Who you for, UGA fans? The Evil Genius or Nick UnFairley?

"Good luck, Steve. We're all counting on you." (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

"Good luck, Stevie boy. We're all counting on you." (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Three years ago yours truly paid a midweek visit to Columbia, S.C., for Steve Spurrier’s weekly briefing. Toward the end, I mentioned that a brand new AJC.com poll had just reconfirmed that the Ol’ Ball Coach was — ahead of even Urban Meyer, who was coming off a BCS title — the man Georgia fans most loved to hate.

“Glad they haven’t forgotten me,” said Spurrier, who seemed pleased.

Postscript: Four days later, Spurrier and South Carolina came to Sanford Stadium and beat Georgia 16-12.

The Bulldogs have nothing to do with this year’s SEC championship game, which will be staged Saturday at the Georgia Dome. (Fun fact: Seven different SEC schools have qualified for the title game since last Georgia did in 2005.) But Spurrier will be here, and he might actually be the sentimental favorite. Because here are your choices:

• In one corner, the Evil Genius and his Gamecock minions, who are new to this championship thing.

• In the other, RoboCoach Gene Chizik and Nick UnFairley and, lest we forget, Cam Newton.

For whom should Dawgs root?

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Auburn fans love their team. Almost nobody else does. Let’s state for the record that Newton is the nation’s best player and Fairley its best defender, but we also must concede that the Tigers lead the world in irrational exuberance.

This isn’t to say South Carolina has been without sin. Tight end Weslye Sanders was kicked off the team without playing a down this season, and several Gamecocks apparently got the William Shatner rate at Columbia’s Whitney Hotel over the summer. And that “2001″ introduction at Williams-Brice Stadium was pretty tired back in … well, 2001.

But Auburn, as we know, has become the new standard in raised eyebrows, what with Fairley’s repeated slams of  Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (see YouTube video below) to the series of revelations/allegations that led to Newton being declared ineligible by Auburn. (He was re-instated, after a timeout of one day, by the NCAA.)

Viewed alongside strutting Auburn, the Gamecocks seem rather gentlemanly.  So now I’m asking a question I never thought I’d ask: Georgia fans, are you rooting for Spurrier?

Or, put another way, is there really a cold front bearing down on Hades?

935 comments Add your comment

SABER

December 3rd, 2010
6:25 am

First? Kudos!

First?

December 3rd, 2010
6:26 am

Mark Bradley

December 3rd, 2010
6:30 am

First, Saber. Definite kudos

SABER

December 3rd, 2010
6:30 am

How can you not root for Spurrier here? We all smell smoke every time we drive through Auburn. Skies are clear in Columbia. Evil genius appears to be Ethical genius in this case.

SABER

December 3rd, 2010
6:33 am

MB… you need a raise. You post at all hours…. Do you sleep?

Jethro Bodeen

December 3rd, 2010
6:36 am

I would rather Spurrier and the Gamecocks win! Spurrier is a lot like Mr. Haney because he is always peddling crazy stuff and Granny fried a few of them gamecocks when the game was scare out there in Beverly Hills! I think there is some under the table stuff going on at Auburn and that’s enough for me not to pull for them!

Spike

December 3rd, 2010
6:39 am

Gotta go with the Old Ball Coach and the chickens in this one. I think I just threw up in my mouth after typing that. Screw Fairly.

Jethro Bodeen

December 3rd, 2010
6:40 am

I would vote for Spurrier! He’s much like Mr. Haney to me! Mr.Haney was a genius too!

georgia87

December 3rd, 2010
6:46 am

My favorite part of the NCAA cover story was their declaration that eligibility questions get answered quickly during the student-athletes actual season. Pinocchio demands a recount, as well as Georgia, USC, UNC, and others. Emmert giggles as he walks away, headed for the bank…

Auburn Man

December 3rd, 2010
6:48 am

Why is there a lack of outrage a what a crappy job the O-line of UGA does at protecting their Qback. Is it because this the O-line that we’ve been hearing about for years as to their vast experience and talent level second to none that couldn’t do the basic part of football, block.

georgia87

December 3rd, 2010
6:50 am

The SEC also reviewed a rule that, in plain English, would make Cam Newton ineligible. But the game to follow in both cases was too big to actually punish the kids. Couldn’t have Auburn face Bama without 3 defensive linemen or a SEC Championship without Cam. I’m sorry, but the face value behavior of the adults in this case has been too obviously motivated by greed. Even the NCAA felt the need to comment on its investigation and apologize for it, a first if my recaller is working this AM.

Lilburn Dawg

December 3rd, 2010
6:52 am

Well, it’s tough having mixed feelings on this one. Like most others, at any other time I would have said that I would pull for Auburn just to see an undefeated SEC team in the championship game and hopefully win the national title to continue to display the strength of our SEC. But there’s a big piece of me now wanting to see SC dispense Auburn in a humiliating fashion. It’s tough realizing that I actually said this………and I still think Auburn will probably win tomorrow………but I will, however, be rooting for the chickens and their dreaded ball coach in this one (choke, cough, gag, upchuck, etc)!!

georgia87

December 3rd, 2010
6:53 am

Auburn Man – You are right. We didn’t block Fairley. He is the better player and got to our QB. That is not the question that is being discussed. It is his behavior after he got there that obviously would’ve been fined by the NFL. The body slam (and this is not the first QB he did this way or the first time it was complained about) and the spear were dirty plays that had nothing to do with being unblocked. To be sacked, hit hard, even hurt it part of the game. To attempt to hurt another player is out of bounds.

Auburn Man

December 3rd, 2010
6:55 am

Mark Bradley once a gain produces a Pulitzer level piece. I’m hoping the AJC charges you for this type column and doesn’t actually pay you. I’m quite sure this must have exhausted your writing talent reserves to the point of possible hospitalization from the mental and physical exertion required to create such a well thought out and pertinent column.
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gadawgs

December 3rd, 2010
6:55 am

I am all in for Carolina this weekend. I also hope an offensive lineman “accidently” falls on Fairley’s knee and shatters it to unpeakable and repairable lengths.

Dawgman566

December 3rd, 2010
6:58 am

Chickens or the Barn. I’ll have to go with the Chickens who have a little more class. And that ain’t saying much.

Mark Bradley the Bulldog Homer

December 3rd, 2010
6:58 am

Mark,

I will start this by saying you are an IDIOT! You are the biggest Thuga Homer on the Planet. Why don’t you quit taking cheap shots at Nick Fairley with article titles of Nick UnFairley and admit that your Thuga team got whipped by Auburn. Also, your biased journalism (if you can call it journalism) is showing by the fact that you haven’t written a single article about the fact that Ben Jones was chop blocking during the whole game, jumped on Fairley and punched him inside the face mask, and then the Thuga team left the bench (the Auburn team didn’t) and started the fight. Also you might want to mention how the Thuga team led by sanctimonious Mark Richt continued its tradition of stomping on the other teams logo prior to the game. Enjoy covering your pathetic 6 and 6 Bulldogs in their lower tier bowl.

Dawgbreath

December 3rd, 2010
7:00 am

I think the whole world is pulling for USC on this game. Auburn is the debil with their d-bag QB.

Auburn Fan

December 3rd, 2010
7:00 am

gadawgs,

Georgia Bulldogs fans like yourself are so classy. I doubt with comments like that you could ever even get into to UGA. They only take the top and clearly you are a bottom dweller. Root for whoever you want…….

WAR EAGLE!

Mark Bradley the Bulldog Homer

December 3rd, 2010
7:01 am

Wow the Thuga Fire Hydrant Humpers, including the king of the Humpers, Mark Bradley, are still whining over the Auburn loss. What a bunch of losers.

My Money / Son Goes to Carolina

December 3rd, 2010
7:01 am

Mark Bradley the Bulldog Homer

December 3rd, 2010
7:02 am

You can’t spell Thuga without UGA!

Auburn Man

December 3rd, 2010
7:03 am

@Georgia 87…I agree Fairly did take a cheap shot. Also UGA was chop blocking him. UGA started the game with a personal foul on the very first play of the game and 6 over all. 6 personal personal fouls in one game is a team that is playing dirty as well. My complaint is some UGA fans are too quick to point out the other guy for doing the exact same thing their own team is doing. This game as I’m sure you know is ALWAYS a heated, hard hitting and mean game to play in. Even Buck Belue(sp) talks about how the hits are harder in this game than any other he ever played in. Yes Fairly should change the way he sacks and has to since all this happened but I still say if he had red and black on you wouldn’t be as offended by his play.

Dawgman566

December 3rd, 2010
7:03 am

If the Barn, with their JUCO Thugs who couldn’t qualify until 2 or 3 years out of HS, wins the SEC it would tarnish the reputation of the league IMO. Go Chickens!

Mark Bradley the Bulldog Homer

December 3rd, 2010
7:03 am

Wow Red, what class you and the Thuga nation are showing this morning? Not Bitter are you?

Mark Bradley the Bulldog Homer

December 3rd, 2010
7:04 am

Hey Auburn Man, these Thuga whiners are ridiculous. They will be whining all winter.

Auburn Man

December 3rd, 2010
7:07 am

@ red… Good luck on finding someone good enough to fill your order. He isn’t standing behind Richt.

Hilton Head Island

December 3rd, 2010
7:07 am

`
. . . . . . . . . GO GAMECOCKS . . . . . . .

Hilton Head Island

December 3rd, 2010
7:09 am

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………………….. GO GAMECOCKS………………..

Red

December 3rd, 2010
7:11 am

What class? Seeing it from the eyes of your almighty Fairley and the result or lack thereof that came out of it. Why wouldn’t you agree to what I just said. Pot calling the kettle black. I side with neither team.

Jim 007

December 3rd, 2010
7:15 am

After Spurrier running it up on the Dawgs all those years at Florida !

How could you EVER Cheer for him !

jim

December 3rd, 2010
7:15 am

s.c. 41, scumbags 28.

Hilton Head Island

December 3rd, 2010
7:17 am

`
. . . . . . . . . .GO GAMECOCKS . . . . . . . . .

Dawg Lover

December 3rd, 2010
7:17 am

I’m sorry, I just can’t believe that CN knew “nothing” about his father’s dealings. Somehow it just doesn’t seem fair – AJG gets 4 games for selling a jersey for $1000 and CN gets nothing for his Dad trying to get $180,000 for him to play at MState. Seems at least a two-game suspension should have been handed down.

Auburn Man

December 3rd, 2010
7:18 am

SC 21 AU 41 While Spurrier throws his hat all night.

MURPHY

December 3rd, 2010
7:19 am

How bout those Kickin Chickins! Spurrier all the way!!!!

CHDawg

December 3rd, 2010
7:20 am

Well, I liked Auburn to win the West since last summer, and I have paid attention, even though I’m a UGA fan. Fairley’s dirty/dangerous play was blatant in every game I watched this year. Believe it or not, he was no worse in the UGA game than any of the others I saw, particularly ARK and LSU. However, the Alabama game showed tremendous improvement in Fairley’s play imo. I think it is likely a credit to the coaching staff finally getting his attention, but it could simply have been the chorus of voices that were objecting to Fairley’s dangerous/cheap play–late hits, driving QBs into the ground after the whistle, spearing, using his body weight to try to injure players already on the ground, and body slamming QBs. For whatever the reason, Fairley’s play was cleaned up and Newton was cleared by the SEC, so I am rooting for AU because they are undefeated and stand to gain the NC if they beat the Chickens. If the shoe were on the other claw, and the Gamecocks were the undefeated and higher ranked team, I would root for them. I do like watching both teams. If the Gamecocks bring their A game, and Lattimore gets close to 200, they can beat Auburn. I expect AU to win, though; this is their best team in my memory. I have also enjoyed watching the Ducks this year. They have mid-SEC talent, with little defense, but the great coaching and attack style offense keeps opposing teams in the L column. I suspect AU takes them on talent, but what the Oregon coaching staff has done with their 1-3 star recruits is nothing short of incredible. It goes to show that you can win with nothing but a great offense, if you have the right mindset! Good luck to SC and AU, and congrats on a great season.

georgia87

December 3rd, 2010
7:22 am

Auburn Man – Any attempt to hurt another player is wrong, whether it is my team or yours. The chop block by Georgia was reprehensible, deserved to be flagged, and ought to have greater consequences. The six personal fouls were wrong. However, it was not at all typical of the Georgia team this year. Before that game, we had very few penalty yards per game (<50). Whatever was happening on that field wasn't good. My point all along is that the officials let dirty plays go by, hot-dogging, and taunting, and it got out of control. The SEC office, by not punishing the dirty hits, put its stamp of approval on it. The adults weren't the adults. The SEC will find the money train derailed if it doesn't get it under control.

Buckeye

December 3rd, 2010
7:24 am

So, what is the statute of limitations of talking about a damn football game. Cam/Failey kicked butt. You LOST, move on. Jeez Louis.

FYI. “walking in Memphis” and it’s 36 degrees.

Go ‘Cocks.

Max Sizemore

December 3rd, 2010
7:24 am

You are on point again, georgia87.

Hilton Head Island

December 3rd, 2010
7:25 am

…………….. GO GAMECOCKS

BIRDDAWGONE

December 3rd, 2010
7:26 am

No matter the outcome of this game, it will be a moral victory for CPJ and Georgia Tech!

mowreck

December 3rd, 2010
7:29 am

Well, I’m a GT fan and NO QB deserves to be hit like that. That said, I’m definitely pulling for the evil genius.

gadawgs

December 3rd, 2010
7:30 am

Auburn Man…As a matter fact I did go to UGA. My “classy” comments stem from the fact that Fairley is a punk and is dirty. And yes I played the game and I know dirty from good hard, clean playing football. If Fairley knocks the living snot out of my quarterback within the rules (and taking two to three steps and spearing him in the back with INTENT to injure) is clearly not within the rules I can understand and respect that because that is part of the game. Fairley lifing a quarterback up and then leaving his feet to pile drive him is excessive with INTENT to injure not hurt. There is a difference. I played linebacker and yes our INTENT was to make it very painful for the rb’s and qb whenever possible. Notice I said painful, pain is part of the game to intentionally try to end someones career is not. Fairley is dirty and if he takes that play to the league I promise you he will get the living crap kicked out of him. Even though I HATE Spurrier I will never root for Auburn to win another game. They are now below Tech and FL in my book and that says alot. .

festus

December 3rd, 2010
7:31 am

@Mark Bradley The Bulldog Homer

You could have stopped after your introductory sentence. You said it all right there.

Hilton Head Island

December 3rd, 2010
7:32 am

SOUTH CAROLINA beats Auburn in an imstant brawl.

Gdawg

December 3rd, 2010
7:35 am

Why ask UGA fans? Prince Machiavelli vs Mr. Class. They can both go to he11

CPJ would lose to both, but gosh darn-it if he wouldn’t out smart em both.

Reed Hall Rat

December 3rd, 2010
7:39 am

SC all the way.

Hurt Kurbstreit

December 3rd, 2010
7:40 am

I’m pulling for both teams to lose. I can’t pull for either one of them. Btw, plenty of Auburn fans around, where are the Gamecocks?

Hurt Kurbstreit

December 3rd, 2010
7:43 am

I’m pullng for both teams to lose.