Favorite or least favorite college football traditions?

The Mississippi State cowbells: Tradition or annoyance? (Associated Press)

The Mississippi State cowbells: Tradition or annoyance? (Associated Press)

“When does a tradition become an annoyance?”

That was LSU chancellor Michael Martin talking this week about Mississippi State fans’ penchant for clanging cowbells during football games.

The obvious answer, as MrSEC.com noted, is when it’s someone else’s tradition.

When it comes to the cowbells, few folks outside Mississippi see the quaint tradition’s charm. To most folks, it’s no different than those incessant vuvuzelas African soccer fans blow or those air horns that some idiot always blows at graduation — both of which are banned at SEC games.

But the cowbells, one of the SEC’s more controversial traditions, got a reprieve Friday when the conference presidents approved a one-year extension of an exception for MSU to the rule that bans artificial noisemakers in conference stadiums. The Other Bulldogs can keep their cowbells, but the league will come down harder on them if they don’t confine their ringing to between plays. Last year, the school was fined $5,000 for one infraction and an additional $25,000 when the MSU fans did it again. This year, if they clang during play it’s going to cost Mississippi State $50,000 per infraction.

MSU President Mark Keenum hailed the extension as a good day not just for the school but for “fans everywhere who believe traditions are an important part of the college football experience.”

Now, I’m as big a believer in traditions as you’ll find, especially when it comes to my alma mater. The Dawg Walk. Krypton Fanfare. The lone trumpeter playing before a game. The Larry Munson video showing Herschel running over Bill Bates. The chapel bell after a win. I love it all. Heck, when I was a freshman at UGA I wouldn’t even walk under the famed arch because of tradition. And I still holler “Dog food!” when the other team runs on the field because that’s what fans did when I first started going to Georgia football games.

But despite the heart-tugging tales of MSU fans having cowbells rung at their funerals, there’s a reason artificial noisemakers are banned during games: In a partisan setting, they give the home team even more of an advantage than the roar of the crowd can supply. And they’re definitely rung by MSU fans to try and disrupt the opposing team’s plays.

Is that any different from everyone in the stadium standing up and screaming and clapping and stomping as loudly as they can when the opponent’s running a crucial third-down play? Folks in Starkville would argue no, but the reality is that the noise made by cowbells and the like far exceeds what a crowd can come up with otherwise. It’s why the school bands have to stop playing before the ball is snapped.

So, what do you think? Are the cowbells a harmless tradition or an annoying and unfair advantage? Are there any other such traditions in college football you’d like to see banned or limited? And what are your favorite UGA traditions? Any new ones you’d like to start? Feel free to share …

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Lincolnton Dawg

June 4th, 2011
11:21 am

I would have no problem with the cowbells in Starksville, if the fans knew how to follow the rules and only *ding* them during the dead ball situations like they are suppose to.

Since they are oblivious and disrespectful of those rules, I would love nothing more than to read MSU fans cry and whine after they are banned in full.

I think until they learn to *ding* them only when they are suppose to, fans at REAL SEC stadiums should bring noise making devices when MSU visits and obnoxiously use them while their team is attempting to huddle while driving down the field. Let them cry all they want about our stadiums being bigger, already giving us an advantage, but that is just their jealousy spewing out, wishing they had the funding and support to build fully operate a stadium of our size.

FOLLOW THE RULES MSU, or listen to the rest of the conference rejoice after your beloved bells are banned.

Lincolnton Dawg

June 4th, 2011
11:30 am

As far as UGA traditions, nothing gives me chills more frequently than the lone trumpeter in the SW corner of the stadium. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF9FGAeZH6g

Another Red Coat band traditions that makes me burst with pride for the state of Georgia is the playing of “Tara’s song, usually way before or after the game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZbQf_KOcBw&playnext=1&list=PL9585AEE80FD93845

Lebull

June 4th, 2011
11:34 am

Try posting again, but this time without encouraging others to break rules while we actually follow them. Also, do it without being an idiot…

Bug Zapper

June 4th, 2011
11:56 am

One of my favorite UGA traditions is watching the nerds leave after playing uswith their frustrations showing thoroughly 9 times a decade.

Stupid Dawg

June 4th, 2011
12:10 pm

Not shocking that a Georgia fan would complain about the cowbells at MSU after their sorry showing in Starkville last year. I guess if the fans had not had the cowbells then UGA would have surely won and probably won the national championship.

Ol' Dawg

June 4th, 2011
12:13 pm

Traditions are a huge part of the college experience. One of the things that moves me is our trumpeter and the wailing beginning. It is too short, but playing the solo longer might lessen the thrill.
As for the cowbells, yes, they are annoying. The noise level they reach is akin to a blaring sound system while an opposing team tries to call and execute an offensive play. I think the cowbells might be hard to control, especially with the drinking that goes on by students. If they prove this year that they can follow the rules, I would have no objection.
GO DAWGS!

Wheelhouse

June 4th, 2011
12:14 pm

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gtfanfrom1951

June 4th, 2011
12:16 pm

I like the 8 in row that Tech won and way UGA fan don’t talk about Fla. ( the beat downs in Jville).

Wonderful Ohio on the Gulf 'Dog

June 4th, 2011
12:16 pm

Instead of a nebulous future fine, how about an immediate unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of five yards every time Mississippi State’s cowbells ring between plays. A couple of penalties like that would put a quick end to inappropriate cowbell ringing at Starkville.

Ol' Dawg

June 4th, 2011
12:21 pm

gtfanfrom1951 – Do you think Tech fans did not rub that in 55 or so years ago. It is our time now. Guess you were born at the wrong time. As for the Jax “beat downs”, we still lead the series and things being cyclical, we’ll be back.

Really?

June 4th, 2011
12:21 pm

Nobody walks under the arch as an undergraduate, that’s not something special, Bill.

GOLDNWHITEFORLIFE

June 4th, 2011
12:23 pm

How about trimming the hedges after we whoop you’re butts in Athens :) That’s a great tradition!

74 Dawg

June 4th, 2011
12:25 pm

No question- It is Uga himself, the best mascot in all of college football.

CLEMSONDUDE

June 4th, 2011
12:27 pm

Running down the hill….the most excited 25 seconds in College Football. The rubbing of Howard’s Rock, Death Valley, Tiger Rag, Sea of Orange, and the Best Tailgating of all of college Football. Go Tigers!!!!

DAWGS forever

June 4th, 2011
12:28 pm

My favorite tradition is the yearly humilation of the trade school from North avenue or the joke by coke. That is priceless and a great tradition.

All kidding aside… though it is great to beat Tech. I just love the atmosphere surrounding college football. Nothing compares.

Go DAWGS!

Georgia Tech Students

June 4th, 2011
12:28 pm

Check out what comes up if you do a search on ajc.com using keywords “Georgia Tech Students”…..

http://projects.ajc.com/search/?term=georgia+tech+students&x=0&y=0

That sums up Tek’s traditions.

DAWGS forever

June 4th, 2011
12:29 pm

“GOLDNWHITEFORLIFE” what you get to do that every….. 10 years or so?

IveyLeaguer

June 4th, 2011
12:31 pm

It’s a tradition, but a bad one. It crosses the line, plain and simple, and should be done away with. If Ole Miss can give up the Rebel, MSU can do away with their corny cowbells.
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7576DAWG

June 4th, 2011
12:32 pm

I think the SEC is giving Mississippi State one more year to take care of the problem themselves. I don’t think it will happen and the SEC will eventually have to ban the cow bell from the stadium.

GBI

June 4th, 2011
12:33 pm

While I am not excited at all for Tech to beat UGA in Sanford Stadium, ever, I am excited to see the Techies getting cuffed for vandalizing the hedges the next time they do.

Before the game this past Thanksgiving, I had some inside info regarding the procedures by Athens Clark County, as well as the GBI who were on scene is Tech happened to win and the hedges began being vandelized. The story would have overshadowed any win by the nerds.

Hopefully it will be decades before we witness the mass arrests, but I promise you it will happen.

Lincolnton Dawg

June 4th, 2011
12:35 pm

I like the idea above, issuing a 5, 10,or 15 yard penalty every time a cowbell is heard in Starkville during inappropriate times.

I also believe this will eliminate the problem almost instantly.

Old Dawg

June 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

I love all of the traditions and would enjoy Miss State’s cowbells if they would limit them to between plays, though that’ll never happen. If they persist, I agree that penalties should be used every time it happens.

Nice work, Bill. Keep the great copy coming!

JDawg1785

June 4th, 2011
12:39 pm

Regarding the MSU cowbells, can’t we have it both ways and call it an annoying tradition? But then again, any team’s traditions will always be embraced by its fans and ridiculed by its rivals, no matter what.

Dog Catcher

June 4th, 2011
12:40 pm

One of my favorite traditions is picking up the Friday Marietta Daily Journal, double it’s usual size, to see which Dawg fans get booted into the streets by foreclosure.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 4th, 2011
12:41 pm

I have never been to a game where cowbells were used so I don’t know how loud they can get. IF it is an advantage and disrupts the opposing teams play calling, that probably is an unfair advantage.
Now I think the ruling with the new fine of 50 grand could turn out to be very costly for MSU. I would bet if one fan started ringing it, a bunch would follow, and then you can kiss 50 grand goodbye. If it is confined to times when it will not disrupt the opposing teams play, then why not let them have it.
I can’t imagine it would be that more disruptive than a crowd cheering loudly every time a QB for the other team comes up under center, and tries to call a play, but like I said, I have not had the unique experience, and hopefully never will, LOL.
Now as for you folks that come on here and just can’t resist spouting crap about UGA, you need to act more mature. Stick to the subject at hand. You might find out that there are discussions that are interesting instead of using childish remarks all the time.

Pope UGA XXIII

June 4th, 2011
12:45 pm

It’s obvious that GOLDNWHITEFORLIFE doesn’t have much tradition as
they might get to “trim the hedges” once every 10 -12 years or so. A better
tradition for the Techies is to watch the freshmen wipe their boogers on their
rat hats so they won’t get smeared on the pocket protectors !!

9-1

June 4th, 2011
12:53 pm

This is the greatest tradition by the nerds….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KDrPUcUsFY

Statesboro Dawg

June 4th, 2011
1:04 pm

Worst one: Hawaii and there poor attempt at the Hakka. What a sad attempt at intimidation form a bunch of little girls..haha

Delbert D.

June 4th, 2011
1:16 pm

That magical moment when the clock reads 00:0 and the good guys have beaten the bad guys.

Bill King

June 4th, 2011
1:16 pm

Really?:

Maybe the tradition is more closely observed today about freshmen not walking under the arch. If so, I applaud that. But when i was a freshman it was widely ignored by many folks.

Dawg Tired

June 4th, 2011
1:19 pm

Well, my favorite tradition no longer exists. It was the Dixie Red Coat Band playing DIxie after every touchdown.

SC Lou

June 4th, 2011
1:24 pm

The playing of 2001 space odyssey and now Sandstorm at Carolina games…the new SEC east Kings!

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2011
1:32 pm

I suppose an artificial noisemaker is a problem. Where would you draw a line?
If the MSU folks were smart they would embrass the idea of “we got cowbell and we know how to use them”. I’d think that would give them pretty cool bragging right to have such high regards for a tradition that they took great pride in knowing what the appropriate use was. The only SEC fanbase entrusted with that right”. The whole….With great power comes great responsibility….mentality.

I suspect they will just ring the the hell out of them, and then the tradition will be, this is our Cowbell so awesome it was banned from games. That will be a shock for a year or two, then it will just become the new bragging right.

Will

June 4th, 2011
1:32 pm

If you ever get a chance to attend a game in Madison, WI, stick around for the “5th Quarter Show”. Better yet, follow the UW Marching Band as it marches to Camp Randall on the morning of any home game, catch the pre-game show just outside of Camp Randall and keep an eye on the Band and WI student body throughout the game. I don’t know how they pull it off, but just after halftime, the students start “The Wave” – the first time a very quick wave, followed by one in slow motion and the final wave is started from opposite directions and collides in the middle. Around 35,000 usually remain at the end of a game (win or lose) to watch the Marching Band “free lance” on the field for about 30 minutes. If you are in Madison after October 15th, try to catch a hockey match at Kohl Arena either the night before or night of the football game. The student body never stops cheering, chanting, moving and dancing during the match. I’ve attended college games throughout the country and don’t recall any student body as engaged as the WI student body.

DIT

June 4th, 2011
1:33 pm

There are so many of them. That’s what makes up college football. I even like the Modle T that tech rolls out in their home games. It’s exciting for all the fans at all the schools. The OSU band, the rock at Clemson etc…Ralphie the mascot and of course Uga. I know many people that are crazy about UGA, but all agree that Uga is an awesome Dawg!

Ron Zook's Coaching Acumen

June 4th, 2011
1:48 pm

My favorite tradition is Florida whipping UGA’s ass in Jacksonville every year. Even I couldn’t even screw that up.

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2011
2:04 pm

RALPHIE!!!! Don’t you even mention that bovine beast’s name in here again.

Jeff Dantzler

June 4th, 2011
2:08 pm

Hey Stupid Dawg, we didn’t lose in Starkville because of Cowbells. We lost because Murray was young, we were on the road, we got outplayed and we didn’t have AJ. 3 of those 4 things will not be the same this year in Athens. But we don’t tie our season(s) to beating crappy teams from Mississippi so it will be little consolation if we don’t win a lot of other games.

Babs

June 4th, 2011
2:13 pm

Well, this is one debate where I don’t have a dog in the fight – I’m from basketball country. I will say this, if you’ve ever been in Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke, you’ll know what noise is. I think it’s all a part of tradition of schools, and I don’t think banning these will help other teams. Either they’re good enough to win or they aren’t, it’s really that simple.

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Spike Newnon

June 4th, 2011
2:16 pm

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how so many Techies obsess over all things UGA football.

If they didn’t, beating them 9 out of the last 10 wouldn’t be nearly as fun.

Welcome to the blawg that obsesses over UGA football, Techies. I couldn;t think of a better place for you to be.

42-34

Pago Pago DAWG

June 4th, 2011
2:22 pm

Yes, it’s sad that the left coast libs banned Dixie.
Best tradition that we need to start…..winning in JAX!
Class of 1960…still haven’t walked under the Arch.

General Ledger

June 4th, 2011
2:27 pm

Fla players do the gator chomp all the time, but I’ve seen other players get a penalty if they mockingly do it. I don’t like that.

Saban

June 4th, 2011
2:34 pm

Always like the UGA`a croaking before a homecoming loss to Kentucky.

UGA manned up and went to the other side rather than face that humiliation.

Good DAWG.

Saban

June 4th, 2011
2:36 pm

Of course close behind is Choakdawg giving the choak sign to Florida`s kicker. Imagine that will be an annual event in the next 10 losses.

daddo

June 4th, 2011
2:46 pm

I like the UGA tradition of wearing black while Alabama humiliates you at home.

BamaJamma

June 4th, 2011
2:55 pm

Two of the stupidest, might be a tie: 1. College aged football players running down a hill to slap a rock. Folks, that’s just plain stupid. I wouldn’t want a high school team to do that much less a college team. Maybe they should hokey-pokey after slapping the rock. 2. The Gator chomp or whatever they call that broken-arm, flapping thing they do. What is that? It’s all the more stupid since they didn’t even show up until 60 years after the SEC was founded! Even their bowl record is sorry and the stadium has to be THE ugliest stadium in the South. Must be something that orange does to teams.

AH

June 4th, 2011
3:06 pm

gtfanfrom1951, GT fans talk about UGA’s recent record against UF. We, UGA fans, could talk about GT’s recent record against FSU if we wanted to, since GT has only won 2 of the last 14 games. The big difference is we are proud to beat Tech ourselves. We don’t need some fantasy team to do it for us.

GOLDNWHITEFORLIFE

June 4th, 2011
3:26 pm

Ummm we actually got to do more recent than that “DAWGS forerver”. Thanks for the ignorant post though ;)

Hold up

June 4th, 2011
3:27 pm

I guess the hedges are some type of tradition. That dog needs to pea on something.

Lindsey

June 4th, 2011
3:32 pm

I got my first taste of the cowbells last year when we took a road trip to Starkville and my head is still ringing!! They ring those things all game long, I do think it is an advantage for them. But I also realizes if UGA had played better I would not have heard the bells the entire game. GO DAWGS!!

1eyedJack

June 4th, 2011
3:35 pm

The one I liked, alas, has fallen to progress. I greatly admired the party on the railroad tracks. Loved the Junkyard Dawg defense and would welcome it’s return.

As for cowbells, if I wanted to subject myself to physical torture I’d go stand at the airport and watch planes take off for 3 hours.

Perhaps my favorite tradition is the Thanksgiving leftover beatdown of the GnaTs.

jay

June 4th, 2011
3:45 pm

I’m a 50 year Dawg fan and I don’t think I’ve seen 8 Tech victories over the Dawgs in my whole life.

mdbatl

June 4th, 2011
4:07 pm

The fact that Mississippi State hasn’t won an SEC championship since 1941 should quiet any talk of a “competitive advantage” from the cowbells (strangely, Alabama still claims an national title that year). Even as a Georgia fan, I think it’s a cool tradition that should be left alone. Given how entrenched traditions are at SEC schools, I don’t think any floodgates of artificial noisemakers would be opened if the SEC gave them a permanent reprieve.

King Gator

June 4th, 2011
4:15 pm

Drinking in Jax, before..during..and after the Gators whoop the Pups!

fpice

June 4th, 2011
4:20 pm

Least favorite–incompetent coaches. Been a tradition for quite a few years now!

Perp Walker

June 4th, 2011
4:35 pm

I love the Perp Walk at UGA. :-) :-) :-)

copdawg

June 4th, 2011
5:12 pm

They are God awful, period

get the picture

June 4th, 2011
5:24 pm

goldandwhiteforlife, Tech has had that moment exactly 8 times in 55 years. LOL a Tech fan trying to talk smack on a UGA board . over 5 decades of sheer dominance. Now run on to a Duke board and brag to the Blue Devils how you win every year.

Top Dawg

June 4th, 2011
5:25 pm

I like the annual beatdown of the Nerd Herd in late November. :-)

Cohutta Dawgman

June 4th, 2011
5:32 pm

My favorite UGA Football Tradition was sitting on the tracks and drinking bourbon till I puked, Those days are a distance memory now.

Mike

June 4th, 2011
5:43 pm

All I know is if somehow Miss State is allowed to keep those cowbells, UGA fans will blame Nick Fairley for it.

ATLDAWGIE

June 4th, 2011
5:47 pm

I get chills when the eagle takes flight at Jordan-Hare…and I don’t care for AU that much. But it is really impressive….

this is a bad subject

June 4th, 2011
5:51 pm

but the least funny is watching a drunk dawg fan actually trying to bark like a dog. Drink/bark/barf/drink some more…etc..

bdaamwag

June 4th, 2011
5:52 pm

Hey oldfarttechfan51,

Get over it man! 8 years in a row? PLEASE! UGA OWNS YOUR FOOTBALL PROGRAM! We borrow money from Auburn just to keep making the payments on your crap program. Do you want to know how bad we own you, really? YOUR GAME ISN’T AS BIG TO US AS UF, AU, AND USC. Your rivaly status with us has fallen due to lack of competition. But don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy watching you nerds tally up that final score.
And for the bammer talkin trash about the black out, that was a good year for you guys. (Also a good year or Utah. hah!) Still seems your still a bit bitter about that O.T. win in 2000-SABAN…LOL. I saw grown men weeping like school girls after that game!!!!! Im sure those 2 early beatdowns CMR gave you guys in the early 2000’s still simmers in your morning coffee pot too….hahahah!!!!! Go Dawgs people!

clemPson

June 4th, 2011
5:55 pm

2001 Space Odyssey cool? Teach that chicken to fly like an eagle……

Candice

June 4th, 2011
6:03 pm

I love the Perp Walk at UGA.

Ha ha, that’s pretty funny! Only at UGA.

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 4th, 2011
6:06 pm

Who can find a CoEd wagging a cowbell as wrong? Ring one wave two…

You can't fix it

June 4th, 2011
6:07 pm

When the UGA football players put on their shoes for practice, TGIF is inscribed in the insole of the shoe — TOES GO IN FIRST.

The problem is… you can’t fix stupid!

Terry

June 4th, 2011
6:08 pm

King Gator, That’s not a tradition, you’re just an alcoholic.

Sugar Hill Dawg

June 4th, 2011
6:14 pm

I graduated from UGA in 1975 – I still feel funny walking through the Arch! I’ve been to a lot of Auburn games the last three seasons (my son’s in the AUMB) – the four corners pep rally’s pretty cool, as is the Tiger Walk, The Flight in Jordan – Hare, and, of course, Toomer’s Corner. However, ain’t nothing better than dragging a gator doll around the Gator Bowl (sorry – it will always be the Gator Bowl to me) snd enjoying the Dawg fans kicking that sucker! Time to bring back the Junkyard Dawgs and do some Gator Choppin this fall! (Shame on you Will Muschamp! Your Alumni Association membership is immediately cancelled!)

Vuvuzelas Forever

June 4th, 2011
6:14 pm

Free vuvuzela and red panties for the first thousand dawg fans through the gates at every home game. You heard it here first!

Paddy

June 4th, 2011
6:16 pm

Dotting the I by the Ohio State band. It does send chills up your spine if you see it in person. Dotting the I by Jack Nicholas was my all-time favorite tradition moment!!! Hard to duplicate when it just happens and the moment grabs you.

Von Gannon

June 4th, 2011
6:20 pm

I can remember how beautiful it was back in the 50s and 60s whenever any other team – particularly Tech – came on the field to the chorus of the entire student body, “DOG FOOD, DOG FOOD, DOG FOOD ….” It was a beautiful thing!

Go SEC

June 4th, 2011
6:26 pm

This is SEC country….we don’t care about the Big 10…or PAC 10…or ACC…or Big East….OR NOTRE DAMN DAME…

Still@theBAR

June 4th, 2011
6:30 pm

The NEW UGA tradition! Uga’s dying after 1 season and Russ having to stand-in.

Bama Fan#2

June 4th, 2011
6:32 pm

Many schools have great traditions but Alabama has Bear Bryant talking about the
national championships before kickoff and you can not understand a word he is
saying and then Bama comes out on the field to Thunder Struck and 100,000
fans go nuts. That is tradition!!!!!!!! RTR

chs

June 4th, 2011
6:38 pm

UGA’s annual drubbing by Florida: Least favorite.
The Hedges and UGA: Favorite.

Les Miles = winner; CMR = not so much

June 4th, 2011
6:48 pm

man, you UGA fans sure love livin in the past…LOSERS!!!

Mike

June 4th, 2011
6:50 pm

Did I mention how much I loooove Nick Fairley? Thugs and cheaters turn me on soooo much.

Secfan

June 4th, 2011
6:55 pm

I say let it be. Let MState keep the cowbells. I’ve been to the games in Starkville and honestly don’t think there’s an advantage. As for others on here talking about how stupid fans are, what schools are “real sec” and what traditions are dumb, grow up. The need to put down another school or its fans, shows your lack of intelligence regardless of what school you graduated from or attend. Ppl can we comment as adults without the insults? Every school has their traditions and because we don’t understand them it doesn’t make them any less important than our own.

Ringleader

June 4th, 2011
6:57 pm

Enter your comments here

FACT……………..

The SEC could not identify one play……..not a single play……where the cowbells
affected the outcome.

That is why it got another year.

The bells certainly did not have anything to do with the Dogs laydown last year.

bamaguy

June 4th, 2011
7:00 pm

It will be a harmless annoyance until MSU wins it’s SEC division and makes it to the championship game. Then the rest of the league will come down on the cow bells.

get the picture

June 4th, 2011
7:01 pm

Still, thats low class even for a frustrated Techie.

get the picture

June 4th, 2011
7:11 pm

Ringleader, I think the cowbells are ok, but if they couldn’t identify one single play why did the SEC fine you guys over $50,000.

Sam

June 4th, 2011
7:20 pm

My question is how long does it take for something to become a “tradition”? I mean the dawg walk is not that old now is it?

UGA FRIEND

June 4th, 2011
7:20 pm

Can someone explain why BamaJamma made the comment about Florida Field being the ugliest stadium in the South? I realize where the slur is coming from but I thought the stadium has been renovated and enlarged over the years to the point where it seats 85 to 90 K fans. Is it really bad or is this just because the guy does not like UF?

Buttsmehre

June 4th, 2011
7:26 pm

They should either ban artificial noisemakers for everyone, or allow them for everyone. No excuses on Georgia’s lousy showing in Starkville last year, and it didn’t change the outcome of the game, but the cowbells were rung on EVERY GEORGIA SNAP- while the stadium PA and scoreboard winked at the cheating by reminding fans “not” to do it.

Not a huge deal, but it’s cheating, period. They don’t even attempt to comply with the rules. If they were really fined for every infraction, they’d have to give up sports- which would be no loss to the SEC, really.

Their fans clearly didn’t care about anything but ringing cowbells anyway, since that (and a little baseball) constitutes their only tradition.

Spike Newnon

June 4th, 2011
7:35 pm

One of the great UGA traditions is listening to the Techies think they are better than us, despite them winning once a decade.

Priceless.

Without haters, it’s just not as fun.

King Gator

June 4th, 2011
8:45 pm

Blackouts that don’t work and boozing AD’s with red thongs in thier laps! Junkyard fans and girls with cameltoes in Arkansas. NCAA infractions and BCS Championships. Talking smack, Kentucky fans telling me how good they are in basketball during football season and of course the best darn football in the country! SEC SEC SEC –
Go Gators!

Wil

June 4th, 2011
9:06 pm

There were penalties given to the MSU a few years ago when we rang cowbells when we were not suppose to. Then the NCAA said that the team can not be penalized because of ringing cowbells. I wish they would have banned cowbells this year and every year after. We as fans have been bringing them in our stadium for 50 plus years and even if they are banned after this year we will always have our cowbells in the stadium just like the past. Every other SEC school uses illegal noisemakers so why is it a big deal. SEC fans want to complain about cowbells but when we go to a bowl game they welcome cowbells in a stadium that does not allow illegal noisemakers. So does that make sense? No! So we can ring them in bowl games but not in our own stadium. Go Bulldogs!

TheRealDawg

June 4th, 2011
10:55 pm

This tradition has been going on at State for decades. Why now is it upsetting to folks? We’re coming to Athens this year insignificant dawgs. So get ready to see The Real Dawgs when we send you back to your dorms crying.

VA DAWG

June 4th, 2011
11:19 pm

No more annoying than the incessant tomahawk chop done by FSU fans or the Boomer Sooner fight song played constantly after each play by the band at Oklahoma games.

Clete

June 4th, 2011
11:43 pm

The worst tradition I have seen is the start of the 4th quarter of a Florida game. They sway back and forth while they sing some song. It has to be the gayest tradition in college football.

JacketBacker001

June 4th, 2011
11:47 pm

There’s an easy solution to this problem. Just keep them from scoring and you will not hear a single cowbell, ala 2008 when they played Tech…I didn’t hear a cowbell until the final 4 minutes of the game when they finally scored.

P. Bull Terrier

June 5th, 2011
12:26 am

Traditions are great, but sometimes the changing times make traditions obsolete. With the detailed sophistication of today’s play calls and the adjustments at the line of scrimmage, cow bells and other noisemakers are a bigger disruption than they were 20 or 30 years ago. It’s time for cow bells to join hitching posts and telegraphs in the school history section.

2012 Tech

June 5th, 2011
12:43 am

We rule and cowbells turn us on!!

dawgdip

June 5th, 2011
6:07 am

I love all good UGA traditions. I think rolling the trees at Toomers Corner after an Auburn win is quite unique and is one of my favorites.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 5th, 2011
7:39 am

This article would be more meaningful to me, if it had stated how some of these traditions got started. Might mean more also, if some of the sick people on here did not post such negative crap about each other. Most of these blogs turn into comments that resemble, play ground fights from elementary school.

MST8DAWGNGA

June 5th, 2011
8:39 am

Coaches admitted, they don’t hear bells on the field! They are worried about the game,,, Now, go back to last year, The last games at Starkville Bells were run at the right times, The nose level was louder during those games than the UGA and Auburn game when more bells were rung. I know that it was so loud it was incredible at the Arkansas game, So Want it like that or how about bells that will not be as loud… Pick the Poison

Sam

June 5th, 2011
9:11 am

whatever happened to freedom? Do we not still live in the US? if the fans want to ring cowbells, let them. we don’t need more legislation and regulation in our lives. sure its annoying but so be it.

South ga boy in the atl

June 5th, 2011
9:29 am

As a lifelong Dawg fan, acknowledged in advance, and in the interest of fairness, one thing has to be pointed out. While it is true that artificial noise makers can give an edge to the home team, the facts in this case is that not all stadiums are created equal. I feel a little sheepish complaining about the cow bells when Sanford stadium holds 93K vs MS holding just over 50k and that’s with a recent addition. For years, MS stadium had a capacity crowd of about 38K so therefore I felt like the cow bells were something of an equalizer. I love tradition, so until MS gets a stadium seating near 100K, leave the cow bells alone

gagata

June 5th, 2011
9:51 am

One of my favorite UGA traditions is watching the nerds leave after playing us in Jax with their frustrations showing thoroughly 9 times a decade.

gagata

June 5th, 2011
9:51 am

One of my favorite UGA traditions is watching the rednecks leave after playing us in Jax. with their frustrations showing thoroughly 9 times a decade.

You want fries with that?

June 5th, 2011
9:53 am

My least favorite tradition is for UGA to continually recruit illiterate dummies and thugs and call them student-athletes, which is a big joke.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 5th, 2011
10:00 am

South Ga boy,

Thanks for the info. Makes sense to me. I have never attended a game with the bells. Stadium size would surely seem to me to be a consideration.
My least favorite tradition is having to wade through all of these childish comments by most of these people on these blogs, to find something insightful, with real value and information in it. Thanks again South Ga. Boy.

Only twenty

June 5th, 2011
10:01 am

It was reported that Georgia head football coach Mark Richt will only be dressing twenty players for the Georgia Tech game. The rest of the players will have to get dressed by themselves.

Appealing

June 5th, 2011
10:16 am

Members of the Georgia football team were placed in a remedial English class. We are going to start with the basics, the professor explained. Does anyone know what comes after a sentence? All of the players raised their hands. The appeal, they all shouted with pride.

KeepDreaming

June 5th, 2011
10:26 am

Are you sure they arent ringing those cowbells to attract the attention of those fat hog-type looking women they have over there in Starkville?

Hart Co.

June 5th, 2011
10:39 am

Tech’s only tradition… rings made after a 3 point win over UGA once every decade.

steve

June 5th, 2011
10:59 am

Going to the UGA/Miss St game last year, I found the bells EXTREMELY annoying, yet it is a tradition that should stay. Good luck keeping the bells quiet when it is in the hands of toddler.

1eyedJack

June 5th, 2011
11:20 am

One tradition that I have studied from afar with morbid facination is the GnaT students’ tradition of being held up at gunpoint, stripped naked, pistol whipped and trussed up like a hog in their dorm rooms. Strange ritual that. Almost as strange as looking androgynous, poorly, and pretending to be zombies.

tim scott

June 5th, 2011
11:43 am

come on ya’ll if this tradition was at UGA you would be all over it. I am a Gator and yes it is annoying but so is the gator chop or dawg fans woofing or that crowing rooster in Columbia. It is part of the beauty that is college football. Before you can say that it gives MSU an advantage please remind how many SEC titles have they won in say the last 25 yrs. They had a good year this year however year in and year out they are a second tier team. I for one do not see any advantage to the cowbells they are simply annoying but so in Rocky Top but thank God its the SEC

docsbro

June 5th, 2011
11:46 am

So I guess the LSU chancelor will stop the “tradition” of walking teams past a live Tiger while their fans spit and pour beer on the opposing team….. Right?!?!????? Or night games where the fans get “greased up” ALL day long…

themaninblack

June 5th, 2011
11:50 am

Georgia has no real tradition of its own. I’m an AU alum, and the AU folks around here grow so sick and tired of georgia fans trying so ever desperately over the past 5 or so years to claim that dawgwalk is their tradition. First, you totally stole that from Auburn’s Tiger Walk, which has been one of the great college football traditions since the mid 60’s. You guys didn’t start copying us til sometime in the early to mid 2000’s. It’s NOT your tradition!! It’s a really, really pathetic attempt to copy Auburn’s Tiger Walk, which is so much bigger, older, and infinitely more intense than any puppy walk ever thought about being. Not that THuga fans will ever stop trying to claim it as some great georgia tradition. But EVERYONE else knows who you’re copying and thinks it’s downright stupid. Go invent something to start your OWN tradion…no matter how lame it might turn out to be. PLEASE!!

Pago Pago Dawg

June 5th, 2011
12:13 pm

A lot of teams in the USA have a “walk”, so they all stole the idea from auburn?

Delbert D.

June 5th, 2011
12:22 pm

“Whatever happened to freedom? Do we not live in the US?”

Got to draw a line somewhere. Otherwise the Texas A&M boys will be firing blanks out of Colt .44 Peacemakers during the game.

Phillip Barton (GeorgiaDawgStuckNVegasHatingEveryMinute)e

June 5th, 2011
12:23 pm

Bill … you’re one of my favorite personalities to listen to/read and I just want to thank you and to say that the traditions of all Colleges and Universities are what make America and our respective schools great!

Regardless of who you root for … the friendly ribbing, big arguments and even fights people get into prove our devotion to what we love most besides our families …

Rooting for our respective schools and no one else!

———-

Bring it on Boise! …

Put Some Bite N Your Bark D A W G S !!!

Georgia 37 Boise 29 … (smiling) …

College Football Fan

June 5th, 2011
1:02 pm

I guess next they should put in a rule that if any noise is made during play calling there will be a 25 yard penalty and the culprit’s tongue will be cut out.

RxDawg

June 5th, 2011
1:42 pm

This is the biggest no brainer in all of college football. No, MSU fans should not be able to use artificial noise makers during the game. No other traditions affect the actual play on the field. This one does and it’s against the rules.

I still say anytime MSU comes to vist another SEC team, all 90k+ fans should bring in some cowbells and see what they think of them then.

Special K

June 5th, 2011
2:13 pm

Get rid of em. Nuff said.

it's a GAME, Bill

June 5th, 2011
2:50 pm

It is a game, a sporting event. You remember collegiate spirit, fanfare for the home team, boos for the visitors, screaming your lungs out when the opponent is fourth and goal, anything to disrupt the snap.
I’m a lifelong Ga guy, longtime ticket holder but I think the Cowbells are as much a part of the college football landscape as ‘Go Dogs, Sic ‘Em’ The ‘Script Ohio’ of the OSU Marching Band and those sickening Gator fans doing their side to side drunken weave in unison.
It’s meant to disrupt the opposing team, which is why it’s called a ‘home field advantage’. If the opposition has trouble with it, that’s a ‘them’ problem. You hold an air horn up by someone’s ear and blow it, it can cause eardrum damage, so I understand that prohibition. The cowbells? Not so much. Dating back to Dooley and his time on the competition committee, the NCAA has tried harder and harder to ’sanitize’ the game and therefore made it more corporate and less fun.

Stillinthebar

June 5th, 2011
3:06 pm

I would like to see the Georgia Redcoat Band play Georgia on my Mind during pregame show. That is and will always be a classic to those of us raised in Georgia.

GT GRAD

June 5th, 2011
3:47 pm

Face facts…….the cowbells are intended and used as an “illegal” home field advantage!

The “tradition” claim is a bogus attempt to suggest the cowbells were not used to make noise in an manner which makes it diffiecult for the opposing team to communicate.

Everyone involved needs to simply say what everyone already knows and permanently ban the use of artificial noise makers!! Tradition…….what a joke.

gator bob

June 5th, 2011
3:53 pm

The best tradition is watching Mark Richt choke against the mighty gators!

Les Miles

June 5th, 2011
4:16 pm

we play MSU every year..cowbells don’t cause missed tackles or fumbles on the goal line…my god, UGA fans are pathetic…i do agree with gator bob, your annual choke-fest in Jax is trending to the top of my favorite traditions!! i do have a question: did UGA receive a “participation” ribbon from last years bowl gag vs. UCF?

gcs

June 5th, 2011
4:30 pm

Jeez, Mississippi State has so little. Let them keep this one little thing. Who is it hurting, really?
If ringing cowbells can effect the outcome of a game, than you should blame the coach.

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schedule, schedule, schedule

June 5th, 2011
4:42 pm

Worst:
Playing “Rocky Top” every time a player takes a drink of water
Miami’s stupid “whooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaa C! U! B! A!” chant
MSU’s idiot fanbase and their cowbells
Mark Richt paying player’s bail
Putting industrial-grade RoundUp on the trees in Tumor’s Corner
Looking out past the end zone at a cemetery in Tuscaloosa

Best:
Ole Miss tailgating
Watching Kentucky fans claim they don’t care about football
Urinating on the stupid arches in Athens

TheAntiMe

June 5th, 2011
5:16 pm

The loud cowbells appear to be just another extension of the concept: An empty barrel rattles the loudest.

BossDawg

June 5th, 2011
5:59 pm

It is hard to say what my favorite tradition is, but the dawg walk, UGA patrolling the sidelines, and the History of The University are amazing, but the Soloist playing during the Dawg Walk is one of the most chilling and exciting moments for a true fan. Hell Yeah!!!! GO DAWG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

King Gator

June 5th, 2011
6:25 pm

Dropping a duece in every SEC stadium, the GA Dome and Jax – My own tradition – Go Gators! P.S. Auburn is the best SEC Stadium to take a break in a stall. Just sayin…

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2011
7:09 pm

Wow, how funny is a tech boy coming in here pretending to be a gator fan, but forgot he wasn’t pretending to be a Georgia fan for a second.

knoxDawg

June 5th, 2011
7:28 pm

I love most every one of the Georgia traditions but the one I like least is the Sanford Stadium tradition of holding up four fingers before the start of the Fourth Quarter. It isn’t original. Surely there could be something better to do that would pump the fans up more.

Alabama Jack

June 5th, 2011
7:30 pm

I think the neatest tradition is the dawgs always proclaiming themselves pre-season national champions before falling on their butts. They’ve been doing for what, the last 30 years before this one

GT11

June 5th, 2011
9:47 pm

When you say BUUUUUUUUUUUDWEISER

Freddie

June 5th, 2011
9:47 pm

Three UGA players are riding together in a car. Who is driving? Answer: The state trooper.

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2011
9:51 pm

Kind of like Auburn fans were proclaiming themselves pre-season national champs last year………………opps sorry that was somebody else doing that wasn’t it?

UGADawg83

June 5th, 2011
10:11 pm

Lame blogs by Bill King are my leat favorite UGA tradition.

AtlMSU

June 5th, 2011
10:12 pm

Funny how nobody said much of anything about the Cowbells when State was consistently losing. State starts beating a few people and all of the sudden the Cowbells are a big concern. What a joke.

USN Volunteer

June 5th, 2011
11:34 pm

When the sun is high in the sky in a hot and humid summer day and ole Neyland is packed tight with me watching that Pride of the Southland Marching Band start to make that Power T and the Vols burst forth towards their sideline and the announce over the loud system shouts “IT’S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!”

It gets me every time.

zgoldatl

June 6th, 2011
2:17 am

I love the George P. Burdell pages at Tech away games. I love the ramblin wreck (car and song). I love Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field (oldest and winningest stadium in division 1 football. But my favorite two traditions are (admittedly every 8 years or so) mauling the hedges when Tech wins in Athens. But the best tradition is the Budweiser song between the 3rd and 4th quarter. Have had away team fans from many schools over the last 11 years I have had season tix talk about how cool and loud that song and tradition are

zgoldatl

June 6th, 2011
2:20 am

When you’ve said Budweiser, you’ve said it all!!!

Bawbie

June 6th, 2011
6:49 am

Diamond Dawgs and Perno choking as usual.. FIRE PERNO!

Paddy

June 6th, 2011
7:54 am

GoSEC….you are right it is SEC country. But the question was your favorite tradition. Dotting the I by the Ohio St band is my favorite and I really enjoy it. Why do you have such a narrow view of college football tradition? I am a hugh Dawg fan but I do allow myself the pleasure of enjoying the entire experience that college football provides. You should try it sometimes. I would love to debate you, you would be soooooo easy!

Joe

June 6th, 2011
8:18 am

Get rid of the old video. Use updated video if their are some updated highlights. Probably half of the attendance are too young to remember some of the shown highlignts. That trumpet solo thing is lame. Let Larry rest too!!! Move on to greater things and away from the past. Has UGA fans complaining gotten to the point of itself being a tradition?

DawginLex

June 6th, 2011
8:25 am

Bama loses another offensive lineman to Texas.

Is this becoming a Bama recruiting tradition?

tide roll, what say you?

Joe Bob Thibodaux

June 6th, 2011
8:27 am

Bill, I have seen Billy Cannon run back the kickoff to defeat ol Miss a thousand times.
It still works for me.

Bring back the Tiger Rag in Tiger Stadium. The students changed the words to the song, which offended opposition fans, and got the song banned in Tiger Stadium. SHAMELESS.

Cow bells don’t bother me. They are designed to call cows for crying out loud.

Troy

June 6th, 2011
8:39 am

I love the tradition of watching the nerd transition during the course of a game…..they talk alot of smack before the game…..and with few exceptions, by the mid point of the 4Q they have been relished to either stone face quiet or they leave….

SCJack

June 6th, 2011
9:23 am

A very successful (now retired) contractor had returned to my home to view his handy work of having installed a pool. Upon seeing that my wife and I had surrounded the pool area with river rock (and knowing that we had three children) remarked what is my response to the MSU cowbell question, “anytime I’ve ever seen rocks around a pool there will most assuredly and ultimately be rocks in the pool”!

Beast from the East

June 6th, 2011
9:36 am

My favorite is the great tailgating before the WLOCP. 50/50 split between Dawgs and Gators makes for a really fun time with lots of good-natured ribbing from both sides. Not to mention the great food and drinks……LOTS OF DRINKS!
My least favorite is the Noles’ pathetic “chop”. Makes me literally sick to the stomach.

too Easy

June 6th, 2011
9:41 am

Troy: Try ‘relegated’. Relish is for hotdogs.

Pago Pago Dawg

June 6th, 2011
9:56 am

Dang, we can’t win in softball, baseball, tennis, golf…is there Anything we can be #1 in?!

Johnny

June 6th, 2011
9:58 am

Barking after a kickoff like a retard.

89(UGA)Dawg

June 6th, 2011
10:18 am

Dawg grad/fan here, living in MS…I was at that beatdown last year in Starkville…want to shut up the cowbells? Try scoring some points and not fumbling away the game….The Cowbells had NOTHING to do with the outcome…and the video screen driects the fans when they should and should not ring them…most fans near me followed the rules…let them keep the cowbells, they really don’t have much tradition other that that…GO DAWGS (the ones from Athens, that is)

Geechee Dawg

June 6th, 2011
10:34 am

For all the hoopla over the Tide fan poisoning the trees at Toomer’s Corner, the Allbarnites’ tradition of rolling Toomer’s Corner after each win has got to be the stupidest, most immature tradition in all of sports.

MilanDog

June 6th, 2011
10:38 am

I was at the game in Starkville last year. The ringing of the cowbells had nothing to do with why we lost the game. UGA simply got outplayed and outcoached in that game, plain and simple. State wanted that game more than we did. I don’t have a problem with the cowbells. Even with their ringing, I don’t think their stadium was anywhere near noise level of an LSU, Auburn, or Alabama.

I like what SECFan said. Don’t throw off on another schools traditions! This is why college football is what it is. Take away traditions and the bands and the atmosphere would not be the same.

DawginLex

June 6th, 2011
10:44 am

Richt never losing in Tuscaloosa. That’s a tradition.

Contractor

June 6th, 2011
10:48 am

Die hard Georgia fan as most on here, but tradition is what makes college football better than any other type of sport in the world. I have no problem with the cow bells in Starkville.. As long as they don’t use them to hit opposing fans upside the head, then there should be no problem with them. As I see it, I don’t even care about them using them during the game, Players and coaches just have to get past all of that in my eyes. There is no difference than the defining crowds at Death Valley or in Athens, or the over 100,000 at Bryant-Denny raising cane at opposing teams. Heck, these TV stations have cameras flying all over the place as well, right in the sight of these players. I believe a lot of fans get so deep into it all that they completely hate anything that doesn’t relate to their team, especially when you lose to them, but these are what sets it apart from the money hungry me me me professional athletes, and why us folks in the South live and breath it all year round. If a cow bell, roaring tiger, gator chomp, or Rocky Top bother your team, I think you have other problems to fix if they can’t focus.

soaked

June 6th, 2011
10:55 am

I think the tradition of Auburn turning fire hoses on opposing fans is a pretty annoying tradition….

Dan Mullet

June 6th, 2011
11:27 am

Who cares about MS State they are the worst program in the SEC. they never win consistently and they have a first rd pick every ten years. I wish they would shine those bells up turn them sideways and shove them were the sun dont shine

beachwriter

June 6th, 2011
11:28 am

As an MSU fan/alum, I love the cowbells! What bothers me is having cowbells referred to as “artificial” noisemakers. I mean, WTH is “artificial” noise? How is the noise made by a cowbell any different from the noise made by the referee’s whistles, the band instruments, or the sound coming from the PA amplifiers? From a scientific standpoint, it’s NO DIFFERENT. Thus, the cowbell rule is discriminatory. So, let’s make the band leave their instruments outside, have the refs use hand signals only, and take down the PA speakers – that’s only fair. As to the author’s statement “…the reality is that the noise made by cowbells and the like far exceeds what a crowd can come up with otherwise,” well, I beg to differ. Have you ever sat in the stands at Neyland Stadium with 100+k UT fans screaming and that amped-up PA system blasting?? Cowbells have no chance of making a dent there. Same at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Funny how this topic only gets air time when Miss. State starts winning. Y’all sound like a bunch of whiny brats.

Bo Cooper

June 6th, 2011
12:05 pm

The cowbells are a long standing tradition a MSU and should remain part of the experience. Funny how for the many years that State has been irrelevent in the eyes of the conference nobody cared about our cowbells. Now all of a sudden Miss. State is winning football games and everyone is is payng attention. Beating Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss and Michigan in the bowl, now comes all of the griping about our famed cowbells. You are totally misled if you think the cowbells have any affect on the game noise-wise. Every team in the conference less Vandy and Ole Miss has 100,000 plus fans screaming out versus State’s 55,000. Give me a break!

Dogs Smell

June 6th, 2011
12:19 pm

There is No greater tradition than running through the T in Knoxville.

King Gator

June 6th, 2011
12:21 pm

Dang, we can’t win in softball, baseball, tennis, golf…is there Anything we can be #1 in?
*****************************
Preseason Rankings and Arrests!

Enjoy the Gator SB team in the World Series finals and the Gator bball team in the Super Regionals v. team Cowbell! Go Gators!

Joshua Barlowe

June 6th, 2011
12:55 pm

Counting the number of UGA players arrested every year is my favorite tradition.

Beyond Wretched

June 6th, 2011
12:58 pm

A few months from now, UGA’s so-called Dream Team will be just a lingering nightmare. Many of these goons will be arrested and sent home, and the rest are a disorganized bunch of me-first losers.

What a pathetic, wretched excuse for a state university.

Mike the Tiger

June 6th, 2011
1:03 pm

There is the tradition of Georgia fans turning on the team after disappointing losses, like the time after the Vanderbilt loss when fans pelted their own team with ice and trash.

Stillinthebar

June 6th, 2011
1:06 pm

Not sure why previous did not show up. Anyway.
Would like to see and hear the UGA Redcoat Band play Georgia on my Mind during pregame.

Ceasar

June 6th, 2011
1:31 pm

Would like to haer more ofDIXIE played!!!!

Jack

June 6th, 2011
1:32 pm

I like the cowbells & think fans should be allowed to ring then anytime as loud & as often as they want to. A great tradition!
The Ramblin’ Wreck leading the Jackets onto Grant Field is the coolest entance in sports.
The song just happens to be the best fight song too.

Buckeye

June 6th, 2011
1:36 pm

Other than Script Ohio…# 1 bar none……………

Florida State Chief on the horse

Notre Dame Play like Champions today.

Urban Meyer’s Time Out Time Out Time Out!!!

Atlanta87

June 6th, 2011
1:37 pm

Hands down the Eagle flying around Jordan Hare stadium.

Ryno

June 6th, 2011
1:39 pm

Whats wrong with a little more “COW BELL”…I think we all need a little more Cow Bell…

shankit

June 6th, 2011
1:41 pm

Traditions I miss:
1. “My God, he’s just a freshman.”
2. “We just stepped on their face with a fob nail boot & broke their nose, we crushed their face.”
3. “Hunker down you hairy dogs”.
4. “Lindsey Scott, Lindsey Scott, Lindsey Scott.
5. “Sugar falling from the sky.”

Ted Sheckler

June 6th, 2011
1:42 pm

The presidents made a bad move here. Not only have the cowbells been illegal in the SEC to use since 1974 but they are also dangerous. There have been numerous incidents where angry and drunk State fans have thrown their cowbells at opposing fans. One example is the pending lawsuit from the 2009 game vs. Ole Miss where a fan was knocked unconcious by being hit with a cowbell. The victim is suing the attacker, MS State and the SEC. I hope he wins and cleans house on all three. It is not surprising though that cowbells are the best tradition at Mississippi State. If you have ever been to Starkville, you would understand. It has been said that Starkville is the indian word for trailer park.

Atlanta87

June 6th, 2011
1:42 pm

@ beachwriter What exactly have you been winning in lately?

Buckeye

June 6th, 2011
1:46 pm

UGA (add a Roman Numeral) – Best uga

sic ‘em dogs woof woof woof – Worst uga

Trads

June 6th, 2011
1:47 pm

Dawgs are a grotesque embarrassment to the State of Georgia. What a tradition.

shankit

June 6th, 2011
1:53 pm

Greatest starting tradition will be the dotting of the “I” at midfield when OSU plays Michigan in 2011.

shankit

June 6th, 2011
1:54 pm

Recipe for Buckeyes (cousin to a horse chestnut).
Mix a bowl of buckeyes with a cup of Trussels (did I spell that right)
mix with greens (astroturf) and you will get one of the best desserts ever served in the big ten.
Buckeye
I know it’s corny but so are you.

Always the panties!

June 6th, 2011
2:06 pm

Red panties. How can you top smelly moist red panties for tradition? Sordid, yes, but now a rich tradition in Athens.

shankit

June 6th, 2011
2:08 pm

Buckeye
Understand OSU is taking applications for anyone interested
in dotting their “I” at midfield this year. Must be able to pass
a creditibilty check to qualify.

shankit

June 6th, 2011
2:09 pm

Buckeye
Florida Citrus Bowl, 1993, The Georgia Bulldogs vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
sic ‘em dogs, Woof, Woof, Woof.

Dogz

June 6th, 2011
2:34 pm

Goldnwhiteforlife..your baseball team looked good again last night..HAHAHAHAHA . 9 out of10, in football and counting!

ugaclassof2004

June 6th, 2011
2:42 pm

Most of the current traditions are fine. But I gotta say, I never heard the stadium as loud as it was when the players came out in those black jerseys vs. Auburn. The team was on a roll, the build up to that game was excellent, and we beat the brakes off Auburn.

Gimmics only work when a team is on a roll though ( see Tomahawk Chop with the Braves). In and of themselves, they mean nothing. Richt tried the Blackout again in 2008 and it didn’t work because the team didn’t have the same momentum. Blackout games should only be reserved for special occasions.

P.S. Worst traditions: the black helments vs. Florida in 2009. What a pathetic attempt at trying to get a team fired up! I knew we were going to get the crap kicked out of us the second the team came out of the tunnel in those hideous costumes! And you could tell the players hated them too. A close second would be the black pants and the helmets with the black stripes that Donnan used in the late 90’s. UGA has a pretty uniform as it is, leave the silver britches and helmets with the G and one lone strip alone!!!

DawginLex

June 6th, 2011
2:51 pm

joshua barlowe,

Since your education is obviously limited, it is probably a good thing there have been ZERO arrests this year since you enjoy counting them.

You might can actually count that high.

S GA AU FAN

June 6th, 2011
2:54 pm

Tiger flying high over Jordan Hare Stadium is the best. Of course the stand in eagle flying before the NC game wasn’t bad either!

And yes I enjoy rolling the trees at Toomer’s Corner!

WAR EAGLE!

D Bag Trolls!

June 6th, 2011
3:03 pm

Munson and UGA! The best!

Rocky Top! Worst

yeah

June 6th, 2011
3:09 pm

rock at clemson close 2nd to last–rocky top is worst

MS Bully

June 6th, 2011
3:14 pm

State already won the West and played in the SEC championship. Ask the Georgia Dome employees how loud it was with about 30,000 State fans. The Cowbell is a tradition and the only time we hear opposition is when State kicks certain teams tails (Auburn, Bama, LSU, or Florida). Mississippi is the smallest state and we support 3 major NCAA teams (some wonder about Ole Miss). Atlanta’s population is more than the entire state of Mississippi and State will kick Georgia’s tail again this year. My Cowbell will be heard in Athens just like it has been heard all over the SEC and beyond. Go State!!

MS Bully

June 6th, 2011
3:18 pm

Shankit talk all your trash about Starkville. I’d be ashamed also if a little Mississippi team beat my almighty Georgia Bullpups. I still remember your cheap shot artist trying to end our linemans career once the game was already decided. You want to talk about trailer trash, he played for Georgia!!

Yankee Boy

June 6th, 2011
3:25 pm

I love the “ALL IN” motto Auburn started this year. They must have paid millions to an advertising agency. “ALL IN” family, the new book by Coach Chizek “ALL IN.the path to a National Championship”..The way Auburn starts traditions like having hedges around their field, creating statues of former great players, and the way they hold hands coming on the field. The “AU Family” motto.This stuff is priceless!!! Who could come up with these great ideas other than the Nat Champs ?

AltamahaDawg

June 6th, 2011
3:30 pm

So the worst tradition ever was the one time departure from the actual tradition?

kimmer

June 6th, 2011
3:33 pm

Quote: “In a partisan setting, they give the home team even more of an advantage than the roar of the crowd can supply.”

Fact: No they do not. Even your own coach richt has gone on record as saying when noise reaches a certain level it really does not matter. He has gone on to say that teams, especially in the SEC, learn to deal with noisy stadiums.

Quote: “Is that any different from everyone in the stadium standing up and screaming and clapping and stomping as loudly as they can when the opponent’s running a crucial third-down play? Folks in Starkville would argue no, but the reality is that the noise made by cowbells and the like far exceeds what a crowd can come up with otherwise”

Fact: Wrong again. The noise made by bells is not directed noise. Like human voices or air horns if you will. Thus it is not nearly as loud at field level as it is in the stands. Noise studies HAVE PROVEN THIS!

Finally, this whole argument is really hypocritical. If noise truly gives one team a competitive advantage over another it should be regulated. After all, shouldn’t the game be decided by the play on the field instead of in the stands?

Jeremiah Masoli

June 6th, 2011
3:34 pm

MS BULLY —

Shut up. You’ve won two games and we’ve gotten every recruit from the state that you wanted. Keep rinigng your cowbells, you never were relevant, your not relevant, and you never will be relevant.

West Side Dog

June 6th, 2011
3:36 pm

The Cowbell represents the blue collar work ethic endimic to Agricultural and Mechanical (Miss A&m) history of the University. A small tribute if you will to the work ethic that made this country great. Many cowbells have been passed down from previous generations and show numerous iterations of hand welded pride. A State Cowbell is certainly more than a simple ‘noise maker’. Ringing these cowbells is a unique tradition that, in my mind, adds character tothe SEC.
Of course as a State grad I’m biased but I understand how they could be annoying to others. However at least they have a place in college football history when compared to other newer artificial noises at games such as; never ending commercials played on the jumbotron, extremely blarring techno music on the PA, elephant trumpets, tiger roars, chicken cackles, unprofessional PA announcers screaming FFFFFFFIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTTT DOWN, et al! If we are going to have a true debate about noise at College Football games perhaps we should look every ‘artificial noisemaker’ as well.

kimmer

June 6th, 2011
3:40 pm

Hey Ted @1:42. You cite numerous incidents and then name one which is the one and only that I or you have ever heard of.

West Side Dog

June 6th, 2011
3:40 pm

Oh yeah, GA Tech thaks for hosting the NCAA regional. Better luck next year. Tough break on losing one of your pitchers to injury.

UGA, see you in Athens.

And GTHOM.

West Side Dog

June 6th, 2011
3:43 pm

Hey Masoli,

What Bowl Game did y’all play in this year? Did you make it into the NCAA Basketball Tourney? What Baseball Regional did y’all play at this weekend? How many games in the big three sports did y’all beat State at this year? (one baseball game, and we’re irrelevant!)

Why don’t you go work on fixing the leaky roof at the Sad Pad.

Tell the truth

June 6th, 2011
3:48 pm

There is no place for them during the game!!! Deal with it.

West Side Dog

June 6th, 2011
3:54 pm

Well apparently the SEC Coaches, Presidents, and AD’s think that there is a place for them at sporting events. Assuming fans abide by the rules.
Maybe College Football could just go to Tennis or Golf rules. Would everyone be happy then?

Paddy

June 6th, 2011
3:57 pm

Those of you that mentioned Larry Munson……very worthy and he is missed up in that booth!

DRY

June 6th, 2011
4:00 pm

If Artificial Noise makers are truly outlawed make the freaking bands stay at home. The more noise the better. I was at G. Southern with @ 200 other Citadel fans and they planned to throw us out of the stadium because we had thundersticks. While we sat beside the freaking band. You go to ball games to be heard.

Pago Pago Dawg

June 6th, 2011
4:01 pm

Can you imagine how much “fun” the goofy Stanford and Wisconsin bands would have when they would dot the i. Pretty funny.
We have to admit, in the state of Ohio, dot the i is one the top 5 great things in the State..

Political Hack

June 6th, 2011
4:07 pm

MSU broke the rules twice after the new rules was put in place… during the 1st two games under the new rule. Once the crowd became educated on the rule, it was followed to a ‘T’. State fans have been rining the bell since a jersey cow wondered onto the field over 80 years ago wearing a cowbell around its neck. State came back to beat arch rival OM afterwards.

State should give up there cowbells just like Georgia should cut down the hedges… it shouldn’t happen. They follow the rules and it was not an unfair advantage after they began following the rules. Also, studies have been done and presented to the SEC showing that other stadiums in the SEC, without cowbells, maintain a much higher decibel level than MSU did with the cowbells. If a comparison was done last year, I think you’ll see it got louder at the end of the year when everyone put down the bells during play and started yelling.

Political Hack

June 6th, 2011
4:15 pm

Hey Masoli, is it hard to go from Rose Bowl MVP to the laughing stock of the SEC?

Your #1 alumn is in jail for brining judges, you didn’t go to a bowl-the NCAA tournament-or the baseball post-season, and you lost to Jacksonville State in football… JACKSONVILLE STATE… that’s in Alabama in case you’re wondering.

Football: Mullen has never lost to OM.
Basketball: Kennedy can’t beat Stans.
Baseball: We took 3 of 4.

I’d be upset about the cowbells too if I were you.

AltamahaDawg

June 6th, 2011
4:16 pm

The band doesn’t play during the other teams play. How about the home team just crank up the PA system and blast sirens only during the opposing side’s snap count?

There are limit to being heard at a football game, are there not? At least as far as artificial noise. Or more specifically, if it were job to ensure everyone had the same rules to follow.

AltamahaDawg

June 6th, 2011
4:26 pm

I’ll tell you one tradition those Oregon State baseball players need to lose. The 1975 porn star mustache.

techgirl

June 6th, 2011
4:43 pm

I don’t think the cowbells give them much of an advantage – 2 bowls in the last 10 years? and their stadium is so open that it really doesn’t cause that many problems. let them keep the cowbells.

Ted Sheckler

June 6th, 2011
5:20 pm

If you ever have to get a motel room in Starkville, make sure to get the room without a view.

The Solution

June 6th, 2011
5:22 pm

What we all (the opposition to this obnoxious tradition) need to do is EVERYONE bring cowbells to the game and ring them as obnoxiously as they do. Let State get fined every game–even if they don’t ring them during plays. I’ll ring the hell out of a cowbell when they are taking snaps if it helps the cause.

Ted Sheckler

June 6th, 2011
5:23 pm

Be careful when you are around the State fans and their cowbells. They routinely like to use their cowbells as weapons against opposing fans. There is no reason that they shouldn’t be banned from sporting events. State fans = trailer trash.

Classless

June 6th, 2011
5:36 pm

Worst tradition? Alabama fans – even the children – chanting “We just beat the **** out of YOU!” How can someone justify that as good sportsmanship?

DawgFan!

June 6th, 2011
5:43 pm

I would like to keep the tradition of meeting the same GT cheerleader after the game and she give me the same, Well you know what I’m talking about. Do Dawgs! and GT Cheerleaders!

Druid City

June 6th, 2011
6:02 pm

The Bama Victory Cheer is one of the best traditions in the SEC.

The UGA fans don’t like it because they hear it more than anyone else.

Druid City

June 6th, 2011
6:04 pm

First oversigning, now cowbells.

UGA fans, what will be your next excuse for losing?

Druid City

June 6th, 2011
6:09 pm

UGA fans’ lying about making it with ugly women has got to be among the worst traditions in the SEC.

Druid City

June 6th, 2011
6:16 pm

A half-empty stadium in Jacksonville…one of the best traditions in the SEC.

Wayne Taylor

June 6th, 2011
6:18 pm

My least favorite tradition is the playing of that stupid, irritating, moronic “Rocky Top” every 5 seconds during the football game! Oh my God, I feel like sticking a sharp stick in my eye every time I hear that song!!!!!!

Real Dawg

June 6th, 2011
6:20 pm

Hey Teddy Shecks, if you don’t like Starkville please don’t go. The last thing Starkville needs is another TSUN scumbag trial lawyer slithering around.

Ric

June 6th, 2011
6:20 pm

After going to Starkville last year I think MSU should be allowed to keep the cowbells. Yes they are annoying to the visiting fans but thats the point. Its just like Dawg fans barking when we kick off, other fans are annoyed by it but we love it as Georgia fans. Its a tradition and as long as its not physically effecting the players on the field then leave it alone.

Rebman76

June 6th, 2011
6:26 pm

I like the tradition of seeing the Ole Miss players walking through the Grove on their way to the stadium. A lot of the traditions i grew up with while attending Ole Miss are gone, namely, The Pride of the South playing “From Dixie With Love” prior to the team taking the field. A lot of football traditions are gone thanks to the PC crowd. Nothing is sacred anymore.

SHANKIT

June 6th, 2011
6:34 pm

MS Bully – Haven’t trash talked or even mentioned Starkville in my blogs.
Been jiving with Buckeye.
For your info, OSU stands for Ohio State University and not Mississippi State.
Also, my reference to Bulldogs is for Georgia. FYI, Georgia’s mascot is a Bulldog, too.
Go ring your cow bell and we’ll stick with sic ‘em, woof, woof, woof.
Besides Bulldogs don’t answer to cow bells????

Gwinnett Fred

June 6th, 2011
7:47 pm

I really don’t think there is a “BEST” because they are all so tailored to the school.

I’ve been working with ESPN on college games for 5 years now and have had the pleasure of witnessing so many:
– Jump around & 5th Quarter at Wisconsin
– FSU with Chief Osceola and Renegade and the flaming spear
– USC with traveler
– Clemson and the run down the hill from Howard’s Rock
– Tennessee’s Vol Walk (though many schools also have it)
– Michigan’s run thru the Go Blue banner

Unfair to just name a few, but they all have their magic. And the different fight songs – unbelievable.

SHANKIT

June 6th, 2011
8:32 pm

Hate to say it, but the greatest fight songs are:
1. Rambling wreck from Georgia Tech, helluva engineer
2. USC (that’s Southern Cal)
3. Michigander
4. Georgia (even though they don’t play it as often as I would like.

the real Old Gold

June 7th, 2011
12:43 am

Probably should have titled this “Best SEC traditions.”

1962 DAWG

June 7th, 2011
2:39 am

One of my favorite traditions was standing on the RR tracks and watching the game at UGA. Now my favorite is sitting in Jacksonville (Win or Lose) an being part of the Red and Black and the excitement that the UGA vs UF game brings out.
No game in college football can compare to it.
One of my least favorite traditions is hearing Rocky Top played before every snap of the ball.
I have no problem with the bells at MSU, I had the understanding that nothing could be brought in to any SEC stadium that couldbe thrown onto the field of play.
Buy a coke at Sanford Stadium and the bottle won’t have a cap on it because with it capped it can reach the field of play. Looks like the Cowbells could be hurled a pretty good distance.
Maybe MSU can keep their bells under control, anything beats hearing Rocky Top.

JL

June 7th, 2011
7:52 am

We Gotta Fever and the only cure is “More Cowbell”

UGASUX

June 7th, 2011
8:10 am

what i love most about UGA football is their ability to still be arrogant d’bags when they go 6-7 and lose to a team from down below that doesnt start with “University Of” in the toilet bowl.

Buckeye

June 7th, 2011
8:28 am

shankit,

Are you related to Anthony Weiner?

Are you Anthony Weiner??

Buckeye

June 7th, 2011
8:35 am

Jim Tressel will dot the “i” in the 2012 Ohio State Michigan game in Columbus at the ‘Shoe

Got to love it, right shankit ( aka Anthony Weiner) ??!!

shankit

June 7th, 2011
10:28 am

Buckeye
Good one, luv it.

jennifer

June 7th, 2011
11:59 pm

don’t forget the famous uga tradition of pooping on the lawn

John

June 8th, 2011
1:30 am

Fav thing every year is see the UGA fan so hopeful before game 1 and then look at then
M at the end of another crappy season…lol. It’s been like 30 yrs since you all have one a championship. Heck, even those “nerds” you talk about so much have Benny Nat’l Champs since you have.

GK Dawg

June 11th, 2011
7:58 am

My favorite tradition: after a Dawg win, at our tailgate party we each do 3 shots of Jack Daniels then chug a pint of Sam Adams—goes down good!!