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Why Georgia has the best fan base in the nation
Georgia fans proved a year ago that they are very much in the discussion for the best fan base in the country. Whether they were taking over Notre Dame or invading the Rose Bowl, fans clearly demonstrated they’ll go just about anywhere to support Georgia football.
Between the Spike Squad, and the time 93,000 fans showed up to watch a spring game, Georgia fans will also go to any length to show their support for their beloved Bulldogs. Especially on Twitter.
There’s now some statistical proof that Georgia might be the best fan base in all of college football. With a hit tip to DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell, Georgia announced that it is the most followed college football program in the country, as the team account has 905,000 followers. With the hype videos and content that the account puts out, it’s easy to see why it’s a must follow for even the most casual of Georgia fans.
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) August 13, 2018
Sooner or later the Bulldogs are going to top 1 million followers and will likely be the first to do so. While Sanford Stadium fits just under 93,000 fans, there are many, many more out there who support and follow the team on Twitter.
And given that the Bulldogs figure to be a national title contender every year under Kirby Smart, the Georgia fan base is only going to get bigger and better.
We’re pulling for Mike Bobo
On Monday afternoon, Colorado State announced that its head football coach, Mike Bobo had been hospitalized after feeling numbness in his feet. According to the Coloradoan’s Kevin Lytle, Bobo had knee surgery earlier in the offseason. Bobo put out a statement on his status on Monday when it was announced that he would be stepping away from the team.
“I recently began to experience numbness in my feet. After our second scrimmage on Saturday night it was determined by doctors that I should be admitted to the hospital to undergo further testing. I feel very encouraged by the test results to this point and hope to have some answers soon. I also feel very encouraged about our 2018 CSU Football team,” Bobo said. “My family and I appreciate all of the great care and support we are receiving.”
Regardless of what you think of Bobo as a coach—personally, I thought he was a fantastic offensive mind by the end of his Georgia tenure—Bobo is the living embodiment of DGD. Both as a player and a coach, there have been few people who have represented Georgia as well as Bobo has.
Colorado State did not name an interim coach while Bobo waits for his answers. The Rams first game is on Aug. 25, when the Rams take on Hawaii. In each of Bobo’s first three seasons as a head coach, he’s gone 7-6 each year. He took over for Jim McElwain prior to the 2015 season, when McElwain left to become the head coach at Florida.
In the meantime, just about every Georgia football fan should be rooting for a quick and speedy recovery for Bobo.
Roquan Smith finally gets paid
Roquan Smith was one of the best players available in this past draft. Because of this, he was taken with the No. 8 pick in the draft by the Chicago Bears. Being drafted that high usually means a fully guaranteed contract, with the money value between $15 and $20 million.
But the Bears held off on giving Smith a fully guaranteed deal as the franchise was trying to include offset language that would make Smith’s deal non-guaranteed should he get suspended due to the NFL’s new helmet rule. Smith was the last rookie who wouldn’t signed his contract, and he was completely justified in doing so.
NFL players have incredibly short careers. These guys, given the amount of money they generate and the punishment their bodies take, deserve guaranteed contracts. It shouldn’t matter if you’re a first round pick or you’re on your third contract. NFL players deserve every dime they can get their hands on.
But finally, like Matt Damon did against Teddy KGB in Rounders, Smith won out and the Bears have decided to pay him. They’re going to give him his money.
Smith got a 4-year, $18 million deal, and it is fully guaranteed. That number is a little bit more than what Christian McCaffery got last year when the former Stanford running back was taken with No. 8 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Hopefully this deal is the first of many for Smith in what could be a long and successful career. Now that he’s finally in training camp, Bears fans will be thrilled to have a defensive playmaker like Smith on their team. Smith was easily one of the best players in college football least and if he lives up to his reputation, he should be one of the best linebackers in the NFL very soon.
Odds and ends
- Georgia football podcast: With Demetris Robertson now eligible, UGA has everything it needs to win national championship
- Georgia football injury report: Bulldogs relatively unscathed, but senior leader still out
- Georgia football coach Kirby Smart identifies soft spot on defense
- Family reasons: Why Demetris Robertson is now a Georgia Bulldog
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) August 14, 2018
— UGA (@universityofga) August 13, 2018
19 days until you get to see 92,746 of your closest friends. pic.twitter.com/SrMUjDEIIh
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) August 13, 2018
— 🆃🅾🅼 🅲🆁🅴🅰🅽 (@TomCrean) August 13, 2018
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) August 13, 2018
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— jay (@jaydestro) August 13, 2018
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