Bulldog Nation turns up its nose at Shreveport

(Independence Bowl)

(Independence Bowl)

Admittedly, most UGA fans aren’t too thrilled about the Dogs spending the postseason in Shreveport, but I’m thinking this is probably the least enthused I’ve ever seen the Georgia fan base about a bowl game.

The latest indication is the wince-inducing report in the Athens Banner-Herald that not only does UGA still have about 5,000 unsold tickets to the Independence Bowl, but some of the nearly 6,900 that have been sold so far have gone to Texas A&M fans. The paper reports that after the Aggies sold out their allotment of 12,000 tickets, the school’s athletics Web site encouraged A&M fans to buy tickets at Georgiadogs.com. “Let’s MAROON out the Georgia allotment,” is how they put it.

Tim Cearley, UGA’s director of ticket operations, confirms to the ABH that “a lot of the stuff that we’ve mailed out in the past few days has had Texas mailing addresses on them,” though he makes an attempt to save face by adding: “but we do have a lot of alums out there, too.”

Of course, travel time for Aggies fans to Shreveport is a lot less than for Dogs fans. And it doesn’t help that the game is on the Monday after Christmas; a weekend date probably would be selling a bit better among the UGA faithful.

Still, there’s no denying the malaise in the Bulldog Nation concerning this game. The years when any bowl was considered a reward at season’s end are long gone in these parts. We’ve frankly become spoiled by all those New Year’s Day games Mark Richt’s teams have played in. So any minor bowl would be a disappointment. And the fact that it’s the former “Weedeater Bowl” in the nonexciting location of Shreveport just makes it worse.

There’s no doubt that just about any of the other bowls parceled out to 7-5 SEC teams this year would be selling better among those in red and black. But when you lose to Kentucky at home, this is what you get.

Some have expressed concern that a weak showing of Georgia fans at the game in Shreveport will hurt UGA in future years when it comes to bowl selection. In other words, that it will indicate we don’t “travel” well.

But I wouldn’t worry too much about that. I think bowl officials are savvy enough to know that Georgia fans view the Independence Bowl differently from other bowls. The fact that Florida is having trouble selling out its allotment for the Sugar Bowl looks a lot worse in comparison.

And Dogs fans can take comfort in the fact that at least this game isn’t played on blue turf.

355 comments Add your comment

NC Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
10:25 am

Inspector G

December 22nd, 2009
10:26 am

First….Go Dawgs

grovetown dawg

December 22nd, 2009
10:31 am

this is the bowl we deserved the way we turned over the ball and how bad we played on defense for more than half the year. One more regular season win and we’d be in tampa. I just hope the dawgs beat the aggies anyway….if it feels like a road game….UGA probably plays better. But if I had the money to go, I would’ve spent the money to go to Shreveport.

elvisaintdead

December 22nd, 2009
10:32 am

“When you lose to Kentucky at home, this is what you get.”
Bill, you just nailed the season.
This should be TATTOOED across every player (and coach)’s forehead, etched into CWM’s resume and all over the Dawg Majal.

Barkin'Dog

December 22nd, 2009
10:32 am

If I had the money, I’d go. The economy has a lot to do with it too, Bill. Beside that, we’ve got family coming in this weekend, and we’ll all be around the tube for the game. Let the Aggies enjoy their rare bowl trip. The Dawgs will still pound them like they were Hawaii.

nick

December 22nd, 2009
10:32 am

What? Unsold tickets to a UGA game?
Don’t worry, you might be playing on blue turf sooner than you think.

GW

December 22nd, 2009
10:33 am

I’m still going because I don’t know any better. I hate to spend the money too. I just hope the team has more enthusiasm than we do. Besides the timing, distance is a factor for many fans I’m sure.

elviskl

December 22nd, 2009
10:34 am

my question…..why isnt the bulldogs going to a better bowl game than this? my god, we beat the yellow jackets….a team in a inferior conference…….why are the yellow jackets going to the orange bowl with a high school offence? TO ALL THE GA FANS WHO HAVE POSTED THIS FOR THE LAST MONTH “COME GET YOU A NICE BOWL OF 30-24 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA” PLEASE NOW GO GET YOU A NICE BIG BOWL OF DOG CRAP IN SHREVEPORT….IT AWAITS….HAPPY HOLLIDAYS….AND GO TO HEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

longDawg

December 22nd, 2009
10:38 am

We got ripped I for one am not eating at outback or the chicken place hey we finished by beating a top 10 team even if it was tech

Spike

December 22nd, 2009
10:39 am

Nice try Bill at trying to make this more exciting than it is. Face it, we had a poor season. Losing to UK at home, getting clobbered by UF and UT, beaten by Okie State, losing to LSU they way we did all add up to Shreveport. At least we beat Tech on national TV. That salvaged an otherwise miserable season. We don’t desreve much better than this. And who wants to spend a bunch of money and time to go see this team play in this game when it is on TV? Not me, especially after all the money I spent on tickets etc. during the regular season. We have talent and I am optimistic about next year as I always am. But the way this team has played no way would I go to this game. And the UGA athletic department should not be surprised.

Bad Dawgie

December 22nd, 2009
10:39 am

Call me a bandwagoner if you want, but there is noooo way I am going to Shreveport, LA the Monday after Christmas, to watch a 6-6 and a 7-5 team duke it out. That is just idiotic. I have a 50 yard line seat in my living room.

Todd

December 22nd, 2009
10:40 am

Bill….surprised you dont get the picture…..Auburn in the Outback after losing to UGA and KY??? We are sending a message lound and clear to the idiot that runs the SEC office and the bowl committees…when they make stupid picks and put teams over other teams that not only have same or better record but have beaten the team then this is what you get. The SEC and the Bowl committee is a bunch of lame jerks….go write about that now!

Minnesota Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
10:41 am

We are having a Independence Bowl Party up here in snowy Minnesnowta! My wife and in-laws are from College Station! So my family are Dawg fans and my wife’s family are Aggie fans. It’s going to be a competitive time Monday night in Minnesota!

Brooks

December 22nd, 2009
10:42 am

Why would you give this title to the blog if you are a UGA fan?

UA Alum92

December 22nd, 2009
10:43 am

This is kind of sad. My sons go to camp in eastern Texas and every year my wife and I stay in Shreveport when dropping them off and picking them up. We kind of like it. It’s not exactly Monaco or St. Moritz, but it beats nothing.

Jeff

December 22nd, 2009
10:44 am

Agree with Todd- no way is my money going to anything that might benifit the SEC until someone comes along that can get some control over the mess. I hope the SEC loses every game this bowl season and loses their butts on ticket sales also. I hope the SEC looks like a laughingstock after bowl season. That maybe will bring some change to an orgaization that has clearly gotten to big for its own good.

Road Scholar

December 22nd, 2009
10:45 am

So where is all this fan support from the illustreous bulldawg nation? Maybe you should stay off the Tech blogs and get a job so that you can afford to support in person your fantastic team. I hear McDonald’s is hiring!

DawginLex

December 22nd, 2009
10:45 am

the 2nd half of the UK game sealed this trip.

If you review the season, defense not withstanding, if Aaron Murray had been healthy enough to go through summer workouts and start the season at #1 QB, THIS team could have finished 10-2.Joe Cox blew the UK game and was too sick to play against OSU. The LSU game only required 1 or 2 more plays on offense and we would have won.

florida and UT should have been the only losses and I wonder about UT with Murray instead of cox.

Larry

December 22nd, 2009
10:46 am

We have a pool in the office going on how many games SEC Officials will blow calls in. Talk about a group of losers!

Larry

December 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

Hey Road Scholar….try 30-24 idiot!

Road Scholar

December 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

Are you serving whine with those tickets? Blaming the refs and SEC officials still…poor babies!

JB

December 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

I was in Phoenix year before last when Georgia was pre season #1 and we took over a third of the stadium that was 2,000 miles away, so like any business, when the product is good, the people will come. college football is a tough business. There are no years off. The Georgia team is feeling and seeing that now. It is what it is…….I do think Mark is doing the right things to get us back on track.
Next year could be tough though, a rookie red shirt freshman QB and a depleted defensive front, but the OL and running game and AJ Green give us all hope.

james

December 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

Georgia sucks. UGA and the fan base are made up of spoiled, me first, I’m better than you Fraternity type people. Husbands work and let their 10 year youger wife stay at home and drive suv’s with balck an red color schemes. They treat salespeople friendly but if another UGAer comes into the picture the retailer becomes a house worker. I hope they have to crawl on the knees and learn that they should treat other regular people decent. We not here to serve them. Be kind to people and just because daddy sent you to UGA you are no better than middle class working people.

Pining for the Frog pond lounge

December 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

Most of us cannot lay out of work for two days. Not this year.

Joe

December 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

hey Roadie jackette……how do you spell “own you” 8-1….60-39….either way you look at it- you’re a loser dude.

Coach Cool

December 22nd, 2009
10:49 am

Weak excuses. Beware: Gig ‘em, Aggies

Road Scholar

December 22nd, 2009
10:51 am

I’ve gotten over it. We had you right where we wanted you…but dropped the ball. What’s your excuse for not winning the nat’l championship the past few years as billed by your fans and sportswriters? Oh, one last thing, the AJC and the local news/sports stations are still in your pocket. Bless their hearts!

David

December 22nd, 2009
10:55 am

Enter your comments here

buzz

December 22nd, 2009
10:55 am

Get over this, 30-24, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

CMR Wins 2009 George Hamilton Cocoa Butter Open!

December 22nd, 2009
10:57 am

What? Haven’t you guys heard the radio ads for Larry Flynt’s Hustler Clubs….only minutes away from the stadium in Shreveport?

Beats South Beach any day of the week, if you ask me!

MattDawg

December 22nd, 2009
10:57 am

Here is the deal. It is all the way in Lousiana first of all and it is not Baton Rouge or New Orleans and it definately aint the Sugar Bowl. Second, it is the Monday after Christmas! Who would want to go then??? I mean the season is a disappointment and then you add in the other 2 factors and it becomes obvious why we didnt sell our allotment!

Jason

December 22nd, 2009
10:57 am

Maybe if your team wasn’t so bad, you could go somewhere nice like Miami. That’s where my team’s going. OH MY GOD IT HURTS!!!!!!!!!!

I hate L-Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
10:57 am

This is not a surprise. I have gone to every bowl game since 2002 in Nashville against BC, but I will not be going this year. The only thing Shreveport is good for is getting murdered. I even would have gone to Birmingham (an underrated city) though that is considered a “lower ranked” bowl game than Shreveport. The problem is that no one wants to get to the end of the Dawgs game and then be stuck in a s***hole 11 hours from home with nothing to do. Nashville=great city, Memphis=great city, Tampa and Orlando, great cities. Atlanta goes without saying, but SHREVEPORT?!?!? Why do they even have a stadium there?

AU

December 22nd, 2009
10:57 am

Bill….surprised you dont get the picture…..Auburn in the Outback after losing to UGA and KY??? We are sending a message lound and clear to the idiot that runs the SEC office and the bowl committees…when they make stupid picks and put teams over other teams that not only have same or better record but have beaten the team then this is what you get. The SEC and the Bowl committee is a bunch of lame jerks….go write about that now!
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Auburn sold out their allotment in the first few days. That’s why the Outback picked them. Moron!

MattDawg

December 22nd, 2009
10:58 am

GT’s Thomas stole my butterfinger!

MattDawg

December 22nd, 2009
10:59 am

Hey AU Auburn sold their allotment BECAUSE they are in the Outback bowl. MORON! They do not deserve to be in the Outback bowl!!

AU

December 22nd, 2009
10:59 am

buzz
December 22nd, 2009
10:55 am
Get over this, 30-24, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Just like you tech morons got over the win last year, huh? I’m not even a UGA fan but I got sick and tired of seeing tech morons posting their score last year. At least UGA fans know that they own tech. You guys are insignificant.

North Avenue Trade School

December 22nd, 2009
11:00 am

Its hillarious that you “dawgs” are still hanging your hat on the Tech win…by 6 points.

Spike

December 22nd, 2009
11:00 am

James, get a life you loser.

WonderDawg

December 22nd, 2009
11:00 am

Sounds like james has a jealous bone!!!!!! Speak clearly, james and say, “can I take your order….”

Oh Well

December 22nd, 2009
11:00 am

I am going. Leaving on Sunday, tailgating all day monday, and then heading to New Orleans for NYE. Some of you people need to see the bigger picture. Live a little and go put on your big boy pants.

BobDog

December 22nd, 2009
11:01 am

The reason we didn’t get the Outback bid is because they knew we wouldn’t travel there, either. It’s a disappointing season for a program with high expectations. A&M feels they are on the way up, but they find themselves one game away from a losing season.

Frankly, the Independence and about ten other bowls should not exist. Good grief. Two teams playing that one at 6-6 doesn’t deserve to even be in a bowl and the other at 7-5 that probably should have passed on a bowl.

Meanwhile, Tech has the Orange Bowl, a great bowl, and they can’t sell their tickets.

Todd

December 22nd, 2009
11:01 am

Road: 30-24 pretty much sums it all up

Bill King

December 22nd, 2009
11:02 am

North Avenue:

Let me get this straight: You think it’s “hilarious” that Georgia fans are celebrating a win over Tech “by 6 points” and yet your brethren spent a year on this site crowing about a 3-point win over the Dogs.

I thought math was supposed to be you guys’ strong suit.

WonderDawg

December 22nd, 2009
11:03 am

Thanks Road for dropping the ball. Now git. Go play with your wi or your willie, nerd! 30-24!

Shreveport-Bossier Fun Guide!

December 22nd, 2009
11:03 am

Todd

December 22nd, 2009
11:03 am

AU….moron=31-24.

WonderDawg

December 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

Careful there AU, you might get punched right in the face. PJ and his nerds are baaaaaad men!!!!

Todd

December 22nd, 2009
11:06 am

So you had us right where you wanted us and dropped the ball……brings back memories of Reggie’s years when “you had us right where you wanted us and….(pick one)
…..Reggie throws an intercepton from the UGA 21
…..Reggie fumbles on the 17
…..Reggie is sacked
…..and our all time classic…Reggie throws the ball in the stands on 4th down…opps 3rd down for tech fans……

WonderDawg

December 22nd, 2009
11:06 am

You go Bill! Sic em!!!