Wish I could say I was happy the SEC notched its fifth consecutive BCS title.
Generally I root for the SEC in these matches, though by this point I don’t think the conference has anything to prove. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Yes, it’s tough to cheer for a team with neon green-yellow shoes, but it was Gene Chizik and preening Cam Newton and Dirty Nick Fairley on the other side, so I couldn’t pull for the “War Eagle” crowd.
Like my son said, besides Fairley’s criminally dirty play against us, the most important reason he couldn’t cheer for Auburn was “my Dawgs don’t need another rival waving a national championship trophy in the faces of recruits.”
But Auburn won and we’ll just have to live with that.
Speaking of Fairley, I liked that ESPN caught on camera another one of Fairley’s dirty plays when he twisted the helmet of that Duck on the ground, and that the commentators noted it then and again after the game. They also noted that he wasn’t even pulled off the field by his coach after that play. That tells you something about Auburn and Chizik. “All in,” as they say.
I hope my friends who are Tigers fans enjoy their championship — assuming they get to keep it. (I read where Newton’s ethically challenged father was at the game, despite Auburn asking him to stay away.)
But after what happened on the field and on the sidelines when Georgia played Auburn this year, I hark back what my Welsh mother told me about her people’s attitude toward their English/Norman conquerors: “We don’t forgive and we don’t forget.”
WELL SAID, COACH
Congratulations to Mark Fox for giving UGA a ranked men’s basketball team for the first time since 2003. And also for showing a tremendous amount of class after Saturday’s terrific win over the Wildcats.
In case you didn’t catch it, Fox used Twitter after the game to chide the Georgia fans who had taunted Kentucky with that awful “over-rated” chant.
Said Fox: “Please do me 1 favor, next time please chant underrated not overrated. UK’s a great team — not an overrated one. Today we were underrated.”
That’s the thing I’ve never understood about chanting overrated when your team knocks off a higher-ranked opponent. It’s like saying, “Well, we beat you, but you really weren’t that good.” In other words, it devalues your own team’s accomplishment.
Let’s hope there are more occasions this season when the Stegeman Coliseum crowd has the opportunity to use that chant … but doesn’t.
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