College football arrives tomorrow night, ushering in the true beginning of Fall. The SEC brand is big business at The Gracious Posse as Ellen and I experienced first-hand the unforgettable thrill of winning the 1980 National Championship back in our UGA/Herschel Walker days. Now we long for our children to have a taste of the same, but it sure will be hard with the upcoming schedules.
The season kicks off with North Carolina at South Carolina. As she mentioned in Visiting Chapel Hill, Ellen is married to a Tarheel, and her two daughters bleed Carolina blue as well. Her son, though, has just become a Gamecock. With her family’s loyalties now divided, Ellen will be in the stands wearing garnet and black tomorrow night.
Her real test will come next week, while mine comes Saturday night for the Georgia-Clemson prime-time match-up. Ever since our daughter stepped onto Clemson’s campus over two years ago, we have fallen in love with this orange and purple school and the people there. Though both of my children were raised red and black Bulldawg fans, they have easily embraced the Death Valley Tigers and love to cheer on Virginia’s own Taj (Majal) Boyd and irrepressible coach Dabo Swinney.
In this weekend match-up 30 years in the making, my torn loyalties leave me perplexed. When hearing of my dilemma, fellow Georgia grad aLe quickly remarked, “Well, of course you will root for Georgia,” and her daughter attends another SEC school. sCt, who has just now entered the world of the SEC with her middle son’s matriculation at Auburn, advised without hesitation, “You have to cheer for your daughter’s school.”
So what is a mother sitting in the stands to do? Cheer when each member of the Tiger team rubs Howard’s Rock and runs down the hill as
thousands of orange balloons are released? Or chant “Goooooooooooo Dawgs! Sic ’em! Woof, Woof!” at each kick-off? “Glory, Glory to ‘Ol Georgia” or “Tiger Rag”?
Ellen will face a similar dilemma come September 7th. I suspect black will be her sartorial choice.
So far, I have only come up with one solution for my divided soul. Despite all of the surrounding colors of the Fall-like day, I’ll be the lady wearing white and keeping her mouth shut. Do you have any other suggestions?
August 28, 2013