College football is just a little bit more important in the south. Jon Gloer wanted to have a little fun crowing at his neighbors after Georgia beat Auburn Saturday night to win the SEC championship.
Gloer, a longtime teacher and football coach in the area, bleeds red and black dating back to his playing days for the Bulldogs. When the Dawgs won the SEC crown and clinched a spot in the college football playoffs, he decided to mike up and do some early-morning, good-natured ribbing of his Auburn-loving friends.
“Good morning neighborhood,” he started in his 8 a.m. message. “I’d like to congratulate the Georgia Bulldogs on their fine SEC victory last night, and I’d particularly like to say ‘Go Dawgs’ to my neighbors.”
The brief 40-second clip has had a much longer shelf life. One of their other neighbors, Mary Ramsaier, herself a University of Georgia journalism student, posted the video to Twitter where it took off. As of Tuesday afternoon, Ramsaier’s post had been liked more than 45,000 times.
“We just wanted to share it with a few friends for a laugh,” said Jon’s wife, Kathy, who filmed the clip. “Now, it’s turned into this circus.”
They certainly didn’t expect the video would make it around the world. They’ve heard from friends they haven’t caught up with in years, including some in India, South Korea, and Sweden.
“I know what it truly means now going viral,” joked Jon. “I’ve learned that I do not want to be a celebrity.”
The overwhelming majority of responses have been positive, but there have been some really angry responses.
“The funny thing is that people who don’t know us think we’re being malicious,” said Kathy. Half the neighbors actually slept through the message.
In the meantime, they Gloers are avoiding the circus.
“I’ve tried to separate myself from social media,” said Kathy. “I’m trying to do work!”
Jon’s trying to keep it from being too much of a distraction for his classes at Starr’s Mill.
“When you’re a school teacher and all the students want to talk about is social media, it makes getting class started tough,” he said.
With the help of some friends, the Gloers are turning all the attention towards a good cause. A t-shirt, emblazoned on the front with “GloNation: Glo Big or Glo Home” and a photo of Jon on the back with the tagline “Good Morning Neighbors!” is now for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ministry run by their oldest child, Ryan.
For more information on how to support Ryan’s ministry, go to my.fca.org/ryangloer.
To purchase the shirt, click here.