What's left to do after your seemingly superior football powerhouse has been undressed in its backyard by a bunch of perceived lower class? Well, of course ... trot out some lame, hypocritical stereotypes and pretend that you won't get immediately assailed by the thousands of WVU fans who are always waiting to crack the heads of bigots everywhere.Presenting case No. 42,495: Lauren Morgan of redandblack.com, Georgia's independent online student newspaper. Her thesis: All WVU fans fit into the hillbilly stereotype and menaced the genteel, well-dressed and well-apportioned Georgia southerners.Juanita Cousins (email@example.com) is apparently the person with whom to file your complaints.And, Lauren, we've seen better touches of reality from your boy Greg Blue ...
The Sugar Bowl was disappointing for players, students, alumni and just about the whole state of Georgia.
But watching the game wasn’t the worst part of the Sugar Bowl. It was having to deal with West Virginia fans.
Normally I’m pretty polite and cordial to visiting fans. But this was a different ball game.
I had never met more rude, uncouth and toothless individuals than on Jan. 2 in the Georgia Dome.
Compare and contrast Georgia and West Virginia fans.
Yes, we both tailgate pretty hard, but we take ours to a level hard to attain. I didn’t see any Green Eggs or plasma screen satellite TVs at a Mountaineer tailgate. I did see a lot of hibachi grills on the back of beat-up trucks and Ford Pintos.
The attire is easy to contrast, not just for a color scheme but for the lack of class.
Georgia ladies have pearls. West Virginia girls have blue and gold Mardi Gras beads.
Georgia gents wear red or black golf shirts. West Virginia fans kept their clothes on from the night before and added some face paint or a WVU coozie.
“Wow, y’all sure are pretty. Wanna watch the game with me?” said one WVU fan in a Davy-Crocket style coon cap.
Um…thanks, but no thanks.
In order to sit with my family, we were stuck up in the third tier of the Dome between two rows of WVU fans.
I knew we were in for trouble when a girl, decked out in blue and gold, sat down behind us and immediately apologized for her boyfriend.
She was pretty drunk herself since she told me, “I love your shirt” about five different times, shaking my hand each time she said it.
I can tolerate drunken people, since sober people tolerate me on frequent occasions. I can even appreciate the fact that she and her boyfriend probably had been tailgating awhile.
But how bad can a couple of drunken WVU fans really be?
Sure enough, a scruffy looking guy as big as a house sat down next to the girl and said “What? We have to sit next to these [explicit]s.”
And the a-word was mild compared to the strings of four letter words the student used in an attempt to form complete sentences.
Granted I won’t repeat such words and it typically wouldn’t have bothered me, except he said them to my mother.
My dad is usually a pretty level-headed man, but when the Mountain Man said “The SEC is a bunch of [p-word]s,” Dad almost went ballistic.
Being a gentleman, he didn’t fight the guy, but I had never really seen my dad that angry.
Well, when my mother and another Bulldog fan went to the bathroom, the drunken idiot’s girlfriend was in there as well. They gave her a lesson in southern hospitality.
“You need to remember that you’re in the South. And down here, we don’t use that type of language in front of women and children,” the Scarlett O’Hara accented Bulldog fan said.
“Your boyfriend needs to watch his mouth or else my husband is about to have him evicted.”
Unfortunately, bad language isn’t enough to get a fan tossed out of the Dome.
We asked the security guard.
Ironically, when West Virginia was up 21-0, the drunk guy shut up. At least until Georgia started making a comeback.
Then it was another spewing of f-words, s-words and the Lord’s name in vain.
When Georgia scored, I saw another drunk WVU fan across the aisle throw his popcorn and beer all over the Georgia fans sitting behind him.
I know that the University has considered making a requirement for students to take ethics or morality courses.
I think that West Virginia’s administration might want to consider etiquette classes as part of their required curriculum as well.
— Lauren Morgan is a staff writer for The Red & Black.