John Shearer: The Rivalry Of Georgia And Auburn

Monday, November 12, 2012 - by John Shearer
For those who like interesting sports statistics, how about this: Georgia and Auburn have played each other 116 times in football since 1892, and the series record is now tied.

Following Georgia's 38-0 win at Auburn Saturday night in this game long billed as the Deep South's oldest rivalry, Georgia has now won 54 times, while Auburn has won 54. They also tied eight times before the overtime rule was enforced before the 1996 season.

The Georgia win also marked the first time since 1987 that the series has been tied.
Auburn had actually owned the series lead since 1988, but Georgia has battled back to win six out of the last seven games.

This year also marks the 15th time the series has been tied. Since World War II, the series record was also even in 1964, 1966, 1972, 1974, 1979 and 1985, in addition to 1987.

The two teams first met at Atlanta's Piedmont Park on Feb. 20, 1892 -- before autumn permanently became associated with college football -- and they have played every year since except for 1893, 1897, 1917, 1918 and 1943.

The football game between Virginia and North Carolina has been called the South's oldest rivalry, and, as of the game this coming Thursday in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers and Tar Heels will have actually played each other one more time than Georgia and Auburn have. However, because Georgia and Auburn are in different conference subdivisions and UNC and U.Va. are not, Georgia and Auburn could eventually surpass that game in number of meetings.

The North Carolina-Virginia series record, which also dates to 1892, is 58-54-4 in favor of UNC.

Auburn and Georgia have long had some other close connections with each other, including that a number of coaches played or coached at the other school. Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, for example, played at Auburn, while former Auburn coach Pat Dye played at Georgia.

The two teams are also known for having a rivalry that is perhaps a little more civil or respectful among fans than Auburn-Alabama, Georgia-Florida, or even Georgia-Georgia Tech.

jcshearer2@comcast.net

Auburn Montgomery Downs Dalton State Men's Tennis

Mobile, Ala. – The Dalton State men’s tennis team ended their run at the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon with a 5-1 loss to Auburn Montgomery at the Mobile Tennis Center. The Warhawks started by taking two of the three doubles contests and ended when AUM captured three singles matches. The doubles loss to Dalton was the first match AUM ... (click for more)

Dalton State Women Lead SSAC Golf Championship

The Dalton State women lead after the first round of the two-day, 36 hold Southern States Athletic Conference Golf Championship. The Lady Roadrunners seek to become the fourth Dalton State athletic program this year as they wrap up the tournament on Sunday at the 5,812 yards, par 72 Montgomery Country Club Course. Dalton State finished Saturday’s round with a nine over ... (click for more)

Prominent Business, Civic Leader, And Philanthropist Scotty Probasco Dies At 86

Prominent Chattanooga business, civic leader and philanthropist Scotty Probasco has died at the age of 86. Scotty, as he was affectionately greeted by most of Chattanooga, was known for his modesty, generosity, dependability, and unswerving loyalty. “Great work” was always on the tip of his tongue – a manifestation of his joyous humility. He was a man of high ideals, of kind ... (click for more)

Chemical Odor In Lookout Valley Traced To Chattanooga Tank Wash

Chattanooga firefighters in Lookout Valley were sent out Friday night to investigate reports of a strange odor in the area. The firefighters searched the area, but never found the source of the odor.  John Schultz, an investigator with the Air Pollution Control Bureau, was also out Friday night and eventually tracked the source of the odor to a business, the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Proud Of Hometown Boy Turned Global Leader, Bob Corker

Time Magazine has it right.  Not only is Chattanooga’s own U.S. Senator Bob Corker one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” but he is probably now the most prominent leader in the history of our city.   At a time of extreme frustration with Washington and Congress in general, Bob continues to rise above the division and rancor to build consensus and solve ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Great Work, Ol’ Pro!

Years ago I was lucky enough to be the seatmate of Scotty Probasco on an airplane bound for somewhere and he taught me a word that has helped me be a much better person than I ever thought I could. We were already swell friends, since he’d watched me grow up at First Presbyterian Church every Sunday with his kids, and he liked some of the stuff I tried to write back then. So ... (click for more)