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.