I didn’t exist yet the last time the UGA Bulldogs won a college football national title. Cortez Hankton, pass game coordinator and wide receiver coach for UGA, didn’t exist either. Well, they did it tonight against the Alabama Crimson Tide, winning 33 to 18.
Here’s the google chat log I had with a friend during the final couple minutes of the game:
Me: UGA’s QB’s teammates love him. They’ll cry happy tears with him.
Friend: you’re watching?!
Me: I started watching at the bottom of the 2nd quarter. I was watching movies before then. I’ve had the game mostly on mute, though, cause I’ve been listening to music on YT. I know, it’s been a while since I watched a college game.
Friend: you picked the right game to watch. you’re watching history. first UGA national title since 1980
Me: But, I did watch the failed 2pt conversions of both teams in the 4th and then UGA putting two back-to-back TDs up. Of course, I was going to watch at least the second half of the game..,i know how big a deal it is. the rivalry. I used to watch quite a bit of college football in the yrs after I got my MA. I know a lot of people don’t see the big deal with competitive sports, participating or watching. But, it really is important… where else does society get to see young men get to experience and express supreme joy and disappointment? Where else does society get to see young men convey so many emotions so publicly? nowhere. And…in some very subtle way, football hasn’t been commodified to quite the same degree as basketball. Basketball players in the spotlight, with endorsement deals and commercial value, are depicted much more like musicians than football players. Football players, even household names, multiple conference or league winners, are more like… Miss America winners? Same with baseball players.
Friend: how happy must a braves and UGA fan be in these last 3 months?
Me: And how awesome the World Series happened before Omnicorn was a thing. This was very good vicarious joy.
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