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The Broader Implications of the Georgia-Clemson Game

Today's 2014 football season opener between Georgia and Clemson is major.

This rivalry, dating back to to the 1800's, is now rare. Throughout the 1970's, 80's, and 90's, the Georgia-Clemson game was a near surety on each team's schedule. Matchups between the two schools were not nearly as frequent in the early 2000's. That's what makes this game a gem. Neither school knows the next time they may play each other.

Another reason, Clemson recruits Georgia athletes. In fact, Clemson University is only a few miles from the Georgia line. Therefore, it's almost a brother against brother rivalry. Players on both teams played together or against one another growing up in either Georgia or South Carolina.

Another reason, this is the first season of the College Football Playoffs. The winner of today's game will increase their playoff chances.

Lastly, I have decided to pursue a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning. The winner of today's game will not ultimately decide my decision, but will be a deciding factor. Both are great schools, without a doubt. But beyond that, I have always wanted to attend a big school. Watching both teams fight it out is sort of symbolic for me.

Beyond all of that, I am looking forward to the start of the 2014 college football season. Having not committed to any school yet, I was raised a Bulldog and to this day, continue to be faithful. GO DAWGS!

Pictured below is University of Georgia running back David McCluskey (1983-1987) blocking a Clemson offensive lineman. Mr. McCluskey is now an ordained minister, pastor and also one of my dad's good friends. He's also a phenomenal musician.


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