Good day, UGA. Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. Today, we look at all the events already called the “River City Showdown” and look back at the greatest trick plays in Georgia history.
As you’ve likely seen by now, Georgia and Florida have mounted an ill-conceived attempt to rebrand the Georgia-Florida game into the “River City Showdown,” which sounds like it was created by a college football rivalry name generator somewhere in the bowels of the Internet. You can already get your shirt!
Of course, you aren’t gonna buy that shirt. Very few people will probably buy that shirt. Do you know why? It’s a very bad shirt with a very bad nickname on it. Anyone with any kind of fondness for this rivalry knows it by one of two names: the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” — one of the best rivalry names in the world — or “Georgia-Florida” — a plain, simple and fine name. Unsurprisingly, fans reacted negatively to having a crappy name forced upon them.
On a scale of 1-10 how dumb is "River City Showdown."#WLOCP
— Logan Booker (@LoganMBooker) October 24, 2016
"THE RIVER CITY SHOWDOWN"
why we playing in Cincinnati coach?
— Boo Berry (@MattBerry05) October 24, 2016
— matt stinchcomb (@mstinch79) October 24, 2016
That’s a good point brought up by former Bulldog Matt Stinchcomb there. “River City Showdown” is such a generic name that I bet there are already tons of charity events, battles of the bands and high school rivalries across America with that name. A cursory Google searched that the “River City Showdown” can refer to:
- A volleyball competition in Austin, Texas
- A dirt track auto race in Marietta, Ohio
- A youth softball tournament in Mason City, Iowa
- A 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Memphis, Tenn.
- A show for Kiwi Pro Wrestling in New Zealand
I really don’t mind that the game isn’t officially called the WLOCP anymore. Colleges probably shouldn’t be in the business of openly admitting that half the reason for football games is so people can get tanked. But there’s no reason for this poor branding attempt. The new name will never stick.
The game doesn’t have to officially be called the WLOCP. Fans will carry on that tradition themselves. However, by trying to force a new, bad name on everyone, the powers that be are further endearing the name WLOCP to fans who probably forgot it wasn’t officially called that anymore in the first place. Just call it “Georgia-Florida” officially, the fans will call it the WLOCP and there will never be any fuss about it.
Or we can go with this name:
made my own t-shirt for Florida-Georgia, on sale soon pic.twitter.com/La3bN5bg1W
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) October 24, 2016
- After 7 games, we ask: ‘What is UGA under Smart?’ (Mark Bradley, AJC)
- Towers’ take: Bulldogs struggling to find an offensive identity (Chip Towers, Dawg Nation)
- As attention increased, Isaiah McKenzie’s production for Georgia has decreased (Seth Emerson, Dawg Nation)
- No suspensions for players? Welcome to new world at UGA (Jeff Schultz, AJC)
- Georgia practice update: Baker, Barnett and Williams (Seth Emerson, Dawg Nation)
- Bulldog lineman compares UGA vs. UF to ‘a cage match’ (Jake Rowe, Dawgs 247)
- Time of possession: Rather relative, or overrated? (Patrick Garbin, UGA Sports)
Great homents in Gator hatin’: Appleby to Washington
Each day between now and Friday I’ll be including some stuff about the greatest moments in Gator-hatin’ history. For the first in this series, we go back to 1975 and look at one of the best trick plays ever run by a Georgia team.
The No. 7 Gators rolled into Jacksonville at 6-1 and in search of their first SEC title in school history. But Erk Russell’s famous “Junkyard Dawgs” defense was up to the task and only allowed a single Florida touchdown. It was the defense’s work stopping the Florida offense that really won the game. But it will always be remembered for that wonderful pass thrown by tight end Richard Appleby.
With a little more than three minutes to play in the fourth quarter and trailing 7-3, Vince Dooley called one of the most audacious plays in school history. Appleby took a reverse handoff as if he was about to run downfield. Instead, however, he dropped back and looked downfield. The handoff was enough to make the Florida secondary bite, and Gene Washington was waiting, wide open, to receive Appleby’s heave.
Florida attempted to tie the game with a field goal when it got the ball back, but a botched snap left the kicker with no chance. Georgia won 10-7.
Christofi wins ITA Regional
Georgia freshman women’s tennis player Eleni Christofi beat Florida’s Josie Kulhman 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (4) to win the singles draw title at ITA Southeast Regional Championships on Monday.
Christofi went down 4-0 in the first set before rallying and winning it on a tiebreaker. Kulhman won the second set handily, before Christofi eventually took the title in a hard-fought third set. Christofi — a native of Athens, Greece — is now 10-1 on the season, and the win qualified her for the ITA National Indoor Championship in New York this November.
“Great tournament, great week for Eleni,” Georgia coach Jeff Wallace said. “She has really competed well and made great improvements in her game. It is a great win because it gives her another really big opportunity to get to New York. So, really excited for her and what she’s done.”
Golazo from Crowder
I somehow missed this over the weekend, but Georgia soccer senior Marion Crowder scored a spectacular goal in the 4-3 loss to Missouri on Sunday.
This good dog discovered a whole new way to slip ‘n slide. He’s an innovator.