Georgia Spring Game: G-Day Will be a Disaster
Just coming back from the dead to tell you all how uncomfortable I am with the whole #93kDay thing.
I feel so damn awkward about the fact that this is something the athletic department is actively pushing on social media. Keep in mind, this is the same athletic department that can’t get 93,000 people to show up for major SEC games on time. This is the same athletic department that on a whim decided to make a run at a major performing artist to come play a 15-minute set at a game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Bulldogs. I’m stunned that didn’t work out. I’m stunned that the conversations never even reached paper negotiations.
There’s not going to be 93,000 people at G-Day. You could talk me into #50kDay (maybe) but not #93kDay.
All this hashtag has done is further distinguish the gap between the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia. Georgia’s (hopefully) trending in the right direction under Kirby Smart and a slew of assistants with Bama ties, but Georgia isn’t Alabama yet. Calling for (over and over and over again) 93,000 people at a Georgia spring game is like Kia hiring a guy from Lamborghini’s body style design team and saying, “Come test drive a Kia. It’s just like a Lambo.” You can’t just take away someone who was part of a world-class production and assume that your entire production and the experience tied to it will immediately be comparable.
I don’t have a problem with Kirby Smart. Quite the opposite is true. I love every single thing he’s done—especially his lobbying of state legislators to keep the media out of the legal affairs of student-athletes. I don’t have a problem with wanting to be like Bama. I sincerely hope that’s the trajectory of the program. But #93kDay was doomed from the beginning.
That’s all I got/
UPDATE: Georgia’s still not selling out Sanford for this. But here’s an update post-Ludacris announcement.