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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219 comments Add your comment

Former Redcoat

October 9th, 2010
12:38 am

@K-baby I’m really not pulling your chain. They like us playing something, they tell us to play it more. They don’t like something, they tell us to stop. We were going to save Angel Tag for only the big wins, but they insisted we played it after every victory. You don’t think the Athletic Dept wants to control every bit of the game experience?

Clean House

October 9th, 2010
1:49 am

Yes ! I am sick of the hip hop gansta thug music at Sanford Stadium. I want to see some smash mouth football and championships!

Grohbo

October 9th, 2010
1:57 am

They should play the theme from C.O.P.S. when both teams run out.

Bulldarg

October 9th, 2010
2:21 am

LETS BLACK IT OUT SATURDAy”

It will be. Dogs suck so much, no TV

dagnabit

October 9th, 2010
3:49 am

Georgia is fixing to go 0-5 while you folks are getting tore up over canned music?

Brenda

October 9th, 2010
4:38 am

Thank you, Greg McGarity. I hate that music. We have one of the best collegiate bands in the country — and we hardly ever get to hear them play. Our cheerleaders can’t get anyone excited — but the band sure can!

dd

October 10th, 2010
9:14 am

I was in Colorado too.

God, that music is so annoying especilly when it’s played that loud and I was on the other end of the stadium.

If I had been in the UGA section I would have had to let my wife loose on somebody.

If I want to hear rap, I’ll put up at any redlight in the Atlanta area with my car window down.

SKB

October 10th, 2010
10:21 am

I hope McGarity knows what he is doing…

masterplan

October 10th, 2010
11:09 am

dueling banjos would go over brilliantly with the jort-wearing crowd at sanford

OSCAR

October 10th, 2010
11:10 am

Let’s have more of DIXIE played. The fans really want it and Sanford will come back to life!!!!!!!!!!

Ben

October 10th, 2010
11:15 am

This is just a symptom of having a bad year when “canned music” becomes the issues. I honestly don’t mind it either way but agree it should be used sparingly.

I know it sounds bad on paper now (given the disasterous results from the Bama game) but in the first blackout game when they came out to “Back In Black” by AC/DC and then in the 4th when they played Souljah Boy against Auburn was the best experience I’ve ever had in Sanford stadium. Period. And I’ve been going for 17 years regularly.

Then again, winning helps cement those memories. If we’d have lost it would’ve been mocked mercilessly (again, the Bama game)

Still, it was lame watching the sound people attempt to recreate at that moment the next year by trying to pick THE song to make it happen. “Put On For Your City” anyone?

playmeortrademe

October 10th, 2010
12:25 pm

Ben @ 11:15 got it exactly right. People who run the sound and video board in the UGAA I think try to “recreate the moment” with the piping of the hip-hop music after big scores or plays to try and get the Soulja Boy vibe back, but that moment was just exactly that, a moment. You can’t recreate it.

I like the pre-game stuff, especially Baba O Riley, but I’m in favor of the band playing more covers of songs rather than piping the music in DURING games. This isn’t pro football.

Boz

October 10th, 2010
12:39 pm

There shouldn’t be any recorded music, period. We’ve got a great band, so let them play what they want, when they want. And while we’re at it we can get rid of all that fake PA announcer cheerleading. It sounds like a high school game where one of the dads got hold of the microphone. Let the cheerleaders lead the cheers.

scott

October 10th, 2010
1:27 pm

Sorry you old farts, that music get the players and crowd in to the game. And how about updating the 1980 speakers on the board, and the boob tubes all around the consessions, that place is becoming a dinosaur. One thing with other stadiums I visit to watch the dawgs play, is the atmosphere is much louder and more interesting than Sanford by FAR! Unless we score or have a sack our stadium is wine/cheese.

Another Redcoat

October 10th, 2010
1:59 pm

Former Redcoat speaks the truth.

In 2007 when “Crank Dat” was so popular, we were suddenly barred from playing in by the Athletic Association once they found out the meaning of the song. After the victory over Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl that year, Mark Richt walked over to the then-director of Redcoats and ASKED him to play the song, but he couldn’t because, as we later found out, the AA threatened to fire him if we played the song again. This is ironic because he was let go after that year anyway, but that’s another story.

Also, during the games we are pretty much told when and what to play. Ever notice the headsets the drum majors wear? Wonder who they’re listening to? Yep, that’s right — the Athletic Association. Sure we have opportunities to come up with new songs to play, but when it comes down to it, as it did in 2007, the AA is going to make us do what it wants us to do.

So, as a Redcoat, I try to do my part as best I can. I’m one part of a huge gameday machine that includes a lot of people. What should those people do? Support the team, even when they’re down. Get loud, get crazy, and let’s end this season on a high note, shall we? And no matter how it ends, just remember: Once a Dawg, always a Dawg. How sweet it is!

wildbill

October 10th, 2010
3:18 pm

My wife was in the Dixie Redcoat Bland. We want the band to play Dixie, and adopt a fanfare of Dixie as a UGA trademark.

wildbill

October 10th, 2010
3:18 pm

adam

October 11th, 2010
2:43 pm

“Who cares… Can we get a few Ws before we address the music???”

because, you know, blocking well and establishing an offense are both related to pregame ads. isn’t there a “fire richt!!11!1″ blog you should be keeping up?

honestly, don’t post things that you don’t have the sense to think through.

Go Redcoats!

Aint nothing finer!

October 13th, 2010
12:44 pm

THANK GOD SOMEONE IS TRYING TO GET US SOME PLAYING TIME! Also until you decide to criticize what the band plays know that we have to play whatever the people in that pressbox tell us to no matter how many times we’ve played it before. hopefully we’ll get some new up to date things to play but you have to realize that Redcoats sometime isnt as groovy like an HBCU… we’re working on it hahaha. When we get new music we rehearse it but many people in redcoats dont necessarily listen to the most up to date stuff..so it usually gets shot down by a majority b/c they’ve never heard it.