Since the 1950s, the Georgia-Florida rivalry has been unofficially tabbed (but widely known) as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” But this season, the game is being promoted as the “River City Showdown,” referring to the city of Jacksonville’s nickname.
You can find t-shirts and sweatshirts with the game’s new name on both the Florida and Georgia team shop websites … but we’re not too sure if there will be many sales.
All you have to do is log in to Twitter to find plenty of backlash from fans, who seem to be rather adamant in refusing to call the cocktail-induced series by its unfamiliar title:
The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is not called the River City Showdown.
It's called The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 24, 2016
— Purr (@purrdawg) October 24, 2016
Enough w/being politically correct- it's The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Period.
This "River City Showdown" stuff is weak. pic.twitter.com/xFfZpqkSlg
— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) October 25, 2016
River City Showdown sounds like a mens softball tournament.
— Chance (@mckelsey19) October 25, 2016
If anyone ever asks me about the 'River City Showdown' in person I will throw a punch. Both schools should push to bring back the real name.
— WBH (@W_B_H_) October 25, 2016
What the hell is the "River City Showdown" ???
— Keith Niebuhr (@Keith247Sports) October 25, 2016
— Cameron Treadway (@pctreadway) October 24, 2016
Stop trying to make this a thing, schools. The game already has an excellent name. It's OK to acknowledge that people enjoy a cocktail. https://t.co/Q0ZUdAIfo9
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) October 24, 2016