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Chris Gay: Removing UGA sign is a disappointment

Posted: August 9, 2017 - 12:16am

I'm disappointed.

This past weekend, Twitter user ATLdawg27 (@sdot_27) posted a picture of a sign outside a Subway restaurant in Athens, Ga., that read: "New UGA Athletic Director Wanted. Apply Here. Go Dawgs."

By Sunday night, according to Seth Emerson's Dawgnation post, the sign's letters had mostly been removed. After it was scrubbed, the sign only read: "Go Dawgs."

Rest in peace, freedom of speech. It's not like the sign poster was wrong. Since McGarity was hired in September 2010, Augusta University has won more national championships in men's sports (golf, 2011) than the University of Georgia.

McGarity could have garnered a bunch of goodwill had he ordered from Subway and taken a photo in front of the sign. Now, he'll never get that chance. Disappointing.

The Subway sign wasn't the biggest recent news coming out of Athens, though. In case you missed it, there was a recent release mentioning Sanford Stadium has added Dunkin' Donuts and Dreamland BBQ to go along with other food vendors. Who eats food during football games anyway? If that's you, you're doing it wrong. There's a reason tailgating is a big thing in the South. You're supposed to feed your face with fried chicken, potato salad, sweets and your preferred beverage of choice.

In my younger days, I attended many games at Sanford Stadium. Not once did I ever think, "I sure would like a refreshing iced latte and a donut." What in the wide world of sports are these people thinking?

Maybe the Sanford Stadium food is there to distract you from the fact Georgia only has one decent home game this season (South Carolina, Nov. 4). Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia Tech are all road contests.

Worse than Dunkin' Donuts is the addition of Dreamland BBQ. Think of all the great BBQ places in Georgia. In Augusta, we have Sconyers. I've also had great BBQ at places like Cleve Edmunds Bar-B-Que, Big Daddy's Bar & Grill and Shane's Rib Shack, which makes its headquarters in Atlanta. A few hours down the road, Southern Soul is well known for its BBQ and ribs on St. Simons Island.

You have your own favorite BBQ place. There's no shortage of them in the Peach State. Still, someone in Athens had a bright idea. They chose Dreamland BBQ as one of its food vendors. So what's the problem?

Dreamland BBQ was started in Tuscaloosa, Ala., home of the Crimson Tide - a Southeastern Conference rival. Were there no BBQ places in Gainesville, Fla., looking to do business in Sanford Stadium? What about Knoxville, Tenn.? Columbia, S.C.?

If you're going to add a food many of us Southerners hold dear - like BBQ - you don't go out of state to get it from a rival's location. This isn't Smokey and the Bandit 17. There wasn't a long way to go and a short time to get there. Someone had plenty of time to make a good decision, pick a location closer to Athens - a location within the state. And failed.

And to be clear, this is nothing against Dreamland BBQ. I'm sure there's plenty of wonderful folks there who serve delicious food. Next time I'm in Tuscaloosa, I'll make sure to stop by.

Instead, I wonder about these decision-makers in Athens. What's next? Sanford Stadium featuring sweet tea from a Northern vendor? Someone there serving pecans and pronouncing them "puh-khans?" (It is, as you well know, pronounced "pee-cans.") Or worst of all, some transplant making the decision to get rid of Coca-Cola for Pepsi?

I agree with Bishop Bullwinkle. You want to know how I feel about this entire situation? Go to YouTube and check out Bishop Bullwinkle.

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GOOD FOR HER: While I was on vacation two weeks ago, there was a little golf controversy. In the semifinals of the U.S. Junior Girls Championship, Erica Shepherd and Elizabeth Moon went to extra holes. On the first hole, Shepherd made par, while Moon had a four-foot birdie putt for the win. That's when it gets interesting.

Moon missed the putt, leaving a tap-in comeback putt. Shepherd was standing a good distance away when Moon quickly raked the ball back to herself. She assumed it was good. Shepherd didn't say it was.

All you folks saying Shepherd is to blame for not conceding the putt, shut up. After watching the video several times, I'm not sure she had the chance to do so. Besides, this is match play, something not for precious snowflakes. Moon is clearly at fault, and I hope she learns and grows from this and becomes a better golfer. In match play, you only assume your fellow competitor is going to make everything. You never assume any putt is going to be conceded. Moon should've putted out. She didn't. Unfortunately for her, she learned the hard way.

It was reported in Golfweek that Shepherd cried afterward and had a hard time sleeping that night because of all the social media backlash. The folks involved in that should be ashamed for shaming a teenage girl. Behavior like that is beyond ridiculous.

I applaud Erica for going out the next day and winning the championship match. She showed mental toughness, bouncing back from a rough night. She's a winner and she has the trophy to prove it. Good for her.

 

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