Georgia Players Say ‘Rocky Top’ Really Bugs Them

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Georgia is happy their game with Tennessee is in Athens this year.
That means they won’t hear ‘Rocky Top’ as much.
At SEC media days, the Dawgs linebacker Ramik Wilson and receiver Chris Conley were asked which opposing team’s tradition or cheer annoyed them the most.
Both guys didn’t hesitate in saying it was the unofficial UT fight song,’Rocky Top.’
Said Wilson,"Coach Richt made us. Every practice leading up to that game, he plays that song on the speakers blasting every week."
Added Conley,"The fact that they play Rocky Top every three seconds. It has grown on me. It really bugs me. Just because somebody could tie their shoe, and they play Rocky Top. It’s a tradition at that school. I understand that, but the song, whether it’s just the melody. Something about it gets stuck in your head, and you will be on the bus home after the game. And you will be singing it in your head. It takes a good week to get it out of your head."
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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.