How will Sanford Stadium crowd react if Dogs perform poorly again?

black G logoAre Georgia fans resigned to this season being a disaster or could anger over the Dogs’ subpar performances surface in Athens this weekend in the form of booing?

Hard to tell at this point. My son was among the UGA fans in close proximity to Mark Richt and the Dogs as they left the field in Colorado Saturday night and he confirmed other accounts that there wasn’t any noticeable booing. Some fans applauded, though not real enthusiastically. At least one guy hollered something, but most of the Georgia supporters were feeling sort of numb and just stood there.

Emotions have been quite a bit more raw in the blogosphere, where the calls for Richt to be gone are rising.

(A side note: A few readers tried to twist what I wrote Sunday about this team continually finding a way to lose into a call for the head coach to be fired. Let’s be clear: I didn’t write that and I don’t think there’s much chance of Richt being fired this season. I think a guy who’s won 90 games in nine years has earned the right to try to turn things around next season, and I’d be shocked if Greg McGarity took a different stance.)

Meanwhile, looking ahead to this weekend, I don’t imagine there’ll be a big drop-off in attendance, even with the 1-4 record. This is still an SEC game and Tennessee, after all. And, incredible as it might seem, the oddsmakers have installed the Dogs as a sizable favorite.

But if the Vols score on their first drive, as Georgia’s opponents have been doing so far this season, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a few boos. And if Georgia heads to the locker room trailing at the half, it could get ugly.

I hope not. I hate it when home crowds boo their own team. We had this discussion last season and I know many fans justify it by saying they’re booing the coaches, not the players. But that’s not the way it sounds to the kids in uniform.

Some fans have questioned this season whether the players are as emotionally vested in this program as the fans are. There admittedly have been times (mainly in Starkville) when the team has played with a lack of urgency.

But the Dogs headed off the field in Boulder with their heads down low and their shoulders sagging. They were hurting every bit as much as the fans, if not more.

Yes, Georgia is a bit shy of top-rank talent at certain positions, especially on defense. That’s a challenge that I’m not sure this coaching staff is up to overcoming.

On the other hand, I’ll grant that I think some parts of the team, particularly the offensive line, haven’t been playing up to their potential. I don’t know why that is, but I just can’t believe it’s because they don’t care.

Is it ever acceptable for college football fans to boo their own team?

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You know they’re feeling bad about themselves. Hopefully, that will translate into stepped-up performance Saturday.

It’s fair to criticize and complain. With a losing record, the players and coaches certainly expect that. But if things still don’t go the Dogs’ way against Tennessee, I really hope UGA fans don’t express their disappointment by booing.

If you feel the urge, just stop and think: What if that was your son down there trotting off the field?

Is it ever acceptable for college football fans to boo their own team? Feel free to vote in the poll or have your say in the comments.

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rmidawg

October 5th, 2010
11:07 am

They will definitely boo..our fanbase right now is like a bunch of wolves waiting to pounch on something

Sanford Drive

October 5th, 2010
11:12 am

I hope the booing is kept to a minimum.

I truly feel the frustrations of the fanbase are a consensus feeling that we are good enough to win, but just have not broken out and crossed over the ridge yet.

We clearly do not “suck”. We just cannot catch a break.

Angry Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:13 am

Looks like the only guaranteed win left on our schedule in November 27th against Georgia Tech.

Daniel's Dawgs

October 5th, 2010
11:13 am

You can Boo the coaches but not the players. Until they get paid you can not Boo them!!!!!!

Peanut Gallery

October 5th, 2010
11:13 am

No, but I will quietly poo-poo a bad performance.

Vince Drooley

October 5th, 2010
11:14 am

I think it’s time to take care of the real problem with this team: we need a new Uga. The players take their inspiration from the mascot, and the glum, dowdy Russ isn’t cutting it. Bring on Uga VIII!

Dave

October 5th, 2010
11:15 am

“but most of the Georgia supporters were feeling sort of numb and just stood there.”

… Can’t add much to your above quote. It is exactly how I feel.

Barry Gibb

October 5th, 2010
11:16 am

What’s ‘booing”? My brothers and I, we’ve never heard it.

elvisaintdead

October 5th, 2010
11:18 am

I’ve sold my tickets. Thanks, craigslist!

BallCoach

October 5th, 2010
11:21 am

They are our team win or lose. You will know who the real Georgia fans are at Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

We have been in every game with a chance to win each one of them. Let’s not give up on this team or coach just yet…..

droopydawg

October 5th, 2010
11:22 am

I’m not a fan of fans booing anyone but the refs when they make a bad call. I don’t like when fans boo the opposing team (except maybe UF), and I certainly think it is wrong to boo the home team, particularly in college sports.

If you want to make the coaches here your displeasure, become a booster and you will get a say.

droopydawg

October 5th, 2010
11:23 am

This is not to say I do not understand the frustration; just that there is something unseemly about booing 19 year olds on their own field.

coachx

October 5th, 2010
11:25 am

This is time for UGA fans to stand united………..not divided.

We can show what class program UGA is if we stand united in our support of the Dawgs. If you don’t want to support the Dawgs simply give your tickets to a fan who will.

guy

October 5th, 2010
11:26 am

WatsonDawg

October 5th, 2010
11:27 am

I will not boo the Bulldogs, but I will quietly curse under my breath if we do not show any signs of improvement. The season is not over. We could run the table! Why not? What is wrong with believing instead of complaining? Complainers never go anywhere in life…

Mad Mike

October 5th, 2010
11:28 am

this is the kind of question that helps you get to 1 – 4: worrying about feelings. (aside: seems to be part of what got the country into the mess we’re in, too.) if georgia, as a whole, doesn’t give its best effort, yes, there will be boos. if a player doesn’t like it, well work harder. get tougher. or use that 4.4 speed and run your ace home.

Mad Mike

October 5th, 2010
11:29 am

oh for the record, i will not be booing. i don’t think it’s classy. but then, that wasn’t the question.

Comment

October 5th, 2010
11:32 am

FIRE MARK RICHT

Sam

October 5th, 2010
11:32 am

Angry Dawg, I think Idaho State is a guaranteed win. Slight fav over Vandy. Might not be favored in any other game. Not sure this defense can stop Tech based on what I have seen so far.

Ghost of TK Harty

October 5th, 2010
11:40 am

I “Boo” at every game! Get it?

SteelerDawg

October 5th, 2010
11:40 am

I think booing is acceptable but I feel it is directed more at the coaching staff than the kids in most situations. Maybe that’s how I justify it, but these guys are making hundreds of thousands of dollars (and millions for CMR) and they are professionals, not the kids playing. I boo the coaches and in some cases the play calling and I think when you pay thousands just for the right to sit in your seat, you have the right to express yourself when the product on the field is so unprepared and fundamentally unsound that you feel ashamed to wear the G on your shirt. I feel like an idiot paying this much to watch this kind of passionless, undisciplined example of football. I would imagine every player and coach should expect booing when they play at this level. I love UGA and always will but won’t pay to watch this crap.

Still@theBAR

October 5th, 2010
11:41 am

Just like always! They will still be screaming Cussing Drunks, but they will be doing it at their own team this time.

Buzzhater

October 5th, 2010
11:44 am

I Luv the Dawgs win or lose they are the “STATE” school, and they are OUR team, U don’t wanna support them, then yea stay ur arse at home, we the “TRUE” fans don’t want or need you at Sanford. Oh and all of you that complain about recruiting, why the heck would you want to come to a school where the home team gets booed because of a poor performance or season, wouldn’t you rather play for a fanbase that has your back no matter what?

Dbalcer

October 5th, 2010
11:45 am

As to the offensive line performance we have a player who is getting over the effects of mono and watching my college student who was just diagnosed with mono I am sure this is an issue for the line. She can barely get out of bed. She was in great physical shape before getting mono. I hope the line can get into a groove. I feel if they do it will make a big difference. I was taught it was poor sportsmanship to boo and I don’t even boo the opposing team. I cheer loudly for the DAWGS and will do so Saturday. They are my team and I will stand behind them and help them by believing they can turn it around.

Dweeb

October 5th, 2010
11:46 am

Jonkyard Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:52 am

Go dawgs beat the Vols!!

Will

October 5th, 2010
11:53 am

I don’t think the fans will boo Saturday. It will be to early in the day for that and most fans will just be ready to pack up and go home. Most fans are numb from the noon starts, the shotty tail-gaiting situation and the crappy administration currently at UGA. Most have had enough of these people telling us what to do after ripping us off for several thousand dollars per year for tix etc. It’s more than just a football game, it’s about the UGA Gameday experience… which has been forever ruined by Mike Adams.

saban

October 5th, 2010
11:58 am

losing to tennessee by 30 points is just the beginning.

Get used to it.

dawgfan

October 5th, 2010
11:59 am

I personally choose not to boo, but I think it is blown way out of proportion and isn’t that big of a deal. As long as its not the entire stadium booing when they run out on the field for no specific reason, I really don’t think the players get their feelings hurt if they make a bad play and a couple of idiots boo them. We’re 1-4 and we’re worried about booing? I’d be much more worried about the players on the other team that are wiping the field with my azz if I were one of our guys.

We’ve become a soft program.

cursive

October 5th, 2010
12:02 pm

Booing shows absolutely no class. Support your team! They will turn it around.

Dawgsforlife

October 5th, 2010
12:02 pm

Thank you Mr.King for this article. Yes something definitely needs to happen with our coaching ( and by that I mean our strategy not firing CMR) but it is never acceptable to boo your own team especially on your own field. I love what Mark Richt said, we win together and we lose together. Yeah it’s tough to watch and hear everything, but I still bleed red and black and always will. I grew up a Braves fan in the eighties (and we all know how that felt), but I was still proud to call them my team and I am ESPECIALLY proud to be GEORGIA BULLDAWG! I put on on my red and black every Friday for good luck and am tailgating early every Saturday. Don’t act like the other tacky schools and by that I mean Gators, and boo your own team. Be classy, hold your head high, and never be caught on camera as “that person” holding their hands against their face in disbelief. Cheer your team whether they are good or bad and always yell GO DAWGS!!!

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Jonkyard Dawg

October 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

You fall down 4 times then you get up 5 times its not the end of the world.

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MURPHY

October 5th, 2010
12:07 pm

UT will line up and run the ball right at us with one of our in state boys. Tenn wont do anything fancy just old school football. They will give us a very physical contest-thats the Dooley way!

what of it?

October 5th, 2010
12:08 pm

What’s wrong with being upset that 2 years into rebuilding the team is as bad as it’s been under this coach? Are we not entitled as fans to vocalize our disappointment with our team’s performance both on and off the field? Shouldn’t somebody let these players know that their underachieving and stupid mistakes aren’t acceptable?

thUGA

October 5th, 2010
12:11 pm

How is thUGA shy of talent??? They sign a “top 10″ class EVERY year.

Are they all in jail???

Same Same

October 5th, 2010
12:12 pm

Bill, quite the change of heart. You cannot deny the venom in your previous posts. If you were not calling for Richt’s head, you certainly were calling for Bobo’s, or at the very least his clipboard. Embrace your well founded venom my friend. Richt’s stubborness will be his undoing and our eventual rebirth. There are some good signs this week. Full pad practice, Richt agreeing to lead the team on the field, etc, but just as is the case with our program, it falls just short of the goal. The fans want to see Richt lead this team PERIOD. We WANT to rally around him, but when he refuses to take the steps that are so blatantly necessary, it’s hard for this dawg fan to believe his heart is in it to win it. Has CMR forgotten how to prepare a gameplan? Has he forgotton how to call plays? The hobnail boot against Tennessee was my personal favorite. No, he has not forgotten, he has chosen not to do so in our hour of greatest need, and that selfishly stubborn decision is what alienates him from the fanbase. Why do I use the word selfish? Because the TEAM needs him to be calling the plays at this point, it’s just that simple. Keep Bobo around and let him be the quaterback coach, but just in the way that he benched players for lack of performance, he should take away Bobo’s clipboard for the same reason. Go Dawgs…Crush Their Ugly Orange Face!

ATLBUZZ

October 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

Here you go Dawg Fans:
What is the best thing in Athens? The sign that says Atlanta: 65 miles!
Look on the bright side – You dont have to go any where in December or January this year.
Go Jackets!!!!!

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dean

October 5th, 2010
12:17 pm

My daughter will be there. Unfortunately, she’s a Tennessee fan. I failed miserably.

Urban

October 5th, 2010
12:18 pm

Tee-Hee, i love teams that self destruct!!!

Stick With Richt, Bobo Has Gotta Go!!!

October 5th, 2010
12:19 pm

Richt needs to start calling the plays. That’s the main thing that has changed since UGA started falling off. Richt went to some stupid corporate training seminar and decided he needed to delegate responsibility as a result. It’s not working. His play calling was winning SEC Championships.

MURPHY

October 5th, 2010
12:19 pm

Want to get the teams attention? Richt should have them sit with Larry Munson and him explain to them what it means to wear the red & black on a sat afternoon. What better person to explain the ups and downs than Larry. Play some of Larry’s calls to them-let them feel the excitement. Probably most of these kids never heard Larry live. We must get old school with these players. A monday practice in pads is a good start. On Friday put them all in a room at the hotel and show them “The boys of fall”. What a great documentary-brings tears to your eyes. We must instill the passion to play back into these kids!

Dave

October 5th, 2010
12:24 pm

I am a rabid UGA fan, but I’m in college football hell. It seems that whenever a team gets physical with us, we don’t match up. Sometimes on the TV, it seems like we are playing defense with only 7 guys. There guys are everywhere and we only have about 2 guys on the screen. I have a bad feeling about this TN game and most of the rest of the season. TN looks more physical and it seems they are playing harder with much less talent. I might just swing from the end of a rope if TN wins….but I believe they will. Just a gut feeling….but GO DAWGS anyway!

Dawg Fud

October 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

Murphy,

Surely you jest with the above post…

mdawg

October 5th, 2010
12:26 pm

There is no excuse to boo college football players, short of one of them taking a blatant cheapshot. There is no way for players to differentiate a fan booing them or booing the coaches. If you want to show your displeasure, don’t go or sit quietly, they’ll get the idea. Booing your own team shows a complete lack of class. Don’t do it.

Macclenny-dawg

October 5th, 2010
12:29 pm

The fans deserve to boo when the coaches can’t fix what is wrong!!! Its up to the coaches to make this team perform. But in just about all cases the fans boo the play calling on offense and that is directed at the coaches not the players. When we throw an incomplete pass on 1st down we automatically run it on 2nd and it keeps our team in 3rd and long!!! That has got to stop!!!!! I don’t care about balance i just want this team to use its weapons and its speed!! Get the speed guys more touches with quick passes,reverses, or out of the wild dawg!!! Richt just seems to not be able to do what we all see as the problem!!! It is the play calling!!! If we want our defense to play better let them have confidence this offense can score. The defense has had its breakdowns but in my opinion they played the best in the third and 4th quarter against Arkansas when the offense finally put points on the board!!! They gave us a chance to win against Arkansas but we had some STUPID play calling on the last series and had to punt the ball back to them. Then a good offense just made a play!!! The fumbles and poor line play is coaching!!!! Richt didn’t practice them enough in full pads because he was scared they might get hurt!!!! So know when they play they get winded!!! This is coaching mistakes!!!! Even with all of that all I can say is go DAWGS!!!!!!!!

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