The entire country, at least those above the Mason-Dixon line and/or west of St. Louis, are pretty much exhausted by the effort of certain SEC fans. The group of fans who cause more eye rolls than anyone else are those of the Georgia Bulldogs. They have a solid football program, but not on the same level of Alabama, LSU or Florida the past couple of decades. But they like to act like they are, and claim those teams success for their very own, touting the success of the conference. Now, the fan base is taking shots at one of the newest additions, the Missouri Tigers, following their win in Columbia in Mizzou’s first SEC game. What was the problem? Tiger fans were “too nice.”
Earlier in the week, Adam B, a Georgia Tech fan, wrote about his visit to Blacksburg, and commended them for their overall friendliness towards him and other outsiders. After all, you are there to watch a football game, it by no means is a personal thing. Granted, had it been a deep heated rivalry, maybe it would have been a different atmosphere. According to Georgia fans, Mizzou fans don’t get what it is to be apart of the SEC.
“Too nice,” Tom Easton decided of his new SEC cousins in gold shirts.
“I don’t think they know what they’re getting into,” Steve Molinari said.
“There’s some general confusion,” Jay O’Meara said. “Everybody’s kind of feeling each other out. It’s like a first date.”
Not far away, another Georgia fan beneath another red hat, drawing his first conclusions of Missouri.
“I think it’ll take a year for them for it to sink in what they’re in for,” Kip Hicks said. “They don’t hate us yet. They will soon.”
“We were walking downtown last night and everyone’s like, `Welcome, welcome, welcome,’ ” Molinari said. “If you were walking in Gainesville, Tuscaloosa or Auburn, no would say that.”
First of all, that isn’t simply true about Gainesville. I was present for a game against Miss St, and except for the one guy that “chomped” in my face as I entered Ben Griffin Stadium, the fans and locals couldn’t have been more welcoming. Maybe Georgia’s impression is that everyone hates them? Did anyone else hear them with an SEC chant last night? Yes, an SEC chant, at an SEC game.
Georgia fans like to pretend they are greater than they actually are as a team, and continually ride the coattails of the power programs of their conference. Missouri fans shouldn’t be too concerned with the impression that they left. Yes, you may be in the Southeast Conference, now, but continue with your Midwest upbringing. Don’t stoop to be classless like the fans you just hosted.