by Cameron Wicker
I feel the need to apologize to the Georgia Bulldogs, their fans and most importantly, Mark Richt. The Dawgs started the 2012 football season 5-0. And on each of those five game days, I diligently watched ESPN Game Day, wore my lucky black shorts purchased the same day Georgia defeated the LSU Tigers in the 2005 SEC Championship, turned a single dollar bill upside down in my wallet and ate a red velvet cupcake. Sometimes two or more, if I’m being honest.
On Saturday, October 6, ESPN Game Day was at South Carolina for the UGA vs. USC showdown. I watched. My lucky black shorts were freshly laundered. I wore them. I had a single dollar bill in my wallet. I turned it. Folks, I hate to admit that I did not follow my fourth—failsafe—game day ritual. I did not have any red velvet cupcakes. Naively, I thought this would not hold any significance in affecting the outcome of the matchup. Perhaps the Dawgs strength had everything to do with training, coaching, strong offense and defense and nothing to do with cupcakes. Boy, was I ever wrong.
I think we all know how this story ends—with the bewildering 35-7 defeat of the mighty Georgia Bulldogs at the hands of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Which, by the way, is just a glorified chicken. I could not feel worse about my actions and how they led to this blemish on UGA’s heretofore perfect record.
Bulldog Nation, we have some big games coming up and it is squarely upon me to right this situation—with cupcakes! I encourage you to join me in the consumption of as many red velvet cupcakes as humanly possible each and every UGA game day.
Believe me, I understand, with the preparation of so many game day wings, dips, casseroles and potato skins, adding another item to the menu may be tough. Might I suggest The Island Baker? It’s up to us, Dawgs!