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National media laughs at Georgia fans who say they’d take a gunshot to the thigh for a national title

The SEC likes to say that when it comes to college football in the conference, “It just means more.” But when does college football mean too much? Because that situation came up on Tuesday morning.

960 The Ref, a sports radio station located in Athens, Ga., asked a hypothetical question regarding Georgia football on Tuesday morning. “Would you take a NON LETHAL gunshot to the thigh in exchange for a UGA Football National Championship?”

This is an extreme hypothetical question, but nonetheless, a lot of Georgia fans used it to show how badly they want a national championship. As of 12 p.m. ET, the results were 50-50 between the two with over 3,600 votes cast. A number of Georgia fans weighed in, letting it be known that they would literally take a bullet for the team if they won a title.

However those in the national media laughed at this notion, stating that it is only football. And a few rival fan bases chimed in as well to poke fun at how desperate Georgia fans are to win a national championship.

As Georgia fans are often reminded, the football program has not won a national championship since 1980. The Bulldogs came painfully close in 2017, as the Bulldogs held a double-digit lead in the second half of the national championship game, only to lose to Alabama.

Georgia then blew another double-digit lead to Alabama in 2018 SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs have had a number of other close calls to getting to a national title over the past 20 years, with the 2002, 2007 and 2012 seasons coming to mind.

Most outsiders might scoff and/or laugh at the idea that some people would put themselves through intense pain just to experience the feeling of their favorite team winning a national championship. But to a lot of Georgia fans, winning a national title might actually mean that much.

Part of what makes college football what it is is due to the passion of the fans. Harvey Updyke once poisoned the trees at Toomer’s Corner because Auburn beat Alabama. Fans do wild things in celebration and defeat all the time.

To act like a number of Georgia fans saying they’d take a bullet for a national title is a step too far is just trolling. Obviously getting shot in the leg is going to be extremely painful. But to some fans, losing in another national championship-type game is a different but still excruciating pain.

At the end of the day, most Georgia fans wouldn’t actually take a bullet for the Bulldogs. But a lot of them are clearly willing to consider it. That type of fan support and passion is all part of what makes college football crazy but also great.

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