In the landscape of a nightmare, a golden sign hovers near the field that reads WELCOME TO DEATH VALLEY.
The bruising, haunting afternoon wanes, and a big, loud subset of 102,321 onlookers serenades the losing visitor with a heartwarming chant about how that visitor ought to perform a carnal act upon the cherished tiger mascot.
Credit the new empire of Georgia with this, as it fixes to topple from No. 2 in the rankings after its 36-16 loss Saturday: When it does get around to losing in the regular season, it does not mess around losing by this play or that or this break or that or this call or that. It loses with gigantic thuds amid the harshest loudness.