As a first time reader of the BIE blog a few years back, I was immediately intrigued by the great exiled one. Here was a guy who understood what I was going through. Exiled. Displaced. Alone in a sea of misinformed and ignorant football fans. Far away from my Georgia and SEC brethren, I too took the role as ambassador of all things southern, though probably not as graciously or as with as much patience as Bulldog in Exile. If you're far away from home and if you've moved away from Georgia & your beloved Dawgs, and especially if you left the south, you can relate too. You know how torturous it can all be and that's probably why you are here on the blog. I hope to continue the tradition and standards of the blog. Its cheaper than therapy and I'm honored to have been chosen to carry the torch.
When BIE told me he was moving back to Athens, my reaction was first, denial, then anger, followed by jealousy and finally acceptance. It took me some time, but I couldn't be happier for him and his family (but honestly the pictures on twitter from campus make me mad all over again-- there is such a thing as rubbing it in BIE!!) I too hold out hope that one day I'll be able to post on these very pages that I am returning home. Back from the cold, back from exile, to a place where I can hear the crickets sing at night, where they refill your tea without asking and where I hear the soft sweet accents that I miss so much. Jerry Reed's "Eastbound and down" will be cued up and ready for that very day. Meanwhile, I'll try to educate my kids-- make sure they don't call coke a "pop", say "yall" as much as I can, and color their life with the G, stories of summer thunderstorms and their great grandmas homemade peach ice-cream.....Yes, life out here in the territories is a little dryer and a little colder, but I'll get by with a little help from this blog.
Quick notes of comparison for you ( I proIdaho did not become a state until 1890, some 105 years after our great University of Georgia was founded. UGA first played football in 1892 while BSU began 76 years later in 1968 and as a junior college no less. BSU sports the most hated color combo of every Dawg fan on the planet and they play on that damned ugly field. Do you know how hard it is to live in a place where the preschool teachers try to paint my daughters fingernails orange and blue before each smurf game? Even the local news teases every segment by relating it to the plight of the Broncos........".... tonight at 10, a coyote was spotted in the foothills, how will this effect Boise States BCS hopes
So most BSU fans will have to excuse me when I think of them as johnny come latelys. So fresh to the college football scene most kids out here think that football began when Ian "Rudy" Johnson proposed at the Fiesta bowl. They refer to themselves as "Bronco Nation" but to be honest it has more of a village-y feel. I've never seen a fan base so misinformed when it comes to the big picture. As you might imagine, as the self proclaimed biggest Georgia fan in Idaho, the next few weeks will be trying for me as we lead up to the rematch. I am alone in a sea of blue & orange here with only
morning. After nearly 9 hours of tailgating and at the point in the day when your bourbon has little bits of grass and dirt floating around in the bottom, I made a grand promise to all those in earshot. I stood on the back of my car with flag in hand & declared Georgia would win the game that day by at least 22 points. Further
" We were completely out of our league today...kudos"
What an honor it is to be contributing here. I look forward to a fun ride. If you are a fellow Dawg in exile, or even a Dawg back home, send me pictures of your Georgia flags from wherever they may be flying. I've got a project in mind and I need your help.
My last tailgate as resident of GeorgiaGATA!I am your Displaced DawgI am, your DisplacedDawg