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SEC Football vs OPEC

ATLANTA The gas shortage suddenly got serious; college football in the Deep South serious.


A petroleum executive suggested Thursday that Gov. Sonny Perdue should cancel Saturday’s football game between Georgia and Alabama.


Tex Pitfield, president and CEO of Saraguay Petroleum in Atlanta, said in a radio interview there might not be enough gas in the Athens area for all of the football fans driving to the game.


“That gas needs to be used for people to go to work, and for people to take care of their families,” Pitfield told WGAU in Athens.


The governor’s office quickly rejected the idea.


“The governor is not going to consider a ridiculous idea like this,” Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley said late Thursday. “We’re also not going to stop living our lives. People understand there are common-sense things they can do.”


Pitfield also criticized Gov. Perdue for flying to Europe on Saturday on a business trip.


“I’m amazed that the governor of Georgia, who for all intents and purposes, is the president and CEO of a multi-billion-dollar corporation — and the corporation is on its knees. It’s been given the death blow,” said Pitfield. “And here he is, he’s jetting off to Europe on Saturday with complete abandon.”



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