Georgia football and the SEC were paid an ultimate compliment yesterday. Trent Dilfer, the Head Coach of UAB, said, “An SEC football game at night has a way better atmosphere than a Super Bowl.” Dilfer famously led the 2000 Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl.
I understand Dilfer’s reasoning on why a night SEC game has a better atmosphere than a Super Bowl, but I disagree. You, the reader, are probably annoyed that I once again had to disagree with something. But hold on, I have a point.
A night SEC game happens all the time, and it does not matter the time or day when an SEC team is playing. The atmosphere is always better than anything the NFL can produce. However, the Super Bowl happens once a year and is the most-watched event in the US. The beginning part of a Super Bowl is probably the craziest thing ever. It is out of a movie, almost. The Star-Spangle Banner, the flyover, the fireworks, and the teams running out of the tunnel have all the pomp and circumstance that an average SEC game does not.
Now, does a Georgia night game come close? Absolutely. But it is just below the mark. For these guys that are playing for UAB, this is the Super Bowl. Playing in front of 40,000 people and then suddenly playing 93,000 people is a massive deal. I’m sure this moment for UAB players will be something that they will never forget. It will just be another game against a lesser opponent for Georgia players. However, the Dawgs should not think that way when they play on Saturday.
I am ready for Krypton fanfare and lighting up Sanford. Furthermore, I am ready for the red lights to brighten the night sky. That is closest to a Super Bowl atmosphere, so Georgia should play more games on Saturday night. I am tired of these noon kicks. Why is Georgia vs. South Carolina a 3:30 game, and why is Tennessee vs. Flordia a 7:30 kick? Hopefully, with the SEC moving away from CBS and to ESPN, Georgia will get more opportunities to play at night.
Dilfer is kind of right. But I respect him for what he said about our conference and school. Dilfer isn’t like some coaches and players out there who disrespect Sanford Stadium (looking at you, South Carolina), and I can get behind that.