Intolerable Acts of Fandom
I will never be ashamed to be a Georgia Bulldog. But today, I say with a heavy heart that I am ashamed to be lumped into a group of people who called themselves Georgia fans.
Saturday night my Dawgs suffered a devastating loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, SC. But by Sunday afternoon, that 35-7 beat-down was the least of my worries as I heard about the terrible circumstances of one particular player.
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UGA Quarterback Aaron Murray went to bed Saturday night thinking that his weekend couldn’t get any worse. He found out Sunday morning that his father had just been diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and would need immediate surgery. Murray returned to Athens that afternoon to find that the home he shares with several other players had been egged and toilet papered after the loss.
I’ll be the first to admit that the current Georgia QB is not my favorite, but I’ll also be the first to admit that there is no excuse for the disrespect shown to him and the other residents of that household.
I understand fandom. And I understand that sometimes people lose their cool after a huge loss. But one thing is for sure: these boys didn’t need a reminder of that loss from some shmuck that thought it would be cute to destroy someone’s home. Mark Richt will be right there every day for the next two weeks reminding the team of that terrible attempt at SEC football.
Coach Richt will also be there supporting Murray as he deals with his father’s illness and recovery—as should the rest of the Bulldawg Nation.
For the first time in my life, I can truly say I am utterly disappointed in the behavior of a select few Bulldog fans (and I pray they are not students.) If the people who committed this disgusting act of disrespect don’t turn themselves in, I will be disappointed in the people of Athens, GA.
Needless to say, the upcoming bye-week could not have come at a better time for this team. They need some time to recover, reflect, and heal after a tough week of losing key players and key games as well as fighting personal battles and dealing with unacceptable fan behavior.
I hope that the entire Bulldawg Nation will rally behind this team and Aaron Murray these next few weeks while they are on the road away from their home in Sanford Stadium. And I hope that when these boys return to Sanford Stadium, the fans warmly greet the team that wants nothing more than to win a game for the 92,746 loyal, respectable, and unwavering Georgia fans in attendance.
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