Yes, Georgia-Michigan State in Grand Rapids will be better than the Georgia-Florida Football Game.
If you are in the Grand Rapids area, you are going to get a treat. Georgia will face Michigan State in a Basketball Game to benefit Hurricane Irma victims on Sunday, October 29th in Van Andel Arena at 2 PM. The money will all go to benefit those in the State of Georgia who were impacted by Hurricane Irma and those in The Bahamas who experienced devastation, which is the home of Michigan State Point Guard Tum Tum Nairn. The connections (Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo and UGA Operations Coordinator Matt Bucklin are uncle and nephew) between the Michigan State and Georgia programs made this event happen on such short notice. Putting the game near East Lansing gives this event an opportunity to sell out considering that it is the weekend of the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party (everyone knows what is entailed with this weekend – please don’t trash wherever you party whether it be St. Simons, Downtown Jacksonville or the parking lot of the Orange Park Mall).
It makes sense for this exhibition game to take place since everyone else is doing it and the fundraiser concept is absolutely wonderful. This is a game that probably should not be taken too seriously by observers considering how it is taking place in the middle of Fall Practice. It is an opportunity for Georgia and Michigan State to learn and grow in front of a live environment against a quality opponent. While Secret Scrimmages like the one against Clemson have different rules based on pre-determined agreements between the programs, this Exhibition is not going to have as loose of a feel. Secret Scrimmage opponents typically are partners helping each other out and take place behind the closed doors. When playing a game with a live audience in this sort of an environment, it’s a bit more of tune-up for the regular season.
Yante Maten and Mike Edwards get an unexpected second opportunity to play in their home state of Michigan. Both are from the Detroit Metropolitan Area so the trip to Grand Rapids for their families and friends will be longer than a trip to Oakland University. Maten and Edwards probably want to give their biggest supporters back home a better memory than they provided at the O’rena last December. Redemption in a lower stakes environment against a perennial power would be a major motivator.
Want to buy tickets? Great. They can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place Box Offices, Ticketmaster.com (everyone loves them!) or call 1-800-745-3000. More information on whether the game will be streamed for those unable to get to Grand Rapids, Michigan on short notice is to come. It is possible that this game becomes a Pay-Per-View event like the Kansas-Missouri Charity Game. That Pay-Per-View broadcast was $40.
A Clemson-Georgia preview is coming soon, which means readers get an actual preview of a game no one outside of 60 people can watch. This ought to be good, but the scrimmage recap ought to be so much better since it will be full of innuendo and cryptic commentary. It’s also likely to be recapped after a few Caipirinhas, which makes everything more interesting (it’s not Johnnie Walker Black Label, that’s Christopher Hitchens’ preference… It should be added that Johnnie Walker Green Label is far better and is the True Blended Malt of Champions). The Caipirinha is the Georgia Basketball Blog’s suggested cocktail for the 2017 edition of World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. It’s not the official cocktail of the 2017-18 Basketball Season, you get to chime in on what it should be in the comments below and it cannot include Crystal Meth, Drano, WD-40, Turpentine, Caulk, Bodily Fluids, Sudafed, Advil, NyQuil or DayQuil, Cough Medicine, Pine-Sol, GHB, Laxatives, or Sunny Delight. Sunny Delight is disgusting, the purple stuff is better.
The Official Cocktail of the 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Season will be revealed on November 5th (Guy Fawkes Day). Please don’t choose vodka-cranberry, an Apple-tini or a Bud Light Lime-A-Rita ( the Greg McGarity inspired cocktail).
The Georgia-Michigan State preview will come the day after the Clemson-Georgia preview. The recap will come afterwards and whether it is viewable will dramatically impact the quality of the article. (October 26th addition: No, it won’t be streamed or televised in any way.) The recap will be written sober.