An Open Letter of Response to that Auburn Fan with Hurt Feelings
An Auburn fan had such a bad time in Athens that something hurt his feelings worse than the piss-poor game itself. He wrote a letter to the internet. I am responding.
Dear Auburn Fan,
I’m not even going to call into question the validity of your story (though I’m sure that some inconsistencies could be found), instead I’m just going to tell you to move on.
I would expect a Georgia Tech fan or someone along those lines to take to the nerdy corners of the internet and troll Reddit with tales of woe, but I would think an SEC fan would be better than that—or at the very least more accustomed to the behavior allegedly witnessed.
I can guaran-damn-tee your group was hassled in downtown Athens if those with you wore the visiting team’s colors. You can defend the wearing of Navy and Orange as coincidental and argue that the apparel worn didn’t even feature Tiger/War Eagle/Plainsmen logos all you want. But don’t be that ignorant. Show up to Georgia/Auburn weekend wearing Blue and Orange and you’re an Auburn fan. Show up to Georgia/Tennessee wearing orange and you are a Tennessee fan (or maybe a Home Depot employee). Proceed to do so in downtown Athens, an alcohol-fueled beauty of a mess, and you’ll get hassled. The home field advantage extends to the bars. A few short weeks ago I shouted at Tennessee fans downtown telling them they were not allowed to assemble in public. This happened. I have no shame. They didn’t take to the internet to complain. Most of them laughed. Some of them sang “Rocky Top” even louder. All of them moved on.
Did you have drinks thrown on you? That’s possible. But in my experience most folks at college town bars are too busy drinking, dancing, making bad decisions and chasing seemingly attractive people of the opposite sex to waste a perfectly fine alcoholic beverage on someone without provocation. I can’t recall seeing a time when a bar-goer was so drunk that he or she wasted precious, paid-for alcohol on an unsuspecting party. That just doesn’t happen. Not in happy places like Athens.
Were you spat on? Hell if I know. But I’ve literally never seen any Georgia fan spit on an opposing fan, and I’ve been around a lot of drunk and obnoxious Georgia fans in Athens, Jacksonville, Columbia, Knoxville, Orlando, Clemson, Atlanta, etc. I’ve never seen spitting. Again, I can’t help but wonder what made you so damn spit-on-able. I find it incomprehensible that you were spat on more than 20 times—not because it’s surprising, but because there’s no way that is true. I can’t imagine that much saliva coming your way in any scenario north of Baton Rouge unless you were physically on fire and in need of a deluge.
I’m sure you’ve heard from a lot of other Auburn fans who had bad experiences. I bet that happens when you travel 180 or so miles and see a team you love that was recently a contender for a National Championship get its ass beat by a team that has struggled against the more mediocre teams of the SEC East. I promise I would have hated every moment of the trip to Athens if I was an Auburn fan. What’s there to like about a 34-7 tail-whipping? That surely taints the entire weekend. I would have hated the last trip (a 45-7 loss in 2011), and the game in 2009 (a 31-24 loss) and that damned blackout game in 2007 (a 45-20 loss) too. Those outings sound generally miserable. I’ve made long trips to road games before only to witness defeat. It screws up the entire weekend.
And I’m sure I could find a handful of Georgia fans that hated their trip to Auburn last year. I bet Auburn fans weren’t the most welcoming in the world—at least not all of them. But if I trounced around downtown Auburn (is there such a place?) bars wearing Georgia colors, I wouldn’t be doing so looking for hugs. If I was obnoxious enough to draw a few dozen spitting sessions, I’d go to a different area of campus. Either way, I sure as hell wouldn’t take to Reddit looking for sympathy.
Grow up. Move on. Maybe find less obnoxious friends to take to road games. Maybe stop being so offensive yourself. Maybe don’t attack entire fan-bases as an attempt to gain more hospitable treatment. Just a few suggestions.
[Update: 11/18/2014, 10:40 AM] Apparently this letter annoyed people. Here’s an apology.
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