With the season fast approaching, I’ve been taking stock of my existing GT gear and clothing and have been thinking about what I need to replace or update or add this coming year. (I know I at least need a new hat, my wife is afraid my current one is going to start moving around the house on its own…)
I just happened to be in the Super Target up here in Cumming with my daughter earlier this week and figured it was worth a look to see if they had a collegiate section.
I found a small area that was labeled as their college section and discovered that it was completely UGA gear. And when I say completely…I mean 100% UGA gear. No Tech, no FSU, no Auburn, no UNC, no Florida, no anyone else except UGA. Every bit of gear and collectible stuff was flea bitten mutt paraphenalia.
That irked me a bit and as I walked around the store I started taking a mental count of how many people I saw wearing GT hats or shirts versus UGA hats or shirts. By the time I checked out, the tally was six people with GT gear (including the guy behind me in the checkout line) and zero people with UGA gear.
So I asked a young girl who appeared to be an assistant manager where the GT stuff was. Her reaction was that they didn’t have any and if I wanted GT gear I should go closer to Atlanta. She also admitted that she was a UGA fan at which point I enlightened her about the strong GT population in North Fulton and Forsyth counties. It was simply a bad business decision for Super Target to be so biased in their stocking selection…especially considering GT fans with money gravitate towards Target while our rival fans tend to gravitate to WalMart.
I just shook my head, shared a chuckle with the GT fan behind me in line, and commented that we’d just have to keep beating them in order to change the pecking order in the state.
When I got home I realized that there was something I could have done to be more prepared during that trip.
I could have gone to the I Want My GT website and printed out cards that are designed to be used in just this sort of situation.
Haven’t heard about this site yet? Well…take a look here: I Want My GT
This is a great site where you can find stores that sell GT gear while also printing out cards that you can give to stubborn store managers around town…just to let them know that you want them to carry GT gear.
While Paul Johnson and the football team earns respect on the field, we GT fans need to step up and be very vocal about the fact that the Yellow Jackets are the home team and that we will remember and spread the word about retail outlets or locations that don’t acknowledge that fact.
Don’t just grumble and whine and walk out of that Kroger the next time you are assaulted by a sea of red tailgating gear…drop one of these cards on the manager and make yourself heard: