Governor Perdue was none too happy with the AJC’s headline on the Dawgs loss to UT:
Perdue, who is in the final weeks of a re-election bid against Democratic Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, fired off a letter to the editor after reading the newspaper’s account of the game Sunday morning. “Sunday’s sports page headline (“Dogs get put in their place,” referring to Georgia’s 51-33 loss to Tennessee, College Football, Oct. 8 ) is an indication of the way the AJC views Georgia,” Perdue wrote. “From the front page to the business page and now to the sports page, it is as if the Journal-Constitution gleefully awaits lousy news about all things Georgia and pounces with their poison pens whenever bad things happen to the good people of our state.”
Perdue, who was a walk-on quarterback with UGA in the mid-1960s, watched the game in Athens with his wife, Mary, from the president’s box. The Bulldogs blew an early lead and were overwhelmed by Tennessee in the fourth quarter, a loss that dropped Georgia’s national ranking to 16 in the Associated Press poll.
“Georgia can’t win every game, and we can’t get every headline just right,” said Journal-Constitution Editor Julia Wallace. “Fortunately, our avid readers, including the governor, help keep us straight.”