- After ending a 41-year National Championship drought, Georgia fans celebrated by drinking an old soda.
- To be exact, it was a Coca-Cola from 1980, the last time that the Dawgs won it all.
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When Georgia football won the National Championship in 1980, Coca-Cola released a special edition bottle for the Bulldogs. When Georgia football won the National Championship in 2021, a few Bulldogs fans popped the top on their 41-year-old sodas.
Here is what the bottle looks like, it’s super cool:
We’re all going to be sick this week aren’t we pic.twitter.com/3mIiZZzLwC
— UGA Football Live – NATIONAL CHAMPIONS (@UGAfootballLive) January 11, 2022
Over the years, UGA fans have joked that whenever their team won it all again, they’d crack open the bottle. Well, that’s exactly what happened on Monday.
Among the fans to put back the four-decade-old Coke was Derek Griffin. As the clock struck zero and the Bulldogs stormed the field, Griffin pulled out his can-opener, threw the top aside and chugged.
41 years and 13 seconds later, the bottle was empty.
— Derek Griffin (@derekgriffin10) January 11, 2022
And Griffin was not alone in his celebration. 57-year-old Wesley Mullins of Savannah, Georgia did the same.
From last night….. pic.twitter.com/ew0oygMDuB
— JWM (@JohnWesleyMull1) January 11, 2022
He spoke with UGA Wire about his celebratory drink and said that he has three bottles, so he figured he could drink one. Griffin said that it was flat, but tasted okay.
As for how he was feeling after putting back the 41-year-aged Coca-Cola, Mullins said he felt like crap. However, it was not because of the soda.
“I think that was from the bourbon not the 1980 Coke,” Mullins told UGA Wire.
Two days after the win, Marc McAfee joined in on the celebration outside of Lucas Oil Stadium, where Georgia won on Monday. He took a shot at Pepsi in the process.
Tasted like slightly flat coke. Or Pepsi. pic.twitter.com/A56b9vGmmd
— Marc McAfee (@MarcMcAfee) January 12, 2022
According to Coca-Cola, their soda can last for 6-9 months after the expiration date printed on the container if stored properly and unopened. The 1980 Georgia Cokes were opened long after that date, but it was probably the best-tasting Coke of them all.