Belinda McDoom had heard people say it before, but it never really sank in until her first trip to Michigan Stadium this fall. Youth coaches and friendly parents on the sideline would always tell her and her husband, Morris, that with a name like McDoom their son Eddie was destined to do some big things. It was, they said, the perfect name for football.
Still, the first time she heard 100,000 people bellowing their last name in baritone unison it was a bit of a shock.
Amateur animal psychologists across the state of Georgia prefer an alternate version of the events that followed Baker’s hauling in the 6-yard scoring pass and veering toward Seiler and his dog on the sideline. Seiler attempted to bail out when Baker headed their direction and pulled the dog backward, but as it spun around and the Auburn receiver nearly bumped into its owner, Uga reared up and snapped at Baker’s groin area.
“He might have been [playing], but the Cam Neely Youth Jersey Georgia fan’s perspective doesn’t prefer that interpretation,” joked Matt Stinchcomb, an All-SEC offensive tackle for Georgia in 1996 and now an SEC Network TV analyst. “They prefer that the dog knew and took exception to the fact that he had scored on his beloved brethren and he was seeking revenge.”
The list of coaching and playing talent involved that November day 20 years ago is staggering. Two Georgia players from that game, wide receiver Hines Ward and defensive back Champ Bailey, are future Pro Football Hall of Famers and many more from both sides went on to long NFL careers.
Even more impressive is the list of participants who went on to become head coaches. Joining the two head coaches from that game, Auburn’s Terry Bowden and Georgia’s Jim Donnan, seven more players or coaches have already earned FBS coaching jobs: Georgia defensive back Kirby Smart (Georgia’s head coach), Auburn quarterbacks coach Jimbo Fisher (Florida State), Auburn graduate assistant Will Muschamp (Florida, South Carolina), Auburn offensive coordinator Tommy Bowden (Tulane, Clemson), Georgia graduate assistant Derek Dooley (Louisiana Tech, Tennessee), Georgia quarterback Mike Bobo (Colorado State) and Georgia offensive line coach Chris Scelfo (Tulane). Georgia defensive coordinator Joe Kines brings the number to 10 FBS head coaches when counting his stints as interim coach at Arkansas and Alabama.
However, despite the talent on the field that day, the bizarre final sequence in regulation — Bobo completed a huge Georgia comeback by hitting Corey Allen with the tying touchdown pass as time expired — and the game’s status as the SEC’s first overtime contest are historical asterisks. Whereas the Uga-Baker moment remains one of the most ubiquitous images in Auburn-Georgia history.
“I was like, ‘Are they booing him?'” she remembers. “And Carl Soderberg Youth Jersey then I realized, ‘No, oh my god, they’re screaming his name. That first game was just amazing. There are no words to describe it.”