pm

Most of those folks were students and Alums. Don’t kid yourself. I walk by there every game day. Not all for sure, but far too many. Agree with Bill…a few arrests for this crap and it will die down very quickly.

Jeff

September 24th, 2009
2:18 pm

50 spot meaning 50 points on their boys

Jeff

September 24th, 2009
2:19 pm

Dixie Clear- I cant write here what my image is of you- classless punk!

@ Steve Mcgarrett

September 24th, 2009
2:21 pm

I am so sick of hearing the “you didnt go to UGA so you shouldnt be a fan” argument. What am I supposed to do grow up my whole life then not be able to, for one reason or another, go to UGA so I then have to not be a dwags fan? That talk is so tired.

mightyKC

September 24th, 2009
2:23 pm

every fanbase has dopes, no doubt. remembering what happened at UGA, i did keep an eye on UF’s campus for the UT game this past weekend and i was largely impressed. UF student’s do not really tailgate — it’s only alums and fans, so they would be the ones to take the blame. however, they had groups passing out not only trash bags, but bags specificly for recycling before and after the game….well done by UF and their students (the “green team” i believe they were called).

dap01

September 24th, 2009
2:23 pm

Dixie Clear: Is that the name of your acne medicine?

Ferndolin

September 24th, 2009
2:25 pm

That is absolutely the most disgusting I’ve heard about UGA fans. Let me tell you, there were no doubt tailgaters from Columbia there who I’m sure contributed to the whole mess. You tailgaters better start showing some respect and you good ones do some policing of your own or this great privaledge and tradition could go away.

Dillan Hatcher

September 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

If your gonna disrespect the bulldawgs by throwing your trash on the ground while tailatin, get tha crap outta athens you sorry no good idiots.

Dillan Hatcher

September 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

Burdell

September 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

Look at the picture above…this was not a few bad apples ruining the bunch! Obviously it was an outright disregard for the campus and university as a whole by a LOT of “fans”…not just a handful!

Just imagine what the place would have looked like if that last pass was not tipped!

Dawg Dude

September 24th, 2009
2:28 pm

Obviously this is a problem. Lets see how the tailgate post game looks this week before we start calling people idiots.

Blackberry Cobbler

September 24th, 2009
2:30 pm

I’m not at all making excuses for the fans who leave this king of mess behind, but part of the blame goes to having the games at night or late afternoon after tailgating fans have had all day to get “in the spirit”.

UGA is getting paid a lot of money to have these games on TV. Fine. Use some of that to help clean up the mess.

Again, that’s NOT an excuse…… but it just might be what comes with the territory when playing these games at night. Mikey Adams could help reduce the problem by saying “no thanks” to all the TV money and just hold the games during the regular daytimes. But that (turning down the money) will never happen.

So, deal with these unfortunate consequences. Hopefully, these low-life fans will show more respect for the University starting this weekend.

SSIDawg

September 24th, 2009
2:30 pm

I guarantee you could go to just about any major football college campus after a game and find a “trashed” spot, take a picture then paint the picture that the entire campus looks like that. In no way does that excuse what happened on North Campus, but making broad generalizations is so tired. Also, I know plenty of Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina “fans” who did not attend those universities, but support their teams with their attendance and money – does that make them any less of a fan?

Port A. John

September 24th, 2009
2:30 pm

There is NO excuse.

Kendawg

September 24th, 2009
2:31 pm

This portion of the fanbase does not represent the entire fanbase. I tailgated on South campus, near the Art Museum, and there was no trash anywhere that I noted in my walk to and from the Stadium. There is no excuse for the trashing of North campus, and I hope the school officials do not put up with it.

Spike

September 24th, 2009
2:31 pm

Dixie.. with a name like that you are calling people rednecks? The irony of this is to much to ponder.

billytdoogan

September 24th, 2009
2:32 pm

It appears Dixie Clear did not even qualify for community college, other wise he would know that it is mathematically (that’s the one with numbers) impossible for UGA to lose every game.

JB

September 24th, 2009
2:32 pm

What I find odd is that it was only that section of the campus. I tailgate on the southside, and have for two decades, and have never seen anything like that.

HBTD!!!!!!

BJohnDawg

September 24th, 2009
2:33 pm

Folks,

Every campus has people peeing in the bushes, leaving trash behind.Tons of it. Just like every college team has players doing underage drinking.

Lets stop thinking that UGA fans are any worse or better than UF fans, or UT fans, BAMA fans.UGA Fans are just as classy and classless as their rivals. I have see peeing at Florida. FSU.Trash piled up.et al.
It would be nice if the campus did not look like the Golden Corral on a Saturday night.It is up to the fans to have some respect for the school they love so much.

A buddy of mine picked up a party tent left behind at a Tenn game.Does that make the Tenn game lazy because he did not pack it up. Maybe he was too drunk to disassemble? His trash, now my friends treasure.

Urination

Fact is …if there is not a restroom and you got to go, you go. The urge does not disappear because there is a long line or lack of portapoties.I am not saying it is right. It is just a fact.

Gutrake

September 24th, 2009
2:33 pm

Dadgum, Folks! How much longer will this incidental story stay around? I get the opinion that either you’re an environmentalist nut or your looking to cling to a thread in order to demean UGA. Hell, a hundred thousand people eating and drinking for the better part of 24 hours is bound to cause some aesthetic issues in the aftermath. I was raised to be more respectful, but that’s not how a large percentage of people are raised anymore. Bet it happens everywhere these numbers converge.

JKS

September 24th, 2009
2:34 pm

It was the “Hoods and Homies”? What the hell kind of underlying meaning is in THAT comment? Idiotic….

Of course, this is not a race- or university-specific happening. This could have happened on any number of campuses on any given Saturday.

EW

September 24th, 2009
2:35 pm

Wow, Arizona State is talking trash. Now I’m scared.

Top Dawg

September 24th, 2009
2:35 pm

I say make Willie Martinez pick up trash Saturday night after the game -one hour for every point ASU scores over 14.

Dawg Dude

September 24th, 2009
2:38 pm

Went out to arizona last year for the game. Those people have no clue about college football and dont care either way what happens during the game; saw it firsthand. Maybe we can have all their fans pick up trash during the game so the real football fans leaving the stadium will have a nice clean campus to look at.

DawginLex

September 24th, 2009
2:39 pm

I hope all this nonsense ramps up the crowd and the team for this potential “trap game”.

Let’s beat the crap out of them and see what they leave behind.

Long time Dawg

September 24th, 2009
2:43 pm

While the amount of trash left was regrettable, I think Mr Young should look no further than Tempe to find the most “trashy” fans in the country. After a trip out there last year, where every Dawg fan was greeted with an “F-U UGA” by some over roided dudes, we were all left with wondering why ASU hadn’t adopted a slogan of “Stay Classy, Tempe”. Geez, I love how the rest of the country looks down upon Southern’s for their supposed prejudices and racism, then turn around and use the same to label us as hillbillies and rednecks. Let’s see what happens on Saturday and who the true “Classy” bunch is; Georgia fans or ASU “Shocker” fans.

Old Dawg

September 24th, 2009
2:43 pm

I’m not defending the behavior of the folks who have trashed the UGA campus, but if you go to any campus or NFL stadium you’ll experience similar behavior. I was a sports writer for many years and have seen people urinating behind the bushes at numerous PGA events, college campuses and off the side of Chicago’s Soldier Field. There’s one area of a Knoxville parking lot that always smells like an outhouse. The same is true for secluded spots in Auburn, the Tech campus and Gainesville.

And if you go to a Georgia Southern game, the big lot behind Paulsen Stadium has a lot of trash there, too.

At NC State the environmental education department passes out garbage bags, which helps keep trash to a minimum.

If fans really love UGA and its football team, they’ll correct their behavior. College football is a major part of any school’s life. Please remember, after the games are over campuses are for students, faculty and staff. They’re the ones who live, work and study there!

All that being said, the Republic’s Bob Young must have been really short on ideas for his column. Guess he’s not a graduate of UGA J school.

sameold

September 24th, 2009
2:44 pm

Bulldawg Rick: I doubt its just wannabee doing this. If it was, the situation could easily be self policed.

I wasn’t at the game but yes, North campus is usually worse because its closer to downtown but I’ve seen some very obnoxious, disrespectful students and alums (usually the younger ones) on a regular basis on game days.

I never could understand how fans of a school with such a beautiful campus could show such complete disregard for the school itself while being so rabid about the team. I don’t get it. Lets have some pride in a great school, not just in the G on our boys helmets.

DAM IT BOYS WE'RE LEAKING

September 24th, 2009
2:45 pm

A-STATE can talk all the trash they want ,but they have to play Sat.

Burdell

September 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

EW- Nice one.

ASU talking “trash”. Priceless.

LD

September 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

I have a question…

Just out of curiosity, if I did not attend the University of Georgia, that means I cannot be a fan nor attend games?

T.O

September 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

This story is old news Bill King. Drop it and move on.

Dawgs 38 Az St. 17…….Bring on LSU!!!!

Tech will be lucky to go 7-5

Spike

September 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

Columnist Bob Young.. Why don’t you get your candya$$ to Athens and say whay you say in that paper and see where that gets you, tough guy. Pitchfork nation.. Bite me!

Can you spell D-E-N-I-A-L ?

September 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

For the MOE-RONS on here trying to take issue with people who are disgusted with the picture above, go back and LOOK AT THE PICTURE. There is no defending it. I would hope you’d want to be better than “well, it happens everywhere” or “how dare you say that about Georgia”, etc.etc. It reinforces a very sad sterotype of Georgia=Hicksville. If you don’t want to speak up against filth after looking at the picture, just don’t say anything.

chazzo

September 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

I was fairly disgusted. Then I read North Campus. Now I am flabbergasted. How could anyone with any sense defile such a beautiful and historic place. People like that shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the city for fear of contaminating the gene pool.

Burdell

September 24th, 2009
2:51 pm

No problem LD. You’ll fit right in with 70% of the fanbase.

Jim

September 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

Night games give too much time for people to get drunk as hell and act like bigger fools than they usually do. And knowing some of the folks I run into at uga games, that’s saying something.

dawg girl

September 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

I tailgate at the South Campus Deck and we were some of the last to leave and it was clean. People bagged their trash and threw it in a dumpster that was provided.
And FYI UGA also has the “Green Team” they came by our tailgate and provided us with a bag for our glass, plastic and cans and then they cam by after the game and picked it up!

reebok

September 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

tech fan here…wow..amazing…drunken football fans can really trash a campus…good thing i was sitting down for that one.

no football news to report, huh?

gdawginkalamazoo

September 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

First off, if you see somebody taking a dump behind a tree then please by all means bean him in the head with a can of beer. Make sure you knock him out so that he falls in his own crap.

Second, looking at that picture it appears that there are several over turned trash barrels. More likely the result of hoodlums just trashing the place, not UGA fans/tailgaters.

Third, next to the tree just off center, is that a piece of crap or a passed out South Carolina fan laying next to it?

heyberto

September 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

Yeah, that’s pretty bad decorum, but finally the school is recognizing the need for more facilities on campus. With trash, there is no excuse, certainly, but bathrooms are a luxury the school has not adequately provided for years. Few buildings’ restrooms are open, and that number seems to dwindle every year. The lack of porta jons has only made the situation as bad as it is for public urination. I think the additional trash buildup has a lot to do with how far our parking has been pushed out over the years. People that are settting up their tailgating have to carry it from far away, more people come and bring more trash to talgates. Not justifying how bad that is but the school has done little to this point to help make the cleanup easier for people. At the very least people could bag it and leave it in a neat little pile, not strewn all over the place. But finally the school, that has only made gathering on campus harder, is pitching in to help. It’s about time.

Doc Holliday

September 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

Everyone should know that Spurrier and his croonies planted that trash.