As a lifelong Georgia fan growing up in the state of Alabama, life had never been easy when it came to college football. Until recently, my hometown of Montgomery had almost other Georgia fans to share in my families experiences. Getting older, going to high school, people got more and more aggressive, and more and more stupid/annoying, about college football. Starting my college at USA got me away from the more aggressive college football fans and gave me a breather, it was the USA's inaugural season and most of its students didn't care.
Well I transferred closer to home my sophomore year, to be closer to girlfriend (who went to Auburn) and to help my parents with their adoption. This was the 2010 season, a tougher time to be a UGA fan than usual. Alabama had won the NC the year before and was supposed to again, but then Auburn comes out of the gates with this Cam Newton guy, looking pretty good. Meanwhile, we all know how Georgia looked. Needless to say times were tough.
Until last season I really loved Auburn, it was clearly my second favorite school. I had always wanted to go there, but didn't have the grades right out of high school. Auburn has some great traditions, and what I thought to be some great fans. Really the only UGA games I had managed to go to were the 'Deep South's Oldest Rivalry,' starting with the the Blackout in 2007 I had been to every one of those games since. Georgia-Auburn games have a first-class feel to them, and I loved it.
I went to some Auburn games in Auburn last season, that's when things started to go down hill. During the Auburn-Clemson game some girl hit me in my head, which was more annoying than anything else. Then as Auburn continued winning more and more games, the fan-base started getting more and more obnoxious yelling out WDE in various places.
My semi-hatred really took like at the Georgia-Auburn game that season though. Standing in the Auburn student-section with my Georgia stuff on made me an easy target, I understand. The shoving and pushing as I walked to my seat was just unnecessary though. I cheered the Dawgs on through thick and thin of that, understandably leading me to be cussed out a few times. But then the game neared its end and we all know what happened.
The student-section cheering at Aaron Murray's injury was horrifying to me (they also did cheered on injuries in the Clemson game). But then I was on their side when it looked like the entire UGA team was about to start a brawl for no good reason (being at the game prevented me from seeing all the nasty hits on Murray). Then watching Nick Fairly high-five Trooper Taylor, I was instantly enraged again. Then afterwards, the news of the fire at Toomer's got out and for weeks afterwards AU fans took it out on me, because I was the only UGA fan they knew. Then I watched about 1,000 different videos of Nick Fairley's game and I watched the game, which I recorded, on TV. Seeing what I missed by being in the stands infuriated me. Still though I didn't hate Auburn, although I was leaning that way
Now I am an Auburn student. I transferred in for my junior year and hope to graduate from here, its a pretty good school. It was yesterday I decided to completely hate Auburn though. For some background- I have a few UGA bumper stickers on my car, 4 in fact- 2 on the back and 1 on each side, I assure you I did it tastefully. While I was in my place of work in Auburn I had left my car windows cracked because of the hot summer day. Coming out on my break though, I noticed my car smelled like bleach, I had no clue why. When I started driving it all became clear to me. Through my rear-view mirror I saw the little spots that are left when you spray cleaner on something but you don't wipe it off. As soon as I parked I examined what had been done. Apparently some fan (I'm not speculation about their fan orientation but i was in Auburn) had taken their newly bought bleach (I work at a grocery store) and attempted to bleach all of my UGA bumper stickers. My stickers emerged unscathed, but its the pronciple of the thing I am mad at. I don't know if the act itself is what makes me mad or if its the stupidity that pisses me off. It was the straw that broke the camel's back though. As of yesterday I hate those AUful tigers/eagles/chickens.
I know this is a long post and most people don't care, but I needed to vent. I still have to endure going to this school and dating an Auburn fan. Most people told me that going to AU would change me into their fan, now I am more sure to the contrary than ever before. Go Dawgs!!