Turn it down! And you kids get off my lawn!

Greg McGarity wants to hear the Redcoats, not canned music. (Georgiadogs.com)

Greg McGarity wants to hear the Redcoats, not canned music. (Georgiadogs.com)

A student representative at this week’s meeting of the UGA athletics board raised the issue of some of the commercials on the Sanford Stadium video board being ill-timed and “killing the atmosphere,” which is a complaint I’ve had this season.

The folks in the booth running the board at times seem completely clueless as to what’s happening on the field, letting promotional spots drown out the Dogs’ pregame “Krypton Fanfare” walk toward the end zone, for instance.

The complaint prompted new AD Greg McGarity to say he thinks the way-too-loud “canned music” needs to be cut back some, too. As he put it, “I’m pretty much a traditionalist. If the band’s there, I want to hear the band playing. I think our fans do, too.”

I’m with Greg. How about you?

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blazerdawg

October 8th, 2010
2:02 pm

Agreed…canned music and loud commerials are annoying. The Braves games and Auburn football are the worst….booth DJ guy does not need to jack-up the crowd…let it happen on its own, when it gets quiet most crowds will respond on their own…let the spontaneous happen.

San Francisco Dawg

October 8th, 2010
2:03 pm

What crowd noise? When you are losing every game you better have loud canned music!!

Vol Lady

October 8th, 2010
2:04 pm

Her’s something that will keep the crowd noise down:

Tennessee 31, Georgia 21.

Mr. Obvious

October 8th, 2010
2:05 pm

If UGA stops playing loud hip-hop music at the stadium on game days and glorifying that type of (ahem) culture, the school will stop attracting so many THUG recruits who will eventually only be arrested for felonious behavior and keep us in contention for the infamous “Fulmer Cup” each year.

Dawg Catcher

October 8th, 2010
2:06 pm

I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school most people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him to be BCS champions, but he can’t even win his SEC division. So why do you pay him millions of dollars a year?

Just asking.

Dawg Hater

October 8th, 2010
2:07 pm

Just something else for UGA to whine about. THWG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cg

October 8th, 2010
2:08 pm

Just hired and acting a ASS already. WIN A GAME!!!!

The Temporary Mascot formerly known as Russ

October 8th, 2010
2:08 pm

I have written a little hip hop song for the game:
Paint ya’ a$$. Paint ya’ a$$, Paint ya’ a$$ . . . WHITE!;
Paint ya’ a$$. Paint ya’ a$$, Paint ya’ a$$ . . . WHITE!;
Now that’s a SIGHT! Painted all WHITE!;
Wont’ do any good ’cause we have no FIGHT!;
Run to left, Run to the RIGHT!;
Hit and Run then Run out of SIGHT!;
WHITE! WHITE! Paint ya’ a$$ WHITE!;
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT Dawgs FIGHT!

Thankyouverymuch. Russ

Angel

October 8th, 2010
2:08 pm

Play some heavy gangsta rap. That ought to get the player-thugs all worked up.

cg

October 8th, 2010
2:09 pm

Just hired and acting a ASS already.. WIN A GAME!!!!!

Dawgfan15

October 8th, 2010
2:10 pm

Granted some of the canned music is a bit much but it also appears some gets the crowd revved up. As a few others have noted, if the Redcoat Band would start playing some current stuff as well there would be no need for all the canned stuff. And don’t forget, those ads bring in money for the athletic department and university.

Mike

October 8th, 2010
2:10 pm

To “the real Kirby Smart”: Seems to me the only embarrassment here is your grammar, son. You did say you were a UGA grad? I’m one of the “old geezers” to which you refer (graduated December ‘76) and I certainly get it. I’ve been a season ticket holder and financial contributer for 30 years and attend all home games and most away games EVERY YEAR. Yes, Richt is a good man and I remember when coaches stood for more than just wins and losses. I think you need to re-take a grammar class and get to church. Yes, I’m tired of losing too, but Richt won’t be fired this year nor should he. He will, most likely be req

Siegel Joe

October 8th, 2010
2:11 pm

How on earth is this front page (of the entire online AJC) news?????

Mike

October 8th, 2010
2:12 pm

Sorry for the interruption … He will most likely be required to make some changes at the assistant coach level, but with a multi-million dollar buy out, Adams won’t pay – nor is it time. Learn a little patience and grow up, sport …

Ted Striker

October 8th, 2010
2:12 pm

1) The commercials/promotions are often a problem and ill-timed. They bring in money to UGA but at the expense of game flow and crowd enjoyment. Most people could totally live without them. The Academy Sports promo is way too loud.

2) Music over the speakers is another matter. I personally like it & know a lot of other people who like it too, although it’s impossible to please everyone.

dawgdawgdawg

October 8th, 2010
2:17 pm

Vol Lady:

You must be the only one that knows how to use the computer and count…welcome to technology.

Music Man

October 8th, 2010
2:20 pm

Glad McGarrity is focusing on the big picture! Just don’t take away Baba O’Riley!

Helmand Dawg

October 8th, 2010
2:21 pm

It’s the “me too” syndrome amongst sports marketing departments. If Florida has a jumbo tron and scrawls the names of recruits on it then UGA needs one too. I applaud McGarity for addressing this crap. Life-long college football fans become such due to game-day atmosphere and tradition. If I want to take my kids to folks dance to synthesized music I’d go to a Hawks game (no chance). UGA and many other programs seemed determined to make game day as sterile and safe as possible. From tailgating restrictions to excessive marketing, UGA and college football are dying the death of a thousand cuts.

Jay

October 8th, 2010
2:23 pm

Might as well keep the music, no one is going to cheer when you replace games like Oregon with Charleston Southern.

dawg stuck in AL

October 8th, 2010
2:24 pm

Bill,

I would really love to have “like” and “dislike” buttons for the comments on your blawg. Some of the comments express a suggestion that I’m sure many of us would like to second!

I would also like Fuzzy’s back in operation with Joe Dale in the kitchen.

And a pony for Christmas.

But mostly, I would like for the dawgs to WIN !!

x dog ticket holder.

October 8th, 2010
2:24 pm

can someone turn up the sound when the announcer states FIRST DOWN GA. I CAN’T HEAR IS AS I DRIVE AWAY IN THE 3 QUARTER!!!

Itsover

October 8th, 2010
2:25 pm

We need the advertisements to pay for Richt’s and the other coaches’ salary. Geez, how do you expect UGA to make money–sell jerseys?

richard rodriguez

October 8th, 2010
2:29 pm

The music is great. Unless the band is facing you, you cant here them. The ads need to go.

4williec

October 8th, 2010
2:29 pm

I sometimes wonder if the band director, or whom ever is determining what the band plays and wears, as well as deciding what hideous noise is blaring from those mega watt stadium amps and speakers, is suffering under the illusion that this is Grambling or Morehouse…

The Temporary Mascot formerly known as Russ

October 8th, 2010
2:31 pm

We haven’t had a drive-by so far this season. Is it because nobody on the team has a driver’s license? When that new mascot gets in place you don’t want to ride with him because you never know when he will drop dead. Enlarged heart and other issues too numerous to mention here. Did I mention the third ear?

boots

October 8th, 2010
2:31 pm

Spot on. A comment that all the pro franchises should listen to as well. They should try upgrading the food and bathrooms. I think we can afford it.

Ralphie The Buffalo

October 8th, 2010
2:35 pm

RUSS..Come back to Colorado after they kick your brown a$$ out after this weekend. You can share my pen/crib. Our fans would love to have you as a reminder of beating the “Mighty Georgia Dawgs” cause we cant beat anybody else. Oh and write us a new fight song too !

Your Pal

southernboy144

October 8th, 2010
2:36 pm

I’ve been going to Georgia games for 20 years and the only game that our fans have been LOUD at was the first BLACKOUT against Auburn!! The music that was played two and three years ago was great! It stinks now!! The Band is fine, but they really don’t get our team or fans excited.

Miss State Bulldog

October 8th, 2010
2:42 pm

RUSS I heard it on good authory that the reason the crowd noise in Sanford & Son stadium was quiet the last yr or so was because of your white painted a$$…nobody wants an Uga inposter with a painted a$$…but thanks for visiting Starkville and giving us a WIN.!

RxDawg

October 8th, 2010
2:47 pm

Turn down the commercials. Love the canned music, but sounds like we could upgrade the speakers, alot of times it sounds like blown speakers. Would love to hear the redcoats broadcast live over the speakers.

Jackson

October 8th, 2010
2:49 pm

Von Gannon

October 8th, 2010
2:53 pm

I was in the heart of the Bulldog Nation on row 34 – apparently named for Hershel – in section 102 I think it was, on the 20 yard-line, west stands (gym side). It was a mausoleum when Colorado had the ball right before we got it back. Yes, the crowd was great till quarter # 4. In fact, the Bulldog nation had been phenomenal all day long in Boulder. But, if you’re going to act like you’re a real “Finish the Drill” ballplayer with 4 fingers in the air at the beginning of the 4th qtr., “FINISH THE DAMN DRILL!”

DoofusDawg

October 8th, 2010
3:00 pm

If the fans would actually MAKE some noise during the game instead of making it a social event, we wouldn’t need artificial noise. Socialize before and after, get loud during! We could have one of the most intimidating places in the country to play if we would just do it!

EB

October 8th, 2010
3:20 pm

I’m a Redcoat, I love this!

Will

October 8th, 2010
3:23 pm

Also, If we start getting blown out tomorrow, I am all for loud canned music drowning out the boo birds. I have a pulse on Bulldawg Nation and I don’t think it’s going to be pretty if we go down 14 points in the first quarter. Please everyone, I am as frustrated as most please but realize there are a bunch of 17 and 18 year old kids watching us trying to decide if UGA is the right place for them. Try and hold your boo’s until you get into your car to go home like I do.

South Ga. Girl

October 8th, 2010
3:31 pm

Temporary Mascot formerly known as Russ-YOU are the best! Why the dawgs would ever want to get rid of you is beyond me. Stay on the blogs and keep posting. You are the funniest one on here. Love your new hip hop ditty too!

Former Athletic Office Assistant

October 8th, 2010
3:43 pm

Actually Uga the Ocho and sthgaboy, I worked in the athletic office for two years. The athletic office has COMPLETE control over what/when the band plays. What other kind of music do you think old, rich white men want to listen to? Hint: It’s exactly what The Redcoats play b/c it’s what got them pumped up in their glory days.

Uga the Ocho

October 8th, 2010
4:05 pm

I can see them controlling WHEN the band plays, but not WHAT they play.

That’s a little far-fetched to me (and I’m a former band knob who once worked in a major D-I athletic department, so I’m quite familiar with how college athletic bands work).

Redcoat

October 8th, 2010
4:15 pm

I love hearing people complaining about the band whenever the subject of gameday atmosphere is brought up! If you actually cared about the band, you would know the band director’s name! Also, we only play three songs? Ok… Here’s a few that we play: Glory, Krypton, All the Way Turnt up, Shout it out, Glory Dixieland, Tara (after the game), Hey Baby, and Bacchanal. This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s definitely more than 3 songs. I thank the people who made the comments about the Athletic Association controlling us (the band). I also thank the author of the article for his awesomeness. It is great to see that there are still people out there that understand.

Uga the Ocho

October 8th, 2010
4:26 pm

Unless his name is Art Bartner, John Paynter or William Revelli, well, you get the picture…and anyway, yes, you do need a better list of charts.

Just another Redcoat

October 8th, 2010
4:58 pm

@ugared, I’m a third year member of the Redcoats, and please believe me when I say that we hate Rocky Top just as much as everyone else. We don’t want to hear it either. The Tennessee band, however, has a very limited list of songs they play during games and Rocky Top happens to be their favorite. We do our best, but when they play the same song over and over there’s not much we can do about it.

Calvin Ruff Ruff

October 8th, 2010
5:02 pm

I have no problem with the change if we really are going to have fewer ads (even though they bring in the money) and less “canned music.” I really do like being able to hear my buddies in the stands and not having my ears blown out. My suggestions are as follows:

1) No ads from athletic directors or any UGA officials talking about trash pick-up and drinking. This public announcement crap is useless. Fans are gonna do what they do.

2) No “All I do is Win” by D.J. Khalid. Number one, we don’t win. Number two, the artist has a Islamic sounding name. You could play “The Little Man” by Alan Jackson in honor of Carlton Thomas, but that would be a country song. (see #4)

3) No “Who let the Dogs Out.” This is old and lame. It played out years ago. Whatever happened to some good old fashion James Brown!!!

4) No country songs either. They don’t really fire anybody up and if the players start line dancing somebody will complain about that too.

5) Definitely do not play that song they kept playing in Colorado. It started out “Hey hey…” and they played it every single time Colorado made a play. (somebody tell me the name and artist and I’ll hunt him down.) That song should never be played in a stadium.

6) Redcoats. Keep playing what you play, but add a little more to the playlist. I’m not asking you to be Grambling, Florida A&M, or LSU, however I absolutely would love it if you would do some drum solos and have a few jam sessions. The band can have the crowd rockin’

7) Show the cheerleaders on the big screen more. They fire me up!!! People will cheer for them.

8) Unlike Fred Gibson…… I do not under any circumstances like the Rocky Top Song!!! Defense, please keep them from scoring so I don’t have to hear that datgum song. It is sickening.

GO DAWGS!!!!!

Ben There

October 8th, 2010
6:52 pm

You da man, Greg! Like everything you have said / done!

ddt

October 8th, 2010
7:49 pm

If the Vols win tomorrow the band will need to play some funeral home music since most of the UGA fans will kill themselves.

ozzfest

October 8th, 2010
11:12 pm

McGarity had better worry about the idiot responsible for our garbage non-conference schedule the next 10 years instead of the songs being played. I doubt the fans from Idaho State or Coastal carolina will notice the song selection.

doneit

October 8th, 2010
11:27 pm

Yes, the music the band plays is terrible. The band music is more like funeral music. How you gonna cheer anyone up with that stuff? What ever happened to marshall music, football music? Every band you hear now a days at football games play that stuff. I even heard ‘pop goes the weasel’ a couple of times. It is my theory that all the band directors in the country were at a convention and decided that football music was beneath them. They decided to play more sophisticated stuff.

Tide Roll

October 8th, 2010
11:29 pm

TELL THE REDCOATS (OR IS IT REDPANTIES) TO QUIT PLAYING “PAINT IT BLACK” OVER AND OVER. IT’S A LOUSY SONG AND THE LAST TIME YOU WORE BLACK, YOU WERE DOWN 31-0 AT HALF!!!

K-Baby

October 8th, 2010
11:56 pm

Learn your history folks. A Marxist plot????? Get real. The Redcoat Band stopped playing Dixie and dropped Dixie from their name because in the early ’70s, some people were throwing things at the band BECAUSE they played Dixie and some others because they WOULD NOT play it. Someone actually threw a can at a sousaphone player and busted out his front teeth. So it was done for the safety of the band members in a lose-lose situation. If fans had acted civil and not endangered the band members, this would have not happened.

Also, the canned music should be CANNED! The Redcoats play the same music because it is tradition. That tradition is what makes college football and bands so special in the first place.They played “Glory” 77 times in the 1979 GA-GA Tech game when the commentators on ABC sports said that Redcoats were the “key offensively and defensively” for the game on national TV. They add new selections every year as they do new halftime shows and have the best music arranger in the country – bar none.

The Redcoats probably don’t play as much because they have to compete with that loud canned music. Dump the canned music and let the Redcoats play.

Old Redcoat Band Alumnus
AKA K-Baby

Former Redcoat

October 8th, 2010
11:57 pm

@Uga the Ocha. Remember when Soulja Boy was played over the speakers and by the band? And then do you remember when it suddenly stopped being played?

The AA figured out the words and “meaning” of Soulja Boy and ordered us to stop playing it. Apparently they disliked it so much, that the band director was told he’d be dismissed if it was played again. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. But yeah, the AA pretty much tells us what we’re going to play. By the way, having good music arranged well is expensive. How bout you send some of your dollars to the Band Department?

K-Baby

October 9th, 2010
12:13 am

Former Redcoat….the Athletic Department tells the Redcoats what to play? You have got to be kidding me. Why then don’t we just have the band tell the football coaches how to coach and have the band director call the offensive plays. Maybe the drum majors could set up the defensive game plan. Then the rehearsal assistants could be in charge of team discipline. Couldn’t hurt considering the current state of the football team.