Welcome to the Go-Giggely-Go Dawgs!-enest tailgate
in Athens, neighbor! Care for an O'Douls?
First the parking restrictions and traffic plan of a few years back, and now this. I guess as someone who attended UGA when football Saturdays were all about free-for-all anarchy, I see all of these new restrictions as the man being the man. I remember fondly walking to my morning classes and coming across RVs parked in the dorm parking lots (corner of Baxter & Lumpkin -
Here's an excellent writeup about the whole thing by PWD. I agree with damn near all his points. I am not saying that accomodating alcohol-free families is a bad thing per se. I am just saying that this seems to be overdoing it more than a wee bit. I imagine that there will be some hilarious scenes early in the year, especially at the first game. Shitfaced middle-aged Bubba hollerin' at the 20 year old campus police kid about how he has been tailgating at this spot since 1977 and challenging the dude to physically remove he and his buddies from said spot. "Do you know who I am?" An even funnier image to ponder is people using all of their tried and true methods to sneak in and covertly consume alcohol
Hell, some of my funniest and clearest tailgating memories were of random people, many of whom I had never met or didn't know, and their epic level of drunkenness. So are yours. Seriously - how many of you recall with fondness epic tailgate stories from seasons past that DIDN'T involve drunkenness? They ALL involve drunkenness, not "remember that nice couple we met from Clayton at the Carolina game back in '99, and we all did coloring books with their lovely children?"
I guess this fall I will lament living 3,000 miles from Athens a bit less on college football Saturdays, since my friends and I have always tailgated in that giant purple patch on North Campus near the Arch. I am sure that since they all live rather close to Athens that they are sufficiently pissed, since we always 1) drink but do not get out of control fall down drunk and 2) we pack up our trash. I heard from friends that last year's Auburn game was pretty out of control and that campus got trashed pretty good. Wouldn't the appropriate response be to put out a bunch more trash receptacles? Or take the extra security needed to police these areas and crack down on out of control drunks by citing them for public nuisance or something? Seems like everyone is being punished on account of a few bad apples. And what about self-policing? If you are tailgating and the people next to you are overly obnoxious, then move somewhere else; it's that simple - in those two areas you have already lugged all of your shit away from your car. That's what we all do everywhere else in life, so why not here? Just last weekend I went to the beach, lugged my shit down there, unpacked it all, and got settled, only to have these really obnoxious people set up shop next to me. So what did I do? I packed up all my shit and moved somewhere else. Not rocket science. It seems like once again Mr. Adams is playing politics with this.
There are two things that make a tailgate: pretty girls
and alcohol. Why mess with a good thing?
This seems to me like one of the stupidest things I have ever heard of. Cutting 2 huge swaths of prime tailgating territory, one of which is at the gateway between campus and downtown Athens where they are 50 or so bars, decreeing that it is family friendly and alcohol free, and then policing it to keep alcohol and anyone drinking it out of said areas? Yeah, good luck with that.
What's next, banning of sundresses for all the beautiful women because they promote impure thoughts in all straight men who look upon them?