Georgia-Auburn: Bringing a great rivalry home

ga. auburn house dividedIt’s a shame the whole Cam Newton soap opera has overshadowed one of college football’s oldest and most competitive rivalries this week.

As I’ve said before, Georgia-Auburn is my favorite of the Dogs’ rivalries. I think it’s one of the best rivalries in college football. It has so much going for it: the proximity of the two schools, the many ties between them (including Vince Dooley and Pat Dye) and the fact that it’s been a remarkably even series, with the Dogs having a chance to tie up the all-time record this year with a win. One of the most oft-cited statistics involves the fact that even in cumulative scoring it’s pretty even, with Georgia leading all-time 1,778 to 1,722. In what other series does anyone even look at that?

It’s also been a great rivalry on the field, as I noted last year with my list of the 10 greatest Georgia wins over Auburn. So many memories, from “between the hoses” to “Look at the sugar falling out of the sky,” from Uga V trying to take a bite out of Robert Baker and the SEC’s first overtime game to “70-X Takeoff” to Soulja Boy and the first blackout and even Bacarri Rambo valiantly raising his arm to the crowd as he was wheeled off the field after knocking himself out with a game-winning pass breakup last year.

I’ve also noted in the past that, unlike some rivals’ fans, I don’t hate Auburn folks, but that some Georgia fans who live closer to the so-called loveliest village on the Plain have somewhat more intense feelings about the people who cry “War Eagle!”

Lisa and John Sosebee are on opposite sides in this rivalry but "understand" each other. (Special)

Lisa and John Sosebee are on opposite sides in this rivalry but "understand" each other. (Special)

Of course, being as close to each other as they are, Auburn and Georgia split a lot of families, as is symbolized by those popular “House Divided” flags and welcome mats. One of the households flying that “House Divided” flag belongs to my longtime friend John Sosebee, a die-hard Bulldogs supporter who now lives in Anniston, Ala., with his lovely wife Lisa, an AU fan who “bleeds orange and blue,” as she says.

I asked Lisa for her take on this year’s renewal of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry and she graciously responded:

“Because I am married to a diehard Dawg Fan, I love to see Georgia win (hey, I even own a Georgia T-shirt) … I just don’t want to see them win THIS week.”

Lisa notes correctly that “Auburn certainly has the talent to beat Georgia, and not just because of the Caminator. While he’s been a definite asset to this year’s squad, the entire team has just been on fire! When the season started, I wasn’t all that optimistic — if someone had told me we’d be undefeated at this point, I would have laughed. But week to week, as we won … it seemed the team had found the ‘groove’ to keep it going. The coaching staff definitely found the right formula to make things work. And who wouldn’t agree that winning is much more fun than losing? However, I try to always be cautiously optimistic about each game. Auburn has, in the past, been known to bring a different team to each game. This week, they MUST bring the ‘A’ team and wrap up this SEC thing. Auburn has everything to gain. … Georgia has everything to prove.

“The only year AU has celebrated a win over UGA since I married a ‘Dawg man’ was in 2005, and it was a heart-stopping game. I’ve been reminded that Georgia has pulled out a win four years in a row. Remember, I’m married to a Dawg. I had to endure him wearing the ‘Blackout’ shirt, and various other score shirts throughout our six years of marriage.”

Despite Auburn being favored by eight-plus points, Lisa says this game “really is a toss up — Georgia might surprise us all, even my Dawg of a hubby.”

But, she added, “I’ll stick with my Dawg either way. Warrrrr Eagle!!”

As for John, he says, “Living in the alien, sometimes hostile territory known as Alabama for the last six years has evoked some funny remarks, stares, and sometimes rude comments. But then I have to consider the source of them; either from a trailer-trash bunch known as ‘Bammers’ who seem to get the image of Bear Bryant in his checkered hat and Nick Saban confused, or the fan-atics of the Polytechnic Institute who have had a decent season this year finally, with a really good quarterback and a mediocre defense, and a lot of luck, and now think they are invincible and cannot be defeated.”

With UGA having a very disappointing year, John said, “I have heard some comments made but not near as many as I have offered. Most folks here who know me by now acccept that I bleed red and black and will die that way. It is just hard to find ‘decent’ clothing over here, namely with the likeness of Uga on them or even just a big GEORGIA, but the state line is only 43 miles away.”

Lisa went too far in dressing Corky up in AU colors, John says. (Special)

Lisa went too far in dressing Corky up in AU colors, John says. (Special)

He and his spouse “understand” each other’s devotion to their respective schools, he said, “and actually enjoy watching each other’s teams, except that one day a year.”

He draws the line, though, at Lisa recently dressing his dog Corky up in orange and blue for a Facebook photo. “Sabotaging Corky, who doesn’t know better, is a different story…”

I get the feeling Lisa hasn’t heard the end of that.

Looking to Saturday, John said, “I hope we ‘TAME THE TIGER’ and spoil their chances to play in the SEC Championship.”

His prediction, by the way: UGA 38, AU 35

Thanks, John, for flying the red and black colors deep in enemy territory.

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November 12th, 2010
10:48 pm

DawginOH…so you want Cam to sit then?

Dr Morpheus

November 12th, 2010
11:01 pm

Glad people aren’t arguing on the blog about whether Newton should play. I would be very disappointed if he sat because the quality of the game would go down drastically and a Georgia win would be tainted. With our record (5-5 and our best win against Kentucky), better to lose with Cam playing that win against a de-Cammed Tiger. I was shocked at how he ran all over LSU but LSU didn’t find an offense until the Alabama game. Even if we can’t stop him, Georgia has the capacity to stay alive in a shoot-out. If we play a little D, it could be a good day for the Dawgs. BTW, I live in Baton Rouge and LSU fans are seriously pulling for the Dawgs, it’s funny to listen to them on local talk radio…

AltamahaDawg

November 12th, 2010
11:27 pm

I’m guessing Ark and SC are not going to remember thier victory of the dawgs as tainted becasue AJ was not in the game.

icedawg

November 12th, 2010
11:27 pm

Dawgs score some AU scores more and wins. Grantham inherited the current defensive personnel. It’ll take him another year or so to get the right people in the right place. The defense has not been able to shut any of the decent teams down at all. Until then our only hope is that somehow we can outscore the opponent.

75-76-DAWG

November 13th, 2010
1:22 am

Just like Florida whoever wins the turnover battle wins the game.

uga's girl

November 13th, 2010
8:01 am

It’s Game Day guys/gals (even though I think I’m the only gal on here most times..haha)!!! In less than 8 hours, it’s showtime!!!

We have the players to win, they simply need to play to 90% of their ability & we will win. I would prefer 100%, but we can do 90 & win. Like most Dawgs, I prefer Cam to play, that way there are no excuses after we win. Yes, I feel that good. We have an opportunity today & I pray we take it. I hope I see more Murray play calling than Bobo. I don’t know if most have watched, but his (CMB)expressions after our good offensive plays says a lot. Especially when a successful play greets an “angry” Bobo on the sidelines. It’s been very interesting. In my occupation, I must not only listen to people carefully, but must watch them carefully & I’ve watched the reactions. I believe someone on another blog said it in the last two days that it seems as if there is some play calling going on in the huddle & it doesn’t seem to be Bobo’s plays. Could be interesting at season end to see if the O has a long discussion with CMR about this.

Anyway, I really look forward to the game today. I have strong hope & prayers our guys go out & play like they can. I believe we can do it whether CN is out there or not. Upset, upset, upset……I feel it in my bones.

I must add, the SEC is about to have a huge black eye because of CN. I am a true believer in innocent until proven guilty, but there are too many pieces falling together. I’ve heard people say, “well, it can’t be true or we would have heard about it sooner” or “MSU is the only one at fault here, why would they not divulge the info to the NCAA until July”. Well, I would like to correct these people. Investigations take a while & also, in MSU’s part, they didn’t get the information to the SEC until July. From what I understand, they have been more than cooperative with the NCAA since January. If anyone knows anything about business, they would know that sometimes they (let’s say MSU) have to go above their boss (let’s say the SEC) to make sure things happen the way they should (by going to the NCAA). Three schools will take a fall because of this guy. UF, MSU & AU……I hate this is happening. So Dawgs fans, please don’t complain because we didn’t “get” him. We didn’t highly recruit him anyway & UF was tired of dealing with him.

When the puzzle is complete, it’s not going to be one where those of us in the SEC say, “Awwww, how pretty”. We will be defending our conference to the SEC haters in our country. UGH!

GO DAWGS!!! SIC ‘EM!!!!

AltamahaDawg

November 13th, 2010
8:33 am

uga’s girls, there is NO WAY that the freshman QB is ad-lib calling new and different plays in the huddle that conflict with what was just sent in from the sideline. What he is doing is taking the (called) play formation with its 5 or 6 options, looks at how the defense is lined up, and then he decides at the line For example, do they have a safety over the top of AJ, or did they trot him up for run support. That is would result in a completely different play developing. As different as a long pass down the sideline to a simply run up the middle. But no, he is not calling plays that weren’t Coach Bobo’s. (I also would question how somebody can distinguish what doesn’t seem to be Bobo’s play.) I’m sure he is starting to run the offense more from the field as the season progresses, though, by design. The reason that you see Coach Bobo being animated is that he is pointing out stuff to his QB who is still learning. I would venture to say that he does that most times Murray walks over the sideline, even after a score. Perhaps about a few plays earlier. You can sometimes catch the coaches mention a play in the postgame that ended up being positive, but a better option was open for a huge gain had it been recognized.

Your observations are keen, but I don’t think your interpretation is correct.

Dirk Dobber, High School Recruiter

November 13th, 2010
9:13 am

bring it home? if you’re asking that, why why why do play Fla at home every year? AND give them an open week before it 18 out of 20 years? why? college is supposed to make you smarter

humpgator

November 13th, 2010
9:14 am

DAWGS NEED TO PREPARE FOR A A&& WHOOPIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jborodawg

November 13th, 2010
9:22 am

For me, for years it was just “clean old fashioned hate”; and just a great long-time opponent and series. Then the ‘86 game and hosing us in the end zone seats changed it all. Now it’s just plain ol’ hate. That night they became ignorant, confused awbun-war eagle-tiger-plainsmen with a trashy tradition of trashin some corner of a trashy town with TP. “Loveliest village on the plains” my a$$. Those fire hoses were just completely uncalled for.

Go Dogs!! GATA and whup em upside the head!!

Jborodawg

November 13th, 2010
9:32 am

“uga’s girl”: Sorry, but “AltamahaDawg” is correct. CMB has slowly given AM more plays and more options. And the sometimes “displeasure” on the sidelines after a “positive” play is coaching him up and pointing out perhaps a “more positive” option that was available.

Otherwise, you’re a Damn Good Dog!

David Pollock's gimp neck

November 13th, 2010
9:37 am

Put me in coach!

1eyedJack

November 13th, 2010
9:40 am

On every pass play each receiver has 8-10 route options based on the coverage and whether or not there’s a blitz. The quarterback also has a primary target, a secondary target and dump off target to progress through.

Destin Dawg

November 13th, 2010
10:33 am

Grantham on D and Richt on O are a great combination.. plus I like Belin and Lakatos… big improvement on DDEE and special teams… give them a year or 2… this has been a tough year.. but others like Bama and Tech.. aren’t so hot either.. Go Dawgs finish this season with 2 HUGE wins !!!

Mirk Racht

November 13th, 2010
11:52 am

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.

AltamahaDawg

November 13th, 2010
12:06 pm

I’ve neer understood why a grown man continues to cut and paste the same thing over and over in a rivals sports blog, even though it reveals his insecurities and lack of maturity to everybody reading. Just asking.

embarrassing dawgs

November 13th, 2010
1:17 pm

I HATE AUBURN,LOSING TO AUBURN MAKES ME SICK AND RUINS MY YEAR .I LIVE IN ALABAMA, AUBURN FANS BRAG TOO MUCH . AUBURN HAS A GOOD TEAM EVERY SIX YEARS.SO AUBURN WANT HAVE ANOTHER GOOD TEAM UNTIL 2016.

That's life as we know it

November 13th, 2010
1:28 pm

“I’ve neer understood why a grown man continues to cut and paste the same thing over and over…”

1. How do you know it’s a grown man?

2. Get over it – some things need to be said over and over.

3. Learn how to spell.

college is forever

November 13th, 2010
2:19 pm

http://ww.collegelunchboxes.com Today will be 5 in a row Murray will show the SEC why they need to be worried about him for the next three years. Today is 6 weeks till Christmas check out the UGA Classic Tin Lunchbox available at Kroger (metro Atlanta, Athens, Macon) and online. Go Dawgs, Beat Auburn!!!

Barkin'Dog

November 13th, 2010
2:20 pm

That’s life – AltamahaDawg said what I would’ve said if he hadn’t beaten me to it. And his error in spelling was a typo. Don’t be so fast to correct someone in a blog where typing is so fast paced. His comment was spot on – the writer in question is a rival jerk… and you aren’t far from it. Get a life.

Barkin'Dog

November 13th, 2010
2:22 pm

Oh, and BTW, college is forever… don’t you ever get tired of your shameless promotions? Just asking…

Safety Sam

November 13th, 2010
7:35 pm

A few questions from Safety Sam:

1.) Why kick a field goal in the 2nd half when you know your defense can’t stop Auburn’s rushing attack? At that point you have pretty much set up a situation when (after Auburn scores ) you are down by 2 possessions.

2.) Why take a knee at the end of the game when you are losing? Okay, perhaps a little thing to most but it shows a lack of spirit. Throw the ball downfield. I have never seen that in a game before.

3.) What are we going to do to get prepared for Georgia Tech? We have a week off. I wouldn’t be surprised if we start that game sluggish with no game plan.

cpsmith

November 13th, 2010
7:36 pm

Have had enough. FIRE RICHT. 10 years, and this is it? All these top classes, all these top players. NOTHING. Want to wait 25 years like we did with Dooley? Maybe one national title, maybe not. All the good means nothing when you don’t win consistently and put yourself in the running for titles. Not a hater. Just a realist. Love my Dawgs, always will. Just sick with the current staff. DO WE MOVE FORWARD UGA ????

Safety Sam

November 13th, 2010
7:43 pm

As we lick our wounds from this latest defeat, I hope that I don’t have to read a lot of comments concerning how “classless” Auburn is as a program.

The bottom line? If you don’t like big hits on your QB then block the damn Defensive line.

The way you quiet a “classless” team is to win…anything else is complaining.

DawgFan

November 13th, 2010
7:49 pm

Typical Auburn win, let the refs do it for you and take dirty shots at the QB…Shows what kind of class Auburn is. Not to mention the Head Coach when he lets the dirty player continue to play. I hope the SEC and the NCAA comes down hard on Auburn and it’s dirty/Illegal players.

Eric C.

November 13th, 2010
7:50 pm

Safety Sam, are you freaking serious? You don’t block after the play is blown dead…Fairley deserves every chop block coming his way.

Eric C.

November 13th, 2010
7:52 pm

Safety Sam, “Why take a knee at the end of the game when you are losing? Okay, perhaps a little thing to most but it shows a lack of spirit. Throw the ball downfield. I have never seen that in a game before.” Uhhhh…because a fight was breaking out every play. Frankly, I was dam* proud to see the players stick up for their QB at the end…there was plenty of spirit.

wesRick10

November 13th, 2010
8:02 pm

WHATS THE DEAL, it seems to me that there are some serious issues within the program. Talent, this is probably the most talented team we’ve had. I’m just sick of seeing the lack of effort with the fans and players. Every close game we have a chance to win, but time after time we’re left scratching our heads. WILDCAT? We ran the WILDCAT at a critical point of the game………REALLY? It just seems like when we have a chance to take over we don’t. I’m just ready for us to play up to our potential, at whatever the cost. I’m behind Mark Richt all the way, but something’s got to give and it starts with him.

stendek

November 13th, 2010
8:03 pm

Why was post blocked Bill? STENDEK

stendec

November 13th, 2010
8:20 pm

I have never actually rooted for Tech to defeat Georgia. I love Bulldogs. I bleed black and gold. Unfortunately I have reached my limit. I see clearly. I know where my beloved Bulldogs are heading under Mark Wretch. If it takes a loss to the Yellow Jackets so be it. These losers do not deserve to be in bowl anyway. My wife was livid over fumble on TD. I made her angrier when I said good for Tigers. If heartless head coach does not care then why should I? All of Bulldog Nation should feel the same. True fans that is! STENDEK

stendec

November 13th, 2010
8:30 pm

Mark Wretch said it took the Bulldogs a damn long time to reach the dungeon of SEC. He is sure not to leave dungeon without a fight! Last place is good. For folks like Wretch and Mike Dodo. Hefty checks come in regularly. No accountability. All is roses and sunshine in Wretch world! STENDEK

JaxDawg

November 13th, 2010
8:31 pm

GO to H#ll Auburn! You bunch of cheaters!

RTR, just to ruin your season!

Nick Fairley Fan

November 13th, 2010
8:52 pm

Nick is my new favorite player….he hammered you guys. Even UGA was too embarrassed to watch LOL

stendec

November 13th, 2010
8:55 pm

I expect more from a Bulldog quarterback! Get your damn a$$ up off the turf son. Do not let a cheap shot Tiger know he hurt you. Show some damn toughness! Joe Cox Jr. Damn! STENDEK

Nick Fairley Fan

November 13th, 2010
8:55 pm

Well of course Auburn is “classless” and “cheaters”…..you have to come up with some way to justify the whipping you just took. They beat the dawgs on the scoreboard, in the fights and then rubbed your face in it..HAHAHA

With or without Tebow

November 13th, 2010
8:58 pm

Stayed within 17 of Auburn; another bulldawg point of pride

Dye-hardAUfan

November 14th, 2010
1:23 am

Well, all I can say is this is sad….let me preface this by saying UGA is my #2 team and always has been because my families roots are in GA…second only to AU. I have always thought of UGA fans as having class until reading several of the posts from after the game tonight. Fairley didn’t take a cheap shot on your QB…in fact, it looked like he was blocked into him and only then banged is leg with his helmet. The lack of class that ensued was what is sad. UGA players going after Fairley and doing it in a classless cheap way at that. I don’t condone the punches that were thrown (open handed slaps in reality) either but can understand that response to what UGA players were attempting to do to Fairley. As far as calling Au cheaters or thugs….it’s funny….maybe UGA should sweep around their own back door first…plenty of dirt there too. Bottom line is AU whipped the dogs, period. Get over it as I’m sure it couldn’t have been that much of a surprise.

WDE

November 14th, 2010
3:36 am

Cam did the humane thing and just put the Dawgs down