Political correctness has finally gone too far. It was always annoying, but it wasn’t difficult to look the other way if you tried hard enough. But now? Now it’s infiltrated college football and has finally crossed the line in the sand. After the Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma rebranded itself as the Red River Showdown, I groaned like everyone else because it was a stupid violation of tradition, but the politics of the moment were all about shootings, so I kind of understood and figured that eventually the rightful name would return. However, a second great football rivalry has been attacked by PC Principal and now it’s time to be concerned.
The Georgia-Florida rivalry is one of the biggest and most storied college football rivalries in the country alongside the Iron Bowl, The Game, and the Red River Shootout. If you don’t already know, it’s played in Jacksonville at a supposed neutral site… in Florida. But that’s beside the point. It has long been dubbed “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” due to the fact that Jacksonville’s average BAC probably increases by .10 on game day due to tailgating and post-game partying at The Landing. But apparently, like “shootout,” “cocktail party” is dangerous terminology. As if somehow changing the name will stop people from getting plastered for the game and the beach.
The official t-shirt came out this week for The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, instead dubbing the rivalry “The River City Showdown,” and UF and UGA fans finally found some common ground. Fans took to Twitter and crushed the name change, letting the schools know that the name change was not going to happen. Needless to say, I don’t think the new name is going to stick, and someone is going to make a fortune selling “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” t-shirts this week leading up to the game.
If you want to live in a politically correct wonderland, have your fill. I’m going to use terminology I’ve used my whole life, and you’re not going to change me, so do your own thing. But stay away from college football, for the love of God. College football is the last bastion of American freedom and we won’t let you suck the fun out of it. It’s only a matter of time before Auburn-Alabama stops being the “Iron Bowl” and starts being the “Aluminum Foil Showdown” and UGA-Georgia Tech is no longer “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate,” but instead called “The Peaceful, Cordial Football Showdown.” Don’t be a fun sucker and ruin this for us and focus on something that matters, because there are plenty of real problems out there. .
[via SEC Country]
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