Georgia-Florida rivalry becomes 'River City Showdown'

GA/FL rivalry match gets renamed

Since the 1950's, the Georgia-Florida rivalry has been known as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

Our corporate station in Jacksonville, First Coast News, says a local reporter first gave it that name after seeing drunken fans.

The city and the schools eventually began separating themselves with that name because of the alcoholic tomfoolery continuing every year in Jacksonville.

In an effort to curb booze fueled antics outside the stadium, First Coast News says the brand Fanatics is attempting to impose a new name: "The River City Showdown."

Critics of the name say the name doesn't properly identify Jacksonville and that it also sounds pretty similar to Red River Showdown, which is the name for the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry.

We found out what Dawgs fans think of the new moniker.

"Sounds like they just want to take cocktail out of the equation, but I don't think it's going to matter because people are going to get just as drunk as always," says Doug Gore of Warner Robins.

"I have been to the Georgia-Florida games before," says John Reeves from Macon. "Some people do get quite abusive with it, especially the tailgating."

"Yeah, no," Sharon Ruff, also of Macon, says adamantly. "It still needs to be the biggest cocktail party in the word."

"From a brand perspective, it's not bad," says Justin Crum of Byron. "I like the name before, but, quite frankly, I think it makes it a little bit more friendlier."

But, there is one thing people can agree on.

"Who's going to win?" we asked the Gator haters.

"Georgia, come on," smiles Gore.

"Georgia. Absolutely, hands down," laughs Reeves.

"UGA, is that even a question?" asks an offended Crum.

No matter what you want to call it, just be sure to tune in.

You can catch the game this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on 13WMAZ.



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