In advanced, sorry not much of a news writer, i write novels so this might feel more like a short story than a sports update.
Georgia and Alabama, not exactly arch rivals.... I mean our football teams don't play regularly and neither basketball teams are national powerhouses, so where does that leave us? Well, when it comes to our ladies in leotards, nothing represents evil itself like the Georgia Gym Dogs.
For anyone who doesn't know the basics, Alabama and Georgia are two of the absolute premier gymnastics programs in the country. Suzanne Yoculan and Sarah Patterson of UGA and UA respectively, built their programs from scratch since Title IX in the late 70s. The two have famously locked horns on numerous occasion (just google it for specific less-than-friendly encounters.) As much as it pains me to type this, Georgia has had the upper had for most of the rivalry. The Red and Black hold 10 National Championships and 16 SEC titles to the Crimson and White's 5 National Championships and 7 SEC titles. However, in a Yankees-Red Sox 2004 flip, Alabama has experience a renaissance as of late while Georgia has taken a turn for the worse. Alabama ushered in the new age in 2009 with an SEC upset over the Gym Dogs and solidified the changing of the guard in 2011 by sweeping all major awards and titles. Alabama looks to keep its SEC rivals at bay this year and only has one prior loss to avenge, a thrashing last year in Gainesville.
Alabama Gymnastics took on their most famous and bitter rival today and escaped with around a one tenth victory. You don't need to know too much about gymnastics to know a perfect 10 is rare and special. Alabama bursted out of the gates with what might stand as the season high and looked on fire to smoke the dogs. Two gymnasts flirted with perfection and Senior Geralen Stack-Eaton punched it home on vault, scoring the first perfect 10.0 in the program's history in over six years.
You also don't need to know much about gymnastics to know that the Tide buried themselves in the second quarter. Form, toe pointing, legs and such are all important, but falling off your event is usually terminal unless the other team commits a similar mistake, Georgia did not. It's as devastating to moral and beneficial to your opponent as an two pick sixes, but something funny happened in Coleman Coliseum. Alabama did not accept defeat and phone in the rest of the night, in fact, they were just barely in the lead following the third rotation, focused in and plowing away at their events one after another. When the last routine was over, the home crowd was understandably nervous. The final score was announced... Georgia, 196.325 Alabama 196........465. The loudest roar since the Auburn buzzer tip-in was let out and Bama starts their national title defense 1-0.
While the Tide must stay focused and deal with their opponents one at a time, Florida and a chance at redemption is looming in the distance. Any similar slip ups will cost Bama dearly as UF is a Championship favorite and are usually world beaters by mid season. Fortunately, this time, the meet will take place in the friendly confines of T-Town, where the Gators haven't won in ages.
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