Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dawgs & Gators: For All The Marbles!

Put any moniker on it you like. The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, Border War, or just Georgia vs Florida 2008 edition. It doesn't matter about the rhetoric, because this year it is simply big. No, huge. No, gigantic. You get the picture. SEC East title, SEC Championship opportunity, BCS implications, National Title chances. They are all on the line this Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. Just as Barney Fife said to Sheriff Taylor, "Andy, this is really big"! And the hype will just continue to build all week long until it reaches a huge crescendo Saturday. It's a must win for both schools, even though only one can win. It will have a "bowl atmosphere", which is only right because it is definitely a play-off game. The winner advances to bigger and better things. The loser plays out the schedule, carrying with it that 'what if?' quandary. They promoted Georgia vs LSU as a heavyweight title fight. Then the Bulldogs vs the Gators must be billed as an old fashioned wrestling match , with 'no holds barred'. Or even a really old western such as "Gunfight at the OK Corral". Either way, it will not be for the faint of heart. It will be down and dirty. The emotional level of both participants and fans will be out of sight. Keep the women and children off the street, 'cause this one could get ugly. Stay tuned...

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