Joined The Augusta Chronicle as a sports columnist in February 2001. Previously covered a myriad of sports including golf, NFL, NHL and college basketball in five years for the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. Served as a sports designer and editor at the Winston-Salem Journal, Newport News Daily Press and Charlottesville Daily Progress. Started professional career as a small college and minor-league baseball writer for the News & Daily Advance in Lynchburg, Va., in 1989.
Posted October 25, 2006 03:28 pm - Updated October 27, 2006 05:56 pm

World's Largest Stupid Argument

That's what they should start calling the debate about the silly nickname for the Georgia-Florida football game. That it wasn't dropped year's ago for being juvenile, unnecessarily provocative and flat-out wrong (anybody ever been to Mardi Gras?) is beyond me. Boosters, students and idiots in general have recoiled in drunken horror at the sober request of the university presidents to have the sopho-moron-ic label "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" retired from being the primary reference of the annual rivalry football game in Jacksonville. The sensibility of the request is lost on people who haven't bothered to notice that alcoholic beverages don't need any more promotion at collegiate sporting events. People have been enjoying themselves just fine despite NCAA bans of alcohol advertising during broadcasts and sales at college venues. Nobody is trying to step on anyone's buzz. The presidents are simply trying to promote more responsibility and moderation on impressionable young students who clearly need the lesson. It's a noble challenge facing long odds of sinking in through overly lubricated skulls. By establishing on-campus drinking rules with tangible consequences for students who abuse them, the presidents aren't trying to turn everyone into teetotalers. They're simply trying to teach students to be responsible for their own actions. It is a learning environment, after all. So for whatever small part it plays in the effort, count me in for never using the WLOCP label again. It was a dumb title anyway. And if you have a problem with that, maybe you just have a problem.