Post by GatorsACroc on Nov 23, 2018 22:01:15 GMT -5
I'm not staying Ocean so there is no need to blow a gasket. I've got a question. I'm wondering if anyone here knows if there is any talk in Gainesville about the Ga/Fla game being moved to home and home once the current contract expires. There is talk in Athens and it seems to be getting serious. Kirby reportedly wants the game moved to the campuses and I'm hearing that big money donors as well as many older fans and Athens businesses interests are agreeing. We've heard talk for years and it has come to nothing, but this time things seem to be building for a change. I am not in favor this at all. Just wondering if anyone has heard any talk of a move from Florida officials. If I had to wager a guess on the game remaining in Jax I would probably say it will be moved - at least in the years UGA is the home team.
Post by Mojave Gator on Nov 23, 2018 22:26:30 GMT -5
Not a word on my part. IMO it is one of two truly unique games in all of college football (the other being Oklahoma - Texas, which I have also been a part of). If it goes home-and-home, it's just another divisional game. The two seasons that it happened while the stadium in Jacksonville was being rebuilt for the NFL, it didn't even seem like the same game.
Georgia students probably wouldn't be all that happy either, because customarily they get the day before the Florida game off from classes.
Post by GatorsACroc on Nov 23, 2018 22:50:33 GMT -5
The younger people will probably be very upset. Ga/Fla week is like a bowl game at the beach. Most students arrive on Thursday as Georgia all but shuts down the Friday before the game and the party is amazing. However, Kirby and some very powerful people seem to think that the game should be moved in order to give UGA another SEC home game and Athens the revenue that the Ga coast and Jax have been getting. Some older fans seem to be getting tired of all the hassle involved in attending this game in Jax. Lots of complaints about traffic flow before and especially after the game. It can literally take hours to get out of the area and often fans are detoured thru dark,"iffy" neighborhoods. Long lines,surly attitudes from some of the stadium staff, and a stadium that is starting to show its age seem to be common complaints from older fans - many who are heavy contributors. I really think the days of the game in Jax are numbered and that makes me sad. It is a unique game.
Post by GatorsACroc on Nov 26, 2018 19:41:05 GMT -5
The word I got out of Athens this weekend does not bode well for the cocktail party. Georgia is committed to upgrading its home schedule. It has already begun. Notre Dame visits next season and Texas and Clemson were just added for upcoming years. Other high profile schools are being contacted about possible home and homes. Adding another SEC opponent every other year would provide a much better game than paying UMass over a mil and a half to visit when a UGA intersquad game would offer a lot more excitement. It would serve as an attractive recruiting day, increase revenue for the school and city and please a lot of heavy donors who are tired of all the hassle in Jax. The idea is definitely gaining traction with fans as well as the powers that be at Georgia. To be honest, if I didn't love the Ga/Fla week so much I'd probably agree that the move was good for my school. I plan to enjoy our annual get together on the St Johns for as long as it lasts. Unfortunately it might not be much longer if what I'm hearing is correct. You are right about being careful what we wish for, Mo. Other than more exciting days in Athens, playing the likes of Clemson plus a regular SEC schedule isn't going to make getting to the playoffs any easier. Good job taking FSU to the woodshed! I've never seen a team fall as far and as fast as FSU. About time! SEC! SEC! SEC!!!
Post by Mojave Gator on Nov 26, 2018 21:34:33 GMT -5
FSU played in the Orange Bowl two years ago. From that to 5-7 is quite a drop. Of course, when Will the Thrill was coach in Gainesville, we went from 11-2 to 4-7 in one season, so I can't really say too much about FSU's decline. We also went from 9-4 to 4-7 in one year under Jim "Old Yeller" McElwain.