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

Larry Munson

September 24th, 2009
5:57 pm

“Look at the garbage falling out of the sky”

Sun Devil Girl

September 24th, 2009
6:02 pm

I’ve always heard that UGA fans are serious tailgaters, but I didn’t know that they’re also pigs about it. How disgusting. I’m planning on bringing rain boots to Athens anyway, so at least they’ll serve 2 purposes- keeping my feet dry and keeping them free of Bulldog grime.

Bull”dawgs”, I think you’re going to be surprised how many Devils are Coming Down to Georgia this weekend.

PMC- Maybe UGA needs to establish a waste management program, since it seems like “dawg” fans graduate (or not) without those skills. ASU would only need a porn degree if we needed to know how to appear more attractive. But we’ve already got that down.


Saint Simons

September 24th, 2009
6:09 pm

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha uga = trash

Paul's Johnson

September 24th, 2009
6:18 pm

Sun Devil Girl”

“ASU would only need a porn degree if we needed to know how to appear more attractive. But we’ve already got that down.”

If you do come to Athens you will see what “attractive” girls really do look like.

Then after, the beatdown on the field, you and your ugly friends can limp back to AZ with your newfound inferiority complexes.

yellow fuzz buster

September 24th, 2009
6:20 pm

((((((((((((((( 33-17 ))))))))))))))) hahahahahahahahaha


September 24th, 2009
6:29 pm

I’ve been seething about this since the story first came out. Don’t really care what connection you have to the University of Georgia. As far as I’m concerned anyone who has a ticket and wants to attend a game and/or tailgate is welcome. But we need to find a way to keep out those 15-20,000 folks who come only to party with no expectation of going to the game. I say turn loose the police and give them the authority to levy tickets with hefty fines and/or penalties for all those those that litter and defecate in public places. And if this can’t or won’t be done, then I say cut out the damn tailgating and make everyone grab a bite on the way into town. What in the hell are we becoming if we don’t have enough pride in the school we root for to pick up our trash and act with just an ounce of personal dignity and respect.


September 24th, 2009
6:37 pm

Whos is Bob Young? Wans’t he an actor on Marcus Welby? and what is an Arizona Republic? Is that the desert version of a Banana Republic?


September 24th, 2009
7:20 pm

I do believe there is an element of this trash story that is not being told. I believe that the University has cut way back on provided disposal services. I have been in the waste industry for ten years and either we have twenty thousand more tailgaters or we have a reduction in service. My money is on the reduction in service. Ten years ago I never saw this kind of waste problem. It is a lack of planning on the University’s part for having tailgating moved into smaller locations without fully providing services for those areas. Remember, we used to just park where we wanted and tailgated there, no longer. This translates to areas that have adequate service with areas that have vastly inadequate service. As usual, prior proper planning was not used resulting in poor preventable performance. I neglected one of the p’s just in case my Granny was reading.

BigJohnDawg is a liar

September 24th, 2009
7:39 pm

You never ever been to a college football game at tn or uf.

Hey Cuz

September 24th, 2009
7:53 pm

It’s called bring your trashbags with you. I know it’s hard for you dumb redneck UGA fans to get the picture. Also I didn’t know UGA gave out a degree for being a trash collector.stay classy UGA.


September 24th, 2009
7:57 pm

I’ve been a UGA loyalist since 1962, and I love her with all my heart. I just don’t see how anyone who claims to be “GEORGIA” could disrespect any part of our beautiful campus in such an atrocious manner. I have never seen anything like this before at UGA. It has to stop! Was it Carolina fans who did this, or a bunch of unruly drunks? Anyone that drunk needs to be in jail not on campus.


September 24th, 2009
8:04 pm

DawgGirl the pictures speaks for itself. there are more who don’t pickup after themself than those who do.

Cautiously Optimistic

September 24th, 2009
8:12 pm

Dick see queer, you are the classless ahole, hoping a team to lose every game because of a small part of our fan base’s actions? What a loser!

Also, I see a lot of talk about non alumni on here. Well I am not an alumni and I would never ever do some crap like that. Some of the comments rubbed me as if we (non alum) are low class and are the problem. This whole thing sickens me, I am a DIE HARD DAWG FAN and it just sickens me and I get tired of hearing how so many people put down on us (the state of Ga) talking about how redneck we are. I remember back when the Falcons played the Broncos in the SB and so many CO. people were talking trash about us living in trailers. Well guess what, I went to CO with my ex wife and there were more trailer there then I have EVER seen here. My point is we keep getting trash talk on these blogs but from my experience, you have the same if not worse everywhere. It’s not just a southern thing, so to all outsiders talking trash, take a look a yourselves and shut up about us!

Yes we had a few bad apples. Big deal. Look at all the cities that fans DESTROYED the city after winning championships. Is that supposed to be any better? I dont understand destroying your city after winning a championship, yeah way to celebrate.

Anyway, I hate that it happend and despise the fans that did this and as far as I concerned we dont need them. I guess that’s my vent today.


September 24th, 2009
8:16 pm

Wow, I had no idea it was that bad. I would like to think that only a “small segment” of fans caused that mess, but it took a lot of jerks for that much garbage to accumulate. When did Georgia fans start acting like UF students?

Cautiously Optimistic

September 24th, 2009
8:21 pm

Sun Devil Girl how many tix were alloted to ASU? My tix were from a returned allotment of ASU tix that were not sold. Does anyone know how many we allot for visiting teams?


September 24th, 2009
8:26 pm

JT DAWG, what the hell r u talking about? Who would take the time to go rummiging through garbage and spreading it after everyone has left. This was obviously commited by a largse group of people throughout the day and night. U dumb redneck!


September 24th, 2009
8:42 pm

Enter your comments here
Dawgs fans a couple of things first I thougt your fans were classy and clean. Don’t know about the trash thing don’t care. From what I saw last year you are good to come here any time. Now for the game the Devils have a D a very good one. The question will be will they have to play the whole game. If they have to then yea I good see a pretty big win for you. Now if we can move the ball and generate some points. I think we can pull it out. Game under 30 I like our chances over that and we are in trouble. Good Luck stay cool and Fork’em Devils !

UGA Grads/Fans =

September 24th, 2009
9:10 pm

trashy fans. I have never ever have seen a college campus trashed after a football game like UGA.All you UGA fans keep saying it goes on at all schools. No it don’t, only at UGA. Another black eye for UGA. Deal with it losers.


September 24th, 2009
9:19 pm

I honestly believe this mess was created by all groups. Current students, alumni, and those “people” who have never attended UGA….or any other college for that matter. It doesn’t matter who does it, this is a disgrace. I have gone to games since I was a kid and graduated from Georgia State, but I have never seen such a mess nor will I contribute to it. If I was an alumni of UGA, I would treat my school with respect!!!!


September 24th, 2009
9:22 pm

I’m an Auburn student… Our campus started putting out large rolling trash cans that can be shared between tailgates and really reduced the amount of trash left on the ground after football games. Also starting weeks before the season they place mobile bathrooms (basically campers turned into large restrooms) to keep people out of most of the buildings on campus… Does UGA do any of this because it really helps


September 24th, 2009
9:32 pm

When you gotta go you gotta go boss!

Camden Mark

September 24th, 2009
10:00 pm

Nice note Devildude.
Good to see a classy fan from another team here.Maybe u can rub off on some of the tech freaks.


September 24th, 2009
10:02 pm

I did my summer internship out in Scottsdale. Had to go to the courthouse in Pinal County, south of Maricopa County (metro Phoenix). Had lunch at a little cafe and none of the girls working there shaved their legs. Disgusting out there I tell ya.


September 24th, 2009
10:02 pm

Okay, so ASU has the top ranked defense, right? Let’s look at who they have played: Idaho State and LA Monroe! Prepare to go 2-1 ASU!

ASU – 13


September 24th, 2009
10:33 pm

HAHAHAH this just proves everything I’ve been saying for years GEORGIA IS TRASH HAHAHAHAHAH 45-42 HICKS, HAHAHAHA. Hey you know why Dog fans didn’t pick up their trash? It’s not because the couldn’t find cans or they forgot, they are just sick of going around the state picking it of civilized people’s driveways!!! HAHAHA

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA oh wait anyone that visits there is already in Hell!!! HAHAHAHA


September 24th, 2009
10:43 pm

So you’re still basking in your one win in the past 10 years? You’re rubbing that in? Man, you techies are easy to please when it comes to Football.


September 24th, 2009
10:55 pm

Man big dog fan “one win in ten years” he says, learn b4 you speak bro.

Guess what you have none in the last 2 years quit living in the past.


September 24th, 2009
11:11 pm

What are you even talking about? GT is still Georgia’s B#$%. One win last year, and all you nerds start talking smack. Looking forward to another home game for Georgia in Atlanta Thanksgiving weekend.

Paul's Johnson

September 24th, 2009
11:16 pm


Hooked on Phonics..$99.95..two easy installments.. one McDonalds paycheck.


September 24th, 2009
11:18 pm

y’all are too funny, too funny.

Carl Hoff(cazdevil)

September 25th, 2009
12:24 am

Enter your comments here Again,the value of photography and reporting in the newspaper-congrats to AJC. What is interesting and far more important is the fact that the library is closed because of a football game. How sad is that? Does this say volumes about the UG or not? At Arizona State the libraries -note the plural noun-stay open on Saturdays, football or no football. How disrespectful to the university to close their library-the conceptual center of any university. And,one wonders, what do students do who need to go to the library? I’m embarrassed for the UG. I wonder what the president of UG thinks about turning off the lights and locking the doors of the library. Sorry students, no learning today. I also wonder what if there is any such thing a campus police to ensure the safety of serious students who want to use the library rather than depending on evangelicals running around praying that the trash will be disposed of in a proper manner. Oh, one more comment, I can only quote Euripedes who said “Expect the unexpected.” Arizona State University will prevail on Saturday. You dogs will have to go to the library on Monday to find out about Euripedes.

Cave Creek Devil

September 25th, 2009
2:44 am

You guys got beat in week one by OSU … and you still sound arrogant about your teams chances this year … I see at least 4 or 5 losses on your schedule …

Dawg Pound said “Well come on down here and get ya a country boy !@# whoopin then ASU!!!!!!!!”

Beat much as a kid?

moving on …

“Paul’s Johnson” … so, you think UGA girls are hotter than ASU girls? … you have no idea what you’re talking about .. more than anything else … having hot women is what ASU is known for … Listen, it’s one thing to be proud of you school or even your women … but now you just sound like one of those husbands that says … sure honey … you’re just as hot as that supermodel … seriously …

ASU wins this one by a “lucky 13″ points … (ASU +3 in turnover margin) …

This is going to be a down year for UGA … hell … we saw that in week one …


September 25th, 2009
3:13 am

Bill King: It seems you want reactionary comments on your articles..hence your reply to “Lee”

MY God… UGA Alums and Students wouldn’t dare dop their trash on the ground…..Are you kidding me???

How about some football discussion or are you just in an uproar that those who did not attend or grad UGA trashed your campus?? You have no clue.


September 25th, 2009
4:51 am

This is nothing new. Years ago I was was walking back north of the stadium past faternities and made comment to my family that I believe I could close my eyes and walk across the lawn and my feet never hit the ground for beer cans. It looks like thousands and I bet they were so proud, imagine.


September 25th, 2009
7:06 am

Correct. No excuse
BUT the University should have been out ahead of this rather than behind. It is not a new problem. I tailgate on South Campus and nearby are two large dumpsters. Fans seem very willing to carry trash to a dumpster that does not fill to overflowing. Trashcans regardless of how many will overflow and still look “trashy”.

Katie Grace

September 25th, 2009
7:27 am

Mr. Young, I compliment you on your ability to “trash” those people that you call “trailer trash” Shame on you. Judge not least you be judged. I graduated college. I live in Georgia and guess what I actually live in a house not that that makes one bit of difference. I have friends that live in trailers too but it never dawned on me that it would affect what kind of person they are. It would seem that the problem here would belong to the University of Georgia. They most certianly would have the power to stop this. If you have rules those who want to come will abide. I actually grew up around The University of Florida. I have lived in Georgia for many years now. It hasn’t hurt me one bit. The gators don’t have any problem trashing anything…or hey maybe college kids at big games do what they are allowed to do. So Mr. Bob as for your ability to be a respected journalist…I do not respect you! Write with dignity and don’t take pleasure out of “trashing those you write about” Write about hard working kids who are struggling to get an education in a poor economy. Those kids you are now trashing will be the ones that replace you and with much more dignity then you give others. Pray about it Bob! God helps those who helps themselves. I love to write too but postive always overides any negative when you write for those readers who need more then “trashing” God Bless you Mr. Bob.


September 25th, 2009
8:19 am

Enter your comments here The EAA fly-in at Oshkosh, WI will have 150,000 on the field on any given day, and when it is over all the trash left behind could be picked up in one trash bag. The UGA “fans” are a bunch of drunken slobs. A few misfits can’t leave 70 tons of trash.


September 25th, 2009
8:40 am

While there’s no excuse for UGA tailgater’s leaving 70 tons of trash on campus, ASU fans and their local reporters there have no room to talk. Long Time Dawg is telling the truth. I and my family were also at last years game in Tempe. I saw no difference in what was left behind on UGA’s campus than the mountains of trash that littered ASU’s campus by drunken ASU fan’s mostly punk students that hurled obscenities at UGA fans that included my 6 grand children, ages 2 to 9 years. After the game, we spoke to a few ASU fans, all adults, that said they were planning to come to Athens for this years game. I hope our fans treat them w/respect and when they depart find the campus looking as beautiful as when they arrived. Also hope they depart on the losing end of the score board.


September 25th, 2009
8:46 am

Hey, I didn’t go to UGA(but the biggest Dawg fan ever)…..i went into the US Marine Corps….harder than any University by far…..but as far as the trash stuff….we are the junk yard dawgs……who cares……It’s job security for some poor soul….so damn the trash talk…..I only care about the football talk……so Sun Devil fans….bring your asses to Athens for football….and step over the trash on your way home…….lmao!!!

Dawg Alum

September 25th, 2009
9:00 am

I am an alumni and have been attending basically every UGA home game since 1995 – many times tailgating on North Campus. I have never seen such a scene before. It was an isolated incident on North Campus for one game. I can confidently speculate that it was not students, alumni or true Dawg Fans of any type that did this. I am so tired of everyone, from the media to UGA’s administration, trying to act as if this is how UGA fans tailgate. Truth is, we don’t know who did it but true UGA fans will take a stand to keep it from happening again. Now stop pointing fingers at the fans, students, alumni and anyone else who loves this school or is in any way associated with the school. We don’t deserve the bad rap. We will be the ones to put a stop to it!

ASU Fan #1

September 25th, 2009
9:31 am

I will be flying in too see the game Sat. in my private plane. I don’t like having to walk around the area knee deep in your trash. You Red Necks be sure to wash up also before coming to the game as I don’t like body odor as well. I’m glad your defensive coordinator is incompetent as our papers out here have stated and your Head Coach is afraid to fire him. We will run up a lot of points on your defense as our offense is rated very high among all teams this year and your defense is where it always is, on the BOTTOM!

Vote For Pedro

September 25th, 2009
9:35 am

It is just a microcosm of Georgia.. Everybody here throws their trash on the ground, so when you get a bunch of Georgians together, you get a bunch of trash on the ground.

Saint Simons

September 25th, 2009
9:37 am

UGA = nasty people


September 25th, 2009
9:40 am

I’m sick of this trash talk as well. I tailgated on North Campus that day, right around where the picture was taken and I did not see anyone throwing trash on the ground. My friends and I all threw our cans and cups in the garbage cans and bags.

This is what happened two Saturdays ago, a handful of scavengers and a few drunk idiots knocked over all of the cans and coolers and ripped apart the trash bags looking for aluminum cans and alcohol. When I returned to our tailgate spot, my cooler was stolen and every styrofoam cooler in the area had been destroyed. I saw no stomping on coolers before the game. The game was over four hours long and everyone was attending it, this gave a few bad apples a long time to riffle through North Campus.

JWC a real dawg

September 25th, 2009
9:44 am

Waiting for a night game….that’s a long time to tailgate. More trash….and more having to go! They need to be more prepared…that’s true. But take a lesson from Savannah at St. Paddy’s day…cops patrol for urniators and defficators along with public drunkeness. Get thrown in jail and fined for those offenses. The campus will smell better then….write tickets for leaving trash in tailgate areas (you generally need a vehicle to “tailgate”. For 20 years we attended the games…we always….repeat ALWAYS…took our trash home in trash bags.

Regarding them trash talking our campus….well…we’ll do our “talking” on the field.


Hines Ward

September 25th, 2009
9:50 am

We’ll forgive Arizona State for those comments if they bring some of their Coeds with them! Yowza!



September 25th, 2009
9:58 am

Does anyone that posts here actually tailgate at the games? I have been going for years and have never seen anything close to what is shown in these pictures. I would have to conclude that this was purposely dumped trash.


September 25th, 2009
10:10 am

I tailgate on North campus and my group not only picks up our trash but the trash of those around us. I think that some of the responsibility does fall on the University – they are answering by providing more bathrooms and trash cans. Let’s act responsibly this weekend Dawgs! And that includes all fans, alumnae or not. Go Dawgs!

Pit Bull

September 25th, 2009
10:15 am

People don’t forget. A few people looking for cans or some rowdy persons looking to dump trash cans doesn’t equal “SEVENTY TONS OF TRASH’!

coach smith

September 25th, 2009
10:51 am

If you guys want to get pumped up for the game check this out


ASU has nothing to compare to this…it is UGA…it is about football…it is about Tradition…it is about the DAWGS!!!!!