An open letter to UGA "Boo Birds"

Jamey Goodman

Let me start by saying, I'm in a very rare place. I'm fortunate to be able to share a fan's perspective, and be a part of what I've said is the best fan base in all of the land, all at the same time. I'll go forward with those same thoughts even though there may be data to prove otherwise.

The conditions Saturday were less than desirable, but that didn't stop football from happening, and it didn't stop fans from coming out to watch. With rain in the forecast, it provided the lowest ticket prices I have ever seen for a home game in Athens. Friday night, the secondary ticket market had scores of tickets available for less than $10.00. 

Based on the reaction of the crowd, there were many there that took advantage of that. A wise man told me years ago, when doing something you've never done, always act like you've been there before. Saturday night, that didn't happen.

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Monty Rice closes in on Lynn Bowden Jr.

Multiple times,  echos of boos filled Sanford stadium. Boos that got the attention of not only fans, but also the players that work so hard to provide the entertainment we seek a few weekends out of every year. Our players are on record, thanking each and every one of us for our investment into them. They've done this on more occasions than I could even count. 

They deserve better.

I've seen the posts on social media. Fans screaming about their right to boo. They'll go on to say that the boos were not even directed at players. They were aimed directly at the coaching staff. I suppose they were hit with "friendly fire", so to speak. 

Players responded. 

Tweets to "Stay over there" and "No fake love" come to mind. What does that tell you? It tells me that they're not interested in where you aim your insults. They're a family, top to bottom. Coaching staff included.

There is one dynamic that is openly talked about within this football team. You hear it from Kirby Smart, players, recruits, and the parents of players and potential players. That dynamic is a family atmosphere. That isn't a silly catch phrase for people to latch on to. It's a way of life. It's an ingredient necessary to travel to the highest landscape of college football. Inside of a family you wear the scars of the people you fight for. The people you love and support.

In the same way they've become a family to each other they've become my family as well. As a fan, in a way, each team becomes a family. We invest mass amounts of time and energy into these Dawgs. Their sacrifice is more hard work than most can even realize. 

What they do when people are not watching is far more than most of us have to endure. Real blood, sweat, and tears. Late nights preparing and more early mornings than we can imagine. All in preparation to deliver on the goals that are ahead of them. I'm personally thankful for every second of that, and I'm certain you are too.

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Richard LeCounte III celebrates his fumble recovery.

I'll end by saying that I know that being a fan is a whirlwind of emotion full of highs and lows. I ride those waves with the best of them. I also do it with the thoughts of every player that gives their all to this magnificent University, and every recruit that one day may attend. 

I'm aware that people are watching. Players and parents alike. If I'm fortunate enough to cross paths with any of them, I hope they walk away knowing I give them my utmost support everyday in every situation this team may face. On and off of the field. That's the least that each and everyone of us can do. With that said, I feel I must apologize to this team for the actions of fans Saturday night. I also need to thank each and every other person, and there are many, that do it the right way. 

As for the rest? Please. Be better.

Let's win this bye week, focus on the task at hand, and take over the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Go Dawgs! 

Comments (17)
No. 1-9
GIGATOR
GIGATOR

BOO! BOO!

ugathreads
ugathreads

When the boo-birds took flight... skin-crawling, I turned to my surprised and soaked 16-year old daughter. We hated it and agreed it's terrible for OUR team to hear. I thought our fan-base was above that BS. It was embarrassing and did nothing to motivate the team or the coaches.

If you were truly watching the trenches, there was no loafing going on. I didn't see any posers out there goofing off. I saw guys who have been pouring their lives into the team grinding out play after play in miserable conditions. I suspect the frustration was mostly geared toward the coaching and play-calling... but again... with the conditions and the fact that players and coaches hear the boos directed at them as a TEAM... it makes NO sense to berate your own.

If you're a boo-bird, imagine you're having a rough time at work... and your family and friends start ridiculing you while your down. Fun, huh.

You can certainly have your own opinion and are absolutely entitled to Boo... but if you do you are working against the team, recruiting, etc. and may as well put on the other teams colors.

GO DAWGS!

Meat Cleaver Weaver
Meat Cleaver Weaver

I wasn’t there, but I will say this. I don’t believe any of those “boos” were directed at players. I do believe they were directed to playcalling. And if the fans want to boo, they have the right to do so. The play calling this year has been absolutely horrible. And the coaching staff has made some horrible decisions. And If I have paid money (no matter how much, or how little) to see the Bulldogs play, you better believe I will boo bad coaching decisions. I humbly suggest that if you don’t like it, you stay home so you don’t get your feelings hurt, princess.

McDawg
McDawg

the only time i booed (in my living room) was when we called a 2 yard pass play on 3rd & 3 and i will continue to do that regardless

Bamf_btd1
Bamf_btd1

BTW you want to talk about the players loyalty to "their school" and "their team mates", exactly how many times has RETIRED (not NFL, Arena, or other active "Pro") players have returned to Sanford Stadium over the years. Except for Herschel Walker, I don't recall a lot of sideline shots of other Notable Georgia players like Hines Ward, Terrel Davis, Garrison Hearst, Randy McMichael, and so on.

Bamf_btd1
Bamf_btd1
  1. For what it's worth, I drove 8 hours from Jacksonville, FL, through a tropical storm, and sat through that HORRENDOUS WEATHER THE ENTIRE GAME. Meanwhile at half time, the players and coaches are huddled in a new, state of the art, multi-million dollar locker room, and the coaching staff from the HC to various assistants are receiving 6 and 7 figure salaries, while the school administration charges 5 figures to the fans for the PRIVILEGE of buying season tickets (in addition to the face value of the tickets). And y'all get in your feelings when fans boo after 6 quarters of lackluster half-heated effort against 2 sub par lesser SEC East Opponents. I mean both schools have at least 3 losses each and were playing a 2nd and 3rd string QBs. Since the G Day Game in April all the way through September, all I heard about was "The Great Wall of Georgia", but in back-to-back games this IMPRESSIVE O-LINE FAILED TO CONVERT A 3rd or 4th AND SHORT on a lesser team. This roughly the 3rd season in about 15 years where I've heard Georgia has "a bigger O-Line than ANY NFL Team", and UNDER PERFORMED. But, I still love my Dawgs. Glory Glory to Ole Georgia. 2) I have been a LOYAL DAWG FAN since Vince Dooley shaved his head in December of 1976 to fulfill a promise to his players for winning the SEC that year. Since 2000, I have been bombarded by Gayturd fans quoting their stats "since 1990..." or other haters whose only other comeback is 1980. I have been dealing with these haters and critics LONGER THAN THESE PLAYERS HAVE BEEN ALIVE. 3) When the game is over the players return to the Comfy Confines of the Athens Campus, the rest of us fans have to deal with the Haters and Critics in the Real World. 4) As I stated earlier, I live in Jacksonville,FL and for over 12 years HC Mark Richt & AD Damon Evans as well as AD Greg McGarity & HC Kirby Smart keep talking about moving the Georgia-Florida game from Jacksonville, either (2007 CMR & DE) to a rotation between Jacksonville & Atlanta to (CKS & GM this year) outright calling for it to be a home-and-home series between Athens & Gainesville, and cutting Jacksonville out all together and trashing an 85+ years tradition. Don't worry boys, if ST. Nick in Tuscaloosa and the other Power Brokers have their way, there will be a 9 game SEC conference schedule. Thus ending decades of rivalries between the SEC East and the ACC (Florida-FSU, UGA-Ga Tech, Kentucky- Louisville, and South Carolina-Clemson), and those same Power Brokers will move Georgia-Florida from the Halloween match up to Thanksgiving/Rivalry Weekend and the much ballyhooed home-and-home series between Georgia and Florida. In conclusion, please PREACH to me again about LOYALTY!!!
ATDawg1985
ATDawg1985

You all who think that it was necessary to boo, I have a few words for you, STAY AT HOME and away from Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium!
First of all, performance is a totality of the actions, and you booing at half time was you thinking the game was done and over. Secondly, show some *bleep *bleep class! Would you be booing your OWN child if their performance wasn't the best as they had practiced, in a play or dance recital? Those are someone's children out there, and you all had the gall to disrespect parents, probably watching the game in the rain along with you. You wouldn't want to hear your child booed, so don't boo someone else's.
I attend the Dawgs Games at a game watch here in Chicago, usually packed with Georgia Alumni and Fans. We yell, vent our frustrations together and chant "Who's that Comin' Down the Track". We don't even behave like that away from the field, let alone on national television that's putting our team on display. You deserve to be chastised and humiliated, as you tried to do that night. Think long and hard and get your act together before you even think of stepping back in the stands for any University of Georgia event.

UGAgirlinSC
UGAgirlinSC

do you really think it matters if "fans" were booing the coaching staff? It is unacceptable. I heard it and it made me mad. I wasn't down there in the pouring cold rain listening to the fans boo at me, I cannot imagine what those boys felt. For the coaches being professionals you are correct. I am guessing though you aren't a professional coach anymore than I am. That is why they get paid millions and we sit in the stands.

ugacdawg
ugacdawg

Last week it was pretty clear that DeAndre Swift was not happy with his offensive coordinator... and this week the fans are not happy with the guy either. I'm not sure how else they are supposed to convey that his performance, which he is actually paid a whole lot of money for, has been subpar at best this year. The players were not boo'ed at all, and I get they are defensive of their coaches, but the coaches are professionals, and deserve to be treated as such.


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