‘Tailgating For A Cause’ set Thursday
by David Royal
Jul 26, 2013 | 476 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The college football season will be getting an early preview from a panel of experts in Cartersville while the Etowah Scholarship Foundation will be getting funds with which to help Bartow County youngsters pursue their educations.

That’s one way to describe “Tailgating for a Cause,” which starts Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center.

Herschel Wisebram of Cartersville said the panel of experts will treating fans to an early look at Georgia and Georgia Tech football prospects while helping raising money for a worthy cause.

Many listeners find the insight offered by the panel a good way to start the new pigskin season.

The football experts include:

— Tony Barnhart, lead college football analyst for CBS TV.

Barnhart appears regularly as an analyst with the SEC Game of the Week, which airs Saturdays during football season.

— Wes Durham, the former Georgia Tech radio play-by-play man.

Durham is with Fox TV Sports and will be doing an ACC Game of the Week this season.

— Scott Howard, the play-by-play man for the Georgia Bulldogs.

— Loran Smith, the former sportscaster for UGA who is now associate director for development at Georgia.

Wisebram said the panel will discuss the Georgia and Georgia Tech programs.

He said the panelists also will field questions from the audience as part of the event once again.

“The last half hour we will have microphones taken to the audience members and everybody who wishes to can ask questions of our football experts,” Wisebram said.

That part of the program is a popular feature that has provoked some lively dialogue in the past.

Wisebram said both a live auction and a silent auction will be held as part of the fundraising event.

Among the items up for auction will be footballs autographed by UGA football star and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker; UGA All-American Charley Trippi, who led Georgia to its only Rose Bowl victory and is in the college, NFL and Rose Bowl Halls of Fame; UGA coach Mark Richt; former UGA coach Vince Dooley; and Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson.

Also being auctioned are autographed baseballs by Hank Aaron, former Atlanta Brave and home run hitter.

“We’ll have numerous sports apparel from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Alabama, an autographed Auburn jersey signed by Ronnie Brown of Cartersville and a college football game watching party at a local pizza parlor with limousine service to and from the pizza parlor,” Wisebram said. “Those are the biggest items, but we’ll have more for sale.”

He said tickets are on sale at Cartersville radio station WBHF and at the Etowah Scholarship Foundation office.

To obtain tickets, he said, call 770-382-1757.

Wisebram said food for the event is barbecue by Johnny Mitchell.

He added Thursday will be the fifth annual Tailgating for a Cause.