The Deep South’s 2nd Oldest Rivalry
Time to digress. This website (blog) is dedicated to bankruptcy law and developments, but it’s MY website, so I can post whatever I want. If I choose to use this forum to publicly boast about winning a bet, while humiliating the loser, well, I can – and will – do that here. The “loser” is Mike Hurtt. Mike is a colleague of mine – a bankruptcy attorney from Dalton, Georiga. Mike is a good man, and I consider him a good friend, except for the second or third Saturday of every November, when his team – Auburn (Tigers or War Eagles, not sure) – plays my team -the Georgia Bulldogs.
The terms of our annual wager are simple: (1) the winner gets lunch anywhere in Rome, GA, compliments of the loser; (2) the Vegas point spread is never taken into consideration – ever. (“Points? We don’t need no stinking points“); and (3) the winner gets bragging rights, for the entire year. To the best of my recollection, the first annual wager was the 2002 matchup, so we are 9 years into the tradition.
The winner of our annual wager makes sure the loser endure as much misery as possible. The winner will typically show absolutely no restraint or sportsmanship when it’s time to order lunch. “What’s the most expensive thing on the menu?” Fortunately, though, as far as misery is concerned, Mike has suffered more of it than I have.
Here’s a synopsis of the UGA vs. AU game results since “the wager” started:
|106||November 16, 2002||Auburn, AL||Auburn||21||Georgia||24||AU||51-47-8|
|107||November 15, 2003||Athens, GA||Auburn||7||Georgia||26||AU||51-48-8|
|108||November 13, 2004||Auburn, AL||Auburn||24||Georgia||6||AU||52-48-8|
|109||November 12, 2005||Athens, GA||Auburn||31||Georgia||30||AU||53-48-8|
|110||November 11, 2006||Auburn, AL||Auburn||15||Georgia||37||AU||53-49-8|
|111||November 10, 2007||Athens, GA||Auburn||20||Georgia||45||AU||53-50-8|
|112||November 15, 2008||Auburn, AL||Auburn||13||Georgia||17||AU||53-51-8|
|113||November 14, 2009||Athens, GA||Auburn||24||Georgia||31||AU||53-52-8|
|114||November 13, 2010||Auburn, AL||Auburn||49||Georgia||31||AU||54-52-8|
|115||November 12, 2011||Athens, GA||Auburn||7||Georgia||45||AU||54-53-8|
With Georgia leading the wager-series 7-3, we’ve had some memorable lunches after some memorable games.
That 2002 game was defined by that incredible game winning touchdown pass from David Greene to Michael Johnson (who was never heard from before, or after, that game).
In 2003, the crowd noise was deafening when Odell Thurman picked-off Jason Campbell and raced 99 yards for a touchdown to seal the win.
There was 2006, when Auburn was ranked 5th in the nation, and UGA upset Auburn (in Auburn) 37-15 to destroy Auburn’s championship quest. The Tigers’ leading receiver was Tra Battle, who caught three passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for Auburn, Battle is a Bulldog. I remember making myself laugh by repeatedly saying to Mike (weeks after the game): “Did you hear the news, Tra Battle just intercepted Brandon Cox again!”
How much fun was it to dance to Soulja Boy at “the blackout” game in 2007? That game was as loud as I’ve ever heard the crowd at Sanford Stadium.
This year’s victory ought to represent UGA’s 6th win in a row. (Don’t even get me started on that pseudo-felon, Nick Fairley, the dirtiest player to ever play college football.)
This year’s game was, oh so sweet. Did y’all see our special teams player, Quintavious Harrow, LAY OUT that guy for Auburn? If not, here it is.
Now, for the pictures from the victory meal. For his year’s victory lunch, I selected Longhorn’s Steak House. Thank you Mike, and the Georgia Bulldogs, for a wonderful meal.
“Thanks for the lunch, Mike!” “Mmmmm, cabernet.” Like that Bulldawg tie?
Mike’s reaction – “The bill is HOW MUCH??”
Good times! Looking forward to next year – GO DAWGS!!
Brian R. Cahn | www.northgabankruptcy.com