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October 10, 2018

What Do Dawg Fans Know About Athens Music—and What Do Music Fans Know About Football?

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Paige Corkery

Athens is a city filled with music and culture—but it’s also, of course, the home of the defending SEC champion Georgia Bulldogs football team. While there are certainly many Athenians who run in both circles, others tend to stick to what they know. In an attempt to see how aware each each group is of the other, Flagpole’s pop-quiz squad took a trip to the 40 Watt Club to talk to attendees at the recent Mothers show, and we also swung by Sanford Stadium to chat with tailgaters in advance of Georgia’s win against Tennessee.

Music Fans

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Laura Owens

Flagpole: Who is UGA’s starting quarterback?

Laura Owens: Kirby Smart? I don’t know. That’s not the right answer.

FP: What’s the mascot’s name?

LO: Go Dawgs?

FP: What’s the name of the football stadium?

LO: Sanford.

FP: When was the last time Georgia won a national championship?

LO: They almost won it last year?

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Logan Shook

Flagpole: Who is the head football coach?

Logan Shook: That’s tough. Uh, I don’t know.

FP: What’s the mascot’s name?

LS: Uga.

FP: When was the last time Georgia won a national championship?

LS: It was in the ’80s, I think.

FP: How many Ugas do you think there have been?

LS: Probably in, like, the 20s?

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Will Wise

Flagpole: Who is UGA’s starting quarterback?

Will Wise: Um. Jake Fromm, is that correct?

FP: What is the mascot’s name?

WW: Uga. Or Hairy Dawg, my personal favorite.

FP: Can you name either of Georgia’s two Heisman winners?

WW: Herschel Walker, and I don’t know the second one.

FP: How many Ugas do you think there have been?

WW: That’s a whole thing. I think it’s like 13, or something like that. Too many. They need to cut that out. It’s pretty awful.

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Maggie Blauvelt

Flagpole: Who is UGA’s starting quarterback?

Maggie Blauvelt: No idea.

FP: What’s the mascot’s name?

MB: [Sips beer] Um, I do know, but it’s not… No, just pass.

FP: What’s the name of the football stadium?

MB: I don’t wanna say it and then be wrong, but it’s Stanford?

FP: Can you name either of Georgia’s two Heisman winners?

MB: No. I don’t even know what that means.

FP: How many Ugas do you think there have been?

MB: Four? Five?

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Gabriella Andino

Flagpole: Who is the head football coach?

Gabriella Andino: I don’t even know.

FP: What is the mascot’s name?

GA: Hairy, I think. Right? Who knows?

FP: Which athletic conference does Georgia belong to?

GA: SEC.

FP: How many Ugas do you think there have been?

GA: I think we’re on 11. I’m not sure, though.

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Matt Petty

Flagpole: Who is the head football coach?

Matt Petty: Kirby Smart is the head football coach.

FP: What is the mascot’s name?

MP: Uga.

FP: What athletic conference does Georgia belong to?

MP: They play in the SEC.

FP: When was the last time Georgia won a national championship?

MP: 1980?

FP: Can you name either of Georgia’s two Heisman winners?

MP: Herschel Walker was one and… Did Nick Chubb win? No, he didn’t win. I’m blanking on the other.

Football Fans

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Evan Gibson

Flagpole: Do you know any current local bands?

Evan Gibson: Uh. I know Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors come through here. I don’t know if they are local, but that’s as close as I can get.

FP: How many local bands do you think there are?

EG: I’d probably say there are… gosh, I don’t know. I would probably say 10–15.

FP: Can you name any local music venues?

EG: Georgia Theatre. I know you’ve got Boar’s Head. That’s a bar, but I know they have music there.

FP: Do you know what Flagpole is?

EG: Like, do I know what a flagpole is, or what is Flagpole? I have no idea what Flagpole is.

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Paige Corkery

Flagpole: Can you name any current local bands?

Paige Corkery: No, because I actually went to Auburn, so this is my first time in Athens. So, here I am, but I wore red, so that’s OK, right? Somebody good at some point, I’m sure.

FP: Do you know who Michael Stipe is?

PC: Do not.

FP: How many bands do you think there are in Athens?

PC: I’m gonna say 16. Yeah, it’s a good number.

FP: Do you know what Flagpole is?

PC: Something that holds a flag, or something that involves a stripper, maybe?

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Jenna Blanchard

Flagpole: Can you name any musicians or artists from Athens?

Jenna Blanchard: I do not actually. I know the song “Love Shack” was done here, I just don’t know the artist’s name.

FP: Can you name any local bands?

JB: I probably cannot, actually.

FP: How many do you think there are?

JB: Athens is a pretty well-rounded place. I know there are a lot of opportunities for artists. I’m just a science major, so I don’t get out of my house. So, I’d probably say, like, 30-ish. Maybe a little more.

FP: Do you know what Flagpole is?

JB: The magazine. I got one thing!

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CJ McNabb

Flagpole: Can you name any musicians or artists from Athens?

CJ McNabb: Corey Smith is not far from here, right? That’s the only one I really know of.

FP: How many local bands do you think there are in Athens?

CM: I’d say, in Athens, a good 100.

FP: Do you know what Flagpole is?

CM: That sounds like kind of a funny question. I know a flag flies on a pole, but what do you mean?

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Nikki Codiniera

Flagpole: Do you know any musicians or artists from Athens?

Nikki Codiniera: Oh, gosh, no.

FP: Do you know who Michael Stipe is?

NC: I’ve heard of him.

FP: Who do you think he is?

NC: Was he a jazz artist? Was he an artist?

FP: What do you think Flagpole is?

NC: A music venue?

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Jeff Jones

Flagpole: Can you name any musicians or artists from Athens?

Jeff Jones: Yeah, you’ve got me—myself, I’m one of them. My boy Lyric, he is from here.

FP: Do you know who Michael Stipe is?

JJ: No. Who is he? I don’t.

FP: Do you know any music venues in Athens?

JJ: No, I don’t.

FP: How many music venues do you think there are?

JJ: Carry the one again… Three?

FP: Do you know what Flagpole is?

JJ: Flagpole. That’s a group, isn’t it? That’s a music group.

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