It’s Florida-Georgia week once again. This week Florida and Georgia are both ranked in the top 10 in various places, depending on which poll you consult. The AP has Florida and Georgia at No 5 and No 8 respectively, the USA Today poll has them at 7 and 8 respectively, and the BCS poll has Georgia at 6 and Florida at 8. What it all adds up to is that this year’s matchup is the biggest and most significant that we have had in a long time. The last time we had both Florida and Georgia in the top 10 going into Jacksonville was…that’s right, the very last year before Two Thousand Zero Zero Party Over Oops Out of Time.
Yes, the year was 1999. The dot-com bubble was puffing up wildly, making hundreds of thousands of people who didn’t know the first thing about money into instant millionaires. The whole country was growing weary of the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinski soap opera. People were all in a dither over the impending shutdown of computer systems the world over at midnight on January 1, 2000, and the ensuing chaos which would surely spell the end of civilization as we knew it. And on a beautiful fall afternoon in Jacksonville, Florida and Georgia teed it up one more time. Continue reading “Florida-Georgia Reflections: Party Like It’s 1999”