Since this is
Clean Cut Our Linemen, Clip our Linebackers Dirty, Old Fashioned Hate Week, I thought I would take a moment to explain to the UGA fanbase why it really isn't the fault of the current fans. The classless act is something that is inherited from spending time as a rat, the indoctrination of the students and it all goes back to the man who's name is on the most honored trophy in NCAA athletics...JOHN HEISMAN.
Heisman was not an honorable coach, if anything he was a driven man who by today's standards would make Stalin seem democratic. Heisman would not allow his players to eat soup, he thought it would make them weak. Heisman would not allow his players to nuts, salads...and only served his players rare meat...his preference.
Let us take a flash back to 1916, the year of the non-NCAA record whipping of Cumberland by Georgia Tech (the NCAA does not recognize this score since the game was played by a non-sanctioned Cumberland team). A little history if you will allow me to imitate TKK. Cumberland up until 1915 fielded a football team that would take on the likes of GT, LSU, Tulane and other southern football squads, but over the years interest in football waned on the Cumberland Campus and the school did not field an official team in 1916. Cumberland canceled the 1916 schedule and all but Georgia Tech seem to have received the message.
But John Heisman claimed that he did not and insisted that Cumberland play the game or pay the $3,000 pay out. Could this have anything to do with the fact that the Georgia Tech Baseball (also coached by Heisman) had been on the receiving end of 22-0 drubbing by Cumberland baseball a few months prior? So anyway, Heisman insisted that Cumberland play or pay. Cumberland rounded up 16 fraternity brothers and other students and took a train to Atlanta. Cumberland tried to recruit some Vandy players to beef up the team, but Vandy faced a hard challenge the following week and choose not to assist; and 3 of the Cumberland players missed the train connection in Nashville; so 13 Cumberland men went into Atlanta....
The 13 Cumberland men descended into Atlanta to take on Heisman and his scholarship athletes. Those 13 Cumberland men were also unaware of another little known fact....at this time in history the voters of the National Championship tended to rank teams by the Margin of Victory (sound familiar). Heisman wanted to prove a point that a team could score at will against a less than equal opponent,,,he wanted to prove that scheduling was a major component in deciding the national champion. So he unleashed his Gnats of war against fraternity men and came out with a 222-0 victory. There were no recorded first downs, Tech needed no more than 3 plays to score on the men of Cumberland and Cumberland's longest play of 10 yards came on a 4th and 22.
What can we take from this? Heisman was willing to destroy men that were not of equal caliber to make his team look superior. The funny fact about this whole this is that Heisman's destruction of Cumberland went un-noticed in the national press and it was not until 1917 that Tech was recognized as having the largest margin of victory (another school in 1916 was given headlines with a 205-0 victory).
So what is the point of this post....You cannot blame the current fan base for their arrogance, their misplaced beliefs of self-importance...It all started with the man that the NCAA names its highest trophy after....Heisman was a D^&k