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Yeah this is a real thing.
UGA has been disappointed for several years in that it has been unable to reclaim the top spot as Best Party School in the Nation. However, UGA may have won an award even more coveted than that: Kinkiest Collective Sex Life.
So here’s the story. There are a lot of apps being used by a lot of young’uns out there to date and whathaveyou. One is called Clover. Clover uses data from its app to quantify just how often and in what manner folks who use the dating app are getting laid. Once they have that data they can break it down based on several categories. Those categories range from “Wants Hookups” to “Most Reserved.” Naturally, one of these categories is “Most Kinky” and, you guessed it, UGA won it. They edged out Iowa State, Texas State, Penn State, and Northwestern for the no. 1 spot.
Here’s a link to the original story as reported by the Red and Black.
So, Dawgs on Top?
Only if you’re into that.
(See what I did there?)
This Instagram post just dropped from Justin Scott-Wesley.
We may be reading too much into it, but this certainly doesn’t look good for his prospects to return this season. Even so, we at DudeYouCrazy wish him all the best. He was, is, and still will be a great member of the UGA family.
More on this as it develops.
Breaking News: The NLRB REJECTED Northwestern Players’ Petition to Unionize — What We Know, What it Means for the Dawgs
This afternoon the National Labor Relations Board rejected the petition of players at Northwestern University to be recognized as employees of the university and therefore to be given the right to unionize. The decision was, by all accounts, surprising seeing as most of the members of the Board are semi-recent appointees of President Barack Obama, a pro-union Democrat.
Here are a few things that we know:
- The reasoning behind rejecting the petition was competition. Basically the Board ruled that allowing players at Northwestern, a private school, to unionize would create an unfair competitive advantage over the public schools who would be left out in the cold. If the Board had ruled in favor of the players’ right to unionize the ruling only would have allowed other private school teams to follow suit, not the public schools. Hence, a competitive imbalance.
- This doesn’t end the fight over unionization in amateur athletics. Not by a long shot. Primarily because the board did not rule on the substance of the arguments within the petition itself. Unlike the O’Bannon ruling in which the NCAA’s logic behind Amateurism was torn asunder, the ruling today effectively punted the ball down the field until a later date. Still, it is a big blow given how unexpected it was and how it will probably reinforce public perception that the argument is all but decided.
- It seems that the hypothetical “later date” in which the Board could rule in favor of unionization will need to include a unified push from both a private and public school, and, I assume, women’s teams as well. I suspect the Board would rule in favor of a petition like that because the risk of creating a competitive imbalance between public and private university teams would be gone. Not to mention the concerns over TItle IX if women’s basketball teams were involved.
- Overall, the big positive takeaway for fans of the union push is that the Board never shows a hint of doubt that college athletes in big-time sports ought to be treated as employees. The big problem here, as I’ve said already, was how the petition was structured, not the merits of the argument itself. So one could safely assume that the problems for the NCAA will continue, just not from private school unions.
How will this affect the Dawgs?
Probably won’t have any effect. I will be interested to see if any of the beat writers are able to get current players to go on the record about unionizing. Honestly, I hope every beat writer in the country will be asking their current players about it. The next big push will need a public university’s team. Could that be UGA? I doubt it. But you never know. Crazier things have happened.
One last thing — don’t be dumb.
There will be lots of people gleefully bashing these players for trying to get what these idiots see as money they don’t deserve. However, this dispute was never about money. It was always and will always be about workman’s compensation and better healthcare for injured athletes, athletes who have no multi-million dollar contract to fall back on when hospital bills start to pile up (and, in most cases, no college degree either). Whatever your thoughts on unions, and I know there are a lot out there, just keep that in mind. Making fun of college students whose jersey you own for wanting more longterm health care for traumatic brain injuries is not a good look for you.
At 9:44 PM on August 1st the rumor dropped.
It was from a beatwriter at the Tidewater News named Andrew Lind. He had a source within Nike that a series of T-Shirts, which looked to be nothing more than ugly t-shirts, were actually real life jerseys that would be worn this season by the teams’ whose insignia they bore. This meant that nine teams (NINE) would be wearing alternate black jerseys this season. Here’s the tweet:
The fact that these designs would be pretty fugly as uniforms does not keep the rumor down. Nor does the fact that Charlie Strong straight up denied that Texas would have black jerseys days before these images were said to be uniform designs. As even Lind notes:
But, hey, we’re UGA fans so, in spite of reasons to the contrary, we’re gonna lose our damn minds. So several UGA blogs along with Saturday Down South run a story about the tweet from Lind. Most assume that UGA will be wearing black jerseys against Bama — the Bama Blackout Part 2: Electric Bugaloo.
Logan Booker, a very good journalist whose work I enjoy, tweets out the strongest of the takes I’ve seen. He both supports the comeback of black jerseys and basically says that Richt already told the media that black jerseys were coming this season for sure:
Booker’s certainty about the imminent return of a Blackout is confusing. Either he is revealing a stronger statement from Richt that never appeared in print or he is just reading too much into Richt’s comments after the 2014 Kentucky game. That night Richt said that Aaron Murray and the seniors wanted to wear black jerseys for the game, but the black uni’s simply weren’t there for the team to wear. He then dropped the famous “maybe next year” line that set the stage for this wild maelstrom of sartorial speculation.
Either way the UGA-internet storm builds and pushes Seth Emerson of the AJC to call one Greg McGarity and confirm the rumor.
McGarity denies the rumor, insisting that UGA will not wear an alternate uniform this season:
That seems to be that.
….Unless McGarity is setting up one of the best okey-doke’s in UGA history, but we’ll leave that aside for now.
Still, what strikes me the most about this story is the undercurrent of UGA fans still ravenously policing the black jerseys.
Now, you could argue that there is something to that. The 07′ season’s alternate jerseys looked to be the beginning of a beautiful tradition at UGA, one that I’m proud to say I was a part of as a student. But then the 08′ Blackout was such a disastrous result that many soured on the idea. The Old Guard could wail about changing uniforms but the idea of a ‘curse’ or a ‘jinx’ didn’t really have a foothold yet. Most assumed the black jerseys would be back, even if they didn’t like the idea.
But the solid black never did come back.
What came afterward was a series of uniform changes that brought even deeper humiliation to the fanbase, both on account of the results they heralded and because they were pretty awful looks.
There were the all-red-all-the-time “power ranger” uni’s of the Boise State opener. Then the black helmets and pants for the Florida game. Both losses. Both embarrassingly so.
At that point the hope of a Blackout becoming tradition was done in by the merging of the Old Guard with the True Believers. Suddenly any uniform change was not just a slight to the tradition but a tempting of fate, a calling forth of the dreadful Curse.
Now, Booker is obviously right. Uniforms don’t lose games. That’s obvious.
What’s even more obvious to me, however, is that the UGA fanbase is desperate for some type of curse to explain away the glaring underachievement of the program since 2007. That’s why every year around this time another rumored Blackout surfaces and the fanbase loses its collective sh*t over the idea.
The East has been just about as down as it can be and UGA has not only struggled to challenge for the SEC Championship (and along with it a National Title) they’ve struggled to even challenge within their division. Couple that with the slew of downright superstar caliber players that have worn the red and black since 07′ and you have a great recipe for the True Believers to begin crying “CURSE!”
Sadly, the Black Jerseys never had a chance. They were always going to be the symbol of our fated doom, the harbinger that foretells another New Years Eve spent in f***ing Tampa playing the Big Ten.
The idea that’s tougher to stomach, however, is that there is no curse.
UGA is simply a program that has underachieved and done so in the window of its greatest opportunity. When UGA should have been and, frankly, finally could have been winning Mark Richt a National Championship it failed, spectacularly so in many cases. Freaking out about Black Jerseys is a nice distraction. Actually wearing Black Jerseys for a game might be an even better one. But what will not go away is the nagging question that I’ve asked myself many times since that magical night in the Fall of 2007: was that as good as it gets for Georgia under Mark Richt?
I sincerely hope not. For my part, I’m in favor of a Blackout home game every year. I think it’s a good thing. I hope they’ll do it soon.
Mostly so we can stop the Freakouts once and for all.
Stop the presses, beloved mascot Russ is now the apparent victim of a mascot coup-de-tat.
Actually, Russ is retiring. And Marc Weizer of the Banner-Herald is reporting this morning that Russ’ replacement, Uga X, will be introduced later this season. Uga X will be the given-title of a two-year old bulldog named Que (pronounced like the letter Q) who, apparently, did very well during his audition at Sanford Stadium this week. At least, we think it will be Que. That hasn’t been confirmed by the Seilers yet. Still, here’s your first look:
Just what an audition to be the next Uga entails is a juicy set of details that everyone wants to know but that I’m assuming the Seiler family will never fully reveal. The only detail you can glean from Weizer’s story is that it involves not losing your damn mind when the Redcoats play songs near you.
However, we at DudeYouCrazy would like to suggest a mandatory “Bite Every Auburn Player Who Scores A Touchdown” test for all future Uga’s from this point forward. Also, I imagine learning to sit on Uga’s famed ‘nut ice’ is a necessary skill for the job that should be tested before Opening Day. Either way, it will be nice to have the Uga line return between the hedges and (hopefully) stay there for an extended period of time.
Ultimately, I think we all have to admit that Uga X will be great if for no other reason than the fact that ten is by far the most badass Roman numeral there is.