Remember the night when Mike Patrick randomly asked Todd Blackledge about Britney Spears and what she was doing with her life? Of course you do. It was September 22, 2007, and it was the last time Georgia played in Tuscaloosa.
Georgia beat Alabama 26-23 on a Matthew Stafford to Mikey Henderson 25-yard pass, but the real highlight from that pre-Twitter world was Patrick making things awkward in overtime.
Let me repeat, IT HAPPENED IN OVERTIME! The final drive!
2007 was a big year on the Britney timeline. That was the year she shaved her head in February after spending one night in drug rehab. It was also the year she lost physical custody of her children to Kevin Federline. Britney performed at the 2007 VMAs just two weeks before Mike brought her up during the UGA-Bama game. She was fresh on his Mike’s mind:
How long has it been since Georgia played at Alabama? It was 2007 & the night Mike Patrick randomly started asking Todd Blackledge about Britney Spears in OT pic.twitter.com/h9WLQrE8Tu
— Joe Kinsey (@JoeKinseyexp) October 15, 2020
As if that night wasn’t crazy enough for Mike, that wasn’t the last time in 2007 Britney came up in his conversations with Blackledge. The two broadcasters were assigned to the Champs Sports Bowl that December and Britney content was still hot. Awful Announcing was around back then and thankfully wrote down the exchange.
Blackledge: “You have an I-Pod and an I-Phone?”
Patrick: “Anything with an I in it I have it. If they come out with an I-Car I’m buying it.”
Blackledge: “Do you have Britney Spears on that I-Pod?”
Patrick: “No………….although I hear she might be renting out that double-wide to a family member.”
Imagine all of this happening in 2020. There would be 600 blog posts written about how Mike Patrick lost his mind during a broadcast. He’d be canceled for getting into Britney’s business. Mike, now 76, would be forced to apologize for being insensitive to a person struggling with substance abuse.
Anyway, Georgia-Alabama is Saturday at 8 ET on CBS, and Nick Saban could miss the game with COVID. Georgia has lost five straight to Alabama since the Mike Patrick-Britney Spears game.