November 8, 2007
Auburn always comes into Athens in a foul mood. Every other year, they bring 20-30 players and thousands of alumni that The University of Georgia rejected. We have nicer facilities, better academics, prettier women and more money. In fact, we have all the things they want...like literacy, indoor plumbing, jobs, asphalt, and prosperity.
They come in (or should I say return to their home state) pissed off with a massive chip on their shoulders, and they promptly punch our guys dead in the mouth. Since '91, we've successfully punched back and defended our home turf only twice in eight tries. We've typically fallen victim to a massive support group looking to sort out their rejection issues at our expense.
We're a lot like Rocky Balboa.
We looked mean and tough when we were pouring it on the Gators (playing the role of Apollo Creed). But since then we've sort of been basking in the glow of our success. After beating Creed, Rocky fought ten guys -- mostly tomato cans and chumps -- and he got soft. Did we get fat and sassy against Troy?
While Rocky was enjoying his caviar, big house and nice cars, Clubber Lang was coming up in the streets, getting strong and getting mean. Next thing you know Lang beats the shit out of an ill prepared Balboa.
Auburn is Clubber Lang.
Can't you just hear Tommy Tuberville and Will Muschamp going nuts in regards to The Blackout. "Georgia's more concerned with how they're dressing than beating you guys. They think they're better than you. They're not even talking about the game. They're talking about fashion. We're going over there to whip their fancy asses, and there's nothing they can do about it. Don't matter what color they wear on Saturday. I pity the fools."
This game is 100 percent about how tough we are. Who wants it more? The game is going to be played at a brutal, violent and fast level, and if our guys don't have The Eye of the Tiger like they did against the Gators, they will lose.
So will it be like Balboa vs. Lang I...where we regret ever mentioning The Blackout. Or will it be like Balboa vs. Lang II...where we stand toe to toe with them and come out the bloody and battered victors?
Regardless...for both sides I'd say....
Man, I can't wait for Saturday. It is on.
(Note: Last year we played the role of Balboa to their Apollo Creed in Rocky II. Regardless...we're always Rocky.)