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Posted: October 8, 2011 6:22 p.m.

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Rowe: College football in Georgia is the best

Don't you just love this time of year? What's to complain about? The weather is just perfect and with the cooler temperatures I enjoy spending more time outside, especially now that I don't have to worry about running across those dreaded snakes.

I always look forward to cooler, fall weather and watching leaves change from green to autumn reds, oranges and yellows. There's a lot to do once fall arrives from fairs and festivals of all kinds to taking a little trip north to enjoy the beautiful colors of fall.

My favorite thing to do on fall weekends is to watch college football games. Around here, you either pull for Georgia or Ga. Tech, and heaven help you if you're not a fan of either. As long as you're not a Florida Gators fan you're still fairly safe among Georgia or Ga. Tech fans. The only time Gators and Bulldawg fans get along is during the infamous Georgia/Florida game and that's only because most fans are ‘feeling too good' to care about anything else. Truth be told, many won't even know the outcome of the game for several days afterward.

Even if you're not a Georgia or Ga. Tech fan, we won't hold it against you, bless your heart. You can't help it if you weren't taught right about football , but a little southern charm and hospitality can change all that. Stick with us Georgia fans and we'll show you how much fun football can really be.

Of course, nothing compares to being at the game, tailgating and being among tens of thousands of other fans. I've been to lots of Georgia games, but game day in Athens, between the hedges, is an experience that can't be compared to anything else. Georgia fans take tailgating to a whole new level and do it up right. Save the hamburgers, hot dogs and popcorn for high school football games. Your ordinary picnic fare won't make the cut, but anything from steaks to barbeque gets thumbs up on game day.

I've been to rival stadiums but the experience just ain't the same. Florida and Tennessee just think they got the upper hand because their stadiums overlook their rivers, and I'm still trying to figure out what's so special about Alabama and Clemson.

They may have their own traditions that make them special, but they just ain't got what we've got. First of all, Georgia fans, by nature, are more gracious and friendlier than others. Our school colors are a lot more classy and elegant. We've got the legendary Larry Munson calling the games and some of the best football alumni - Herschel Walker, Lindsay Scott, David Greene, David Pollack, Fran Tarkenton, Buck Belue and Kevin Butler. Plus, we simply have the cutest mascot in all of college football. You have to admit that a dog makes a cuter mascot than a cat, bees, bird, buffaloes and, certainly, an alligator! Not only does Uga exude charm, but he's learned a thing or two about football and keeps our visiting team in line and on their toes.

Now with all that going for a team, how else could you possibly pledge your loyalty to anybody but Georgia or Georgia Tech?

Nothing compares to listening to Larry Munson call the games and that's what makes Georgia college football so special.

Beth Rowe may be reached at

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