“Football is an honest game. It’s true to life . It’s a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.”
Joe Namath, former American football quarterback and actor (May 31, 1943- )[/pullquote]
The excitement is mounting over a huge football game being played in the Heart of the South this weekend. The University of Georgia Bulldogs will take on the Auburn University Tigers in Athens, Georgia on Saturday, November 15, 2014 where over 92,000 fans will gather together. A lot of folks love a good football game, and I am no exception. Admittedly, I don’t follow the players as a faithful fan should , but I do know a few tidbits about this weekend’s big match up. I know that the AU Tigers are counting on senior quarterback, Nick Marshall to have a mistake-free start and a strong running game while, UGa quarterback, Hutson Mason needs a key win, and running back and former Heisman front runner, Todd Gurley is returning for the Bulldogs after missing four games due to a NCAA suspension and word is that he has stayed in top shape. This could mean he’ll start, even though freshman, Nick Chubb has done fantastic in Gurley’s absence. AU has an increased challenge being on the road after a big loss last week. I’ve kept up with some other AU and UGa games this season, especially the most recent match-ups. While UGa is coming off of a big, winning blowout against the Kentucky Wildcats with a score of 63-31, Auburn is getting over a very close loss to Texas A&M, 41-38. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that both teams need and want a win if there is any hope of staying in the running for the SEC title.
This game is important to us and a lot of families that we know for the same reason. We have both UGa fans and Auburn fans in our immediate family, so that makes us a house divided!
My husband, Donny and I met on a blind date as students on the UGa campus before our 20th birthdays and our daughter, Leah and her husband, Scott are recent graduates of Auburn. Not only was Scott an athletic team trainer for the Tigers, his family is a many generational AU family, so we have fun ribbing each other about this rivalry. In addition, our new daughter-in-law, Jessica graduated in May of this year from AU. Thanks to Scott’s grandparents, we were able to get some “hard to come by” tickets to the game so we will be driving over to Athens, Georgia with Leah and Scott on Saturday. We plan to fly both a UGa flag AND an AU flag on our truck! We are so looking forward to meeting up with lots of good friends, many that we attended high school or college with. There will be boatloads of BBQ, fried chicken, burgers, hotdogs, and ribs, chips/dips, brownies, and coolers filled to the brim with favorite game day beverages, too. The parking lots and practically every square inch of this old school campus founded in 1785, will be covered with Red/Black and Orange/Blue, enthusiastic fans, families, friends, and students. Dozens of kids will be rolling in the fall leaves and throwing footballs to one another. It will be a truly All-American kind of day. Leah and I talked today about how we will plan to stay warm as a big chill is coming in this weekend. With a 7:15 p.m., ET kickoff, we will surely be wearing big coats, gloves, earmuffs and we’ll carry blankets into the Sanford Stadium, too. I bet we will be looking for some hot chocolate as we head to our seats.
And as the school bands are cranking up, the enormous, broad-shouldered players from Georgia and Auburn line the field on each side, the National Anthem is sung loudly, I’ll get that same thankful feeling I always get when I am in a place like this…
It is good to be alive!
See you between the hedges!