In case you didn’t notice, football is back. Well, college football, anyway. The NFL season will kick off Thursday night as the Atlanta Falcons take on the Super Bowl champs to kick off the season… more on that later.
The college football season kicked off in the usual fashion: The teams that were supposed to win, won. Well, most of them. We had a fair share of upsets and surprise victories, which is what makes football so exciting, unless you’re a Miami or Florida State fan.
Most other teams won games against schools we’ve never heard of, and the media has declared the entire season pointless as Alabama has somehow already been crowned repeat National Champs.
With football comes trash-talking — they go together like lamb and tuna fish. And, oh, has the trash-talking commenced. Much like the Patriots did with the whole Falcons-blowing-the-Super-Bowl-lead thing, the “Million Dollar Band” made a reference to “2nd and 26” during their halftime performance on Saturday night. Second and 26 was the down and yardage needed when Tua Tagala-whatever-his-name-is threw the 41-yard pass and, well, we all know how the rest went down.
It would seem that pouring salt in the wounds of Georgia sports fans has become the new ‘making fun of the Cleveland Browns. Who knows what the T-shirt slogan will be when the Braves blow the World Series in a few months. I kid, I kid… they’ll probably lose out way before that.
In fact, making fun of Georgia sports teams is so easy that the other day, a coworker (a Saints fan) made a comment about the Cowboys having only two playoff wins since the 90s to my coworker who is a Cowboys fan. Then, the Cowboys fan started making fun of the Falcons not having any championships. So, to clarify, my team got made fun of in a trash-talking session that had nothing to do with my team just because I happened to be within earshot.
This weekend, probably the biggest college football game for trash-talking in the CSRA will take place in Columbia, S.C. I should go ahead and apologize to my fellow Bulldogs fans. I accepted a wager to change my Facebook profile pic to the Gamecocks logo for a week, should USC serve the upset on Saturday. I should know better. Anytime I’ve made any sort of bet like this, it blows up in my face. I’ve had to change my profile pic before. I’ve also had to wear the opponent’s jersey, I’ve lost money, I’ve had to record videos declaring my “love” for another team. Years ago, I even had to have my chest waxed live on the radio due to Georgia losing to Florida.
But it’s all part of the fun, as long as you don’t take it too seriously. It is, after all, just a game. Yes, I realize it’s football in the South and pretty much is its own religion. But try not to belittle Joe from accounting too much when your team beats his. You still have to see him at work on Monday… and he knows where those “lunch receipts” are really coming from!