Saturday night was a rough one for Georgia football fans as the Dawgs gave us all a scare. While a heavy favorite against the Missouri Tigers, when it comes to SEC games at night on the road, well, anything can happen. And happen it did. While the Dawgs had dominated two weeks prior in Columbia, South Carolina — Columbia, Missouri was a different story altogether.
Our story does not start at 7:30 p.m. ET when the game began. No, it actually starts early Saturday morning with what one reporter thought was a simple, innocuous tweet.
This reporter, who shall remain anonymous for their safety, felt compelled to tweet out into the college football Twitterverse this foreboding fact — Georgia football is the only FBS team not to trail this season — that was it.
The wheels of misfortune were in motion, and the clock was ticking down towards that fateful matchup that Georgia fans were unaware was looming ahead, waiting for the right moment to pounce upon them and destroy their hopes.
Having grown complacent from the last few years with head coach Kirby Smart and now a national championship trophy at home in Athens, Dawg fans did not sense the impending doom and instead made the fatal mistake of…overlooking Missouri.
Georgia football fans had to lean heavily on superstitions to help the Dawgs beat Missouri.
Lucky shirts were forgotten, and game-winning hats were ignored as fans just grabbed any random piece of Georgia gear, plopped down on a random spot on the couch, and innocently settled in for the game. But all of that was forgotten come halftime. Georgia was down 16-6, and mass chaos ensued among the Bulldog faithful.
The fans were prepared for this moment, though. They didn’t expect it that night, but they had years of experience in this department. The superstitious mode was a go. Fans had 15 minutes and counting.
Clothes were haphazardly tossed about as fans scrambled to find their lucky shirt.
Drawers were pulled out and closets ransacked for lucky hats, shoes, hoodies, and even earrings.
Multiple fans switched to Georgia’s radio broadcast, hoping that listening to Scott Howard call the game would bring good luck.
Some people permanently ditched their Georgia polo, but for others, it was the polo that was key.
Some people even developed spontaneous in-depth rituals to help the game succeed, while others tweaked last year’s rituals and added a few new twists hoping to ensure a Dawg’s victory.
Numerous Georgia fans also changed seats, either resuming lucky seats from last season, finding another lucky seat altogether, or just standing for the rest of the game. Some fans even went so far as to change seats in Missouri’s stadium — can you say #dedication?
Some fans left their parents’ house or even the local bar to finish watching the game at home on their own TV in hopes of better luck for the team.
And no one was immune from fans’ superstitious beliefs. Pets were even kicked off the couch.
And family members were kicked out of the room.
Even friends weren’t safe from being subjected to the family’s superstitious beliefs.
But all of this begs the question, does it really work? Does a lucky shirt really affect the outcome of a game? Can the Dawgs subconsciously sense when you’re not sitting in your lucky seat? Or when you’ve forgotten your lucky hat?
It’s one of life’s greatest mysteries and an answer we will probably never know. All of our actions might be fruitless and not have any impact on whether the Dawgs win or lose. But, we still keep doing it. After all, it worked this time.
Georgia fans luckily knew what to do, and while we won’t ever know the true answer of if it works or not — if the Dawgs win, who cares because, in the fans’ hearts, they were the difference makers.