Let’s head into the Memorial Day holiday weekend with some quick hits that you might want to discuss …
One more reason for Dogs fans to get stoked about Matthews, N.C., quarterback Christian LeMay saying he intends to enroll at UGA: In the first installment of the Sporting News Top 100 ranking for the football class of 2011, Lemay ranks a lofty No. 3. The other Georgia commitment making the list: defensive end Sterling Bailey of Gainesville at No. 95. …
When our Tim Tucker revealed that in the forthcoming new deal for the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville the two schools will have the right to sell the name of the game, a coworker wondered aloud what they’d do if a beverage company like Seagram’s or Budweiser offered a bundle — especially since the UGA and UF presidents have discouraged the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party nickname.
While it’s amusing to consider, chances are they’d say no. You don’t see any alcohol product names on college football bowl games, and I don’t think Georgia and Florida would go down that road. …
Bulldogs Blog’s David Hale reports that according to Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt, UGA’s Mark Fox is going to get his wish to have the two schools’ annual basketball game moved earlier in the season while students are still on campus. Likely date this year: Dec. 7.
Hale notes that some fans have raised the notion of playing the basketball game the Friday night before the Dogs and Jackets meet in football, but that weekend generally conflicts with tournament play and students would be on Thanksgiving break.
Some friends and I debated this idea back when Fox first announced he wanted an earlier date, and we liked the prospect of making the annual in-state grude match a two-sport affair in the same city so fans easily could attend both. I don’t think Thanksgiving break would be much of a problem, since the students manage to turn up en masse for the football game the next day.
The main problem would be that the football and basketball series currently rotate between Athens and Atlanta in opposing years. Last season, for example, the football game was at Tech and the basketball game was in Athens. In order to pair the two sports, that rotation would have to be disrupted, which would require someone play on the road two years in a row — not a likely prospect.
One possible solution: Let the school losing the home game be the “home” team (with more tickets) at a neutral site for a transitional year. UGA didn’t consider the Omni to be a neutral site and likely wouldn’t go for Philips Arena. But what about Gwinnett Arena? Then the next year the home-and-home could resume in lockstep with the football game.
Sounds like fun to me. What do you think about pairing up those games?
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