Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ringing the Chapel Bell

It has been a busy, busy Fall.

And I have neglected you, blog world.

The volleyball season ends next week and then the Lauer family will breathe deeply for a few weeks before gearing up for the beginning of Josh's recruiting travels.

We have been enjoying the seven game win streak of Georgia's football team... and figured last week's trouncing of Auburn was a good time to partake in a Bulldog tradition.  (We discovered after moving to Athens that Georgia fans hate Auburn almost as much as Alabama fans do.  Almost.)

The ringing of the chapel bell after a Georgia victory is a tradition that continues even though freshmen are no longer ordered to do the chore. In the 1890's, the playing field was located only yards from the Chapel and first year students were compelled to ring the bell until midnight in celebration of a Bulldog victory. Today, students, alumni, and townspeople still rush to the Chapel to ring the bell after a gridiron victory. 
On Oct. 27, 2007, as tradition warrants, Georgia fans rang the Chapel bell to celebrate the 42-30 win over the Florida Gators. The excitement caused the yoke holding the 877 lb. bell to give way, and it fell from the support platform. Physical Plant has returned the bell to its post. 

I didn't know that last part until just now when I went to look up the specifics of the tradition!  I'm sure that scared the pants off of whoever was ringing the bell at the time!

Eli wasn't sure what to think at first.

You really want me to pull that thing, Daddy? 

Ok... if you say so!