Should UGA season ticket holders be satisfied with a diet of cupcakes?

georgia bulldog clubIf you’re a Georgia football season ticket holder and you haven’t made your annual contribution to the Hartman Fund, better get down to the post office, go online or get on the horn to the Georgia Bulldog Club offices in Athens, because today’s the deadline. You can find out all the details here.

Contributions sent via snail mail must be postmarked no later than Feb. 15.

Even if you’re not going for season tickets, a minimum $100 contribution to the Hartman Fund will get you a 2012 football ticket application and will make you eligible to request single-game tickets to five of the seven home games. With the Dawgs looking to open the season as possibly a Top 5 team, some folks might want to scramble aboard the bandwagon.

Then again, whether you can find five home games on Georgia’s 2012 schedule that you consider worth the cost of the ticket plus a contribution is another question.

Along those lines, I had a note from reader SavannahDawg, who was going ahead and making his contribution but was grumbling about the 2012 home schedule, which admittedly isn’t that exciting: Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.

He complained that “the cupcake portion of that schedule is particularly lame. If sticking to an eight-game conference schedule in the expanded SEC means we have to give up playing Auburn every year just so we can keep the likes of the Florida Atlantic Owls coming to Athens for a paycheck, I’m going to be seriously rethinking my commitment to buying season tickets every year. Better to make a smaller donation and get single games, or even cherry-pick the best games on StubHub. Even paying scalper’s prices for those games, it’ll end up costing me less than season tickets when you factor in the Hartman Fund.”

SavanahDawg makes a valid point and I’m wondering if the SEC athletic directors’ aversion to adding a ninth conference game might not end up costing them financially down the road in terms of getting fans in the stands.

What do you think? Would a schedule that kept the cupcakes and lost Auburn as an annual opponent make you any less likely to buy tickets to games at Sanford Stadium?

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416 comments Add your comment

Joey

February 15th, 2012
10:12 am

RMI Major

February 15th, 2012
10:17 am

9 game conference schedule. Then Tech. And two cupcakes. It won’t be that bad.

Raleigh

February 15th, 2012
10:21 am

While it would suck to not be able to try and catch the turkey buzzards and take the series lead,I’m always a dawg and will always support em and attend games as long as season tickets run in my family. Go dawgs!

funny...

February 15th, 2012
10:21 am

Would be nice to have a home game with Florida in these “off” years.

Jay in VA

February 15th, 2012
10:21 am

This year’s home schedule is a disgrace! We could go undefeated this year and end up getting the Boise State treatment at the end. If this is the way GMG is going to schedule from now on, I officially miss Damon, panties in his lap and all!

Columbus Dawg

February 15th, 2012
10:21 am

Enter your comments here

coachx

February 15th, 2012
10:21 am

The schedule picks up next year with Alabama and Clemson being added for the next 2 years.

Mark

February 15th, 2012
10:32 am

I have donated to the fund for the last two years and trying to get my donation level high enough so I can get season tickets but I will not be donating this year. With the schedule they have, I can go to the bridge at kickoff and buy tickets for 5 bucks. I hope we do well this year because if we don’t win 11 games, fire CMR is going to be all over these boards again and I get so sick of reading that

BG

February 15th, 2012
10:35 am

No Florida has been doing this for years.

Columbus Dawg

February 15th, 2012
10:36 am

Sorry, Bill it looks like the fans are going to have to get together on this and other issues. McGarity and Adams seem to have no problem with lame scheduling or lame results on the field. Wonder what the “little bitty minor details” on the contracts of Richt and Grantham are. Should be a mandate of winning the entire Southeastern Conference in 2012, and dock pay for any more embarrassing performances by all of the 4 and 5 star players on the UGA roster. Still have not gotten over that bowl game, and may never. At some point Richt has got to get the message that just because McGarity tells him it is okay for these kinds of outcomes to occur, that it is really not okay. Hartman Fund contributors may be the only way to get the message through to him.

Richt has the schedule, the players, and to hear him tell it, the coaches that are needed to reach this goal. We will see how it goes, but most will be VERY beside themselves if he screws it up this year.

DCJohn

February 15th, 2012
10:37 am

Having the game in Jacksonville means one of our biggest games is never in Sanford. I’d rather have 4 cupcakes and 8 SEC gams in a National Title year than being left out because of one loss on the schedule that could have been avoided. Florida gave a blueprint and Alabama followed it on how to get to the National Title game. We need to do the same thing.

TDF

February 15th, 2012
10:37 am

For those dumb trolls from bama who think they own the state of GA in recruiting, and for those UGA fans that are dumb enough to believe it, here is a break down from the last 7 years of where the top 10 GA recruits went. (Top 10 determined by Bama’s precious rivals site)

Georgia-31
Florida State- 6
Alabama- 4
Auburn- 4
Tennessee- 4
Florida- 3
Southern California- 3
Miami (Fl)- 3
Georgia Tech- 3 (Ha!)
Notre Dame- 2
Michigan- 1
South Carolina- 1
Ohio State- 1
Stanford- 1
North Carolina- 1
Louisiana State- 1
Oklahoma- 1

Dawgs97

February 15th, 2012
10:39 am

I agree completely with SavannahDawg. I think McGarity is dead wrong holding onto the 8 game SEC schedule & I frankly don’t understand it.

Yes, I know the SEC is brutal, but the home game schedule this year is particularly bad. And with 14 teams now in the conference, we’ll be waiting an eternity to “rotate” in the higher level SEC West teams.

It makes McGarity looks silly when he clings to an 8 game schedule and we have THREE lowl level cupcakes coming in this year. It’s a joke.

TDF

February 15th, 2012
10:40 am

Too tough to play 9 games in conf. in the SEC, especially when next year and the year after we already play 10 BCS schools.

TDF

February 15th, 2012
10:40 am

Dawgs97

February 15th, 2012
10:39 am

It changes year to year. 2013 and 2014 we only have 2 cupcakes, well 3 when you add tech

hornblowermg

February 15th, 2012
10:40 am

this is why i preferred Damon Evans to the new “home town” boy. Evans, despite his obvious screw ups, was on track to lift Georgia’s level of competition to where we could be excited to see a football game. now, what ? if Evans has learned his lesson then he should be a success to whomever takes a chance on him in the future.

Bobo is Not the Problem

February 15th, 2012
10:41 am

Absolutely not.

Neither will the non-season ticket holders, as if we matter, given your headline.

The schedule is pitiful and I won’t be setting foot in Athens to watch the equivalent of high school football.

TDF

February 15th, 2012
10:42 am

Dawgs97

February 15th, 2012
10:39 am

SEC is cyclical. Those good now might be down in 5 years. And FYI bama, lsu, and arky flow in for the next 6 years as our west opponents.

Bobo is Not the Problem

February 15th, 2012
10:42 am

Oh, forgot. FIRE MARK RICHT.

TDF

February 15th, 2012
10:42 am

Bobo is Not the Problem

February 15th, 2012
10:41 am

And we are all very happy you wont bc you are a clown and not a UGA fan. Run along little boy

TDF

February 15th, 2012
10:42 am

Bobo is Not the Problem

February 15th, 2012
10:42 am

And here is the highlight of your stupidity

PMC

February 15th, 2012
10:43 am

depends on what happens at the end of the year. If they STILL can’t win major titles (National Championship, SEC etc)

People are going to get tired of watching bad matchups in the regular season. That said, there are still plenty of people who just want to go see a Georgia game who will use or buy those tickets.

PMC

February 15th, 2012
10:45 am

Playing cupcakes is a pretty good recipe for success actually. It’s proven out over the last 20 years or so.

Dap01

February 15th, 2012
10:47 am

Stupid headlines.

When one game is not sold out perhaps this would be a worthwhile discussion.

30605 Dawg

February 15th, 2012
10:50 am

After donating for 35 years with $21,000 donated, I gave my four season tickets up last yr. It was a great decision because I saw the four home games that were worth seeing. I bought a pair of tx. for the games I chose to see and paid less than face for all of them, except Auburn. I saved over $2,000. The schedule won’t be getting better anytime soon so I will remain on the sideline with my donation. Loyalty only goes so far! With the parking hassle, tailgate restrictions enough is enough. I am giving the difference to the Terry College.

TDF

February 15th, 2012
10:53 am

30605 Dawg

February 15th, 2012
10:50 am

Actually the schedule changes big time for 2013 with bama and clemson coming onto the schedule. Do some research ppl.

Dawg in Columbus

February 15th, 2012
10:53 am

Even with our cupcake schedule if the Dawgs go undefeated and win SEC championship they WILL play for the NC in Miami. Mark my words.

schmeckdawg

February 15th, 2012
11:03 am

The only reason I ponied up the cash is that I obviously didn’t want to lose my tickets, but, I am not thrilled with the home schedule!

Oh well, it is what it is.

Skitty Fritty

February 15th, 2012
11:05 am

Every school does this for the revenue put wouldn’t it be nice to have a 10 game schedule with 8 or 9 conference games and one non conference opponent such as Tech. If every conference did this and had a championship game then college football would be great.
Let the cupcakes go into another division. The only reason they are even in D1 is for the $.

Skitty Fritty

February 15th, 2012
11:07 am

Why do we allow the NFL to make college football their “Minor” league program for FREE? The college season ticket holders are the “Minor” league funding mechanism for the NFL.

30605 Dawg

February 15th, 2012
11:13 am

TDF

I did indeed do my research before cancelling my tickets. I have not regretted it. You mention ‘Alabama and Clemson coming on the schedule’. I was told as recently as two weeks ago that the SEC schedule is still fluid for 2013 and beyond. The only locked contracts are with App. State, North Texas and likely La. Lafayette in 2013. Clemson is likely also but as Oregon and Louisville discovered nothing is a done deal with UGA.

Dave

February 15th, 2012
11:15 am

C’mon, people. It can’t be Ohio Stae, USC and Texas coming to Athens every season. The blueprint for scheduling to win a champioship was placed many years ago. You have 3-4 cupcakes, 2-3 mid range and 3-4 big hitters. LSU was the exception last year. Alabama does it. Florida does it. Texas does it. Auburn did it. You people that want 9 tough games AND be in contention for the BCS are living in another world. You can’t have it both ways. I’ll be getting my season tickets (had them since 1957) and cheering on the dogs whether they are playing LSU or East West Technical College from Dayton. A win is a win and I enjoy them all!

Jay in VA

February 15th, 2012
11:18 am

Good question Skitty Fritty! Based on the number of players we’ve sent to the NFL over the last half decade, and the scarcity of titles since 2005, it feels like we’re a farm club. I don’t get excited about how many players we send to the pros. Much more important is how many big game wins and titles they can win for the University of Georgia!

Tony in Lawrenceville

February 15th, 2012
11:23 am

The home schedule is terrible! I have been donating the last few years, but I am really considering not donating today. I can save hundreds of dollars. 9 game conference schedule please!

Columbus Dawg

February 15th, 2012
11:23 am

Dawg in Columbus, we all hope that you are correct. I have a feeling that the regents are having something to say about the expectations for Richt and his staff in 2012, thus the delay in the signing of the new contract. Let’s hope so. I know that McGarity said that he prefers that his coaching staff “Remain on edge”, my guess meaning to avoid complacency, who knows what he meant by it. If Richt is undefeated in 2012 including the SEC Championship, and is not selected for the game in Miami, then there is obviously nothing UGA can do about it. What Richt can, and better control is beating the teams on his schedule this year, one at a time, and yes the UF game is a career game for Richt in 2012 for two reasons, he has never beaten the Gators two years in a row, and he did not beat the Gators in either of his SEC Championship seasons. There is no better time, and probably never will be to log back to back wins against the Gators in Jax, and take back some Bulldog Pride in the program. This is very important to many. There are just games that have to be won in order to be considered top flight to national media types that ultimately decide the outcome of the current BCS System.

Energy Vampire

February 15th, 2012
11:25 am

Not sure why people are complaining about schedules with 10 wins built in.

Dave

February 15th, 2012
11:31 am

I think people complain just so other people will think they have something worthwhile to say. Just look at the schedules of 90% of the past National Champions. Oh, I’m sure their fans are saying “Sure, we won the Natl. Championship, but I couldn’t stand that cupcake schedule!”. Get real, people…..

Still@theKool-aidBAR

February 15th, 2012
11:33 am

Welcome to the NEW SEC. If the SEC goes to 9 conference games you can count on Not playing in the Kickoff Classics or playing ANY good game OOC.

A fool and his money is soon parted….You people are standing in line to PAY for crappy games. McGarity is getting you and you still will not STOP buying tickets.
Fine buy the season tickets but DO NOT GO to the lil sisters of the blind and poor. If the stadium is empty for these games the AD will get the picture.
Have fun and go tailgate, but DO NOT ENTER THE Stadium. It will look bad on TV you still keep your points to keep your season tickets when the schedule is worth paying for.
If UGa can’t win the SEC this year then McGarity’s weak scheduling policy will NEVER work or RICHT & BOBO are not the coaches to get the job done.

TDF

February 15th, 2012
11:36 am

30605 Dawg

February 15th, 2012
11:13 am

They will not let the Clemson game get moved, they want to bring this rivalry back.

Agreed

February 15th, 2012
11:37 am

^ What he said

junkyarddawg

February 15th, 2012
11:38 am

I am glad to hear that some of you fair weather fans are “giving up” your tickets in protest of the schedule. Now maybe some of the young alum can start getting tickets. I was blessed to have graduated in 1980 when we got 2 tickets with no donation, then half the donation in year 2 and then the full donation in year 3. Also, maybe I can get my season tickets relocated to where I’ve been asking for the last several years and this will probably mean I can get all 6 together since I’ll be increasing from 4 to 6 this year.

Loyal DAWG for life! I just wish my kids could inherit my tickets somday.

Jay in VA

February 15th, 2012
11:41 am

I don’t object to two cupcakes, but not three! Surely we could dig up one interesting non-conference opponent. The non-conference series Damon scheduled with Arizona State, Oklahoma State and Colorado were awesome. I attended the games in Tempe and Boulder. That said, I understand the concerns about travel, but there are interesting opponents more regional to us. I know we have Clemson next year, and that’s great, but I hate to forfeit a year with a lackluster schedule like we have. Yes, Florida has scheduled like this too, no question. However when they won their titles they were playing in a much stronger SEC East than it is now. I am seriously hoping for Missouri, Vandy and Florida to be strong to give our schedule gravitas. I know South Carolina will be.

Idiotic Fan

February 15th, 2012
11:41 am

If UGA can’t win the SEC Championship AND play in the BCS Champioship game, then I want my money back, all of the coaches fired, the AD executed, the stadium torn down and the cheerleaders spayed/neutered. I say take the top eleven teams from the previous year and make them our schedule and end with Tech at the end. I want every single 5 star recruit to come to UGA or heads will roll!

TDF

February 15th, 2012
11:42 am

Still@theKool-aidBAR

February 15th, 2012
11:33 am

ahahahahahhaha this is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Anyone who would do this is a complete tool.

Stop crying ppl, schedules change year to year, 2013 to 2018 will have one of the current top 3 west teams on the schedule. 2013 and 2014 include Clemson. 2021 and 2022 we add Ohio State. And other OOC games with come up too.

Pago Pago Dawg

February 15th, 2012
11:42 am

We doubt that less than 1% will NOT renew tkt$. UGA know this. So don’t let your season tkt$ go away, this is the year UGA will win the SEC East again?

Columbus Dawg

February 15th, 2012
11:44 am

Vamps, the problem is beyond the ten win threshold now. Every one of our SEC peers and rivals have surpassed our program in an embarrassing fashion at this point. Yeah I know Auburn’s championship has an * beside it, but other than Miles backing into the 2007 game with two losses ((I still can not believe LSU went to the BCS after losing to Arky late in the season that year), that can not be said of UF and Bama. Those teams did not have the toughest schedules ever, but were in the mainstream of what other recent winners had. The complaint here, and with many Dawgs is not the schedule so much, it’s the results. Ten wins is nice but is no longer enough to feed the BULLDAWG.

oakisland

February 15th, 2012
11:47 am

Hopefully, Coach Richt will use the cupcake games to play Lemay and others who need playing time. We need to get all the game experience we can especially the offensive line. Nothing like experenice and you never know when someone will get injured.

32 Years and Counting

February 15th, 2012
11:48 am

Why is everyone mad about our schedule? You guys want to lose to Boise State again? We have BooBoo calling plays people. I think its smart to make the schedule as easy as possible to save ourselves the embarrassment.

swimdawg68

February 15th, 2012
11:48 am

I have had 4 club level season tickets for many years. They cost me a Hartman Fund contribution of $2,500 per season plus the price of the 4 seats. I must admit, it was hard to write that check this year with the home schedule we have but I will never give up my 4 seats. I hope our AD understands we want to see good football games in Sanford not just a constant group of “tune-up” type competitors. Sadly its all about the W’s and job security for an AD and HC. Glad to see we have Clemson coming up in a few years, those have always been great games in the past.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

February 15th, 2012
11:51 am

HAHAHAH
TDF……..is a True DACHSHUND FAN…..Too tough to play 9 games in conf. in the SEC, especially when next year and the year after we already play 10 BCS schools.

Be a Big DWAG and scream the SEC is the BEST and play in the BCS. You are SCARED to play teams that you don’t get to PAY for a win.
TDF is a CHICKEN CHICKEN. you sound like a Vandy or Ole Miss Fan. You don’t even have the money to buy season tickets so you don’t count. You see 9 conference games and you drop a Magns Cum-Laude in your red panties.